Elephant Rock: this rock in Iceland is shaped like an elephant

Elephant Shaped

On the island of Heimaey, Iceland, a rock is strangely reminiscent of a giant elephant dipping its trunk in the sea.

This basalt cliff by the sea on theisland of Heimaey in southernIceland resembles a giant elephant dipping its trunk in the sea.

Heimaey is the largest island in the Vestmannaeyjar (or Vestmann Islands) archipelago, a group of geologically young islands formed by volcanoes. Eldfell, a volcano on Heimaey, erupted in 1973, prompting locals to pump cold sea water over the lava flows, which threatened to destroy the harbour that is the lifeblood of the village and its inhabitants, to cool them down, unwittingly shaping the immense pachyderm-shaped rock.

TheElephant Rock on the island’s coast, which attracts many visitors, is also formed from the volcanic basalt found all over the island.

Elephant rock, Heimaey, Islande

Photo credit: Tumblr – shaefierce

Elephant rock, Heimaey, Islande

Photo credit: Wikimedia – Diego Delso

Main photo credit: Flickr – Julian Martin