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Vestrahorn

Location

Vestrahorn is a famous mountain close to Höfn​, on the south-east coast of Iceland. It has become a favorite among many travellers and landscape photographers due to it´s stunning black beach coast and majestic looking mountains.  On the Ring Road drive east past Höfn. After 7 km turn right onto an unmarked gravel road just before the tunnel. Follow this road for over 5km and you will reach the black sand beach of Vestrahorn.

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Vestrahorn, Vesturhorn or Stokksnes, these are all names for this same place. The area is approximately a ten-minute drive away from Höfn. The Horn area is below Vestra-Horn, a 454-meter-high mountain. It is an interesting geological site composing of un-stratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro but with some granophyre. East of the mountain is a strange-shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that stretches out to sea. Vestrahorn is a photographer’s paradise. Come here to photograph the dramatic landscape, or just sit and enjoy the vast beauty. A very beautiful unspoiled natural site. The shore features stunning lava dunes, that are constantly being shaped by the natural forces of water and wind. Down towards the sea, it is possible to get perfect reflections in the wet sand. Seals also tend to hang out on the stretch of sand, so if you’re lucky you can catch a picture of a lazing seal as well. Please note that the beach at Stokksnes is private, and has a small entrance fee. It is quite a popular destination so be prepared for other tourists and photographers.