ICELAND 1 Northern Lights… PHOTO TOUR
October 5/12, 2020
WHAT’S THIS ADVENTURE ABOUT?
Our forth tour to Iceland will maximise your experiences – from ‘Northern Lights’ to photography in one of the world’s great wilderness locations. We also include most meals and a local
ICELAND 1 – starts and finishes near Reykjavik and includes the fantastic locations south and east of the island to Jökulsárlon glacial lagoon and surrounding region
ICELAND 2 – Starts and finishes near Reykjavik and covers fantastic locations north and west of the island.
Combine the two tours for an ULTIMATE Iceland experience!
Iceland is close to the Arctic Circle and offers stunning landscapes from fiery volcanoes to cold ice fields. We have selected a great time to target the famed Northern Lights (as mid winter weather is the worst weather in Iceland) and the gorgeous subjects that this unique island offers. This photo tour will offer you a wealth of subjects from blue ice glaciers, to colourful buildings in wild landscapes, plus seascapes, waterfalls, thermal activity. We will maximise locations for evening shoots. In particular, we are looking at great foreground subjects to add to the scene. In nature, nothing is guaranteed. However, our local expert guide and your experienced professional photo guide will pick unique locations and offer quality time for the best Northern Light experience possible. And we will target the stunning creative options at Jökulsárlon glacial lagoon and surrounding region. This is truly one of the top shoot experiences for those keen to be creative. Your professional guides will help you every step of the way, offering quality time in magic locations!
A great land package! All your accommodation, most meals, expert local driver/guide, professional photo guide. You simply need to organise flights and to get yourself to the start of the tour and for the departure. Julia is happy to help you.
DAY 1 – REYKJAVIK
We recommend that you arrive ‘at least’ a day earlier to help jet lag. (Julia can book extra accommodation to suit.) We meet at 5pm today for tour information and a workshop to help you maximise your photo interests for your shoots. Note that our accommodation is 45 minutes out of Reykjavik. This is because it is a better location for Northern Lights and close to the airport.
How exciting the adventure begins! We include our first group dinner. Accommodation at Northern Light Inn – very cool name and a great 4 Star hotel! (D)
DAY 2 – GULLFOSS – GEYSIR – ÞINGVELLIR
Today we depart Reykjavik in our private small bus with our local expert guide, driving through recent lava fields and snow to explore ‘Iconic Iceland’ – The Golden Circle. Our first stop is to the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss – the Golden falls – perhaps the most beautiful in the country. Here the glacial river of Hvítá (white river) tumbles 32 meters (105 ft.) in a double cascade. After lunch, we explore the active geothermal area of Haukadalur which contains the geysers Geysir and Strokkur, and many other hot springs. Most active nowadays is Strokkur, erupting hot water and steam to elevation of 25 metres (82 ft) every 5-7 minutes.
We will offer some quality time to photograph Icelandic horses!
Our last stop of the day is Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park (1930) and UNESCO World Heritage Site (2004). We stroll around the country’s most sacred site, home of the oldest existing national parliament in the world, the Alþingi, and major events in the history of Iceland. Thingvellir is a place of fascinating natural beauty, a spectacular geological vista, set on a vast plain flanked by large fissures, right by Iceland’s largest lake, Thingvallavatn. The Mid-Atlantic rift is clearly visible; a rift that is forming as Iceland is being pulled apart by tectonic forces. Here the North-American and the Eurasian continental plates drift apart by 19mm (¾”) a year and a rift valley is forming.
Tonight we will try our luck to see the Northern Lights, so step out into the garden. Way too exciting!
Hotel accommodation. (B,D)
DAY 3 – SELJALANDSFOSS – SKÓGAFOSS
Today we drive further along Iceland’s south coast. Our first stop of the day is Seljalandsfoss, a graceful ribbon-like waterfall, which drops from an overhanging lava cliff. It is possible to walk behind it, but do not expect to stay dry! We continue to the impressive Skógafoss waterfall (62m, 203 feet) and is among the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland. We head across the Laki Lava fields. The 560 km² (216sq mile) Eldhraun is believed to be the largest flow from a single eruption, worldwide, in historical times. Now clad in a soft blanket of woolly fringe moss, it is hard to imagine the terror the advancing scoria lava wall must have caused. A short rest stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur offers a photo opportunity of the Systrafoss (the waterfall of the sisters) before heading to our hotel. Tonight we will continue our hunt for the Northern Lights. Hotel accommodation. (B,D)
DAY 4 – SKAFTAFELL – JÖKULSÁRLÓN
Today, we drive over huge fields of glacial sands as we head closer to Vatnajökull, the biggest glacier in Europe whose 8400km2, covers about 8% of Iceland. If the weather permits we will be able to enjoy the view of many glacier tongues descending its main ice cap and also Iceland’s highest peak, Hvannadalshnjúkur (2110 m). Skaftafell National Park offers big contrasts in landscape with glaciers, moors, mountains, birch forest, glacial rivers and brooks and sandy plains. There will be a lunch break followed by a short stop at the beautiful Svínafellsjökull glacier tongue, one of the many outlet glaciers of the massive Vatnajökull glacier. The ice that feeds Svínafellsjökull comes spilling down from Iceland‘s high interior in an icefall that riddles it with deep and sometimes treacherous crevasses.
Soon after, we will reach the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon that started to form in the early nineteen twenties and is getting bigger every year. We will see many amazing blocks of ice that have broken off Vatnajökull glacier, as they sail slowly towards the ocean which is only a kilometer away. Jökulsárlón, which means “glacial river lagoon” is several kilometers long and wide and is one of Iceland’s deepest lakes. Icebergs, the size of a football field, break off from the glacier that spills into the lagoon. The icebergs can be gleaming white, mottled with sediment, cobalt blue or jade green, depending on their size and age, and on whether they have flipped over. Sometimes it is possible to see seals that swim in the lagoon and in the river towards the ocean. The day ends back at our accommodation where we will try our luck again this evening trying to see the elusive Northern Lights. Hotel (B,D)
DAY 5 – JÖKULSÁRLÓN
We take an ATV (quad bike) tour this morning. This was a great hit on our last tour with everyone enjoying the freedom of exploring places visited by few others. They are easy to drive (full lessons offered) or you can double up and let someone else do the driving. This adventure will offer you new and unique images as we access locations less visited! We also visit the Glacier Lagoon and surroundings again to get some new great photos. This is a special location and of course, a place to target northern lights in the evening! Hotel accommodation.
DAY 6 – VÍK – REYNISFJARA
Today we head back along the south coast. We explore sites along the way, including the beautifully village of Vík í Mýrdal, the southernmost village in Iceland (population 250). We continue on to the volcanic black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Here are interesting caves and impressive rock formations, including columnar basalt. After a storm, the spectacular high surf of the North Atlantic pounds the cliffs. From Reynisfjara you can enjoy stunning views of picturesque Dyrhólaey promontory, a 120m spur of rock and featuring natural arch, that stands in water deep enough to allow boats to pass through. We continue on to our hotel, The Northern Light inn, (great name!) located in the middle of a lava field. We spend the evening outside searching for the Northern Lights.
DAY 7 – REYKJANES PENINSULA – BLUE LAGOON
Today we explore Reykjanes peninsula with its old lava flows, the barrenness, rough shore-side, spectacular breaking surf, hot spring areas, small fishing villages – amazing! Our last stop of the day is the famous Blue Lagoon one of Iceland’s most popular attractions, a geothermal pool in the middle of a large and dramatic lava field and an oasis that owes its existence to a nearby geothermal power plant. We stop for a couple of hours for a refreshing bathe or a swim in the inviting, rejuvenating and pleasantly warm mineral-rich water (36°C-38°C/100-110°F), famed for its reputed healing properties. An indoor pool and geothermal sauna are also on the site. Bathing in this surreal environment is a unique experience no one should miss. The Blue Lagoon’s warm water and natural active ingredients like mineral salts, silica and blue green algae help you relax and escape the stress and strain of daily life. We overnight again at the Northern Lights
Hotel – near the airport. (B,D)
DAY 8 – REYKJAVIK
The tour ends. Perhaps join our Iceland 2 tour, linked to this event!
Different locations and more northern lights, landscapes and waterfall opportunities!
You can add more accommodation, or depart today to suit flights.
(B,L,D) – Confirms if Breakfast – Lunch – Dinner – are included that day.
Itinerary and price is subject to change.
PHOTO TOUR PRICE
AU$8,995.00 Twin Share per person
As per itinerary, with accommodation, meals, access to unique photo opportunities, small group size – local guide and driver and professional photo guide.
EVENT DEPOSIT REQUIRED – AU$2,000 pp.
Please read our terms & Conditions and fill in our booking form. You should now pay for travel insurance, including deposit protection insurance. Note that your deposit is refundable up to one year before departure, except for a $500 cancellation fee. After this time, deposits are non refundable.
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT – AU$1,295 pp.
We will try our best to find someone to share with you. owever, part of the booking conditions is that a single supplement is applicable if no one is available to share.
THE COST INCLUDES
• All land tour costs as per itinerary.
• Accommodation is best available.
• All meals as detailed in the itinerary.
• Entrance fees to parks as per itinerary.
• Professional photo guide.
• Local expert guide/driver.
• International Air tickets, or those not in the itinerary.
• Personal expenses
• Items not included in the itinerary
• Tips and drinks