Iceland Highlands photography tour, waterfalls & canyons

“A unique and captivating Iceland photography tour, expert guides leading you deep into the dramatic, less-visited interior.”

Highlights

Explore Iceland’s vast and under-visited interior | Expert photographer guides | Akureyri | Photograph some of the country’s most spectacular waterfalls | Stay on the shore of Lake Myvatn | Roam the Kerlingarfjoll geothermal area | Jokulsargljufur National Park | Optional aerial photography excursion | Tour glacier caves, colourful lakes and geothermal spas | See one of the largest lava flows in the world | Pingvellir National Park | Golden Circle | Chance to see Northern Lights |

Description of Iceland Highlands photography tour, waterfalls & canyons

Most visitors to Iceland stay in the south and west of the country – this outstanding Iceland summer photography tour instead takes you deep into the vast, remote and dramatically beautiful interior. Led by experienced, professional photographer guides, you’ll travel by robust 4x4 vehicles across wild geothermal areas, past stunning waterfalls, glaciers and lava flows, and return home with a truly unique portfolio to treasure.

Iceland’s interior is considered one of Europe’s last great wildernesses. Indeed it is only really accessible for a few weeks every year. You’ll fly from the charming capital, Reykjavik, to Akureyri, then spend the next 11 days immersed in unforgettable, Tolkien-esque landscapes, developing your photography skills and seeing parts of Iceland that very few other visitors ever manage.

This is the land of fire and ice, where smoking fumaroles, hot springs and fields of black rock betray Iceland’s volcanic nature. Not for you the busy tourist hotspots (although you will drive a section of the famous Golden Circle). Instead, you will largely avoid the crowds but still discover some of Iceland’s most breathtaking scenery in glacier caves and plunging canyons, by the shores of idyllic lakes, and even, should you opt for it, by small plane for a memorable aerial photography session. There may even be a chance to witness the Northern Lights, though they are of course largely a winter phenomenon.

Stay in a series of small accommodations with excellent amenities, and wonderfully attractive settings, as you take part in this Iceland expedition aimed at those already familiar with their cameras but ready to take things to another level. Iceland is one of the world’s most iconic photography destinations, but this tour offers you an experience that is truly remarkable.

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Iceland Highlands photography tour, waterfalls & canyons

Carbon reduction

Your holiday will help support local people and conservation. We must also reduce CO2. Learn about the CO2 emissions of this holiday and how to reduce them.

Environment

Out in the field
We encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines:
• When out in wild places we encourage you to keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on or picking native flora, Iceland is especially fragile environmentally and the country is currently embarking of many projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion.
• We encourage you to use water sparingly and to avoid buying plastic bottles of water; use your own metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source as recommended. In Iceland water should never be bought from a shop as most water sources are exceptionally pure.
• River water could also be drinking water, do not contaminate water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free.
• Respect local customs religion and traditions.
• Carry out some research about Iceland and being able to speak a few words of Icelandic is always appreciated.
• Don’t take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission.
• Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do.
• Read the labels and buy local products such as food and souvenirs so that money directly benefits the community.
• Minimize pollution, and carry out all litter. Iceland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.

Iceland Conservation Volunteers
We support the Environment Agency of Iceland through passing on information about its policy and encouraging people to join their volunteer scheme. Our company is currently setting up an itinerary for UK schools expeditions to visit Iceland to participate in the project.
• Each summer more than 200 international volunteers take part in the Environment Agency programme. The volunteers now complete over 650 weeks of work around Iceland every year.
• The Environment Agency hosts volunteers from all over the world and works closely with a variety of international organizations. The programme is organized in partnership with the British conservation volunteer organization BTCV.
• The work began over 30 years ago in Jökulsárgljúfur, Vatnajökull National Park, with a team of 15 volunteers. Today, if you visit Iceland’s national parks, there is a very good chance that you will walk on trails built and maintained by Environment Agency volunteers.
• All volunteers live and work in some of the most beautiful parts of Iceland throughout the summer. The teams gain experience of a wide range of practical conservation skills while working closely with local staff and other international volunteers.
• Although work is focused on the improvement and maintenance of hiking trails, volunteers are also involved in wilderness management and heritage management
• Many volunteers from the scheme worked on cleaning the ash that devastated the rural and farming areas around the erupted volcano, Eyafjalljokull.

Wherever possible we work electronically, we are totally web based, our paper use is minimal.
We work from a home based office reducing car travel to a minimum.

Community

All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website Local food can be obtained easily in Iceland, for example fish, lamb, dairy products, vegetables grown in geo-thermally heated green houses. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Icelandic fare for both breakfast and dinner.

All the hotels we use outside of Reykjavik are small and family run. In the Grundarfjörður hotel there is a very special emphasis upon involving the community in our activities. We often eat at a small fish soup 'shack' down on the beach in preference to the rather more up-market restaurant that is available: we know that the fish will be freshly caught that day by local fishermen.

base in South East Iceland is still a working farm but has now been developed to include good standard accommodation and a restaurant whose mene includes mainly farm products such as lamb, yogurts, jams, fish and homemade bread.

Iceland has been hit hard by their bankruptcy/crisis of October 2008. More than ever communities are having to return to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. Tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of helping to restore economic stability to the country and also giving a sense of dignity to Icelanders.

In particular communities away from the central hub of Reykjavik are relying on visitors to boost their economy. Since way before the current crisis we have been supporting these less visited areas and we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home-grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. Now it is cheaper for us to visit Iceland as we get an excellent exchange rate. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.

These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods.

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Reviewed on 21 Aug 2018 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It is very difficult to answer this question. The nature of Iceland is unique and not welcoming. The title of the holiday tells it all. Each day we visited different places of the unique beauty away from the crowds.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


The information given by the company is very detailed. The holiday is organized mainly for fotogtaphers, which I am not. It does not mean I did not take pictures with my small camera. Therefire, at all destinations, I was with the nature while others were taking their professional shots. I treasured these moments.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not really.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


I have never been disappointed with the holidays sponsored by the Responsible Travel. Thank you!

Reviewed on 15 Sep 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


It was amazing expedition through central highlands of Iceland impossible to access for most of year. Landscape of infinite variety and tiny alpine plants to
take your breath away. Vatnajokull glacier, largest in Europe, was simplyawesome as was Askja and Viti crater lake; fumaroles and geo-thermal Ogress
Mountains. Great guides who not only were expert drivers, photographic tutors but cooked gorgeous meals in mountain huts in wilderness. Being Iceland
residents Geraldine and Martin from WPH had intimate knowledge of this wild and beautiful landscape, which is not a barren as you might think. There
are rich colours and extraordinary shapes and patterns everywhere. The sound of the great northern diver at Myvatn, a beautiful oasis, whilst viewing
aurora (in August) was unforgettable. I loved every minute and have come back with images - we all did - that are gob-smacking.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Keep a smile on your face, be prepared for anything that nature throws at you, be young at heart whatever your age and just enjoy!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes in so many respects. This is a fragile, pristine environment. The f roads (very rough unmade roads) are the only way Icelanders can travel in the centre
and are used by buses. No off roading - quite rightly. Humanity and nature working in harmony to preserve this astonishing, ever changing landscape.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Stunning and since, apart from flight from UK, absolutely all inclusive, the only extra being a fantastic flight in a Cessna over the glacier and surrounding
landscape, was great value. We had superb mainly home cooked food - thank you Geraldine and Charlotte - in what is a very expensive country. If you are
a photographer and want to be taken to the best that Iceland has to offer away from the tourist 'hot spots', I would go with Wild Photography Holidays. They
are all experts, each with their own unique photo style and our group of 9 produced work that made a great slide show when we stayed in lovely
accommodation at Myvatn. Mountain huts in middle of nowhere were just 3 nights. An experience that was all part of the fun but glad when creature
comforts resumed.

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