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ATV Plane Wreck - Black Sand Beach tour

Explore the Solheimasandur black sand beach on a quad bike

An exciting ATV tour of the south coast of Iceland. Drive on pitch black beaches and see the famous plane wreck.


This exhilarating tour will take you quad-biking through an untouched part of Iceland’s iconic South Coast, replete with dark black volcanic beaches, mighty glaciers, icy-glacial streams and the isolated remains of a plane that crashed decades ago.

It is an area of spectacular contrasts, where white-crested waves wash against jet black beaches, rugged lava fields give way to imposing white glaciers and pockets of greenery dot the otherwise foreboding horizon. There is no better way to explore it than on the back of a quad-bike, allowing us to have some heart-pumping fun amidst stunning natural scenery.

The tour will end in an area known as Solheimasandur, renowned for the lonely DC-3 Plane Wreck that occurred there many years ago: a place of profound natural beauty that your friendly guide will tell you all about.

This makes it ideal for adventurous souls who want to go on an adrenaline-pumping ride through a genuinely magical landscape.

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    2 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level


  • Pickup


  • Meet on location


  • Min. Age

    8 years

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    14.990 ISK

Tour highlights
DC-3 Plane Wreck
Solheimasandur Black Sand Beach
South Coast
Quad / ATV ride
Black Lava Landscapes
View of Myrdalsjokull Glacier
View of Dyrhólaey
English speaking guide
Insulated cover-all
Snowmobile balaclava (face mask)

Our adventure begins when we meet at our base camp in the foothills of the mighty Mýrdalsjökull Glacier, where one of our professionally trained guides will demonstrate how to operate the ATV and give you all the relevant safety information.

Then, once everyone is comfortable with the equipment, then we will ride out onto the coal-black sands into an otherworldly landscape crisscrossed by icy-glacial streams that provide a stunning contrast to the volcanically colored sands. The ATVs are specially designed to traverse the rugged landscape and we will occasionally ford a stream, which is sure to get the juices flowing. This one-of-a-kind landscape is located in the shadow of Katla, which was once Iceland’s most active volcano and helped craft many of the wonders that we see during our journey.

As we travel deeper into this remarkable world, we will arrive at a jet-black beach that is flanked by the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier on one side and the deep blue waters of the Atlantic on the other. It is a spectacular place of intense beauty and we will make a brief stop, so you can snap a photo and enjoy the spine-tingling beauty of the area.

We will then ride further down the coast, where the white frothy waves provide a stark contrast to the dark volcanic sands. By then we will be nearing the lonely DC-3 airplane wreck, whose remnants stand as a poignant reminder of the 1973 crash that happened there. Fortunately, everyone survived the accident, which your friendly tour guide will tell you all about. All visitors agree that it is a place of beauty and tragedy, where the synthetic meets the natural to provide a stunning photo opportunity.  

We will then make our way back home along the banks of the Jökulsá River, a stunning glacial work of art that hugs the foot of a mighty mountain and provides yet more gorgeous scenery. There is nothing more fun than riding a quad-bike in the shadow of an imposing mountain and it is an experience that you are bound to treasure. We will then return to base and say goodbye after an incredible adventure through a unique landscape.

Please note:

  • A valid driver’s license is required to operate the quad bikes.
  • The single rider extra needs to be added when booking in odd numbers.

What to bring: Warm clothing.

Please note

Meeting point: The base is located close to Myrdalsjokull Glacier in South Iceland, about 160 km (about 2 hours drive) from Reykjavik. It's 9 km east of Skógar and 23 km west of Vík. Take road #222 and drive roughly 1.2 km to find the base. GPS: 63.49437, -19.32821

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.


How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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