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Ultimate Skaftafell

This tour is a combination of two of our most popular tours, ‘Landmannalaugar From Above’ and ‘Grímsvötn Eruption Site’

Prices from: 54.100 ISK   Ι   Duration: ~ 75-160 minutes

Options

  • Airplane Tour
  • Helicopter Tour with two landings

Included

  • Free parking at Skaftafell Terminal
  • Great view for all passengers
  • Pilot guided air tour
  • Two Landings (on helicopter tour)

Main Sights

  • Grímsvötn
  • Lakagígar Crater Chain
  • Landmannalaugar

What to bring

  • Your camera
  • Light jacket
  • Closed waterproof shoes

Ultimate Skaftafell

Two of our most popular tours; ‘Landmannalaugar from Above’ and ‘Grímsvötn Eruption Site’, combined in one jam-packed epic 75-160 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. 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.

Grímsvötn (pronounced: ​[ˈkrimsvœʰtn̥]) is located at the northwestern side of the Vatnajökull icecap at an elevation of 1725 m above sea level. 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 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. After being amazed by the beauty of Grímsvötn we head on over to Lakagígar crater chain and Landmannalaugar.

Lakagígar crater chain is a 25 km long row of about 135 craters, formed in the years 1783-1784, during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. During the 8-month period the system was erupting, it is estimated it poured out 42 billion tons (14 km3) of basalt lava and clouds of poisonous gases and ash led to the death of 50% of Iceland’s livestock and a third of the Icelandic nation died. Furthermore, the eruption in Lakagígar and its aftermath has been linked to some global events. Today most of Lakagígar crater chain is covered in moss, giving them an out of this world appearance combined with the red and black rocks.

From Lakagígar we fly over to Landmannalaugar, the beautiful valley nestled right alongside the black Laugarhraun lava field, a large field of dried magma that formed in an eruption in 1477. Landmannalaugar is mostly known for its natural geothermal baths like the name suggests, the „people‘s pool“. These natural geothermal baths along with the unique windswept rhyolite mountains, with their various shades of pink, green, blue and golden yellow make this area amazing for snapping some photos. On our way back to Skaftafell we fly over Eldgjá, the largest canyon in the world, approx. 40 km long, 270 m deep and 600 m wide at its greatest. The canyon is thought to have formed during a massive eruption in 934 that lasted for a couple of months.

Ultimate Skaftafell

During the flight, you might also get to see Langisjór, a 20 km long lake up in highlands, 670 m above sea level, Skeiðarárjökull glacier, Síðujökull glacier along with many beautiful spots west of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.

Once 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 there are 2 landings included. Our pilots know all the best landing spots and will find some out-of-this world spots for you to discover up close!

Please note that landings can be subject to weather and seasonal conditions.

 

This tour is available on both airplane and helicopter, choose your aircraft during the booking process. On the helicopter option there are 2 landings included.

Duration: Airplane Tour: ~ 75 minutes  /  Helicopter Tour incl. two landing: ~ 160 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 views for everyone, a pilot guided air tour, small groups (5-7 people max), two landings (included 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.

 

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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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