DC-3 Plane Wreck Shuttle

DC-3 Plane Wreck Shuttle
The shuttle is equipped to handle the rocky terrain.
in 1973 the US Navy DC-3 Plane crashed onto the black sand desert of Iceland's south coast.
The DC-3 Plane Wreck has become one of the most popular non-natural attractions in Iceland.
The DC-3 plane wreck looks different depending on lighting and weather conditions.
Normally it would take an hour of walking to reach the DC-3 plane wreck, but with this shuttle tour, you will reach the plane in 15 minutes.
Some lucky visitors have witnessed the Northern Lights dancing about the DC-3 Plane Wreck.

Take a trip to one of the most photographed sites on Iceland’s south coast, the DC-3 plane wreck. This shuttle tour is perfect for those who want to see this incredible landmark with ease and comfort.

On November 21st, 1973 this US Navy aircraft was on a routine flight from Höfn in Iceland’s east. At around 2 pm, the Douglas R4D-8 Super DC-3 aircraft crash-landed on the black sand desert of Sólheimasandur, between Hvolsvöllur and the fishing village of Vík í Mýrdal on the South Coast.

All passengers aboard the flight survived the crash, and the Navy abandoned the plane. Since then, the remains of this plane have been lying on the volcanic sands, exposed to the elements. 

After the tourism boom of 2011, visitors began to make a pilgrimage to the crash site to catch a glimpse of this unnatural wonder against the stunning and stark landscape.

Until recently, to get to the DC-3 plane, visitors had to park on the main road then hike for an hour. Now there’s a better way. 

With this shuttle tour, you will board a comfortable bus that takes you directly to the plane wreck in about 15 minutes.

Along the way, you will be able to take in the rocky and otherworldly landscapes of Sólheimasandur. This area was created by glacial bursts and floods over thousands of years, carving a black sand desert out of Iceland’s southern coast.

Once you arrive at your destination, there is plenty of time to take in the surroundings, get a closer look at the plane, and take those outstanding photos. After you have witnessed the incredible sights of this unique attraction, you will board the bus again and head back to your starting point.

This shuttle operates all day between 10 am and 5 pm. This means there’s plenty of opportunities to take advantage of this incredible site, and still fit other things into your day.

This is the perfect way to see the DC-3 plane wreck in absolute comfort. This attraction won’t be around forever, so don’t miss out. Pick a date and time to check availability. 


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - May.
  • Duration: 1 hour
  • Activities: Sightseeing
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Sólheimasandur, South Coast, DC3 Plane Wreck
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 10:00. 10:45, 11:30, 12:15, 13:00, 13:45, 14:30, 15:15, 16:00, 16:45, 17:20,

Sólheimasandur parking lot
The plane wreck shuttle departs from Sólheimasandur parking lot, located 6km east of Skógar and 27km west of Vík.
  • Transfer to the DC-3 Plane Wreck and back

What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Good shoes

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Free cancellation
No credit card fees
No booking fees