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About Tour

Fly over the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula and see the spewing lava from above! After that, the scenic helicopter flight will take you to a geothermally active area which you can explore on foot!

Highlights

  • Meradalir Volcano
  • Volcano Eruption
  • Hengill Geothermal Area
  • Helicopter Flight

This exciting helicopter tour starts at Reykjavik Airport and continues to fly over the Meradalir, where the volcanic eruption has recently started. See the spewing lava from above as you fly safely in a helicopter through the area. If you're worried about your safety, there will be an experienced guide to take care of you and keep you out of harm's way.

Another destination of this helicopter flight will be at Helgill geothermal area. Here we will briefly land to explore the geothermally active area by foot.

After all this adventure, we will return to the Reykjavik Airport with a scenic view over the capital's famous attractions, such as Hallgrímskirkja Church and Harpa Concert Hall.

 

From

646
Per
Adult
  • Small Group Experience
  • Local Guides
  • Personal Experience
  • Best Price Guarantee
  • Fast & secure booking payment
  • No Booking Fees

Availability All Year

Duration 1.5 hour

Departs From Reykjavik

Difficulty Easy

Group maximum 5 people

Minimum age 2 years

Meet on Location Yes

Pick Up No

What's included

Included

  • A Scenic Helicopter Flight
  • A Visit to Hengill Geothermal Area

What to bring

  • Dress according to the weather

Not Included

  • Food and Drinks

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Itinerary

Information

Please note

  • There is a 4 person minimum passenger requirement.

  • All our flights are weather dependent and we have to abide by the rules and regulations set in place by the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management. If we have to cancel your flight due to weather or other factors out of our control, we will try to reschedule your flight or give you a full refund.

  • All landings are only done when deemed safe by our pilots and are determined by factors such as weather and glacial surface conditions.

  • Due to the nature of the flight, we can not accommodate children under the age of 2 years old on this tour. Exceptions can be discussed for private tours.

FAQ

Frequently Asked Questions

Generally, the site is open 24/7 to all visitors, keep in mind that the area can be closed quickly due to weather or other unforeseen changes.

A new eruption started on the 3rd of August 2022 in Mt. Fagradalsfjall after being officially declared over on December 18th, 2021.

Yes, if you are going on your own, the parking fee is 1000 ISK (≈ 8 USD) and can be paid electronically at Parka.is. The payment is valid for 24 hours. There are signs at the parking lots with instructions.

There are currently two parking lots that you can choose from, Parking P1 or Parking P2. You will need to pick the correct payment site accordingly:

Parking P1: https://www.parka.is/pay/geldingadalir/

Parking P2 (Stóri-Leirdalur): https://www.parka.is/pay/volcanoskali/

According to parka.is, the payment is necessary to pay for the infrastructure on-site and maintenance of it. The intention is to make access better and increase people's safety. The parking lots are monitored with cameras and if parking is unpaid, an additional fee is added and a bank claim is created. The claim usually goes out one day later, so if you have trouble paying on-site, you are able to finish the payment when you arrive back at your hotel.

The Meradalir Volcano is located on the Reykjanes peninsula close to Grindavík.

Yes, the weather can make all the difference and determine whether you can reach the eruption site or if you will enjoy the journey or not. You can find Weather information here and a gas forecast here.

Scientists and the Department of Civil Protection and Emergency Management are always monitoring the area closely and informing the public if there are any updates. The area is open to the public but that can of course change with little notice. The safety of our passengers is our number one priority therefore we will follow the instructions coming from the authorities but as of right now the area is open and is not considered to be dangerous to the public.

Also, we recommend visiting active volcano to follow these steps in the area:

  • Keep your distance and don't step into the lava from the last eruption
  • Due to the risk of gas exposure do not go down into the valleys. Instead, observe the eruption from the hills and mountainsides
  • Be aware of the wind direction
  • Avoid standing directly against the wind

The best and safest way to visit a volcano is with a guided tour. Expert guides will be able to lead you to the eruption site, choosing the most secure paths and the optimal distance to observe the flowing lava so you can get the best, safest, and most enjoyable experience. You can choose to book the hike to the eruption site or book a helicopter tour and see the volcanic eruption on the Reykjanes Peninsula from above.

It is not obligatory to be accompanied by a professional guide to visit the site. However, taking a guided tour is safer than visiting the eruption site as fellow travelers will accompany you, and a local professional guide will ensure your safety.