10 years from Eyjafjallajökull Eruption

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Time flies! Today ten years have passed since the 2010 eruption in Eyjafjallajökull.  These volcanic events caused air traffic to close down across Western and Northern Europe from 15th to 20th of April 2010, creating the highest level of air travel disruption since the Second World War! We remember it like it happened yesterday.

Eyjafjallajökull, the name that made worldwide news and was every newscasters nightmare to pronounce, is a beautiful glacier volcano on the South Coast of Iceland.  This active volcano, covered with a beautiful ice cap, has erupted relatively frequently since the last ice age. Most of the time followed by eruptions by its large neighbour Katla Volcano. Katla Volcano is one of the biggest and most active volcano in Iceland. It erupted last in 2011 a small eruption but the last violent eruption was 102 years ago, in 1918. This volcano is long overdue and scientists have Katla Volcano on their radar for when it erupts next.

Eyjafjallajökull  is a stratovolcano, which means it is made up of many layers of hardened lava, tephra, pumice and volcanic ash. These volcanoes are characterized by their periodic and explosive eruptions.

The name Eyjafjallajökull is made up of two parts: the first part, Eyjafjöll, is the name given to the southern side of the volcanic mountain mass, which forms the foot of the volcano together with the small mountains. The name is made up of the words eyja meaning „island“ and fjöll meaning „mountains“ so the literal meaning is „the mountains of the island“. The second part, which the name is made up of is jökull means glacier. Therefore, the altogether meaning is “glacier of the islands mountain“.

The eruption in 2010 lasted almost one month.During this time, Norðurflug has implemented 10 trips a day with two helicopters. The departure took place from Hotel Ranga, which is located between Reykjavík and the volcano, approximately 95 km away from the city center.

Eyjafjallajökull is one of the highlights of many of our tours and we can say that the eruption in 2010  truly put Iceland on the map and have attracted many travelers to Iceland since.

Discover Eyjafjallajökull by helicopter on the Volcanoes and Glaciers tour, the Essential Iceland tour and the Glacier Lagoon Expedition.

Fun facts:

# What does the name mean? Direct translation of the name Eyjafjallajökull: „Island Mountain Glacier“. As simple as that!

#How is it pronounced? Check it out: [ˈɛɪjaˌfjatl̥aˌjœːkʏtl]   

#The Icelandic Volcano Tongue Twister, check it out here

#When the eruption started on the Fimmvörðuháls hiking trail it formed two new volcanic craters which were named Magmi and Móði.

TWO NEW TOURS- check it out

BIG NEWS!

We at Norðurflug Helicopter Tours just launched TWO NEW TOURS to our selection!

Hunting Film Locations  and Witches and Elves Country  are featuring some new places to sink in the vast landscape that Iceland has to offer and we want our passengers to have a chance to experience Iceland exactly as they desire.

Therefore, we are so proud of our various selection of tours for our customers and so stay tuned for two new blogs, one for each tour to tell you all about it!

Þorrinn

Þorrinn, pronounced „Thorrinn“ in English, means Frost or Winter.

It is the forth winter month (begins on the first Friday after January 19th) in the old Icelandic calendar that was developed in the 10th century.

The exact origin of the name Þorri is unclear, however it has long been identified with Thor (Þór) the God of Thunder in the Norse mythology.

Þorrablót (Thorrablot) is an Icelandic midwinter festival celebrated every year during the month of Þorri (Thorri). The calendar is not in official use any more but still today some Icelandic holidays and annual feasts are calculated from it and now the month Þorri started on the 24th of January 2020 and then Icelanders sit down during the month of Þorri and eat Þorramatur (food of Thorri).

Norðurflug Helicopter Tours 14 years old!

 

      

 

 

 Til hamingju með afmælið

Norðurflug Helicopter Tours hits puberty this year, as we turn 14 years old today on February 3rd.

We are so proud of all these years, providing our customers with high quality service to truly witness Iceland‘s natural beauty. Our years of experience and affection for our craft, shows in our long reputation of exceptional customer service and high operational standards.

We are the oldest & largest helicopter service in Iceland and rated as one of Trip Advisor‘s top activities in Iceland and our success can all be explained with one simple formula… We simply love what we do!  

We can‘t wait to meet all our wonderful customers in 2020 and for years to come!

 

Xínnián Kuáilé – Happy New Chinese Year

Saturday, the 25th of January 2020, marks the first day of the Chinese New Year, or Lunar New Year as it‘s also celebrated in South Korea, North Korea and Vietnam.

Most people in the mainland of China call it Spring Festival, technically a 15 day holiday that marks the end of the coldest days. People welcome spring and celebrate new beginnings and fresh starts by praying to gods for a good planting and harvest season. They say it‘s the biggest firework show in the world set up on Chinese New Year‘s Eve and firecrackers are set off at midnight as in the myth about Nian the firecrackers are supposed to scare off monsters and bad luck. Then firecrackers and fireworks sound throughout the night and firecrackers used again to welcome the new year and good luck the morning after.

However the most important part of the Chinese New Year is the tradition for the whole family to celebrate together and so it causes the largest human migration in the world as people travel back to their home village for the New Year‘s Eve dinner.

We think warm thoughts to our Chinese friends in these sad times regarding the Wuhan virus, and we wish you Happy New Year dear friends!

The Making Of FlyOver Iceland

Iceland‘s newest attraction, FlyOver Iceland, had their Grand Opening in Autumn 2019. In just these few months since this ultimate flying ride opened it has become one of Iceland‘s must-do experiences! Even Icelanders wait in line for this experience as they say they’ve never seen their island like this before, and it was truly the most popular Christmas present 2019 as it was almost under every Christmas tree in Iceland to go experience this beautiful show.

Norðurflug Helicopter Tours and FlyOver Iceland are great partners and we are proud of our involvement in the making of FlyOver Iceland. Our amazing AS 350 B2 Ecureuil helicopter was used for the filming of these beautiful shots all over Iceland and the aircraft was flown in the good hands of our great Chief Pilot, Jón Björnsson. No pilot in Iceland has more experience of capturing Iceland‘s beauty by helicopter as Jón has worked on many film projects in Iceland through the years.

pic. from FlyOver Iceland.

Up to 30 scenes were filmed, and many of them in remote places all around the island that are hard to reach for the average person. The lens of the camera, attached to the helicopter, is the bird‘s eye view of the island, and with the special effects of wind, mist and scents combined with the ride‘s motion you truly feel like a bird flying freely over the untouched nature!

FlyOver Iceland opened in Grandi Neighbourhood, the historic, central and trendy neighbourhood of Iceland and is easily accessible by foot, car or bus. For more information on how to get there, hours and pricing we recommend you visit https://www.flyovericeland.com/

 

We also recommend that you check out this video:

https://www.flyovericeland.com/stories/getting-the-shot-the-making-of-flyover-iceland/#

 

 

 

What to do in Iceland

If you’ve just started planning your trip to Iceland you might wonder what to do in Iceland?  Even Icelanders use lists like these for reference because there is just simply so much to choose from!.

What to do?

Everybody loves lists. They sum up a bunch of stuff you need (or don´t need) to know so you can quickly scroll through before continuing on to the next Buzzfeed post on the Kardashians… or that’s what I do at least. But sometimes you can find some really useful ones. Lists of practical things that someone else has already taken the time to investigate for you.

Iceland is a very seasonal destination but it is actually great in all seasons.

100 Best things to do!

So! Here is a list for ya: 100 BEST THINGS TO DO IN ICELAND The list includes snorkeling, going to the Westfjords, visit the museum of witchcraft in Hólmavík and, surprise surprise, a helicopter tour!

Picture by Kirill Sulyga

 

Iceland, a tiny, football nation

Iceland is a small nation and our hearts beat for football.

What it’s like to be a football player in Iceland

As a football player in Iceland, you get used to playing football in all kinds of weather. Every footballer here has experienced a practice where the wind is so heavy that the goals won’t stay put, or the weather is so freezing that it literally hurts every time you hit the ball. It’s for sure a bit crazy to play football on this tiny island in the middle of the North Atlantic but it doesn’t matter, people love the sport and today it is the most popular sport in Iceland.

Indoor vrs Outdoor football fields

Since we can experience some crazy weather here we have the football season in the summer; the only time of the year when the grass is green enough and the fields good enough to be called football fields. Although some of the big towns have built indoor football fields for the teams to practice on over the winter time, still today most of the teams practice outside in all kinds of weather and that’s where you can really see the viking spirit!


Picture from the BBC

Iceland’s success in international competitions

Over the past few years both our women’s and men’s teams have grown a lot. It is remarkable for a nation with 350.000 inhabitants to have a women’s national football team that qualified for the Euros three times in a row, 2009. 2013 and 2017, making it to the Quarter Finals in 2013. And a men’s national football team that qualified for the Euros in 2016, advancing to the Quarter Finals as well, and are now going to the World Cup in 2018!

The World Cup of 2018

On June 16th, in just twelve short days, Iceland’s first game in the World Cup against Argentina will take place in Moscow. I can tell you for sure that the Icelandic nation has long saved the date. So buckle up and get ready for the World Cup in Russia this summer!

Sigurrós

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