Tour code: CA6
£1586 (double/twin room), £1971 (single room)
Prices are per person, excluding flights
For a small group of 6-12 competent photographers, we have set up a superb and very flexible package that will provide the best possible range of locations and conditions to assemble your own great collection of images of North East Iceland. With visits to see stunning and dramatic coastlines, lava fields, waterfalls, glacial river valleys and lakes there will also be a great variety of colours and textures to photograph as Iceland emerges from winter into spring. Icelandic settlements in this area are few and remote, and include abandoned farms, isolated churches and restored turf houses, with one main centre of population, the charming harbour town of Husavik, also the most highly rated of Iceland’s whale watching locations. In late April, birds and vegetation will be starting to appear, and with luck the Aurora will also make an appearance, so that you can record this great event for yourself. Apart from the immense choice of subject matter, the ever changing elements of the light, weather and sky conditions provide a further dimension of photographic significance to the mix. Solo travellers and friends travelling together are most welcome. Our Icelandic tour organiser for this trip is an experienced and extremely knowledgeable guide, and also an excellent photographer. We have included here some of his images from our recent Arctic Trail Holiday. Thank you Gunnar!
Day 1: April 26: Thursday Arriving at Akureyri airport, you will be picked up and from there, drive across to Husavik (about 90km/60 miles) where you will be staying for 5 nights. Of course, there may be some stops to make on the way! The town itself has a fleet of wooden sailing boats and other vessels in the harbour, an attractive church, shops and some restaurants. Your accommodation is at Foss Hotel Husavik, within walking distance of everywhere. After arrival, the evening is free to spend as you wish and to have dinner.
Day 2: April 27 Friday to Day 5: April 30 Monday
Each day, there will be a bus journey into the countryside of the surrounding area to explore, walk and take photographs. The plans will depend on the weather conditions and also, because the group is small, there can be some discussion to arrive at a consensus about particular interests that everyone shares. Before departure for this holiday, we will be finding out more about the subjects that each person in the group is keen to photograph. The programme is arranged around these themes:
- Workshop and lecture with a local photographer to introduce the group to photography in Iceland – tips for taking better pictures, and a chance to ask questions about the images that you hope to take. The day will be a full one, and will include practical photography and sightseeing.
- A day based on Húsavík and its history, with landscape, nature and birds. This will include a sea tour, exploring Húsavík’s coastal culture, local valleys and the restored Grenjaðarstaðir turfhouse and Goðafoss waterfall (also known as the ‘waterfall of the Gods’
- Hoping to capture the colours of the evening sun at the end of a long and interesting day following the North East coastline. The day start with the unique geology of the Tjörnes coast, and then onto Kelduhverfi where lava meets the sea. During the active tectonic period of 1975-6, this area of Iceland was significantly affected by plate movement both in the landscape and in the small settlements nearby. At Ásbyrgi, one of Iceland’s most stunning geological features, see where Odin’s flying eight hooved horse touched down and left its imprint behind! Melrakkaslétta is a remote and little visited area of the NE coast, yet it is stunning. Little inlets indent the cliffs and the lowland behind is covered in shallow lakes, all overshadowed by enormous skies. By the time you reach Raufarhöfn, and the magical structure that is Arctic Henge, it will be time to enjoy the day’s end, situated as you are on the very edge of the Arctic circle, to see the sun go down.
- North Iceland classics – Mývatn and Dettifoss. The Myvatn area provides a wealth of volcanic features including geothermal water filled fissures, volcanic crater, many pseudocraters and various lava formations along with beautiful lake landscapes and associated bird life. North of Myvatn lies the powerful waterfall Dettifoss, where 500cubic metres of glacial water per second thunders 45 metres over the stunning rocks and into the canyon below. The walk to the waterfall and the surrounding area is beautiful, and a detour to see the nearby Selfoss waterfall is definitely worth taking.
Day 6: May 1 Tuesday After breakfast it will be time to head back to Akureyri, but not quite time to finally pack all the camera equipment as there will be opportunities for some final photography before checking in at the airport for the flight back to the UK.
Included in the price:
- Private transport and driver from arrival in Iceland to departure
- Sightseeing with English speaking driver guide
- 5 nights Bed and Breakfast in double/twin ensuite bedroom at Foss Hotel Husavik
- Sea tour from Husavik
- Entry to selected exhibitions including Grenjaðarstaðir turfhouse, others to be confirmed
- Workshop and lecture with Icelandic photographer
Flight cost approx £350 inc taxes, subject to confirmation. This is a charter from Cardiff airport to Akureyri, please contact us for information about transfers to Cardiff from your home area.
Please note that the details of the itinerary may change as plans are always dependent upon the conditions on the day.
Departure date: Thursday April 26 2018