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Each of our aircraft is named after an Icelandic volcano, glacier or other natural wonder. Passengers boarding the plane can see a sign with an illustration of the natural wonder in question, explaining its name and giving some basic information about it.
Here we also have a pronunciation guide for these names. Don’t worry if you can’t perfect it!
BLÁFJALL I TF-FIK [BLAU-fyatl]
A table mountain in North Iceland. From its flat top it offers climbers an astounding view over one of the most beautiful creations of Mother Nature, Lake Mývatn.
DYNGJUFJÖLL I TF-ISS [DEENG-iu-fiudl]
Volcanic highland massif in North Iceland. The famous Askja caldera, a popular tourist destination, is situated in Dyngjufjöll.
DYRHÓLAEY I TF-ICU [DIHR-hoal-a-ay]
This picturesque 394 ft-high (120 m) promontory on the south coast of Iceland sports a hole large enough for ships to sail through on a calm day. Its name translates to “door hill island.”
EIRÍKSJÖKULL I TF-ISZ [AY-reeks-yuh-kutl]
According to legend, an outlaw named Eiríkur escaped from his pursuers by cartwheeling to the top of the highest mountain in West Iceland. This volcano, formed by subglacial activity, was later named in his honor.
ELDBORG I TF-FIN [ELD-borg]
The name of an extinct volcanic crater in the west of Iceland, one of the country’s most beautifully formed.
ELDFELL I TF-ISK [ELD-fetl]
On Heimaey, one of the Westman Islands, is a volcanic cone formed during a surprise 1973 erup- tion not far from the center of one of the most important fishing villages in Iceland. No one was hurt.
ELDGJÁ I TF-ISP [ELD-giau]
The largest volcanic fissure in the world, 25 mi (40 km) long. Into it plunges the spectacular Ófæru- foss waterfall, which until 1993 had a natural stone bridge extending over it. The bridge broke in a glacial flood.
EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL I TF-FII [AY-ya-fyat-la-yuh-kutl] (good luck!)
A relatively small ice cap in South Iceland, just west of the much larger Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Eyjafjalla- jökull covers the caldera of a volcano with a summit elevation of 5,466 ft (1,666 m). The most recent eruption in Eyjafjallajökull was in April 2010.
GRÁBRÓK I TF-ISV [GRAU-broke]
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 meters from the road.
GRÍMSVÖTN I TF-FIS [GREEMZ-vutn]
A volcano and a series of subglacial lakes in southeast Iceland on the Vatnajökull glacier. Grímsvötn has one of the highest eruption frequencies in Iceland; the last was in May 2011.
GULLBORG I TF-ISW [GUTL-borg]
Means the “golden fortress” and refers to the beautiful regular round shape of this extinct crater in West Iceland.
HEKLA AURORA I TF-FIU [HEK-la au-RO-ra]
Hekla is Iceland’s most famous volcano, which last erupted in 2000. The aircraft was renamed Hekla Aurora in 2014 and repainted in northern lights livery for our #MyStopover campaign.
HELGAFELL I TF-FIT [HEL-gah-fetl]
A dormant cone volcano on the outskirts of an important fishing town in the Westman Islands. Its neighbor, Eldfell, was formed in an eruption in 1973.
HENGILL I TF-FIX [HEN-gitl]
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.
HERÐUBREIÐ I TF-FIA [HARE-theu-braith]
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.
HLÖÐUFELL I TF-ISO [HLEU-thu-fetl]
This a tuya volcano 6 mi (10 km) southwest of Langjökull glacier. Hlöðufell was formed when lava erupted through a thick ice sheet that covered all of Iceland during the Pleistocene epoch.
JÖKULSÁRLÓN I TF-ICE [YUH-kuls-aur-loan]
Jökulsárlón is a picturesque glacial lagoon in southeast Iceland. Floating on its blue surface are magnificent icebergs from Vatnajökull, the largest glacier in Europe.
KATLA I TF-FIV [KAT-la]
Volcano beneath the ice sheet of the South Iceland glacier Mýrdalsjökull. The last eruption of Katla was in 1918.
KEILIR I TF-ISJ [KAY-leer]
Cone-shaped volcano that 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 1,243 ft (379 m) and consists primarily of hyaloclastite and pillow lavas.
KETILDYNGJA I TF-ISR [KETTIL-deengja]
This is a shield volcano southeast of the famous Lake Mývatn, formed as a result of an eruption in Ketildyngja about 3,800 years ago.
KRAFLA I TF-FIO [KRAB-la]
Caldera about 6 mi (10 km) in diameter and is in a 56-mi (90-km) fissure zone, in the north of Iceland in the Mývatn region. Krafla’s highest peak reaches 2684 ft (818 m). There have been 29 reported eruptions in recorded history, the last of which occurred between 1975 and 1984.
LAKI I TF-ISF [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 June 8, 1783.
LÁTRABJARG I TF-ICY [LAU-tra-byarg]
Látrabjarg is the westernmost point in Iceland and is Europe’s largest bird cliff. This 14-km-long and 440-m-high cape is home to millions of birds, including puffins and razorbills.
MAGNI I TF-FIC [MAG-nih]
Name of one of the two craters that were tailor-made for tourists in the first stage of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption in March 2010.
SKJALDBREIÐUR I TF-LLX [SKYALD-bray-ther]
An extinct shield volcano in the vicinity of Þingvellir, the South Iceland site of the old Icelandic parliament, or Alþingi. Skjaldbreiður is estimated to be around 9,000 years old.
SNÆFELL I TF-FIP [SNEYE-fetl]
Snæfell, an extinct volcano northeast of Vatnajökull glacier. It has been dormant for at least 10,000 years.
SNÆFELLSJÖKULL I TF-ISD [SNEYE-fetls-yuh-kutl]
Extinct strato-volcano 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 extraterrestrials.
SURTSEY I TF-FIJ [SEURT-say]
Off the coast of South Iceland, a young island that grew up from the ocean floor during a volcanic eruption in 1963.
SVÖRTUBORGIR I TF-ISN [SWUR-tuh-boregear]
A row of volcanic craters west of Námafjall near Lake Mývatn. This cone row was created in an eruption 2,000 years ago.
TORFAJÖKULL I TF-ISY [TOR-va-yuh-kutl]
Is in the Highlands of South Iceland and is named after Torfi, an Icelandic historical figure. During the plague in 1493, he is said to have found shelter there with his family.
VATNAJÖKULL I TF-FIR [VAT-na-yuh-kutl]
Europe’s largest glacier, covering 8% of Iceland’s surface. Six volcanoes lie underneath it, including Bárðarbunga, which caused the Holuhraun eruption in 2014–2015.
ÞINGVELLIR I TF-ISX [THING-vet-leer]
The Þingvellir plains are a spectacular rift valley in southwest Iceland created by two tectonic plates drifting apart—one of the few places in the world where this can be observed on dry land. There the Alþingi, one of the world’s oldest parliaments, was founded in 930 AD.
ÖRÆFAJÖKULL I TF-ISL [EU-rye-va-yuh-kutl]
The largest active volcano in Iceland, and on its northwestern side is Hvannadalshnjúkur, the highest peak in the country. It has not erupted since the 18th century.