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I'm not a lover of black and white, but this time I could not do otherwise. We arrived on the black beach of Vik in the evening, and moreover the sky was heavily overcast. So a natural black and white has sprung ....
The village of Vík or Vík í Mýrdal in full is the southernmost village in Iceland, located on the main ring road around the island, around 180 km (110 mi) by road southeast of Reykjavík.
Despite its small size (291 inhabitants as of January 2011) it is the largest settlement for some 70 km (43 mi) around and is an important staging post, thus it is indicated on road signs from a long distance away. It is an important service center for the inhabitants of and visitors to the coastal strip between Skógar and the west edge of the Mýrdalssandur glacial outwash plain.
In 1991, the US journal Islands Magazine counted this beach as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth. Its stretch of black basalt sand is one of the wettest places in Iceland. The cliffs west of the beach are home to many seabirds, most notably puffins which burrow into the shallow soils during the nesting season. Offshore lie stacks of basalt rock, remnants of a once more extensive cliffline Reynisfjall, now battered by the sea. There is no landmass between here and Antarctica and the Atlantic rollers can attack with full force. According to folklore, they are former trolls who tried to drag their boats out to sea only to be caught by the rising dawn. The sea around them is rather wild and stormy, so travelers will not be surprised to discover a monument to the memory of drowned seamen on the beach.
Contemporary legends note the story of a husband who found his wife taken by the two trolls, frozen at night. The husband made the two trolls swear to never kill anyone ever again. His wife was the love of his life, whose free spirit he was unable to provide a home for; she found her fate out among the trolls, rocks, and sea at Reynisfjara.
The village was affected by volcanic ash during the 2010 eruptions of Eyjafjallajökull.

NON E' UN BIANCO E NERO

Io non sono un amante delle foto in bianco e nero, ma questa volta non ho potuto fare diversamente. Noi siamo arrivati sulla spiaggia nera di Vik alla sera, ed oltretutto il cielo era molto coperto. Così ne è scaturito un bianco e nero naturale....
Vík í Mýrdal è una località islandese lungo la Hringvegur nella regione di Suðurland. Qui si trova una stazione di servizio ed un piccolo ristorante, abbastanza popolati data la distanza dagli altri centri della zona.
Vík si trova ai piedi del ghiacciaio Mýrdalsjökull, che copre la cima del vulcano Katla, il che la espone a rischi di inondazione nel caso di ripresa dell'attività eruttiva da parte del vulcano. Nei pressi di Vík si trovano importanti attrazioni turistiche, come Dyrhólaey e l'area ai piedi del monte Reynisfjall.
A breve distanza dalla riva si trovano i faraglioni di Reynisdrangar. Gli scogli di roccia basaltica rappresentano i resti di una costa una volta di più ampia, erosa nel tempo dall'Atlantico che è particolarmente aggressivo in quest'area. Secondo la leggenda, invece, due giganti avevano tentato di portare a riva una nave a tre alberi, ma l'alba li raggiunse prima che potessero mettersi al sicuro in montagna, trasformando entrambi i giganti e la nave in pietra. I faraglioni sono chiamati individualmente come Skessudrangur, Langhamar e Landdrangur.

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