We are back on our next Iceland post, sharing our experience, photos and tips. If you haven’t seen yet, look at Iceland road tripPart1 and Part2 and Northern lights. This time we would like to show you the epic plane wreck on the black sand beach in South of Iceland. We will also give you few tips and explain how to get there, as we noticed that many people ask for it.
‘In 1973 a United States Navy DC plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur, in the South coast of Iceland. Fortunately, everyone in that plane survived. Later it turned out that the pilot had simply switched over to the wrong fuel tank. The remains are still on the sand very close to the sea.’
The breathtaking scenery of this white abandoned plane on the black sand beach. The sight is actually like from a science fiction movie, so surreal and beautiful. This place is the paradise for photographers in every way.
This small adventure is worth it, so if you are not sure we advise you to go, you won’t regret it.
Prepare yourself for a long walk, to get to the plane you need to hike for 40mins (4km).
The plane is located by the sea side in a little valley, so you won’t see it until you get to the end.
You can touch and even go inside of the plane.
We recommend you to go there around sunset time. The sun disappearing in the horizon of the Atlantic sea its just breathtaking and there is less crowd to take cool shots.
Driving to the wreck is forbidden. Cars used to get stuck everyday in soft, black sand and needed local’s help.
If we convinced you to take a trip there, then drive along the beautiful south coast. You need to pass the impressive Skogafoss waterfall and drive towards Vik.
There is a car park on your right side about 3 minutes after you cross the small bridge over Jokulsa river.
A lot of people struggle to find it, because there is no sign by the road, which point out where to turn for the plane. Also, You won’t be able to see it from the road.
The coordinates are as follows (63 27.546-19 21.887) and here is also a map for you.
We found our way there so hopefully with our help you will find it as well. Enjoy all the steps to the plane wreck it was a great adventure.