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Colors of Iceland: Fire, Earth, Ice & Water

- 15-days geology and photo tour to Iceland -

I rate this trip as the best guided tour we have yet done (Eric C., Orange, Australia)
Solfatara at the eruptive fissure of Krafla volcano (north Iceland)
Solfatara at the eruptive fissure of Krafla volcano (north Iceland)
Blaá Lonid - the Blue Lagoon is a unique spa experience
Blaá Lonid - the Blue Lagoon is a unique spa experience
The large volcanic massif of Dynjufjöll in the center of Iceland with the young Öskjuvatn lake and exposion crater Viti
The large volcanic massif of Dynjufjöll in the center of Iceland with the young Öskjuvatn lake and exposion crater Viti
Ice lagoon at the foot of Vatnajökull glacier
Ice lagoon at the foot of Vatnajökull glacier
Godafoss - the waterfall of the gods
Godafoss - the waterfall of the gods
Grafakirkja - the oldest church of Iceland
Grafakirkja - the oldest church of Iceland
Ice bird
Ice bird
Svartifoss waterfall
Svartifoss waterfall
Thingvellir - the ancient Icelandic parliament's site, and the place where the European and American tectonic plates spread apart
Thingvellir - the ancient Icelandic parliament's site, and the place where the European and American tectonic plates spread apart
Thorsmörk
Thorsmörk
Hiking on Iceland
Hiking on Iceland
Only few spots left for 30 Jul 2017 departure!
A world of incredible contrasts, colors, surprises and deep natural impressions.
See all the fantastic landscape of Iceland: tectonic plates drifting apart, all variations of volcanism, gorgeous geothermal areas, mighty waterfalls, hot ponds and pools, geysers and giant glaciers.
  • The most spectacular natural features of Iceland: Glaciers, Volcanoes, Craters and Fissures, Geothermal Fields, Geysers, Waterfalls
  • Competent introduction to Iceland's unique geological history
  • Extraordinary landscapes and moonscapes
  • Adventure into the unique wildernesses of Iceland's interior

15 days Iceland (summer)

Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Iceland
Arrival in Iceland, Keflavik airport and transfer (25 km) to the guesthouse in central Reykjavik. Meeting of the group in the evening (around 8 pm).
Acc.: guesthouse
Day 2: Day 2: From the Reykjanes about Geysir / Gullfoss Kerlingarfjöll
We leave Reykjavik and drive to the thermal area of Neskjavellir and on to Thingvellir National Park.
Acc.: overnight in a simple hut Kerlingarfjöll. Breakfast (B), lunch (L), dinner (D)
Day 3: Kerlingarfjöll - A veritable witches' brew
Easy hikes in the geothermally active area of Kerlingarfjöll, one of Iceland's most spectacular landscapes and known for its multi-colored and bizarre rock formations, geysers, warm ponds, and fumaroles.
Acc.: in the same hut (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kerlingarfjöll - Myvatn
Hot springs of Hveravellir, drive over Kjölur highlands to the old chruch of vidimyri and the old farmhouse "Glaumbær". Both were built in a traditional way with peat in the 18th. century. Late drive to the waterfall "Godafoss" and lake Myvatn.
Acc.: in the same hut (B, L, D)
Day 5: Myvatn - Askja
The volcanic area of Myvatn lake is uniqe and you will have the great opportunity to discover pseudo craters, explosive craters and former lava lakes. In the afternoon travel for Dettifoss and then drive through a desert in the volcanic massif of Askja in the central highlands.
Acc.: refuge Askja (B, L, D)
Day 6: Askja exploration
Discover the caldera of Askja and the pumice crater of Viti. If the weather is good we will walk over the rim of caldera back to our hut.
Acc.: in the same hut (B, L, D)
Day 7: Askja - Kverkfjöll
Drive across the moon desert to Kverkfjöll volcano located on the northside of the great glacier "Vatnajökull", visit the glacier cave.
Acc.: hut Kverkfjöll (sleeping bag accommodation) (B, L, D)
Day 8: Kverkfjöll - A landscape with high dynamics
Today we explore the impressive Kverkfjöll area on a long (optional) hike.
Acc.: in the same hut, D, B
Day 9: From the Kverkfjöll to Berufjörður
We start early morning and go on adventurous trail to the east of Iceland. Before we leave the high country, we drive over the famous Kárahnjúkar dam. After a supply stop in Egilsstaðir, we dive into the quiet world of the East Fjords. We stay in a lovingly restored farm at the output of Berufjörður.
Acc.: on a farm /B, L, D)
Day 10: Berufjörður - waterfalls and puffins
Exploring an exotic ignimbrite, beautifull waterfalls and xenolites.
Acc.: on the same farm (B, L, D)
Day 11: From Berufjörður to Vatnajökull
We will visit the glacial river Jökulsá í Loni and the glacial river Jökulsá í Loni and the glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón.
Acc.: guest house (B, L, D)
Day 12: Vatnajökull - Skaftafell to Landmannahellir - mountains, glaciers and vulcanism
We go on our way to Skaftafell and pass the glacier lagoon. Enclosed on three sides by the ice masses of Vatnajökull the landscape prevails a amazing biodiversity on the ridge of Skaftafell.
Acc.: simple refuge (B, L, D)
Day 13: Landmannalaugar - Colorful mountains, hot springs
A day trip takes us to Landmannalaugar. The first settlers of Iceland enjoyed the hot springs of the region as a welcome treat on grueling highland crossings. The region around Landmannalaugar offers fascinating contrasts of color. At the foot of colorful rhyolite rock one discovers black obsidian. It was building a natural dam at the valley of the glacial river Jökugilskvísl. Many delightful trails through the area are possible.
Acc.: same hut (B, D)
Day 14: From Landmannahellir over Reykjavík to the Reykjanes Peninsula - Back to the Future
We leave the highlands over the Fjallabaksvegur nyrðri and dirve back to Reykjavík.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L)
Day 15: Departure from Iceland
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
Acc.: none (B)

15 days Iceland (winter program)

Note:
Wintertime in the arctic is a unique experience, especially when it is not dark the hole day. In March we have 12 hours light a day and the air is very clear, the light is the most time edge light. These are beautiful conditions for a very impressing photo-excursion deep into a country which is worldwide singular.
Join us for this arctic experience underneath the arctic circle. We move anticlockwise around the biggest volcanic island and will see impressing icy waterfalls, frozen glacier lakes, rough north Atlantic Sea, volcanic crater, lonely landscape and a lot of hot springs in a winter and authentic scenery. And last but not least we will see the amazing glow of the northern light which it is not possible during summertime.
All in all: we will witness Iceland which is completely different to the well known Iceland during the summertime.
Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Iceland
Arrival in Iceland, Keflavik airport and transfer (25 km) to the guesthouse in central Reykjavik. Meeting of the group in the evening (around 8 pm).
Acc.: guesthouse
Day 2: Reykjanes over geyser - the Stöng Highlands - Gullfoss
Visit the Nesjavellir geothermal area and Thingvellir national park - Gullfoss waterfall & Geysir.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 3: Winter Adventures in the Highlands
Today we will start at Hrauneyjar and explore the winter highlands and the sourrounding lakes. May be we will get to the direction of Landmannalaugar and will have a warm bath at the feet of the obsidian flow or we will discover the waterfalls around us.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 4: Tour from Thorsádalur to the South Coast
Today we head south through the wide valley of Thorsa and past the famous volcano Hekla in direction to the south coast. We visit the two magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogarfoss at the foot of the now worldwide known volcano Eyjafjallajökull.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 5: Great South Coast
Lake Mývatn and its geologically interesting sourroundings: mud and steam springs of Námaskarð,"Krafla" volcano, tectonic plates fissures, ancient lava lakes and pseudo-craters. Drive to Dettifoss and Askja.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 6: Jökulsárlón and East Fjords
If the weather is favorable, we revisit the glacier lagoon before continuing along the wild east coast Djúpivogur. When possible, we will make a detour on the peninsula Stokksnes.
Acc.: guesthouse B, L, D
Day 7: From Fossadalur to Myvatn
The whole day for exploring the exceptional surroundings: Walk to the 1900 m high cater an geothermal area of mount "Kverkfjöll" which is coverd by the glacier. Or walking around the periglacial flood plains of the glacier "Dynjujökull", or walking up to the postglacial eruption fissures near the glacier.
Acc.: guesthouse or farm (B, L, D)
Day 8: Myvatn
Today we have the whole day to explore the many volcanic phenomena around the Myvatn lake: explosion craters, volcanoes, columns, huge chasms, pseudo craters, solidified lava lakes and boiling solfatara. The fascinating day will end up with a hot bath in the "earthbath" or "hot pot"
Acc.: as before (guesthouse or farm) (B, L, D)
Day 9: Wintry North Coast
Drive towards Dettifoss, Europe's mightiest waterfall and to the peninsula and to the fishing town of Husavik Tjörnes. Visit of Godafoss.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 10: Fishing villages of the north
We leave Akureyri in north direction and pass through the fishing villages of Dalvik, Ólafsfördur Siglufjördur and in the wide area of Skagafjördur.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 11: Let´s go to the west coast on Breidarfjördur and to Arnastapi
Drive to the west and reaching the west coast of Breidarfjördur and the peninsula Snaefjellnes. Two days at Arnastapi.
Acc.: guesthouse, B, L, D
Day 12: Far away...
Today we have plenty time to take photos the whole day around the Snaefjell area. We can explore the bizarre coastlines in our area or (optional, depending on weather and snow) do a snowmobile excursion to Snaefjell.
Acc.: as before (guesthouse) (B, L, D)
Day 13: Plenty of hot water
We have a look at the most plentiful hot springs in Europe, which can deliver up to 180 liters of boiling water per second.
Acc.: guesthouse (B, L, D)
Day 14: Over Reykjavík to the peninsula Reykjanes
We leave the Reykholtsdalur to Reykjavík.
Acc.: guesthouse (B)
Day 15: Departure from Iceland
Transfer to the airport in time for your flight.
Acc.: none (B)
Tour code: ICE_EXP
Tour type: Photography tour: geology & volcanism
Difficulty: Moderate
Group size: 4-7
Duration: 15 days / 14 nights

Dates:

30 Jul - 13 Aug 2017
4-18 Mar 2018
30 Jul - 13 Aug 2018
16 Aug 18 - 30 Aug 2016

Price (p.p.): 3295 €  ? 

Included:

  • All transfers in private spacious 4x4 bus from Reykjavik to Reykjavik
  • Accommodation (in guesthouses, sleeping bag accommodation and mountain huts)
  • Accompanying geologist & photojournalist guide
  • Full board from D2 to D14 (breakfast B, lunch L, dinner D)

Tour guide:

This tour is guided by volcanologist, science publisher and photographer Chris Hug-Fleck. He has travelled so many times to Iceland that he does not remember how many, written & published a geologic-and photographic textbook about Iceland as well as guided many tours in this fascinating country.

Arrival info:

The tour starts and ends in Reykjavik. Flights are not included by default, because participants come from different countries. On request, we can include your flight to Iceland.

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