Magnificent 30-Minute Helicopter Tour Over Vatnajokull Glacier from Skaftafell Nature Reserve

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Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center, Flugvallarvegur, 785 Öræfi, I
30 minutes
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See the magnificent Vatnajokull glacier and its rugged terrain from a bird's-eye view by booking this 30-minute Iceland helicopter tour. Tourists who want a quick yet exceptional viewing experience of Iceland's most diverse landscapes should book this tour now.

The small-group tour starts from Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a beautiful area framed by outlet glaciers of the Vatnajokull ice cap. At the Skaftafell tour center, you'll meet your experienced and licensed pilot. 

Before heading out to your ride, the pilot will discuss the flight route and do a safety briefing for your convenience.

Once settled in the helicopter, you enjoy an exhilarating lift-off above the largest ice cap in Europe. In the immediate area, you will see the diversity of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, which is home to lava fields, forests, rivers, and glacier lagoons.

You'll then soar over the narrow, colorful valley of the Skaftafellsjokull glacier. This glacier tongue is known for its thrilling glacier hiking trails.

Nearby is another outlet glacier, Svinafellsjokull, one of the most popular glaciers in Iceland because of its stunning sharp ridges, best viewed from above. 

These breathtaking features have been featured in shows such as Game of Thrones and Interstellar. 

As the helicopter takes you to greater heights, you will see more of Iceland's most rugged landscapes. You will observe recurring images of green, lush lands at the feet of the mountains and white, freezing snow at the peaks.

The most notable of the mountains that will catch your attention is the Oraefajokull volcano. The largest active volcano in Iceland, its peak of Hvannadalshnukur is the tallest in the country at 6,952 feet (2,110 meters). 

As you fly deeper over the Vatnajokull glacier, you will see how varied its terrain is. Nowhere else will you find such a diverse combination of ice caps, outlet glaciers, and scenic mountains. 

As you return to Skaftafell Natural Reserve, you'll see a different perspective on the landmarks you have already passed. At a lower altitude, you'll have the chance to see more of Iceland's waterfalls, canyons, and cliffs. 

To round out a truly breathtaking tour, take some photos whenever you can. Many attractions of the land of fire and ice are much better captured from an aerial view.

Take the most exhilarating ride in Iceland for 30 minutes to explore the best attractions of the Vatnajokull glacier. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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30-minute pilot-guided helicopter tour
Free parking at Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center
Panoramic view of the Vatnajokull glacier
Small group tour



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Good to know

- Aerial route is decided based on the weather conditions of the tour day to ensure a safe and convenient sightseeing experience.

- This specific tour has a four-person minimum passenger requirement to proceed. You may still book if your group is fewer, as the tour will combine you with other bookings.

- The tour operator has the right to cancel a tour or change the itinerary due to bad weather conditions or other factors beyond their control. If you cannot change the tour to another date or time, the operator will refund the total amount paid to you.

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