Solheimasandur Plane Wreck

Solheimasandur Beach is a black sand beach on the south coast of Iceland that’s home to the US Navy DC-3 plane wreckage. The site is packed with history and thanks to its positioning the sun both sets and rises behind it providing ample photo opportunities.


On the 24th November 1973, this small navy plan crash landed onto Solheimasandur Beach due to serious icing. In a miraculous tale of luck, all the crew members survived to tell the tale, and the plane wreck remains on the beach to this day, and it’s now considered a photographers dream destination.

How to Get There

The plane is located a 50-minute walk south of Ring Road 1, just a two-hour drive from central Reykjavik. Park in the unmarked car park and begin walking along the path to the beach or, alternately, bikes can be hired to shorten the trip distance. Make sure you head here for sunrise to get photographs of the wreckage without the crowds.


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