Do you remember the slightly frustrated post about the plane wreck we had been searching a whole night but yet couldn’t find? Yes, that was a long time ago. On our third day in Iceland, actually…
Anyway, we went out with Jan to search it once more. This time, we didn’t rely on our google maps coordinates but on the other cars. They park reliably at ANY attraction!
We were welcomed by a 4km-walk through a totally barren landscape – and by tons of other tourists. Somehow we still hoped that they would just turn right at some point and leave us alone with the wreck… (Nils and Jan had high hopes for those pictures!)
The disillusion happened unavoidably. Instead of a secret plane wreck in the middle of nowhere, we found a quite lively place full of people that all abused the sight for taking selfies and group fotos. But you don’t become a famous photographer if you let yourself being stopped by something like that!
So we geared up for a long waiting. Fortunately, it was neither cold nor rainy… Approximately half an hour later we were soaked to the bone and jumped up and down to not freeze right there. (Okay, I admit it was mostly me who did the jumping :D)
But there was one huge benefit in the bad weather: Less and less tourists arrived and by sunset, we almost had the plane wreck to ourselves. But now it just began! As I mentioned before: We had 2 photographers with us…
Meanwhile it had gotten pitch black. That means: We saw NOTHING of what we intended to take pictures of… So, 30 seconds exposure time, correcting the angle, another 30 seconds, correcting again – and so on. That really took a while!
Unfortunately it took me till then to realize that the inside of the wreck is quite a good rain and wind protection. But so, the next hour and a half was almost bearable! 😀
On the search for the way back to our Superjeep, we marched cross-country through the dark… We knew the direction (more or less) and we could spot the street in the distance, so it worked out somehow. With our cellphones’ flashlights and epic film soundtracks as motivation, we made our way through the fossilized countryside. And Jan saw his first Northern Lights! Very faint ones and nothing in comparison to what we were about to witness two days later… But you already know that story.
Solheimsandur Plane Wrack – First try: Day 1 – In 8 Days around the Island
More experiences on this tour:
How we overmastered the Highland-rivers with the coolest car on earth: Our private Superjeep-Tour
The best Northern Lights of our lifes (so far…): On the Hunt for Northern Lights
Titanic 2.0: Through the iceberg lagoon by boot – coming soon