Around Iceland in 10 days
Spring, Summer and Autumn 2019
This tour is for Photographers who want to get the whole Iceland package in ten days and nine nights. Traveling mainly on Route 1 or the Ring Road (Icelandic: Þjóðvegur 1 or Hringvegur) which is a national road in Iceland that runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. The total length of the road is 1,332 kilometres (828 mi) but the average driving is 2.500 km for this trip. Some of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland are on or near the Ring Road. You will see many beautiful waterfalls and rivers, glaciers, icebergs, lava fields, mountains and black sand beaches. You will pass through several National Parks on the route as well as typical Icelandic countryside and seaside villages around Iceland. Also you will spot many species of local or migrating birds as you drive around the country.
Spring: Migratory birds are flocking to Iceland in April-May and the vegetation is starting to turn green again after the winter. The Puffins are busy making their nests. Snow is still in the mountains in the highlands and the glaciers are still white and clean after the winter snow. The high-season in the tourism is not started yet.
Summer: Vegetation is in full bloom, colourful Alaska Lupin flowers and wildflowers can be seen in many places around Iceland. Long days and short nights, with 24 hours of daylight in north Iceland. High-season for tourism.
Autumn: The colours of autumn are taking over and the Northern lights are started to be visible again after the long bright days in the summer. Migratory birds are leaving again, the Puffins are active preparing for leaving Iceland until next spring.
Starting with the South coast from Reykjavik, with a few waterfalls, Urriðafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls visited, Dyrhólaey peninsula which is a well known nesting area for the Puffins. Also visiting a few other less known locations. Staying for two nights in Vík.
Sólheimajökull, Reynisfjara, the black beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Exploring gorges and remote paths in the Mýrdalur highlands. Puffins at Reynisfjall cliffs and Dyrhólaey peninsula.
Heading for Skaftafell via Mýrdalssandur and Skaftáreldahraun lava field, Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge and Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The great mountain Lómagnúpur and the vast stretch of sand and gravel, Skeiðarársandur, arriving to Skaftafell where we take a 45 minutes long hike to Svartifoss waterfall if conditions are good. Staying in the Skaftafell or Glacier lagoon area.
Morning photo session at the Glacier Lagoon and shooting the icebergs on the beach before heading east to Höfn and Vestrahorn, Stokksnes, Hvalnesskriður and Eystrahorn. Entering East Iceland passing through beautiful fjords with high mountains out to sea. Staying for the night at Hotel Bláfell in Breiðdalsvík.
Traveling onwards up to Egilsstaðir and into North Iceland, heading for the Lake Mývatn with geothermal area at Námafjall and Krafla and the great waterfalls Dettifoss and Selfoss. Staying two nights in the Mývatn area close to the Goðafoss waterfall.
Morning photo session before the crowds arrive at Goðafoss waterfall, one of the most picturesque in Iceland. Lake Mývatn area explored with it's beautiful surroundings. Back for sunset at Goðafoss waterfall and staying at Fosshóll for the night.
In the morning we visit the Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss waterfalls before driving to Akureyri, the capital of North Iceland and onwards to the west with a few stops on the way. Skagafjörður with the islands of Drangey and Málmey and Hvítserkur sea stack for the sunset. Staying in the north-west part of Iceland for the night.
Day eight and nine
In the morning we head into West Iceland into the photogenic Snæfellsnes peninsula, where we will be for two days. On the way we visit Hvítserkur sea stack, a famous "creature-like" rock formation. In the Snæfellsnes area we have for example Mt. Kirkjufell, which we will visit for sunset and/or sunrise shots. The lava field Berserkjahraun is rough and colourful and the area around Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of the National Parks we pass through with great locations as Arnarstapi cliffs, Lóndrangar sea stacks and Svörtuloft. Staying for two nights in Snæfellsnes.
On the last day of the tour we drive from Snæfellsnes into Borgarfjörður and Húsafell with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Also visiting a great location at the edge of the West Iceland highlands before heading back to Borgarnes, a village by the ring road. On the way from Borgarfjörður we pass through Hvalfjörður, Iceland’s longest fjord. Returning to Reykjavik for the night.
Availability for 2019: May 20th, June 29th (one seat available). Please send me a message for other options.
Group: Max 3 passengers, min 2 pers. Larger groups can be arranged by request.
Price: 5900 USD pr. person.
Included: Transport and photo-guidance english speaking, double/single occupancy lodging and breakfast.
Not included: International flights, food and beverages.