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

Weekly Sólheimasandur Beach UV Index

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Sólheimasandur Beach tide times

Tue 22nd January

Low 04:49am (0.28m)
High 10:58am (1.55m)
Low 05:26pm (0.01m)
High 11:40pm (1.40m)

Wed 23rd January

Low 05:32am (0.23m)
High 11:41am (1.59m)
Low 06:09pm (-0.02m)

Thu 24th January

High 12:24am (1.43m)
Low 06:18am (0.21m)
High 12:28pm (1.59m)
Low 06:54pm (-0.01m)

Fri 25th January

High 01:11am (1.43m)
Low 07:08am (0.21m)
High 01:17pm (1.54m)
Low 07:44pm (0.04m)

Sólheimasandur Beach sea state

Wed 23/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
12:00 8ft 11s  °  ° 13mph
18:00 7ft 10s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:17
Sunrise10:16
Sunset16:42
Dark17:41

Thu 24/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
12:00 8ft 12s  °  ° 26mph
18:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 21mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:15
Sunrise10:13
Sunset16:45
Dark17:43

Fri 25/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 12ft 11s  °  ° 25mph
12:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 28mph
18:00 10ft 12s  °  ° 12mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:13
Sunrise10:11
Sunset16:48
Dark17:46

Sat 26/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 12s  °  ° 11mph
12:00 7ft 12s  °  ° 4mph
18:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 10mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:10
Sunrise10:08
Sunset16:51
Dark17:49

Sun 27/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 12s  °  ° 4mph
12:00 5ft 11s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 6ft 13s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:08
Sunrise10:05
Sunset16:54
Dark17:51

Mon 28/01 »

  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 27mph
12:00 12ft 10s  °  ° 34mph
18:00 19ft 11s  °  ° 41mph
Tide times
Daylight
First light09:06
Sunrise10:03
Sunset16:57
Dark17:54

Today's weather

Cloudy

0 °C
(32 °F)

Light breeze, 9 km/h from NNW

Sea temperature

7.2°C / 45°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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