Take Flight with Helicopter Tours in Iceland

A helicopter on top of a glacier in Iceland

Helicopter tours offer visitors a view of Iceland’s untameable terrain from above, culminating in one of the most memorable activities available in the country. So what can prospective flyers expect from their helicopter ride in Iceland? Embark on an aerial journey with us as we explore the exhilarating world of helicopter tours in Iceland!

Stepping up to the landing pad for the first time, your heart will pump with adrenaline, drowned out by the whirring rotors of your ride. Clambering nervously aboard, you will don a thick pair of headphones, muting the thunderous sound of the wind as it whips by the cool aluminium of your rotorcraft taking flight. 

Now high in the air, you cannot help but peer down out of the bay windows, taking in the full perspective of the ethereal Icelandic landscape moving by below. 

An aerial view of a glacier in Iceland
Photo: Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Glacier Landing – Helicopter Tour from Reykjavik

Demonstrating the helicopter’s incredible manoeuvrability, your experienced, certified pilot may skim breathtakingly close to snow-blanketed mountain slopes, or rise at high-speeds towards a magnificent covering of clouds. Simply sit back and enjoy the ride!

So, without further ado, let’s learn more about taking a helicopter adventure above the land of ice and fire. 

What do I need to know before taking a helicopter tour in Iceland?

A landed helicopter in a geothermal area
Photo: Geothermal Adventure

Before setting out, there are a few points to keep in mind before taking part in one of these aeronautical feats. First of all, Iceland’s helicopter tours always have a weight limit. Anyone weighing over 120 kg / 265 lbs / 19 stone will be required to pay for 1.5 seats on the helicopter. 

On top of that, tours typically require a minimum number of guests. Usually, this is 3-4 people. If you are in a group that does not meet this number, you can still sign up to be taken for a flight in the company of another small party.

Many operators also choose to vary their departure times depending on how tours they are providing that day. Morning tours can begin anywhere between 8.00 and 13.00, with the last evening tours often happening at 18.00. 

 

Are helicopter tours dependent on weather?


Be aware that during the winter, tour providers must take into account the limited number of daylight hours, so tend to start later than they otherwise would in summer. This leads us to another point – helicopter tours are very weather dependent, and will be forced to reschedule or even cancel should conditions not be optimum for flying. Because of this, it is very important to stay aware of the forecast during your trip, and book in advance.

And a final note about the weather – everyone knows that Iceland can be chilly, so take the time to dress yourself appropriately. Gloves, hats, scarves, and thick layers will all keep you warm during your flight and any landings you might make. 

Be aware that details as to departure times, weight limits, and minimum passenger counts will vary depending on the operator you choose. Be sure to check the website before booking your tour so as not to be caught out when it’s too late!   

Why experience a helicopter tour in Iceland? 

A helicopter landing on a mountain in Iceland
Photo: Flyover Reykjavík

One reason why you experience helicopter tours in Iceland might be that they are far less popular than land-based excursions. This is not because the experience itself is any way lacking, but more likely to do with the higher cost. 

Still, if money is no concern, there are very real reasons why you should experience an Icelandic helicopter tour. 

Taking part in this aerial activity would provide the chance to take part in a daring escapade that most people have not tried, thus adding a certain edge to the stories you tell of your time in the land of ice and fire. 

For those looking for a more personal tour, you can opt for a private helicopter ride, which offers 90-minutes flight time with two landings included. If you’re seeking VIP treatment, then this would be the tour for you! 

Where can you take helicopter rides in Iceland?

A helicopter in Skaftafell
Photo: Ice Cave & Helicopter Tour from Skaftafell

Helicopter tours are available from a few locations across the country. The most accessible location is Reykjavík domestic airport. 

From here, you can take part in a helicopter tour over the Hengill geothermal area, or alternatively, take in a broader array of features with this volcanoes, waterfalls and glaciers tour in the Hvalfjördur region

As these tours demonstrate, helicopters offer supreme mobility, making it easy to take-off from one destination and travel to another entirely. 

Fly over Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík  

Reykjavík from above
Photo: Golli. Aerial view over Reykjavík

Soaring above Reykjavík is an experience without comparison. Looking down on the multi-coloured tin rooftops of Iceland’s capital, the wide panoramas of the ocean and mountains, is about as different of a perspective as one can hope for. 

As an added extra, it is possible to book a summit tour, meaning the helicopter will land atop the table-top of Mt. Esja. A forty-five minute tour in total, you will spend 20 minutes flying, and a further fifteen minutes enjoying the mountain scenery upon landing.   

In the wintertime, it is possible to conjoin a helicopter tour with a boat tour, allowing you to see Reykjavík from above during the day, and the Northern Lights atop the bobbing ocean surface during the evening. 

Soar across Iceland’s national parks 

 

Iceland boasts three national parks. These are as follows:

  • Þingvellir National Park, in the west of the country, and one-third of the famous Golden Circle sightseeing route.
  • Snæfellsjökull National Park, in the west of Iceland, on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
  • Vatnajökull National Park, in the south east of the country. 

All of these allow for helicopter tours, which is great for those looking for a different method of travel. Frankly, there is no other way to describe these high flying tours other than a spectacular and adrenaline-fuelled means of discovering Iceland’s most protected sites. 

Look upon Icelandic volcanoes from above

An aerial view of a volcano.
Photo: Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Glacier Landing – Helicopter Tour from Reykjavik

It’s not just drones that have access to aerial views of orange magma throwing itself from the ground. Thrilling volcano helicopter tours can also provide guests with this brilliant top-down view. 

The option to fly over an erupting volcano in Iceland is not always available. No surprises, it is very dependent on whether or not a volcano is actually erupting. 

Over the last few years, there have been more eruptions than usual, which might be considered lucky or unlucky depending on who you are. We speak, of course, of the January 2024 Sundhnúkahraun eruption that took place just outside of Grindavík fishing town. 

 

As you might expect, some helicopter tours were not permitted over this site so as for operators to avoid any accusation of disaster tourism

However, the Fagradalsfjall, Meradalir, and Litli-Hrútur eruptions that took place over the last few years allowed for helicopter tours, offering international guests to gain a whole new perspective of its flowing lava without the need to hike to the site themselves. 

When a volcano is not erupting, volcano tours with a helicopter will often take guests to recently dried lava fields, showcasing the fascinating aftermath of these enormous geological events. There is even the option to take a helicopter ride to the Into The Volcano tour, allowing you to skip the ride to the now-dormant Þríhnúkagígur crater. 

How long do Helicopter Tours in Iceland last? 

An aerial view of Icelandic landscapes
Photo: Volcanoes, Waterfalls and Glacier Landing – Helicopter Tour from Reykjavik

How long your helicopter flight lasts is dependent upon which operator you choose to fly with. Naturally, the length of time you will be skybound varies on the particular tour you choose, taking into account any landings that are made during the tour. 

For those flying above Reykjavík, you can expect anywhere between twenty minutes to one hour. For those travelling further afield, be it over Iceland’s glaciers or national parks, you might be soaring anywhere between 2-3 hours. 

To clarify a final time, how long you’ll be in the air differs greatly between companies. Be sure to check in with the operator before take-off so as to best manage a flight as part of your itinerary. 

Is it possible to go Heli-skiing in Iceland? 


Iceland is not considered to be a prime skiing destination like the French Alps or Switzerland, but it does boast a number of smaller ski slopes that are of more interest to locals than international visitors. 

With that said, Iceland’s mountains provide more than ample opportunity to ski, even though getting to them poses quite a challenge. 

Introducing heli-skiing – arguably the most extreme type of skiing available! 

Guests on these highly exciting tours will be flown above one such mountain, make their landing, and have a pristine mountainscape upon which to explore off-piste trails or summit-to-shoreline runs. 

It’s not just skiers presented with this opportunity. Snowboarders can take part too! So, whatever means of traversal you best enjoy on the slopes, seriously consider taking your passion for extreme-sports to thrilling new heights with an added helicopter commute. 

In Summary 

A helicopter in Iceland
Photo: Geothermal Hot Springs – Helicopter tour from Reykjavik

Are you ready to elevate your Iceland experience to incredible new heights? Spend some time choosing the right helicopter tour for you; one that suits your adventurous appetite and creates lasting memories that soar above any other! 

Whatever you’re looking for in a helicopter tour in Iceland, feel confident that there are plenty of options open to you. 

While most decide that a quick flight over Iceland’s capital will suffice, there is always room for more adventurous undertakings. If, for example, you hope to land on the cool ice of a mighty glacier, you can. If you would rather hover like a bird over lava pouring aggressively from the earth, knock yourself out!

How to Get Around in Iceland

Biker crossing a busy road in Reykjavík.

Although Iceland is a small country with small towns and cities, the ground to cover can sometimes be enormous. In Iceland, there is no one best way to travel everywhere, as walkability, road conditions, and public transport options vary significantly between areas. Deciding on the best option to get from one place to another entirely depends on where you are and the destination you want to reach. From Keflavík airport to the capital area, rural villages and the Highland, here is our guide to getting around Iceland.

Transportation to and from Keflavík International Airport

If you‘re flying to Iceland, odds are you‘ll land at Keflavík Airport, as most international air traffic goes through there. From Keflavík to Reykjavík, Garðabær, or Hafnarfjörður, we recommend taking the bus, which has services 24/7. It departs directly from the airport and offers one stop each in Hafnafjörður and Garðabær, as well as most hotels in Reykjavík. Tickets can be bought in advance or at the airport.

If you‘re not one for the bus, a private transfer can also be arranged with or without a chauffeur. 

If you‘re skipping Reykjavík entirely, a rental car you can pick up at the airport is the most convenient option. Make sure to consider where you‘re going, what types of roads you‘ll be travelling on and whether snow and ice are possible. 

Getting around Reykjavík

Reykjavík city bus.
Photo: Golli. Reykjavík city bus.

Are you only here to see Reykjavík? Then stick to public transport and walking, as driving and parking in the city is usually expensive and not the hassle-free experience you want for your vacation. Downtown Reykjavík is not large and can easily be covered on foot. 

Alternatively, electric scooters are available for short-term rental from Hopp and Zolo, and bikes can be rented for a few hours up to a week or more. This is an excellent option for slightly longer distances, allowing you to experience your surroundings while travelling.

For colder days or trips outside your nearest surroundings, Strætó, the primary bus system in Iceland, is there to take you across the city, to the suburbs or nearlying towns. While Icelanders are less than happy with Strætó, it does the job. Just be mindful that it doesn‘t arrive as frequently as you might be used to at home, so plan ahead to avoid excessive waiting times! Kids 11 and younger travel for free, and a single adult fair valid for 75 minutes costs ISK 630 [$5, €4]. 24 and 72-hour passes can be purchased with a discount at the 10-11 convenience stores on Austurstæti street and Laugavegur street. Each pass is valid for one person. 

There is also the option of taxis, but if you‘re trying to save money, we advise you to use them sparingly. A 5 km trip within the city during the daytime will likely cost at least ISK 2,666 [$19, €18]. 

Seeing the countryside by car

Empty Icelandic road
Empty Icelandic road.

If you want to see everything Iceland has to offer, the best way to do so is by car. While buses run between towns, trips are not frequent, and the timing might only sometimes suit your needs. Additionally, unless your goal is to walk and hike a lot, you‘ll probably miss out on some fabulous places, as public transport is geared towards the day-to-day needs of locals. If you decide to go with public transport, Public Transport offers a handy map with a comprehensive look at what sort of ground transportation is available in Iceland and where it can take you.

Alternatively, there are heaps of preplanned trips where the itinerary, driving and accommodations – for the trips exceeding a single day – are taken care of for you. You might also choose to go by bike, but be aware that outside the capital area, you‘ll be biking on the main road along with cars. 

If you‘re in a time crunch but want to see the island’s west, north or east side, perhaps flying is the best option. From Reykjavík, you can fly directly with Icelandair to Akureyri, Ísafjörður, Egilsstaðir, and Vestmannaeyjar islands. Flights are available several times daily, with time in the air usually less than an hour. This is not cheap, but it might help you make the most of your trip.

Hop on a boat: seeing Iceland by sea

While in Iceland, you might want to visit one of our smaller islands or remote places that can only be reached by boat or on foot. Ferry rides to popular places, such as Viðey island, Flatey island, Drangey island, and Hornstrandir nature reserve, can be purchased online. Of course, they depend on seasons and weather, so we advise you to look into that beforehand. 

As mentioned above, Vestmannaeyjar islands can be reached by flight, but you can also get there by a ferry called Herjólfur. It offers trips multiple times a day, all year round.

Helicopter and plane tours: seeing Iceland from above

If you’re not one for hiking, maybe a helicopter tour or a plane ride is the ideal way for you to explore the island. See the continental rift, where the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest glacier in Iceland, or the Reykjanes volcano area, where frequent eruptions have been reshaping the landscape since early 2021.

The Icelandic highland: how to get there

Landmannalaugar hiking trail in the Icelandic highland.
Photo: Berglind. Landmannalaugar hiking trail in the Icelandic highland.

The Highland is one of the most breathtaking places in Iceland, and for those with adventurous spirits, this is an ideal place to visit. However, getting there can take some careful planning. The roads‘ opening times depend on seasons and weather, they are very rough and neither suitable for small cars nor inexperienced drivers. Along the way, you might also encounter some big and unpredictable glacier rivers that must be crossed. It might, therefore, be prudent to opt for one of the Highland buses or even a planned trip. If you‘d prefer to go at it alone, plenty of suitable car options are available

Mystery of the Langjökull “Polar Bear” Likely Solved

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The suspected polar bear tracks on Langjökull glacier, which prompted an investigation by the Icelandic Coast Guard, have been attributed to American mountaineer Jon Kedrowski. Kedrowski, training for a South Pole expedition, had switched to oversized, insulated boots after his rented ski boots caused him discomfort, leading to the misidentification.

Mysterious tracks in the snow

On Monday, the West Iceland Police received a tip regarding possible polar bear tracks on the Langjökull glacier in West Iceland. To investigate, the Icelandic Coast Guard conducted an aerial survey of the glacier yesterday afternoon.

In an interview with Vísir yesterday, Kristján Ingi Kristjánsson, temporarily appointed Chief Constable for the West Iceland Police, stated that the survey was being conducted as a safety precaution, although he doubted that the search would yield any meaningful results.

“Have people gone mad?”

A few hours after the media reported on the Coast Guard’s expedition, Arngrímur Hermannsson, a seasoned guide known for pioneering glacier and winter tours in Iceland, shed possible light on the mysterious tracks: “A polar bear on the Langjökull glacier – have people gone mad?” Arngrímur wrote in a post on Facebook.

Arngrímur went on to explain that ski-mountaineer Jon Kedrowski and explorer Colin O’Brady had visited the Langjökull glacier last week to train for a cross-country ski expedition to the South Pole. “Jon had rented cross-country ski boots that ended up hurting him, so after two days, he packed the boots away and switched to these huge polar boots, like those used in the South Pole for setting up tents.”

Jon is not a small man.

“Jon is 194 cm tall and weighs 83 kg; he wears size 48 shoes. Over the next four days, he trudged around Langjökull in these boots, which are more like giant socks.”

Arngrímur then shared a map of Jon’s tracks, explaining that Jon had now left the country and flown to Colorado with Icelandair. “That’s where you’ll find your ‘Polar Bear’.”

This article was updated at 02:14 PM and again on November 10 and 12.57 PM.

Helicopter, Drones Searched for 9-Year-Old Boy – Later Found Sound Asleep in Friend’s Bed

TF-GRÓ Icelandic Coast Guard Helicopter

An extensive search was carried out on the night before Thursday for a nine-year-old boy who was believed to have gone missing from a summer camp in Vatnaskógur, West Iceland. A search-and-rescue team was dispatched alongside the Coast Guard’s helicopter. The boy was later discovered to be asleep in a friend’s bed, RÚV reports.

“An unbelievable series of events”

“I can’t describe how relieved I was. I don’t think I’ve ever been so happy,” Þráinn Haraldsson, Director of the YMCA/YWCA summer camps in Vatnaskógur, West Iceland, told RÚV yesterday.

Prior to the interview, Þráinn had sent an email, in which he described something of an unbelievable series of events, to the parents of the campers. The letter recounted how the boys at the camp had retired to bed at about 11 PM on Wednesday night. When the camp counsellors made their rounds at 1 AM, however – they noticed that one of the beds was empty.

The counsellors immediately began searching for the missing boy: all rooms were entered, heads were counted, and the surrounding area was combed. To no avail.

Þráinn told RÚV that there was nothing else to do in the situation but to notify the parents and phone the police. The police then requested the aid of ICE-SAR (The Icelandic Association for Search, Rescue, Injury Prevention), which arrived with sniffer dogs and a thermal drone. The Coast Guard’s helicopter was also dispatched.

May have sleepwalked

As noted by Þráinn, the helicopter had been hovering over the area for all of about ten minutes – when the boy was found, sleeping soundly in his friend’s bed. “All things suggest that he had walked in his sleep. We monitor the cabins at night, but we don’t see everything that happens. It seems that he went into another room and wound up in another boy’s bed. He was hidden under the covers, so we couldn’t see him,” Þráinn told RÚV.

Þráinn maintains that the summer camp’s staff, the police, and rescue workers had searched the cabin four times without finding the boy. He was found on the fifth attempt. “He was really sorry about the whole situation, but he is here with us now and plans to finish the summer camp,” Þráinn observed. He expects to one day appreciate the humour of the situation, although not until he has fully recovered from the shock.

The email to the campers’ parents states that most of the boys had slept through the hullabaloo. A team of experienced workers arrived in Vatnaskógur yesterday morning to give those who were on duty last night a little rest. “The YWCA and the YWCA and the Vatnaskógar staff would like to express their sincere thanks to the police, the rescue team, the boy’s parents, and all those who helped us out on Thursday morning,” the email concludes by saying.

Fatal Accident on Mt. Kirkjufell

Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula

A hiker died on Mt. Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula yesterday, RÚV reports.

According to Jón S. Ólason, Chief of Police in Akranes, the man had been hiking with a group of travellers, nearing the summit, when he fell at least 10 meters. He died instantly. The accident occurred at 3.30 PM yesterday. It took two hours for the Coast Guard’s helicopter, on its way back from Þórshöfn, to arrive at the scene. The man, a tourist of foreign nationality, was in his early thirties.

This is the second time in four years that a hiker dies on Mt. Kirkjufell, a 463-metre high mountain on the north coast of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, near the town of Grundarfjörður, in West Iceland.

Tourist Dies at Reynisfjara, Group Caught by Waves in the Same Spot the Next Day

Reynisfjara black sand beach

A tourist died on Friday after being swept out to sea by a wave at Reynisfjara beach, just outside Vík í Mýrdal in South Iceland. RÚV reports that the man, who was in his eighties, was in the ocean for about an hour before he could be rescued and was dead by the time the Coast Guard helicopter was able to reach him.

The victim was from Canada and part of a larger tour group with his wife, who was also caught by the same wave. The tour guide was able to grab the woman and drag her to safety, but her husband was not so lucky. Rescue teams from South Iceland and the Westman Islands were called to the scene, as well as the Coast Guard. Conditions at sea were quite dangerous, however, with very high winds that prevented the Coast Guard helicopter from reaching the man for an hour.

The Red Cross’ trauma team was called in to provide services for the woman and her travel companions.

Believed they could swim ashore

Only a day later, a group of foreign tourists, including a family from Germany, were swept up in a wave in the same spot where the Canadian couple was caught on Friday. No one was seriously injured, but apparently, the group believed they could swim back to land if they were caught by the waves.

The upsetting incident was witnessed by tour guide Hrafnhildur Faulk.

Hrafnhildur saw six people get swept off their feet. Five managed to pull themselves to safety quickly; the last man lingered. “I was waiting for him to get up and run,” recounted Hrafnhildur, but the man stayed in the surf, looking for his glasses in the sand.

“He seemed pretty unphased, considering,” she continued. “I think I would have been more alarmed.”

Hrafnhildur said that she frequently sees people putting themselves in harm’s way on the shore at Reynisfjara, even running into the waves with small children. “Naturally, you run over and intervene,” she said. “But unfortunately, there’s nothing you can do to stop it.”

An all-too common occurrence

There have been many drownings at Reynisfjara over the years when visitors, generally foreign tourists, are swept into the ocean by powerful “sneaker waves.” In May, a Spanish tourist nearly drowned after intentionally wading into the surf to have photos taken, but thankfully, he was able to pull himself to shore. Last November, a young Chinese woman was not so lucky. Between 2007 and 2019, three people drowned at the popular beach.

That year, the government began to conduct a risk assessment and closed part of the beach, although many visitors ignored the closure. Much of the beach remains open, although with prominent warnings and explanations of the very real danger posed by the sneaker waves are posted in several languages.

Coast Guard Helicopter Unmanned Due to Pilot Shortage

TF-GRÓ Icelandic Coast Guard Helicopter

For one third of the year, the Icelandic Coast Guard has only one helicopter crew on duty, RÚV reports. Yesterday morning the helicopter could not be manned to respond to a serious accident due to staff illness. Minister of Justice Jón Gunnarsson says the situation is unacceptable and wants to increase the number of helicopter pilots.

One or two crews on duty

A serious traffic accident occurred under the Eyjafjöll mountain range in South Iceland just after 11:00 AM yesterday morning. One person was in the car and they were transported to the National University Hospital in Reykjavík for treatment. Since it was not possible to man the helicopter crew, the injured person had to be transported by ambulance – making the trip one and a half hours longer than it would have been by helicopter.

Ásgeir Erlendsson, communications officer of the Icelandic Coast Guard, says that for two thirds of the year, the Coast Guard has two crews on call, but for one third of the year, there is just a single crew on duty. In the past, illness or other staffing challenges have been solved by calling in staff who were off duty. That was, however, not possible yesterday.

Plans to hire more pilots

The situation that occurred yesterday morning is not acceptable, Minister of Justice Jón Gunnarsson told reporters. “Such incidents should not occur and we will try to do everything we can to prevent this from happening again,” he stated. Jón pointed out that the government budget outlines an increase in funding to the Coast Guard so that the number of shifts can be increased from six to seven. The government updated the helicopter fleet last year and the number of crews was increased from five to six. “It is no secret that with more crews it would be possible to increase the response capacity even further,” Ásgeir stated.

Unrelated to wage dispute

The Coast Guard’s pilots have been without a valid collective agreement for almost two and a half years. The pilots assert that complying with the Ministry of Finance’s requirements would impact aviation safety. The Ministry has denied those claims. The manning of the helicopter crew yesterday is unrelated to the wage dispute.

Huge Iceberg Near Westfjords Coast

iceberg Icelandic coast guard

The Icelandic Coast Guard went on an expedition yesterday to map sea ice, which has been prevalent off the coast of the Westfjords in recent weeks. Around 17 nautical miles from the coast, they came across a large iceberg, measuring 250 metres by 150 metres [820 by 492 feet]. A rescue worker was lowered onto the iceberg, after which the Coast Guard helicopter made a landing on it.

The map below shows the location of icebergs and sea ice, including the big iceberg, just north of the Westfjords, as they were encountered by the Cost Guard yesterday afternoon. Seafarers are encouraged to show caution in the area.

Icelandic Coast Guard. The largest iceberg, seen in the video above, is at the point marked furthest north.

Coast Guard Helicopter Flies Again

TF-GRÓ Icelandic Coast Guard Helicopter

Air mechanics have completed scheduled maintenance for TF-Gro, the Icelandic Coast Guard’s rescue helicopter, last night, and it’s now ready to respond to emergency requests.

The Coast Guard air mechanics’ strike had held up the helicopter’s maintenance, so that since Thursday, Iceland’s emergency response teams had no available helicopter in case of an emergency at sea, a natural disaster, or emergency medical flights. The government passed legislation last Friday to end the strike and air mechanics returned to work Saturday morning. They immediately went to work on the aircraft’s scheduled maintenance to make the Coast Guard fully operational as soon as possible. The maintenance was completed last night, and the Coast Guard is once again able to respond to emergency requests.

The legislation stopped the air mechanics’ strike but wage negotiations continue. If their negotiations with the government aren’t resolved before January 4, the dispute will be settled in a court of arbitration.

Helicopter Maintenance Advancing Slower Than Anticipated

TF-GRÓ Icelandic Coast Guard Helicopter

Scheduled maintenance on TF-GRO, the Icelandic Coast Guard’s helicopter has progressed slower than anticipated, RúV reports. A notice from the Icelandic Coast Guard states that not all air mechanics that the Coast Guard considers eligible to work despite the strike, have shown up to work. It’s now clear that maintenance will not be completed in the two days originally planned.

“A small part of the group was occupied with negotiations yesterday, while others, that were anticipated to attend work, didn’t,” the notice states. The Icelandic Coast Guard’s air mechanics have been on strike since November 5, and a long but ultimately unsuccessful meeting between the Coast Guard’s air mechanic and the government took place yesterday.

If the air mechanics start working on the maintenance today, work could be completed Sunday afternoon. If they don’t, it will take longer.

The Icelandic Coast Guard sent the air mechanics a letter on Wednesday encouraging them to turn up and perform the aircraft maintenance to resolve the emergency. The Coast Guard also requested an exemption from the strike for the fourth time, in light of the severity of the situation but Iceland’s Union of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians denied the request for the fourth time.

The wage negotiations strand first and foremost on the air mechanics’ demand that their wage agreements be linked to Iceland’s Union of Aircraft Maintenance Technicians’s wage agreements. While the government has offered them a one-year extension of the current agreement, preserving the link to the larger union’s wae agreement, that offer was denied, demanding instead a new three-year agreement.