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Sólheimasandur Airplane Wreckage Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews

Sólheimasandur Airplane Wreckage Trail is a 8.0 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Rangárþing eystra, Southern, Iceland that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until September.

8 km
69 m
Out & Back


nature trips


bird watching



off trail

historic site

The trail used to be available for off-roading, but is now hiker-use only. You will walk through beautiful scenery but the trail itself is mostly flat and unremarkable. As you get to the black sand beach, the path can be a little tough to identify. The payoff is an old shell of a crashed DC-9 plane. There were no fatalities in the crash.

2 months ago

It’s ok like some of the people said it’s more of a walk than hike. I walked more like speed walked cuz it was raining sideways and 20 mph rain made it un-enjoyable. I was soaked by the time I got back to my car.

5 months ago

Facile. Terrain plat. Nous sommes allez pour le couché de soleil. Retour à la noirceur donc peu de touristes. Sentier bien délimité.

5 months ago

The walk is a little bit boring. The black sand beach is beautiful. The plane is nothing extraordinary.

6 months ago

Interesting wreck but sadly people are not respectful - clambering all over it, graffiti etc. It dims what should be an interesting object to view and photograph. As ever a minority ruin it for the majority. It is a heavily walked route so expect crowds

6 months ago

Not for everyone but worth doing if you have the time. This is a walk more than a hike. It's a relatively straight and flat march across the beach to the plane crash. Don't expect any more views than what you see from the car park. Do expect lots of people clambering over the wreck, stealing parts and a lot of graffiti, which is a great shame as this is such a unique site.

6 months ago

Very long hike of about 90min Loop to see a plane wreck

6 months ago

I wish people were respectful and would not climb the wreck... Nice walk regardless, went there for sunset

6 months ago

This was the worst thing I did during my week in Iceland. The wind is incessant and punishing - easily averaging 40-50 mph with much stronger gusts - and the prize is really not worth it. At the end you'll find a few dozen tourists climbing over an increasingly rusted and decrepit aircraft. It provides only a brief respite before you have to brave the winds on the trek back to the parking lot. You're better off looking at pictures of the plane online. Seriously, go do something else, Iceland has so much more to offer.

7 months ago

Was quite rainy and windy when I went, had to use positive self-talk to motivate myself to keep going. A long trek out for a few quick photo ops. Glad I did it (for the geocache); doubt I'd redo it. Bonus for the cruddy weather - not as many tourist out there.

7 months ago

flat straight hike

7 months ago

The wind was quite strong the day we went which made the cold hard to bare. It is an interesting stop. I would not go twice though

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Its a long walk through flat barren landscape, and was full of people when we got there so you couldn't get a good picture. A couple people had bicycles which might have made it worth it.

Friday, November 24, 2017

This gets a bad rap - it’s not a hike it’s a 4ish mile round trip walk on a path. The plane is very cool. Very spooky. And the black sand beaches are absolutely beautiful. No this is not a hike and yes it’s understandable that the tourist that come to the island and expected this to be a hike will be disappointed. However if you’re looking to see something cool and want to let your body rest from some of the grueling hikes you might have completed in the last days, this is a great way to spend an hour

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Went to look at the plane. It’s a long walk out. Once I got out there, people were all over the plane, even standing on top of it. Not even a good chance to get a photo. I would recommend going elsewhere.

Saturday, October 07, 2017

Was disappointed with this... with all the beauty Iceland has to offer I found this tour monotonous and anticlimactic. You hike a few miles just to get to a bare plane with tourists. If you're into aviation I'd recommend it but there are so many better places worth your time.

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