Scenic 45 Minute Airplane Tour of Grimsvotn Eruption Site from Skaftafell

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Skaftafell Terminal - Tour Center, Flugvallarvegur, Öræfi, Icela
50 minutes
All year
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Take this incredible flight to Grímsvötn, Iceland's most frequently erupting volcano. With incredible views of Vatnajökull National Park, including its glaciers, hot springs and craters, this tour is not to be missed. 

Your flight leaves from the scenic Skaftafell Nature Reserve and takes approximately 45 minutes, providing you with ample time to drink in the magnificence of Vatnajökull glacier and the surrounding area. As you fly, you will see endless expanses of ancient ice, the peaks of volcanoes and the shadows of plunging valleys.

When you reach Grímsvötn, you can marvel over its impressive crater. Due to the heat of the earth beneath, it is often filled with a pool of shockingly blue water amongst the powder white snow, with steam rising from its hot springs that are stunningly visible from above.

Grímsvötn is a combination of subglacial lakes beneath the surface of the ice. As fascinating as these are, especially to microbiologists and geologists, it is the shimmering surface of the glacier, and the crater of the volcano, which make this tour so spectacular.

Rest assured that your experienced pilot will provide an informative commentary about these unusual features, and tell you about the most recent eruptions. 

When Grímsvötn goes off, it usually does so with quite a bang. The greater 1783 Laki eruption is historically known to have changed the climate of Europe, being responsible for the deaths of 25% of Icelanders at the time.

The ash cloud from the most recent eruption in 2011 rose to be nearly 20 kilometres tall, and the force of it was stronger than the notorious, plane-grounding 2010 eruption of Eyjafjallajökull. Flying above a volcano with such history and immense potential power is an exhilarating experience not to be missed. 

So do not hesitate, book this flight of a lifetime now. Check availability by choosing a date.

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45 minute sightseeing flight



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The right is reserved to cancel flights should weather conditions or other external factors make flying unsafe. Customers will try to be informed well in advance of any tour changes.

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