Volcanoes and Glaciers - Helicopter Tour - NF07
Spectacular flight over Iceland's infamous Eyjafjallajokull
On this sightseeing flight, you will discover just a few of Iceland's contrasting vistas, some accessible only by helicopter: deserted black sand beaches, steaming ash covered glaciers torn asunder by red hot volcanic lava, misty lowlands, primordial desert planes and glacial lagoons. Enjoy the magnificence of nature and capture the serenity of Iceland's magical beauty, from the comfortable seat of a helicopter.
135 900 ISK per adult
Children (0-12): 25% off
Duration: 2 - 2.5 hours
Minimum: 2 persons
Meet: Reykjavik Dom. Airport
Available: Daily, on request
Note: Any passengers over 120 kg / 265 lbs / 19 stone are required to pay for 1.5 seats in the helicopter. This will ensure that everyone on the tour has a comfortable and safe ride!
Included: 1 landing on either Eyjafjallajökull or Fimmvörduhals.
Bring with you: Warm clothes, sturdy shoes.
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This spectacular volcano tour takes us above the infamous and now dormant Eyjafjallajokull. This eruption became global news in 2010 when it shut down Europe's air space for a few days.
You will also fly over Myrdalsjokull glacier which harbours the brooding volcanic giants of Katla and Hekla. Katla has been showing signs of unrest since 1999, and geologists are concerned that it might erupt in the near future.
The eruption of the nearby long-dormant volcano, Eyjafjallajolull, in March and April 2010 prompted fears among geophysicists that this might trigger an eruption of the larger and more dangerous Katla. Hekla, on the other side, is one of Iceland's most active volcanoes. Over 20 eruptions have occurred in and around the volcano since 874. During the Middle Ages, Europeans called the Hekla volcano the "Gateway to Hell."
This tour also includes an exciting touchdown on the top of either Eyjafjallajökull or Fimmvörduhals (depending on weather), giving you a pause to appreciate the beautiful natural scenery.
A volcanic eruption started in Heimaey on 23 January 1973 and destroyed or damaged about 60% of all the houses in the town. Close to one-third of all houses were under lava. Almost all local residents were evacuated. One man perished due to gas poisoning.
The world's largest puffin colony is found in the Westman Islands. More than ten million puffins live there. Also, the islands have been the most important fishing port of the country for many decades.
Surtsey Island originated in a large submarine eruption that commenced in 1963 and ended in 1967. It is the longest volcanic eruption in Iceland in historical times. Immediately after the eruption the new island, Surtsey, was protected by law. Geologists as well as biologists have been keenly monitoring the development of biodiversity on this new island.
At the end of the tour we will see power plants where geothermal heat is being harnessed to provide clean, sustainable energy.
Currently geothermal power heats 89% of the houses in Iceland and over 54% of the primary energy used comes from geothermal sources. For centuries, people have used thermal waters for bathing and washing clothes. The first use of geothermal energy for central heating came in 1907. About 81 percent of the total primary energy supply in Iceland is derived from domestically produced renewable energy sources.
Suitable for: everybody, including people who although young in mind and heart have found themselves limited as to physical activity due to health reasons or old age. This tour is a great chance for everyone who is interested to enjoy these wonders of nature personally. Wheelchair users are also very welcome.