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Iceland - Secret Highlands

17 Aug 2020 - 24 Aug 2020  |  £1500

What to Expect

Spend 6 days hiking in seldom photographed areas of the Icelandic Highlands through remote valleys and across open plains with some of the most incredible scenery imaginable. We'll photograph conical volcanos, ice-caps, jade coloured lakes, red craters and wide mountain vistas. There are no cliches and no tourists. We'll be seeing an Iceland few have ever seen before and it will blow you away! Every night we will be staying at outstanding locations to give us the best possible opportunity to capture stunning images.

Although we'll be focussed on our photography this trip also allows you to experience real adventure and immerse yourself in the outdoors. We'll ford rivers on foot, trek across vast plains, over moss covered hills and along remote lakes. One night we'll even camp right next to a natural hot pool with views on the doorstep!

I'm a qualified Mountain Leader with years of experience leading photographic hiking groups throughout the seasons in a variety of international destinations. I've spent almost 20 weeks hiking in the Southern Icelandic Highlands so I know the areas very well indeed. The kit I provide is the best available. You'll be in safe hands throughout giving you the freedom to explore at will.

AT A GLANCE

WildernessPhotography
ActivityBackpacking
AccomodationTents
PhysicalityChallenging
Group SizeSix
Duration7 days

Booking

This workshop is fully booked.

Itinerary

Monday- 6pm meet and greet at the Reykjavik Hostel where we are staying in two private rooms. I will dispense equipment and explain its use - the hostel adjoins the campsite so I can demonstrate use of the tents and stoves. We'll go out for dinner in town.

Tuesday -  an 8am SuperJeep pickup takes us right into the heart of the Highlands where we will hike a few kilometers to camp with an incredible wide view of the surrounding landscape.

Wednesday - Saturday - Each day we will hike to a new and spectacular location. Half way through the trip we will spend the night at a mountain hut to have a bit of a rest, there are fantastic views on the doorstep!

The highlight is our camp at a remote hotpool. Unlike many of Iceland's hotpools which have become commercialised this really is a hidden gem! The hike finishes by walking the length of a highland lake to camp at a red crater - it's a photographer's playground!

Sunday - After a short walk the SuperJeep will pick us up and we'll drive back to Reykjavik stopping off at a spectacular Highland waterfall.

Monday - Flights home

Tuition

I will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. There will be plenty of opportunity for 1-to-1 time. We'll cover technique, lighting and composition making sure you come away with incredible shots. The level of independence and tuition is entirely flexible, depending on individual interests and needs.

Fitness And Experience

You do not need prior wilderness camping experience to join this workshop. You will be provided with all the advice you need prior to the start date. This route can be completed by anyone with a reasonable level of fitness. The fitter you are, the easier the route will be, but you don't need to be a professional athlete to come along! I have guided many men and women of all ages and abilities over recent years.

Each day we will be walking with our backpacks around 10km, on one day we will walk 15km. Whilst there are a few climbs and descents the route is predominantly undulating or fairly flat. We'll be taking a steady pace to make sure we can have a good time hiking as a group.

Equipment

I can provide the very best lightweight camping equipment perfectly suited to our route. This includes 2-man Terra Nova Quasar tents (sharing), Rab Neutrino 400 sleeping bags, NeoAir Xtherm sleeping mats and MSR Windboiler stoves. If however you would prefer to use your own kit then you are welcome to (I will check with you that it is suitable). I will be sending out a detailed guide and equipment list once the trip is booked.

Additional Expenses

The trip does not include food (advice in the provided guide, we will eat out on the first and last nights of the trip), flights or the bus transport from the airport to Reykjavik campsite (around £40 return Flybus+ ticket will take you to and from the Laugadalur campsite/City Hostel). You will also require travel insurance.

Price And Booking

This workshop is priced at £1500 with a £400 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £1100 is due 3 months before departure.

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