Highland Photo Tour
An adventurous tour to the beautiful hidden pearls away from mass tourism
Price per person includes all meals, accommodation, photographer/guide and our spacious trucks (all transport is modified): Double occupancy ISK 595.000—Single occupancy ISK 690.000
(This tour can be modified into a private tour for more suitable dates.)
About the tour:
The highlands are a fantastic place to visit, varied, pristine, colorful and away from the beaten track, letting you feel alone in the world at times. Nothing more helps you focus on taking better photographs than being in peace and quiet. The entire highland area is an exceptional place to photograph, as the landscape is full of contrasts with the light and colors always changing. Sunlight streaming through layers of clouds adds to the unfolding drama.The vegetation is mostly moss, so you will see black volcanic sand against varied shades of green colors of moss. In the Landmannalaugar area, you will see the varied colors of rhyolite. We will take advantage of good light both morning and evenings. We make day tours into the highlands from our hotels, which are in the vicinity, so we have all luxury with private bathrooms. Picnic lunches. When the evening looks good; take away dinner.
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: Highland hotel.
DAY 2: LANDMANNALAUGAR AREA
Today, we will head to Landmannalaugar highlands to photograph Sigöldufoss Waterfall, colorful rhyolite mountains, the Laugahraun Lava Field and the multicolored Brennisteinsalda Mountain. Be prepared for 3-4 hours of slow-paced hiking. (The 3-4 hours include the photo stops.) Optional is a shorter hike. Accommodation: Highland hotel.
DAY 3: COLORFUL GEOTHERMAL AREA AND HIGHLAND ROUTE SOUTH TO HRIFUNES
After an early breakfast, we pack our gear and head to the Krakatindar Highland Route, making our way to the Fjallabak Nature Reserve’s south route toward our overnight lodging in Hrifunes. On the way, we will see various landscapes, including barren fields of lava and volcanic sand. Mossy green mountains will draw your attention as well as multicolor areas of color deposits and open rivers. The broad fields of the highlands surrounded by rhyolite and the majestic hyaloclastite mountains will also be decked out in full display. 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 to photograph black sand dunes and neon green moss patterns. We will then drive to Katla Glacier tong and shoot the black and white patterns and the 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 landscapes surrounding it. To the east of Langisjór Lake is Fögrufjöll, the beautiful hyaloclastite mountains. 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 to 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 Bláfjallalækur waterfall, Mt. Maelifell - the mossy green pyramid mountain , Markarfljót Canyon and Gluggafoss Waterfall.
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 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)