Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck | Iceland Photo Spot

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Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck-Photo by Marcus Holland-Moritz
Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck-Photo by Marcus Holland-Moritz

The Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck is what remains of a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 aircraft that was forced to land on the black sand shores of Iceland on the 24th of November, 1973. The plane underwent an emergency landing. Two popular theories explain the cause; some claim the aircraft was forced to land due to extreme icing. Others say the pilot mistakenly thought the plane was out of fuel and handn’t select the right tank. Whatever the cause, all the passengers survived, and the aircraft was left here to decay slowly.

The plane is a fair hike of about 4 kilometres from the parking lot, but the walk and the views are worth it. The plane is a great photography subject on the black sand, and many angles can capture the wreck and the surrounding sea and mountains.

There is parking off the main road (Route 1) and anticipate a fairly level but lengthy hike to the plane. While you can explore the aircraft and go inside, please be considerate and take care not to damage the wreck so others may also enjoy it. Finally, the wreck has become a popular tourist destination, so an early morning visit is recommended, especially if there may be a sunrise.

(South Coast of Iceland)