Here are a few photos of my trek to the site of the famous Iceland plane crash. I’ll have more on the adventure later, but for now, here’s some photos taken with the Canon PowerShot G7X Mark II camera.
The hike from the parking area on Route 1 (Ring Road) to the plane crash is approximately two miles, for a round trip of four miles. At one time you could drive to the plane if you knew where it was. However, as the plane gained popularity due to the Internet and social media, authorities installed a fence and parking lot to limit damage to the beach. Walking at a brisk pace, the hike to the plane takes about 45 minutes. The hike is down a rocky road that is barren, however off in the distance there is the opportunity for epic sunsets (or sunrises) at the right time of day or year. I took this hike in August 2018 at approximately 9-10PM to miss the crowds. There are often a multitude of people at the plane all day long. Even at 10PM there were people at the plane as seen in these photos.
You don’t see the plane until you are almost there!
The sign at the parking lot says “do not climb on the plane.” Yet, that’s what almost everyone did. I didn’t. It sounded like the rickety roof could cave at any minute. A young lady cut her hand sliding off the top while I was there.
You can go inside the plane. The integrity of the plane is in very poor condition and it’s only a matter of time, in my opinion, before the authorities limit access or remove the plane to a protected location.
Wind and rain could ruin the hike. Wear a waterproof/windproof jacket (at the least) and have a waterproof backpack to stash your gear in case it rains.