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

UV Index scale

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Temperature Averages

Average Water Temp

Sólheimasandur Beach tide times & sea state

Sun 19/05 »

Surf report for Sun 19/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 19mph
12:00 5ft 6s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 4ft 6s  °  ° 7mph
Tide times
Low 5:09am (0.09m)
High 11:23am (1.39m)
Low 5:21pm (0.27m)
High 11:27pm (1.45m)
Daylight
First light02:11
Sunrise03:57
Sunset22:30
Dark00:16

Mon 20/05 »

Surf report for Mon 20/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 7mph
12:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 18mph
18:00 5ft 7s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
Low 5:50am (0.12m)
High 12:05pm (1.33m)
Low 5:59pm (0.34m)
Daylight
First light02:02
Sunrise03:54
Sunset22:33
Dark00:25

Tue 21/05 »

Surf report for Tue 21/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 18mph
12:00 3ft 9s  °  ° 14mph
Tide times
High 12:04am (1.40m)
Low 6:32am (0.16m)
High 12:50pm (1.25m)
Low 6:39pm (0.43m)
Daylight
First light01:52
Sunrise03:51
Sunset22:36
Dark00:35

Wed 22/05 »

Surf report for Wed 22/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 15mph
21:00 4ft 10s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
High 12:43am (1.33m)
Low 7:16am (0.23m)
High 1:38pm (1.17m)
Low 7:22pm (0.52m)
Daylight
First light01:38
Sunrise03:49
Sunset22:39
Dark00:50

Thu 23/05 »

Surf report for Thu 23/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 7mph
18:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 2mph
Tide times
High 1:26am (1.25m)
Low 8:07am (0.30m)
High 2:34pm (1.09m)
Low 8:14pm (0.60m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:46
Sunset22:42
Dark00:00

Fri 24/05 »

Surf report for Fri 24/05
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 5ft 9s  °  ° 9mph
15:00 5ft 10s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 2:16am (1.17m)
Low 9:06am (0.38m)
High 3:43pm (1.04m)
Low 9:21pm (0.66m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:43
Sunset22:45
Dark00:00

Today's weather

Light rain

7 °C
(44 °F)

Moderate breeze, 20.9 km/h from SE

Sea temperature

8.3°C / 47°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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