Paragliding is an outdoor adventure sport. It involves using a large canopy that looks like a parachute. The canopy is attached to a person’s body with a harness and allows them to glide through the air after jumping from or being lifted to a height.
How safe are paragliding tours?
In tandem paragliding, you are paired with an experienced pilot. They are in control of the entire flight and have done this many times before. The regulations involved with safety are incredibly strict, and all necessary safety checks are done throughout the experience. Statistically, paragliding is as safe as driving a car, with recent studies showing it’s actually slightly safer.
What can I expect from a tandem paragliding tour?
No two gliding experiences are ever the same which is why this experience is unique. The weather will dictate your exact route, but you can expect to see some spectacular views of the South Coast of Iceland that you would never have seen from the ground.
Can anyone experience a tandem paraglide?
Yes almost anyone, who is in good health with a reasonable level of fitness can experience a tandem paraglide. There are a few exceptions, so if you have some doubt consult your doctor before booking. All participants need to be over 12 years of age. Those under the age of 18 will need written permission from a parent or guardian to take part in a paragliding tour.
How fit do I have to be to participate in a paragliding tour?
There might be some walking to and from the take-off points, and there might be a very short run to gain speed for taking off. If you believe you are fit enough to do this, paragliding shouldn’t be a problem for you. You will spend most of the time comfortably sitting and enjoying the view.
Can I take a paragliding tour if I have mobility issues?
Your provider will do whatever they can to enable you to experience a paragliding tour. If you feel there may be issues, don’t hesitate to contact your provider.
Are there height and weight and age restrictions for paragliding?
The weight restriction for a tandem paragliding tour is 120kg. This weight restriction is set because of the safety standards of the equipment being used. There are no official height restrictions on this tour, you just need to feel comfortable within the harness.There has not been a case where a participant who was within the weight restrictions wasn’t comfortable enough to fly.
What if I’m scared of heights?
Fear of heights is actually a very sensible human thing. We can’t fly on our own, so slight discomfort in high places shouldn’t really be a surprise to anyone. The experience of paragliding is not like skydiving. You’re not jumping out of a plane thousands of feet off the ground. You begin on the ground and slowly glide to a comfortable height. The feeling can be described as similar to looking out of an airplane window. If you’re looking at this page, it already means that this is something you’re interested in doing so your fear of heights is probably something you will overcome the moment you see the incredible views. If you’re concerned about anything before take off, let your provider know, and they will be able to make you feel safe.
What clothing should I wear on a paragliding tour?
Icelandic weather is notorious for changing quickly even in summer. It’s advisable that you wear layers. The reason for this is that you may warm up while walking but get colder during the paraglide. In Icelandic summer it’s always better to wear many layers rather than one or two thick items. It’s a good idea to make sure you have a waterproof/windproof top layer, thin gloves and a hat which you can wear under your helmet. When out in the Icelandic nature, appropriate footwear is essential. It’s necessary that your shoes have decent grip. Hiking boots are recommended.
Will the weather affect my paragliding tour?
As with any outdoor activity in Iceland, the weather plays a huge role. Paragliding is especially dependant on weather conditions because it falls into the category of aviation. Your provider wants to make sure everyone can experience a fantastic flight, but they must put safety first. They will not take any unnecessary risks if the weather is not suitable for flying. If your flight is cancelled due to weather conditions, there are always processes in place to either rebook your flight or give you a full refund.