• Askja stormy weather

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  • Auroras Pyri

  • Troll

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  • Northern Lights Tour

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  • Dettifoss in North Iceland

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Iceland Central Highlands Photo Adventure

The untouched wilderness and secret gems of the central highlands of Iceland, a truly unique landscape photography adventure with Haukur (‘Hawk’), founder of Nature Explorer and author of 3 photo books on Iceland as a leader and instructor.
This photo tour includes: Gullfoss, Langjokull glacier, Kerlingarfjoll, Gygjarfoss, Hveravellir, Kjölur mt. route, Godafoss, Lake Myvatn, Krafla, Namaskard, Dettifoss, Selfoss, Askja, Herdubreid, Sprengisandur mt. route – and hopefully the Northern Lights.

This tour is on a Super-Truck that can take you to the remote locations with local driver/photo-guide who are photo enthusiasts and also know Iceland as landscape photographers.

Our aim is to let you take your photographs and help you get to the best and most unique locations.

This photo tour will not disappoint you. Please read the itinerary and look at the photos.

For your safety Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours due to weather, road and snow conditions.

Itinerary: Central Highlands of Iceland Photo Tour

Sept. 3: Arrival in Iceland (Flights to Iceland not included)
Because participants arrive on different flights at different times, transfer to Reykjavik is not included but you can either take the Flybus to Reykjavik or we can arrange for a private taxi transfer (40 min. drive).
Since many people arrive in the morning, after an overnight flight from the US, there will be a introductory photo tour around Reykjavik. Photographing Harpa, the old harbor, Sun Voyager, Höfði house and possibly Videy Island.
Meals included: Dinner
Hotel in Reykjavik

Sept 4: Bruarfoss, Langjokull Glacier & Mt. Kerlingarfjoll
We head out of Reykjavik, drive the Golden Circle route but avoid the crowds and start by photographing Bruarfoss. We will have lunch at Gullfoss and you will have time to photograph this waterfall too if you wish. After lunch we go to Iceland’s second largest ice cap, Langjokull and photograph the glacier. Sunset photo session in the colorful rhyolite mountains of Kerlingafjoll. This is our base for 2 nights.
Sunset photography session Mt. Kirkjufell in Grundarfjordur
Sunset: 20:48
Meals included: Breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Kerlingarfjoll Mt. Resort

Sept. 5: Kerlingarfjoll Mountains
Sunrise photography session at either Gygjarfoss or in the mountains, depending on the weather. The weather is always a factor but we will almost certainly also do another session or two during the day and of course we go for sunset in the colorful mountains.
Sunrise: 05:50
Sunset: 20:37
Meals included: Breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Kerlingarfjoll Mt. Resort

Sept. 6: Kerlingarfjoll – Godafoss – Lake Myvatn
Sunrise photography session at either Gygjarfoss or in the mountains, depending on the weather and what we did the day before. After breakfast we drive north through the highlands, the Kjolur mt. route and connect with the Ring Road in the north. We will do refreshment/photo stop on the way.
Sunset photography session at Godafoss waterfall.
Sunrise: 05:51
Sunset: 20:33
Meals included: Breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Laxa by Lake Myvatn

Sept. 7: Namaskard and Dettifoss
Sunrise photography at Namaskard
Midday: Depending on weather, we might explore Dimmuborgir (unique lava formations), re-visit Krafla or relax at Myvatn Nature Baths
Sunset photography session at Dettifoss, west side
Sunrise: 05:54
Sunset: 20:29
Meals included: Breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Hotel Laxa by Lake Myvatn

Sept 8: Dettifoss – Askja
Sunrise photography at Dettifoss and Selfoss, east side and then we head into the mountains, first to Herðubreiðarlindir – an oasis in the desert. The water flowing out from the stark lava creates a strong contrast. The ‘queen of Icelandic mountains’ – Herdubreid gives a strong back drop. We continue to Askja, settle in the mt. cabin and head out again for our sunset session. This is the cabin Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins stayed at when preparing for the first landing on the moon. The landscape is really lunar like and out of this world.
Sunrise: 05:57
Sunset: 20:26
Meals included: Breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Dreki mt. cabin by Askja

Seðt. 9: Askja 
Askja is a big caldera, with a big crater lake and smaller crater filled with warm sulfuric geothermal water. The black sand, geothermal activity and volcanic landscape has all the ingredients to make powerful landscape images. We will also visit Holuhraun, the newest lava in Iceland and the origin of Svarta river, where it flows out of the black sand.
Sunrise: 06:00
Sunset: 20:23
Meals included: Breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Kerlingarfjöll Mt. Resort

September 10: Sprengisandur F26
This is the longest driving day but the landscape is amazing. The ‘torture’ will not be the drive itself but the fact we can’t stop every 5 minutes to shoot. We will of course photograph a lot but it’s mostly a driving day.
Sunrise: 06:10
Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Hrauneyjar Highland Center

September 11: Landmannalaugar & Blue Lagoon
We start with a short drive to Landmannalaugar and photograph the colorful mountains, the black deserts, crater lakes and geothermal activity before we head back to Reykjavik with full memory cards of great photographs and even better memories.
Sunrise: 06:10
Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner
Accommodation: Northern Lights Inn by the Blue Lagoon

Sept. 12: Departure
The Northern Lights Inn will organize your transfer to the airport and it’s included.
If your flight is in the afternoon, it’s ideal to enjoy a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon in the morning.

To book a tour, please send us an email to info@NatureExplorer.is with which tour(s) and options you wish to book, on which dates and for how many people and we will calculate the total cost, send you a booking number and a link to our secure booking page.

Tour details

Price: Ask for quote

Dates: At your request
Group size: 1-9 participants

Accommodation* in the best locations, hotels with breakfast,  guided tour with a local English speaking photographer and guide with solid knowledge of photography and Iceland.

Excluded: Flights to and from Iceland, drinks

Enquire about Tour: info@NatureExplorer.is

For your safety, Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours according to weather and snow conditions