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 to the Icelandic landscape. 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.
Roughly translated, Vatnjökull is the “Lake Glacier” and it is not only the biggest glacier in Iceland, but it is Europe’s largest piece of ice that is more than 300 square miles.
In 2010 the whole world heard about Iceland. A volcanic eruption under the Eyjafjalljökull Glacier sent a colossal plume of ash South wards towards Europe and the UK.
Raja Banerjee is passionate about travelling, watching movies and is an aspiring wildlife & landscape photographer, Raja spent several days touring the South, West and North of Iceland with our photo guide Olgeir. Here are just a few of the photos from his tour. Please check out and follow Raja on Instagram to see his full collection.
Your creativity is fed by novel experiences. Something new or a different challenge can help us to see the world differently and activate the creative side of you.
I remember my first Winter tour in South East Iceland because it was initially a camping trip. This was early September 2006. I had already experienced a full Winter in Iceland the previous year, but didn't have a car until now. I set up a lightweight tent at the...
What is the best time to see northern lights in Iceland? Iceland is a great place to visit year round. In fact you should visit Iceland at least twice because Icelandic Summer and Icelandic Winter are like two very different countries.
I had just bought my Canon 5D mark III, so this was a chance to put the full frame camera to the test.
Behind the mountains
This picture was taken around 3.30 on a Summer morning. This was a private tour through the Southern Highlands of Iceland. The area for our adventure is known as the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and is a huge wilderness between the Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull glaciers and the Landmannalaugar hiking zone. In fact the whole area is a hiking zone and includes the world famous Laugarvegur trail which is a demanding trek through volcanic and glacier landscapes for 53km.
South Iceland photo adventures Black sand beaches The Southern part of Iceland can be the basis for a great photo adventure. The South coast is rich with towering sea cliffs, volcanic stacks and black sand beaches. The Reynisdrangur sea stacks can be seen...