Information about Sólheimasandur

Solheimasandur is a vast area of sand and gravel along the south coast of Iceland, between the cliffs of the interior and the modern shoreline. It was built up by immense glacier bursts sweeping from the mountains to the shore.

The glacier bursts would come via the glacier river Jokulsa a Solheimasandi which runs from the Solheimajokull outlet glacier and towards the sea.  

The beach of Solheimasandur is astonishing. It is quite common as far as sands and pebbles go but the colour stands out, a dark greenish, sometimes reddish grey, turning pure black when it turns wet. Mixed with the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean it becomes an amazing sight.

Another impressive sight is the plain wreck of a DC-3 belonging to the US Navy that ran out of fuel and crashed on the sand in 1973, and is still located at the very same spot. It is also seen in Icelandic band Sigur Ros's film Heima.

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Attractions nearby Sólheimasandur

South Shore

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Sólheimajökull

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Kvernufoss

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Skogar Museum - Skógarsafn

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Skógar

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Skógafoss

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Dyrhólaey

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Seljavallalaug

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Þorvaldseyri

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Reynisfjall

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Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

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Magni

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Reynisdrangar

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Vík í Mýrdal

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Móði

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South Coast

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Fimmvörðuháls

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Mýrdalsjökull

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Eyjafjallajökull

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Gígjökull

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