ICE-CAVE & THE NORTHERN LIGHTS WINTER PHOTO TOUR
5 days and 4 nights
Scheduled departure: March 6th – 10th 2018
Also available upon demand (min 4 persons max 7) ( 3 spots left)
About the tour:
This tour will take you to many major sites in west, south and south east Iceland. We will photograph waterfalls, black sand beaches, lava fields, glacier outlets, ice caves, floating ice bergs as well as ice bergs lying in the black sand and hope for beautiful winter sunrises and sunsets. As well as photographing more known sites, we will also photograph secret spots like a remote black sand beach where we find an old ship wreckage lying in the black sand, old rusted barn nearby and if roads are accessible due to snow; a secret waterfall. We will keep a look out for the northern lights every night and visit an ice cave with a local guide in Vatnajökull National Park. Quite often nature allows you to experience all of the listed above, but sometimes not. Ice caves are at times not accessible, and you may get overcast for all 4 nights and you can even end up with blocked roads due to snowstorms. But that is nature. Winter in Iceland can be a mixture of strong winds, snow and sand blizzards, hail and fog all at the same time, but our experience is that harsh winter weather can also offer the most amazing photographic opportunities. However experience tells us we get most of our list.
Group size 4-7
Price per person: incl. full board meals, transport and accommodation;
double occupancy ISK 376.000
Price per person: sgl occupancy ISK 411.000
DAY 1: Hraunfossar waterfalls, Hvalfjordur bay, secret waterfall, sunset at spauting hot spring.
Your photographer, driver guide will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik around 7.30 AM starting by going west to one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland to photograph, called Hraunfossar with its many sections. This area is also good to photograph horses. We will stop at a well-hidden waterfall few people get to see once we get into south Iceland. We finish our day at hot spring Strokkur at sunset with the option to photograph it at first light tomorrow morning. Strokkur Is the the only spouting hot spring in Iceland. It can be fun to try photographing the bulb before it spouts 20 meter up into the sky. Close by is the largest and most famous waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss. In the evening we will keep out a Northern lights watch. Accommodation: Hotel Gullfoss.
Day 2: Sunrise at Geysir area, south coast and waterfalls.
If we are lucky and weather conditions allow us, we will hope to catch the sunrise this morning at Strokkur spauting hot spring. We will then check out and head towards the south coast of Iceland where we come across great waterfalls such as Gljufrabui and Skógafoss among other interesting things that may come our way to Hrifunes, it depends on light and weather what we do this day since we go back trough the south coast on last day as well. Accommodation Hrifunes guesthouse.
Day 3: First light shoot at Reynisfjara beach and sea stacks. Rest of day - away from touristic places to a secret black sand beach, Eldhraun lava field, old rusted barn
We will be well before sunrise in Vík at Reynisfjara beach with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and sun in the background. We will also photograph two rocks that stand out and alone in black sand desert in Mýrdalssandur sand. We will have a warm lunch in our guesthouse before we head to the remote black beach in the Hrifunes area where we find an old rusted ship wreck half buried in the sand and old sea man shelter amongst other things that have drifted to the shore. We have special permission to photograph an old rusted barn in the area as well. Eldhraun lava from Laki eruption 1783, largest lava flow seen to man in historic times, will be on todays list as well. As with other evenings on this tour, we will keep a lookout for the Northern Lights. As there is no light pollution in the Hrifunes area, we are in a perfect spot to see them. Accommodation: Hrifunes guesthouse
Day 4: Ice cave visit and ice bergs on the beach
We leave our cosy guesthouse in Hrifunes behind and head toward Vatnajökull Europe´s largest glacier. This is our ice cave day. The Ice caves are a natural amazing phenomenom that can change with in days deepening on weather conditions, so we never know what to expect, but we always hope for the amazing Turkish blue color. In the past few years Ice cave visits have become very popular, not only by photographers but by all travelers. There are groups going inside the caves from first daylight until darkness daily. This means its getting harder for photographers to set up their tripods and photograph to their likings. So taking tours to the Ice caves as we used to do is no longer a good option. We therefore need to hire a glacier guide (that comes from a reliable company; Local guide of Vatnajökull) half the day that can allow us to wait out other groups, spending the time we need in a cave that is not as flooded by tourists. This can possibly involve some more hiking to get to these caves.( approx.1-2 km). At the end of the day we will stay until sunset at the Glacier Lagoon and at the black sand beach beneath it. Accommodation: Hali guesthouse
Day 5: Ice bergs, glacier outlets. South coast to Reykjavik
We have a long journey to Reykjavik but we start the day at first light on the black sand beach where we find Ice bergs lying on the black sand beach. But we have also many other places to photograph like Fjallsárlagoon glacier outlet, Svínafellsjökull glacier, Dyrhólaey headlands, and more importantly; all the no name places that are interesting to photograph, since this 450km route towards Reykjavik has the most varied and stunning landscape you can find in Iceland. Estimated arrival time in Reykjavik around 19.00PM
Name of tour: Ice Cave and Northern Lights Winter Photo Tour
Scheduled departure: March 6th 2017
Also available upon demand November - March
Duration: 5 days/4 nights
Participants: 4-8 persons
Price per person: double occupancy ISK 376.000
Price per person: sgl occupancy ISK 411.000
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.
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged) and hotel accommodation in Reykjavík.
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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
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)