Iceland Highlands and Aurora Photo Tour Sep 2020

We will be photographing the Autumn foliage among lava fields in the Myvatn geothermal areas, autumn snowfalls and waterfalls in the highlands, fall equinox aurora borealis displays over epic landscapes and icebergs around Jokulsarlon during a much quieter tourist season.

This in-depth photo tour around Iceland is meant for enthusiastic outdoor photographers looking for a hard-core expedition to photograph Iceland's autumn color, landscapes and auroras of the fall season. Autumn highlights in Iceland include the colorful birch scrub bushes among the starkly contrasting black lava flows of the Myvatn region, autumn color among lush green mossy lava fields, dustings of snow on the peaks of the Highlands region (all but deserted at this time of year) and the strong probability of seeing the aurora borealis in the night sky. Low-angle sun at the northern latitudes will allow us to capture extended magic light periods. We will also photograph a plethora of other scenic and rural destinations including country churches, waterfalls, Icelandic horses and possibly the local traditional sheep roundup still done on horseback. Autumn is simply a magical time in Iceland, perhaps the best season, with less tourists, accessible highlands and long, dark nights.

We begin our tour by leaving Reykjavik city behind and heading straight to northern Iceland with its large sheep farming valleys that come alive one weekend each fall during the annual sheep roundup. Perhaps northern Iceland is also the best region in the country for viewing the aurora borealis during the height of fall solstice, which statistically has the most frequently occurring aurora borealis activity.

Northern Iceland's Myvatn region is undoubtedly most beautiful in the fall. We will photograph the famous geothermal areas of Lake Myvatn, Godafoss waterfall as well as the Trollskagi Peninsula mountains, based in Iceland's second largest town, Akureyri. The Akureyri region is ideal to view the aurora borealis due to its more northerly latitudes, perfectly situated under the Auroral Oval region of greatest auroral activity. Connecting from the north to the south of Iceland via the scenic Eastfjords for a day, we photograph the obligatory and epic Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon region for a day. Then to wrapup our loop around Iceland, we will drive the rough 4x4 Fjallbak route through the Highlands to the famous colorful Landmannalaugar area, staying overnight in the Highlands. We will be based out of fine rural guesthouses and hotels all around Iceland including Akureyri and Myvatn regions, allowing a great itinerary and filling our days and nights with rewarding photography opportunities all around the region.

Dates: 15-25 September 2020 (11 days, 10 nights)

Trip features:
Comprehensive itinerary packed with photo locations of both classic and off-the-track places
Expedition route through diverse regions of Iceland including Highlands and Myvatn utilizing 4x4 vans and internal flights
Ultra small group format and flexibility
Personalized in-the-field photographic coaching all the time as needed
Highly experienced trip leader who's guided 70+ trips to Iceland spanning the past decade
Includes waterfalls, glaciers, iceberg beaches, mountains, fjords, and auroras
10 nights of potential Aurora Borealis hunting matched with epic foregrounds
Price includes all meals, accommodation, entry fees, guiding, 4wd van, domestic flights within Iceland

Group Size: Maximum 7 people

Start/End: The tour starts on the morning of September 15th, and after a large 2000 km loop around Iceland, concludes back in Reykjavik midday on September 25th 2020 (accommodation not included that night). We'll be so immersed in the Icelandic countryside for our entire time as a group, that we have left no time to enjoy the sights of Reykjavik, so we encourage you to stay in Reykjavik for a couple days on your own, either before or after the tour.

Included:
Professional photography guide with you the entire trip providing instruction and in-the-field coaching.
Ground transportation in a comfortable 4x4 van/minibus.
Domestic flight from Akureyri back to Reykjavik completing our loop around Iceland and maximizing our time shooting.
Accommodation for 12 nights in ideally located and charming guesthouses and country hotels, in twin rooms. Cost is based on double occupancy. Most of our locations have ensuite baths, but a couple nights may not.
All meals and food (breakfasts provided by our guesthouses; lunches sourced from local cafes, convience stores, and/or grocery stores to facilitate on-the-go lunches; and 2-3 course dinners at restaurants and/or our places of accommodation)
All entry fees and activity fees listed in this itinerary

Not Included:
Flights to and from Iceland
Your time in Iceland before and after the trip
Transfer between the airport and Reykjavik round trip.
Trip insurance (required)
Souvenirs, gas station snacks and purchases on the go, etc.
All drinks at sit-down meals, alcoholic and non-, where Icelandic water is free
Anything else not listed as being included
Single room upgrade fee is $80/nt extra if requested. In the event that a solo-traveller cannot be paired up with like-gender person, then automatic upgrade to single room will incur a 50% subsidized single room upgrade fee.

Experience Needed: This tour is open to digital photographers of all skill levels from beginner to expert. A trip packing list will be provided to help you maximize your photos.

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