This experience flies you into one of the best highlands Iceland has to offer. You will be stunned. Climb into glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, canyons, and highlands & get mesmerized gazing at these from a height in a very comfortable helicopter, with well-trained pilots.
From our base at Skaftafell Terminal we fly westbound towards the highlands, setting our course for our landing site at the geothermal glacier volcano Mt. Hrafntinnusker. Along the way, we fly over remote canyons and waterfalls with ever-changing landscapes and colors, with Torfajökull glacier and the massive Katla volcano rising up on the horizon. As we reach Hrafntinnusker we first see the hot geothermal steam emitted from the ground, before its glistening obsidian rocks and ice sheets start emerging from the smoke. As we land and you disembark to explore this remote protected area, you‘ll see pools of boiling water among red and yellow colors in the rocks. The surrounding scenery is nothing less than epic; Hekla, queen of the volcanoes, boldly rises to the west and the fearsome Eyjafjallajökull volcano, notorious for disturbing global air traffic in 2010, looms to the south.
As we again get airborne our next location is the glacier canyon Jökulgil, whose enthralling pastel color palette scales the whole spectrum from yellow and red to green and blue. This has been a long time photographers favorite, so make sure to have your camera or smartphone ready. Next up is the highland reserve and the hot spring paradise of Landmannalaugar, revered by Icelanders and travelers alike as the pearl of the Icelandic highlands. In this sublime and serene place, you‘ll be enveloped by massive valleys with vivid rhyolite colors, and fly over the surreal crater formations of red sulfur volcano Brennisteinsalda.
Now heading back east, the black volcanic ash fields, mountain lakes, and glacial rivers provide even sharper color contrasts. You‘ll feel like you‘re flying in the middle of a beautiful painting. We reach Lakagígar, a chain of over 120 moonlike craters stretching for 25km of unique and jaw-dropping lava formations. To top off a tour you‘ll never forget, we’ll also fly over Eldgjá, the world’s largest volcanic canyon, which dwarfs even Lakagígar in lava volume.