This is a United States Navy Dakota which crashed on the black sands of Iceland in 1973. It's a very surreal sight.

March 13th, 2013, 6pm

This is something in Iceland that I find totally worth going to see, sadly it’s a bit of a trek to get to.

We knew vaguely where this was, but still decided to get some GPS co-ordinates from our friend Mike Murphy to help us on our way. It was only about 2-3 kilometres from the road, but it ended up being a long walk due to the soft, spongy gravel/sand of the ‘beach’. It must have taken us over an hour to actually do this, perhaps longer. The landscape is unchanging and bland, so you kind of lose track of time (and distance and direction).

After a short shoot, with a very obliging sunset and sky, we had to do the whole walk again, but in reverse. (I mean back to the van from the plane, not walking backwards). This meant the joy of the wonderful colours in the sky faded to the back of my mind, as I contemplated the hike back to the van.

It’s certainly possible to drive here if you have a 4x4, but I wouldn’t recommend doing it in a normal vehicle in case you get stuck.

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Conor MacNeill

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