Not A Shipwreck

October 30, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

With nearly 5000 km of coastline in Iceland, how hard could it possibly be to find a shipwreck?  According to the googles, harder than I thought, but what my search turned up was just as interesting and far easier to reach.

The directions, granted, were akin to finding the great valley in the Land Before Time but instead of going past the rock that looks like a long neck, we were to go past a waterfall and then turn right into the farmers field and follow the "road" until we found what we were looking for.  The road was just a set of reflective markers in a seemingly endless field of black gravel and sand, potholed and twisting unnecessarily through the stark landscape.

Suddenly, we came around a bend into a little valley and it was there in front of us. The wreckage from a US Naval plane crash, left on the beach since 1973. 

I hopped out of the rental car and then chased my Dad out of the range of view before he parked the car.  Back up Dad, no, not that way, no, not that way either what if I want to shoot from that direction too? Back up farther....farther... keep going....  Finally the car was tucked safely out of sight and my Dad begrudgingly made the long trek back into view, on foot this time while I motored around taking pictures like a squirrel on some kind of methamphetamine laced peanut butter. 

The wreckage is not a tourist attraction so we had the entire place to ourselves, which was for the best as I had my hands full chasing Mikey out of the plane, and then chasing my Dad out, and then chasing the both of them away again and again. They were all too eager to crawl around inside, poke around outside and busy themselves exploring the wreckage while I busied myself with the camera.  

My Dad peering out of the Wreckage

Despite all the amazing natural sights to see in Iceland, this was the one place I had on my list of "must see" when we visited Iceland and I was sure happy we made it.  Even Mikey and Dad admitted that the photo-related detour I made them take was actually cool for once. 


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