Catching the Wild – Icelandic Photo Safari

Iceland´s vast wilderness and amazing light makes it a photographer´s paradise!

Type of tour:Escorted Tours
Season:18 July - 08 August
Duration:5 Days/4 Nights
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Catching the Wild – Icelandic Photo Safari

Designed specifically for photography enthusiasts, this tour takes you through some of Iceland´s vast unspoiled wilderness. Here reindeer and other wild animals roam freely in a spectacular and ever-changing landscape. Each day has its own specific theme and objective. Accommodation is in the Wilderness Centre, a renovated farm in a distant valley where living conditions from a bygone age have been tastefully recreated. The Centre´s hosts, Arna and Denni, conjure up the best in home cooking, made from ingredients off the farm or from the surrounding wilderness.

Your tour guide Denni Karlsson, is a professional film maker and photographer. Denni is a graduate from the American Film Institute (AFI) in LA and throughout his professional career he has worked for such major commercial clients as Toyota, Audi and American Express. He has also collaborated with internationally known musicians and bands and produced several independent creative projects such as the photography book Elves in Iceland.

Denni´s extensive knowledge of the eastern highlands makes him the perfect guide to finding and photographing the area´s hidden natural gems.

Important:

  • Tour starts and ends in Egilsstadir
  • Minimum 2, maximum 8 participants
  • Level is easy all days except for day one it is moderate

Minimum age:

Not suitable for children

Included

  • Authentic accommodation for 4 nights at the Icelandic Wilderness Center, either in the renovated old farmhouse or in the old communal sitting room with shared facilities
  • Guided phototour with Denni Karlsson - Film maker and photographer
  • Pick up (morning flight) and drop off (evening) at Egilsstadir Airport
  • Full board from lunch on day 1 to afternoon refreshments on day 5, with local food

Departures

DateLanguageStatusExtra
14 June 2017 
25 August 2017 

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Day 1: The Eyjabakkar Oasis – home to the pink-footed goose

Eyjabakkar is Iceland´s second largest wetland area. Despite its high altitude it´s extensively vegetated. It´s also one of the largest nesting places in the world for the pink footed goose.

Towering majestically over the area is Mount Snæfell, Iceland´s highest freestanding mountain. To the south is Eyjabakkajökull glacier, which can be seen from afar. It´s not uncommon to come across reindeer and foxes in the area.

 

Highlights:

Egilsstadir  |Lagarfljot  |Hallormsstadur
 

Day 2: Where the reindeer roam wild

Reindeer were brought to Iceland from Norway in the late 18th century. Found only in the east, they now roam the highlands north and northeast of the Vatnajökull glacier. These hardy creatures are popular with photographers and their pastures are most often incredible landscapes.

 

Highlights:

The Wilderness Center
 

Day 3: Waterfalls, canyons and a hot spring bathe

Today you hike along the banks of the Jökulsá river with its beautiful waterfalls. The surroundings are nothing less than spectacular and a native birch woodland, Kleifarskogur, offers some beautiful compositions. The day ends with us soaking away our cares in the natural hot springs at Laugarfell.

 
 

Day 4: Remnants of a bygone age

We visit farmers still doing things the traditional way and housing livestock in old turf houses in the scenic environment around Lake Lagarfljót. Some stops will be made at abandoned farms and stone cairns and you´ll get to hear some interesting tales about them. Many of the motifs hereabouts are slowly disappearing due to the harsh weather conditions; and yet it´s as if these remnants of a bygone age are stubbornly struggling to stay above ground and tell their stories.

 
 

Day 5: Husey – A wild and rugged landscape with birds and seals

Along the coastline close to the farm of Húsey, over thirty bird species breed in breathtaking surroundings. As might be expected, the area is a favourite with bird watchers. Seals lazily bask on the beach and reindeer can often be spotted. The photographer´s finger will be itching when taking in Héraðsflói bay, the sheer vastness and the circle of mountains in the distance.

Guests are dropped off at Egilsstaðir Airport on the evening of day 5.

 
 

Price per person in EUR summer 2017

Accommodation type: Price
Accommodation in a communal sitting room with shared facilities 1692
Double room with shared facilities 1848
Single room with shared facilities 2003

Prices may change without prior notice. If an incorrect price has been listed, we reserve the right to refuse, cancel or limit any order placed at the incorrect price.

   

Budget self-drive holiday

By selecting a budget self-drive holiday you'll lower your costs considerably as you'll be staying in accommodation with shared facilities.
These are a combination of basic hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. All rooms have made-up beds and some rooms have washbasins. Showers and WC are shared facilities. The first night in all budget self-drives with Iceland Travel include a accommodation with private facilities in the town of Hveragerdi.

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Economy self-drive holiday

Our economy self-drives offer you the chance to travel around Iceland in a worry free spirit, staying in accommodation with private facilities without stretching your budget. Throughout your stay you'll be residing in a combination of standard hotels, farmhouses and guesthouses. Your final night will be in a 3 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Comfort self-drive holiday

Our comfort self-drive holidays allow you to spend your days exploring rural Iceland, knowing your nights will be spent in the most comfortable accommodation each area has to offer. Throughout the tour you'll stay in quality hotels and guesthouses where all rooms have private facilities. Your final night will be in a 4 star hotel in Reykjavik.

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Superior self-drive holiday

Upgrade your comfort car rental holiday to the best possible accommodation with premium amenities, either for the full duration of your stay or only selected nights. The upgrade can either be to a superior room in a comfort hotel, or a standard room in an upscale hotel.
The cost for a superior upgrade is 84 EUR per room per night (on prices in comfort category).
This upgrade is only available upon request. Let us know during the booking process just how superior you want your holiday to be, and we'll customize your trip!

Late Arrival Supplement

Late Arrival Supplement for passengers arriving late evening/night. Stay at Airport Hotel Smari at Keflavik International Airport for your pre night instead of Hveragerdi Area. Supplement per room per night is 48 EUR in Category Comfort and 63 EUR on prices in Economy and Budget.