Pristine Highlands and Puffins
August 2 – August 6 – 2019
(With reasonable notice, this tour can also be arranged as a private tour on suitable dates.)
5 days / 4 nights
About the tour:
This tour is about getting away from the tourist places as possible but be in most amazing places to photograph. This we can do in the highlands. You will see light colours of Rhyolite, vibrant moss covered mountains, winding rivers and patterns, volcanic and moonscape areas, amazing waterfalls, multicolour thermal areas and secret spots – since our speciality is to take you into remote areas on our modified trucks to photograph landscape few get to see, since some of these locations are little known and are difficult to get to which shows in some areas where we are almost alone big part of the day. We stay in nice clean hotels with good food, and we make day tours from there into the best photographic places we know about. And being a small group we can take any 4×4 highland road and stop where we want when ever good light is presented. We are not in Bus mode here. But to make the experience even more diverse, we take a day by the costal line and go on a Puffin tour with a farmer on a special early morning departure to Ingólfshöfði headlands, where we get to spend few hours photographing the Puffins as they come flying in with fish in their mouth. This Puffin tour is designed for small group photography and starts before daily tourist tours arrive. During this tour we will take advantage of the best light available and rest accordingly. We take lunch packs with us into the field, and if weather looks promising we take dinner with us as well to enjoy the best light available in the most remote places.
Group size 4-8
Price per person, full board meals, transport and guiding : double occupancy ISK 391.000,-
Price per person, full board meals, transport and guiding :single occupancy ISK 449.000,-
Day 1: Landmannalaugar area.
During this day we drive trough volcanic areas, volcanic sand dunes and visit few craters. We hike 3-4 hrs slow pace round trip to the colourful Brennisteinsalda or Sulphur mountain and photograph one of the most colourful canyons in Iceland.
Day 2: Colourful Geothermal area. Volcano Hekla.
We take a real adventure highland road today passing volcano Hekla on route to a little visited geothermal area in almost 2700 feet altitude. Amazing colours and thermal steam. You will never see a bus up here !
Day 3: Exotic Langisjór Lake area.
This remote Lake was only discovered in the 18th century. It has only one dirt road leading to it through all the streams and black sand dunes. Mossy green mountains stand out of the black sand dunes. Close by Langisjór is a great overlook over Skaftá river and the 1783 lava which is surrounded by colourful lakes and ponds. Ófærufoss waterfall in the fire Canyon is on the menu as well.
Day 4: Puffin day. Glacier day.
We take a early rise and head to Ingólfshöfði headlands which hosts one of the best Puffin colonies to photograph. We join the farmer who takes us on a special photo tour departure on his tractor pulled hay wagon over the wet sand dunes. Rest of day we spend in Vatnajökull Glacier National Park. Icebergs and diamond beach.
Day 5: Highland route south to Reykjavik.
We go back into the southern part of the highlands where we see varied landscape with many colours. The pyramid mountain, the green and black sand texture valley, Markarljótsgljúfur canyon and varied vistas. Gluggafoss waterfall is the last one for the day before we head to Reykjavik. ETA around dinner time.