ICELAND: Spring Landscapes & Seabirds

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SCHEDULED TOURS

2023 :: May 15 - May 25

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TOUR COST

From: $6,500 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Reykjavik (KEF)

GROUP SIZE

6 - 12 Participants

AVAILABILITY

12 spaces available

PRIVATE TOUR OPTION

This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of ICELAND: Spring Landscapes & Seabirds

  • 2 incredible locations for Atlantic Puffins and other seabirds
  • Fantastic lush green scenery
  • Amazing waterfalls

Description of ICELAND: Spring Landscapes & Seabirds

We will visit various well known &  lesser known locations in Iceland and focus on both birdlife and landscape photography. A few highlights of the tour are Látrabjarg cliffs where we get up close and photograph the Atlantic Puffin and the Highlands of Iceland that is ranked amongst Europe’s largest unpopulated areas, full of glaciers, volcanoes, amazing waterfalls and hot springs.

Our goal in this workshop is to assist you in getting to the right locations at the right time for the best photographic results. Our local guides are some of the most experienced photography guides in Iceland and along with leader/instructor Jeff Swinger, they will assist you in locations so you will get the most out of your adventure.

Meals Note: Breakfast is included each day. However, Lunches and Dinners (other than arrival welcome dinner) are not included as the costs vary too much to predict. So that we can save you some expense, we would prefer to have you choose what you would like to spend on these meals each day.

Length of Tour

11-Days/10-Nights

DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík

As always, we will need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of our workshop and travel safely.

Arrival in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. In the evening, we meet for a group dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety instructions, and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early, you can photograph some of the top attractions in the city such as the Harpa concert hall, Hallgrimskirkja, the Sun Voyager or Perlan.

DAY 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

We start early in the morning and travel from Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes peninsula. The whole peninsula is a photographers paradise, with many different seascapes, rock formations, a glacier, lava fields, birds and even whales.

Snæfellsnes is a 90 km long peninsula that offers you a world of diversity. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles that are popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past.
The Snaefellsjokull National Park is at the westernmost part of the peninsula, including the mystical glacier Snaefellsjokull, as well as other unique sites such as Djúpalónssandur, Þúfubjarg, and various lighthouses and churches.

One of the main highlights of Snæfellsnes is Kirkjufell mountain and its waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss. The mountain is often referred to as the guardian of Grundarfjörður’s northwestern vista, and possibly one of the most photographed spots in Iceland. It has appeared in Game of Thrones and is one of Iceland’s best-known mountains.

DAY 3 & 4 – Látrabjarg & the Atlantic Puffin

We visit Látrabjarg and stay in the area for two nights, explore the coastline, lighthouses, stranded boat and of course we’ll spend a lot of time on the famous sea cliff Látrabjarg which is perhaps the best location to photograph Puffin in Iceland.

Látrabjarg is one of Europes biggest bird cliffs, a home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland is really a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometers long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so. Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs

Another highlight is Rauðisandur (Red Sand), which is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of coves with sand ranging in colors from white through yellow through red to black, and in coarseness from very fine to chips of seashells. Just pure sand enlivened by countless seabirds and seals, an oasis with unique tranquillity. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.

DAY 5 – Dynjandi & Önundarfjörður

We keep on exploring the Westfjords and head out to Dynjandi Waterfall in the bottom of the fjord Arnarfjörður. This breathtaking waterfall has been The Westfjords most famous attraction for years. Measuring 30 meters wide at the top and 60 meters at the bottom, Dynjandi is about 100 meters high, it’s one of the most beautiful in all of Iceland. Below it, a series of waterfalls cascade. Arnarfjordur is one of the most beautiful fjords in the Westfjords because of its diverse landscape, magnificent mountains and the natural masterpieces of Ketildalir and the Dynjandi waterfall.

From there keep on going into Önundarfjörður with its stunning landscapes and the amazing Korpudalur & Holt beach. The small fishing town of Flateyri with its museum of Nonsense. After a photography stop in Önundarfjörður, we head into the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður and stay there overnight.

DAY 6 – Ísafjörður

Our hotel is based in the picturesque town of Ísafjörður, the largest in the Westfjords with around 2.500 inhabitants. It is an ancient church site and a trading post since at least the 16th century, although a real town did not start to form until after the mid-19th century. The growth of the town was triggered by salt fish production, and ever since then, the fishing industry has been vital for the community. A notable fact about Ísafjörður is that they host the European Championship in Swamp soccer.
You will explore the town and its surrounding areas with the amazing views of Bolafjall in the neighboring town of Bolungarvík. The place offers a staggering view over Ísafjarðardjúp, Jökulfirðir and some people say all the way to Greenland.

DAY 7 – West of Iceland

We will drive through many deep fjords past small fishing towns on the way. Each a true fjord in its own right, with plenty to see and explore. Ísafjarðardjúp has a wealth of animal life. Many birds nest on the three islands within it, seals can be found on the shores, and whales can often be seen within the fjord.

We finish the day in West of Iceland in the Borgarfjörður, a region regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. We stay in Reykholt, one of the most historically important places in the country and hosts a center for medieval studies, Snorrastofa.Ís

DAY 8 – Þingvellir National Park & the Highlands of Iceland

We start the day in Reykholt, stop by the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar & Barnafoss before heading towards the Langjökull ice cap, the second-largest glacier in Iceland.
We drive Kaldidalsvegur road to Þingvellir National Park. After photographing Þingvellir we keep on going towards the Highlands and stop by the highest waterfall in Iceland, Háifoss (The high waterfall). It is the fourth-highest in Iceland and one of the most striking you find on the island. Placed in a magnificent but relatively narrow gorge leading into the Highlands from the valley Þjórsárdalur it is one of the major waterfall attractions in Iceland.
We end the day in our Highland hotel.

DAY 9 – The Highlands

An early morning start from our Highland hotel and we have a full day exploring the Highlands. There will be many photo opportunities on the way on our two main subjects will be Eldgjá and Langisjór.
Eldgjá is one of the largest basaltic flood lava eruptions in historical times in Iceland (Around 983 AD). One of the main photography opportunities is Ófærufoss, a two-tiered waterfall in the Nyrðri-Ófæru river which falls into Eldgjá Canyon.

Langisjór, one of Europe’s most beautiful and pristine highland lakes, is tucked in between the beautiful Tungnárfjöll and Fögrufjöll Mountains at the western edge of Vatnajökull Glacier. Measuring 20 km long and 2 km wide in some places, the lake is 27sq km and 75m at its deepest and lies some 640m above sea level. The view around the lake is magnificent and at the southern end of the lake stands Sveinstindur (1090 m) which is considered by many to be one of the best views of the panorama of the surrounding area. Views over Lakagígar, Skaftáreldahraun, Öræfajökul, and Hekla are possible in clear weather.

We will end the day at a hotel by the South Coast.

 

DAY 10 – The South Highlands

We travel back into the highlands for another full day of magnificent scenery and photography. These parts of the highlands are marked by glacier floods but offer fantastic beauty and variation of different colors. We will photograph the mountain Mælifell, an awe ­inspiring, green moss­ covered pyramid standing alone in a vast, black desert landscape. The mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier fills the skyline to the south of the mountain, barely 2 km distant at its closest. To the north rise the mountains of the Fjallabak region. Black, green and white combine in a scene of almost indescribable beauty.

DAY 11 – South Coast to Reykjavík for flights home

We explore the area around Vík, it has many of the best know photography locations Iceland has to offer, for example, Reynisdrangar, Reynisfjara Black Beach, Dyrhólaey & waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. We will try to cover even more parts of the Highlands by going into the region of Þórsmörk.

We will end our journey back at the Reykjavik airport. for flights home

Cost

Cost is $6,500 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Reykjavik (Airport code KEF.
This trip ends in Reykjavik (Airport code KEF).

Meals Note: Breakfast is included each day. However, Lunches and Dinners (other than arrival welcome dinner) are not included as the costs vary too much to predict. So that we can save you some expense, we would prefer to have you choose what you would like to spend on these meals each day.

 

Single Supplement

If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $1,000 will be assessed.

NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.

 

Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.

 

Deposit Requirements

A $2,500 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

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Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

This trip includes standard hotels.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

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Detailed Trip Information

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Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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