Posts Tagged ‘Southern Iceland’

Icelandic Rainbows: a Photo Essay

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A vivid rainbow in Southern Iceland

One of the things that stood out most about Iceland was the moody weather. During my trip in early October, it easily felt like there were three seasons in a single day. Rain and hail were intermittent. The weather changed as quickly and dramatically as Kanye West’s moods. There was an upside to ever changing weather… a constant supply of rainbows.

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Rainbow and plane wreckage on Sólheimasandur beach in Iceland

Iceland is a giant rainbow factory. I’ve never seen as many rainbows, or ones as dramatically impressive anywhere else on the planet.

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A rainbow appears above Skogafoss waterfall

There were so many rainbows, I was convinced we were going to stumble upon a unicorn factory.

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A vivid double rainbow along the ring road in Southern Iceland

I shot the panorama of the double rainbow above with my iPhone 6s.

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Rainbow + waterfall = win

There were times where I’d think “that looks like photoshop” because the rainbows were so vivid and real. It was a nice reminder that there is an upside to rainy weather, and added to the already stunning Icelandic scenery.

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Exploring the Sólheimasandur Plane Crash Site in Southern Iceland

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Wreckage from the 1973 DC-3 on Sólheimasandur Beach plus a red coat and a rainbow

The Sólheimasandur plane wreck in Southern Iceland is a must-see destination for aviation geeks and photographers alike.

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Moody clouds and rainbows add Icelandic atmosphere to the U.S. Navy Douglas Super DC-3

Located on the black sand of Sólheimasandur Beach, on the coast of Southern Iceland, the wreckage of the US Navy DC-3 plane is worth exploring.

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The DC-3 fuselage adds an unexpected element to Iceland’s already dramatic landscape

The Sólheimasandur plane crash site is not morbid — all the crew members survived the crash landing which was caused due to extreme icing that forced an emergency landing on the black sand of Sólheimasandur beach.

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Left: You can still faintly read the United States Navy on the fuselage Right: wires dangling from the cockpit

Rarely can you get this close to plane wreckage. You can even climb inside.

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The Sólheimasandur plane wreck has been hit by graffiti artists. I don’t think the pink works.

According to Jórunn Sjöfn Guðlaugsdóttir, our photo guide in Iceland, the plane wreck site is much easier to reach since markers have been placed on the beach to guide tourists to the site. But you definitely need to be driving a 4×4 since the sand is soft in some parts.

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It’s amazing that you can actually walk up to (and into) the DC-3 wreckage

the Sólheimasandur plane wreck site can be reached off the ring road. Between the Skógafoss waterfall and Vik. The GPS coordinates are 63.459523,-19.364618.

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Sólheimasandur is a popular stop for aviation geeks and photographers visiting Iceland

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Dramatic clouds, rainbows, and black sand at Sólheimasandur wreck site

Visiting the wreckage on Sólheimasandur Beach is a bit surreal. The plane feels like a leftover prop from a movie shoot.

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Anastasia’s red coat adds a nice pop of color against the black sand of Sólheimasandur beach

 

 

 

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