The trolls of Reynisdrangar are frozen as stone, caught by the rising sun one fateful day. Their sentence is eternal: to stand watch over the black sand beach for the rest of time, or until the sea ultimately claims them...as the legend goes, anyway. Reynisdrangar Black Sand Beach, Vik, Iceland.
The peaks of Vestrahorn touch both sea and sky, towering over the black sand beach at Stokksnes, along Iceland's rugged eastern coast.
Around 1000 AD, Icelandic leader Þorgeir discarded his Pagan statues over these falls, signifying the rejection of Norse religion in favor of Christianity. Today, Goðafoss, or “Waterfall of the Gods,” honors those spurned deities and preserves one of the country’s great legends, chiseling a path through the ancient lava fields on its way to the old Viking sea.
Iceland’s Black Church at Búðir.
The Fossá River’s epic journey from glacier to sea includes this 400-foot plunge over the waterfall at Háifoss, where it carves a deep gorge in the lava fields of the southern Icelandic Highlands.
The Valley of Tears.
Day fades over the Greeland Sea, just south of the Arctic Circle, near Húsavík.