AUTUMN HIGHLAND TOUR
September 17-22 2019
6 days – 5 nights
A combination of the mild Autumn light, and less visitors at this time of year makes this trip to the south Iceland highlands all the more special. We use a special lifted, modified truck, to get us safely over open rivers and primitive roads. Once in these conditions we quite often get to be on our own, enjoying pristine nature in peace, far away from all mass tourism but surrounded by amazing volcanic landscape which you will get to know all about from your photographer guide.
Some of the highlights of this trip include colorful rhyolite mountains in Landmannalaugar, black sand moonscape areas and lava fields covered in green moss, black and brown hyaloclastite mountains, black and red volcanic sand, streams and waterfalls. We go to secret places which very few people get to see; deep in the highlands, yet its easy to walk around and our Van is always nearby so you don’t have to carry your gear long distances. We will also take a pause from gravel roads and head to Vatnajökull national park with its glaciers outlets and floating icebergs. The Icelandic horse and the Icelandic sheep normally come across our route too. We will take advantage of good light when presented, early morning and late evening. We stay 4 nights at the same accommodation since its location makes it easy to make day tours into the highlands – plus allows us to choose which locations to go to depending on weather each day since not all places look good in sunlight while others do. This way we can make this tour as successful as possible. If we are lucky and conditions are really good, there is a good chance of capturing the Northern Lights at this time of year.
Group size min 4 – max 8 persons.
Price per person incl. Full board meals, transport and photographer guide, double occupancy ISK 450.000 – single occupancy ISK 480.000
You are most welcome!
Day 1 : We will head towards the Thjorsárdalur valley and beautiful waterfalls.
You will be picked up around 8-8.30 AM and head towards Thjórsardalur area which is at highlands doorstep. In the afternoon we will take the highland road to the volcanic Veidivötn lakes (Fishing lakes) Accommodation: Hrauneyjar
Day 2: South coast or Fjallabak Nature Reserve (south route)
The weather will determine which route we will take to our next accommodation in Hrífunes. If it’s favourable, we will take one of the highlands routes through barren fields of lava, volcanic sand, mossy green mountains and many open rivers. Accommodation: Hrífunes Guesthouse
Day 3: Landmannalaugar area
In Landmannalaugar, you can see plenty of evidence of volcanic activity including the multicolor rhyolite mountains, the Laugahraun Lava Field and the multicolored Brennisteinsalda Mountain with its steaming sulfur pots. Be prepared for 3 hour (moderate) walk around the area, so be sure you bring your hiking shoes. Optional is a shorter and easier hike. Accommodation: Hrífunes Guesthouse
Day 4: Langisjór Lake and Sveinstindur Mountain
Langisjór Lake lies southwest of Vatnajökull Glacier in a beautiful and picturesque landscape. It is 20 km long and up to 2 km wide. The lake is one of the most beautiful mountain lakes in Iceland with many islands, cliffs and spectacular landscape surrounding it. To the east of Langisjór Lake are the hyaloclastite mountains, Fögrufjöll. Toward the west, you will see Mount Breidbakur, and on the south of the lake are Mount Sveinstindur and the glacial river, Skaftá. Accommodation: Hrífunes Guesthouse
Day 5: Glacier day. Fjallsárlón Lagoon - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Time to take a break from the gravel roads in the highlands. We will drive east toward Vatnajökull Glacier National Park. There are many places to photograph on the way, but our main theme will be Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Fjallsár lagoon. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 6: Fjallabak mountain route Hrifunes toward Reykjavík september 2
We will leave Hrífunes Guesthouse and head back to Reykjavik. We will take a highlands route south behind Mýrdalsjökull glacier where we find the amazing Mælifell pyramid mountain and Markárfljótsgljúfur Canyon. You will be dropped off at your hotel in the Reykjavik area at approx. 7:00 pm.
Name of tour: Late summer highland tour
Duration: 6 days/5 nights
Departure: August 29-septeber 3
Participants: 4-8 persons
Price per person: double occupancy ISK 450.000
Price per person: single occupancy ISK 480.000
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 day.
Transportation & guiding: Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged), 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)