Featured Photo: Sólheimasandur Plane Crash
Situated about 2 hours southeast of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik, lies one of the country’s more unusual sights. The wreckage of a US Navy DC-3 rests in a seemingly endless field of grey volcanic sand. The plane crashed in 1973 after running out of fuel on a training flight. All crew survived, and the wreckage was left where it came to a halt.
The Sólheimasandur beach, that the wreck sits on, stretches from the highway all the way to the water’s edge and provides a eerie contrast to the bright silver fuselage. On the day I visited, the sky was covered in thick, low, gray clouds that made the black and white effect even more profound.
Stay Everywhere in Iceland is expensive. I stayed in a hotel on points, so thankfully didn’t have to pay anything. I would recommend staying in Reykjavik and renting a car to see the farther afield sites.
Notes The crash site is off of Route 1 between Skogafoss and Vik. Use the GPS coordinates of 63.4912391,-19.3632810 to find the turnoff. If you are coming from Skogafoss the turn will be just past a bridge on your right hand side. There is a very small brown sign noting the turnoff to the plane. Follow the hard pack dirt road a couple of miles to the plane. The road is easily passable in a small 2WD vehicle, but a larger SUV or truck would make the drive more comfortable. Take care in exploring the wreckage, as it is quite fragile and has many sharp edges.