On the southwest edge of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula you’ll find Djúpalónssandur beach. A beach filled with small black pebbles surrounded by lava rock formations is a sight to see and definitely not to be missed! The beach is just a short drive off of the main road around the peninsula, Útnesvegur, and has a small parking lot. Just a short walk down through the cool lava field, you’ll find the beach.
Make sure to stop at the lifting stones and test your strength! There are 4 stones of various weights which the fishermen would use to see if they were up to the life on the boat. The stones all have names: Fullsterkur (“full strength”) weighing 154 kg, Hálfsterkur (“half strength”) at 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (“weakling”) at 54 kg and Amlóði (“Useless”) 23 kg. I guess I’m “useless” because I couldn’t even lift that stone!
Grimsby Epine Shipwreck
The Grimsby Epine GY7 crashed along the shores here in March of 1948. Many Icelanders tried to help but due to poor weather and bad seas, only 5 of the 19 men on board were rescued. You can still see pieces of the ship scattered along the beach.
If you look in one direction, the beach looks like a black and white photo!
Be careful of getting too close to the water here. Aside from the water being freezing, there are also big waves and a wicked current. Be careful!
You also get some epic views of the Snæfellsjökull glacier from here.
An especially unique view of Snæfellsjökull glacier can be seen through a hole in one of the lava formations which is called Gatklettur.
There are also several fresh water lagoons here called, Djúpulón (deep lagoons) which is where the name Djúpalónssandur (deep lagoon’s sand) comes from! We had a skipping contest and I may have come in third… out of 3 people playing.
One more note. A lot of the formations on this beach are thought to be homes of the elves so don’t climb or fool around on them. Respect for elves (trolls, magic, etc.) is a real and deep-seated belief of the Icelandic culture. Just because it may not be something you believe in, doesn’t mean you can disregard their beliefs so be sure to treat these places with respect.
I hope you enjoyed this glimpse at the Djúpalónssandur beach. I hope you’ll add it to your own itinerary! I’ll be talking more about our time in Iceland so stay tuned.