Incredible location for a lighthouse perched on a rock in Iceland's wild surf
The lighthouse is surrounded by open water and is precariously perched on a cliff. Morgunblaðið/Árni Sæberg
A photograph taken by Morgunblaðið photographer Árni Sæberg of the Þrídrangaviti lighthouse in 2009 has now become viral thanks to Justin Bieber of all people.
Árni Sæberg is photographer for our sister publication Morgunblaðið (and also takes photos for us at Iceland Monitor). The lighthouse, Þrídrangaviti, is located in the Westman Islands and is located around six miles from the shore. It's quite possibly the most isolated lighthouse in the world and is precariously perched on top of a rock pillar with the wild waves of the cold North Atlantic ocean raging below.
Þrídrangar means "three rock pillars" and the lighthouse was built there in 1939. The lighthouse has also been an inspiration to literature, with best-selling thriller novelist Yrsa Sigurðardóttir using it in her novel "Why did you lie?" This is not the first time that Sigurðardóttir draws inspiration from Sæberg's photos. His photos of the deserted farmhouse in Hesteyri in the remote West Fjords became the setting of her spine chilling ghost story, I remember you, which recently was made into an Icelandic film of the same name.
Sæberg didn't realise until recently that his photo of the lighthouse had been published all around the world for years until his barber showed him the photo on a German website. The barber's daughter also told him that Justin Bieber had been posting the photo on social media.