southern iceland guide

S27 – DC3 Plane Wreck Site *

HOW to get there
Distance from Vik ~ 23 km (14 mi)
Travel time ~ 20 min.

From Vik, follow Route 1 towards the capital until the Sólheimasandur Parking on the left side of the road. From here you will have to walk about 4 km (2.5 mi) to the beach.
Tourists often come to see the location of the DC3 Plane Wreck and its barren and wild surrounding landscape, near Reynisfjara and Cape Dyrhólaey.

On November 24, 1973, a US Navy aircraft made an emergency landing due to bad weather conditions. Fortunately, the entire crew survived, but it proved unfeasible to restore the plane. Since then, its aluminum frame lies in the volcanic sands on Iceland's south coast and has become one of the island's most popular man-made attractions. It is impossible to reach this place by car – the owner of the land blocked the road due to the influx of tourists. But you can park the car in the free parking lot in front of the beach and walk on foot to the wreckage. The path is not short – about 4 km (2.5 mi) and takes approximately 40-45 minutes.
During the day there are too many tourists who even manage to climb onto the plane. It’s best to come here either in the early morning or at night when you can photograph the plane against the backlight of the Northern Lights.