Iceland’s Highlands Photography Tour
with Daníel Bergmann
August 9–19, 2018 – 2 places available
Hnausapollur caldera in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve
The highlands (interior of Iceland) still retain the feeling of untouched nature and form one of the largest area in Europe, south of the Arctic Circle, which has never been inhabited or cultivated. This unique landscape, renowned for its unparalleled geology and geomorphology, is considered one of the last great wildernesses in Europe. Most of the highlands are only accessible by road for three months during the summer and can then be explored via the mountain routes Kjolur and Sprengisandur, that cross the middle of the island. This is where we’ll be exploring and photographing in August 2018.
The highland part of Iceland, especially the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and its immediate surroundings, are very close to my heart. These are areas I know extremely well from over twenty years of exploring the reserve, mostly on foot, and recently during a two year period where I photographed it exclusively for a book on the region, published by ITA (Iceland Travel Association). I never tire of introducing people to the beauty and uniqueness of the Fjallabak reserve and Iceland’s other spectacular highland regions.
This photography tour is not only about experiencing unique and exciting locations but also an opportunity to grow as a photographer. I will be out photographing with you every day, helping you to realize the images you’re after and encourage you to explore and see the landscape in new ways. I am as passionate about photography as you are and participating in an intense photographic journey, with a group of like minded individuals, is a good way to grow as a photographer. As an instructor I’m always at hand to assist with specific techniques and welcome the opportunity to discuss the philosophical aspect of our art.
As a native Icelander I am there to make the tours as successful as possible by using my local knowledge and experience to get us to the best locations in good light. This will be an exciting and unforgettable journey through Iceland’s dramatic highland landscape.
Geothermal area at Theistareykir
Some of the areas that we’ll be visiting will require walking over uneven and rough terrain so a decent level of fitness is recommended. It can be cold and windy in the Highlands at the end of summer. The daily schedule can become irregular as sunset and sunrise are not far apart. We’ll rest when we can and photograph whenever possible, but will of course pace ourselves so that we don’t burn out, physically and mentally.
To move freely about and reach even the most remote locations, where glacial rivers need to be forded, we’ll be using a specially modified Mercedes Sprinter 4×4 truck with high clearance.
Accommodation and food
We will be staying in single en suite rooms at six different hotels. If you are traveling with a partner or a friend and want to share accommodation then the cost will be $900 less per person. Your comfort is taken seriously so all the hotels will offer a good standard of comfort and excellent food. Internet access will be available at all locations. All meals are included. If you have a special dietary requirement you will be accommodated – just be sure and let me know when you make your booking. Lunches will be taken on the road, either at service centers or cafés or as packed lunches in the field.
• The South Fjallabak region north of Myrdalsjokull glacier
• The rhyolite mountains of the Torfajokull caldera, including Landmannalaugar
• Fjallabak Nature Reserve
• Haifoss, Raudufossar, Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss waterfalls
• Lake Myvatn geothermal fields
• Askja and Herdubreidarlindir
The exact day to day itinerary may change due to weather or other natural conditions.
August 9 is the designated arrival day to Iceland. You’ll overnight at a hotel in Reykjavik City, which is included in the cost of the tour. The day is free to roam around town and we’ll meet in the evening for dinner. The following morning we’ll leave the city and start our adventure.
On August 10 we’ll drive east along the south coast and find our way into the Southern Fjallabak region via Fljotshlid. We’ll photograph the spectacular Markarfljotsgljufur canyon and mountain scenery along the way towards the mountains north of Myrdalsjokull glacier. In the evening we’ll find our way back down to the coast where we’ll overnight.
The following day we’ll drive back into the highlands towards Mt. Laufafell and from there towards the geothermal areas near Hrafntinnusker. We’ll come down Pokahryggir into the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and onwards to our accommodation base for the next 3 nights – the Hrauneyjar highland motel. We’ll use our two additional days in the region to visit Landmannalaugar, where we’ll do some hiking, Haifoss and Thjofafoss waterfalls plus the black sand “desert” north of Veidivotn.
On August 14 the northbound journey starts by driving the Kjolur route that crosses the center of the country. We’ll make a one night stop in the Kerlingarfjoll mountains, which is yet another spectacular area of rhyolite hills and geothermal valleys. The following day we’ll continue north and to our next 3 night base, which will be by Lake Myvatn. From there we’ll explore nearby geothermal fields and the waterfalls of the Skjalfandafljot river (Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss). The plan is also to do a day long excursion into Askja, a volcanic caldera north of Vatnajokull glacier.
On August 18 we’ll leave Myvatn and start our travel west. We’ll overnight at a hotel on the north coast, allowing us to do some coastal photography at the Hvitserkur sea stack and nearby locations. On August 19 we’ll drive to the Keflavik airport where the plan is to be at 2 pm for outbound flights.
Why travel with me?
• I am an accomplished pro landscape photographer
• I have been leading photo tours and workshops for 15 years
• Few if any photographers know Iceland as well as I do
• My company, Natura Travel, is a fully licensed travel agency
• My groups are small with max. 8 participants
• I use a comfortable and specially modified 4×4 truck
• I use the best available hotels wherever possible
• All food is included
• I will pick you up upon arrival to Iceland
Date: August 9–19, 2018
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Cost: $7,850 USD – ($6,950 per person for shared accommodation)
Includes: Transportation in a modified 4×4 vehicle, single occupancy accommodation, all food and drink (except alcohol), guidance and tuition
Excludes: International flights, insurance, alcoholic beverages
Group size: Max. 8
Leaders: Daniel Bergmann
Please contact me for further information and booking.
Our Mercedes Sprinter "super" truck