UNLEASH ICELAND

We are happy to announce our collaboration with Reykjavík Excursions and Trip Advisor on their new campaign #unleashiceland

From left, Sif marketing manager for RE, Eva marketing manager for Norðurflug and Birgir CEO of Norðurflug

Unleash Iceland is a brand new tour with Reykjavík Excursions. To promote this tour RE have launched a sweapstake and the prizes are to die for!

  • A flight to Iceland
  • 4 nights in a hotel
  • Exclusive Lava tunnel tour
  • A VIP visit to the Blue Lagoon
  • …and the cherry on top! A PRIVATE helicopter tour around the highlands of Iceland with yours truly!

Click here to read the full description and list of prices

 

Here are some pictures from the highlands and glaciers to get you excited.

River deltas from a helicopter in Iceland

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Our new tour “stuck on ground”!

Winter is coming! It sounds like a cliche after Game of Thrones coined the phrase but I’d like to believe this is a classic Icelandic way of thinking. Because in Iceland, winter is always coming 😉

In September we start getting more and more windy and rainy days. Autumn is often a difficult time for flying since the visibility on our landing spots can come and go so tours end up getting delayed or moved onto different dates. This is why we have decided to offer this fantastic “plan B” tour: Stuck On Ground.  This is a sightseeing tour over Reykjavík via helicopter but excluding the landing. After the helicopter ride you simply walk over to the Sóley Spa next tour and relax in the lovely hot tub or swimming pool.

It´s not often you can say you’ve flown on a helicopter AND went to the spa on the very same day!

 

 

 

We are featured in Nat Geo Travellers: Luxury Collection!

We are so proud to be included in this gorgeous book that every years covers interesting destinations all over the world.

In our mind “luxury” isn´t just about doing something extravagant and “over -the – top”. It´s about doing something valuable with your time! Making precious memories. And we think our customers might agree 🙂

 

Picture of the week!

As you can imagine we have ENDLESS access of amazing pictures and videos 🙂

We try our best to be active on Instagram and share some of the moments and memories that are created during our tours. This week we shared a picture sent to us from a customer. A gentleman planned a proposal on a private helicopter tour and brought a photographer to capture the moment.

This sweet snapshot of a moment in life shows the (just!) engaged couple taking their first steps towards a happy life together. How sweet!

https://www.instagram.com/p/BYq692jlB7Q/?taken-by=nordurflug

 

 

 

Responsible Tourism: Norðurflug’s goals

Norðurflug Helicopter Tours belongs to the Responsible Tourism foundation since January of this year. We have set ourselves a number of goals to become more responsible when it comes to nature, tourism and our local community.

Our goals are set up by genre:

The environment

  •  To recycle paper, plastic, organic waste, bottles and batteries at the office/base
  •  To minimize the use of plastic at the office and during our tours.
  •  To purchase environmentally friendly products whenever possible
  •   To only use recycled paper for our brochure

Our guests

  • Ensure the safety and comfort of our guests
  • To treat our guests with courtesy

Our staff

  • To prepare a manual for all staff members
  • To make Norðurflug Helicopter Tours an enjoyable workplace where people enjoy coming to work and would recommend to others as a good employer.
  • Being a family friendly company

Our community

  •  To prepare a yearly plan of charities we support.

 

 

From left: CEO Birgir, marketing manager Eva and Mr. Guðni Th. Jóhannesson, president of Iceland and protector of the Responsible Tourism initiative

The Norðurflug Team on a Buggy tour with one of our partner companies. In the yellow jacket is pilot Sólveig’s daughter, Unnur, an honorary member of the Norðurflug Family 🙂

Nice catch Mr. Clapton

It’s nothing better but fish in a beautiful river surrounded by Icelandic Nature.
That is exactly what Eric Clapton did this summer.
Clapton landed one of the biggest salmon this summer in Vatnsdalsá in Austur- Húnavatnssýslu.
This is not the first time Clapton comes to Iceland to fish ,he has been coming here since 2009.
If fishing is not your hobby you can also see the rivers and Icelandic nature via air. Our Essential Iceland tour takes you over waterfalls and rivers.

Game of Rugs

Did you know that the capes used on Games of Thrones are actually Ikea rugs? Yes! You heard right!

In a talk at the Getty Museum in Los Angeles the show’s costume designer, Michele Clapton, revealed the hot tip.
“It’s a bit of a truth. We take anything we can. We cut, shave them, add strong leather straps and then breakdown, which is like a religion on Game of Thrones.
I want the audience to almost smell the costumes.”

Iceland holds many of the locations for season seven. Locations seen in Games of Thrones so far are for example Lake Mývatn and the lava fields of Dimmuborgir.
Fun fact, Norðurflug’s fleet of helicopters has been used for filming for Games of Thrones!

We need to take better care of our waste

Plastic waste is a problem in this world today, even in the most remote places. At the northermost part of the Westfjords is the nature reserve Hornstarndir. It has been a nature reserve since 1975 and it is one of, if not the most, remote place in Iceland. It is also very beautiful and very difficult to get to since it’s only accessible by foot. Even so, human waste finds its way there. It mostly washes ashore to the beaches and accumulates there.

Seeing so much garbage in such a remote place urged Gauti Geirsson to initiate a spring cleaning and for four years in a row, volunteers have joined him on this cleaning mission. People are so eager to help out that there has never been enough room for everyone that wants to. In May this year, 30 volunteers went to Aðalvík in Hornstrandir and gathered garbage, mostly plastic waste, that weighed 3 tons.

Gauti says “I think we can do much better when it comes to taking care of nature, and each and every one of us can take a look in the mirror when it comes to our consumption and conduct.”

See the full story here

Our pilot Gísli and Black Tomato film in Iceland

Like we have written before, Black Tomato and Iceland Luxury spent some time in Iceland this winter filming stories of Iceland and Icelanders told by locals.

The second video Norðurflug Helicopter Tours was involved with has our very own pilot Gísli (@mylifeasahelicopterpilot) featured as “the Adventurer”!

Gísli talks about growing up and dreaming of becoming a pilot, how it is living in Iceland and battling the weather and what adventures you can find your self having.

The video is stunning – just take a look!

Sigthts: Stóri Bolli, Hengill volcano, Reykjanes and many more!

 

Our new neighbors at Perlan!

Perlan Museum of Icelandic Natural Wonders is an exciting new exhibition in Reykjavík! Built in the one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks, Perlan, the Natural Wonders Museum already has set up an Ice Cave within one the the Perlan’s water tanks.

Perlan sits on top of Öskjuhlíð hill, one of the best sighseeing spots in Reykjavík (apart from the spots on our helicopters ;)). Öskjuhlíð hill is an old WWII landmark and has multiple walking paths around the old bomb shelters and watching posts from the US and UK army.

The Ice Cave is the first part of three and the exhibition is expected to be fully formed on May 2018. We are so excited for our new neighbors and wish them the best of luck 🙂

Pic from Perlan Museum

 

 

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