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De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400

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-8-400 aircraft are larger, have more range, and are 30% faster than conventional turboprop aircraft and therefore offer new opportunities. 

In addition to being used by Icelandair for domestic flights, the DHC-8-400s fly a steadily increasing number of passengers to Greenland. The aircraft seat 76 passengers, with a crew of 4.

Technical Specification

  • Length:32.8 meters / 107ft 9in
  • Wingspan:28.4 meters (93ft 2in)
  • Cruising speed:630 km/h (391 mph)
  • Maximum range:2,400 km (1,491 mi)
  • Maximum take-off weight:29.574 kg (65.200 lb)
  • Engine:PW 150A / 5.071 Hp
  • De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 - Seatmap and seat info

  • Seat Pitch: 30-31"
  • Seat Widths: 16.8"
  • Backrest Widths: 16.8"
  • Our fleet's De Havilland Canada DHC-8-400 aircraft

    Auður djúpúðga - Aud the Deep-Minded

    Auður djúpúðga ('deep-minded') was the only woman to lead a settlement expedition to Iceland. She was considered peerless among women, provident and wise, as witnessed by her epithet. After losing her husband and only son, she sailed to Iceland along with her crew. It is said that her settlement extended across all the valleys of Breiðafjörður in West Iceland. Auður was a Christian and was considered to be particularly noble and generous. She gave large estates in her settlement to her crew and made her home at the current church estate of Hvammur in Dalir.

    Hallgerður langbrók - Hallgerd Long-Pants

    The most infamous heroine of the Icelandic Sagas was dashing, long-haired and beautiful. Extremely proud, Hallgerd never took orders from anyone. She started a feud with her neighbour Bergthora, and Hallgerd’s husband, Gunnar, had to pay for a slap he gave her with his life. When besieged by his enemies, Gunnar begged his wife for a lock of her hair to repair his bowstring. She refused and he was killed. But what was the source of her epithet? One explanation is that Hallgerd had particularly long legs (langbrok means 'long pants'). Another is that the original meaning of the word is 'long-haired'.

    Þórunn hyrna - Thorun the Horned

    Does her epithet refer to a shawl she wore over her head or shoulders? Along with her husband, Helgi magri ('Helgi the Lean'), Þórunn hyrna settled in Eyjafjörður, Northeast Iceland, and was the first woman to do so. Þórunn was the sister of Auður djúpúðga, the most famous of all female settlers. While Þórunn and Helgi sailed into the fjord, looking for a place to build their farm, Þórunn gave birth to a daughter on a small holm (islet) in Eyjafjarðará river. Their daughter, Þorbjörg hólmasól, was the first native-born resident of Eyjafjörður.