Sculptures

In addition to the rock column that makes up the Kerling, there are a number of unusual natural sculptures to be found in different parts of Kerlingarfjall mountain. Figure 14, that is on the slope of the mountain on the northwest side. It consists of a large basaltic tuff rock, with a flat rock wedge on top of it.

 

The Eye is a natural rock sculpture, high on the northwest side of the mountain. (Figure 14)

The Eagle in western part of the mountain. The Eagle is a basaltic tuff sculpture, formed by erosion and weathering. (Figure 15)

The Door is a rock formation, created when basaltic tuff of a different texture filled in a pre-existing tunnel or cavity in older basaltic tuff in the eastern part of the mountain. (Figure 16)

 

The opening between the two resembles an eye, and we have accented the eye even further by placing a round stone in the center as the iris and pupil of the eye. Figure 15 is a natural basaltic tuff rock sculpture that is found on the west edge of the crater. It has the form of a large bird and we generally refer to it as the Eagle. Figure 16 shows one of the largest unusual features in Kerlingarfjall. We call it The Door, as it resembles a gigantic closed doorway into the mountain. It is located high up on the southeast flank, above the Grímshellir cave. The Door was formed early on in the geologic history of Kerlingarfjall. Then a cavity or a tunnel formed in the basaltic tuff. This was later on filled in by basaltic tuff of slightly different composition that solidified in the Door. Below the Door is an isolated and free-standing sculpture with a large hole in it, wich we call Ásmundur. It greatly resembles the large outdoor sculptures of the Icelandic 20th century artist Ásmundur Sveinsson, known for his heavy, figurative abstractions. Look higher up the slope above Ásmundur and you will see the giant Parrot´s Beak sculpture.

A natural sculpture in basaltic tuff, which we call Ásmundur, found high up on the east flank of the volcano. It is very much in the genre of sculptures of the 20th century Icelandic sculptor Ásmundur Sveinsson. Look higher up the slope and you will see the giant Parrot´s Beak sculpture. (Figure 17)

Steinkarl or the Stoneman is another sculpture-like pillar of basaltic tuff rock on the north side of the crater. Is this troll perhaps the husband of the Witch? (Figure 19)

The daughters of Sisyphus. This immense round boulder, called the Rock of Sisyphus, is located on the north slope of Kerlingarfjöll volcano. (Figure 18)