Iceland Eruption Tours from the Air Now Possible

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Iceland Eruption Tours from the Air Now Possible

The volcanic fissure at the Holuhraun eruption seen from the air on September 2, 2014.

The eruption seen from the air earlier this week. Photo: Reinhard Kungel.

Reykjavík-based helicopter tour company Norðurflug has launched sightseeing tours of the volcanic eruption in Holuhraun from the air. The first tourists took off with Norðurflug from Reykjavík Domestic Airport at 8:00 this morning.

The tour, which takes two-and-a-half to three-and-a-half hours costs ISK 239,900 (USD 2,000, EUR 1,600) per person, as stated in a press release from Norðurflug.

“From the safety and comfort of our helicopters you will see the untamed volcanic fury of Iceland! There is no better way to view the massive and striking sights of an erupting volcano than from the above,” Norðurflug promises. “Our helicopters have big windows and they can fly slower and in most cases lower than fixed wing aircraft.”

Mýflug Air in North Iceland has been offering sightseeing tour of the eruption site by airplane and The Independent reported this morning that an Icelandair pilot had made a detour with a passenger jet over the eruption for a “once-in-a-lifetime view of a huge active volcano.”

As reported earlier, there is significant interest in offering eruption tours in the tourism industry, but getting to the eruption site by land is tricky as Holuhraun is so remote and the area remains restricted to all except scientists and a limited number of media personnel.

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