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Grímsvötn Eruption Site

View one of Iceland’s most active volcano – Grímsvötn.

Prices from: 41.500 ISK   Ι   Duration: ~ 45-70 minutes

Options

  • Airplane Tour
  • Helicopter Tour
  • Helicopter Tour with landing

Included

  • Free parking at Skaftafell Terminal
  • Great view for all passengers
  • Pilot guided air tour
  • One Landing (optional upgrade for helicopter version)

Main Sights

  • Grímsvötn volcano
  • Skeiðarárjökull
  • Skaftafell National Park

What to bring

  • Your camera
  • Light jacket
  • Closed waterproof shoes

Grímsvötn Eruption Site 

Fly over Vatnajökull Glacier and Grímsvötn eruption site on a 45-70 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 straight on over to Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier to check out the Grímsvötn eruption site. Flying past Skaftafell National Park and Morsárdalur glacier canyon.

Öræfajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur

Grímsvötn (pronounced: ​[ˈkrimsvœʰtn̥]) is located at the northwestern side of the Vatnajökull icecap at an elevation of 1725 m above sea level. On the way to Grímsvötn, you get the chance to marvel at the endless amount of ice and snow of Vatnajökull glacier.

Grímsvötn refers to all the subglacial lakes but is used for the whole volcanos as well. Grímsvötn is a basaltic volcano of Grímsvötn is mostly covered by ice and has the highest eruption frequency of all volcanoes in Iceland. Scientists have confirmed, with some erosion studies, about 60 volcanic eruptions in the system at a historical time, which far more than the next in line, Katla, with about 20 eruptions. The main crater is around 45 km2 and 650 m deep and since most of the volcano lies underneath Vatnajökull, its eruptions have been subglacial and the interaction of magma and meltwater from the ice causes phreatomagmatic explosive activity. The most recent eruptions in Grímsvötn were in 2011, 2004, 1998 and 1996. The eruption in 2011 was the largest one in 100 years and lasted for a week. Although there were no glacier floods following this eruption, the ash rose 20 km high and disrupted air travel widely in Europe.

When flying over, try to spot the small cabins located at Grímsfjall, right next to Grímsvötn, where the Icelandic Glacier Research Society has set up a camp in order to keep a close eye on the Grímsvötn Volcano.

Patterns of Vatnajokull

After being amazed by the beauty of Grímsvötn and greatness of Vatnajökull glacier we start to head back down. Flying over Skeiðarárjökull glacier, an outlet glacier from Vatnajökull with is abstract patterns of black and white. When arriving 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.

This tour is available on both airplane and helicopter, choose your aircraft during the booking process. On the helicopter option you can also choose to add a landing to the tour. Our pilots know all the best landing spots and we are certain this will only heighten your experience!

 

This tour is available on both airplane and helicopter, choose your aircraft during the booking process. On the helicopter option you can also choose to add a landing to the tour. Our pilots know all the best landing spots and we are certain this will only heighten your experience!

Duration: Airplane Tour: ~ 45 minutes  /  Helicopter Tour: ~ 50 minutes  /  Helicopter Tour incl. one landing: ~ 70 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.

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 both Troll Expedition and Melrakki offer some great glacier hikes, giving you the opportunity to see the glacier up close and personal after flying over it.

 

Grimsvotn Eruption Site Tour routeÖræfajökull and Hvannadalshnúkur Patterns of VatnajokullFlying up Skaftafellsjokull 

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: https://g.page/Atlantsflug?share

 

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Atlantsflug – flightseeing.is 

Daily airplane and helicopter tour departures from our private airport, Skaftafell Terminal.
Contact us if you would like to set up a private charter flight anywhere in Iceland.

Main meeting point: Skaftafell Terminal, Flugvallarvegur 5, Skaftafell
Office in Reykjavik: Reykjavik Domestic Airport; Terminal 2

Tel: +354 555 16 15

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