Top 24 Airplane Tours

Frequently Asked Questions

About Airplane Tours in Iceland

Airplane Tours come in two forms; the first exists only to allow you the chance to sightsee from above, while others allow you to reach entirely new locations. Taking an airplane tour is not only an exciting and unique method of seeing the scenery, it also allows you to cut down on long car journey's across the island.

1. What are the benefits of sightseeing from an airplane?

Much of Iceland’s landscape is hard to access, such as the glaciers and the Central Highlands. You get a much better sense of the landscape from the air, as well as the knowledge that you're partaking in a sightseeing tour rarely undertaken by tourists.

2. What’s the difference between sightseeing in an airplane and in a helicopter?

More people can fit in a small airplane than in a helicopter, and airplane tours are therefore more reasonably priced than helicopter tours. Airplanes however need a landing strip to take off and land, whereas helicopters can land anywhere and take off instantly. Helicopters can also hover over attractions whereas airplanes would need to fly circles over them.

3. Where are the main airports in Iceland?

The international airport in Iceland is in Keflavik, but there are many domestic airports, and small airstrips found all around Iceland. The main domestic airports are in Reykjavik, Akureyri, Isafjordur, Egilsstadir, Hofn and the Westman Islands.

4. How long is the flight between Reykjavik and Akureyri?

It is 45 minutes each way.

5. What are the pros & cons of flying within Iceland?

You can significantly shorten the time between destinations, flying between Reykjavik and Akureyri only takes 45 minutes but up to 6 hours driving with stops. You also get to see the magnificent landscape with an aerial view.

6. Can I be picked up from my hotel for a sightseeing airplane tour?

Domestic airlines do not offer a pick-up service, but some sightseeing tours may do so. Please contact info@guidetoiceland.is for more information. The best way to get to the airport is to take a taxi if you are taking a domestic flight.

7. Do flightseeing tours leave from Keflavik international airport (KEF)?

No. Sightseeing tours with an airplane leaving from Reykjavik leave from Reykjavik domestic airport - not the international airport in Keflavik. Make sure not to make this mistake or you'll almost certainly miss your flight.

8. Where is Reykjavik airport?

The address is Thorragata 10, 101 Reykjavik. It’s right in the centre of the city, but from downtown, it’s about a 30-40 minute walk, or a 5-minute taxi ride, to check-in.

9. How long in advance do I need to check in for a domestic flight in Iceland?

You need to be at the airport no later than 45 minutes before your flight departs. If you are flying from Reykjavik airport internationally (to Greenland, the Faroe Islands or Ireland) then be at the airport no later than 90 minutes before your flight. At Keflavik airport, be at the airport 2 hours before your departure.

10. Are domestic flights available all year round?

Yes they are. All flights are connected through Reykjavik, and Egilsstadir, Akureyri and Isafjordur have daily flights throughout the year. Sometimes flights are cancelled due to weather; in this case, you will be rescheduled on the next available flight.

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