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Djúpalónssandur

Location

Djúpalónssandur is a black pebble beach on Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland and has in recent years become an extremely popular tourist destination. It was once home to sixty fishing boats and one of the most prolific fishing villages on the Snæfellsnes peninsula but today the bay is uninhabited.

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Other noteworthy points of interest in the area are Snæfellsjökull, Vatnshellir Cave, Lóndrangar, Djúpavík and Hellnar, Snafellsnes- Og Hnappadalssysla, Iceland Four lifting stones are in Djúpalónssandur, used by fishermen to test their strength. They are Fullsterkur (“full strength”) weighing 154 kg, Hálfsterkur (“half strength”) at 100 kg, hálfdrættingur (“weakling”) at 54 kg and Amlóði (“Useless”) 23 kg. Weakling marked the frontier of wimphood, any man who couldn’t lift it was deemed unsuitable for a life as a fisherman. These stones were traditionally used to qualify men for work on fishing boats, with the Hálfdrættingur being the minimum weight a man would have to lift onto a ledge at hip-height to qualify. On the beach there are remains of the Grimsby fishing trawler Epine (GY7) that was wrecked there on March 13, 1948.

 

Nearby Places

Snæfellsjökull, Hellnar, Búðir, Kirkjufell