Reynisdrangar - Vík í Mýrdal, Iceland
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member g300td
N 63° 24.170 W 019° 02.551
27V E 597771 N 7031966
Quick Description: Reynisdrangar - sea stacks and basalt columns at Vík
Location: Iceland
Date Posted: 3/27/2015 9:09:23 AM
Waymark Code: WMNK8R
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member RakeInTheCache
Views: 1

Long Description:
"Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated under the mountain Reynisfjall near the village Vík í Mýrdal, southern Iceland.
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.

During the cooling of a thick lava flow, contractional joints or fractures form. If a flow cools relatively rapidly, significant contraction forces build up. While a flow can shrink in the vertical dimension without fracturing, it can't easily accommodate shrinking in the horizontal direction unless cracks form; the extensive fracture network that develops results in the formation of columns. The topology of the lateral shapes of these columns can broadly be classed as a random cellular network. These structures are predominantly hexagonal in cross-section, but polygons with three to twelve or more sides can be observed. The size of the columns depends loosely on the rate of cooling; very rapid cooling may result in very small (<1 cm diameter) columns, while slow cooling is more likely to produce large columns."

Source: Wikipedia
Waymark is confirmed to be publicly accessible: yes

Parking Coordinates: N 63° 24.268 W 019° 02.713

Requires a high clearance vehicle to visit.: no

Requires 4x4 vehicle to visit.: no

Public Transport available: yes

Website reference: [Web Link]

Access fee (In local currency): Not Listed

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