How To Find Iceland’s Famous Sólheimasandur Plane Crash

Airplane Wreckage Iceland

Famous Plane Crash in Iceland

Sólheimasandur Beach, Iceland

I’m sure you’ve seen photos before. Twisted wreckage from an old airplane crash in Iceland on Sólheimasandur black sand beach. Here are the directions to find it.

UPDATE: Since writing this post, local landowners have banned access to vehicles driving on the beach. You have to walk 4km to the plane from the road.

It’s one of Iceland’s most iconic & haunting photography locations. On Saturday Nov 24, 1973 a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 airplane was forced to land on Sólheimasandur’s black sand beach in the south of Iceland after experiencing some severe icing.

Luckily all crew members survived the crash, but the airplane’s fuselage was abandoned. Now it’s become a photography dream location.

If you don’t know where to look, it can be a difficult place to discover on your own. Below you’ll find driving directions to the plane.

Airplane Crash Iceland

Mysterious Airplane Wreckage

Airplane Wreckage In Iceland

The 40 year old weather-beaten aircraft has become one of Iceland’s most dramatic photography spots due to its remote location on a desolate black sand beach. It looks like a scene out of some post-apocalyptic zombie movie!

The wings & tail are missing, it’s full of holes, and the crumbling fuselage is covered with wind-blown black sand. You can see a photo of the plane before the crash here.

I spent a night at this airplane crash site in my Happy Campers Van to capture photos of the Northern Lights. Luckily the aurora activity was very strong that night with clear skies, which can be rare in Iceland.

Photographers traveling through Iceland shouldn’t miss this spot!

To capture Northern Lights above the airplane wreckage, face North (inland), dress warm, and keep your eyes to the sky all night. Check out my guide to photographing the northern lights in Iceland.

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Northern Lights Iceland

Epic Spot For Northern Lights!

Directions To Crash Site

The Sólheimasandur airplane wreckage is located on Iceland’s South coast between Skógafoss waterfall and the town of Vik. After driving past Skógafoss going East on Route 1, you’ll cross a bridge with blinking yellow lights and a dirt access road to Sólheimajökull Glacier on the left.

The road sign here [PHOTO #1] marks the glacier access road. From this point, keep driving East for about 2 kilometers and keep your eyes open for another dirt road turnoff with a gate on your right [PHOTO #2].

It should be the only opening in the fence after the bridge. If you end up driving over a 2nd bridge, you’ve gone too far.

Plane Wreckage Directions Iceland

PHOTO #1: Road Sign After 1st Bridge

Plane Wreckage Directions Iceland

PHOTO #2: Gate & Turnoff that Leads to Plane

Plane Wreckage Directions Iceland

Four Wheel Drive Only? (you don’t need it)

Driving On The Beach

Once you pass through the small gate, you’ll see a yellow sign that indicates the track is recommended for 4×4 vehicles only. However unless the road is covered with fresh snow, you should be fine without it.

This beach road is packed down pretty well, (more gravel than sand) and a two wheel drive car will make it if driving slowly. There are some big potholes, so just be careful and take it easy.

The drive out to the plane from the main road is about 4km long.

UPDATE: Since writing this post, local landowners have banned access to vehicles driving on the beach. You have to walk 4km to the plane from the road.

Left At The Fork

There’s one fork on the dirt road, and you’ll want to stay left here. It’s only a few hundred yards past the gate. After that the road heads straight onto the barren black sand beach towards the ocean.

Someone has actually installed road markers on each side of the track, so it’s easy to follow even at night. Keep driving until you see the crashed airplane, about 4km.

You won’t spot the wreckage until the last minute because it’s hidden behind a sand dune near the edge of the ocean. Happy airplane hunting! ★

Turnoff GPS Coordinates

63.4912391,-19.3632810

Airplane GPS Coordinates

63.459523,-19.364618

Map From Skógafoss Waterfall

More Information

Location: Sólheimasandur Beach, Iceland [Map]
Car Rental: Happy Campers
Accommodation: Click Here For Deals in Iceland
Useful Tips: Check the weather forecast for clear skies & spend the night if you want shots of the Northern Lights. The plane is in the middle of nowhere though, make sure you don’t run out of gas or lock your keys in the car. It’s a long walk back to civilization.
Recommended Guidebook: Lonely Planet Iceland

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Comments & Questions

81 Comments

  1. andrew
    May 24, 2016

    hey matthew, thank you for the inspiring article! figure this would be a great place to do some light painting. im wondering how cold was it when you spent the night at the plane wreck??

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  2. Gio
    May 7, 2016

    OMG, We always follow your amazing page, unfortunately we flew to Iceland a week after they close the access to the DC3…We walked about 6 miles roudtrip from the entrance to the plane spot. Ouch!
    Keep Rocki’n with this amazing travel blog!!

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  3. Taylor
    April 12, 2016

    Great tips! I am heading to Iceland in a couple of weeks with my best friend, we will be sure to check out the plane! I can not wait, thanks so much for all your posts!

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  4. Nigel
    March 15, 2016

    We visited the site with a 4×4 on March 9th. The first 100 yards is where you need the 4×4 as it is just mud and deeply rutted. Once you get to the “beach” it’s fine as it’s solid-though has lots of potholes. The location is now printed on the tourist maps found in hotels\B&Bs etc. Surprised the land owners have not cashed in on this and charged a fee to access it.
    Your directions were great-however once we got near there were loads of cars coming\going so not easy to miss TBHO.

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  5. JG
    March 14, 2016

    Just wanted to send a little note that the site has been closed to all traffic as of today. The landowners are citing environmental reasons because people are driving off road and are leaving the area a mess. So, the road is closed.

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  6. Larry
    March 14, 2016

    Hi Matthwe
    I have not read your website yet.I will do that later this evening.
    Anyway my question is : If i leave the car (not 4wd) afer the Gate & Turnoff that Leads to Plane is it possible to walk there?.Yes of coarse , but how many km are there to get the wreck?I ave a child and I would like to find something interesting for him.
    Than you very much
    Gianluigi

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    • Matthew Karsten
      March 14, 2016

      Hi Gianluigi! The plane is about 4km away from the road.

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      • Carol
        March 15, 2016

        Hi Matthew. Is it safe to walk there in March?

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      • Larry
        March 15, 2016

        Thank you very much Matthew , ciao

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    • Nurul
      April 23, 2016

      Hi Larry, i just got back from Iceland today, me n my husband with our 2 babies walked a total of 8km to and fro the plane wreck site. It was a looooooooooong and tiring walk, as we babywear our kids with a carrier, weather wasnt great, it was raining througout the walk, and it was FReEZING!! But we MADE IT!!! I posted a video and some pictures on my instagram @luluism87 u can check it out too ;)

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      • Matthew Karsten
        April 24, 2016

        Thanks for the update Nurul! So I’m assuming walking is still allowed? Just no cars?

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  7. Sam
    February 22, 2016

    Hi I’ll be visiting Iceland in January and would love to see this! Is it possible this time of year? We will have a 2WD :/

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    • Travis H
      March 2, 2016

      While some driving is possible make sure you get 4X4! We hit 2 blizzards driving on the ring road last week. The weather constantly changes and roads ice over and become almost impassible with 2WD in a matter of minutes. One day the roads were clear and later that evening we were having a hard time driving with 4WD. Spend a little extra money and protect your safety. Also there is a lot of gravel even on the paved roads, so make sure you get gravel, dirt, and ash protection. We would have had to pay the entire amount of the car if we didnt have it and we were on the ring road the entire time!

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      • Bill Benson
        May 11, 2016

        haha, this person works for a car rental service in Reykjavik. Ignore that. You do not need all that extra protection, especially if you book with a credit card which will cover it for you.

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  8. Kaptain Redeye
    February 13, 2016

    Is it realy ILLEGAL to drive there without a 4×4 ?

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    • Matthew Karsten
      March 14, 2016

      The land owners have just restricted access to any vehicles, so now you’ll have to walk.

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      • Alexis
        March 14, 2016

        I just heard that the crash site has closed. Are you sure that walking to the site is allowed? I am going in a month and would like to know if I am allowed to park the car on the side of the road (near the access road gate) and walk to the site from there. Was thinking of contacting the farmer who owns the property and was cited in many of the articles…Thoughts?

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  9. Ashley
    January 4, 2016

    I hadn’t had a chance to write you when I had used your directions for my Iceland trip back in September. I had driven passed the opening and couldn’t find where the break in the fence was as I had gone too far. I pulled over and came across your blog when looking for directions. While sitting there, I noticed a car duck in, spotted the opening.

    Thank you for the informative site, I had the BEST time! :)

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  10. Esther of Local Adventurer
    December 20, 2015

    Thanks for writing this detailed post! We’re excited to be going in a couple months, and I’m sure this will be helpful! We’ll be going in the winter. Do you think any of the roads here might be closed?

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    • Matthew Karsten
      March 14, 2016

      Many back roads are closed in the winter, but the Ring Road is open year round. However after a big snow storm it may take some time to clear.

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  11. Ana
    December 8, 2015

    Thank you so much for the detailed info on how to find the plane crash! Because of you we found it! At night, without a 4 wheel drive :))) And it was beautiful with a full moon and all.

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  12. Fred
    November 26, 2015

    Penultimate day of a sensational drive around the whole country. Arrived at the wreckage half an hour before sunrise this morning; not a soul around. Had the entire site to ourselves for an hour and it was sublime.
    I could not imagine being there with people here, let along climbing all over it – you need solitude both to respect it and to photograph it without having your shot spoilt.

    Worth finding and worth getting there before everyone else’s alarm clocks go off.

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  13. Gerry Grant
    October 23, 2015

    Hello All…. So if I travel to the site and tell them I flew aircrew on this plane when it (and I !) were stationed at RAF Mildenhall (1969-1971), do you suppose they’d give me a ride out to it for free?? You know, pay homage to an old friend!! LOL! There is another C117D at Keflavik (buno 17191) that lies derelict on the base somewhere! It too was stationed out of Mildenhall…flew all over the UK and northern Europe in these planes. These are great images, thank you for sharing them!

    Gerry

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    • Matthew Karsten
      March 14, 2016

      Oh wow Gerry! That’s pretty cool. I bet you could hitch a ride out there with someone if you told them that story.

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  14. Julia
    October 19, 2015

    Instructions worked out (almost) fine. We went there the other day in a 2WD. Someone had removed the little poles at the beginning of the fork, so we ended up on a track next to the path. Was a bit dodgy for a while but managed to join the path without getting stuck. You really have to steer left to find the path. The plane was awesome, really very cool with the surrounding martian like landscape. However, beware, this is not the truly abandoned apocalyptic place as described. There were actually quite a few tourists driving up there every few minutes, kids climbing all over the plane and inconsiderate people obstructing every single photo. Some of the locals also try to make a few bucks and drive people up there in their SUVs. One such person complained he would call the police because people were “not allowed” to drive there in a 2WD (there were a few by now). Of course, he had charged the 5 or so tourists with him 50EUR to take them there and was annoyed his story didn’t play out so well. So plane wreckage is cool but it is not so secluded and special anymore i’m afraid. Take under advisement.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      October 19, 2015

      It really depends on the time of day and season I think. I’ve heard from others that had the spot to themselves recently. Get there around sunrise or sunset if you want to avoid crowds.

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      • Ryan
        November 2, 2015

        I went there on wednesday 28th october and we had the entire place to ourselves for the 30 minutes or so we were there. Great instrcutions, found the site with ease, and in a 2WD.

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  15. MORRIGAN
    September 20, 2015

    Hi Matthew, thanks a lot for sharing your great and haunting photos of the spot as well as for posting the route directions and other tips.
    I´ve learned about the existence of this plane via the official vid of the band Sólstafir, song Fjalla and was just searching for some further info on that.
    Some nice shots of the spot in the vid here
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmGdSOhBx8E – search betweet the min. 3:50 – 5:03 :)
    Hoping to have a chance to visit the place once…

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  16. Greg
    September 9, 2015

    We were just to the site a couple of hours ago, and I’m posting this from our guesthouse near Hella. Your directions were perfect. I just punched the position of the turn off from 1 into the GPS and followed the track back. We passed two vehicles on the way in, three were there, and five on the way out. Most were small CUV/SUVs like ours, a couple of wagons, and one small car came in as were leaving. I told the driver that he’d probably be OK – if he was very careful and slow. The track is fairly easy to see if daylight for most of the way, alternates between rocky, washboard, and relatively smooth, and consists of compressed black sand and rock. Like you said, climbing back onto the cow guard at the gate when leaving was a little steep. Well worth the visit just to see the miles of moonscape with a few hardy tufts of green. The plane is the icing on the cake. Thanks again.

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  17. Judy
    September 8, 2015

    Your directions were spot on. Thank you. They changed the first sign you see after you turn off the main road. A 4×4 is not required. The sign is in Icelandic and English and tells you the plane wreckage is 4km away, also to follow the marked road.

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  18. ute lark
    September 6, 2015

    Hi, thank you for the directions with the pictures, they were spot on and we found it easily. We had a 4×4 and it was good. There were some in normal cars though. Well worth a visit as it is an amazing site and walking to the sea was great in all the black sand. It was not crowded (3 cars )and suddenly we were alone. On the way there and back you can visit all the beautiful waterfalls on the way!

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  19. Stefan
    August 31, 2015

    Thanks so much for these directions, I was there earlier today and there were only two cars. I had to be quick with some of the shots though as the other guy and his girlfriend headed straight for the plane to climb into it and who knows what else, but I’m not usually one to linger. Btw, I drove there in a standard 2WD rental. It’s not ideal, especially due to the sharp-ish rocks and the entrance through the gate that’s quite tricky to navigate without scraping the bottom of the car, and in all fairness had I not been driving on some pretty gnarly dirt roads over the previous 5 or 6 days, I would probably not have attempted it. It is possible though.

    I agree about Iceland getting very touristy. I headed out into the west fjords, and aside from Laterbjarg I hardly saw anyone, also up north around Raurerhöfn. Anything near or close to the ring road is packed with tourists, even at Dettifoss, with the roads there in terrible condition due to heavy rain, there were quite a lot of people. However, it is possible to get some nice shots that don’t include other people – you have to be both patient and quick.

    Just one other thing that annoyed me a little was at the glacier lake the conditions were perfect, amazing reflections off the still water…until those damn zodiac tour people started tearing through the water, killing the reflections. You could see so many of the more serious photographers just shaking their heads. Again, be patient, be quick, if you can afford it rent a car that can at least take the punch from all the dirt roads you’ll want to travel on, and get gravel insurance.

    Thanks again for these directions. I did not get to see the Northern Lights this time, but at least I got to see the plane.

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  20. Fulvio Silvestri
    August 25, 2015

    Hi Matthew!

    Just want to say takk for the precise directions and add that the road to get there is ok for bicycles, in case some mad man (or woman) like me want to know. I’m posting one of the photographic results of the detour tomorrow morning on my Facebook page. Just got back home after 5 weeks on the road so it will take me some time for the rest of the photos.

    Should any of your followers need info on cycling around Iceland I’ve covered about 6,000km in 3 different trips so, please, do not hesitate to get in touch!

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  21. Sassenach
    August 16, 2015

    Btw, I did the whole Ring Road and a lot of other spots, off the beaten tracks(never offroad, don’t get me wrong) in 6 weeks, and there’s just 1 word for Iceland: beyond natural (magic) !!!
    I didn’t see the airplaine but I wasn’t focused on it. Maybe next time.
    Maybe… because I know these kind of spots are often a disappointment in july or august, with (lots of) people parking their car almost IN the plane, so that they have the best spot as in “ladies making a picture and returning the 5 meters to their car on their high heels” :-b Not real photographers, not hikers, not nature lovers, no respect for others,… bweih!!!

    2014… Iceland is more and more touristic… that’s right. BUT! If you leave the beaten tracks, in 5 minutes you don’t see anyone anymore and you’re alone with nature. Like in Landmannalaugar (Mt Everest base camp :-b), Gullfoss, Dettifoss….

    Problem for photographers who can’t make beautiful pictures of these spots: many people arrive by plane, rent a (very) expensive car,
    hurry to touristic sites, picture here picture there, and hurry up to the next ….
    Because the rental car must yield the money. Been there, done that..:-/ with no respect for all the rest. In Iceland, you must take your time.
    I’m staying and sleeping there in my own car and I think next time I’ll stay all night at the spot, to make pictures. Dream on….;-)

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  22. Khurram
    August 11, 2015

    Is it illegal to travel on that road in a passenger car, or just not recommended?

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  23. Julianna
    July 22, 2015

    I just wanted to say thanks a million for this post. Your directions were spot on! We visited in late June 2015. My hubby and I were there for over an hour and had the place to ourselves. It was like being on another planet. We never saw another vehicle or person coming or going. One of our favorite spots in Iceland. I think early visits might be the key. We stayed in Vik that night and were there by 9:45 or 10am? I think with the midnight sun a lot of people sleep in and start the day later. I will say we had a 4wd and I was glad. That is one rough route out there. They have a tiny sign inside the turn off from the road now that says 4wd only and no veering off the (faint) path. Thanks for this post! Keep up the good work!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      July 22, 2015

      Glad you found the plane crash Julianna! It’s a very photogenic spot, in an already very photogenic country.

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  24. Botak Jon
    June 17, 2015

    Thank you for your post. Was here on 11 Jun 2015 and was easy to find the path based on the info you provided. We were there in the evening, and there were only three cars (including ourselves). Hence we have plenty of time to have the ‘plane’ to ourselves. The road condition is ok for 2WD cars as I’ve seen one on the way out and one parked near the plame. Just need to drive slow and watch out for some big stones and pot holes.

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  25. Madeline B
    June 8, 2015

    Thank you so much for posting this! My fiancé and I are heading to Iceland for our honeymoon, and was worried I wouldn’t find the wreckage! Thank you for the directions. Cannot wait to officially see this beaut in person.

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  26. sujie
    May 20, 2015

    my friend and I will go to Iceland next month.
    and I’m so glad to find this page b4 we get there.
    Thank you for the infos in detail.
    I’m thinking of renting a compact car.
    Do you think it’s ok to drive there on mid-june by compact car?

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    • Shirley
      June 6, 2015

      Hi Sujie,
      May I asked when you are planning to Solheimasandur?
      I am planning to go there on June 26 and I’m looking for travel buddies, or even just to share the ride/car rental with someone. If you’re interesred, please drop me a line. I’d be happy to provide more info about myself and my travel plan.
      Thanks,
      Shirley

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      • SUJIE
        June 11, 2015

        Hi there.
        Sorry to reply this late.
        My friend and I are planning to go there on 23rd.
        We will stop by Solheimasandur before we are heading to Dyrholaey.
        If your schedule fits ours, feel free to email me.
        sujiekim@hotmail.com

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  27. Michael
    February 25, 2015

    I’ve known about this site for several years and desperately wished to photograph it. I finally had the chance to visit it recently. What a disappointment. This formerly remote spot is rife with selfie stick wielding, drone-flying tourists. Some respectful, others less so. In two hours of being there, I was the only serious photographer out there. About twenty car loads of tourists, about fifty people and three drones between them came and went, often driving right up to the wreck, destroying any decent shots of the site for anyone, so they could hop out and shoot a few selfies with their phone before driving away in a cloud of dust. I shot what I could and finally departed in disgust, never once having had the place to myself for even one minute. On my drive back to the main road, I passed mini-vans loaded with more tourists from three different tour companies heading out to the wreckage. Like many things in life, the fantasy is far better than the reality.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      February 25, 2015

      Sorry to hear that Michael, that was not my experience at all. I visited the site 2 different times, and only ran into one couple with their guide. Not sure what time you went, but early morning was good for me.

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    • Amy
      March 20, 2015

      How far past the gate is the plane? Was thinking on my trip in September to park my car at the gate and hike down but not sure how far it is? HELP! I need to go there!

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      • Matthew Karsten
        March 20, 2015

        It’s a few miles Amy. You should be ok to drive your car down to the plane in September.

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        • Amy
          April 1, 2015

          Thank you :)

    • Auður Ösp
      March 24, 2015

      I’m a travel blogger located in Iceland and I’ve always kept it in mind to tell people about things that are a little bit off the beaten path (to encourage people to explore more than just the Golden Circle – as amazing as it is).

      I made a few attempts to find this plane a few years ago when it was still relatively unknown but I never had enough time or the right car etc. to properly pursue it. I have to say that the journey of trying to find the plane wreck was much more gratifying than when I actually found it and I feel like that’s the case with many secrets spots. I have deliberately never given people exact directions to get here because I think it ruins the experience of trying to find it on your own. I tell people it’s in Sólheimasandur but then they’ll have to figure out the rest.

      There are actually many places in Iceland that I would never write about because sometimes it’s good that the places remain a secret until you meet someone on the ground who can either show it to you or you get vague directions that send you on a crazy journey. I’ve also been shown places by locals in their area and specifically asked not to share it’s exact location with the world.

      I understand why you and many other travel bloggers have written a post about this place, you want to help and it’s probably good for SEO since many people are looking for this information. But I really wished you hadn’t. Especially when I read comments about it being over-crowded.

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      • Tak.
        April 19, 2015

        I agree with this comment wholeheartedly.
        And I say that after having gotten to this website by trying to find a way to get to the wreckage site myself.
        My trip to Iceland is next month and I came across the wreckage pictures by accident and wanted more information on them, but I agree with the comment above and it made me rethink the reasons on why I was trying to find the information on line.
        Sometimes the best part of an adventure is the path to the place you are going and not the place itself.

        Maybe you should re-think your article a little and leave a bit of adventure and mistery to the last steps towards finding the site.

        I however, respect and appreciate what you tried to do regardless, so thanks for that.

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        • Matthew Karsten
          April 19, 2015

          If you want an adventure, don’t look up the directions. Faulting me for publishing information is ridiculous. For each person unhappy that I posted this, there are 20 others who are thankful. That’s the great thing about opinions. Everyone has one.

    • Jeremie
      July 25, 2015

      Michael,

      That sucks that was your experience, I was there at sunset and had the whole place to myself. As a serious photographer also, I hope that if you go back you’ll take the time to shoot it in good light when tourists and most others wouldn’t be there anyways.

      Golden hour in the summer tends to be late and everyone else is sleeping ;)

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  28. More2Explore
    February 19, 2015

    Matthew, Great work! Thanks for the coordinates, our GPS got us there; no problems. In fact, had we not had one, we would have driven right past the discreet fence. We had a great time with the kids there too! Here are some photos.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      February 19, 2015

      Awesome guys! Great to hear you found the crash site ok. Excellent photos too.

      Reply
  29. Amy
    February 18, 2015

    Hi There,
    I will be in Iceland in March 2015 for the solar eclipse but really really want to see and photograph this plane. I don’t drive and can’t find any tour that goes there. Private guides are a fortune for just me….Any ideas?

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    • Matthew Karsten
      February 18, 2015

      Maybe try organizing a group adventure to the plane on the Couchsurfing group for Iceland? I’ve done similar things.

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  30. Pradeep Chauhan
    February 16, 2015

    Iceland in July 2015 for me, can I drive to the site directly or does it involve any small parts of river crossing by foot at or near the site.

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  31. Dean
    February 15, 2015

    Thanks for the excellent directions, been searching for this for a while, definately on my to-do photography list.

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  32. Joanne
    February 8, 2015

    Planning a trip to Iceland in July, renting car. Single woman and non mechanical. How are the roads and if breakdown is there usually other Travellers who could assist along the roads?

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  33. We Travel Together
    February 8, 2015

    Actually, we didn’t know about this plane. Have to check that one out next time on Iceland. Thanks for sharing. And BTW: great shot of the northern light and the plane :)

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  34. Joanne
    February 8, 2015

    Better to hitchhike or rent car?

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    • Matthew Karsten
      February 8, 2015

      If you have the time and want an adventure, hitchhiking would be great. But out of convenience renting a car is probably best. As a photographer I’d go crazy not being able to stop everywhere I wanted to if hitching a ride with someone else…

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  35. Sarah
    February 1, 2015

    these pictures look so unreal! Perfect!
    It’s definitely on my list

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  36. Angel
    January 26, 2015

    *sigh*- one day =]

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  37. EuroTripTips
    January 21, 2015

    I wish I’d read this before my trip to Iceland in June. I tried looking for the wreckage but found nothing and continued to Vik instead. Now, does this mean I have to go back? ;-)

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      Yes, I believe it does! But don’t worry, you won’t get bored in Iceland. I’m planning to return soon too. You can’t see the wreckage from the road, and there are no information signs at the gate, so it’s tough unless you know where to look.

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  38. Dale
    January 21, 2015

    So convinced that Iceland is the one place that I really must tick off in 2015, and photos like the one with what’s left with the plane and the light above only make me wish we’d made this trip this winter.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      After seeing photos & hearing stories from other travelers all year, I couldn’t take it anymore and decided to go. Best decision ever! It’s a crazy cool country — especially for photography. There always seems to be beautiful & dramatic light there.

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  39. Amanda
    January 19, 2015

    Awesome directions! And definitely a site I’d want to see/photograph myself!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      The Sólheimasandur plane crash is one place you shouldn’t miss when traveling through Iceland. Mysterious & cool.

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  40. travelFREAK
    January 19, 2015

    What a magnificent site! Added it on my to-do list. I love the photo with the Northern Lights. Argh, you’re so lucky!

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      Thanks Jeremy! Yeah, having the clear skies & strong aurora activity on the same night I was at the plane was pretty lucky for sure. But it’s also important to stay up all night (in the cold) gazing at the sky, something not everyone will do. Many hours of waiting for that single photo…

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  41. David
    January 18, 2015

    Very helpful. This has been on my list to check out when I visit in a couple months.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      You’ll love it David, definitely stop here for some photos. Have fun in Iceland!

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  42. Macca Sherifi
    January 18, 2015

    I did not know this even existed, and now I want to go back to Iceland just to see it. Love the photos and the info; definiately bookmarking this one for the future.

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      There aren’t too many places where you can climb around on an abandoned crashed airplane. Check it out next time you’re in Iceland Macca!

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  43. James Robertson
    January 18, 2015

    I hitched around there 2 years ago and had a mission finding it until a local pointed it out. I was then walking across the black sands in search when a tour truck pulled up and gave me a lift (stood on the edge step and held on tight with the wind in my face and hair like a pirate spotting land) What a marvel…heard bear grylls lived in this for an experiment?!?!?! A must discover when in iceland :)

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    • Matthew Karsten
      January 23, 2015

      I didn’t know that Bear Grylls lived in it, that’s kinda cool. Would make a great TV or movie location for sure. I picked up some hitchhikers in Iceland while I was there, it seems to be pretty popular.

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    • D
      May 5, 2015

      He didnt ‘live’ in it really. he did a program about surviving if you got caught in the icelandic wilderness and getting the safety (head to the coast) and i think he spent one night in it for shelter.

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      • Sassenach
        August 16, 2015

        That was a ridiculous program and no one should copy what he did in that episode.
        Read the site safetravel.is and just don’t do silly things in Iceland.

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