Photographer's Note

Take a look at the clearer image on TE Beta, the difference is quite remarkable DRONE PHOTO.

Here we have a drone photo from Southern Iceland, about a 20 min drive east of Vik.

At first I thought this was a Volcano, but its not. Its a mountain, or technically a "freestanding Hyaloclastite Headland". Maybe thats just a fancy way of saying its a mountain :)

Anyways, its approx 720 feet tall, and what you're seeing here is only the TIP of it! Its overall size is MASSIVE. Take a look at the MAP feature and you'll see the TIP i'm referring to, thats the portion in the photo. You must see it in the Satellite mode, not the Map mode. The rock formation continues on and on up through the top left of the frame but its impossible to fit it all inside the image.

If you look closely, for scale, you'll see a large white Van on the right side of the image. That'll put it into perspective for you. My car is parked just out of the frame and you can't see it.

All around the mountain is black volcanic ash, its beautiful. Its said that this mountain was formed as a result of an erupted glacier underneath the ground.

So where does it get its name Hjorleifshofdi from? Hjorleifur and Ingolfur are brothers who attempted to settle here on this mountain way back in the year 847 when it was surrounded by water and ocean.

They sailed on 2 different ships, and they got separated during a storm. The two brothers spent the next winter on opposite promontories of the mountain. Which now have been named after each of them respectively.

Hjorleifur was eventually killed buy the men from his own ship. These men then sailed to another part of the mountain to escape, in fear of revenge from his brother. In time, Hjorleifur's brother Ingolfur did find, locate, and kill these men for murdering his brother.

You can hike the Mountain today, and find the brothers gravesite!

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