It took us a while (and many kilometres of walking) to find this plane wreck by the Sólheimasandur black sand beach. In 1973, a United States Navy airplane was forced to land here after experiencing severe icing. Luckily all crew members survived the crash but the airplane’s fuselage was abandoned. When we got here there was no one at the beach. It felt like a scene from a post-apocalyptic movie. Haunting but still beautiful 👁🗨
|| Getting lost in Iceland 🌋
É ali, na praia de areia negra de Sólheimasandu, que os destroços do Dakota Wreck foram abandonados. Confesso que não foi fácil chegar na área, os acessos à carro não são permitidos e os 3km de caminhada no frio e vento quase me fizeram desistir no meio do caminho, mas vai por mim, vale a pena! O contraste da neve, a areia negra, o céu azul e carcaça cinza do avião, criam um cenário incrível.
A história desse DC-3 é um tanto misteriosa. Em 1973, o avião da marinha dos EUA, precisou fazer um pouso forçado e o local escolhido foi essa praia, totalmente inabitada. Por sorte, todas as as pessoas da tripulação sobreviveram. Por questões de logística e alto custo o avião ficou lá, abandonado. |
It’s there, on the black sand beach of Sólheimasandu that the wreckage of the Dakota Wreck were abandoned. I confess that it wasn’t easy to get to the area - the access to the car isn’t allowed and walk 3 Km in the cold and wind weather almost made me give up on the way, but I promise you, it’s worth it! The contrast between the snow and the black sand, the blue sky and the gray carcass of the airplane, created an incredible scenery.
The story of this DC-3 is somewhat mysterious. In 1973, the US Navy plane had to make a forced landing and the chosen spot was this totally uninhabited beach. Luckily, all the people on the crew survived. For logistical reasons and high costs the plane stayed there, abandoned.
Today, the office lunch thief ate my leftover Chinese food. 🍚 I’m pretty bitter about it, but choosing to focus on positive and fun things like this abandoned plane wreck in Iceland. ❄️ In the spirit of being positive, what’s the best thing that happened to you this week? 🏆
25 isn't so bad when you have a group like this to help you through 😅🙌 3Hour + hike in 60km wind/rain followed by a 2+hour car trip home while drenched, is exactly what I wanted for my birthday 😂🎉
Thanks for soldiering on through, and for my improvised special treat 😉 you know what in talking about @staceeeex @louisjenkins6 @daniellemduggan
"This plane wreck have turned into somewhat of a tourist attraction in Iceland. I crash landed there in the 70's (I think), and everyone survived. It's worth the 45 minute hike through a volcanic ash desert to get to. Very eerie scenery." -Erik #jenriks#iceland#planewreck#blackbeach
We walked 45 minutes each way to see this abandoned plane that emergency landed/crashed on this beach in 1973. ✈️ Despite what this photo may look like, we were not the only ones there. I waited quite a while, my hands freezing stiff in the brutal winter wind ❄️ to get this photo with no one in it.
However, I can’t really complain because I’d say there were only maybe 10 people there. I do believe going later in the day helped! Have you been to the Solheimasandur plane wreck? How many people did you see?