Driving around Iceland, you get a sense of the power, beauty, and harshness of nature. Unless you are hiking through the wilderness, however, the perspective from the road does not quite do Iceland justice. For a change of view, we recommend looking down at the mountains, glaciers, and lava fields from above to give you a better idea of the vastness of Iceland‘s wonders. Operators offer several helicopter tours with different destinations – here are some of our favourites.
Reykjavík Summit Tour
This tour stays close to Reykjavík and allows you to see the city like never before. Starting from the Reykjavík Domestic Airport, the helicopter will fly over the city so you can see famous landmarks like Harpa Concert Hall and Hallgrímskirkja Church from above. You will then arrive at a mountain summit nearby where the view is unbelievable. Book this tour here.
Heli Happy Hour
Now imagine flying in a helicopter over Reykjavík but going further to see the surrounding mountains, lava fields and towns. Better yet, this tour pops open a bottle of sparkling wine so you can toast up in the clouds! The helicopter will land atop a mountain for more stunning views. Book this tour here.
Waterfalls and Glacier Landing Tour
With this tour, you get far from Reykjavík and out into the wild nature beyond. Starting from the Reykjavík Domestic Airport, the tour goes north to Glymur, one of Iceland‘s tallest waterfalls. The helicopter then heads northwest to land on Langjökull glacier! You read that right: the helicopter will touch down on top of a glacier, allowing you to take a few steps on this incredible natural wonder. On the way back to the city, the helicopter follows the continental rift through Þingvellir National Park. Book this tour here.
Maybe the ice is not your scene and you prefer to see something a little hotter. Several operators offer tours that highlight Iceland‘s volcanic presence. Inside the Volcano tour takes you up for an aerial view of Þríhnúkagígur volcano. Countless Craters tour flies over the Reykjanes peninsula, the location of the most recent volcano eruptions, to see the geothermal areas and volcano craters of ages past.
See the full range of helicopter tours in Iceland here.