Black Sands and Riverbeds

This is one of our most photogenic tours. We fly over the coastline and Skeiðarársandur, a vast plain of black sand and ash covered with numerous small rivulets.

Prices from: 41.500 ISK   Ι   Duration: ~ 45 minutes


  • Airplane Tour


  • Free parking at Skaftafell Terminal
  • Great view for all passengers
  • Pilot guided air tour

Main Sights

  • Skeiðarársandur
  • Lómagnúpur
  • Vatnajökull

What to bring

  • Your camera
  • Light jacket
  • Closed waterproof shoes

Black Sands and Riverbeds

Fly over black sands and ash, covered with numerous small rivulets in a scenic 45 minute air tour from Skaftafell Terminal.

On arrival at Skaftafell Terminal please check in at our reception. There you will meet with your pilot that will go over the flight route and perform a safety briefing before heading out to the airplane. After take-off, we head towards the beautiful coastline of Skeiðarársandur with its endless black beaches filled with ocean treasures and some even believe there is an old shipwreck hidden in the sand full of long lost goods.

From there we head on over Skeiðarársandur, a vast plain of black sand and ash, covered with numerous small rivulets weaving abstract patterns in the sand. It spans the entire range between Skeiðarárjökull glacier and the sea.

Then we head on over to Skeiðarárjökull flying past Lómagnúpur, which houses one of Iceland’s four guardian spirits that can be seen in Iceland’s coat of arms, the „rock-giant“ (Bergrisi). He stands at the top of Lómagnúpur, holding his iron rod protecting the south coast from evil spirits. So, make sure you take a good look and see if you notice him before witnessing the massive outlet glacier, Skeiðarárjökull, draining south from Europe‘s largest ice cap Vatnajökull.

When landing back at Skaftafell Terminal, we hope you got the chance to snap some nice photos and get a glimpse of the magical and diversified landscape the Iceland highland has to offer.


Duration: Airplane Tour: ~ 45 minutes 

Departures: Morning departure is between 9 am and 1 pm, afternoon departure is between 1 pm and 5 pm. After receiving your booking we will reply to you with your exact departure time. Please note that during wintertime, we are limited by short daylight time, so our operation time gets a little shorter. If you prefer a special departure time, please send us an email or put it in the comment section of your booking.

Departure point: Skaftafell Terminal

Difficulty: Easy

Availability: All year

Included: Free parking, great view for everyone, pilot guided air tour, small groups (5-7 people max), one landing (optional upgrade on helicopter tour)

What to bring: Closed waterproof shoes on tours with helicopter landings, your camera, light jacket

Minimum age: There is no age limit for our tours, but children and infants under the age of 12 need to be accompanied by an adult.

Good to know: Our main objective is to make sure our customers get the best experience possible. With that and everyone’s safety in mind, we reserve the right to cancel a tour or change the itinerary due to weather conditions and/or any other factors beyond our control. Please read our terms and conditions for more information before booking your tour and note that routes marked on the map, are for reference only and can change. Helicopter landings are only made when deemed safe by our pilots and can be subject to weather and seasonal conditions.

Minimum passengers: 3 passengers

Local advice: If you are staying in the area overnight, we recommend booking a hotel room at Hotel Skaftafell, their restaurant is also a great pit-stop to have lunch or dinner before driving to your next destination. The local gas station Freysnes offers some more budget-friendly options for a quick lunch or dinner (their Lamb-burger is awesome!). And if you are looking for some other local activities check out some of our trusted partners that are operating from Skaftafell Terminal.


Black sands and riverbeds


Please arrive at our meeting point 20 minutes before departure time stated on your ticket. If you arrive after departure time, your place on the tour can’t be guaranteed or refunded.

Our meeting point is at Skaftafell Terminal by the main road. You can look up “Skaftafell Terminal” on Google Maps to find the exact location and driving directions.

Driving time to Skaftafell from Reykjavík is around 4 hours and 30 minutes. If you arrive early, you can visit Skaftafell Terminal which offers free parking, light refreshment and has restrooms.

Here is a link to our meeting point on google maps:


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Skaftafell meeting point: Skaftafell Terminal, Flugvallarvegur 5, Skaftafell

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