Helicopter Tour: 5 December 2016

Oops! Is what I thought when I checked the bus schedule for Reykjavik, where I was to meet the helicopter pilot at 1:00 for my tour today. The next bus for Reykjavik was leaving at 11:35 and, with transfer, may not get there in time. Plan B: Take taxi to nearby airport (not the one with the helicopter) and take the airport bus. Me: No cash, no number to call a taxi and no schedule of airport bus. Long story short, I made it.

I was able to take a picture (below) of the sunrise in Kelflavik before the taxi arrived.

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I guess because the sun really doesn’t get up much past the horizon, the sun was still coming up by the time we boarded the helicopter.

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On the way out from the airport, I got to sit up with the pilot – and made sure not to touch any of the controls.

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Beautiful liftoff from the airport and enjoyed the view as we headed out to the geothermal fields.

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Flew over some of the lava fields along the way.

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Picture of the geothermal power generation in the distance.

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Flew up close to an active volcano but the fog was too thick.

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As we approached the geothermal field, you could really smell the sulfur in the air.

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We landed and got out of the helicopter to look around.

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Picture of pilot (below).

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Pictures of me (below).

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Close up pictures of the various colors of (rock?) surrounding the pools.

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In the video below, you can hear the sounds from the bubbling pool.

Take off!

Flying around.

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View from the back seat. I traded places with one of the other passengers.

Heading back into Reykjavik and flying over the city.

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Landing videos …

Took a picture from inside the helicopter cockpit just as we were taking off. Cropped it after we got back to the office. Think it turned out very well.

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