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

Sat 16/11 »

Surf report for Sat 16/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 16ft 14s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 15ft 14s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 13ft 13s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 1:22am (1.20m)
Low 7:09am (0.46m)
High 1:18pm (1.32m)
Low 7:55pm (0.26m)
Daylight
First light08:44
Sunrise09:42
Sunset16:21
Dark17:19

Sun 17/11 »

Surf report for Sun 17/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 12ft 12s  °  ° 25mph
12:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 14mph
18:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 2mph
Tide times
High 2:18am (1.14m)
Low 8:03am (0.52m)
High 2:11pm (1.25m)
Low 8:55pm (0.31m)
Daylight
First light08:47
Sunrise09:45
Sunset16:18
Dark17:17

Mon 18/11 »

Surf report for Mon 18/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 6s  °  ° 37mph
12:00 16ft 9s  °  ° 43mph
18:00 23ft 13s  °  ° 43mph
Tide times
High 3:25am (1.10m)
Low 9:10am (0.58m)
High 3:18pm (1.19m)
Low 10:05pm (0.35m)
Daylight
First light08:49
Sunrise09:48
Sunset16:16
Dark17:15

Tue 19/11 »

Surf report for Tue 19/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 23ft 15s  °  ° 40mph
12:00 22ft 16s  °  ° 36mph
18:00 18ft 12s  °  ° 34mph
Tide times
High 4:41am (1.09m)
Low 10:31am (0.59m)
High 4:36pm (1.16m)
Low 11:19pm (0.36m)
Daylight
First light08:52
Sunrise09:51
Sunset16:13
Dark17:13

Wed 20/11 »

Surf report for Wed 20/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 13ft 11s  °  ° 23mph
12:00 10ft 11s  °  ° 15mph
18:00 8ft 10s  °  ° 6mph
Tide times
High 5:54am (1.13m)
Low 11:51am (0.54m)
High 5:55pm (1.18m)
Daylight
First light08:54
Sunrise09:54
Sunset16:11
Dark17:11

Thu 21/11 »

Surf report for Thu 21/11
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 14mph
12:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 9mph
18:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 12:26am (0.33m)
High 6:54am (1.20m)
Low 12:58pm (0.45m)
High 7:01pm (1.23m)
Daylight
First light08:57
Sunrise09:57
Sunset16:08
Dark17:09

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

5 °C
(41 °F)

Moderate breeze, 27.4 km/h from SW

Sea temperature

8.8°C / 47.8°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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