Where to find the Abandoned plane wreck at sólheimasander, Iceland

Finding the Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck is actually very simple if you know where to look. It’s a long walk and a very popular destination so we have put together a small guide and the map on what to expect when you visit this infamous photo destination in Iceland.

This amazing location was number 8 in our 18 best places to photograph in Iceland

1.You need to be awake VERY early. 

It’s a very popular destination in Iceland and easy to see why. However, the reality is...everyone wants ‘that shot’ standing next to, on top of or in the plane and if you are not up early you better be prepared to wait or have a giant pink and purple jacket tour group in the background of your photo. If you don’t care about these things,have a sleep in and go at your own leisure. 

For the photography enthusiasts who want a beautiful shot, like everything in photography, you better be leaving early and arriving no later than 7am. 

2. Be prepared to walk. 

It’s an 8km or 5 mile return walk from the parking lot to the plane wreckage. It is not a hard walk, it is very flat it may just take you awhile. 

3. Climbing the wreckage. 

There are foot holes towards the very end of the plane, use these to help you up. It’s not exactly easy and watch your hands for sharp metal, I cut mine. 

4.Have courtesy for photographers and other travellers. 

Be respectful of others who are there before you and taking their photos first. 

Despite it being a very popular spot there was only two other people there when we rocked up so early. It did become frustrating watching other tourists knowingly ruin another persons photo when they arrived well after she/he did. This is all a part of photography and is something we all learn to have patience with. But try to let other people do their thing for a couple of minutes at least.

5.Combine the Sólheimasandur and Skogafoss Waterfall in the sAme morning.

If you are up early enough to find Sólheimasandur first, you will certainly still be up early enough to get to Skogafoss (10 kilometres away) without many people there either. Grab a coffee at the Hotel Skogafoss Bistro

Click here for the map location of Solheimasandur Plane Wreck