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De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200

Our domestic and Greenland routes are served by De Havilland Canada (DHC) aircraft, formerly known as the Bombardier, and commonly referred to as the 'Dash 8'. 

In our fleet are 2 DHC-8-400s and 3 DHC-8-200s. They are in the process of having their livery updated, after the integration of the operations of Icelandair and Air Iceland Connect in March 2021.

The DHC aircraft in our fleet are named after female settlers and Icelandic saga heroines. We uphold their legacies with pride.

General information

The De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 aircraft have a number of characteristics that have not been available in the Icelandic aviation market: they are equipped with auxiliary fuel tanks which extend the maximum flight range, they do not need long runways and can, for instance, take off with a full load from runways approximately 800 meters (2,625ft) long, they can withstand greater crosswinds, and carry more freight than comparable aircraft. The DHC-8-200 can be specifically configured for cargo transport. The aircraft seat 37 passengers with a crew of 3.

Technical Specification

  • Length:22.25 meters (73ft)
  • Wingspan:25.9 meters (84ft 11in)
  • Cruising speed:490 km/h (304 mph)
  • Maximum range:over 1800 km (1118 mi)
  • Maximum take-off weight:16,500 kg (36,376 lb)
  • Engine:2 x PW 123D turboprops, 2400 hp each
  • De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 - Seatmap and seat info

    Saga Premium
  • Seat Pitch: not available on DHC aircraft
  • Seat Widths: not available on DHC aircraft
  • Backrest Widths: not available on DHC aircraft
  • Economy
  • Seat Pitch: 31"
  • Seat Widths: 16.9"
  • Backrest Widths: 16.9"
  • Our fleet's De Havilland Canada DHC-8-200 aircraft

    Þorbjörg hólmasól

    DHC-8-200
    The first person born in Eyjafjörður in Northeast Iceland was a girl given the name Þorbjörg hólmasól ('Islet-Sun'). It is said that she was delivered on a delta in Eyjafjarðará river when her parents, settlers Þórunn hyrna and Helgi magri ('the Lean'), were sailing their ship to Kristnes. There, they built a handsome farmhouse and raised the girl, who was bestowed with the most cheerful epithet in the history of Icelandic settlement.

    Arndís auðga

    DHC-8-200
    Arndís' father was a settler in Dalir, but she wished to choose her own land. Arndís auðga ('the Wealthy') settled in Hrútafjörður, Northwest Iceland. Her epithet suggests that she acquired wealth while presiding over her estate. Little is known about Arndís, as written documentation is scarce. However, if one reads between the lines it is clear that she was a a powerful woman who defied the patriarchy. Arndís married Bjálki Blængsson but their son Þórður became known by his matronymic surname: Arndisarson (son of Arndís, not son of Bjálki).

    Þuríður sundafyllir

    DHC-8-200
    Þuríður was known as a völva (prophetess) and was said to be well-versed in magic when she settled in Bolungarvík in the Westfjords. She was called 'Sound-Filler' due to her ability to cast spells that fulled every sound (inlet) with herring. As thanks for her spell, each farmer in the area awarded her with a hornless ewe.