ICELAND – Northern Lights
Amazing landscapes, northern lights, waterfalls, ice, nature, wilderness and…
October 4/11, 2018
ICELAND – the adventure…
Our third tour to Iceland will maximise your experiences from ‘Northern Lights’ to photography in one of the world’s great wilderness locations. We also include all meals and a local expert driver/guide.
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!
Join us on this great ‘life experience’ photo adventure…
We are offering two very different, but unique linked holidays. In 2018 we invite you to photograph Iceland and our linked Greenland Cruise…
- Greenland Cruise Expedition – September 2018
- Iceland – October 2018
We hope you join us…
ITINERARY TO PHOTO ADVENTURE…
DAY 1: REYKJAVIK
We recommend that you arrive 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. How exciting the adventure begins! We include our first group dinner. Accommodation at a lovely 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. 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,L,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,L,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…
The itinerary continues…