Iceland Highlands – September 2017

ICELAND HIGHLANDS ON SUPER JEEPS

For centuries, the interior of Iceland 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 highlands workshop we cover most of the 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 highlands are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert with phenomenal photography locations in the few oasis of the dessert, 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 specially modified 4×4 Juper Jeeps and a native guide with years of experiance, 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.

DATES:
September 9 – 18, 2017
Duration: 10 days, 9 nights

TOUR LEADER:
Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi)
Pro Landscape Photographer, Native in Iceland.

TOUR OUTLINE:
Double occupancy accommodation for 9 nights at hotels, single room available upon request.
All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants).
All transport by specially modified 4×4 Super Jeeps
Photographic tutoring and guidance by two pro landscape photographers and tour operators.
Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing.

RESERVATIONS
Deposit: $1000 on booking (can be paid with credit card)
Payment in full 60 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $6.200 USD.
Single room supplement adds $700 USD
Maximum number of participants: 12

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THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Transport by specially modified 4×4 Super Jeeps
  • Less known, less visited oasis in the highlands of Iceland
  • September autumn colors, possibly combined with fresh snow
  • Aurora borealis photography in unique locations
  • Major waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss

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 in your hotel in Reykjavik. We meet at the centrally located hotel at 18.00 and go out for a dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the 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.

ReykjavikReykjavik view from Perlan.
HarpaHarpa Concert Hall


DAY 2, 3 and 4 – SOUTH HIGHLANDS

We start early in the morning from Reykjavik, and drive into the southern part of the Icelandic highlands, where we explore Landmannalaugar area for the next 3 days. After driving through barren nature we approach Landmannalaugar’s colourful mountains which were 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.

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DAY 5, 6 AND 7 –  NORTH AND EAST HIGHLANDS
We travel across the central highlands of Iceland, and explore the north and east highlands for the next days. The highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier are a part of an active volcanic zone, with the last eruption Holuhraun ending only few months ago, or 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.


DAY 8 AND 9 – CENTRAL HIGHLANDS
We travel from north to south-west Iceland through the central highlands and stay in mountain huts overnight. Exploring the night in the geothermal oasis of the highlands, such as Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjoll. The volcanic origin of these mountains is evidenced by the numerous hot springs and rivulets in the area. After our mountain hut experiance we travel down from the highlands, back to Reykjavik for our last dinner of the tour.

 

DAY 10 – 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 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 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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