Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
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Djúpalónssandur is a black sand beach in a small cove on the southwestern tip of Snæfellsnes Peninsula. Also known as the black sand pebble beach, this location is famous for its unique rock formations and the wreckage of a British trawler that lies on its shore. The surrounding lava flowed to the sea and created a stunning landscape of rugged cliffs and stacks with holes and graphic formations. There are also two small lagoons that rise and fall with the tide. This location offers a symphonie of contrast between the crashing white waves and the black sands that glisten when wet against the backdrop of rugged cliffs, thus creating a mesmerizing tableau of textures and hues.

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The parking lot lies 2 kilometers off the main road. From there, numerous paths lie down between the stacks and to the beach and the lagoons. The quickest path down to the water’s edge is 500 meters and an easy hike.
Public transportation unavailable
There is no public transportation available in this area
Car recommended
Unchallenging terrain accessible by car
Excellent phone coverage
Great phone coverage without interruptions
Not needed
Guide is not needed

Services nearby

There are lots of hotel options around this area. Snæfellsnes Peninsula is one of Iceland’s most visited tourist places with all the services you might need for your production. The famous Hótel Búðir lies only 33 kilometres away. The nearest hospital is in Stykkishólmur, 101 kilometres away.
< 30 km
Gas station
< 30 km
Hospital or emergency room
More than 50 km away
< 1 km
< 30 km
< 30 km


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The area is owned by the government.
Shooting permits are issued by the local government
Djúpalónssandur is a part of Snæfellsnes National Park
Shooting permits are issued by the local government

Basecamp and facilities

There is a medium-large parking lot at this location with basic WC facilities. From the parking lot, there is a 500 meters hike through paths all the way down to waters edge. Phone coverage is excellent at this location.

Risk factors

The surf can be big and current strong, and accidents can happen along the rocky coastline if you venture too close to the edge while filming from above.


Djúpalónssandur is a popular tourist attraction where most people stop for a few hours exploring the beach, stacks and numerous hiking paths that lead through the lava.

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