Imaggeo On Monday: Reynisdrangar basalt sentinels

Imaggeo On Monday: Reynisdrangar basalt sentinels

This year for the EGU24 Photo Competition we had some amazing photos submitted! In case you missed them before the meeting, for the next few weeks we will be featuring all 10 of the shortlisted photos, and our three winners! This week, Francesco Ioli’s image ‘Reynisdrangar basalt sentinels’.


The Reynisdrangar basalt stacks rise dramatically out of the sea in front of the black volcanic sands of Reynisfjara beach, below Reynisfjall, a 340 m high tuff mountain formed by a volcanic eruption under a glacier in the penultimate ice age near the village of Vik, Iceland. The Reynisdrangar stacks are a collection of 66m high rocks from the same geological formation as Reynisfjall.

Legend has it that the stacks were created when two trolls dragged a three-masted ship ashore unsuccessfully, and when daylight broke they became needles of rock.

Photo and description by Francesco Ioli, shared on


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