Ultimate Skaftafell Airplane Tour is combined in one jamp-packed epic 75-minute air tour from the most popular tours that Atlantsflug offers. After take-off, the plane heads straight on over to the Vatnajökull glacier, Europe’s largest glacier to check out the Grímsvötn eruption site. It is located on the northwestern side of the Vatnajökull icecap. Grímsvötn is a basaltic volcano of Grímsvötn is mostly covered by ice and has the highest eruption frequency of all volcanoes in Iceland.
After being amazed by the beauty of the Grímsvötn plane head over to the Lakagígar crater chain and Landmannalaugar. Lakagígar crater chain is a 25 km long row of about 135 craters, formed in the years 1783-1784, during one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history. After that, fly over to Landmannalaugar.
On the way back to Skaftafell plane flies over Eldgjá, the largest canyon in the world, approx. 40 km long, 270 m deep, and 600 m wide at its greatest. The canyon is thought to have formed during a massive eruption in 934 that lasted for a couple of months. During the flight, you might also get to see Langisjór, a 20 km long lake up in highlands, 670 m above sea level, Skeiðarárjökull glacier, Síðujökull glacier along with many beautiful spots west of Mýrdalsjökull glacier.
Airplane Tour Above Skaftafell Gallery
Lakagígar 18th Century Eruption
On 8 June 1783, a 25 km (15.5 mi) long fissure of at least 130 vents opened with phreatomagmatic explosions because of the groundwater interacting with the rising basalt magma. During the 8-month period the system was erupting, it is estimated it poured out 42 billion tons (14 km3) of basalt lava, and clouds of poisonous gases and ash led to the death of 50% of Iceland’s livestock and a third of the Icelandic nation died. Furthermore, the eruption in Lakagígar and its aftermath have been linked to some global events.
Reach for the sky and treat yourself to all the best Iceland has to offer, on one grand tour!