Skydiving in Iceland

Skydiving is one of the most amazing experience you can try. It is also a great way to see the country you are visiting from a "different" perspective. Iceland is no different whereas you have views of glaciers, mountains and islands on the way up.

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Thor Arnason

6. June 2017

Iceland is different from so many reasons if not only for being an island, the glaciers, proximity to montains at all times and the landscape in general. Going skydiving in Iceland is also a little bit different experience than you get from dropzones around the world and I will tell you why.

How is skydiving like?

For those of you who have not tried skydiving I have to start by explaining a little bit what is about. The first time you experience free fall time slows down and you are more focused than you can imagine. Your survival instincts kick in and your body pumps adrenaline to your blood - You never feel more alive. And that is really what it is about, living.

View from the plane

Why is skydiving in Iceland so special?

The Icelandic dropzone is located at Hella in South Iceland, just east of the town. It is a private airspace dedicated to skydiving and probably one of the safest in the world in terms of how much unvegetated and structure free space you have to land. The group of people jumping there are like a family and the guy that keeps it all running is Hjörtur. He does the tandem jumping and keeps everyone in order.

The thing that makes skydiving in Iceland special is really the surroundings and especially when you start the climb to 10k feet. On one side you see the infamous Eyjafjallajokull , which erupted in 2010, reaching to the sky. On another side you see the magnificent Vestmannaeyjar (Westman Islands), who also happen to have a live Volcano. In 1973 there was such a powerful eruption that the island had to be evacuated, they have a pretty cool museum about how it all went down in the Island

On the way up you can see really far because if it is not cloudy the air is really clear so you see tens of kilometers in each direction, and the view includes desert like landscape, rivers, small towns, farms and more. And because the climb takes about 30 minutes you have plenty of time to enjoy the view - or worry about the upcoming dive  ;)

A big part of skydiving is the time under canopy. Some people don't realize that you have a good time to enjoy the view and do a little bit of acrobats with the canopy. This is also the time to scream of joy since it is not unlikely that you held your breath during most of the free fall without realizing.

I believe that if you are looking for a new and different experience, it does not get much cooler than skydiving in Iceland! South Iceland is a endless source for things to do and see so it is perfect to add skydiving to the itinary.  If you want more information about how to get in the air here is the facebook page for FFF .

A man landing from parachuting in Iceland

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