Iceland’s uniquely central location between Europe and North America is the key to Icelandair’s hub-and-spoke network, which our efficient, economical fleet of Boeing 757 aircraft is perfectly suited to serve.

The names of our aircraft

Each of our aircraft is named after an Icelandic Volcano. Passengers boarding the plane can see a sign with an illustration of the volcano in question, explaining its name and giving some basic information about it.

All of our planes are named after Icelandic volcanoes.
The names of Iceland’s volcanoes have close ties with the country’s heritage and history and inform foreign conceptions of it as the ever-volcanically active island in the North Atlantic.

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Askja [ASK-ya]

Askja is the name of a volcano in the highlands of North Iceland. The last eruption was in 1961.

Búrfell [BOOR-fetl]

Búrfell is the name of a table volcano located close to the scenic Þjórsárdalur valley. One of the biggest hydroelectric power stations of Iceland was built at the foot of this mountain.

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Eldborg [ELD-borg]

Eldborg is the name of an extinct volcanic crater in the west of Iceland, one of the country’s most beautifully formed.

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Eldfell [ELD-fetl]

Eldfell, on Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands, is a volcanic cone formed during a surprise 1973 eruption not far from the centre of one of the most important fishing villages in Iceland. No one was hurt.

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Eyjafjallajökull [AY-ya-fyat-la-yeu-kutl] (good luck!)

Eyjafjallajökull glacier is a relatively small ice cap in South Iceland, just west of the much larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Eyjafjallajökull covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 1,666 metres (5,466 ft). The most recent eruption in Eyjafjallajökull was in April 2010.

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Grábrók [GRAU-broke]

Grábrók is the name of a crater that was formed in a fissure eruption in West Iceland less than 3,000 years ago. Children love running up to the top of this friendly volcano, which stands just a few metres from the road.

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Grímsvötn [GREEMZ-vutn]

Grímsvötn is the name of a volcano and a series of sub-glacial lakes in South East Iceland on the Vatnajökull glacier. Grímsvötn has one of the highest eruption frequencies in Iceland; the last was in May, 2011.

Wi-Fi on boardHekla [HEK-la]

Hekla is the name of Iceland’s most famous volcano. The last eruption of Hekla was in 2000. Meet Hekla Aurora.

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Helgafell [HEL-gah-fetl]

Helgafell is the name of a dormant cone volcano on the outskirts of an important fishing town in the Westman Islands. Its neighbour, Eldfell, was formed in an eruption in 1973.

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Hengill [HEN-gitl]

Hengill is the name of a volcanic system not far from Reykjavík. The most recent eruption has been radiocarbon-dated to about 1,900 years ago. Hellisheiði Geothermal Plant is situated at Hengill. The estimated production capacity for the completed Hellisheiði plant is 300 MW of electricity and 400 MW of thermal energy.

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Herðubreið [HARE-theu-braith]

Herðubreið is the name of an extinct volcano in the highlands of North Iceland. It is a “tuya,” a volcano formed under a glacier. Many Icelanders consider Herðubreið to be the most beautiful mountain in Iceland.

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Katla [KAT-la]

Katla is the name of a volcano beneath the icesheet of the South Iceland glacier Mýrdalsjökull. The last eruption of Katla was in 1918.

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Keilir [KAY-leer]

Keilir is a cone-shaped volcano which was created subglacially and is located on the Reykjanes Peninsula to the south of Reykjavík, from where it can be viewed as a well-known landmark. It rises to 379 m and consists primarily of hyaloclastite and pillow lavas.

Wi-Fi on boardKrafla [KRAB-la]

Krafla is a caldera about 10 km in diameter and is in a 90-km-long fissure zone, in the north of Iceland in the Mývatn region. Krafla’s highest peak reaches 818 m. There have been 29 reported eruptions in recorded history, the last of which occurred between 1975 and 1984.

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Laki [LAH-kih]

Laki is the name of a volcanic fissure and mountain in southern Iceland. The largest lava eruption in recorded history began here on 8 June, 1783.

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Magni [MAG-nih]

Magni is the name of one of the two craters that were tailor-made for tourists in the first stage of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in March 2010.

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Skjaldbreiður [SKYALD-bray-ther]

Skjaldbreiður is the name of an extinct shield volcano in the vicinity of Þing­vellir, the South Iceland site of the old Icelandic parliament, or Alþing. Skjaldbreiður is estimated to be around 9,000 years old.

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Snæfell [SNEYE-fetl]

Snæfell is the name of an extinct volcano north-east of Vatnajökull glacier. It has been dormant for at least 10,000 years.

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Snæfellsjökull [SNeye-fetls-yuh-kutl]

Snæfellsjökull is an extinct stratovolcano in western Iceland. The entrance to the centre of the Earth is to be found at its top. Some even believe it is a landing site for extra-terrestrials.

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Surtsey [SEURT-say]

Surtsey, off the coast of South Iceland, is a young island which grew up from the ocean floor during a volcanic eruption in 1963.

Öræfajökull [EU-rye-va-yeu-kutl]

Öræfajökull is the largest active volcano in Iceland, and on its north-western side is Hvannadals­hnjúkur, the highest peak in the country. It has not erupted since the 18th century.

(In case you're wondering, the last letter of the Icelandic alphabet is Ö, which is why this entry appears last on our list.)