At the tip of Snaefellsnes peninsula is the tiny inlet of Djupalonssandur, used in centuries past as a landing for small fishing boats. Craggy rocks surround the beach, made of black sand and small black smooth pebbles.
The smooth pebbles on the beach are unique. Please do not pick the stones. It is not allowed. 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.
Strength determined the fishermen salaries; measured on weight-stones, still visible down by the landing. The four stones 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 still 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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