Vestrahorn and its reflection

Mountain Vestrahorn

In Blog by Jón Hil.

Mountain Vestrahorn at Stokksnes

Aurora at Vestrahorn in pano

Aurora at Vestrahorn in pano

One of the first settlement farms in Iceland was Horn, built by Hrollaugur Earl of Møre in Norway. The municipality Hornafjörður and several nature site are named after the settlement farm. Horn means the same thing in Icelandic and English.

The Horn area is below Vestra-Horn, a 454 meter high mountain and an interesting geology site composing of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro but with some granophyre. East of the mountain is a strange-shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that stretches out to sea.

In the Second World War the Horn area became a base for the British army and later a NATO radar station was set up at Stokksnes, south of Horn. At Stokksnes you can feel the power of the Atlantic Ocean as the waves hit the rocky shore with massive force.

Vestrahorn pano. Award picture from photo contest summer 2017

Vestrahorn pano. Award picture from photo contest summer 2017

The mountain and its surrounding gives the photographer endless possibilities to take great photo there, the ever changing weather adds only to the possiblities. It doesn’t matter what season you’re there or time of the day. The beach, grass tops, wet black sand and lakes or ponds here and there makes the mountain and its surrounding one of best photo locations in Iceland.

Vestrahorn from the beach

Vestrahorn from the beach

Majestic mountain Vestrahorn and its reflection in the wet beach sand

Majestic mountain Vestrahorn and its reflection in the wet beach sand

Mountain Vestrahorn seen from a drone and Aurora time-lapse.