The South

On 21 November 1973, a US Navy aeroplane was forced to crash-land at Sólheimasandur. The crew all survived, but the wreckage of the militarised Douglas DC-3 remains on the black-sand beach, a lean shell whipped by the wind. There was once a road down to the beach but visitors must now walk from a basic car park. Be aware, it's an easy, but not pretty, walk. It's around 4km each way (roughly three hours to do the round trip).

There is talk of paving a road to the site. Find the Sólheimasandur trail-access car park 8km from Skógar on the right, when travelling towards Vík.

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1. Sólheimajökull

3.12 MILES

One of the easiest glacial tongues to reach is Sólheimajökull. This icy outlet glacier unfurls from the main Mýrdalsjökull ice cap and is a favourite spot…

2. Kvernufoss

4.44 MILES

Pretty much off the tourist radar (you'll likely have the place to yourself) is this hidden 20m waterfall that you can walk behind. The short trail to it…

3. Skógar Folk Museum

4.65 MILES

The highlight of little Skógar is the wonderful Skógar Folk Museum, which covers all aspects of Icelandic life. The vast collection was put together by…

4. Skógafoss

5.33 MILES

This 62m-high waterfall topples over a rocky cliff at the western edge of Skógar in dramatic style. Climb the steep staircase alongside for giddy views,…

5. Drangshlíð Rock


Impressive turf houses and old farmhouses built into an enormous freestanding rock, in front of the Eyjafjöll Mountains. Local farmers would keep their…

6. Dyrhólaey

9.74 MILES

One of the South Coast’s most recognisable natural formations is the rocky plateau and huge stone sea arch at Dyrhólaey (deer-lay), which rises…

7. Reynisfjara

11.08 MILES

On the western side of Reynisfjall, the high ridge above Vík, Rte 215 leads 5km down to the black-sand beach Reynisfjara. It's backed by an incredible…

8. Reynisdrangur

11.67 MILES

Vík’s most iconic cluster of sea stacks is known as Reynisdrangur, which rises from the ocean like ebony towers at the western end of Vík's black-sand…