South Iceland Winter Adventure
The Highlands of Iceland, only accessible for a small part of the year, offers a unique landscape that you will not find anywhere else. Mountains that exhibit the full rainbow of colours, black sand desets stretching for miles, jagged peaks thrusting out of the earth and volcanoes laying dormant. This is a landscape photography tour that will enthrall and delight.
For anyone who has visited Iceland it is apparent from the moment you arrive that it is a uniquely beautiful place and offers a lifetime’s work for the landscape photographer. Aspect2i have been visiting Iceland for many years running tours along the dramatic south coast and also in the north beginning at Akureyri and visiting amazing volcanic features like Myvatn Lake. Many of the places we have enjoyed in the past, and are still enjoying very much to this day, are mainly accessible from the one main road that circumnavigates Iceland; Route 1.
Whilst these places will never fail to amaze, there is a vast area of Iceland that can only be accessed in the summer months, the Highlands of Iceland. As the winter arrives the access roads are completely snowed in and are totally impassable. Even in the summer months when these dirt tracks, or ‘F’ roads, are open, they are only allowed to be travelled by 4×4 vehicles. The reason for this is quite apparent when you make your first expedition into these remote lands. The place is wild!
If you have visited and considered other parts of Iceland as diverse, then this highland landscape is like nowhere else in Iceland, in fact, nowhere else in the world! We will be based in The Highlands Hotel, the last hotel where the roads change from tarmac to gravel, and we head into the mountains and high plateaus from there. We will be using specially adapted 4×4 vehicles for the entire trip to access some of the many areas we have discovered there.
You will be taken to vast areas of black lava fields close to the Helka Volcano, have the opportunity to stand on the banks of the mighty crater lakes of Veidivotn, and walk the length of the Sigalda Canyon wonderfully known as the Valley of Tears. Other-worldly features we will also experience are the volcanic crater cones that have filled with water and have become huge lakes like Ljotipollur Lake and Hnausapollur Lake which can be seen from a high viewpoint.
As well as the Luna-like landscapes in which some of the more recent volcanic eruptions have taken place, we will drive into the wonderful green, lush and colourful landscape of Landmannalaugar. This has to be seen to be believed, and at this time of year the snows of last winter nestle on the mountain flanks making the landscape appear as though it was a watercolour painting. There are too many places to mention here but you will experience an Iceland that you have never seen before on a scale that is unimaginable. This will be an adventure far away from the normalities of life during the day, and one which will see you leave roads behind, cross rivers in 4×4 vehicles, and photograph a landscape with a raw beauty that will leave you in awe.
This tour is limited to 6 particpants with 2 leaders.
There will be lots of travel in our specially adapted 4x4 vehicles, some walking and limited hill climbing. Overall effort easy to moderate.
The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the workshop, accommodation (on a bed and breakfast basis) No single occupancy supplement. Travel is in specially adapted 4x4 vehicles during the workshop (3 clients per vehicle).
Travel to and from the location and personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.