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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)
Godafoss - the waterfall of the gods
Godafoss - the waterfall of the gods
Solfatara at the eruptive fissure of Krafla volcano (north Iceland)
Solfatara at the eruptive fissure of Krafla volcano (north Iceland)
Tour itinerary around Iceland
Tour itinerary around Iceland
Thorsmörk valley
Thorsmörk valley
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
The large volcanic massif of Dynjufjöll in the center of Iceland with the young Öskjuvatn Lake and explosion crater Viti
The large volcanic massif of Dynjufjöll in the center of Iceland with the young Öskjuvatn Lake and explosion crater Viti
Ice lagoon at the foot of Vatnajökull glacier
Ice lagoon at the foot of Vatnajökull glacier
Puffin
Puffin
Grafakirkja - the oldest church of Iceland
Grafakirkja - the oldest church of Iceland
Svartifoss waterfall
Svartifoss waterfall
Blaá Lonid - the Blue Lagoon is a unique spa experience
Blaá Lonid - the Blue Lagoon is a unique spa experience
Hiking on Iceland
Hiking on Iceland
Northern lights
Northern lights
Fjallabak
Fjallabak
Fossardalur
Fossardalur
Icebergs
Icebergs
Highlands
Highlands
Highlands
Highlands
Highlands
Highlands
Naumaskard
Naumaskard
Viti crater
Viti crater
Geothermal pools at the Blue Lagoon
Geothermal pools at the Blue Lagoon
A world of surprising contrasts, incredible colors and natural impressions!
Mighty waterfalls, hot pools and geysers, giant glaciers , ... Explore the variety of Iceland´s landscapes learn how they were formed through tectonic plates drifting apart and different types of volcanism.
  • Round trip of Iceland including all natural highlights
  • Extraordinary landscapes and colourful moonscapes
  • Unique fauna and flora
  • Glaciers, volcanoes, geothermal fields, geysirs, waterfalls,...
  • Competent introduction to Iceland's unique geological history
  • Adventures into the wildernesses of Iceland's interior
  • Experienced volcanologist and photographer as tour guide
  • Small international groups

15 days Iceland (summer)

Day 1: Arrival & meeting in Reykjavik
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 in Reykjavik
Day 2: From Reykjavik via Geysir / Gullfoss to Kerlingarfjöll
Some first day natural highlights whilst traveling from Reykjavik via Geysir / Gullfoss to Kerlingarfjöll!
Acc.: Simple mountain hut in Kerlingarfjöll (B, L, D)
Day 3: Kerlingarfjöll - the golden mountains
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.: The same mountain hut in Kerlingarfjöll (B, L, D)
Day 4: Kerlingarfjöll to lake Myvatn
Hot springs of Hveravellir, drive over Kjölur highlands to the old chruch of Vidimyri and the old farmhouse "Glaumbær", both built in a traditional way with peat in the 18th century. Late drive to the waterfall "Godafoss" and lake Myvatn.
Acc.: Guesthouse in Myvatn (B, L, D)
Day 5: Lake Myvatn and surroundings
Entire day to explore the unique volcanic area around Myvatn lake and thermal bath in the evening.
Acc.: Same guesthouse in Myvatn (B,L,D)
Day 6: Dettifoss waterfall and the volcanic desert
Morning exploration of the area around Dettifoss waterfall and afternoon drive through volcanic desert into the central highland.
Acc.: Mountain hut (B, L, D)
Day 7: Askja caldera - Kverkfjöll
We undertake a hike into the Askja caldera to explore the 1875 Viti crater and then travel to Kverkfjöll volcano near Vatnajökull glacier.
Acc.: Mountain hut at Kverkfjöll (B, L, D)
Day 8: Kverkfjöll - A landscape with high dynamics
Today we explore the impressive Kverkfjöll area on a long hike (optional).
Acc.: Same mountain hut at Kverkfjöll (B, L, D)
Day 9: From Kverkfjöll to Berufjörður
Traveling east to leave the high lands, crossing the Kárahnjúkar dam and arriving in the East Fjords.
Acc.: Guesthouse at an old farm (B, L, D)
Day 10: Berufjörður - waterfalls, puffins and icebergs
Exploring the area around Berufjörður with its waterfalls and bird sanctuary before traveling southward across a glacier river from Vatnajökull.
Acc.: Holiday house (B, L, D)
Day 11: Via Skaftafell to Landmannalaugar - mountains, glaciers and volcanoes
From the glacier lagoon onwards to explore Skaftafell national park with Svartifoss waterfall before traveling to the southern highlands and arriving at Landmannalaugar.
Acc.: Simple mountain hut (B, L, D)
Day 12: Landmannalaugar - colourful mountains and hot springs
Entire day to explore the colourful scenery of Landmannalaugar and the area´s hot springs.
Acc.: Same mountain hut as before (B, L, D)
Day 13: From Landmannalaugar to the forest of Thor
We continue our travels passing by Hekla volcano and into the forest of Thor where we can enjoy once more the beauty of Iceland´s green scenery with glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls and dramatic relief.
Acc.: Mountain hut (B, L, D)
Day 14: Return to Reykjavik
Drive back to Reykjavik with optional visit of the old town or the hydrothermal waters at the Blue Lagoon.
Acc.: Guesthouse in Reykjavik (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 Reykjavik
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 in Reykjavik
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 - photography - wildlife
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.): 3395 €  ? 

Included:

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

Tour guide:

This tour is organised by German volcanologist and photographer Chris Hug-Fleck who has extensively traveled in Iceland, guided many tours there and published a number of geological and photographic textbook on this fascinating country over the past 24 years.

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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