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Circle Air - Akureyri

Akureyri, Iceland
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About Circle Air - Akureyri
Circle Air will make your Arctic journey a life changing experience! Circle Air´s Airvans and helicopters are ideal for sightseeing, photo-flights, whale-watching, bike hops and whatever kind of flying that requires rugged reliability. Our flight department has been active in Iceland and Greenland since the early eighties and is staffed with enthusiastic and seasoned professionals and pilots. We´ll take you to see the wonders of Iceland from above in style and comfort from our Reykjavik and Akureyri bases. See every attraction of the Golden Circle in the south or explore the Diamond circle up north, go whale-watching in our planes or helicopters. A landing in the heart of the highlands or an excursion to the most remote areas of Iceland? Tell us what you like or explore our tours and we´ll make your visit a life changing experience.
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Akureyri Airvan Flight: Diamond Circle

There are few better ways to admire the striking landscapes of north Iceland's Diamond Circle than from the sky. During this flight from Akureyri, you’ll enjoy aerial views of world-renowned natural landmarks including Lake Myvatn, Godafoss, and Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. See, too, the visionary tableau of Vatnajökull National Park and relish the intimate atmosphere of this small-group tour, limited to only seven guests.
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1 hour 30 minutes
from $424.37

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Iceland Highland Ultimate

Get a unique view of the treasures of Iceland's Highland region on this scenic air tour from Akureyri. Soar above Askja caldera, training ground for NASA astronauts; Mt Herthubreith and the Vatnajökull glacier, the largest and most voluminous icecap in Iceland and the largest glacier in Europe.  Over the duration of the flight, you will also experience the sight of lava fields and waterfalls from the air, giving you an unparalleled perspective of Icelandic nature, away from the tourist crowds.
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140 to 180 minutes
from $527.26

Akureyri Airvan Flight: Arctic Circle Express

With diverse wildlife and a rich Icelandic culture, Grimsey Island lies off the northern shores of Iceland—but its remote location makes it difficult to reach. On this tour, take to the skies by fixed-wing aircraft and admire unrivalled views over the Arctic Circle scenery. Spot native humpback whales and puffins in their natural habitat, and sample traditional cuisine with local villagers during a 2-hour stop on the island.
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3 hours
from $562.62
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Kammgreyhawk wrote a review Aug 2020
London, United Kingdom21 contributions18 helpful votes
This Trip surpassed every expectation on every front. From the moment we met the owner who was so friendly, polite and attentive - to the pilot who was a legend in his own right, and took us on one of the smoothest flights I have ever been on. To the knowledge that was shared about what we we were seeing and the landscape around us. To how incredibly close we got to these places - that I honestly felt that we were in touching reach to the tops of the mountains and waterfalls. And the best, we circled whales in the bay ;) This trip was pure bliss and I strongly recommend Circle Air to anyone who is serious about seeing the real beauty of this land. Amazing service - fabulous price and memories made. Thank you Circle Air for one of the best experiences and trips we have had. You guys are the best !
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Date of experience: August 2020
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OxfordTripper wrote a review Sep 2019
Wilmington, DE55 contributions10 helpful votes
My experience with Circle Air was quite different than the other reviewers on TripAdvisor. In fact, I booked the Iceland Highland Ultimate flight with Circle Air on the strength of the positive reviews on this TripAdvisor site. Here's our saga (excuse the Icelandic pun). I booked with them in June of 2019 for a flight scheduled for mid-August 2019. No problems with booking online and the full amount was charged to my AMEX immediately. I had some questions about the trip logistics which I posed by email and through their company website. No response, so I called them in July and spoke to a friendly person who stated that they require at least 3 people to fly (we had 2) so they could not commit to the trip, but would confirm that we would fly if other guests booked the same flight for the same day. I informed him that we could flexible re: timing over the 2 days that we planned to stay in Akureyri. Unlike other Icelandic tour vendors who were very good about contacting us by email or text as our tour dates approached, it was radio silence from Circle Air. So, 1 day before our scheduled flight, I called them and spoke to a very friendly Magnus, who informed me that there were no other takers for our flight and besides the expected weather on the next day would prevent flying out even if there were other passengers. He asked me to call back the morning of which I did; the flight was cancelled because of weather. I asked if my fees would be returned to AMEX and he assured me it would. I returned home from Iceland and allowed 2 weeks to pass, but no refund was issued to AMEX. I once again emailed and messaged through their website (I have the confirmation emails that I did) to inquire about my refund. Again, complete radio silence. Finally, I contacted AMEX and asked them to inquire about this charge and seek a refund. Two weeks later, they contacted me to tell me they received no response from Circle Air. It seems clear that other customers had much more favorable experiences with Circle Air. I was hoping for the same. Of course, it's not their fault that the flight was cancelled for weather (I'm glad they take a safety first approach), but their communication (or lack thereof other than by phone) and apparent unwillingness to process a refund for a cancelled (by them) trip is disappointing and unacceptable. I hope other guests do not have the experience we had.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Thorvaldur S, Manager at Circle Air - Akureyri
Responded Sep 24, 2019
Dear Oxford Tripper, We´re truly sorry for your experience and understand entirely your feeling of non-appreciation. We had a software glitch with our homepage communication widget, which basically meant none of your communication came through to us. We sincerely hope to be able to make it up to you. Please get in touch on circleair@circleair.is to explore your free tickets options. Your AMEX refund should be through by now. At least it has been processed by us. We have not yet heard from AMEX, though. Sincerely, Thorvaldur - Managing Director
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WaterFishSinSan wrote a review Sep 2019
Mississauga, Canada11 contributions9 helpful votes
We did the glacier and into the glacier experience. The tour was superb and was a blast! Our tour guide Magus was very friendly and our pilot was very professional. Although the trip was very expensive but is it worth every dollar.
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Response from Thorvaldur S, General Manager at Circle Air - Akureyri
Responded Sep 24, 2019
Thanks you so much! We truly try our best and value your time. Kind regards Thorvaldur
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1994paula wrote a review Aug 2019
Madrid6 contributions
I did the Diamond Circle by airplane and I can claim that is one of the most beautiful experience in my life! A must to see these things from above! 100% recommendable! I hope I can repeat soon any othe experience of Circle Air :D
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Thorvaldur S, General Manager at Circle Air - Akureyri
Responded Sep 24, 2019
Many thanks for your kind mentioning. We truly take pride in our service level and the experiences we provide. Thank you for the kind words Thorvaldur
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Sashita wrote a review Aug 2019
Riga, Latvia18 contributions
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We had a private tour on a helicopter. All the workers were polite and friendly. Our professional pilot Jonas with a great sense of humour was very informative, answered all our questions and gave us opportunity to choose our destination. We have landed on one of the mountains close to Dalvik city, took incredible fotos and even saw a black fox. I suggest you to go and book a trip with these guys, they provide a good service full of great emotions!
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Date of experience: August 2019
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Response from Thorvaldur S, General Manager at Circle Air - Akureyri
Responded Sep 24, 2019
Thank you! We truly strive to do our best for you to enjoy! Kind regards Thorvaldur
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