Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck — Iceland

Bucket List item #002: Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck — Iceland

In 1973, a United States Navy plane crash-landed on the Icelandic coast after the pilot mistakenly switched over to the wrong fuel tank. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the incident, and the debris has been left for the rest of the world to enjoy!

The plane wreck is isolated– it lies near the sea and is surrounded on all sides by miles of sand. To get to the wreckage, it is recommended you rent an AWD or 4×4 vehicle. There is no path or clear signage, so you really are taking the road less travelled by! Once you reach the crash site, you’ll find the scenery to be absolutely breathtaking and serene.


Photo courtesy of Jonathan Grado/Flickr

Although Sólheimasandur  is most definitely an adventure to be had, it is also a shameless photo opportunity. After all, how often do you get to climb in, around, and on top of wrecked planes?!

Maybe it’s the active, crazy, and artistic kid in me, but I really want to venture into and around this plane, taking all sorts of photos. I dream of capturing the starkness of the wreckage, with the mountains and ocean beside it in the background!

For its spectacular views and its uniqueness, Sólheimasandur is high on my bucket list for things to do in Iceland!

For some really creative shots of the plane wreck from other seasoned travelers, you can check out Instagram, Flickr, and Google Images for inspiration. 🙂

Featured Image of Sólheimasandur courtesy of Lenny K/Flickr.


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