Imagine soaring into the sky in an aircraft little bigger than a flying canoe, the wind whipping your hair through the open cockpit, the earth 12,000ft beneath you. Scary, right? Yes, at first – but increasingly just fun, exhilarating and extraordinarily beautiful. Flying in an ultralight aircraft is a wonderful way to see a landscape up close: ultralights can go far lower and slower than traditional planes, so you can really take in the eagle's eye detail of Pokhara's Annapurna mountains or the lava fields around Reykjavik. If you're relaxed and enjoying the flight, your pilot might even give you a go on the controls while you're up! It's not everyone who can say they've captained a plane for a day.