A Wrecked Airplane as a Photography Location

The Solheimasandur Plane Wreck is just a travel photographer's paradise and is very fast becoming a huge tourist magnet. The black volcanic ash which creates this far-stretching desert-like landscape in contrast with the aluminum colored DC3 airplane is just hauntingly beautiful in a very minimalistic way.

A Wrecked Airplane as a Photography Location

To find this location you’ll have to continue around 10km from Skogafoss on the ring road towards Vik. You have to look for a gritty gravel parking lot with a fence and a gravel road with yellow border posts on your right side leading towards the south. During daytime, it’s pretty easy to find because of all the cars, but if there’re no cars it can be hard to spot! You’ll have to park the car at the parking lot since the road to the plane has been closed due to disrespectful visitors – or so I’ve read. Because of the closed road, you’ll have to walk the rest of the way which takes around 40 minutes. After the close down a marked route for the walkers has been made to easily find the plane.

A Wrecked Airplane as a Photography Location

The plane lends itself to beautiful and interesting photographs both on cloudy days, during sunrise from the autumn until the spring and sunsets during winter. Obviously, it’s also good for night photography and light painting. You’ll be fine with the full spectrum of focal lengths at this location. The main change dependent on what focal length you use is the perspective of the plane and if you’d want to include some of the small hills in the composition. Remember to experiment!

And here's my video to the location and links below it:

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