Ice & Fire – Glaciers and Volcanoes – Airplane Tour
Most memorable aerial sights
This is a never-to-be-forgotten tour in which you will fly over a breathtaking collection of volcanoes and glaciers pretty far away from civilization. There are few places on the planet where you can see such contrasting landscapes as in Iceland.
44,000 ISK per person
Child (2-14): 50% discount
Infant (0-2): 90% discount
Departures from Reykjavik
Mon-Fri 10:00 & 13:00 ~~ Sat & Sun 12:30 & 15:30
Duration: 1:15 - 1:45 hrs
Minimum: 2 passengers
Hotel pick up: 30 min prior to departure
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Iceland is a country of ice and fire, and these two opposite elements give shape to the complex features of our Icelandic nature.
This magnificent tour will bring you over the world-famous Eyjafjallajokull glacier and volcano. We fly over the site of the 2010 eruption and witness up close the effects of this powerful natural wonder.
The glacier Eyjafjallajokull (1651 meters over sea-level) is an active volcano with a magma chamber, located in the South of Iceland. The glacier itself covers an area of around 100 square kilometers and it is the sixth largest in Iceland.
The other places of interest en route include:
- Hekla, a very famous Icelandic volcano, with a height of 1,491 meters (4,892 ft). It is the most active volcano in the country and often referred to as the Queen of Iceland´s volcanoes. Hekla last erupted in February of 2000 and scientists believe that the volcano is likely to erupt soon...
The most recent eruption was relatively short, it started at 18:18 on February 26, 2000 and lasted until March 8. It was a VEI3 eruption producing a lava volume of 0.189 km3 DRE / 0.29 km3 and 107 m3 of tephra. The eruption went through four phases: initial explosive stage - fire fountains - bursts of Strombolian eruption - effusion of lava.
Eruption activity was at a maximum in the first hour and by the first night the fissure on Hekla had opened to a length of 6–7 km. The steam column rose to a height of almost 15 km and ash was transported to Grímsey. During this eruption, a NASA DC-8 aeroplane accidentally flew through the plume with all instruments switched on, resulting in unprecedented measurement of a young volcanic plume.
Up until this eruption, it had always been assumed that Hekla was incapable of producing the most dangerous of volcanic phenomena, the pyroclastic flow. In January 2003, however, a team from the Norvol Institute in Reykjavik reported that they found traces of a pyroclastic flow, roughly 5 km long, stretching down the side of the mountain. This will call for a reappraisal of volcanic eruptions of the basic rock type, which up to now were generally thought not to produce large pyroclastic flows.
It will also require that the public and curious spectators who always rush to the scene at the start of a new outbreak, be kept much further away from the volcanic activity than was thought necessary during previous outbreaks.
- Thingvellir National Park, where Althingi, the first and oldest Parliament in the world, has been established in AD 930. Thingvellir was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List on July 2, 2004. It is also the place where the Atlantic Ridge is visible, Almannagja's fault, due to the meeting of the American and European plate boundaries.
- Geysir geothermal area where you can see the Great Geysir and Strokkur, which spouts in the air every 5 to 7 minutes.
- Gullfoss waterfall, Europe's largest waterfall. Gullfoss is in the river Hvita which originates from Hvitarvatn on the south east side of Langjokull.
- Thorsmork Nature Reserve, which is a mountain ridge in the South of Iceland, between the glaciers Tindfjallajokull and Eyjafjallajokull.
- The rhyolite peaks of Landmannalaugar. The rich colors of the mountains surrounding the area and its outstanding contrasts appearing in the raven-black and glittering rhyolite-lava fields are truly amazing.