Photo: © Giuseppe Milo / CC BY
Sitting on the tip of the wonderous Snæfellsnes Peninsula is the black pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur. Being Iceland you will not be disappointed by the other-worldly volcanic rock forms including one with a hole in the middle as you approach the beach. There is also a small lagoon set among the pebbles towards the back of the beach.
Djúpalónssandur has a history of settlement stretching back over a thousand years. For much of this time it was home to a fishing station, although these days it is uninhabited. One of the reminders that remain from these days are a series of are a series of four ancient lifting stones which would have been used to test if the local men were strong enough to go to sea. Each rock has a name and the smallest (Amlóði - Bungler) weighs a modest 23 kg. After this come Hálfdrættingur (Weak) and Hálfsterkur (Half-Strength) weighing 54 kg and 100 kg respectively. The largest stone, Fullsterkur (Full-Strength) weighs in at a whopping 154 kg. In the olden days if you couldn't lift the third stone you were considered to weak to be a fisherman.
Also on the beach are the rusting metal remains of a British trawler which was shipwrecked here in 1948.
Djúpalónssandur Beach Weather Info
Weekly Djúpalónssandur Beach UV Index
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Average Water Temp
Djúpalónssandur Beach tide times
Tue 22nd JanuaryLow 01:58am (-0.78m)
High 08:21am (2.62m)
Low 02:40pm (-0.69m)
High 08:42pm (2.13m)
Wed 23rd JanuaryLow 02:45am (-0.72m)
High 09:08am (2.57m)
Low 03:30pm (-0.64m)
High 09:32pm (2.05m)
Thu 24th JanuaryLow 03:35am (-0.60m)
High 09:58am (2.45m)
Low 04:22pm (-0.54m)
High 10:27pm (1.92m)
Fri 25th JanuaryLow 04:30am (-0.41m)
High 10:52am (2.26m)
Low 05:19pm (-0.40m)
High 11:28pm (1.78m)
Djúpalónssandur Beach sea state