ICELAND HIGHLANDS & NORTH

For centuries, the interior of Iceland Highlands was virtually inaccessible, for years at a time playing host only to outlaws in hiding. Via the mountain roads Kjölur and Sprengisandur, the untouched wilderness of Iceland’s mountainous centre is now open —for cautious exploration by foot or 4×4 vehicles—in the summer months.

On the Iceland Highlands Photo Workshop, we cover most of the scenic interior of Iceland. Some of the most interesting parts of Iceland with volcanic activity are to be found in the highlands, such as Landmannalaugar and the region around Askja and Herðubreið, the national mountain of Iceland. The Iceland highlands are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert with phenomenal photography locations in the few oasis of the desert, which can be crossed only during the Icelandic summer (typically from June – September). For the rest of the year, the Highland roads are closed. Most highland roads require four-wheel drive vehicles, because it is necessary to ford rivers and rough terrain, in September even fresh snow. On our workshop, we use special 4×4 vehicles and a native guide with years of experience, camping, hiking and exploring the highlands. We will be doing some moderate hiking to the best shooting locations in the highlands, so please bring your hiking shoes.

ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR DATES:

July 18 – 28, 2018 – AVAILABLE
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights

ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR LEADER:
Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson – Pro Photographer

ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR OUTLINE:

Double occupancy accommodation for 10 nights at hotels and guesthouse, single room available upon request.
All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants).
All transport by 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter
Photographic tutoring and guidance by a pro landscape photographer
We provide a detailed packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing to bring.

ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR RESERVATIONS

Total price: $6.500 USD.
Single room supplement adds $900 USD
Maximum number of participants: 8

Deposit: $1.000 on booking (can be paid with credit card)
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.

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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THE ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR:

  • Transport by 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter

  • We visit the less known, less visited oasis in the Highlands of Iceland

  • Major waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss, volcanoes, craters and moonscapes.

     

ICELAND HIGHLAND PHOTO TOUR ITINERARY:

As always in Iceland, we will be flexible and adjust to weather and conditions to make the most out of the tour.

DAY 1
You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. We meet at the centrally located hotel at 18.00 and go out for a meeting/dinner in Reykjavik city, where we briefly go through the Iceland Highland tour itinerary, safety and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.

ICELAND HIGHLANDS TOUR ReykjavikReykjavik view from Perlan.
ICELAND HIGHLANDS PHOTO TOUR Sólfar The Sun VoyagerThe Sun Voyager

 

DAY 2 – SOUTH COAST TO VÍK
We travel from Reykjavik and visit the South Coast and Vík. Notable locations are Seljalandsfoss, Skógarfoss, Dyrhóley Cape, and Reynisfjara Black beach. We end the day in Vík í Mýrdal and rest up before we head into the Highlands.

Iceland Highlands Photo Tour Seljalandsfoss
Iceland Highlands Photo Tour Reynisdrangar

 

DAY 3, 4 AND 5- CENTRAL ICELAND HIGHLANDS
We travel from Vík into the central highlands and stay in a Highland Hotel the next three days. We take a scenic rout towards the highlands with notable location such as Eldgjá and Landmannalaugar. We explore Landmannalaugar & the Highlands area for the next two days. The are is formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area, the picturesque natural landscape in this raw climate is simply breathtaking. Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails and rhyolite mountains, with their multi-coloured shapes and sizes. Whilst there, we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural thermal pool outdoors which was created when many hot and cold springs in the area combined. The natural warm water pool here is quite unique and is an ideal bathing place all year around.

Landmannalaugar
Iceland Highlands Photo Tour

 

DAY 6 & 7  – NORTH AND EAST ICELAND HIGHLANDS
We travel across the central highlands of Iceland and explore the north and east highlands for the next 3 days. The Iceland highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier are part of an active volcanic zone, with the last eruption Holuhraun ending in March 2015. The area is constantly being reshaped by geothermal activity and the interplay of fire and ice. One of the most notable features in the highlands north of Vatnajökull is Askja, a central volcano. We spend the next three nights in Mývatn to be comfortably located to visit all locations.

ICELAND HIGHLANDS TOUR Landmannalaugar Hnausapollur
ICELAND HIGHLANDS TOUR Landmannalaugar Landscape

 

DAY 8  – THE MAJESTIC WATERFALLS OF THE NORTH

The waterfalls in north Iceland are often called “The Majestic Waterfalls” as they are both very large in volume and surrounded by great landscape, such as Aldeyjarfoss with its basalt column front. Dettifoss waterfall is with the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, 500 cubic metres of water per second plunges over the edge. Goðafoss, nicknamed by one local as ‘The Beauty’ in comparison to ‘The Beast’ of Dettifoss, the name Goðafoss could be translated roughly as The Waterfall of The Gods.

ICELAND HIGHLANDS TOUR Aldeyjarfoss North Diamond Circle

ICELAND HIGHLANDS TOUR Goðafoss Diamond Circle North Iceland

DAY 9 & 10- WEST & SOUTH HIGHLANDS
We make our way back towards Reykjavik the next two days. We will explore the West & Southern Highlands and visit geothermal area Hveravellir, a astonishing geothermal area with smoking fumaroles, beautifully shaped with sky blue, boiling water. Next we head into Kerlingarfjöll where we will stay one night. Regarded as one of the natural pearls of Iceland and located between the Glaciers Hofsjökull and Langjökull. The area can be described as a cluster of rugged mountains with steep hills and sharp lines, that due to their age have not been affected by the eroding forces of the nature. Within the mountain cluster there are geothermal areas that are amongst the larger in Iceland. Rhyolite and obsidian are types of rocks that characterize the appearance of some of the mountains, making the area extremely colourful and heaven for photographer who like spend their time in landscape not frequently seen elsewhere.

The last day we head into Reykjavik from Kerlingafjöll driving through Þingvellir National Park. Depending on mood of the group we arrive either late or early at the hotel.

ICELAND HIGHLANDS TOUR

 

DAY 11 – REYKJAVIK – DEPARTURE
Check out and transfer to KEF airport.

 

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

 

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