Peaceful Strandir in Westfjords  and pristine highlands.

Peaceful Strandir in Westfjords and pristine highlands.

NEW ! Unrivaled Beauty from coast to mountains. 10 nights/11 days

For 2021 - no set date, this tour can be run for small private group - with reasonable notice.

For 2022 - July 1-10

Price per person includes all meals, accommodation, photographer/guide, all transport in our spacious trucks(hotel pick up and drop off inside Reykjavik area) and two boat tours to the Puffins: Double occupancy ISK 955.000 —Single occupancy ISK 1.097.000

Group size min 4/max 8 pers.

This is a bird and landscape photo tour which takes you to many different parts of Iceland. We stay remote most of the time enjoying pristine nature of both the interior of the south highlands and bird colonies of Strandir in the westfords where we spend our first days. Our main goal to start with is to photograph Puffins and other sea birds like European Shag and Kittiwakes. This we can do by taking a short boad ride to a privately owned island called Grimsey in Steingrimsfjördur bay. We will also travel further north by Strandir coastline all the way to Gjögur and Trékyllisvik. After these days in Strandir region we make our way into northwest Iceland before we drive across Iceland from north to south via Kjölur highland road making a overnight stay in Kerlingafjöll highland resort photographing great colours and hot springs. From there we head down into south Iceland and head again into the highlands we call Fjallabak which is like nothing else; craters, black sands, luminous moss, moonscapes. The various colours of rhyolite we will get in Landmannalaugar. We will see Langisjór lake with its moonscape, and Eldgjá fire gorg which are on our highland menu until we get to cosy hrifunesguesthouse by the southeast coast. From Hrifunes we do a day tour to Vatnajökull national park for glaciers and spend one local day with less drive to secret spots in the Hrifunes area. Last day we drive across Fjallbak highland towards Reykavik.  In our opinion; A tour can not get more varied than this. Despite being away from all normal tourist areas, we enjoy great food and nice clean country hotels we know inside out. All rooms have private bathrooms.

FROM REYKJAVIK TO GRÍMSEY - THE PUFFIN ISLAND IN STEINGRIMSFJÖRDUR BAY.

After pick up at your hotel around 8AM we drive just out of Reykjavik for the first location just to warm up a bit and try our gear. We shoot the lonely house and a close by waterfall. We have few hour drive ahead of us to get to Strandir region where we stay for next three nights with Puffins on top of the list. After check in and early dinner we are off into the arctic night ! We take a short 15min. boat ride to the Puffin island and enjoy photographing in the good light. Overnight stay in a very nice country hotel located by the seashore across from the Puffin island.

STRANDIR REGION. FJORDS AND BAYS, BIRDS AND SEALS. OLD ABANDONED RUSTY HERRING FACTORY.

We check out and drive further north into Strandir region of westfjords. Perhaps the wildest and the least commercial region of Iceland. Beautiful mountains on one side and the coastline on the other with driftwood and rock formations. Land seals are often to be seen sitting on rocks and cliffs. Fresh smell of seawater and chill wind there is like nowhere else. Overnight stay in old style and charming hotel Djupavik.

STRANDIR REGION.

Check out from hotel. We travel around bays and coves. We photograph rock formations and the handsome vistas.
We check in at same hotel tonight as first night, getting ready for an early wake up for a another adventure tour to the Puffin island in the morning light.

PUFFIN ISLAND - NORTH ICELAND.

We take a private boat ride to the Puffin Island in the early morning for good and soft morning light with the birds. We leave Strandir region around noon and head to North Iceland with various stops on our way. Overnight in Blönduós in the charming Ölduslod guesthouse which is famous for their adventure culinary.

INTO MID HIGHLANDS AND KERLINGAFJÖLL.

We take a relaxed morning before we drive further north until we get to the old viking highland route from north to south Iceland, stopping at Hveravellir in the central highlands. We do an overnight stop at a highland resort in Kerlingafjöll mountains which are known for its colourful canyons and steamy hot springs. Truly a photographers spot.

TO SOUTH HIGHLANDS.

We do morning shoot in the mountains before we check out and head down the Kjölur-Keel road into south of Iceland. GJáin (the Gorge) and the majestic Háifoss waterfall are on todays menu along with other places. Accommodation hotel Hrauneyjar where we stay for next two nights.

COLOURFUL HIGHLANDS OF LANDMANNALAUGAR.

Early morning shoot into the Fishing lakes area. Midday rest. Afternoon tour into Landmannalaugar. Accommodation hotel Hrauneyjar.

TO HRIFUNES VIA HIGHLAND ROAD. LANGISJÓR LAKE IN VATNAJ0KULL NATIONAL PARK.

We use this day to travel across the highlands to the south east coast. We photograph the secret - middle earth waterfall and head towards Langisjor and Sveinstindur mountain for the late afternoon light going via Eldgjá (Fire Canyon) to Hrifunes. Accommodation at the cosy Hrifunes guesthouse.

GLACIERS AND ICE LAGOON.

We take an easy morning after long days in the highlands and enjoy the late afternoon / evening light around the Glaciers and the Glacier Lagoon, Fjallsárlón Lagoon and the black sand beach, sometimes named diamond beach because of all the glittering ice on the black sand. Dinner in the area. Accommodation Hrifunes guesthouse.

HRIFUNES AREA, SECRET SPOTS.

We enjoy a more relaxed day with shorter drives. We visit and old sailor refuge, old light house in the amazing landscape of black sand hills. Secret waterfall is on our menu as is mossy covered lava field to name few.

FJALLABAK HIGHLAND ROUTE SOUTH TOWARDS REYKJAVIK.

We leave cosy Hrifunes guesthouse behind and drive into Fjallabak south as we call it, the highland road behind Mýrdalsjökull glacier. On today´s menu are Maelifell mountain, which is one of Iceland´s most handsome mountains with its pyramid shape rising out of the volcanic sand. Markarfljótsgljúfur Canyon with its colourful deposits and many more locations. Last on our menu will be Gluggafoss waterfall in Fljóstshlid. ETA in Reykjavik around 6 PM.



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. 
Transportation & guiding: Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4 truck (Jeep) and gasoline. Boat tour x 2.

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)