Explore beautiful Reykjavik on the Ultimate Reykjavik Air Tour and it’s surroundings including magical mountains, glaciers, lava fields, waterfalls and historic sites.
We start our tour from the Reykjavik Domestic Airport and head towards the popular hiking mountain Esjan.
Next, we will explore where Iceland’s first parliament was formed, Thingvellir.
Thingvellir is Iceland’s first national park and is also the site of the Great Rift, where the tectonic plate movements can be seen pulling the country apart, east to west. This is best seen from above in the sky.
Next, we descend into the majestic Hvalfjordur fjord, with the magnificent view of Glymur waterfall, the second highest waterfall in Iceland. From Glymur we fly over Kaldidalur or “The Cold Valley” and towards Langjokull glacier and over Husafell.
Volcanic craters and geological phenomena will be two of many things we will observe and explore before we head towards Reykjavik again but before we do that we will see the beautiful views of Snaefellsjokull glacier.
Reykjavik. Cool, quirky, and cutting-edge, Reykjavik will captivate you. The city’s enticing combination of jaw-dropping nature just outside its doorstep and cosmopolitan delights is mesmerizing. The greater Reykjavik area has about a total of 60% of Iceland’s population.
Esja. The large flat-topped mountain looming large and proud across Faxafloi Bay is Mount Esja, rising some 914 meters (2,999 ft) above sea level. This prominent landmark overlooking the capital city of Reykjavik often looks so close that it seems almost possible to reach out and touch the upper peaks.
Þingvellir. Thingvellir is a favourite stop among travellers along the Golden Circle route. It has been a National Park in Iceland since 1930 and was named a World Heritage site by UNESCO in 2004. When Viking settlers arrived in the 10th century it was the site they chose as the meeting place of Althing, the world’s oldest parliament.
Glymur. Iceland’s tallest waterfall descends gracefully in streaming ribbons down a 200 meter (658 ft) drop into a massive canyon adorned in lush green moss. Located near Hvalfjordur Fjord (Whale Fjord), Glymur waterfall is linked to a local folkloric tale about a mythical whale that swam up the waterfall into the lake at the top where, eerily enough, whale bones have been found.
Hvalfjordur fjord. Hvalfjordur Fjord (Whale Fjord) is surprisingly not named for the number of whales spotted in the area, but rather for an ancient folktale involving an angry, red-headed whale that terrorized Iceland’s west coast until it was lured into a trap.
Langjokull glacier. At 953 sq. km, Langjökull is the second largest ice cap in Iceland. The name means “long glacier” and it’s about 50 km long and 15-20 km wide. Despite being so large, not many rivers flow from Langjökull. However, studies show that a large quantity of water flows in subterranean streams to Lake Þingvallavatn, one of the coldest lakes in Iceland. Langjökull has two or more volcanic systems, the best known of which is the Hveravellir area to the east of the glacier. Langjökull’s proximity to Reykjavík makes it a popular spot for ice hiking and snowmobiling tours.
Husafell. Husafell is a historic farm and church estate in south-west Iceland that now serves as a hub for visitors, with amenities such as a swimming pool, golf course, convenience store, various types of accommodation and more. Husafell is about 90 minutes drive from Reykjavik.
Snaefellsnes glacier. This 700,000 years old dormant stratovolcano is one of the most recognizable landmarks in Iceland. Located on the beautiful Snæfellsnes Peninsula, on clear days the glacier’s distinctive peak can be seen from Reykjavík. The glacier is thought to have mystical qualities and many visitors to Snæfellsnes talk about the special energy the area has. There are many folktales about the glacier and it has also been the inspiration to authors and poets throughout the years. It is the setting for Jules Verne’s classic novel The Journey to the Center of the Earth and in 1993 people believed that aliens were planning to land on the glacier.
- 1 hour Air tour