Iceland is located in the north Atlantic, just south of the Arctic Circle, and is therefore Europe’s westernmost country. It’s position on the junction between the European and North American tectonic plates results in over 200 volcanoes (many of which are still active) and numerous geysers. The entire island is composed of volcanic rock, and features a large central plateau rising to an average height of 1000 m (3,281 ft), surrounded by a lower-lying coastal fringe where most of the settlements are found. Much of the coast has been eroded into deep fjords. A plain crossed by several rivers lies in the south west corner of the island, and here the capital city, Reykjavik, is situated. Some 60% of the population live in or near Reykjavik. The total land area of Iceland is 100,250 sq km (38,707 sq miles). The population numbered 277,000 in 2000. Icelanders are an ethnically homogenous society, descended from Norwegians and Celts. 93% of the population follow the Evangelical Lutheran Church.
Summary Narrative History
Timeline – Key Dates in Icelandic History
Further National Information
BBC News Profile: Denmark
Yahoo Iceland page
wikipedia: History of Iceland
MILNET: Military Information on Iceland
Encyclopedia.com Iceland page
Text to be added on the development of aviation in Iceland.
Civil Aircraft Registrations
Civil aircraft in Iceland initially (from about 1930) received the country name ISLAND and a number. The registration prefix ‘TF-‘ has been used since 1937, eg: TF-ABW. Icelandic aircraft are also required to display their individual Icelandic CAA registration number externally – usually on the tail, eg: 216.
An illustrated database of TF- registered aircraft is here: The Icelandic Aircraft Database
Military Air Arms
[No Icelandic Armed Forces]
US Armed Forces In Iceland
Central Government Agencies
Coast Guard Aviation (Icelandic Coast Guard)
State Soil Conservation Service (Landgraedsla Rikisins)
Public Service Aviation
No Police or EMS aviation.
Helicopter Service of Iceland
Loftleidir Icelandic [Ceased operations]
wikipedia: Airlines of Iceland
The World’s Airlines: Iceland
No organisations known.
No aircraft manufacturing other than homebuilts.
Aircraft Maintenance/Repair Depots
Civil Airports & Airfields
Air Bases and Airfields Listing
Airports in Iceland
Military Air Bases & Airfields
NAS Keflavik is the only military air base.
No dedicated aviation museum, but the following aircraft are preserved:
Olsen-Jónasson Ögnin TF-OGN in the waiting lounge in Keflavik Airport.
McDonnell F-4E Phantom “66-0300” gate guard at NAS Keflavik.
C-117D/R4D-8 17191 (c/n 43379) gate guard at Keflavik Airport.
DC-3 TF-ISB (c/n 9860) stored at Reykjavik (ex Icelandair).
Key Airshow Dates
No Icelandic aviation magazines known.
Icelandic Aviation Bibliography – to be added
Icelandic Aero Web
Airlines, govt agencies, homebuilts etc
Airlines & Airports
Links to Icelandic aviation related websites
Photos, 1999 aircraft register, flight schools, links
Runar’s Icelandic Aircraft Web
Icelandic aviation pioneers, TF- database, leased aircraft, photos, links
Aviation Photos from Iceland
Selection of superb photos taken by Baldur Sveinsson.