Drone Laws in Iceland (updated for 2020)

drone laws in iceland
height flight limit

120m max height

can't fly over crowds of people

Don't fly over crowds

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Don't fly near airports

can't fly in city

Don't fly over Reykjavik

All Drone Laws in Iceland in 2020 (Ultimate Guide)

Iceland is the country of breathtaking scenery and music fits. The place offers exclusive scenery for photography. The collection of glaciers and stunning waterfalls are endless as you fly about the open landscapes with hardly anyone in sight. This article is a collection of deep research on where to fly, where not to fly, what to do, how to do it, and so forth. I hope you find it helpful.

Are drones legal in Iceland?

he answer to that is yes -whether you are a local or foreigner. It would be unfair to rob the best in photographers an opportunity to get a piece of the beautiful Iceland landscapes. 


Who do I contact?

For any queries or clarification on drone rules and regulations in Iceland, the body concerned os the Icelandic Transport Authority.

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What are the drone laws in Iceland?

Island took more of an open-arms approach when it came to drone flying. The liberal approach has attracted drone pilots from far and wide, even nurturing a budding drone industry. Just as with everything that goes unchecked, cases of unfortunate incidents such as drones flying into airports or sensitive government areas have been reported. 


In 2016, the public raised concerns over the unregulated state of the drone industry in Iceland. Their concerns centered on the high number of pilots and the minimal level of experience. Here are the reviewed drone laws as of 2018

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How can I register my drone in Iceland?

Only drones intended for commercial use need to undergo registration. Registering a drone is simple and absolutely free. You can do it here. Once you register your drone, you will be given a confirmation number. It’s worth noting that a recreational drone weighing above 25 Kg needs express authorization from the Transport Authority before the first use.

Can I fly a drone in Iceland without having it registered?

Yes. But this is limited to drones used only for recreational purposes. . 

What happens if my drone isn’t licensed?

If you are a commercial drone user and your drone is not licensed you can get yourself into trouble. Now, why would you want to do that?

Can I travel with my drone to Iceland by Airplane?

Many people ask this question, the answer is yes. However, not every airline has the same policy when it comes to drone travel. Before you book your flight ticket, run a search of the flight policy, regulations, and rules guarding the airline concerned. If you happen to fly with Delta, the rules are quite vague, others like American airlines have a crystal clear policy.


American airlines give their passengers leeway to transport their drones provided they do not package anything above 160-watt-hours.  In several cases, you are mandated to eject the batteries and store them in a different compartment. The argument or rationale behind this is to contain the worst in the vent of a fire. Lithium-ion batteries do create a stubborn fire, a fact most airlines would rather take preventive measures over. 


What are the restricted areas for flying drones in Iceland?

Drones are prohibited from the National Parks and popular tourist attractions. If you happen to approach a site that features a yellow sign with the picture of a drone and a red line running across, this indicates a no-fly zone.  

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What are the best locations for drone photography in Iceland?

Recreational drone use in Iceland

The global drop in prices for recreational drones has seen more people purchase them

The wealth in natural attractions, open spaces, and exclusive attractions make Iceland an incredible tourist attraction. The place draws in the best in photographers and filmmakers from far and wide. In 2016, recreational drones were banned in the national parks as part of regulations aimed at protecting wildlife by preserving the peace and calm of their natural habitats. 

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What are my top drones to fly safely in Iceland?

My following two recommendations are 2 great compact drones that are quite silent and also small enough to travel with and not stand out as annoying.

1.Dji Mavic Mini - The best international travel drone (under 250g)


30min battery


No follow me

DJI has surprised us with this incredible camera drone under 250g, which is half of the weight required for registering in the first place.


I have covered it much more in depth in my article review and even compared it with the DJI Spark and Mavic Air.


  • 30 min battery life
  • under 250g
  • super portable
  • 4km range
  • can edit videos in the app


  • no obstacle avoidance
  • no settings for iso and shutter speed

2.Dji Mavic Air 2 - My favorite drone overall

4k 60fps

34min battery


Follow + obstacle avoidance

mavic air 2 package fly more combo
If you want more control over things like shutter speed, iso and such, the best professional drone that still falls under the 500g category is the DJI Mavic Air.
It's made mostly for people who want to play around with settings and enter into the pro category.


DJI lowered it's price since it was first released.


  • 3 way sensors
  • 68kph (fastest among the 3)
  • follow me mode(quite a few options)
  • 8gb internal storage
  • ISo & shutter speed settings
  • 6 photo modes
  • takes RAW photos
  • 100mbps bitrate


  • battery life ins't that amazing
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Restricted Areas and Geofencing (drone FLying map)

The best way to figure out what areas you can fly in, while you're here is by consulting DJI offilicial map.
They do a great job mapping the places that one should avoid while flying in every country:

  • airports
  • military bases
  • prisons
  • power plants
  • any high risk areas
romania flying map dji
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Make money with your drone

  • Only if you're serious
  • No experience required
  • I make up to 200$/h after it
  • Yes, it's a course
  • Yes, It's the best I know
  • Everything from A to Z

How do you make money with your drone, though?

Okay, so you got your new and fancy drone, but how do you stand out from any dad out there who has the same drone and watched some tutorials online?

I did exactly that and barely had any success. 

But now I’m charging 5x as much as before and even have to refuse clients from time to time.

I even bought about 7 online courses… and I didn’t make much progress.

So how did I finally make it to this level?

If you want the short answer, I learned everything from this guy Alex, who’s making $200 per hour with his drone. And he’s even teaching exactly how to do that.

This is pretty much what you need to know:


1. Make sure you have a proper drone.

If you have any of the latest DJI Drones, like the Mavic Air 2, for example, you’re ready to start making money.

No need to overthink this, but if it’s any help, check this comparison of the best camera drones compared in 2020.

types of drones

2.Learn how to create the best content to stand out

You won’t stand out from the next dad who bought a DJI drone for Cristmass in the eyes of your clients if you don’t do this.

It’s WAY more important to know what you’re doing than the gear you have.

You’ll need to learn and master the following:

  • Flying your drone(to stand out from people with basic drone shots)
  • Preparing for the flight and weather in advance
  • Learn the best drone settings (you need a proper setup template)
  • Create the Video Script (it's way easier if you know what to shoot)
  • Have a set of great cinematic shots you know how to do
  • Know how to edit the video so it stands out
  • Learn how to color grade

This is why you HAVE to invest in a proper way to learn things (instead of watching tutorials here and there).

3.Find clients that pay 5x more than regular

But not so fast.

You won’t make a penny if you don’t know how to find your clients.

I have struggled finding clients even when my videos were getting pretty good.

Until I learned a few tricks and how to find and approach them so they won’t be able to say no.

And what’s best, I learned how to get the price I asked for.

How can you do the same?

I have tested quite a few courses online and watched tons of videos on youtube, but frankly, I have learned more from one single course than from everything else… and all that in like a weekend.

Made back the money from this investment in myself in a single week and then much more.


How do I learn all of this? From youtube?

You could simply go online and learn everything in terms of video from youtube, forums, facebook groups etc.

However, let me tell you, it’s the worst way to learn all of this(and the slowest).

You won’t have a Complete Step By step guide on how to do everything.

I found myself frustrated, even after I learned how to do most of the video stuff that I still lacked some knowledge and I didn’t know why my shots weren’t standing out.

I got some general promotion ideas from some articles online, but again… I didn’t have much success and was charging too little for my time.

This is exactly where I learned how to make $200 per hour with my drone (From A to Z)

This course is hold by Alex Harris, who’s an international video creator, director, and drone operator with tons of experience.

And I had a great time stealing his know-how(and greatly profited from it, lol).

I recommend you watch his video presentation bellow and check out the course sales page. It’s quite cheap, considering you’re getting 320+ minutes of everything you need to know, step by step and 80+ minutes on how to actually find the ideal clients for you.

I'm a big drone enthusiast, the owner of DronesGator.com and I also make weekly videos on my drone YouTube channel.

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