Hvitserkur, Vatnsnes

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Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland.
The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. The base of the stack has been reinforced with concrete to protect its foundations from the sea.
Several species of birds, such as gulls and fulmars, live on at Hvítserkur and its name ("white shirt" in Icelandic) comes from the color of the guano deposited on its rocks.
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  • When you have some time to spare this is an interesting stop. You can walk down to the beach to see the rock formations up close or have a bird's eye view from closer to the parking lot. When it's...  more »
  • After a long and trying day of driving through inclement weather we decided to go for one last stop to see Hvitserkur otherwise referred to as the Black Rock. I was rolling my eyes in frustration...  more »
  • We made a detour to reach the place and the road was not perfect but it fully deserved. What an impressive rock formation. The weather was sunny and we enjoyed the view, the birds and observing the seals, having their sunbathes.
  • It is a very cool rock in the ocean! The road to get there is not the best. But it is worth a visit if you are in the area

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