Geirfuglasker

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18th-century sketch of Geirfuglasker
Former location of Geirfuglasker among the Fuglasker islands

Geirfuglasker ("Great Auk rock") was a small islet near Reykjanes, Iceland. It was volcanic rock with steep sides except for two landing places. The rough surf around the island usually made it inaccessible to humans, and the last refuge for the Great Auk (which was also called "Garefowl" — "geirfugl" in Icelandic). In a volcanic eruption in 1830 this rock submerged, and the surviving Great Auks moved to a nearby island called Eldey and were wiped out by man several years later. Later a new Geirfuglasker appeared on the site.

Another island by the same name is located east of Surtsey in the Vestmannaeyjar.

In literature[edit]

It, and the fate of the Great Auk, is mentioned (spelt as "Gairfowlskerry") in The Water-Babies, A Fairy Tale for a Land Baby by Charles Kingsley.

Coordinates: 63°19.0698′N 20°29.8168′W / 63.3178300°N 20.4969467°W / 63.3178300; -20.4969467