Why we love this tour
Fly in a helicopter with breath-taking views of ocean, volcano and glacier Make three landings in total Total duration of 5-6 hours
From the air, the volcanic black sand beaches of South Iceland seem to stretch out forever. This is where Iceland hugs the Atlantic Ocean, a place where sediment carrying glacial rivers battle the might and erosion of the North Atlantic. In the distance, looms the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano, with it’s gleaming glacier cap, canyons and tumbling waterfalls.
Entering Vatnajökull National Park from the air is a truly unique sight. Home to the largest ice cap in Europe by volume, this massive wall of white has over 30 outlet glaciers flowing and crashing down from its giant ice cap. Our first stop is at the base of one of them, where we take a closer look at one of the natural wonders of Iceland.
At touch down we spend 30- 45 minutes exploring Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and it’s luminous bright blue icebergs, some of which are more than 1000 years old. Here you might even catch a glimpse of Iceland’s playful seals!
Back in the air we make one final pass over the lagoon and head west, past the highest peak in Iceland and over the many glacial tongues of the Vatnajökull Glacier. As these rivers of ice fade to pencil thin lines of white behind the helicopter, we enter the remote Fjallabak region – the Icelandic highlands. This is the unpopulated, rugged, mountainous center of the island. Secluded mountain lakes, braided rivers, glacial-hewn valleys and towering mountains that, due to their remoteness, remain hidden to all but a few. We will explore the colorful riolite mountains of Landmannalaugar geothermal area and Hrafntinnusker from the air and ground, before heading back to Reykjavik, passing Mt Hekla – one of the most active volcanoes in Iceland.
Note: during this trip we will make three landings, one of which is at the Glacier Lagoon. The other two depend on weather conditions but the most common ones include Fimmvörðuháls’s by Eyjafjallajökull Volcano and Hrafntinnusker geothermal area.
Included in the trip is a packed lunch and our pilot will make sure to find a special scenic picnic spot to enjoy it in.
As an Addition to the tour you can add a 1 hour guided glacier hiking tour on a glacier that overlooks the Fjallsárlón lagoon. This truly is a once in a lifetime trip. Catching a glimpse of the extreme opposites and variety of Iceland’s unique landscape used to mean several days spent driving and hiking. A helicopter opens up the possibility see it all, in the span of a single day.
Sights: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Vatnajökull Glacier, Fjallabak Region, Landmannalaugar Geothermal Area, Eyjafjallajökull Glacier Volcano, Fimmvörðuháls Craters, Fjallsárlón lagoon The total duration of the tour is 5-7 hours. 4,5-6 hour guided helicopter flight and three 15-20 minute landings on a scenic spot.
Depending on helicopter type and weather
What's included and excluded
- Guided helicopter flight
- A packed lunch
What you need to know
Duration: 5-7 hours
Departure from: Reykjavik
Good to know: Depending on helicopter type and weather