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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 Keflavík, but many domestic airports, and small airstrips are found all around the country. The main domestic airports are in Reykjavík, Akureyri, Ísafjörður, Egilsstaðir, Höfn 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 and cons of flying within Iceland?

You can significantly shorten the time between destinations. Flying between Reykjavík and Akureyri, for example, only takes 45 minutes but driving takes up to 6 hours with stops. You also get to see the magnificent landscapes from an aerial view.

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

Domestic airlines do not offer pick-up services, but some sightseeing tours do. 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, they leave from Reykjavík Domestic Airport—not the international airport in Keflavík. Make sure not to mistake the two, or you'll almost certainly miss your flight.

8. Where is Reykjavik Domestic Airport?

It’s located by the city centre. From downtown, it’s about a 30-40 minute walk, or a 5-minute taxi ride, to check-in. The address is Þorragata 10, 101 Reykjavík.

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 internationally from Reykjavík Domestic Airport (to Greenland, the Faroe Islands or Ireland) then be at the airport no later than 90 minutes before your flight. You should be at Keflavík International Airport two hours before your departure.

10. Are domestic flights available all year round?

Yes they are. All flights are connected through Reykjavík, and Egilsstaðir, Akureyri and Ísafjörður have daily flights throughout the year. In the case of a weather cancellation, you will be rescheduled on the next available flight.

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