ATV Thrills, Plane Wreck Exploration & Black Beach Adventure: Ride. Discover. Experience.
Activity provider: Icelandic Mountain Guides by Icelandia
Looking for an active tour in south Iceland? Get an adrenaline rush while riding an ATV on vast black sand beaches! This thrilling 2-hour guided tour includes breathtaking views of the surrounding area and a visit to the Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck.
About this tour
This action-packed adventure begins after meeting your ATV guide at the Arcanum Base near the Mýrdalsjökull Glacier. You will receive all the necessary gear and a short safety briefing before venturing out to ride on Iceland’s sweeping black sand beaches.
An expert guide will lead the group to the coastline to witness breathtaking views of the surrounding area. You can get a glimpse of Dyrhólaey, a peninsula that is the southernmost tip of the country, and the mighty Mýrdalsjökull Glacier in the distance. Your guide can provide information on the area and highlight points of interest and make sure to keep you safe.
After leaving the black sand beach, the tour will head to the famous Sólheimasandur plane wreck. The DC-3 plane was used for cargo transport by the United States Navy, and it crashed in November 1973 on the way from the town of Höfn to Keflavík International Airport. The weather changed during the flight, the temperature dropped, and both engines eventually gave out due to icing. Luckily, none of the five crew members was injured in the crash. The wreckage remains on the beach, and this little-known site became famous after being featured in Justin Bieber’s “I’ll Show You” video, released in 2015.
Following the plane, you will drive to the Jökulsá River and up the foot of the mountain before returning to base camp.
Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp
- All year
- Meeting Point
- Mýrdalsjökull Base Camp
Need to know
Accessible to all people in good health.
A valid driver’s licence is required to drive an ATV. Single riders and groups with odd numbers are required to book a single-ride ATV.
- A valid driver’s licence is required to drive an ATV
- Flexible Cancellation
- No Booking Fees
What’s included and what to bring on this tour
It’s important to always be prepared for your next adventure in Iceland. See our list of what’s included, and what you should bring or add to your trip
- Experienced and qualified guide
- ATV per two persons
- Insulated cover-all
- Helmet and balaclava face mask
- Extra warm clothing
If you're planning a trip to Iceland, it's important to be prepared with the right information. Here are some frequently asked questions (FAQs) to help you plan your trip
Our meeting points have no official addresses, but you can see directions and GPS points if you click the map above.
Before we head to the glacier for the tour, we need to get everyone fitted with the equipment, crampons and harnesses. The crampons need to be adjusted to each person's shoe size, so it is important that people arrive 20 minutes before so everyone is ready at the departure time.
We always recommend to book as soon as you are ready especially if you have a strict travel schedule or a large group. It is easy to change or cancel 24 hours before departure by emailing us (email@example.com). Tours can also be purchased the day of as long as there are spaces available.
Yes, you're allowed to bring a camera or GoPro to capture the stunning landscapes. However, keep in mind that you're responsible for securely attaching your equipment.
While we provide insulated coveralls, helmets, balaclavas, and boots (optional), we do recommend wearing warm, layered clothing underneath, especially if you are sensitive to cold.
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