Iceland can be an absolutely stunning place to Paraglide. But don’t expect to come here for your normal flying holiday, to stock up on hours. Come for an adventure holiday in stunning nature with the hope of a flight as an added bonus 🙂 Having said that, your chances of getting a flight in are quite good.
We recommend you stay two weeks or at least ten days… a week is cutting it a bit short if you get unlucky with weather. We also recommend around 21. June which is the longest day, as the sun never sets, and our club organises a midnight flight (info randomly posted on Paraskyldan Facebook page). The Icelandic open (Cat 2 comp) is usually around this time as well. It’s a fun competition for our pilots to get together and we are normally joined by several visiting pilots. Rent a car (4×4), drive around, fly in remote places and chances are you’ll unveil a new and never before flown site.
Paragliding pilots enjoy a lot of freedom in Iceland, please help us nurture it. Be mindful of the land you walk on (delicate moss takes 70 years to recover from damage, and there are deep cracks/ravines in lavafields you don’t want to fall into), don’t litter and pick up what other people may have dropped. Be respectful of farmers and their land and animals. Treat weather with the fear a medieval king demanded and it will have mercy on you. And heed Airlaw.
Soaring in the midnight sun, thermalling over waterfalls, wild flying over endless lavafields. Paragliding in Iceland is your most stunning adventure yet, but you have to know what you are doing. Talk to local pilots, do your weather checks, be nice to the locals, respect our delicate yet fierce nature and you will be rewarded eternal grace by the Hidden People 😉
Here are some helpful links to help you get started:
Pilot Facebook group to organise flying get togethers:
Map of some known spots with weather links:
Known flying spots: (website down due to maintenance)
Weather station on top of Esja:
Weather station at Esja bottom:
Flying period statistics:
Number of Flying Days in a Month
Have a look here for tracklogs dating way back:
Paragliding Iceland on Facebook:
Iceland Paragliding Open – every year in June. Popular, sign up early before it fills up:
Reykjavík Airshow – once a year, during summer