The Grímsey Trolls

According to legend, the island of Grímsey, off the coast of Drangsnes, was created by evil trolls, now petrified into stone stacks. Intent on severing the Westfjords from the mainland, the trolls decided to dig a trench right across the peninsula. They were so wrapped up in the job that they failed to notice the rising sun. As the first rays broke over the horizon, the two trolls at the trench’s southern end were transformed into stones at Kollafjörður (south of Hólmavík). The female troll on the north side nearly escaped, but as she was turning to flee she realised that she had marooned her bull, Uxi, on Grímsey. Suddenly the sunbeams struck – she was promptly turned to stone, gazing back at her lost bull.