On this adrenaline-pumping tour, you will have the chance to explore the majestic, rugged black sand beach of Iceland’s south coast, on an exhilarating quad-bike to the popular plane wreck, making it the perfect combination of heart-pumping fun and spectacular natural scenery. In this landscape of beautiful contrasts, you will ford streams, ride around the foot of glaciers, see white-crested waves wash up against black lava sands and last but certainly not least - see the remains of an airplane that crashed in the area known as the DC-3 Plane Wreck on Solheimasandur. It is ideal for anyone who wants to combine nature and fun, an unforgettable journey across a magical landscape.
Duration: ~ 2 hours
Pick-up: 30 minutes before departure
Departure time: 10:00 & 12:30
Available: All year
Age limit: 7 years
- DC-3 Plane Wreck
- Solheimasandur Black Sand Beach
- South Coast
- Quad / ATV ride
- Black Lava Landscapes
- View of Myrdalsjokull Glacier
- View of Dyrhólaey
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.
- 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.
- English speaking guide
- Insulated cover-all
- Snowmobile balaclava (face mask)
What to bring: Warm clothing.
Children (7-11): 18 893
Once everyone has arrived at our base at the foot of the impressive Mýrdalsjökull and been introduced to one another, one of our friendly experts will teach you how to operate the ATV and give you a quick safety briefing.
Then, once everyone is ready, we will head out onto the jet-black sands, which signal the beginning of our adventure. The landscape is rugged and beautiful, populated by icy blue streams, whose beauty is dramatically enhanced by the dark foreboding volcanic sands that they bisect. We will occasionally have to ford one of these small streams, an exhilarating experience, which everyone is sure to enjoy. The entire of this magical, otherworldly landscape derives from the volcanic activity of the now dormant, Katla, which was once Iceland’s most active volcano.
As we continue to push deeper into this magnificent world, we will come to a coal-black beach, framed by the imposing glory of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier on one side and the white crested waters of the ocean on the other. We will pause in this breathtaking place, of stunning natural beauty, to appreciate the truly awe-inspiring power of mother nature.
From there we will continue to hug the coast, enjoying the stark contrast of the white waves, as they lap against the black sands. We will eventually reach the site of a famous DC-3 airplane wreck, whose fuselage still stands as a lonely reminder, both beautiful and tragic, seeing it is a profound moment and makes for a great photo opportunity.
We will then turn inland and continuing up to the river Jökulsá, a beautiful glacial masterpiece, which will take us to the foot of the mighty mountain. We will then skirt close to the mountain, enjoying more magnificent scenery and adrenaline pumping fun, as we head back to base.
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Disclaimer: This tour is operated by a trusted partner, operating in the South of Iceland.