The Beach Guide

Djúpalónssandur Beach

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.

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