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✅ Paragliding in Iceland.
✅ South coast from above.
✅ Free flying.
Available: May – September.
Duration: 10-15 mins on average for the flight, but allow about 1-2 hrs for the whole tour
Meeting point: True Adventure Paragliding, Suðurvíkurvegur 5, Vík í Mýrdal, South Iceland (check map)
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Paragliding is one of the most accessible and safest forms of free flight. You can easily do it with one of our experienced and internationally qualified tandem instructor pilots. It doesn’t require any special skills or prior knowledge. Just read the description, wear good shoes and warm clothes and bring your smile and positive attitude.
This tour will take you up high above the village in Vik in South Iceland and you will be able to experience free flight with a tandem instructor and admire the magnificent views below and all around you. All our pilots are APPI qualified, very experienced and great fun to be around with.
The adventure begins with a ride from the meeting point to one of our nearby take-off locations in Vik. Once we get up on the hill we’ll go through all the safety instructions and checks. We will explain everything about the flight, and you can ask as many questions as you want, it’s always best to be prepared.
There’s no need to have any previous experience in flying, or any sports at all. All you have to do is follow our instructions. There will be no jumping off cliffs, just run a few steps down a gentle slope when we tell you to, and you’ll be up in the air and having a great time.
We want you to have a lasting memory of your tandem paragliding flight so you can add the inflight video & photo package when you book your flight (just select under “Extras”) You can also bring your camera but at your own risk.
No two tandem flights are exactly the same, however this is what you can expect from your day. After you get to the meeting point, we drive up to the flying location that is most suitable for the current weather conditions. There are a few excellent takeoff points around Vik, which gives you an opportunity to enjoy the superb views of the area and us the flexibility to choose a suitable location depending on the weather so your chance of flying is higher.
Once we are at the takeoff site we do a briefing during which we take you through the details of the flight and explain about the equipment and safety procedures. After a safety check, we’re ready to take off so we run a few steps down a gentle slope and it’s time to sit back and enjoy your flight. Depending on your desire, abilities, the weather conditions and the area where we fly, your instructor might let you handle the controls during the flight. If you just want to relax and admire the scenery, that’s OK too, the main objective is to have a good time.
Yes, almost anyone, who is reasonably fit and in good health, can learn to paraglide. As with most outdoor activities, there are a few common sense exceptions, so if you are in doubt, please consult your doctor before deciding to fly. Your first experience in free flight will be an introductory tandem paragliding flight.
There might be some walking to and from the takeoff and landing points and you will be required to run briefly for around 20 meters when we are getting airborne and when we land. So if you think that you are fit enough to do that, you will have no problem enjoying your first paragliding experience. You just need to be able to take a few steps at takeoff and landing, and spend the rest of the time sitting comfortably in the harness. We can accommodate most people’s needs, so if you have any concerns, contact us to discuss before your flight.
We fully support this scheme and if possible will fly people with disabilities. Please contact us and have a chat to find out more before booking.
The safe minimum weight is 15 kg and the maximum limit is 135 kg. This is determined by the certified weight ranges of the paragliding equipment we use. In terms of height, there are no official restrictions, you just need to be able to comfortably fit in the harness. We’ve never had a case in which a person who is within the safe weight limit hasn’t been comfortable with the harness.
There are hardly any age limits if you fit within the weight requirements and are in good shape. The oldest passenger we’ve had so far was nearly 90 years old! Kids as young as 5 can fly too, as long as it is clear that they want to. A parent or a guardian must be present to look after them, participate in the briefing and be satisfied that we are taking all necessary measures to ensure the child’s safety. Any young people under the age of 18 need written parental consent to fly with us.
No, not at all. Fear of heights is very common but for most people the anxiety vanishes, the moment we are airborne. There won’t be any jumping off cliffs involved. When you are sitting comfortably and gliding in the sky, the feeling is very much like that of looking through an airplane window. If you’re already reading this, it means that flying is something you want to do. Let us know beforehand if there is anything that worries you. We will ensure that your experience is enjoyable and adjust the way we fly with you accordingly.
If you are lucky with the weather and depending on how many other bookings we have on the day, the whole experience will take a couple of hours, including meeting, preparing, instructions and the flight itself.
We might need to change sites due to the weather. It’s best to keep free a good part of the day or the whole day, if you want to have the best chance to get your flight. We always do a weather check in the evening and the morning before flying. Therefor we advise you call us on +354 698 8890 around 8 pm the night before to check the situation.
We aim for 10 – 15 minutes of flying time depending on the conditions, the wind strength and direction and of course on how the passenger feels and reacts to the experience. This is a very good duration for a paragliding flight, especially if it’s your first time doing it. Our aim is always to make it fun and enjoyable, so of course if we can spend more time in the air and you feel good about it, that’s what we do, but the duration is only one of the many factors that make a tandem flight a great experience.
If we have to cut your fly short because of the conditions we’ll try to have a second flight with you shortly afterwards if that’s possible weather-wise and you feel up for it. We recommend you set aside a good part of the day to be able to take advantage of the best conditions as it is sometimes necessary to wait for the weather to improve or to change sites.
No, when you fly with us you fly with a qualified tandem instructor who lifts up the wing, makes sure that the wing is flying perfectly and then we take off from a slope using the wind to lift us up and glide effortlessly like a bird. You will be required to run for a few meters at takeoff and landing.
The weather in Iceland can be quite changeable even in the summer. Always dress appropriately and wear layers as you might get warmer while walking and colder during the flight. As a rule of thumb, layers are better than wearing just a couple of thick items. Make sure you have some water and windproof top layer, thin gloves and a hat to go under your helmet. Footwear is also very important as you will need good ankle support to avoid injuries during takeoff and landing. Hiking boots are a good solution, avoid trainers or any other shoes with slippery soles.
Statistically paragliding is quite safe as compared to other sports. Choosing when to fly has the greatest impact on everyone’s safety when it comes to paragliding. Our instructors have all the necessary experience to judge the weather conditions. We will only proceed with a flight if they are certain that safety will not be compromised.
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