Hvítserkur Drinking Dragon – North Iceland

Categorized as Landscapes and seascapes
tröll rock, Hvítserkur
tröll rock, Hvítserkur

Hvítserkur troll rock

Hvítserkur troll rock sits just off the shore of the Vatnsness peninsular in North Iceland. Hvítserkur has the appearance of a drinking dragon. It is an ancient volcano plug. It is possible to walk out to the troll rock at low tide.

The translation of Hvítserkur is “White Shirt”. All the sea bird shit which covers most of the rock give it its name. The masses of white shit give it its black and white appearance

Concrete has been used at base of Hvítserkur to protect it from erosion.

Hvítserkur troll rock Iceland

How to Find Hivtserkur

There is a gravel road of around 30km from the #1 ring road leading to the location. A regular car can access the road. This may be challenging in Winter and is uncomfortable. A sign post takes you down to a car park. You cannot see the rock yet. There are 2 routes down to the rock. The main path takes you to a viewing platform where you can view the rock from a height. The rough path takes you down to the beach. This is where the best pictures are taken from. The decent is not easy.

There is a very beautiful waterfall quite close to Hvítserkur.

Our North Iceland Photo Tour and some of our Iceland photo workshops may include Hvítserkur.

On the sand flats it is sometimes possible to see wild seals.

Landscape photographers love Hvítserkur. 


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Where to Stay

Horse farms in the area offer comfortable accommodation. You should be able to find one of these within 30 miles of Hvitserkur.

Hvitserkur Drinking Dragon
A summer evening can have sunset drama in the northern sky.
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Textures in the sand at Hvitserkur.
Hvitserkur drinking dragon
Vertical photo of Hvitserkur with golden light.
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By Tony Prower

Tony Prower spent over 15 years photographing the landscapes of Iceland. Tony Prower is a pioneer of the Magic Cloth Technique and ran thousands of photo tours in Iceland over 10 years.