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DC-3/117 plane wreck can be found on Sólheimasandur black sand beach on the south coast of Iceland. It was originally used for cargo transport by the United States Navy. On November 21st 1973 the plane was on the way from the village of Höfn to Keflavík airport when the weather suddenly turned. The plane was hit with strong arctic winds and both engines gave out due to icing. The captain managed to land the plane on the frozen black sand beach and luckily the five persons that were onboard survived. The wreckage has weathered a few storms since then so there is not much left of the plane wreckage, it has however become a very popular tourist attraction and can be seen in commercials and music videos shot in Iceland, most notably Justin Bieber´s ”I´ll show you”.
FAQ about Sólheimasandur Black Sand Beach & DC3 Plane Wreck
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The Sólheimasandur DC3 plane wreck is located on the South Coast between the famous Skógarfoss waterfall and the town of Vík, after passing the waterfall you drive for another 5 min until you pass a bridge, you will see a carpark to the right and a walking trail from there to the plane wreck.
It takes approximately 1 hr. to walk one way. If the weather forecast is bad please do not venture out on the walk seeing as storms can come in rather quickly, there have been fatal accidents.
Distances from Sólheimasandur Black Sand Beach & DC3 Plane Wreck
It takes approximately 50 min to drive from Hotel Rangá to the carpark and then one hr. walk one way to the wreckage.
It takes approximately 2 hrs. 10 min to drive from Reykjavík to the carpark and then one hr. walk one way to the wreckage.
It takes approximately 10 min to drive from Skógafoss waterfall to the carpark and then one hr. walk one way to the wreckage.