Djupalonssandur

At the tip of Snæfellsnes peninsula is the tiny inlet of Djupalonssandur, used in centuries past as a landing for small fishing boats. The beach is made of black sand and small black smooth pebbles and surrounded by craggy rocks. The smooth pebbles on the beach are unique but it is forbidden to pick them. The bay was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the Djupalonssandur is uninhabited.

Fishermen at the time were allocated wages according to their strength; measured on weight-stones, still visible down by the landing.   The 4 stones are named for their weight; Fullsterkur (Strong, 154 kg), Hálfsterkur (Halfstrong, 100 kg), Hálfdrættingur (Half-as-good, 54 kg) and Amlóði (Lightweight, 23 kg). Men who couldn't lift Amlóði weren't considered fit to work on the boats. You are more than welcome to try your strength on these stones.

You can still see the remains of the Grimsby trawler epine (GY7) that wrecked on the beach in 1948. The iron is kept on the beach in memory of the seamen who lost their lives that night.

Here, not even the roar of the ocean can cover the sound of the seagulls constantly on the move!

 

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