Photographer's Note

Djúpalónssandur is a black pebbled beach located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland. The beach is at the foot of Snæfellsnesjökull glacier and is one of the highlights of West Iceland. The black pebbles are constantly being brought to the beach by the ocean waves but it is forbidden to pick them as they are protected and Icelanders want to keep them at the beach. [I didn't;'t know it and I brought a few pebbl;es with me :( ]. From the road there is a path that leads through a lava field, with amazing lava formations, to the beach. The scenery on the way and on the beach is magnificent with the Snæfellsjökull glacier towering over the place. One of the most noticeable thing on the beach is a big lava rock called Söngklettur or the Singing Rock. The rock has a red color and is said to be protected by the elves in the area. There is also a lagoon called Svörtulón or the Black Lagoon at the beach and in front of the lagoon is Gatklettur, a rock with a hole through it.

On the beach there are ruins of a shipwreck lying around there in the sand. These ruins are from a British fishing ship called The Epine GY7 that was wrecked there on March 13, 1948. Fourteen men lost their lives that day and five lived. The ruins from the ship are kept on the beach in memory of the fishermen and should not be touched.
Isn't this beach amazing? I liked it very much, hopefully you will like it too.

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Additional Photos by Malgorzata Kopczynska (emka) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13579 W: 141 N: 35194] (158672)
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