Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: Iceland’s Birds – Mývatn, Látrabjarg and Magical Flatey Island

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Iceland’s Birds – Mývatn, Látrabjarg and Magical Flatey Island

Highlights include…

  • Peak time for birds in Iceland
  • Lake Mývatn & breeding ducks
  • Colourful geothermal areas
  • Volcanic phenomena
  • North West Fjords
  • Alpine flowers
  • Unusual landscapes
  • Flatey Island
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula
  • Látrabjarg Europe’s most westerly point
  • Puffins & diverse seabirds
  • Sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations
  • Charlotte’s heavenly chocolates

Introduction

Our creative adventure photographing birds in the Icelandic landscape starts at the end of May when the birdlife is at its most active and prolific. Our locations will concentrate on the North and Northwest of Iceland. They will include Lake Mývatn and its surroundings, the Northwest Fjords including Látrabjarg, one very special night on the magical Island of Flatey in Breiðafjörður finishing off with a night on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. May and early June is the very best time for capturing the multitude of birds that congregate and breed in Iceland at this time of year. Migrants have arrived and all are very conspicuous defending their territories. It’s magical to photograph puffins lit by the midnight sun when most other folks are asleep. Whilst there is an emphasis on birds, we cannot neglect the landscape, it’s the perfect time for capturing both. There are twenty-four hours of daylight, alpine flowers are in bloom, carpets of purple Lupine stretch as far as the eye can see and the striking features of the Icelandic landscape are enhanced by hours of soft ambient light.

Tutors

Please contact the office for information regarding the photographic tutors on this trip.

Brief Itinerary

For full details please download the trip description PDF

Day 1: Arrival Akureyri

Wild Photography Holidays services commence with a single transfer from Akureyri airport to our first night hotel where we have a group meeting, introductions and a trip briefing. The transfer will meet the Air Iceland flight arriving from Reykjavík at 20:55. Our first night hotel is close to the airport. We suggest that you have dinner in Reykjavik before taking this flight. Your flight can be booked on one Icelandair ticket to Akureyri from several international hubs such as London, Manchester, Paris etc.
Hotel Akureyri

Day 2: To Mývatn

This morning we transfer to our comfortable cottages situated right next to Mývatn, Iceland’s fourth largest lake. Mývatn is located at the edge of the volcanic zone cutting through the north of Iceland and is famed for its birdlife both on and around the lake. In May all migrants have arrived and the birds are very conspicuous, defending their territories. In summer more species of duck have made their homes in the Mývatn region than in any other location on earth, it is a paradise for birdwatchers. The River Laxá flowing from the lake is the prime habitat for harlequin and barrow’s goldeneye in Iceland.
Cottages Lake Mývatn (B,L,D)

Day 3–5: Birds and Landscapes of the Mývatn Area

Over the next two days we will make the most of the long hours of daylight by exploring the best of what this area has to offer both in terms of birdlife and the unique landscape. We will concentrate on photographing birds in the landscape; our tutors will be helping you to do this in a creative way. They will also to make sure that you have a full grasp of the technical skills required for modern bird photography. During our four days in Mývatn Charlotte Benvie will be cooking for us. She is both a superb chef and professional chocolatier, her renowned hospitality is always a highlight of our trips.
Cottages Lake Mývatn (B,L,D)

Day 6: To North West

Today we make a journey through the fertile landscape of Northern Iceland towards north west Iceland. We will make some photographic stops en route. We stay for the night close to one of Iceland’s very interesting bird locations near Reykhólar where a wide variety of birds can be photographed. The wetlands are of particular interest here.
Hotel North West Iceland (B,L,D)

Day 7-8: Látrabjarg and the Northwest Fjords

The West Fjords are a true Icelandic wilderness. They are an ideal place for spotting birds, arctic fox and other unique fauna in their natural habitats. Isolation has preserved the region in a relatively unspoiled way. Our hotel is beautifully located about thirty minutes drive from the magnificent Látrabjarg, Europe’s largest bird cliffs home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, north Atlantic fulmars, guillemots and razorbill. For many, the highlight of the cliff are the very tame Atlantic puffins who actually breed at the lowest part of the cliff very close to where we park our vehicles. There are scenic remote churches, abandoned boats, pools, lakes and white sand beaches, a rarity in volcanic Iceland!
Hotel Látrabjarg (B,L,D)

Day 9: To Flatey Island

Following breakfast we drive to Brjánslækur where we board the ferry across Breiðafjörður to the little Island of Flatey which teems with a fantastic variety of bird life including the common shag, glaucous gull, white-tailed eagle, common eider, black guillemot, puffins and grey phalarope. Our traditional, comfortable hotel is in the only small village on the island. It only opens June to July. The Island is a truly magical place to relax and make some wonderful images in the endless daylight. 

Hotel Flatey (B,L,D)

Day 10: Evening Ferry to Grundarfjörður

After spending the day on Flatey, we take the evening ferry crossing to Stykkishólmur. Once in Stykkishólmur we drive along the northern coast of Snæfellsnes to our waterfront hotel in Grundarfjörður. Hopefully we will catch some lovely evening light around this beautiful location. A main feature is Mount Kirkjufell and the waterfalls of Kirkjufellsfoss.

Hotel Grundarfjörður (B,L,D)

Day 11: Snæfellsnes & Reykjavík

An early hours sunrise shoot for the enthusiastic is followed by breakfast. Today we will explore some of the best locations that Snæfellsnes has to offer before leaving late afternoon for the two and half hour drive to Reykjavík. This evening we will go out for a celebratory dinner in the city.
Hotel Reykjavík (B,L,D)

Day 12: Homeward Flights

Transfer to Reykjavík International airport and homeward flights. WPH services finish after breakfast.
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What’s Included

  • 11 nights accommodation
  • All Meals
  • Transport and ferries
  • Photographic tutors/tuition
  • Transfer from Akureyri Airport

What’s not Included

  • Flights
  • Transfer from/to international airport
  • Drinks and snacks between included meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel insurance

Accommodation

We will be using a variety of accommodation. In Reykjavík we will stay in a 3-star hotel in the city centre. Out of Reykjavík we will stay for 9 nights in scenically located country accommodations chosen for their locations and proximity to great birdlife and landscapes. On Flatey we stay in a comfortable, traditional hotel, (the only one on the island) where we have twin or single rooms with shared bathroom facilities. In Mývatn we stay in attractive 2 bedroomed or single bedroomed cottages by the lake. The single cottages are limited so enquire at the time of booking. The two bedroomed cottages are spacious with a shared bathroom.

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.