Airplane Tour Over Skeiðarársandur Black Sands & Skeiðarárjökull Glacier

See Iceland’s natural wonders from a bird’s eye view - this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience. The world looks so totally different and surreal from the air. 

Skeiðarárjökull is a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull, one of the largest glaciers in Europe. Its meltwater gives birth to several streams running across the Skeiðarársandur. On the western edge, meltwaters blocked by the ice of Vatnajökull have pooled into a small lake, cradled by this natural dam. 

Skeiðararsandur is the largest sand plain in the world, caused by glacial meltwater pouring over the landscape and washing away any vegetation. It is haunting in its desolation, but also beautiful. Nature tries to find a way, and as the sands turn to mud and clay closest to the coast, large populations of skua birds nest there each year during the warm months. 

It is hard to believe that all those colorful glacial rivers meandering across the dark volcanic sandy plains are not just part of an enormous abstract painting. The textures of the bluish and sometimes green, yellow or milky glacial waters twisting and swirling over deep black ash are incredible.

You'll also enjoy the tree-lined hills of Skaftafell Nature Reserve in the area near the takeoff point. It is a great favorite of hikers and campers who visit to contemplate the peaceful quiet of the glacier or meditate in the shadow of Hvannadalshnúkur, Iceland's highest peak. 

You can see some of the south coast on takeoff and return to Skaftafell, all gleaming black cliffs and sandy beaches, with sea birds circling overhead. In the rain or the sun, this is the real Iceland, and your pilot is happy to show you his favorite places and answer any questions you have. 

Get going on a flight across the sweeping sands and frosty glacier! Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: All year
  • Duration: 45 minutes
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Airplane
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: South Shore, Vatnajökull, Skaftafell, Skeiðarársandur, Svínafellsjökull
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 08:00 10:00, 12:00, 14:00, 16:00,

Departure location:
Skaftafell Airport
  • Expert pilot/guide

  • Sightseeing flight

What to bring:
  • Camera

Good to know:

Skaftafell Airport is a private airport located just 2 km from the Vatnajökull National Park Visitor Center, Skaftafellsstofa. The airport in Skaftafell is located right next to Highway 1 or Road 1. You turn off Road 1 at the same turn off as if you were going to the Vatnajökull National Park Visitor Center. See map below.


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Airplane Tour Over Skeiðarársandur Black Sands & Skeiðarárjökull Glacier

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