Þórshafnarflugvöllur

THE ABANDONED AIRPORT IN ICELAND


‘Þórshafnarflugvöllur’ is a small airstrip in north-east Iceland, near the village of Sauðanes.

The small airport had the ICAO code BITH. The ‘Þórshafnarflugvöllur’ or ‘Þórshafnar Airport’ had a gravel runway for flights to other parts of the country. In July 1969, a Douglas R4D-6 41-50187 of the United States Air Force was damaged beyond economic repair in an accident at Þórshöfn Airport. The plane wreck is still present today and used by sheep as a shelter for bad weather. In 1996 it’s wings were removed.

Today the local airport is found 5 km south in Þórshöfn. I visited the old  ‘Þórshafnarflugvöllur’ in 2013.

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