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Europe > Iceland > Solheimasandur Plane Wreck > Useful Info
Updated on Nov 07, 2018 Useful Info

How to actually get to the Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck (Google Maps' driving directions is wrong as of 2018)

How Google Maps is Wrong

  • First thing first, I followed Google Maps' direction and wasted about an hour. Don't make my mistake
  • Basically, to get to the plane wreck you need to drive to a parking lot, then walk 40-50 minutes
  • Here's how Google screwed up: when you put in "Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck" into Google Maps and then click "Directions" to get the driving directions, it will direct you to a wrong parking lot. The thing about the wrong parking lot is that it also has a path that can seemingly get you to the plane wreck, so you end up walking for 40-50 minutes without realizing that there's a river blocking your way
  • When I got to the wrong parking lot, it was fully parked so I assumed it was the right one. Once I started walking, I met at least 20 people that made the same mistake. Eventually one of them told me I was on the wrong path after about 30 minutes, so I spent another 30 min walking back

How to actually get to the Sólheimasandur Plane Wreck

  1. Put in the coordinates for the correct parking lot (see the map below)
  2. Drive to that parking lot. It's pretty big
  3. Walk for 40-50 minutes south following the straight path from the parking lot away from the highway
  4. You'll see the plane wreck. There's no way you'll miss it

Map of the correct and incorrect parking lots: