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Those weird stone pillars dotting the landscape of Iceland

On Hellisheidi not far from Reykjavik city you´ll find over one hundred stone pillars, cairns, from times past. PIC AÞE

On Hellisheidi not far from Reykjavik city you´ll find over one hundred stone pillars , cairns, from times past. PIC AÞE

We have had a number peoples inquiring about “those weird looking stone pillars” dotting the landscape in many places in Iceland.

These man-made stone pillars are called Vordur, spelled as word plus -ur at the end, in the local language and can be found almost anywhere in rough terrain in Iceland. Built to ease and guide peoples going to and fro back in the day when long treks had to be made between places. Quite a number of such piles are found in many countries and most often called cairns in English.

Please do not ruin them

Such pillars have saved thousands of lives and some are so well built they have stood the test of time, and time is extremely harsh in Iceland, for decades and some even longer. Some were made quite large to not only guide in bad weathers but also to give shelter to both man and horse as this used to be the only way to travel.

The cairns aren´t really on any national treasure lists but we contend they are just that. Please do not ruin them if you find one en-route and DO NOT build your own as many seem to find the absolute smart thing to do. These were built for purpose and not for fun and tourists later on might be fooled.

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