Black sand beaches occur where lava flows enter the sea. The sand is quenched lava that is mostly glass. The finely divided glass and crystals weather quickly so the beaches don’t usually last for long periods. They are located in various parts of the world such as Hawaii, Iceland and Alaska.
Djúpalónssandur beach is one of the highlights of Snæfellsnes peninsula wonders. The picturesque beach is covered by countless little black stone which were shaped by the non stopping forces of the ocean and the wind.
The unique shapes of the frozen lava is dominating the landscape around it´s like stepping into a lava wonderland.
Djúpalónssandur beach is an awesome place, like so many other places on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a lava wonderland. The unique shapes of the lava is dominating the landscape around
This black pebble beach, which is supposedly haunted and houses an elf church (yes, we Icelanders still believe in elves :) ), was the site of a shipwreck that took the lives of fourteen British sailors in 1948. You can still find rusted metal fragments from the accident scattered all over the beach as a reminder.
At the Snæfelssnes peninsula the pitch black lava stretches straight down to the ocean with golden sands in between which is rare in Iceland since most beaches are black sand beaches.
This is Skarðsvík. A pagan Viking grave from the 10th century was found here close by in 1962. The skeleton of a young man and his belongings are now preserved at the National museum of Iceland. Who knows what else lies buried there
Djúpalónssandur beach is an awesome place, like so many other places on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. It is like stepping into a lava wonderland with a series of rocks of mysterious form emerging from the ocean.