Sólheimasandur Beach

Sólheimasandur beach DC3 plane wreck
Photo: © Sigurdur Bjarnason / CC BY
Sólheimasandur beach plane wreck
Photo: © Thomas Leuthard / CC BY

In geological terms, the black sand plains of Sólheimasandur are a baby. Formed centuries, rather than millions of years ago the bleak landscape here is the result of glacial action caused by an eruption of one of Iceland's largest and most active volcanoes - Katla.

However, this uniquely Icelandic landscape is only the backdrop to Sólheimasandur beach's main attraction - the US Navy DC-3 plane wreck. Creating an evocative outline on the otherwise featureless plains this site has become one of the region's biggest tourist attractions. In fact a car park and access road have been built recently to cope with the interest.

Not a lot is known about the crash. It happened on November 24th 1973 and everyone on board survived, but the exact cause of the forced landing is still something of a mystery. The most likely reason was running out of fuel although some sources report the engines also iced up. Whatever the cause the remains are surprisingly well preserved, although it seems a few parts, including the tail section, appear to have been "salvaged" over the years.

One interesting fact about the plane wreck which is commonly referred to as the Sólheimasandur DC-3 is that it is in fact a C-117.

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Sólheimasandur Beach Weather Info

5 Day Sólheimasandur Beach UV Index

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Sólheimasandur Beach tide times & sea state

Mon 23/09 »

Surf report for Mon 23/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 6ft 15s  °  ° 20mph
Tide times
Low 12:44am (0.45m)
High 7:17am (1.04m)
Low 1:03pm (0.61m)
High 7:07pm (1.15m)
Daylight
First light06:16
Sunrise07:03
Sunset19:16
Dark20:03

Tue 24/09 »

Surf report for Tue 24/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 8ft 7s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 6ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
18:00 9ft 7s  °  ° 28mph
Tide times
Low 1:47am (0.37m)
High 8:11am (1.12m)
Low 2:00pm (0.53m)
High 8:02pm (1.24m)
Daylight
First light06:19
Sunrise07:05
Sunset19:13
Dark19:59

Wed 25/09 »

Surf report for Wed 25/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 9ft 7s  °  ° 26mph
Tide times
Low 2:32am (0.27m)
High 8:50am (1.22m)
Low 2:42pm (0.42m)
High 8:46pm (1.35m)
Daylight
First light06:22
Sunrise07:08
Sunset19:09
Dark19:56

Thu 26/09 »

Surf report for Thu 26/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
15:00 14ft 9s  °  ° 36mph
Tide times
Low 3:10am (0.18m)
High 9:24am (1.31m)
Low 3:20pm (0.30m)
High 9:26pm (1.45m)
Daylight
First light06:25
Sunrise07:11
Sunset19:06
Dark19:52

Fri 27/09 »

Surf report for Fri 27/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
12:00 11ft 9s  °  ° 24mph
21:00 7ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 3:46am (0.10m)
High 9:58am (1.41m)
Low 3:58pm (0.19m)
High 10:05pm (1.54m)
Daylight
First light06:27
Sunrise07:14
Sunset19:02
Dark19:49

Sat 28/09 »

Surf report for Sat 28/09
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 8mph
18:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Low 4:22am (0.03m)
High 10:33am (1.49m)
Low 4:36pm (0.09m)
High 10:46pm (1.59m)
Daylight
First light06:30
Sunrise07:16
Sunset18:59
Dark19:45

Today's weather

Rain

11 °C
(51 °F)

Moderate breeze, 21.2 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

10.6°C / 51.1°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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