The myth and legend of Reynisdrangar
The myth and legend of Reynisdrangar Vik Reviews
The myth and legend of Reynisdrangar Oct 03, 2010
reynisdrangar is my favorite place in iceland. the haunting landscape and raging waves gives immense power to this site. as a lover of desolate beaches, reynisdrangar and the black beach of vík tops my list.
located in south iceland in the small town of vík with a population of around 300 and under the shadow of mýrdalsjökull glacier and one of iceland's dangerous volcano - katla. the area is also the wettest place in iceland.
reynisdrangar is accesible via the ring road (n1) the national highway of iceland - from the road one can drive straight to the small town of vík or in other vantage points to see the haunting rocks. there are many angles and perspectives where you can see the rocks, but in my point of view - the best is in the town of vik itself where the sea stacks are located below reynisfjall mountain and are aligned horizontally to one another and the higehst point of the sea stacks is about 60 meters high.
the legend and myth of the rocks as told was that there were three trolls namely: skessudrangur, laddrangur and langhamar who were pulling a three masted ship into the shore, but they were caught at dawn by sunlight and turned into rocks.
with a story like that, no wonder, that i can feel a strong energy towards the place - maybe the trolls were longing to break through of their rock state and their cries were the howling winds and raging waves of the north atlantic ocean - who knows?
besides that - you would never know that a place such existed in iceland because most would think of glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, geysirs, ice and more - that these sea stacks were formed by the power of nature a long time ago.
oh and by the way - decades ago - the black beaches of vík were included in the best beaches in the world for its haunting atmosphere! and best of all - ITS FREE!
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