Highland Photo Tour
About the tour:
Day 1: Geothermal area and Thjorsardalur Valley
You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik around 8:00 am. We start by visiting the geothermal areas in Hellisheidi. From there we go to Thjorsardalur Valley where we will photograph beautiful streams and waterfalls in Gjain, a small canyon. We end the day by visiting a moonscape-like area in the highlands. Accommodation: Hrauneyjar Highland Center
Day 2: Landmannalaugar area
Today we will head to Landmannalaugar highlands where we will photograph Sigöldufoss waterfall, colorful rhyolite mountains, the Laugahraun Lava Field and the multicolor Brennisteinsalda Mountain. Be prepared for some hiking (3-4 hours, slow paced).Optional is a shorter hike. Accommodation: Hrauneyjar Highland Center
Day 3: Highland route south to Hrifunes
After an early breakfast, we will pack our gear and head to the Krakatindar Highland Route and make our way to the Fjallabak Nature Reserve’s south route toward our overnight lodging in Hrifunes. On this route, we will see various landscapes including barren fields of lava and volcanic sand, mossy green mountains, open rivers and wide fields of the highlands surrounded by rhyolite and the majestic hyaloclastite mountains. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 4: Nearby Hrifunes; Öldufells route and Katla glacier tong.
Today we will be enjoying the area of our Hrifunes guesthouse. We will take the Öldufell Highland route which is just by our doorstep into the lower highlands where we will photograph black sand dunes and neon green moss patterns. We will then drive to Katla Glacier tong and photograph the black /white patterns and lines of the Glacier. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 5: Langisjór Lake and Sveinstindur Mountain
Langisjór Lake lies southwest of Vatnajökull Glacier in a beautiful and picturesque landscape. It is 20 km long and up to 2 km wide. The lake is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Iceland with many islands, cliffs and spectacular landscape surrounding it. To the east of Langisjór Lake are the hyaloclastite mountains, Fögrufjöll. Toward the west, you will see Mount Breidbakur, famous for its moonscape, and on the south of the lake is the Sveinstindur Mountain and the glacial river, Skaftá. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 6: Jökulsarlón Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park
We will drive east toward the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park. We will photograph the glacier outlets at Svínafellsjökull and Fjallsárlón lagoon. From there the tour will continue to the Glacier Lagoon. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 7: Fjallabak South Route towards Reykjavik
Today we will take the Fjallabak South Route back to Reykjavik. We will stop at many magnificent places such as Maelifellssandur and Mount Maelifell in early morning light, Markarfljót Canyon and Gluggafoss Waterfall.
Name of tour: Highland Photo Tour
Departure August 12, 2018
Participants minimum 3 persons
Duration: 7 days/6 nights
Price per person: double occupancy ISK 595.000
Price per person: single occupancy ISK 690.000
Accommodation: All accommodation costs during the tour.
Meals: Breakfast from the second day until the last day, picnic or light restaurant lunch every day, dinners from day one until the second to last day.
Transportation & guiding: Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4 truck (Jeep) and gasoline.
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged) and hotel accommodation in Reykjavík.
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Climate and clothing recommendations
The Gulf Stream is what makes Iceland inhabitable, and without it, the whole country would most likely be covered by ice. The winters are fairly mild and summers are cool. The weather can be unpredictable and very windy and rainy at times. A popular saying in Iceland is “if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait five minutes” as you may occasionally experience the four seasons all in one day: sunshine and mild temperatures to windy, cool temperatures with rain or even snow. The average temperature in January is 0 C (32 F) and the average temperature in July is 12 C (54 F)
In the view of the climate description above, we can only advise visitors to be prepared for everything. No matter what time of year you plan to visit Iceland, always pack some warm and water resistant clothes, hats, gloves and good walking shoes.
Practical list, independent of the season of the year
1. Warm underwear
2. Sweater or a warm jacket/coat
3. Wind- and waterproof overcoat and over trousers
4. Extra pair of warm socks
5. Gloves and a cap
6. Hiking shoes (waterproof boots for winter photo tours)
7. Slippers and possibly light trainers
9. Sunglasses (optional!)
10. Electric converter (Iceland uses 220 volts)
11. Torch or headlight (winter photo tours)