Dritvik and Djupalonssandur

Dritvik and Djupalonssandur

Dritvik and Djupalonssandur
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Tigerman777
936 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2017 • Solo
Both beaches are spectacular!!!! Dritvik is surrounded on three sides by lava. It was the main landing place for row boats for centuries. In fact, from the mid 16th to the mid 19th century Dritvik was the largest and most productive spring fishing station in Iceland, which lasted from early April to the middle of May. Some of the remnants of the stone facilities can still be seen at the edge of the lava. There are good information markers with a nice (although weather beaten) map to explain and show the area.
Djupalonssandur is absolutely SPECTACULAR!!! The path to the beach, is splendid, with green, bright reddish brown and yellow moss and grass. The best part of the path is you're literally walking between jagged A'a lava (a very jagged type of lava, which has of course, been badly weather beaten and covered with moss in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula). Make sure you look up ahead of you and you will see a hole in one of the formations, creating what to me almost looks like an arch. Just make sure to stop when looking, you don't want to trip😬. You then come to the 'aflraunasteinar', the lifting stones used to test the strength of the fishermen. See if you can lift any of them. I dared not to try, I have three hernias, meaning I would need to go to the hospital for emergency surgery if I did. I guess I would be considered 'Amlödi', useless. (You'll know what I'm talking about when you go). I'm ok with that this time😀. There also are the remnants of the trawler Epine GY 7, which sunk east of Dritvik on March 13th, 1948. 14 men lost their lives and five were saved by Icelandic rescue teams. It's neat to see, but please do not touch the remnants. The round pebbles are beautiful at the beach. Although very beautiful, PLEASE be careful at this beach because the waves are VERY dangerous here!! They can be quite deceptive. One really neat thing I noticed was the difference in color to the right side. The water near shore was dark, almost navy blue, while the water farther out was turquoise, and farther out still it was sea green. To me it's unusual to see three different colors in such a short distance. Make sure you turn around (once far away from the waves) and enjoy the view behind you, walking among the lava formations. They were spectacular when I was there, with the sun shining from behind, brightening the colors immensely. Once to the top of the trail again, make sure to observe the magnificent Snaefellsjökll glacier directly ahead, especially if it's sunny and somewhat/completely clear on top.
I don't know why some people don't appreciate this place, it makes no sense. Please don't listen to those who call these beaches average. Go and judge for yourself. There's an Icelander I know who says he loves this place-it's like stepping into lava wonderland. I 200% agree with him. I don't think any of the other places I stopped at in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula are better, just different.
There are some other areas that you might want to stop at nearby, like the Lóndrangar volcanic plugs. You also may want to stop at Arnarstapi to see the large bird colonies of kittiwakes, fulmars, gulls and Arctic terns. Then there are the beautiful cliffs here, of course with birds and the beautiful 'Gatklettur', Arch Rock. There are some gorgeous basalt caves to appreciate as well. And let us not forget the statue of Bardur (his last name was Snaefellsnes, the one who settled this area) one who has been deified by Icelanders. It's actually kind of a sad story about him and his family.
A couple other areas nearby to maybe check out are Ytri-Tunga, where you can see cute seals, as well as some of the birds mentioned earlier, the Eldborg volcanic crater hike and the lighthouse at Malarif, where there are bathrooms.
I know, I know, this is a long review, but none of the areas mentioned at the end are in reviews on TA, so I felt compelled to say something😬. In conclusion, PLEASE visit all of these areas mentioned if possible. They're all close to the two beaches mentioned and ALL ARE INCREDIBLY BEAUTIFUL!!!!! The Dritvik and Djupalonssandur beaches are both 200% worthy of visiting. Just please be careful just about everywhere in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula because the winds can get strong enough to pick up stones and smash car's windows. It's a good idea to not get too close to the edge of any cliffs. Come and visit, linger, enjoy, appreciate and cherish the memories in the area. And that I'm sure you will do TA friends.
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Written May 3, 2017
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Matthew F
Mesa, AZ75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2017 • Couples
Most people stay on the trail. Don't. Walk down to the beach that is near the parking lot and play in the rocks. We sat and watched the huge waves crash for 15/20 minutes (until they picked up in intensity lol!). It feels like you're on another planet down there.

Dritvik is nothing special. We walked the 1 mile hike and it just takes you to a beach.
Written March 9, 2017
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Karen K
Vermilion, Canada373 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
At Djupalonssandur, we walked down a number of stairs to get to the beach. This beach was one of the highlights of the Snaefellsnes peninsula wonders. The picturesque beach was covered by countless little black stone pebbles which had been shaped by the non-stopping forces of the ocean and wind. At the beach, we found ruins of a shipwreck with tons of pieces of rusted ship strewn on the beach. There were also big rounded stones which in the past were used to measure people’s/sailor’s strength in order for them to be hired on one of the ships. Each stone had a different weight with the heaviest weighting 154kg. The smallest stone – 29kg – useless, full strength(154kg), half strength (100kg), weakling (54kg)! Not to be missed! Free attraction. Fairly large parking lot. Washrooms there, but they were not open when we visited.
Written June 5, 2016
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4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2014 • Solo
The iron remains on the beach at Djupalonssandur are the remains of the Grimsby trawler Epine (GY7) that was wrecked on March 13th 1948 with the loss of 14 of her 19 crew. There is an information board before the beach giving the background in several languages and requesting that visitors dont remove any of the iron. This wreck came as a surprise to me, a visitor with links to UK fishing ports, and despite our conflicts with Iceland over the years re fishing it was nice to see these sad remains being treated respectfully.

Also on the beach are lifting stones that were historically used to test the strength of potential fishermen.
Written April 10, 2014
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paulatToronto
Toronto, Canada142 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
This is a stop along the drive along the Snaefellsnes peninsula. There are two routes to choose. You can take a longer route down and up a path to the black sand beach. It was a place where fishing boats met and parked in the pass. Wreckage can be found. Another route to the Utsyni Viewpoint is open to wheelchairs. You can have a birds' view of most of the beach here.
Written September 3, 2019
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itcheetam
Los Angeles, CA3,609 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2017 • Friends
Snaefellsnes peninsula is so beautiful, picturesque and serene. Definitely if I am to come back again, this area is my favorite. Walking down to the beach is a feast to your eyes, every corner you turn is worth taking pictures. The various rock formation, the colors, the black pebble beach that turns to black sand beach. The wreckage, the opening in the rock, the foliage all add so much to the setting. You feel like you are in a STAR WAR movie, so surreal. We spent hours walking and taking pictures, worth a long stay.
Written December 19, 2017
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Life traveller
North East England, UK3,775 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016 • Couples
We happened across this fascinating little cove by chance, looking for a place to turn round the car. However, we found plenty of interest, from the moss covered lava on the way to the parking area, to the black sands, the rock with a hole named Glatklettur, the rusty wreckage of a Grimbsy trawler still lying photogenically on the sands, interesting cairns, and the rocks used to test if the local men were strong enough to be an oarsman on the fishing boats. A gem of a cove, not to be missed!
Written August 31, 2016
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JGrant44
Cork, Ireland329 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2014 • Couples
You'll see the rock formation from the road so no excuses for not taking the turn to the parking area right near it. A boarded walkway does a small loop for views along the cliff to the main formation.

However, don't just stop there walk up to it and the view is more dramatic and you will get a view of all the seabirds and their guano on the cliffs looking back along the coast too. It is only a small walk and if you have come all this way.....
Written July 1, 2014
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Malgorzata
12,091 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2019
Djupalonssandur is a beautiful pebbled beach, with a series of rocks of mysterious form emerging from the ocean. About 1 kilometer west of Djúpalónssandur beach is a small bay called Dritvík. The cliffs and rocks leading up to this beach are spectacular. Astounding geological formations, absolutely breathtaking. Great views and a variety of different trails you can walk. You can also see the volcano and glacier Snæfellsnes in this place. Amazing.
Written March 24, 2020
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M G
Manchester, UK196 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019 • Family
Visited the area & the beach with the shipwreck. Volcanic beach so was very dark & brooding when we visited in the late afternoon as it was starting to rain, very Game of Thrones.Interesting information regarding the Shipwrecked British steam ship. There a couple of ponds and some stone arches. Worth a visit, particularly in good weather
Written September 8, 2019
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