Airplane Tour of Skeidararsandur Black Sands & Glacier

Airplane Tour of Skeidararsandur Black Sands & Glacier
Witness an ice cap of Iceland from above on a guided airplane tour.
The rivers cutting through Skeiðarársandur in Iceland look more like a painting than reality.
Fly across Skeiðarársandur for a unique view of the landscapes of Iceland.
Different colours of the Icelandic landscape greet those lucky enough to fly across.
See the volcanoes and glaciers of Iceland from above on a guided airplane tour.
The sand plain stretches from the glacier Skeiðarárjökull to the Atlantic Ocean.

See Iceland’s natural wonders from above during this is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, as you soar over the black sands and glaciers of the East in an aeroplane. If you want the chance to see the stark beauty of this volcanic island from the air, this is the tour for you.

Your adventure begins in Skaftafell National Park, where you will meet up with your pilot at Skaftafell Airport and board your aircraft. Then, get ready to take flight and begin your excursion to the sky.

You'll be flying over Skeiðarárjökull, a glacier tongue of Vatnajökull which is the most massive glacier in Iceland. Its meltwater gives birth to several streams that cut across the black sand plains of Skeiðarársandur.

On the western edge of the glacier, meltwaters blocked by the ice of Vatnajökull have pooled into a small lake, cradled by this natural dam and stunning to look at from a bird's point of view.

Skeiðarársandur is the most extensive 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 undeniably beautiful.

Nature tries to find a way, and as the sands turn to mud and clay closest to the coast, large flocks of skua birds nest there each year during the warm summer months.

It is hard to believe that all those colourful 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 nothing but incredible.

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

You can also expect to see some of the scenic South Coast during takeoff and return to Skaftafell, gleaming with black cliffs and sandy beaches, seabirds circling overhead.

Get going on a flight across the sweeping sands and glistening glaciers of Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

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

Skaftafell Airport
Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure. If you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.
  • English guide

  • Sightseeing flight

  • Meals

What to bring:
  • Warm clothes

  • 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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