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.
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.
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.
Beautiful liftoff from the airport and enjoyed the view as we headed out to the geothermal fields.
Flew over some of the lava fields along the way.
Picture of the geothermal power generation in the distance.
Flew up close to an active volcano but the fog was too thick.
As we approached the geothermal field, you could really smell the sulfur in the air.
We landed and got out of the helicopter to look around.
Picture of pilot (below).
Pictures of me (below).
Close up pictures of the various colors of (rock?) surrounding the pools.
In the video below, you can hear the sounds from the bubbling pool.
View from the back seat. I traded places with one of the other passengers.
Heading back into Reykjavik and flying over the city.
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.