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 23/03 »

Surf report for Sat 23/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 22ft 14s  °  ° 27mph
12:00 16ft 13s  °  ° 26mph
18:00 16ft 12s  °  ° 31mph
Tide times
Low 5:41am (0.05m)
High 11:52am (1.60m)
Low 6:06pm (0.02m)
Daylight
First light06:21
Sunrise07:08
Sunset19:40
Dark20:26

Sun 24/03 »

Surf report for Sun 24/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 23ft 13s  °  ° 39mph
12:00 20ft 13s  °  ° 35mph
18:00 14ft 12s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
High 12:16am (1.53m)
Low 6:25am (0.07m)
High 12:37pm (1.53m)
Low 6:49pm (0.11m)
Daylight
First light06:17
Sunrise07:04
Sunset19:42
Dark20:29

Mon 25/03 »

Surf report for Mon 25/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 9ft 11s  °  ° 24mph
12:00 14ft 10s  °  ° 34mph
18:00 20ft 13s  °  ° 34mph
Tide times
High 12:59am (1.47m)
Low 7:12am (0.14m)
High 1:25pm (1.42m)
Low 7:35pm (0.24m)
Daylight
First light06:14
Sunrise07:01
Sunset19:45
Dark20:32

Tue 26/03 »

Surf report for Tue 26/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 18ft 13s  °  ° 31mph
12:00 15ft 13s  °  ° 25mph
18:00 13ft 13s  °  ° 17mph
Tide times
High 1:45am (1.37m)
Low 8:03am (0.23m)
High 2:20pm (1.28m)
Low 8:27pm (0.39m)
Daylight
First light06:10
Sunrise06:57
Sunset19:48
Dark20:35

Wed 27/03 »

Surf report for Wed 27/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 13ft 11s  °  ° 33mph
12:00 20ft 11s  °  ° 39mph
18:00 18ft 13s  °  ° 18mph
Tide times
High 2:38am (1.25m)
Low 9:05am (0.35m)
High 3:29pm (1.14m)
Low 9:31pm (0.53m)
Daylight
First light06:06
Sunrise06:54
Sunset19:51
Dark20:38

Thu 28/03 »

Surf report for Thu 28/03
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 15ft 12s  °  ° 33mph
12:00 20ft 12s  °  ° 38mph
18:00 26ft 13s  °  ° 43mph
Tide times
High 3:44am (1.14m)
Low 10:26am (0.44m)
High 5:05pm (1.04m)
Low 11:03pm (0.64m)
Daylight
First light06:03
Sunrise06:50
Sunset19:54
Dark20:41

Today's weather

Rain

5 °C
(41 °F)

Strong breeze, 40 km/h from SSW

Sea temperature

7.2°C / 45°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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