This one of a kind sightseeing flight will allow you to discover Iceland's geothermal energy from above. Look down on in its entire splendor from the quiet and comfortable seat of a helicopter. The helicopter leaves from Reykjavik domestic airport, just a few minutes from the center of the city (aka not Keflavik!)
Witness Iceland’s subterranean energy from the sky as you soar above the volcanic landscape, over geothermal pools and power plants, lava fields and craters. We will take a brief rest to witness the raw, primeval energy rising up from the earth beneath us.
After the quick stop, we will fly over the Hengill volcano, south of Thingvellir. Hengill is still active, as evidenced by the numerous hot springs and fumaroles in the area, but don’t panic, the last eruption occurred almost 2000 years ago! We will stop here to take advantage of some of the hot springs in this area first hand. The springs are calcium-rich solfatara and boiling water runs several feet under the earth’s surface, producing a multitude of steaming fumaroles all around.
This volcano is an important source of energy for the south of the country, which is utilized at the Nesjavellir and the Hellisheidi power stations, some 11 km south of it. Both power stations are operated by Orkuveita Reykjavíkur (Reykjavik Energy) where groundwater is heated and distributed to the district.
Geothermal, high-pressure steam is also used to produce electricity.
Finally, our tour flight concludes after we ascend over Reykjavik, with its colorful houses adding to a great aerial overview of the city.