This is the beach at Djúpalónssandur on an early August tour of Snæfellsnes peninsular in West Iceland. The Djúpalónssandur bay is on the Southern shore of the Snæfellsnes peninsular and quite close to Snæfellsjokull volcano which has added plenty of lava to the Icelandic landscape. This location is between Arnarstapi and Lóndrangar and Svalþúfa Hill. The beach has many small, shiny, black pearls and huge sea-stacks. You can see the remains of a 100 year old shipwreck from a Grimsby fishing trawler sprawled across the beach as a reminder of the angry ocean.. The are interesting volcanic, lava formations leading to the beach and a small lagoon.
In the fishing communities of Iceland past, they would test the Strength of prospective fishermen with weighted stones. These are much like the huge boulders you see in World’s Strongest Man contests. You will find a collection of strength stones at this West Iceland coastal location.
You can see one of the heavy stones has been placed on a platform (by yours truly). This stone is just over 100kg. If a man is able to lift this to the platform (like me), they are classed as “Half Strong” and allowed to work on a sailing ship. The full strength stone is about 20kg heavier and I could only just lift it.
This coastal location on the Snæfellsnes peninsular can easily be explored in a day tour. In 10-12 hours you can see the highlights of the Snæfellsnes peninsular comfortably. Our photo guides can design the photo tour with quality time at several points of interest and the sunset at one of the top locations such as Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. You could stretch out the Snæfellsnes peninsular over 2 days easily with an overnight stop near Kirkjufell to capture the Mid-night sun or Northern lights. Our Golden Snæfellsnes tour combines Snæfellsnes with Golden circle with an overnight near Kirkjufell.
Multi-day Photo tours
Multi-day Photo tours that could include the Snæfellsnes peninsular, including the Djúpalónssandur coastline.
Here are some more landscape photos of Iceland.