If you’re looking for a unique natural wonder during your travels to Iceland, add Elephant Rock or Halldórsskora to your list.
This incredible rock formation resides 5 miles off the south coast of Iceland in the Westman Islands archipelago. It most likely formed due to one of Mt. Eldfell’s many eruptions on an inhabited island called Heimaey, most notably the gigantic 1973 eruption.
The catastrophic volcano caused all 5,300 residents to flee. Amazingly, everyone survived except one.
An elephant rock sculpted by nature
The rock itself comprises volcanic basalt rock with a texture that appears to be wrinkled and grey, like an elephant’s skin. The head and intricate trunk seemingly dumping underwater make the whole scene appear sculpted.
Note that Iceland’s elephant rock is not to be confused with the similar-looking elephant-style rock in Hawaii, known as Mokuhooniki doing the rounds on social media.
Visitors can see the fantastic rock formation by driving two hours south of Reykjavik and taking the ferry to Westman Islands from Landeyjahöfn.
Whether you’re a nature lover or simply looking for a unique photo opportunity, Elephant Rock is a must-see when in Iceland!