This basalt rock formation on the southern Icelandic island of Heimaey resembles a gigantic elephant or wooly mammoth plunging its trunk into the water.
Heimaey is the biggest island in the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, which is made up of volcanic islands that are geologically young. Eldfell, a volcano on Heimaey, erupted in 1973, causing people to successfully divert lava flows away from their harbor by pumping cool saltwater over the ensuing lava flows. The elephant rock that attracts visitors to the island’s magnificent beaches is also made of volcanic basalt, which can be found all across the island. Take a look at some of our great nature’s fantastic creations below!