Hvitserkur, Iceland

The beautiful and awe-inspiring Hvtserkur (White Shirt in Icelandic) is also known as the “Icelandic Dinosaur.” In North-West Iceland, Hvtserkur is situated along the eastern coast of the Vatnsnes peninsula.

It is a popular tourist destination in the area around Nordur-Mulasysla, which sits at a height of 1171 feet above sea level. The region is densely populated, with the town closest to the formation having a population of roughly 50,000 people.


The Hvtserkur’s temperatures are generally stable throughout the day, and indeed throughout the year, which explains its lack of distinct seasons.

The hottest month is July, with the coolest average temperature being 22.1 degrees Fahrenheit at night. Winter brings longer spells of frigid temperatures, with March being the coldest month and May being the sunniest and driest.

Rainfall is most likely to occur in December, near the conclusion of the year.

The Stunning Rock Formation

Hvtserkur is a kind of Icelandic rock.

Due to droppings from fulmar birds nesting atop the Hvtserkur rock formation, it is half white, making it seem even more alive and appealing to many.

Two holes in the base of the rock give the Hvtserkur the appearance of a dragon drinking. The foundation has been strengthened with concrete to safeguard it from the danger of erosion caused by salty seawater.

A Popular Tourist Attraction

Tourists are advised to visit the gorgeous Hvtserkur between the middle of September and the middle of April, when the evenings are fully dark in Iceland, to experience the breathtaking view of the Northern Lights at the location.

A rental vehicle is an ideal way to see the surrounding region, as long as you don’t mind a bumpy ride along the rocky beach.

The parking lot by car, which is accessible by a dirt road, has benches and tables. Another option is to take Road 7111 off of Ring Road 1, which allows you to go in a semi-circle around the whole Vatnsnes Peninsula.

You may walk right from the coast to this 49-foot (15-meter) high, animal-shaped rock, but you should bring a stick or an umbrella if you do so.

During the summer, tourists are sometimes forced to shoo away the many Arctic terns or Kras (Iceland’s national bird, pictured on its postage stamps) that swarm the area.

The people like these birds because of their protective character. This is not the case for visitors, since these birds are very violent and will attack anybody who approaches their nests, or any other bird’s nest for that matter.

Wildlife Viewing

When you visit Hvtserkur, you may be surprised to learn that it is home to one of Iceland’s biggest seal populations.

Large blue and golden-colored jellyfish swept up by the tides may also be seen along the coast. The region is home to a variety of native bird species, including fulmars and gulls.

The settlement of Hvammstangi, 197 kilometers north of Reykjavik, is located on the other side of the peninsula. An Icelandic Seal Center can provide you with a wealth of information on the seals while you’re there.

People who really are friendly

The small towns near Hvtserkur rely mostly on farming, industry, trade, and fishing to make money. The people who live there are noted for their warm, pleasant demeanors and their willingness to celebrate just about every event.

Indeed, according to the 2015 Legatum Prosperity Index, Iceland is the world’s second safest and most secure nation, as well as the 18th healthiest and 12th greatest place to live in overall.

Food and lodging are plentiful on the Vatnsnes Peninsula, making tours to the neighboring communities not only instructive but also enjoyable.

Food poisoning is also less likely due to the low weather. Apart from the danger of being pecked by breeding birds, a journey to Iceland to see Hvtserkur may be one of the best foreign holidays one could ever arrange.

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