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Iceland Off The Beaten Track Summer 2019

A great value 11-day workshop to the north of Iceland. I know many of you that have been to Iceland before and have been as bitten by the Iceland bug as myself. So, here is a different trip taking us away from the hot spots of the south coast and Snaefellsness and getting us into the geothermal area of the island, along with the wonders of the north coast.

Here is a brief itinerary:

Day 1 – May 23 Laugarbakki

Flights arrive at 15.00 - Travel to Hotel Laugarbakka – 3 hours
A shoot in the grounds if possible.

Day 2 - May 24 Laugarbakki

Morning rest with lunchtime start - lovely river view shoot on the way to the stunning Borgarvirki, which is a medieval fortress built on the top of an extinct volcano, finishing with possible sunset shoot at the Hvitserkur Arch (or reverse for tide) - an inverted 'three pronged trident' of a rock just off shore.

Day 3 – May 25 Laugarbakki

Kolugljufur canyon - stopping to shoot at various points along this glorious river canyon
Evening/sunset - Hvitserkur arch (Or reverse for tide)

Day 4 – May 26 Husavik Cape Hotel

8.30 Travel to Husavik (3hrs 21mins) – photography around the working fishing harbour of Husavik then 4 pm whale watching

Day 5 – May 27 Guesthouse Storu Laugar

Godafoss - a stunning horseshoe shaped waterfall very near our accommodation, followed by Aldeyjarfoss which I think was probably everyone's favourite waterfall on the 2018 trip. It was wonderfully off the beaten track being about 15 miles down a dirt track and then a kilometre or so walk to it - and back. This meant that there was hardly anyone there and for most of the time we were the only people around - photographic bliss! As well as being a lovely waterfall it also had some utterly amazing basalt columns and was shaped in a kind of amphitheatre. We were also lucky enough to get a rainbow over it while we were there.

Sunset – Krafla crater and steaming pools/river. Krafla crater is very accessible and has a stunning blue pool in the middle of it - as well as having near views of one of the geothermal areas. Stunning views in every direction at sunset. If the day has been warm, there is then every chance that we will see the pools and river near Lake Myvatn 'steaming' as we drive back - so we must stop to photograph that too! This will be a very late night - probably not arriving back at our accommodation before 01:00.

Day 6 – May 28 - Guesthouse Storu Laugar

Morning rest after our very late night.

Hverfjall crater or Myvatn lake

Comfort stop and snack at local farm followed by shoot at the blue pool with views to the Namaskard crater.

Hverir/Namarfjall geothermal area - a fantastic area of geothermal bubbling mud pools, a red and gold landscape, sulphuric smells and steam everywhere - totally amazing and incredibly photogenic!

Evening - Myvatn nature baths - bring your cossie for a restful hour or so soaking away all those smells and easing what will probably be - by then - pretty tired bodies!

Day 7 – May 29 - Guesthouse Storu Laugar

Late morning start

This is waterfalls day and we will need the whole day to see three glorious and very different waterfalls - Detifoss, Selfoss, and Hafragilsfoss. We will view them from both sides of the gorge which will really enable us to get a variety of different shots of each of them.

Day 8 – May 30 - Guesthouse Storu Laugar

A varied day around Lake Myvatn, shooting the lake itself and the Skutstadagaugar pseudo craters followed by the Hofdi nature reserve and lava pillars

Lunch at a local cafe

Dimmurborgir lave tubes and Grotagja cave - two unique locations that are very close to each other - only in Iceland!

Day 9 – May 31 - Laugarbakki

Stopping at the enchanting Glaumbaer turf farm for some different kind of photography and then at 2 mountain pass viewpoints to enable us to shoot the imposing mountains east of Akureyri

Day 10 – June 1 Lighthouse Inn on the Reykjanes Peninsula

Just because it is the last day, it doesn't mean the party is over! We will shoot at another amazing geothermal area not far from the airport, plus one of the places that the north Atlantic rift surfaces and forms a canyon, and also some seascape photography.

Farewell meal at Café Duus overlooking Keflavik harbour.

Day 11 - June 2 - fly home

I am so excited by the prospect of running this trip again, I have no doubt it will be a fantastic adventure off the beaten track. As there is so much to see, I have allowed ten full days so that we don't have to rush and we can really get to photograph at our leisure.

Cost for ten full days is £2,887 GBP
Deposit payment of £800 to secure your place
Balance payment in two instalments - £1000 by Nov 23rd 2018, and then balance of £1087 by March 15th 2019.

Included:
All tuition - including some time to use Photoshop/Lightroom on the photo's you have taken.
Guiding to many fantastic photographic sites.
All accommodation which includes breakfast.
Collection from and return to Keflavik International airport and then all transport during the trip (N.B. I receive no remuneration for the driving I provide during this trip, and drive the minibus entirely gratis, it is not factored into my costings for the trip).

Excluded:
Meals. These will be available either at our accommodation or at local restaurants / inns / cafe's etc.
Flights to Iceland. I leave you to book your own flights so that you can fly from the airport most convenient to you. I will advise you what time you need to arrive at Reykjavik airport by, and we all then meet up near the car hire desk.

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