The Plane Wreck | Vik, Iceland

Day 5 in Iceland

Finding the Wreck

When I decided to go to Iceland, this was the part I was looking forward to most! There is a US Naval plane that crashed on an Icelandic beach near Vik in the 1970′s, and it is now an abandoned wreck. It is really hard to find, and most people don’t even know it’s there. We tried asking a few passersby for directions, and no one knew what we were talking about. A couple hours after we started looking, however, we finally found it.

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That's Mýrdalsjökull again in the background.

That’s Mýrdalsjökull again in the background.

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No one was harmed when the plane made its crash landing onto the beach, but it has remained on the shore where it landed for almost 50 years.

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I managed to get into the cockpit, but in order to do so I had to cross these very unstable metal beams. Not an easy task.

I managed to get into the cockpit, but in order to do so I had to cross these very unstable metal beams. Not an easy task.

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What? Everyone else was doing it.

What? Everyone else was doing it.