Maximum flight altitude: In Iceland, the maximum flight altitude is limited to 130 meters above ground. If your copter supports a height limit, it must be set to 130 meters.
Maximum horizontal distance and FPV: To control your drone safely, you should only use your copter in visibility.
Compulsory insurance: The Icelandic transport agency is of the opinion that all copters should be insured. Even if the insurance coverage is only legally prescribed from 20 kg of take-off mass, you should secure yourself.
Maximum take-off weight (MTOW): The operation of multicopters is possible up to a weight of 5 kilograms without permission in Iceland. For heavier copters, an authorization subject to a charge must be obtained at the Samgöngustofa or ICETRA for each ascent.
Distance to airports: To Icelandic airports with scheduled flights services, your copter has to keep a distance of 2 kilometers. For all other airfields there is a prohibition zone within a radius of 1,5 kilometers. If you want to get closer to these airfields, you need permission from the control tower. However, the permit does not have to be collected if you do not fly higher than the highest elevation in the immediate vicinity.
Other safe distances: A distance of 1.5 kilometers must be maintained to buildings.
Flight bans: Multicopters must not be operated in breeding areas (for example bird rocks), over gatherings of people, over houses, over vehicles and over deployments of safety organizations (such as police, fire brigade etc.).
Flight approval: In national parks, you need written authorization from the park administration before the flight (for example, there is an application form for the Vatnajökull National Park).
Specific regulations: Before you start with your copter in Iceland, you have to attach your name with address and telephone number on the drone.
Regulations for commercial pilots: There is no distinction between multicopters according to the purpose of the application.
Helpful links: Samgöngustofa
We have researched the listed drone regulations for Iceland to the best of our knowledge. We can not guarantee the correctness of the information. If you want to be on the safe side, please contact the competent aviation authority. Alternatively, you can also ask the embassy in your country for further information about the regulations. Please leave us a comment when you receive news and/or gain experience with your copter in Iceland!