Epic Plane Wreck

Top

ICELAND

ABANDONED
DC–3 PLANE ON
SÓLHEIMASANDUR BEACH

July 2017 • Canon 60D camera •
Samsung G7


Sólheimasandur

63° 27′ 32.7′ N, 19° 21′ 53.3′ W

In 1973 a United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and crashed on the black beach at Sólheimasandur. All the crew members survived and the plane was abondoned at the beach. The wrekage has since become something of a rite of passage for photographers to visit. We visited the plane in the late afternoon with bad weather condtions. At the start of our walk it was pouring with rain and the wind was directly infront of us making the 45 minute walk from the car park more then an hour. The terrain was flat gravel, with nothing in front of us or to the side. It felt otherwordly with the thick clouds and the black ground.

When we arrived at the plane it was like a white ghost that appeared from nowhere. The good news was that no one else was around. This is a popular site and you see pictures of people standing on the plane and all over the place. Because of the weather no one was here. The bad news was I could hardly take any good photos because of the gale force wind and lashing rain. We took cover inside the plane which was facinating to see for a bit before we headed back. It was quite an adventure visiting the site in this kind of weather and well worth it. I prefered this way as had it been good weather we would not have such a hauting image of the ghost like plane in the black landscape.


Explore more of Iceland



ICELANDIC HIGHLANDS

Helicopter flight

Flying over Iceland and landing on a glacier and geothermal area

SOUTH ICELAND

Dark skies

On the lookout for Puffins in stormy conditions on the South coast

SOUTH EAST ICELAND

Glacier hunting

Visiting Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon & Diamond beach

View all articles for Iceland








Related Articles



FAROE ISLANDS / FAROE ISLANDS

Long & Winding Road

Photos from around the Faroe Islands

PERU / INCA TRAIL DAY I

Inca Trail begins

The start of the classic Inca Trail with a gentle hike on a sunny day

CHILE / MIRADOR CUERNOS

Fairy tale landscape

Short hike for a closer look at the horns of Cuernos del Paine






Back to full list of destinations