Meet Vatnajökull, Icelandair’s 80th Anniversary Livery Jet, Named After A Glacier

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Icelandair have introduced a pretty ‘cool’ aircraft to celebrate their 80th year flying. The 757-200, which took 2500 man-hours to paint, is named after the largest glacier in the whole of Europe. Titled “Vatnajökull” (easy for us to say) the new livery will bring one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks across the carrier’s ever expanding network across Europe and North America.

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Similar to it’s Northern Lights aircraft, the airline has also invested in turning its interior into an experiential zone. The stunning glacier themed interior is created by utilising ambient moving LED blue lighting. To support the ‘ice cave’ the headrests will be adorned with a beautiful ice white and brilliant turquoise design. Even the drinks trolley will be transformed into a mini ice-cave, while cups, napkins, and even sick bags will be decorated with glacier prints.


The plane was spray painted by hand, by a team of artists; the same group who created the Hekla Aurora plane. The process of airbrushing used to create the image of the glacier is a highly unusual, skilled job that took the team a total of 24 days to complete using 195 litres of paint. It takes 1062 litres to cover the entire plane, which is over 200 domestic size tins.

To mark the launch of the Vatnajökull, a celebration flight took place on 13th May 2017, where a special flight path took it over the very glacier it is named after. Birkir Hólm Guðnason, CEO at Icelandair comments, “We can’t wait to share the Vatnajökull with our passengers. Icelandair believe that travelling is one of life’s great pleasures and a trip on this plane will ensure customers experience time well travelled, as they sit back and experience Iceland’s most extreme elements from the comfort of their own seats.”

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