Pristine Highlands and Bird Colony

Pristine Highlands and Bird Colony

Pristine Highlands and Bird Colony

July 26 - 30 - 2021

(With reasonable notice, this tour can also be arranged as a private tour on suitable dates.)

5 days / 4 nights

Group size 4-7

About the tour:

On this tour, we avoid tourist places as much as possible while going to many of Iceland's most amazing places to photograph. This is done in the highlands. You will see the light colors of rhyolite, luminous moss-covered mountains, winding rivers, volcanic areas and moonscape terrain. You'll witness amazing waterfalls, multicolor thermal areas and secret spots. Since our specialty is visiting remote areas that are difficult to reach and few get to see, in some areas, we are almost alone most 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. Being a small group, we can take any 4×4 highland road and stop where we want, whenever there's good light. We are not in the bus mode here. But to make the experience even more diverse, we take a day by the coastal line to go on a puffin  tour with a local farmer. For this, we make an early morning departure to the Ingólfshöfði headlands, where we spend a few hours photographing puffins as they come flying in with fish in their mouth. This tour is designed for small group photography and starts before daily tourist groups arrive. During the tour, we will take advantage of the best light available and rest accordingly. We'll pack lunch, and if the weather looks promising, we pack dinner too to enjoy the best light available in the most remote places.

Price per person includes all meals, accommodation, photographer/guide and all transport in our spacious trucks:

Double occupancy is ISK 391.000—Single occupancy is ISK 449.000.

Scroll down for itenirary. 

DAY 1: LANDMANNALAUGAR AREA

During this day, we drive through volcanic areas, volcanic sand dunes and visit a few craters. We hike 3-4 hrs., make a slow pace round trip to the colorful Brennisteinsalda (Sulphur Mountain) and photograph one of the most colorful canyons in Iceland. Accommodation: Highland Hotel

DAY 2: COLORFUL GEOTHERMAL AREA - VOLCANO HEKLA

Today, we take a real highland road adventure passing Volcano Hekla en route to a little-visited geothermal area almost 2700 feet in altitude. Here you'll find amazing colors and thermal steam. You will never see a bus at this place! Accommodation: Highland Hotel

DAY 3: EXOTIC LANGISJÓR LAKE AREA

This remote lake was only discovered in the 19th century. You'll be intrigued by the moonscape and exotic surroundings and mossy green mountains that rise out of the black sands Close by Langisjór is a great overlook above the Skaftá River and a 1783 formed lava field with colorful lakes and ponds. Ófærufoss Waterfall in the Fire Canyon is on the menu as well. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse

DAY 4: PUFFIN DAY - GLACIER DAY

We rise early 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 excursion on his tractor-pulled hay wagon over the wet sand dunes. The rest of the day we spend in Vatnajökull Glacier National Park. Besides the mighty Vatnajökull Glacier, you'll see cebergs and the Diamond Beach. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse

DAY 5: HIGHLAND ROUTE SOUTH TO REYKJAVIK

We go back into the southern part of the highlands, where we see the diverse landscape with many colors. You will experience Maelifell, the pyramid mountain, the green and black sand texture valley, Markarljótsgljúfur Canyon and varied vistas. Gluggafoss Waterfall is the last stop for the day before we head to Reykjavik. ETA is around dinner time.

Accommodation: All accommodation costs during the tour. Pick up and drop off at hotel in Reykjavik.
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. 
Transportation & guiding: Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4 truck (Jeep) and gasoline.

Not included: 
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged) and hotel accommodation in Reykjavík.

more information: info@phototours.is


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
Clothes: 

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)