Soaring in Iceland

The club is based at Sandskeið, at the foot of the Mount Vífilfell, close to Reykjavík (only around 20 minutes drive from centrum). Take highway 1 and follow to BLÁFJÖLL (then road 417).


Svifflugfélag Íslands



110 Reykjavík


Phone: +354 587 8730.


Why gliding?

1.    Enjoy nature.

2.    The feeling of freedom.

3.    Exciting sport with endless challenges.

4.    To achieve results on your own.

5.    The best way to start a career in aviation.

Gliding clubs in Iceland

Today there are 3 gliding clubs in Iceland. One at the airfield Melgerðismelar close to Akureyri, with approx. 30 members, one at the airfield Sandskeið, with around 100 members and a private club at the airfield Geitamelar close to Mount Hekla.

At the club at Sandskeið the gliding fleet consists of gliders like:

·         a motor-glider

·         two-seaters for training

·         a pair of single-seaters

·         some vintage gliders

·         some private owned gliders

In order to launch the glider the club uses a winch launch or an aero towingplane. One can reach appr. 300 or 400 meter altitude on the winch launch. Once the glider is airborne it has to find up-current or simply land. The duration of the flight can vary from a few minutes to a few hours depending on how long the up-current lasts. The pilot can use three kind of up-current:

1.    Ridge soaring: Up-current along mountainside (and then the glider flies back and forth).

2.    Thermals: Or when the sun heats the ground, the air expands, becomes lighter and then moves upward (in a certain form of column). Finally the warm air cools downs on it´s way upwards and the density condenses and forms clouds, called cumulus. If you see a glider flying under a cumulus, you can almost be sure that the glider is using the rising air to gain altitude.

3.    The mountain lee waves: When the wind is blowing really strong, certain waves can be formed on the lee side of a mountain.  Actually it is like the air falls from the mountain, and when it hits the ground, it rises again and in that rising air gliders can gain altitude. At the top of the mountain lee wave there is a cloud, looking really long and narrow, cumulus lenticularis.  The moutainwave can become ten times higher then the mountain that formed the wave.

How do you learn to fly?

There are some academic subjects like aerodynamics, air navigation, meteorology, radio communication and aviation law and regulation.Then there is the practical part. The practical part in on board a glider with a teacher.

How many hours does one need before flying solo?

First you will have to fly 30 or 40 starts with a teacher, then  a flying skill test has to be passed and you will have to pass an academic subject test by the Icelandic Civil Aviation Administration in Iceland.

How much does it cost?

The practical part including 30 or 40 starts flying lessons costs appr. 130.000 IKR and for the gliding license at least 30.000 IKR (2009).

When can you fly?

During evening and weekends at summertime (June to August), just come to Sandskeið when it´s not raining.

In wintertime we try to keep up with maintenance and planning.










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