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Explore untouched landscapes from above with an airplane tour in Iceland. Airplane tours take you to new destinations—some involve touch-downs out in nature, while others allow you to sightsee in the most exciting way possible.

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Frequently asked questions

What are the benefits of sightseeing from an airplane in Iceland?

Much of Iceland’s landscape is hard to access, such as the glaciers and the Central Highlands. You get a much better sense of the landscape from the air, as well as the knowledge that you're partaking in a sightseeing tour rarely undertaken by tourists. For instance, many tourists chose plane and helicopter tours departing from Reykjavik to view the Fagradalsfjall volcanic eruption.

Should I go sightseeing in Iceland in an airplane or in a helicopter?

More people can fit in a small airplane than in a helicopter, and airplane tours in Iceland are therefore more reasonably priced than helicopter tours. However, airplanes need a landing strip to take off and land, whereas helicopters can land anywhere and take off instantly, giving helicopter tours more freedom to explore. Helicopters can also hover over attractions whereas airplanes need to fly circles over them, meaning some photographers may prefer the experience helicopter tours in Iceland provide. However, plane tours in Iceland can be a great alternative to helicopter tours for those wanting a unique sightseeing experience for a good price.

Where are the main airports in Iceland?

The international airport in Iceland is in Keflavik, but many domestic airports and small airstrips are found all around the country. The main domestic airports are in Reykjavik, where many plane tours in Iceland depart from, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Egilsstadir, Hofn, and the Westman Islands.

How long is the flight between Reykjavik and Akureyri?

It is approximately 45 minutes each way. If you are planning a trip to Akureyri, you may find our guide to Akureyri helpful. We also offer plane tours departing from Akureyri, such as this breathtaking 1-hour plane tour of North Iceland's Diamond Circle, starting at around 340 USD.

What are the pros and cons of flying within Iceland?

You can significantly shorten the time between destinations by flying within Iceland. Flying between Reykjavik and Akureyri, for example, only takes 45 minutes but driving takes up to 6 hours with stops. Domestic flights in Iceland can also be an excellent way to reach more remote parts of the country when roads are closed or otherwise not ideal for travel. You also get to see the magnificent landscapes from an aerial view.