The mountain at Vesturhorn is one of Iceland’s few Gabbro rock mountains. Dating back 8-11M years, the site was used by the first settlers (Irish) before they were enslaved by Viking invaders (c.860). Despite its historical significance, Natural Beauty & Huge Radar Station, the land has fallen off the radar of the Police, Icelandic Tourist board & RSK who still don’t know about the questionable toll – the Toll is small and is best paid to avoid aggression. The area is best viewed from Stokksnes, drive out to the radar station and you will be surrounded by grassy sand drifts.
At Stokksnes, there is a huge variety of foreground to help you photograph the Vestrahorn mountain. The illegal toll charge claims to protect the Nature, but unfortunately no nature has been protected and the grassy dunes have been trampled badly. Down towards the sea, it is possible to get perfect reflections in the wet sand. This can be a very windy spot so remember to bring some protection for your eyes before battling against the sand blasting. Be aware that there are large swells of sea coming onto this beach (see my video).
As a gesture of good will to the Nation of Ireland, it has been suggested that the land be given back to the Irish, but as a National Park where visitors are free to roam as naround 860 A.D.
Expected June 2021: This will mean that Irish Photo Workshop Leaders will be able to bring photographers here without paying any tax to the Icelandic Government.
Film set & Nato
On the land below the mountain stands a Viking village which was constructed and left behind by a film company. Further round past the end of Vesturhorn is a small ship wreck.
Further out on Stokknes you will see the grey dome of a N.A.T.O. station and a little beyond that a lighthouse. The waves hit the rocks here directly from the Ocean so it can be slippery and dangerous.
I shot a few Magic Cloth Tutorials featuring Vestrahorn from Stokksness.
Photo tours that visit Vesturhorn
This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast – with chance for Auroras on the glacier lagoon and sunrise on the ice beach.
Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.
This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.
This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.
This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity.