A helicopter soars over Iceland's ongoing eruption.

Fagradalsfjall Volcano Helicopter Tour

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Reykjavík, Iceland
Duration
1 hour
Difficulty
Easy
Languages
English
Available
All year
Minimum age
2 years old

Embark on an unforgettable, once-in-a-lifetime flight over the fiery fountains and molten rivers of the 2021 Fagradalsfjall volcano, and enjoy a landing by the emerging lava! This aerial adventure should not be missed by anyone travelling in Iceland while the spectacular eruption lasts.

You will arrive at Reykjavik’s centrally-located domestic airport to meet your pilot and be briefed on this breathtaking trip. From there, you’ll make your way onto the tarmac to your modern, sleek helicopter, ready to take flight. There will be just five or six seats per craft, guaranteeing you a great view and a personalised encounter with the volcano.

There are few experiences as adrenaline-pumping or beautiful as lifting off in a helicopter from Reykjavik and watching the city shrink beneath you. Within moments, its colourful tin roofs will be a patchwork quilt beneath you and monumental features such as Hallgrimskirkja and Harpa will become minuscule and quaint. 

As you circle around to the Reykjanes Peninsula, you’ll also get some great perspectives of the nature surrounding Iceland's capital, such as the verdant Mount Esja and sparkling Faxafloi Bay.

The landscapes that will unfold as you begin to soar over Reykjanes are similarly spectacular, though much more barren. Moss-coated lava, cone-shaped volcanoes, and steaming geothermal areas define this region, and will mesmerise you as you get ever closer to the eruption site.

Once you reach it, you’ll be blown away by the beauty and violence of this primordial, unforgettable site. A vast, glowing lava field; vivid red rivers snaking from fissures; craters spurting fire and molten rocks dozens of metres into the air; and an ambience befitting the landscapes of Morder all will inspire awe far more than any photo or video of the site could.

After circling the Fagradalsfjall volcano and surrounding Geldingadalur area, your pilot will safely land near the smoking, flaming landscapes, where you'll disembark to enjoy the view and take pictures. A great advantage to a flying tour such as this one is that you will land away from the crowds who arrived here on foot, providing you will a much more intimate experience as you enjoy this new perspective.

Once you have marvelled over 2021's most magnificent phenomenon for around 15 to 20 minutes from land, you’ll return to the helicopter for another awe-inspiring takeoff. You’ll continue to enjoy the site from the air, before being flown back to the domestic airport, no doubt still enthralled by your experience. 

Overall, the journey will last between 45 minutes and an hour, but the memories of it will last a lifetime.

Grab the chance to soar above the magnificent volcano of Fagradalsfjall from Reykjavik before it stops erupting. Check availability by choosing a date.

Included

15-minute landing at Geldingadalur Volcano

Activities

Sightseeing
Helicopter

Attractions

Reykjavík
Reykjanes
Fagradalsfjall
Geldingadalur

What to bring

Warm, waterproof clothes for landing

Good to know

Helicopters are thoroughly cleaned between tours for Covid-19 safety.

Please check your email throughout the day before departure, as weather or incliment conditions may require this tour to be rescheduled for safety reasons.

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