Walking to the DC3 Plane Wreck

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Distance

5 miles

Route Type

Out-and-Back

Added by Steve Robert

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.

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 will notice a spot to park on the side of the road. From there you will start your 4km walk on the trail to the plane. Driving to the plane is now banned and a lot of people walk there. It is a good idea to visit the plane overnight and avoid the crowds during the summer months.

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