Ultimate 2-Hour Airplane Tour of North Iceland & Highlands with Dettifoss from Myvatn

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Mývatn Airport (MVA), Iceland
2 hours
June - Sept.
Minimum age


Discover the captivating beauty of North Iceland and the Icelandic Highlands on this immersive two-hour airplane sightseeing tour departing from Myvatn Airport. This aerial journey offers a unique perspective to explore the region's iconic natural wonders, from Lake Myvatn to the Dettifoss waterfall and Vatnajokull glacier.

Your aerial adventure starts at Myvtn Airport, a small airport by the banks of Lake Myvatn in North Iceland. You'll meet your licensed, English-speaking pilot here, who also doubles as your tour guide during the flight. They will enrich your experience by sharing exciting trivia and local tales about the attractions on your itinerary.

As your small plane takes off, the stunning Lake Myvatn and its surroundings unfold beneath you. Lush vegetation, rugged mountains, and volcanic terrain embrace the lake's tranquil waters. This panoramic view is just a glimpse of the visual feast that awaits.

Heading southward, you'll witness the vast expanse of Odadahraun, a lava field that showcases Iceland's volatile geological past. You can appreciate the enormity of this otherworldly landscape more from your elevated position.

Nearby is Askja caldera, one of the highlights of the day. Nestled within the heart of Iceland's Central Highlands, this stratovolcano towers at an elevation of 4,954 feet (1,510 meters). Inside the caldera is the second-deepest lake in Iceland, boasting deep-blue waters.

Continuing your aerial exploration, the pilot takes you above the frozen wilderness of Vatnajokull, Europe's largest glacier. At the glacier's edge are the towering mountains of Kverkfjoll, with an enormous magma chamber underneath them. If the skies are clear, you may also see Oraefajokull peaks over the horizon as they tower at 6,921 feet (2,110 meters).

Flying back northward, the distinctive silhouette of Mount Herdubreid is hard to miss, known as the "Queen of Iceland mountains." The aerial view allows you to grasp the beauty of this natural wonder in a way that land-based excursions simply cannot.

The tour culminates at Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall. From the air, its impressive 330 feet (100 meters) width and a drop of 150 feet (45 meters) are a sight to behold. The powerful force of the cascading water is on full display for you to marvel at and photograph.

Tracing the course of the Jokulsa canyon, your journey leads to Asbyrgi, a captivating horseshoe-shaped depression with lush vegetation. Asbyrgi canyon's towering cliffs, framing its sides at approximately 328 feet (100 meters) in height, create an awe-inspiring panorama that leaves a lasting impression.

Looping back toward Lake Myvatn, you'll fly over the volcanic marvels of Krafla caldera, Namafjall geothermal field, and Hverfjall volcano. These geological marvels come alive with their rugged terrain, steaming vents, and colorful mud pools.

Your tour concludes with a gentle landing at Myvatn Airport, leaving you with cherished memories and captivating photographs. 

Don't miss your chance to see the Vatnajokull glacier, Asbyrgi canyon, and more diverse attractions from a bird's-eye view on this two-hour airplane tour in Iceland. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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Two-hour flight around North Iceland and the Icelandic Highlands
Licensed, English-speaking pilot



What to bring

Warm and comfortable clothing
Light water and snacks

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Airplane tours are weather dependent and may be canceled or postponed at short notice.

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