Laki Craters and Surroundings

The Vatnajökull National Park is one of Iceland’s natural treasures and a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site. One of its greatest wonders is the awe-inspiring Laki Crater Chain. Don’t take our word for it. Let us show you.

Prices from: 36.900 ISK    Ι   Duration: ~ 40 minutes


  • Airplane Tour


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

Main Sights

  • Skaftafellsjökull
  • Skeiðarársandur
  • Lakagígar Crater Chain

What to bring

  • Your camera
  • Light jacket
  • Closed waterproof shoes

Laki Craters and Surroundings

Witness Iceland’s largest volcanic crater chain from above, the only way you can really see its true size, on this 40 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 aircraft. Once in the air, we fly west of Vatnajökull National Park over the vast ice sheet of Skeiðarárjökull, one of many outlet glaciers of Vatnajökull, Europe‘s largest glacier, on the way over to Lakagígar crater chain, a massive row of volcanic craters spreading as long as the eye can see. We firmly believe that flying over the Laki Craters is the only way to truly appreciate their staggering scale.

The craters were formed in one of the biggest volcanic eruptions in recorded history all the way back in 1783, which caused widespread famine in Iceland and even other parts of the world. Today we can enjoy them in peace as the geographical wonders they are, and they have been a fan favorite in our range of flightseeing tours for many years. Our experienced pilots will offer expert guidance and trivia along the way, to make sure you learn something new while you take in the amazing view.

On the way back we will take you over Súlutindar peaks, an interesting glacier-sculpted formation on the west side of Skeiðarárjökull. We carry on southeast along the edge of Skeiðarárjökull where you will get a panoramic view of its massive size. This, of course, is not an exhaustive list of things you get to see but should give you a rough idea of some of the main attractions.

Upon landing back at Skaftafell Terminal, we hope you got the chance to snap some nice photos and get a glimpse of the magical and diverse landscapes the Icelandic highlands have 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: from June 2021

Included: Free parking, great view for everyone, pilot guided air tour, small groups (5-7 people max)

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.


Patterns of Vatnajokull


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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