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Volcanoes & Glaciers - Helicopter Tour

View from above Eyjafjallajökull & Mýrdalsjökull Glaciers

Enjoy the magnificence of nature and capture the serenity of Iceland's magical beauty, from the comfortable seat of a helicopter.

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On this incredible sightseeing tour, you will uncover a few of Iceland’s contrasting vistas, some accessible only by helicopter. Explore the deserted black sand beaches, the steaming ash covered glaciers torn asunder by red hot volcanic lava, the misty lowlands, the primordial desert planes and the enchanting glacial lagoons.

  • Availability

    All Year

  • Duration

    2 -2.5 hours

  • Duration Overwrite

  • Level

    Easy

  • Pickup

    No

  • Meet on location

    Yes

  • Min. Age

    No limit

  • Departs from

    Reykjavik

  • Departs from Overwrite

  • Price from

    135.900 ISK

Tour highlights
Small Group Experience
Helicopter Tour
Touchdown on a Volcano
Eyjafjallajokull Volcano
Myrdalsjokull Glacier
Included
Helicopter Tour
Volcano Stop

This spectacular volcano tour takes us above the infamous (but now dormant) Eyjafjallajökull. You may remember this internationally renowned volcano from 2010 when the eruption made global news and Europe’s airspace had to shut down for a few days.

This tour also includes an exciting touchdown on the top of either Eyjafjallajökull or Fimmvörduhals (depending on weather), giving you a pause to appreciate the beautiful natural scenery.

We will also head over Myrdalsjokull glacier -an ice cap in the south of Iceland, located beside the volcanic giants that are Katla and Hekla. Katla has been showing signs of unrest since 1999, and geologists believe that it is due to erupt sometime in the near future. Geophysicists were afraid that the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption would have triggered Katla, which would have resulted in consequences much larger and more dangerous that Eyjafjallajökull delivered.

We will fly over the Westman Islands, one of the best-kept secrets in Iceland! The home to the world’s largest puffin colony! Numerous species of seabirds nest on the island, but over ten million puffins live there!

Next up, Surtsey Island. Surtsey is the southernmost point of Iceland and originated in a large submarine eruption that commenced in 1963 and ended in 1967 making it the longest volcanic eruption in Iceland. Immediately after the eruption the new island, Surtsey, was protected by law, biologists and geologists continue to monitor the development of biodiversity on this new island.

Nearer the end of the tour, we will see power plants where geothermal heat is being harnessed to provide clean, sustainable energy. Currently, geothermal power heats 89% of the houses in Iceland and over 54% of the primary energy used comes from geothermal sources. For centuries, people have used thermal waters for bathing and washing clothes. The first use of geothermal energy for central heating came in 1907. About 81 percent of the total primary energy supply in Iceland is derived from domestically produced renewable energy sources.


Meeting location: Reykjavik Domestic Airport, Hangar 1

Nautholsvegur road.

Map to meeting location.


Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes, and a camera.

Please note

To find a suitable departure time, we will contact you shortly after you book.

This tour is suitable for everybody, including people who although young in mind and heart, have found themselves limited as to physical activity due to health reasons or old age. This tour is a great chance for everyone who is interested to enjoy these wonders of nature personally. Wheelchair users are also very welcome.

Any passengers over 120 kg / 265 lbs / 19 stone are required to pay for 1.5 seats in the helicopter. This will ensure that everyone on the tour has a comfortable and safe ride!

How is it best to be ready for a pick-up for a tour with Arctic Adventures?

This is a great question. We ask all participants to be ready from the start of the pickup time indicated. This is because you may well be the first pick up of the day. Please be at your assigned location at the start time that you chose when booking the tour.

Here you should wait for your guide.

Have your email and phone number listed with us so we can contact you if we run into any trouble finding you.

View our pick-up locations in Reykjavík.

Can I drink alcohol before or during Arctic Adventures tours?

Before and during activities on the multi-day tours consumption of alcohol is prohibited. If we suspect that a participant is intoxicated, we will prohibit them from joining the activity.

After the activities of the day are finished, you are welcome to have a drink and relax.

Do you offer any family friendly tours, for younger children?

Yes, we do. Langjökull Ice Cave is a magical experience, the tour has no minimum age and is a wonderful option for the whole family. Whale Watching with our partner company Elding has been a favourite with families traveling with young children, these guys have a great success rate in seeing whales (upwards of 98% in the summertime).

Another option would be the Landmannalaugar Safari on this tour you get to explore parts of the Icelandic highlands and bathe in natural hot springs. Most of our jeep tours are also suitable for children over the age of 6 years old. If you would like a nice and relaxing experience we would also recommend the Golden Circle & Secret Lagoon tour.

Can the itinerary for the tour change?

Your safety is our number one priority! Keeping this in mind, Arctic Adventures reserves the right to adjust the itinerary and/or take different routes depending on conditions. Please read more information in our cancellation policy.

Is there a guide on each Arctic Adventures tour?

Yes, there is a specially trained and certified guide on each of our tours. The only exception to this is for our self-drive tours.

All of our tours are guided in English.

Can the guide advise if I am eligible for rescheduling the tour and/or a refund?

No, for all your questions and concerns you would need to contact our customer service.

What type of power outlets are used in Iceland? Do I need to bring an adapter?

The standard in Iceland is 230V and 50Hz and we use F-type power sockets and plugs, so you might have to bring an adaptor if you are visiting from UK, USA, Canada or other countries using a different voltage, Hz or plugs.

How are the tours rated in terms of difficulty?

Our tours are split into four different categories that help participants to understand what to expect from the tour. The categories are Easy, Moderate, Challenging and Demanding. Each tour is rated making it easier to find tours that suit you.

For further information about the difficulty ratings and descriptions.

 

How does carbon offsetting work?

We’ve partnered with the Kolviður Fund in a new carbon offsetting program, which passengers can select to participate in at the time of booking.

The Kolviður Fund is the oldest, most respected carbon offsetting program in Iceland. With your support, one tree will be planted in special Kolviður forests in Iceland to carbon offset your tour with us.

Kolviður forests are strategically planted to absorb the maximum amount of CO2 and the forests are protected for a minimum of 60 years. During their lifetime the trees absorb carbon and store it in their root system, trunk, and branches. Trees also prevent soil erosion and maintain storage of carbon in the soil.

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