Our last stop after a day of exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula (see the rest of the pictures from the trip here) was Djupalonssandur, a beach at the base of the Snæfellsjökull volcano. A snowy path led us from a parking area, through the lava field, and onto the black stones. Just before the lava field ends, there are several huge “lifting stones,” huge smooth stones traditionally used to measure the strength (and thus sea readiness) of fishermen. Suffice to say, most of us are not sea-worthy.
We lay on the smooth pebbles listening to the island and inhaling the crisp sea air. Sea birds called, the sun warmed the rocks, and each crashing arctic wave rattled the stones as it retreated.
[These photos are scanned 35mm film shots taken by me with a Canon EOS Rebel 2000.]