Airplane Tours

Airplane Tours

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 Highlands. You get a much better sense of the landscape from the air and are one of the lucky few partaking in a sightseeing tour rarely undertaken by visitors. 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 Reykjavik airport, where many plane tours in Iceland depart from, as well as Akureyri airport, Isafjordur airport and Egilsstadir airport.

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.

Can I be picked up from my Reykjavik hotel for a sightseeing airplane tour?

Domestic airlines do not offer pick-up services, but some sightseeing tours do. For example, this personalized 1.5-hour plane tour with sightseeing around Reykjavik begins with a hotel pick-up. The best way to get to the airport is to take a taxi if you are taking a domestic flight.

Do sightseeing plane tours leave from Keflavik International Airport (KEF)?

No, plane tours departing from Reykjavik will leave from Reykjavik Domestic Airport—not the international airport in Keflavik. Make sure not to mistake the two, or you'll almost certainly miss your flight.

Where is Reykjavik Domestic Airport?

Reykjavik Domestic Airport (RVK, and sometimes BIRK) is located by the city center. From downtown, it’s about a 30-40 minute walk, or a 5-minute taxi ride, to check-in. The address is Thorragata 10, 101 Reykjavik.

How long in advance do I need to check in for a domestic flight in Iceland?

You need to be at the airport no later than 45 minutes before your flight departs. If you are flying internationally from Reykjavik Domestic Airport (to Greenland, the Faroe Islands or Ireland) then be at the airport no later than 90 minutes before your flight. You should be at Keflavik International Airport two hours before your departure.

Are domestic flights available all year round in Iceland?

Yes they are. All flights are connected through Reykjavik, and Egilsstadir, Akureyri, and Isafjordur have daily flights throughout the year. In the case of a weather cancellation, you will be rescheduled on the next available flight.