Geothermische Helikopter-Tour mit Landung
Dieser Rundflug im Helikopter führt dich über heiße Quellen, bunte Bergketten, Kraftwerke, Lava-Felder und Krater. Erlebe Islands brodelnde Erdkräfte aus der Luft bei dem Flug über faszinierende vulkanische Landschaft.
Während wir über eines der vulkanisch aktivsten Geothermalgebiete Islands, dem Hellisheiði Plateau, fliegen, zeichnen sich bereits in Moos gehüllte, alte Lavafelder ab. Besondere Kennzeichen dieser Gegend sind dampfende und kochend heiße Geothermalquellen, Geothermalkraftwerke, farbenprächtige Bergketten sowie Vulkankrater. Weit entfernt von jeglichen Menschenmassen machen wir einen kurzen Halt, um die rohe und urzeitliche Energie aus der Erde unter den Füßen zu fühlen und aufsteigen zu sehen. Während der Landung im Gebiet um den alten Vulkan Hengill führt der Pilot zu den Ursprungsquellen dieser Geothermalenergie, wo du brodelnde Schlammlöcher, schwefelhaltige Dämpfe, heiße Quellen und vielleicht sogar ein paar verirrte Schafe sehen kannst.
Zu guter Letzt fliegen wir auf unserem Rückweg über Reykjavík und verschaffen uns einen Überblick über die Stadt.
"Wonderful staff welcome you with smiling faces and a pure "customer in the center" attitude. Helicopters are well kept after and the trips have that sort of playfulness that something as outlandish as a helicopter tour really should have. The one hour trip to the thermal sites outside Reykjavik offer a good compromise between unique experience and a price tag that is still reasonable." - Trip Advisor Feedback
"Our pilot Gudjon explained so much when we landed between steam, outbreaks, hot springs etc. that I learned that a helicopter could land while a plane cannot land here. It was an outstanding experience. And I can recommend everyone to do it too." - Trip Advisor Feedback
- Verfügbarkeit: Ganzjährig
- Dauer: 1 Stunde
- Aktivitäten: Besichtigungen, Hubschrauber
- Schwierigkeitsstufe: Einfach
- Sprachen: English, Icelandic
Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland and the northernmost capital of a sovereign state in the world.
Despite a small population (120.000 and more than 200.000 in the Greater Reykjavik area), it is a vibrant city that draws an ever increasing number of visitors. It is the financial, cultural and governmental centre of Iceland. It also has a reputation of being one of the cleanest and safest cities in the world.
The city of Reykjavik is located in southwest Iceland by the creek of the same name. Throughout the ages, the landscape has been shaped by glaciers, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions and the area is geothermal. Much of the current city area area was subglacial during the Ice Age, with the glacier reaching as far as the Álftanes peninsula, while other areas lay under the sea. After the end of the ice age the land rose as the glaciers drifted away, and it began to take on its present form.
The coastline of Reykjavik is set with peninsulas, coves, straights and islands, most notably the island of Videy, and seabirds and whales frequent the shores. The mountain ring as seen from the shore is particularly beautiful. Mount Esja is the highest mountain in the vicinity of Reykjavik and lends its distinct feature to the whole area. This majestic mountain is also highly popular for climbing. Other notable mountains that can be seen from the seaside are Akrafjall and Skardsheidi and on clear days one may even see as far to the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, at the end of the Snafellsnes peninsula.
The largest river to run through the city is Ellidaa in Ellidaardalur valley, which is also one of Iceland‘s best rivers for salmon fishing.
There are no trains or trams in Iceland, but most people travel by car. The city also operates a bus system. There are two major harbours in town, the old harbour in the centre and Sundahofn in the east. The domestic Reykjavik Airport is located at Vatnsmyrin, not far from the city centre and close to Oskjuhlid and Perlan. The international Keflavik Airport at Midnesheidi heath then lies around 50 km from the city. Cars, jeeps and bicycles can be readily rented in the city and many organized tours are also being offered.
What to See & Do in Reykjavik
The local arts scene is strong in Iceland, with both annual events and single ones, many of whom have hit the international stage. For the annual ones please check our articles Best Annual Events in Iceland and the Top Ten Festivals in Iceland. Major events taking place in Reykjavik include the Iceland Airwaves, Gay Pride, RIFF (The Reykjavik International Film Festival), The Reykjavik Literature Festival, Cultural Night, the Reykjavik Arts Festival, Food & Fun, the Reykjavik Fashion Festival and the Sónar music festival.
Among famous people from Reykjavik are artists Bjork Gudmundsdottir, Sigur Ros, writers Halldor Laxness (born in Laugavegur) and Arnaldur Indridason and mayor Jon Gnarr. For more well-known and fairly-well known Icelanders, check our article on the subject.
You might also want to check our article on some of the many things to see and do in Reykjavik, such as visiting the city‘s many museums, exhibitions and galleries, checking out live music, visiting the Harpa music hall or the theatres, visiting the lighthouse at Grotta, the main shopping street of Laugavegur, visiting the old harbour and the flea market, going on a bird- and whale watching tour or visiting Videy island. We also have a top ten list of things to do.
Make sure to visit the public square of Austurvollur, one of the city‘s most popular gathering places, where you‘ll also find the national parliament, Althingi, the state church a statue of independence hero Jon Sigurdson, as well as cafés, bars and restaurants. Austurvollur was central in the 2008 protests, along with Laekjargata, home to the House of Government. You are also not likely to miss the great church of Hallgrimskirkja that towers over the city from the hill of Skolavorduholt, wherefrom you‘ll get a great view of the city.
Try a walk by the city pond, greet the many birds that frequent the area and visit the city hall, stationed by its banks. The Hljomaskalagardur is a beautiful park that lies by the pond, it ideal for a nice walk and sometimes concerts get held there. Further off is the campus of the university of Iceland, the Nordic house and the Vatnsmyri wetland, a particularly pleasant place, but be mindful of not disturbing the wildlife there and keep to the pathways.
For a nice swim on a warm day, we particularly recommend Nautholsvik beach.
Visit the Laugardalur valley, home to one of the city‘s best swimming pools, as well as the Asmundarsafn gallery, a beautiful botanical garden and a domestic zoo. A walk by the Aegissida beach, with it‘s old fishing sheds, in the west part of Reykjavik also holds a particular charm. The aforementioned Elllidaardalur valley is also a popular resort.
Another place that offers one of the city‘s best (and free) views is Perlan, up in Oskjuhlid hill. The hill itself is a popular resort, with over 176.000 trees and great opportunities for walking and cycling.
Travel to Alftanes to see the president‘s house at Bessastadir, which is also a historical site in it‘s own right, having been the educational centre of Iceland for centuries. Nearby is a beautiful lava field, Galgahraun, well worth a visit, though there is currently an environmental struggle going on as to it‘s future state.
The city is furthermore a short drive from many of Iceland‘s major attractions, most famously the Golden Circle and the Blue Lagoon. In close vicinity you‘ll also find the Heidmork preservation area, a favourite pastime resort of the people of Reykjavik, as well as the Blue Mountains, one of Iceland‘s most beloved skiing venues.
Check our Best of Reykjavik guide further for tips on the best cheap things to do in Reykjavik, some of the best restaurants in the city, happy hours, the top ten value places to eat and our two articles on the famous Reykjavik nightlife; Nightlife in Reykjavik and Nightlife and mating.
Finally, we‘d like to stress that these are only some suggestions of the many things you might check out in Reykjavik. Whatever you choose to do, we hope you‘ll be able to make the most of your visit and we wish you a pleasant stay in our capital.
The area of the impressive volcanic mountain Hengill is a geothermal site and a source of energy for the south of Iceland.
Two power stations derive its energy from Hengill, the nearby Hellisheidavirkjun power station and Nesjavellir, which provides energy for th Reykjavik area. Not far from Hengill is the town of Hveragerdi, unusual for being situated in an area of such geothermal activity.
Abfahrtszeit : Tour am Nachmittag Start am Vormittag,
Ostseite des Inlandsflughafens in Reykjavík (hinter dem Icelandair Hotel Natura)
50- bis 60-minütiger Helikopter-Rundflug inklusive Landung
Was du mitbringen solltest:
Warme Kleidung, gute Schuhe und nicht zuletzt: Eine Kamera!
Gut zu wissen:
Bitte sei 20 Minuten zuvor am Treffpunkt. Du findest uns hinter dem Icelandair Hotel Natura, auf der Ostseite des Inlandsflughafens in Reykjavík, nur etwa 5 Minuten Fahrt vom Stadtzentrum entfernt.