Exciting 3-Hour Helicopter Tour of Iceland's Iconic Landmarks with Geothermal Bath

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Reykjavík, Iceland
3,3 hours
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Explore some of Iceland's most iconic landmarks and experience the soothing effects of a geothermal bath in this exciting three-hour helicopter tour from Reykjavik. This thrilling adventure takes visitors to various historical sites and natural wonders that have helped shape the country into what it is today, with two potential landings.

The action begins when you meet a friendly local guide in Reykjavik. You'll then board a helicopter that will serve as your mode of transportation for the tour. An experienced pilot will be operating the aircraft.

The take-off is particularly magical, as you'll watch the beautiful city of Reykjavik shrink beneath you. Enjoy the colorful tin roofs and look out for landmarks like Hallgrimskirkja church.

Your first destination is the historic Thingvellir National Park, which is about 30 miles (49 kilometers) east of Reykjavik.

Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that covers about 93 square miles (240 square kilometers) of land. Its significance lies not only in its stunning natural beauty but also in its cultural and historical importance.

Geologically, Thingvellir features landscapes formed by the separation of the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. As you hover over the park, you'll see its rugged cliffs and deep fissures. You'll also get aerial views of waterways such as Silfra fissure, which boasts crystal-clear water.

Next, you'll fly to the Geysir geothermal area, about 30 miles (48 kilometers) from Thingvellir National Park. Located in the Haukadalur Valley, the Geysir geothermal area is known for its hot springs, geysers, steam vents, and mud pots.

You'll land here to witness two of its most popular attractions, the Great Geysir and Strokkur, up close.

The Great Geysir is a hot spring that can shoot water in the air as high as 230 feet (70 meters). However, its eruptions have become less frequent and dramatic today. On the other hand, Strokkur doesn't disappoint when it comes to its eruptions, which happen roughly every five to 10 minutes.

Aside from capturing Strokkur's eruption, appreciate how the colors of the pools of water contrast one another.

After enjoying the various geothermal wonders in the Geysir geothermal area, you'll fly to the Landmannalaugar geothermal area. Located 93 miles (149 kilometers) from Geysir, the Landmannalaugar geothermal area is known for its hiking trails and natural hot spring bathing.

Also called the "People's Pools," Landmannalaugar is found beside the black Laugahraun lava field, an area of dried magma from a 1477 volcanic eruption. If the weather permits, you will land and can step out from the helicopter for a different view of the area.

In addition to its geothermal pools, the Landmannalaugar geothermal area also features rhyolite mountains. As you inspect the mountains from the sky, you'll see dazzling shades of pink, red, green, blue, and golden yellow.

Next, you'll fly to the Thorsmork nature reserve for more amazing views of Iceland's nature. Named after the Norse god of thunder, Thor, Thorsmork is home to the Fimmvorduhals and the Laugavegur routes, two of Iceland's most popular hiking spots.

You'll see rugged peaks, deep gorges, and volcanic craters serving as backdrop. The area also boasts panoramic views of glaciers, cascading waterfalls, and colorful flora.

After enjoying the beauty of Thorsmork, you'll fly above the Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano. This glacier measures approximately 39 square miles (100 square kilometers), making it Iceland's sixth-largest. Apart from its massive size, the Eyjafjallajokull glacier volcano is infamously known for its 2010 eruption that caused severe air travel disruption in Europe.

Your next destinations are two captivating waterfalls: Gullfoss and Haifoss. Gullfoss is one of Iceland's most iconic waterfalls. Its water comes from the Hvita river, which plunges into two cascades. The first and shorter cascade measures 36 feet (11 meters) tall, while the second is 69 feet (21 meters) tall.

As you witness the Gullfoss waterfall's raw power from above, keep watch of the rainbow that forms beside its mist.

Meanwhile, Haifoss is Iceland's fourth-tallest waterfall, dropping 400 feet (122 meters). As the water plunges, it creates a fascinating mist and spray, yielding rainbows across the rocky terrain.

You'll head to a secluded geothermal spa to cap off your unforgettable helicopter tour. During the flight to the spa, make the most of the breathtaking landscapes along the way until you descend toward the bath. As you dip into the waters, allow the soothing effects to calm your mind and body.

Take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see some of Iceland's most iconic sites on this exciting three-hour helicopter tour. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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