This is the ultimate way to discover Iceland and an adrenaline-pumping experience that will give you a bird's eye view of some of the most beautiful places in the land of fire and ice.
It will take you on a helicopter ride over some truly spectacular natural wonders, including mighty glaciers, imperious volcanoes, cascading waterfalls, bubbling hot springs and multicolored geothermal paradises. It is the perfect way to get an overview of Iceland and see the many incredible sights that have made it so famous, encompassing places like the iconic Golden Circle and the vast Landmannalaugar region. There is nothing like seeing Iceland’s many otherworldly landscapes from the air, making it a truly magical trip that you are bound to enjoy.
The adventure begins when we meet at the helicopter base for a brief safety briefing with one of our friendly guides. Then we will get into the air, flying across Iceland’s gorgeous countryside to the must-see spots in Iceland and viewing them from a unique angle. Visit famous & historical sites, see bursting geysers, bubbling hot springs, powerful waterfalls, multicolored mountains and much more, this tour has it all!
The trip over Thingvellir will give us a bird’s eye view of Iceland’s most geologically and historically significant areas. Experience the unique perspective of two tectonic plates, the Eurasian and North American, drifting apart creating a huge rift valley called Almannagjá. We will fly over Althingi, where a group of Viking nobles convened Iceland’s first parliament in 930 AD, making it one of the oldest democratic institutions in the world, alongside the ever-expanding fissure between the continents of Europe and North America, making it a truly memorable experience that everyone is bound to enjoy.
Next up on the Golden Circle is the ‘Geysir Geothermal Area’, where plumes of steam rise from the ground and bubbling geysers throw jets of molten water up to 25 meters into the air. Our final destination along the Golden Circle Route is the magnificent Gullfoss Waterfall, where a rushing cascade of frothy water, crashes over a series of lava steps into an emerald valley below.
From there we will head into the more isolated region of Landmannalaugar, whose rainbow-colored mountains are a breathtakingly beautiful sight from the air. Landmannalaugar is situated in Iceland’s highland wilderness, which is home to some of the most diverse landscapes in the world. We will see all of these incredible places as we fly over it, with fields of lava, uniquely colored mountains of rhyolite, imperious volcanoes, sizzling hot springs and much, much more in the order of the day. We fly over Hrafntinnusker geothermal area before heading to Thorsmork. The name Hrafntinna is translated as the obsidian rock, as the area is covered with obsidian, truly a sight to see from above!
Our aerial route then takes us to the stunning Thorsmork Valley, an emerald oasis of life, nestled between a pair of massive glaciers. It is so named because Icelandic legend believes that it was created by a mighty strike of Thor’s hammer and its beauty will give you a profound sense of the power of mother nature. Our journey then continues over the notorious Eyjafjallajökull Glacier whose violent eruption in 2010 downed much of Europe’s air fleet. As we fly over the area we also get a glimpse of Myrdalsjokull glacier. We will also see the newly formed craters Magni and Modi, which were created in the eruption and named after the sons of Thor.
Our return journey will be no less spectacular as we pick our back to Reykjavik, swooping over black sand beaches, vast mountain ranges, volcanically scarred coastlines and a plethora of other amazing sights before we arrive back in Reykjavik. There is no better way to explore the land of fire and ice than from the air and it will create memories that last a lifetime.
The entire tour lasts around three-four hours, which includes two landings, where you can spend 15-20 minutes exploring the spectacular surrounding area or capturing the epic experience with your camera.
This tour is highly weather and daylight dependent during winter and our participants' safety is our number one priority. However, we are constantly monitoring the weather and will give updates before the tour. And don't worry, this tour operates all year long, so don't be discouraged.
Meeting location: Reykjavik Domestic Airport, Hangar 1, Nautholsvegur road.