Thrilling 35-Minute New Volcanic Area Helicopter Tour from Reykjavik

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Ace FBO Reykjavík, Reykjavík, Iceland
30 minutes
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1 years old


Discover a newly-erupted volcano and how it's affecting the surrounding area in this thrilling volcanic area helicopter tour from Reykjavik. This 35-minute adventure takes travelers to an uninhabited area on the Reykjanes peninsula, the birthplace of a new geological wonder.

The action begins when you meet a friendly and expert guide at your Reykjavik accommodation. You'll then head to ACE FBO, where you'll take a helicopter ride toward the new volcano's location, about 19 miles (30 kilometers) from Iceland's capital.

During the flight, you'll see breathtaking landscapes surrounding Reykjavik en route to Reykjanes peninsula. Moreover, you don't need to worry about potential flight disruptions. 

As you fly above Reykjanes peninsula, you’ll see its many geothermal wonders. One of the most notable sights is Seltun, which features several geothermal fields. You’ll see pockets of hissing steam coming out of the earth through boiling hot springs and mud baths.

You’ll also see Lake Graenavatn or the Greenlake from above. Check out the lake’s bright-green water that fills an ancient volcanic crater. You’ll also pass by Kleifarvatn, which is the largest lake in Reykjanes peninsula.

As for the newly-formed volcano, it was formed after an eruption on July 10, 2023, in a small depression north of Litli Hrtur. However, there’s a chance of seeing a live volcanic eruption, if you get lucky.

Approaching the volcanic area, you'll notice the volcano's narrow fissure where the hot and steaming lava flowed. The expert guide will explain the volcano's historical dormancy and current assessment. They will also highlight the volcanic eruption in relation to the most significant ones that have happened in the past.

Around a week before this new volcano erupted, thousands of small earthquakes were felt around the area. These quakes were already the signs of the impending eruption. During the eruption, the country's weather office confirmed that the volcano's smoke blew toward the north-westerly direction.

What makes fissure eruptions in Iceland particularly fascinating is their scale and duration. These eruptions can produce vast quantities of lava, covering large land areas and reshaping the landscape over time. 

Since the July 2023 eruption, Reykjanes Peninsula saw five more eruptions through May of 2024. Some of these eruptions lasted a day or two while one reached 54 days to finish. As such, there is a good chance you'll see active, flowing lava!

After appreciating the breathtaking volcano, you'll head back to Reykjavik. During the trip back to the city, you'll take a scenic route and fly above some of the capital's most iconic landmarks and other notable attractions.

Don't miss this chance to see a recently formed volcano in all its captivating glory on this 35-minute new volcanic area tour from Reykjavik. Check availability now by choosing a date.

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