Aerial sightseeing is mushrooming these days, and it's easy to see why. Pilots can fly almost anywhere, and many remote areas are difficult to reach by other means. Prices may be less prohibitive than you think, particullarly for airplane tours. Helicopter tours are far more expensive, but maneuvers are more thrilling.

Aerial tours are scheduled by arrangement, and flight paths are usually negotiable. The minimum number of passengers ranges from two to six. If your head count is fewer, ask to team up with another group. Flights are frequently cancelled because of weather and wind conditions, so leave wiggle room in your itinerary. And prepare yourself for buffeting in the wind—the planes are usually 4- to 10-seaters.

Tour operators to look into include Eagle Air, Mountaineers of Iceland, and Mountain Taxi

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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.