The story of DC3 or C-117 plane wreck on Sólheimasandur in Iceland
Douglas C-117 Plane wreck on Sólheimasandur and Mýrdalsjökull

The story of DC3 or C-117 plane wreck on Sólheimasandur in Iceland

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People have been told that the wreck is of a Douglas DC3, and so it states in most all popular blogs that can be found about the airplane. Some tell that it in deed is a Douglas DC3 Special, specially built for the US navy as a cargo plane. But the truth is different. The worlds most famous DC3 wreck that is sitting on top of its grave in a post-apocalyptic surrounding of vast sand dunes brought down to Sólheimasandur by glacial flooding is in fact a converted Douglas C-117.

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Sólheimajökull glacier in south coast of Iceland
Sólheimajökull in winter

Sólheimajökull glacier in south coast of Iceland

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Solheimajokull glacier is an approximately 11km long and 200m - 300m thick and 46 sqkm outlet glacier, which advances from Myrdalsjokull glacier. Sólheimajökull retreated by 973 meters (0.6 miles) from 2000-2015. In the years 2017 - 2018 the glacier retreated 100m. If the climate continues to warm, there is a possibility that the glaciers will have virtually disappeared in 100 to 200 years. "It is among the highest losses on the Earth," says pioneering glaciologist Helgi Bjornsson

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Urriðafoss waterfall
Aurora borealis or northern lights over Urriðafoss waterfall

Urriðafoss waterfall

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Þjórsá is Iceland's longest river, 230 km, and the second most voluminous river. Urriðafoss on the other hand is the most voluminous waterfall even tough the water volume has been diminished by up to 50% because of the 5 dam built in the river.

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Dyrhólaey Island in south iceland
Aerial view of Dyrhólaey

Dyrhólaey Island in south iceland

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Due to the breathtaking view from the headland and rich birdlife Dyrhólaey is a very popular destination on the south coast of Iceland. From the cape you have view on a good day out to Westman Island and even Surtsey in the south and over towards Eyjafjallajökull in the west and Mýrdalsjökull in the North. On the east side you have Reynisfjara black sand beach, Mt. Reynisfjall and Reynisdrangar.

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Vik I Myrdal
Vík í mýrdal

Vik I Myrdal

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Bordered by the glacial river Jökulsá to the west and the river Blautakvísl to the east Vik is the only seaside settlement in Iceland left without a harbour due to the nature of the coastline extended and formed by frequent eruption in the subglacial volcano Katla that sits under Mýrdalsjökull, the forth largest glacier in Iceland (700 km2) and marks the north borders of Vík.

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Skogafoss waterfall
Northern lights (aurora borealis) shining bright over Skogafoss waterfall on the south coast of Iceland

Skogafoss waterfall

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Skogafoss waterfall situated on the Skoga River in the south of Iceland, is one of the biggest waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 metres (82 feet) and a drop of 62 m (203 ft) of the cliffs of the former coastline. It is the last in row of waterfalls that stem from the passage of Fimvorduhals that erupted in march 2010.

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Hraunfossar waterfalls
Hraunfossar waterfalls in Hvítá in West Iceland Hraunfossar (Borgarfjörður, western Iceland) is a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 900 metres out of the Hallmundarhraun, a lava field which flowed from an eruption of one of the volcanoes lying under the glacier Langjökull. The waterfalls pour into the Hvítá river from ledges of less porous rock in the lava. The name hraun comes from the Icelandic word for lava. The Hraunfossar are situated near Húsafell and Reykholt and lava-tube cave Víðgelmir is close by. Literally a stone's throw upstream from Hraunfossar, there is another waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, the waterfall of the children, comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in former times. There was a natural bridge over the waterfall and two children from a nearby farm fell to their deaths crossing the river on the bridge. Afterwards, the grief-struck mother had the bridge destroyed.

Hraunfossar waterfalls

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Hraunfossar (lava falls) is the name of a 1 km row of beautiful little waterfalls that flow from underneath Hallmundarhraun lava and into the river Hvítá at a point called Gráhraun or Gray lava.

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Eyjafjallajökull volcano
Eruption in Eyjafjallajokull glacier and volcano in april 2010

Eyjafjallajökull volcano

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Eyjafjallajokull is located north of Skogar, and to the west of Myrdalsjokull glacier and the massive volcano there; Katla, at the borders of the South Icelandic highlands. Two glacier outlets ( crawling glaciers ) fall from Eyjafjallajökull to the north, down to the plain.The front one (western) Gígjökull or Falljökull and the inner one is called Steinsholtsjökul

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Reynisfjara black sand beach
Large sneaker waves at black beach

Reynisfjara black sand beach

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At Iceland's southernmost point, the black sand beach at Reynisfjara is one of the most beautiful beaches in Iceland.  With its enormous basalt stacks, roaring Atlantic waves, flying puffins and stunning panoramas, Black Beach is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches

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