Varallo from the cablecar, Piedmont (Italy).

Varallo, commonly known as Varallo Sesia, is a comune and town of about 7,400 inhabitants in the province of Vercelli in the Piedmont region of north-west Italy. It is situated in Valsesia, at 450 metres (1,480 ft) above sea level and some 66 kilometres (41 mi) north-northeast of Vercelli and 55 kilometres (34 mi) northwest of Novara.


The giant, the witch and the cliff

The outstanding view over Risin og Kellingin (The Giant and the Witch), Eysturoy (Faroe Islands).

Risin og Kellingin (The Giant and the Witch) are two free-standing sea stacks just off the northern coast of the island of Eysturoy, Faroe Islands, near the town of Eiði.
Risin (the Giant) is the 71 m stack further from the coast, and Kellingin (the Witch) is the 68 m pointed stack nearer land, standing on two legs.
According to the legend, once upon a time, the giants in Iceland were envious and decided that they wanted the Faroes. So the Giant and his wife, the Witch, were sent to the Faroe Islands to bring them back.
They reached the north-westernmost mountain Eiðiskollur, and the giant stayed in the sea while the witch climbed up the mountain with a rope to tie the islands together so that she could push them onto the giant’s back, but their attempts were unsuccessful, and they struggled through the night.
They continued to struggle they didn’t notice time passing, and as dawn broke a shaft of sunlight turned them to stone. They have stood there ever since, staring longingly across the ocean towards Iceland.

Embrace of Elements

Embrace of Elements by little_frank
Embrace of Elements, a photo by little_frank on Flickr.

The beauty of Lava Waterfalls

Hraunfossar, Lava Falls, is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 meters out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá river from layers of less porous rock in the lava. The Hraunfossar are situated near Húsafell and Reykholt in the district of Borgarfjörður, west Iceland.
Upstream there is another waterfall called Barnafoss, Waterfall of the Children. The name comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in former times, causing the death of two children.