The drone usage in Iceland has experienced a rapid increase in recent years, as undoubtedly aerial images have gained significant popularity. Consequently, it is common to come across numerous amateur drone pilots while exploring the captivating landscapes of the island of fire and ice. However, flying a drone in Iceland requires more than just enthusiasm; it demands strict adherence to both legal regulations and environmental conservation measures set forth by this Nordic country.
For inquiries or further questions about drone regulation in Iceland, please contact the Icelandic Transport Authority.
Flying a drone above 120 meters without special permission from the Icelandic Transport Authority is strictly forbidden. In order to obtain the necessary authorization, one must complete a registration form for the drone and submit an application for special permissions. You can submit the application here.
It’s is also forbidden to fly a drone over a crowd of people, close to private houses, close to public buildings & beyond the visual line of sight of the pilot.
Additionally, the airport operator needs to grant you permission to fly a drone in close proximity to the boundary of an aerodrome. However, if the drone remains below the height of the tallest structures nearby, within the immediate flight path, there is no requirement for obtaining special permission.
What should I know?
Iceland has implemented various regulations governing drone usage, aiming to ensure safety, legal compliance, and the protection of its unique natural environment. Therefore, aspiring drone pilots must familiarize themselves with these regulations to ensure responsible and lawful operation. By respecting the legal framework and actively participating in environmental and nature protection efforts, drone enthusiasts can contribute to the preservation of Iceland’s remarkable landscapes.
Do I need formal capacitation or licence to fly a drone in Iceland?
The European Union member states have recently introduced updated regulations concerning unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. These new rules require drone operators to register themselves in compliance with the regulations. Additionally, authorities will enforce specific training requirements for remote pilots to ensure safe and responsible operation of drones. These measures aim to enhance the overall safety and accountability within the drone industry across the European Union.
Do I need to register my drone?
– Recreational flights: No need to register yet.
– Commercial flight: Yes. You need to register your drone, including drones used for research purposes.
The Icelandic Transport Authority has launched a dedicated website, flydrone.is, providing drone operators with the opportunity to voluntarily register and undertake exams in the open category. The open category encompasses the majority of drone pilots, whether they fly recreationally or operate within limited commercial capacities. While the new EU rules will eventually make registration mandatory for all drone operators in Iceland, currently, the registration process remains optional until the implementation of these regulations.
The European Union member states have recently introduced updated regulations concerning unmanned aerial vehicles, commonly known as drones. Under these new rules, drone operators are required to register themselves in compliance with the regulations. In Iceland this registration is still optional, but will become mandatory eventually. Additionally, specific training requirements for remote pilots will be enforced to ensure safe and responsible operation of drones. These measures aim to enhance the overall safety and accountability within the drone industry across the European Union.
Flying drones in Icelandic nature or protected areas
The Environmental Agency of Iceland oversees a total of 114 protected areas in the country. If you intend to fly a drone over these protected areas, it is necessary to obtain permission from the Agency. For detailed information and the process of seeking permission, please visit this website.
Icelandic regulation requires careful nature care and caution to prevent harm or spoilage. Construction and activities should take measures to avoid damaging the natural environment. It highlights Iceland’s commitment to conservation: protect and preserve nature collectively.
Flying drones in National Parks
Flying a drone within the boundaries of Icelandic National Parks is strictly prohibited unless you possess a valid permit. For detailed information regarding drone usage in Icelandic National Parks, please refer to the following links:
These resources will provide you with the necessary information and guidelines to ensure compliance with drone regulations and to understand any specific requirements or restrictions related to flying drones within the Icelandic National Parks.
Registration of drones for commercial use
– Drone registration is solely required for drones intended for commercial use.
– If you are using a drone for recreational purposes, there is no need to go through the registration process.
– The registration of commercial drones is a straightforward procedure and does not involve any fees.
Once you submit the registration form to the Transport Authority, you will promptly receive a confirmation number, which will also serve as your registration number. And you will be ready to fly!