NORTHERN LIGHTS - 10 DAYS TOUR MARCH 23 - 2013
The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) are one of nature’s most spectacular and beautiful phenomena. In Roman mythology, "Aurora" was the goddess of the dawn, while "Borealis" is the Latin word for "north". Iceland is the ideal holiday destination for Northern lights viewing, located midway between Europe and North America and with direct flight routes from both continents.
This photographic tour will be taken with three specialist: Olgeir, Ronni and Roberto.
Is a photographer who has been fascinated with the Nordic Lights since he was a small boy living in Sandgerði, (Reykjanes peninsula,) he has held many exhibitions and published books with pictures of the Nordic lights or the Aurora Borealis.
Is from Hornafjörður and is great hunter for the Northern Lights. Runólfur is a nature loving person and a captain of the glacier lagoon ,Jökulsárlón, he knows all the icy lagoons in the south-east of Iceland.
Is the owner of Icevisit.com and an Italian who is in love with Icelandic nature. Roberto has been touring around Iceland for 6 years and he is also an excellent chef.
All three of them share a passion for photography.
Iceland in the wintertime is simply magical! From the soothing geothermal waters in the crisp Arctic nights to the dazzling northern lights above, it’s hard not to fall in love with the romantic atmosphere of an Icelandic winter.
Everyone that is interested in photography should join this winter photo tour. Here participants travel in small groups in a 4x4 vehicle which allows them to get to places they have never seen before. Photographing the nature of Iceland in its winter clothing; icy landscape, frozen waterfalls, glaciers and animals in the wild rough nature. You could see seals, reindeer, horses and many different kinds of birds. This tour is ideal for photographers and nature lovers.
March 23, 2013
The Northern Lights or the Aurora Borealis is a beautiful phenomenon and Iceland is one of the best places on earth to witness those mysterious lights dance across the sky in the wintertime. Best months to experience the Northern Lights are October through April every year. Every night in this tour we´ll chase the Auroras dancing in the sky.
Arriving in Keflavik, transportation to your Hotel in Reykjavík
Day 2 Reykjavík - Golden Circle - Hella
After breakfast we will start the trip with the “Golden Circle” which includes; Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir. Thingvellir is a national park where all major events took place in Iceland from the year 930 until the year 1798. It has also been a protected UNESCO site since 2004. From there we head off to Gullfoss (golden fall), a beautiful waterfall and one of the most spectacular in Iceland. Thereafter we will head to Geysir - hot water spring, Geysir started to erupt in the year 1294 and there close by we will find Strokkur which spews hot water every 5 minutes. In the area of the volcano Hekla we´ll have a dinner and spend the night. The day is filled with beautiful photographic scenery.
Day 3 Hella - Kirkjubæjarklaustur
From Hella we continue to the direction east, we pass the waterfall Seljalandsfoss, a special and photographic waterfall that has a cliff that makes it possible to walk behind it. Here we will also visit Skogar, folk museum, and the waterfall Skógar. Next on our agenda are the black sand beaches of Vík and the amazing Reynisdrangar, black basalt columns sculptured by the sea. The village Vik has only about 280 habitants and the location of the village church is also quite spectacular. We reach Kirkjubæjarklaustur for overnight staying in a chalet. On this way we will have the opportunity to photograph the Icelandic horse in its winter coat.
Day 4 Kirkjubæjarklaustur – Jökulsárlón
We will dedicate this day to the glacier Vatnajökull and its surroundings. We start with exploring the National Park Skaftafell and take a little hike to Svartifoss (black fall). Then onto the glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón, with floating icebergs and seals. Here in the surroundings of glaciers would be ideal scenery of the Northern lights if we are in luck. Dinner and overnight staying in a guesthouse.
Day 5 Jökulsárlón – Skálafell – Jökulsárlón
The photographic scenery today is in sculpted glaciers surroundings and glaciers lagoons. Here we will meet a local that that will lead us into less explored lagoons and areas and we will have the possibility of great panorama pictures in the surroundings of glaciers and ice. Dinner and overnight staying in a guesthouse in the area of Vatnajökull, Europe biggest glacier.
Day 6 Jökulsárlón – Kirkjubæjarklaustur
In the morning we start our trip back in the direction of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. With the opportunity to stop and take photographs in interesting places on the way. In Kirkjubæjarklaustur we´ll have dinner and spend the night in a chalet.
Day 7 Kirkjubæjarklaustur - Hella
We start the day by visiting the most interesting places around Kirkjubæjarklaustur before we start to head back to Hella for our overnight stay. The road between Kirkjubæjarklaustur and Hella is not only the area of the volcanic action of recently erupted Eyjafjallajökull, but is also filled with photographic scenery of mountains, waterfalls, rivers and beautiful landscapes.
Day 8 Hella – Reykjanes – Reykjavík
Our schedule today is to visit the peninsula Reykjanes. On our way we will pass Selfoss and Hveragerði, in Hveragerði there are some greenhouses with vegetables and flowers. There is some geothermal activity in the ground in this area and also in the Peninsula of Reykjanes. In Reykjanes we will visit Kleifarvatn, Krísuvík and the Blue Lagoon. After shooting some photos in these great surroundings it is optional to take a relaxing bath in the Blue Lagoon. Dinner and overnight staying in Reykjavík.
Day 9 Reykjavík
The day is dedicated to the city of Reykjavík at your leisure. Places to visit: Hallgrímskirkja the largest church in Iceland go to the top and enjoy the view over the city, the city hall (Ráðhús Reykjavik), the pond, Laugavegur the main shopping street, or just visit one of the museums and enjoy the atmosphere in this colourful northernmost capital of the world.
Day 10 Reykjavík – Keflavík Airport
Transportation to the airport for your departure
What is included
Transportation to and from the airport
Transportation throughout your trip in Land Rover Defender 110
Accommodation in a double room: 3 nights in a hotel, 4 nights in a chalet, 3 nights in a guesthouse
8 Dinners made by our chef Roberto
Everything not mention above