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Djúpalónssandur beach

Djúpalónssandur Beach on Snæfellsnes Peninsula

I visited Djúpalónssandur beach for the first time the other day when driving around Snæfellsnes. I had heard about it before and seen some pictures of it but somehow never went there until now. When in Snæfellsnes, I had normally just been making the standard stops in the towns, mainly Stykkishólmur, Grundarfjörður and Ólafsvík and sometimes at the cliff viewpoint in Arnarstapi too. I guess Djúpalónssandur is more accessible today than it used to be some years ago, with a better road down to a parking lot that also looked somewhat recent.

Snæfellsnes is sometimes described as “Iceland in a miniature” and a perfect place to make a day tour from Reykjavík, but I think there is much more to see in Snæfellsnes than you can fit into a day trip even though a day will surely be better than nothing if a day is simply the time you have available. There is enough to see in Snæfellsnes to stay for a week, even a month … or even to live there for the rest of your life. Okay, let’s not get ahead of ourselves just yet 🙂.

Just a small example, reaching Djúpalónssandur in late afternoon, I could see that there was not enough time to walk all the different routes from the parking lot that the signs were pointing to but I am sure all were beautiful routes with enough to see. 

The beach has big rusty metal pieces from a shipwreck after the English trawler Epine GY-7 stranded off the coast of the peninsula on the evening of 13 March in 1948. Search and rescue teams from Arnarstapi, Hellnar and Hellissandur reacted but the weather was grueling, the tide rising and the waves were giant. Only five men from the ship survived. More ships have stranded in the area through the years, including ÁSA RE-18 in 1925. People have been asked not to tamper with the metal pieces in the sand.

It was a beautiful sunny day on the peninsula, with optimal conditions for taking photos, some of which you can see below.

Snæfellsjökull from the "frame" by Djúpalón
Snæfellsjökull glacier in a natural frame by Djúpalón. Photo: Ingunn Björnsdóttir

 

Snæfellsjökull from Djúpalónssandur beach
Snæfellsjökull from Djúpalónssandur beach. Photo: Gudmundur F. Magnússon

 

A giant rising from the sand at Djúpalónssandur beach?
A giant rising from the sand at Djúpalónssandur beach? Photo: Gudmundur F. Magnusson

 

Snæfellsjökull caught between a rock and a hard place.
Snæfellsjökull caught between a rock and a hard place. Photo: Gudmundur F. Magnusson

 

Remains from the shipwreck from 1948 with Djúpalón and Snæfellsjökull glacier in the background.
Remains from the shipwreck from 1948 with Djúpalón and Snæfellsjökull glacier in the background. Photo: Gudmundur F. Magnusson

 

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