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Iceland is not the place for the people (and photographers) interested in modern architecture and street scenes. The population of Iceland is 340 000 (5 % of them are Poles, I even have heard it is 10%) and most of them live in Reykjavik. So the probability of meeting Icelander is rather low. If you see people they are just tourists.

Djúpalónssandur is an arched-shaped bay of dark cliffs and black sand, located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. The location was once home to a prosperous fishing village, similar to other abandoned hamlets and ports of the area such as Búðir and Hellnar. These thrived back when the Snæfellsnes Peninsula functioned as one of the most active trading posts of the island, but now are simply centres for tourism.

Fascinating remnants of this period are found in the form of four ancient lifting stones that still occupy the beach. The stones range in weight from 23 kg to 155 kg and were used to test the strength of fishermen. Their names are Amlóði (useless), Hálfdrættingur (weakling), Hálfsterkur (half-strong) and Fullsterkur (full-strong). Even today, you can see how you would have fared working on Iceland's dangerous seas by trying your luck at lifting these stones.

In 1948, the English trawler Epine GY 7 from Grimsby shipwrecked on the shore, with fourteen dead and five survivors. The rusty iron remains of the vessel remain scattered on the beach, now protected as a monument to those who perished. (From https://guidetoiceland.is/travel-iceland/drive/djupalonssandur).

So here the group of tourists trying to check if they could work on the fishing boat. Only one guy could lift the lightest stone (Amlóði (useless)).

In Google, I saw pictures that the stones were in different positions. So there are people who can lift them.

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