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

Tue 16/07 »

Surf report for Tue 16/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 17mph
12:00 6ft 10s  °  ° 20mph
18:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 19mph
Tide times
Low 4:57am (0.20m)
High 11:14am (1.22m)
Low 4:57pm (0.45m)
High 10:58pm (1.35m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:43
Sunset23:03
Dark00:00

Wed 17/07 »

Surf report for Wed 17/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 6ft 9s  °  ° 21mph
12:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 19mph
18:00 5ft 8s  °  ° 13mph
Tide times
Low 5:29am (0.19m)
High 11:45am (1.21m)
Low 5:26pm (0.46m)
High 11:28pm (1.35m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:46
Sunset23:00
Dark00:00

Thu 18/07 »

Surf report for Thu 18/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
3:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 10mph
12:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 8mph
Tide times
Low 6:00am (0.19m)
High 12:15pm (1.20m)
Low 5:56pm (0.45m)
High 11:59pm (1.36m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:49
Sunset22:58
Dark00:00

Fri 19/07 »

Surf report for Fri 19/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
9:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 12mph
18:00 4ft 9s  °  ° 11mph
Tide times
Low 6:32am (0.20m)
High 12:47pm (1.20m)
Low 6:30pm (0.45m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:52
Sunset22:55
Dark00:00

Sat 20/07 »

Surf report for Sat 20/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 4ft 7s  °  ° 10mph
21:00 3ft 6s  °  ° 16mph
Tide times
High 12:35am (1.35m)
Low 7:07am (0.22m)
High 1:22pm (1.19m)
Low 7:09pm (0.45m)
Daylight
First light00:00
Sunrise03:55
Sunset22:52
Dark00:00

Sun 21/07 »

Surf report for Sun 21/07
  Swell Period Swell direction Wind direction Wind speed
  Swell Wind
6:00 3ft 4s  °  ° 19mph
15:00 5ft 5s  °  ° 22mph
Tide times
High 1:15am (1.32m)
Low 7:46am (0.26m)
High 2:03pm (1.18m)
Low 7:54pm (0.46m)
Daylight
First light01:41
Sunrise03:57
Sunset22:49
Dark01:06

Today's weather

Partly cloudy

12 °C
(53 °F)

Fresh breeze, 33.5 km/h from ESE

Sea temperature

11.3°C / 52.4°F

Rating

Average: 4 (1 vote)

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