How to find the crashed plane in Iceland?


A plane crashed in Iceland, yes, as you hear it. On our trip through Iceland a true TO-DO was to go see the Sólheimasandur crashed plane, a surrealist icon that few people know, but that has been photographed hundreds of times both for its good condition and for the privileged situation of this curious American DC-3.

Crashed plane in Iceland

The famous crashed plane in Iceland

A United States Navy DC-3

On November 24, 1973 a plane DC-3 of the United States Navy He was forced to land due to a serious mechanical problem. All the aircraft crew survived for the pilot's adventures and for the long black sand beach of this lost corner of Iceland.

United States Navy

What remains of the plane?

The plane is missing both its nose, tail, wings and much of the interior and engines. Still it is difficult to find a plane in such good condition and less in a place like this. The best thing is that you can access inside, look through its windows and even see how little is left of the cabin. When we got to the plane from the back, the feeling was strange, it was like entering a small house undervalued, but with a multitude of small windows. By the way, if it rains it is a good place to take refuge.

Interior of the crashed plane

Where can I find the crashed plane in Iceland?

Most tourists traveling by Iceland on the Ring road or they don't know it or they don't have the means to access the crashed plane. To access the plane you need a 4 × 4 or an act car for roads F, since you have to travel about 4 kilometers along a long black sand beach. What do not you have ?. You have to walk a good stretch of track, go very slowly if you go on a normal tourism (eye you can get caught) or hitchhike the first 4 × 4 that goes to the plane.

DC-3 in Iceland

The crashed plane or also called the Sólheimasandur plane is located in the southern part of Iceland. For you to locate yourself, it is not far from the famous Skógafoss waterfall. The detour is located 9.8km eastbound to Vik or Sólheimajokull (see on Google Maps). Calculate that this deviation, somewhat hidden, is two kilometers past the road that goes to Sólheimajokull. Keep in mind that the plane is on the right, near the sea.

Crashed plane map in Iceland

He road is not marked, you will see a rock ramp with a very narrow yellow railing where the cars that take the track that goes to the crashed plane pass. There's a sign indicating that if you don't follow the track, the police will be called. We wonder who and how, since you will be in the middle of nowhere…


The plane is at the end of the long runway of black sand. Since not long ago, with views so that nobody gets lost, they have put stones and small wooden sticks painted yellow along the track. Depending on the day they are visible or semi-buried, so be careful not to get lost. Our recommendation is to bring GPS.

After about 4km from the ring road the famous crashed plane will appear in Iceland, a place where many have spent the night inside with theirsleeping bag or tent, I don't say more ...

So you do not miss we leave you the GPS coordinates Iceland's most wanted:

  • GD: 63.459523,-19.364618
  • GMS: N 63 ° 27 '34.283 ”OR 19 ° 21' 52.624”

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Travel Notes

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Since March 2016, many restrictions have been placed to visit the plane, since you have to go through private areas. Farmers in the area have cut off access and limited the visit to the plane.

To access the crashed plane SIXT gave us an excellent 4 × 4 that without it would have been impossible.

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