As you drive the ring road towards Vík and Höfn, you’ll see some intriguing “inland islands” towering up from the flat coastal lands along the way. One of the most prominent of these is Hjörleifshöfði—a 221m tuff island that rises from the flat glacial meltwater sand plains of Mýrdalssandur, just east of Vík.
Hjörleifshöfði cape in south Iceland
Where the settlement saga began
Hjörleifshöfði cape is made from natural tuff and was formed when a volcanic eruption occurred underneath a glacier which results in the forming of a tuff rock.