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An Aerial Tour of Iceland

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As amazing as it was to stand on the cliffs of Þingvellir and survey the rift valley where two tectonic plates are separating, it was even more amazing to fly over that same valley. I think I know why so many birds spend their summers in Iceland. The views are hard to beat.

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Aerial tours of Iceland are a booming business, and it’s not hard to understand why. Most of the country is inaccessible by car. Only a handful of roads crisscross the ungovernable interior and even these can only be traversed with 4-wheel drive jeeps. And even then, they’re dangerous, requiring river fording, and are completely off-limits during the winter. There are a lot of spots in Iceland which you have to see from the air, if you want to see them at all.

Our first aerial tour brought us from Reykjavík to the Langjökull Glacier, over Gullfoss, then around by Geysir and Þingvellir, and onto Hekla and Eyjafjallajökull. The country’s astounding geological diversity is truly evident from the air; we passed over fertile valleys, icy glacial expanses, still-smoking volcanoes, and steaming fields of geothermal activity, all within minutes.

This was my first time in a small propeller jet, but I was soon at ease. The flight was smooth and I was too engrossed staring out the window to remember my fears. The plane was a Cessna, a four-seater, and we were allowed to open the windows to get some spectacular shots from above. An unforgettable experience.

If you’d like to take a similar tour, get in touch with us. We have an excellent contact, who will be able to arrange a personalized tour from Reykjavík.

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August 15, 2013 at 8:04 pm
  • August 16, 2013 at 5:46 pmEarl Veale

    Those are beautiful shots of Iceland. I visited Iceland last April, and I relied on the bus tour to see Gullfoss, Geysir, and Pingvellir. I loved Iceland. The city of Reykjavik is one of my favourite places in the world – the people there are fantastic.  I’ve told all my friends I intend to return to Iceland one day — and you’ve inspired me to sign-up for a sight-seeing tour the next time I visit. Thank-you for posting these photographs.

  • August 17, 2013 at 3:54 amPaul D

    Just gorgeous shots. What a landscape. So alive and isolated. 

  • August 25, 2013 at 9:30 pmLaurence – Le Fil de Lau

    I have no words to describe how fantastics are the landscapes.I’ve been to Iceland last year, was supposed to fly above the montains, but it was too windy -the plane could not take off.Now I see your pictures, I am mad. ^^

  • April 29, 2014 at 7:27 pmAnne KC

    Amazing views! What time of year was this flight? When I visit, I would want to book this flight!

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