Documenting Iceland

Brimketill Troll pool │ Iceland Landscape Photo from Air

by: Rafn Sig,-

On a sunny day, the rock formation is reminiscent of a hot tub. The kettle and the boilers in its vicinity were created by the constant friction of the surf at the lava rocks. There, the external load has gradually shaped cups and kettles into the basal lava.

The sea has a major impact on landscaping in Reykjanes. By observing the surf slam on the cliffs in the area of ​​the surf, one can see the power that resides in the North Atlantic. The waves works on solid rock by pushing air tightly into the cracks and cracks. At seawater, the sea draws the air. Then there will be depression. This process gradually breaks the rock. We also add erosion due to rock fractures that continually hit the cliffs and loose boulders, and in addition, freezing when water in the gaps expands to harden, and even sandblast.

The lava around the surface of the surf is rough, cracked and with high jagged edges and surface. Probably it has risen in the Reykjanes fires in the years 1210-1240.

Legend one tells of Oddnýja’s night troll who lived in Háleyjabunga, just west of Brimketil, with her husband Hroari and their son Sölva. One night she went out to a bandwagon just east of Brimketil to catch a whale that had landed. In the back alley she rested and bathed in the surf boil. When she finally made her way home, she did not get far as the sun came up about that time. So it became a rock and was seen there for a long time as a high rock, until it gradually broke down. The surf kettle has therefore also been named Oddnýjarlaug in the head of the night troll.


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