Heinabergslón Leh Monastery Erg Chebbi, Ziz Valley, Sahara Venkatramana Temple

Iceland Highlands, Waterfalls and Canyons Expedition

Highlights include…

  • Sensational journey into one of Europe’s last wilderness areas
  • Photograph Iceland’s newest landscape from the Holuhraun eruption
  • Waterfalls: Iceland’s ‘big six’
  • Vast water filled caldera of Askja
  • Exciting locations for sunrises and sunsets
  • Colourful geothermal landscapes of Mývatn
  • Kerlingarfjöll mountains where steam meets glacier
  • Photograph in areas seldom visited by other photographic tours
  • The Golden Circle
  • Flight across Iceland
  • Opportunity for aerial photography

“The workshop was extremely well organised and the tuition from the leaders was the best we have ever had, even down to the processing of images using Lightroom. We were taken to the beautiful and varied locations at the best times of day and night (occasionally we were allowed to sleep!!). The leaders knowledge of the area was such that in the event of inclement conditions there was always an alternative location to visit. Thank you so much for a fabulous holiday.”

Margaret and John March 2013

General Summary

Introducing a breathtaking expedition that will include the remote, vast and uninhabited interior of Iceland. Leaving Reykjavik we travel via the Golden circle to the dramatic interior location of Kerlingarfjöll. Here we find colourful geothermal hot spring with steam rising over the glacier’s edge. In Mývatn we spend three days enjoying comfortable hotel accommodation on the lakeside with plenty of time to enjoy photographing in this geologically active and unusual area. This is a perfect base for travelling to some of Iceland’s most attractive and powerful waterfalls. Leaving Mývatn, we travel in robust vehicles to Askja which is located in Iceland’s uninhabited interior. Here we find an extreme and magnificent landscape only accessible by road for around two months of the year. The recent Holuhraun eruption provides some remarkable photography. Should weather permit we are able to offer optional small aircraft flights for some spectacular aerial photography. This trip gives us access to areas that are beyond the normal scope of visitors. Our expedition allows a certain amount of flexibility; we are always prepared to change our plans to make maximum use of the prevailing light and weather. You can be sure to return home with a portfolio of images representing parts of Iceland that are truly unique.

Brief Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrive Reykjavík

Transfer from Iceland’s international airport to our city centre hotel. We meet at 19:00 for introductions and a trip briefing before heading out for dinner together.
Accommodation: City Hotel

Day 2: Reykjavík – Golden Circle – Kerlingarfjöll

Leaving Reykjavík we head North West towards the national park of Þingvellir, Geysir and the magnificent waterfall of Gullfoss. This is the first of our ‘big six’ and is right of the edge of Iceland’s interior highlands. Leaving Gullfoss we are truly in the wilds as we head along the famous Kjölur highland route to our first location Kerlingarfjöll.
Accommodation: Mountain Chalet

Day 3: Kerlingarfjöll and Hveradalir

Today we photograph the geothermal area around Kerlingarfjöll; this is where ice and fire meets. The massif Kerlingarfjöll, ‘Ogress Mountains’ is part of the Kjölur area. During our explorations today we will encounter geothermal phenomena such as bubbling mud pools, fumaroles, hissing fissures, snow and a landscape that is truly Tolkein. There is a lovely hot tub to relax in close to our accommodation.
Accommodation: Mountain Chalet

Day 4: To Goðafoss

Continuing along the Kjölur Highland Route we arrive at Hveravellir where there are interestingly shaped smoking fumaroles and sky blue, boiling water. Eventually we join the “one” road which will take us through Iceland’s northern Capital Akureyri. From here it is a short distance to the beautiful waterfall Goðafoss. Our hotel is just 500m from the main falls and we are perfectly situated for some great shots at both sunset and sunrise.
Accommodation: Country Hotel

Day 5–6: Askja and Lava fields

After photographing Goðafoss at sunrise, we set off on our journey away from civilisation and into the interior. We cross the vast lava fields. The day is spent travelling with plenty of photographic stops on the way. Our vehicles usually encounter three or four interesting river crossings before lunch. Day 6 we will spend the whole day exploring the area around Öskjuvatn. The colours are superb. There are remarkable vistas from the various ridges of the caldera. The area is absorbing and photographically satisfying. Conditions permitting we will photograph Iceland’s newest landscape that is currently forming as a result of the 2014 Holuhraun Eruption.
Accommodation: Mountain Chalet

Day 7: To Mývatn

Today we travel to Mývatn with plenty of photographic opportunities en route. Time permitting we’ll take a detour to the remote waterfall of Hafragilsfoss in the national park of Jökulsárgljúfur. We should arrive at our hotel early evening. For those of you requiring a little rest and relaxation there is the option of visiting the deliciously warm geothermal lagoon of Mývatn’s nature baths. The locations during our days spent at Mývatn will not necessarily be in the order shown here on the itinerary as consideration will always be given to the prevailing weather and light quality.
Accommodation: Hotel Lake Mývatn

Day 8: Aldeyjarfoss & Mývatn

This morning we will explore the wildly contrasting area in the Mývatn area, The volcanic activity in the area is considerable. In the afternoon we leave Mývatn to photograph one of Iceland’s most impressive and least photographed waterfalls, Aldeyjarfoss. Few photographers venture here. The location is quite simply stunning. The river passes through the Highlands and plummets into a shapely amphitheatre of basalt columns before flowing down into a steep sided canyon. Weather permitting we will spend several hours here before driving back to Mývatn in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Lake Mývatn

Day 9: Dettifoss & Selfoss West Bank

Today will take in two outstanding and totally different waterfalls in the national park of Jökulsárgljúfur. Our waterfalls plummet into the canyon, which is rather like a miniature replica of the Grand Canyon in Arizona. The west banks of Dettifoss and Selfoss are easily reached by well-marked trails and there are several interesting vantage points where we can photograph from.
Accommodation: Hotel Lake Mývatn

Day 10: Ásbygri & Jökulsárgljúfur

Today we travel North to our hotel ten minutes from Ásbygri, a gigantic, horseshoe-shaped rock formation at the end of the Jökulsárgljúfur. We are well placed to explore the incredible rock formations in the canyon. There are several well marked paths that give us some excellent vantage points for this unique location.
Accommodation: Country Hotel

Day 11: Selfoss and Flight to Reykjavik

Selfoss photographed from the East bank is our final location. Sunrise is the very best time to capture this lovely waterfall and we will leave our hotel very early, hopefully we arrive for the special morning light. It is unlikely that we will see others here! Early afternoon we fly from the northerly town of Husavík to Reykjavík and our city hotel.
Accommodation: Country Hotel

Day 12: Airport Transfer

We take an early morning transfer from our hotel to Keflavík International Airport for homeward flights.
Accommodation: City Hotel

What’s Included

  • 7 hotel nights
  • 4 mountain chalet nights
  • All meals except first night
  • Domestic airport transfers
  • All transport
  • Reykjavík to Akureyri flight
  • Photographic tutors/guides

What’s not Included

  • International flights
  • International airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Extra teas, coffees & other hot beverages
  • Travel insurance
  • Mývatn spa
  • Helicopter/plane flights for aerial photography

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.