Also known as the Black Lava Pearl Beach, Djupalonssandur is located on the Snaefellness peninsula. The path that leads to Djupalonssandur is called the Nautastigur which translates to the Path of the Bull. The path was most probably given this name because bulls were being watered at one of the lagoons found here and they used this path. As a matter of fact, the beach owes its name to these lagoons, called the Deep Lagoons. Djupalonssandur means the Deep Lagoon Sands. Although the lagoons are said to be freshwater lagoon, only the surface water is fresh since the water rises and falls with the tide.
Djupalonssandur is located just a short distance from the main road and the beach is a walking distance from the parking lot. There are warning signs at the parking lot that advises people against going too close to the beach. The suction of the sea at this seaside is so powerful and these warning should be taken quite seriously. The sea is sometimes calm but other times there are waves big enough to wash someone into the sea.
There are some four stones at the beach, each of different size, referred to as lifting stones. Fishermen used them to test their strengths by lifting. The heaviest of these stones weighs 154 kg and the lightest weighs only 23 kg. The second lightest stone weighs 54 kg and those fishermen who could not lift this stone were not accepted as oarsmen on the fishing boats. The second stone in weight weighs 100 kg and is called “halfsterkur” which is Icelandic for half strong. All the four stones have Icelandic names which translate to Strong, Half-strong, half as good and lightweight, in descending order of weight.
Djupalonssandur is a beauty of black lava with a lot of beautiful lava formations. There is a particular rock called Gatklettur. It has a hole through it through which one can see the Snaefellsjokull glacier, a site to behold. Another lagoon is found behind this rock, called Svortulon, or the Black Lagoon. The Path of the Bull walks you through the beautiful lava and opens up into an even more beautiful lava beach. The small black pebbles that are the surface of this beach are usually referred to as the pearls of Djupalon.
There are metal pieces on the beach which belong to a British trawler that was wrecked in 1948, killing fourteen out of nineteen fishermen. The survivors of the shipwreck were rescued by the locals from the neighboring villages. The remains of the wreck have been left there, protected and not to be tampered with, as a memory of these fishermen. The Dritvik cove can be accessed by a 1 km hike from Djupalonssandur beach. The Dritvik cove has a natural harbor surrounded by high lava walls.
You can visit Djupalonssandur in your own car or you can hire a car in Reykjavik. There are also a number of guided tours to the snaefellsnes peninsula such as the Snaefellsnes National park Day Tour and you can hop into one of these.