Djúpalónssandur

Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful black sand and a pebble beach, situated at the foot of the majestic icecap Snćfellsjökull Glacier, near the tip of Snćfellsnes Peninsula.

Access

There is a short paved road through the lava field that leads directly from road 574 towards Djúpalónssandur beach. From the parking area at the end of the road there is only a few minutes walk to the beach.

Shipwreck and old remains

Ruins of a shipwreck can be found on the beach. These pieces of metal are remains of a British trawler that was wrecked in bad weather during the winter of 1948 and fourteen men drowned. The remains of the trawler are protected and kept in memory of the seamen that died. Due to its proximity to rich fishing grounds, Djúpalónssandur was once a home to about 60 fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages in the area, but today the bay has been abandoned by fishermen but instead become one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area. On the beach, there are four big stones which people tried to lift to test their strength in the days of the fishing stations. They all have a name but the collective name is Steinatök: Fully Strong 154 kg, Half-Strong 100 kg, Weakling 54 kg and Bungler 23 kg. Weakling marked the frontier of wimphood, any man who couldn't lift it was deemed unsuitable for a life as a fisherman.

Nearby Attractions

Close by is another beautiful cove and a former fishing station called Dritvík and there is an interesting hiking path that connects these two places of interest. A short distance from Djúpalónssandur is Lóndrangar, beautiful on and offshore cliffs rising by the coast, rich with birdlife and another bird cliff is also nearby called Ţúfubjarg where thousands of seabirds nest in summer. There is a short hiking trail to Ţúfubjarg from the main highway around Snćfellsjökull Glacier.

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