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Iceland - Langisjor

24 Jul 2020 - 31 Jul 2020  |  £1500

What to Expect

Hidden away far from civilisation in the shadow of the Vatnajökull icecap is a jewel of the Icelandic Highlands; Langisjor, a 20km long glacially fed lake with a spine of moss covered mountains running along its southern shore. Langisjor is as spectacular as it is remote with only a couple of 4x4 tracks going there.  The hiking route runs along the Fögrufjöll mountains on the southern shore of Langisjor with amazing photographic opportunities.  Along the way we will be wild camping at remote sites. There will be no showers or home comforts just endless views and Icelandic weather! Of all the remarkable landscapes in the Icelandic Highlands I consider Langisjor to be the most beautiful.

 

AT A GLANCE

WildernessPhotography
ActivityBackpacking
AccomodationTents
PhysicalityChallenging
Group SizeSix
Duration7 days

Booking

Please pay the deposit to reserve your spot.

Itinerary

Friday – 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.

Saturday to Tuesday - We will be picked up on Saturday morning to take a Super Jeep from Reykjavik to Langisjor. We will be driving unbelievable off road routes through the Highlands to get to our destination. In the afternoon we being our hike!

Then for 3 days we will hike the length of the Fögrufjöll mountains attempting to capture the landscape in a range of light and conditions. For the entire route we will be within close range of excellent photographic opportunities ensuring that when the light comes we will be there to capture it.

Wednesday and Thursday – For the following couple of days we continue on towards Uxatindur. The route is remarkable - the best I have hiked in Iceland, with numerous photographic opportunities. Uxatindar itself is the star of the show. There are plenty of viewpoints and foreground choices to work with and we will be taking our time to make sure we do justice to the location. On Thursday around we get up early to hike and shoot before catching our Super Jeep back to Reykjavik in the afternoon. That evening we'll eat a big meal and celebrate! We'll spend the night in a private room at the city hostel before flying home the following day.

Friday - Fly 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 Difficulty

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 up to 10km. The route is predominantly undulating or fairly flat but we may have some steep ascents to high camp spots, which mostly come on short 6km days! 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.

Booking

The total price of the workshop is £1500 (GBP). A £400 deposit is required to book with the remaining £1100 due three months prior to departure.

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