Iceland Highlands Summer Photography Tour

8 Day Tour South of the Highlands

Price: £3,795 / €4,285 / $5,325 PP

18 -  26 September 2018 - Place available

Group size: Maximum 12 participants

 

For centuries, the interior of Iceland Highlands was virtually inaccessible, for years at a time playing host only to outlaws in hiding. Via the mountain roads Kjölur and Sprengisandur, the untouched wilderness of Iceland’s mountainous centre is now open —for cautious exploration by foot or 4×4 vehicles—in the summer months.

On the Iceland Highlands Photo Workshop, we cover most of the scenic interior of Iceland. Some of the most interesting parts of Iceland with volcanic activity are to be found in the highlands, such as Landmannalaugar and the region around Askja and Herðubreið, the national mountain of Iceland. The Iceland highlands are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert with phenomenal photography locations in the few oasis of the desert, which can be crossed only during the Icelandic summer (typically from June – September). For the rest of the year, the Highland roads are closed. Most highland roads require four-wheel drive vehicles, because it is necessary to ford rivers and rough terrain, in September even fresh snow.

On our workshop, we use special 4×4 vehicles and a native guide with years of experience, camping, hiking and exploring the highlands. We will be doing some moderate hiking to the best shooting locations in the highlands, so please bring your hiking shoes.

Made in partnership with Arctic Exposures  who organise all bookings, logistics and land arrangements.


ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR OUTLINE:

Double occupancy accommodation for 10 nights at hotels and guesthouse, single room available upon request.

All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants).                   All transport by 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter                                                                                                     Photographic tutoring and guidance by a pro landscape photographer                                                                 We provide a detailed packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing to bring.

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR:

  • Transport by 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter
  • We visit the less known, less visited oasis in the Highlands of Iceland
  • Major waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss, volcanoes, craters and moonscapes.

WHAT YOU WILL GAIN FROM THIS TOUR

In all our photo tours / workshops we want our participants to feel comfortable to ask any questions and learn from Neil’s experience and fellow participants.

The tour is designed and welcomes photographers with different levels of skills: amateurs, hobbyists or professionals. The aim is to help you grow as a photographer by working with you as part of a group and individually with hands on support, and reviews of your work. Learning within a group will give you the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and your passion, which will expand your photographic perspective. With our guidance we encourage you to discover you own visual voice and focus on what appeals to you photographically.

Our approach is to keep the itinerary interesting and varied but at the same time not having a huge list of places to visit. Therefore having quality time at locations so as to get the most out of it both photographically and on a personal level. Immersing your self both visually and sensually.


THE ITINERARY

The weather in Iceland can be very unpredictable changing quickly with snow, sunshine, rain and wind in one day. Therefore at times there might be need for flexibility within the schedule so plans can be changed according to the weather. This dramatic weather can add to the photo opportunities.

Day 1 Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavik

You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. We meet at the centrally located hotel at 18.00 and go out for a meeting/dinner in Reykjavik city, where we briefly go through the Iceland Highland tour itinerary, safety and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.

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Day 2 & 3 Central Iceland Highlands

We travel from Vík into the central highlands and stay in a Highland Hotel the next three days. We take a scenic rout towards the highlands with notable location such as Eldgjá and Landmannalaugar. We explore Landmannalaugar & the Highlands area for the next two days. The are is formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area, the picturesque natural landscape in this raw climate is simply breathtaking. Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails and rhyolite mountains, with their multi-coloured shapes and sizes. Whilst there, we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural thermal pool outdoors which was created when many hot and cold springs in the area combined. The natural warm water pool here is quite unique and is an ideal bathing place all year around.

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Day 4 & 5 - North and East Highlands

We travel across the central highlands of Iceland and explore the north and east highlands for the next 3 days. The Iceland highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier are part of an active volcanic zone, with the last eruption Holuhraun ending in March 2015. The area is constantly being reshaped by geothermal activity and the interplay of fire and ice. One of the most notable features in the highlands north of Vatnajökull is Askja, a central volcano. We spend the next three nights in Mývatn to be comfortably located to visit all locations.

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Day 6 - The Majestic Waterfalls of the Noth

The waterfalls in north Iceland are often called “The Majestic Waterfalls” as they are both very large in volume and surrounded by great landscape, such as Aldeyjarfoss with its basalt column front. Dettifoss waterfall is with the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, 500 cubic metres of water per second plunges over the edge. Goðafoss, nicknamed by one local as ‘The Beauty’ in comparison to ‘The Beast’ of Dettifoss, the name Goðafoss could be translated roughly as The Waterfall of The Gods.

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Day 7 & 8 - West & South Highlands

We make our way back towards Reykjavik the next two days. We will explore the West & Southern Highlands and visit geothermal area Hveravellir, a astonishing geothermal area with smoking fumaroles, beautifully shaped with sky blue, boiling water. Next we head into Kerlingarfjöll where we will stay one night. Regarded as one of the natural pearls of Iceland and located between the Glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull. The area can be described as a cluster of rugged mountains with steep hills and sharp lines, that due to their age have not been affected by the eroding forces of the nature. Within the mountain cluster there are geothermal areas that are amongst the larger in Iceland. Rhyolite and obsidian are types of rocks that characterize the appearance of some of the mountains, making the area extremely colourful and heaven for photographer who like spend their time in landscape not frequently seen elsewhere.

The last day we head into Reykjavik from Kerlingafjöll driving through Þingvellir National Park. Depending on mood of the group we arrive either late or early at the hotel.

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Day 9 - Reykjavik - Departure

Check out and transfer to KEF airport.

 

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDANCE

  • Photography guidance by a professional photographer
  • Cover of the essential photography techniques
  • Lots of practice and hands on experience with demonstrations
  • Photographic shoots
  • Continual feedback given along with review sessions

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International arrival/departures flights
  • International airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, tips, personal expenses, drinks, alcohol etc
  • Any extra places to visit outside of the itinerary
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Any medical expenses
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

FITNESS LEVEL

There will be no difficult hiking or climbing. There will be short hikes of around 30 minutes to some locations. During winter in Iceland the temperatures can very cold with minimum temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade with hight winds. The average temperature is zero degrees centigrade.  You must be prepared for such weather conditions.

ESSENTIALS

  • DSLR and spare batteries or camera with manual mode (Bridge camera)
  • A sturdy Tripod is very important due to Iceland’s windy conditions
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Full thermal clothing
  • Good quality warm gloves
  • Walking boots/shoes

PRICE AND BOOKING ONTO THIS PHOTO TOUR

Price per person sharing a double room in:

Price: £3,795 / €4,285 / $5,325 PP PP

Single supplement £365 / €405  / USD 500

When booking a deposit of £725 / €815 /  $1000 is required. Full payment is then required 60 days prior to departure.

Minimum number of participants 5, maximum 12

To make a booking please fill out the booking form on the link below. We will then get in contact directly with further details.

Bookings are handled by the Arctic Exposure based in Iceland handle all bookings Your contract is with them, and they will handle payments. This means that you are protected by their industry bonding

Please call + (0 )20 8800 7637 or + (0)79844 30754 with any questions.