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180km to the east of Reykjavik one finds the Reynisdrangar basalt rock stacks, close by the tiny village of Vik i Myrdal, the most southerly in Iceland.

The volcanic stacks, at the foot of Mount Reynisfjall, and at one end of a beautiful black beach called, naturally enough, Reynisfjara, are about 65 metres high at their highest point. Apparently the beach was voted one of the top 10 most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. But that was in 1991, and perhaps other beaches have moved past it in the rankings!

Of course, one finds many people crawling and climbing on the stacks, taking selfies, posing, yelling, and all the rest; but if one is patient it is possible to catch someone coming into the picture from 'around the corner' (where dozens more are wandering).

According to Wikipedia, "Legend says that the stacks originated when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship to land unsuccessfully and when daylight broke they became needles of rock. Contemporary legends note the story of a husband who found his wife taken by the two trolls, frozen at night. The husband made the two trolls swear to never kill anyone ever again. His wife was the love of his life, whose free spirit he was unable to provide a home for; she found her fate out among the trolls, rocks, and sea at Reynisfjara."

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