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Discover Iceland's famous plane wreck with our Shuttle Service. Easy access to an iconic landmark.
Hop aboard the Plane Wreck shuttle for the 4 km (2.5 mi) to the DC-3 aeroplane wreckage on the hauntingly beautiful black sand beach of Sólheimasandur. The shuttle is available seven days a week between 10:00 and 17:00 and takes just 10-15 minutes to get to the plane!
The remnants of a DC-3 aeroplane on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandur has become a must-see site for many travellers along south Iceland.
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.
It’s an interesting place to visit as the plane sits in a sea of nothingness, just black sands and some scattered metal. The juxtaposition of the aircraft against the natural elements of Iceland is striking.
The Plane Shuttle saves visitors time as it takes 10-15 minutes each way to reach the plane as opposed to a nearly 2-hour round-trip walk. Park your rental car in the designated Sólheimasandur parking lot, and the shuttle runs from 10:00 to 17:00 seven days a week. The last departure is at 17:00 (dependent on daylight hours). The parking area is located 6 km east of Skógar (3km east of Sólheimajökull) and 27 km west of Vík. Please see the map for details.
- All year
- 1 hour
- Meeting Point
- Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck Parking Lot
Activity provider: Icelandic Mountain Guides by Icelandia
Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck Parking Lot
Need to know
Tickets can be purchased on the bus and online.
- Flexible Cancellation
- No Booking Fees
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- Transfer to / from the plane wreck
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