Hear the sound of a stone elephant! That’s not Elephant Rock; that’s simply Elephant Rock. On the shore of Heimaey island in southern Iceland, this basalt cliff rises. An elephant or a mammoth seems to be dipping his trunk in the Atlantic Ocean.
The island’s name directly translates to “Home Island.” It is home to 4,500 individuals and is plagued by a volcano. Eldfell’s eruption in 1973 destroyed half of the town, but the port was preserved thanks to an elaborate attempt to cool the lava flow with seawater. In the Vestmannaeyjar archipelago, Heimaey is still the only inhabited island.