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Iceland - Laugavegur

17 Jul 2020 - 24 Jul 2020  |  £1300

What to Expect

Spend 6 days hiking in the Icelandic Highlands in the area of the world famous Laugavegur Trail. On some days we'll be following the trail to some of its most spectacular sights but on other days we will detour well off the trail and trek to rarely visited areas free from other hikers. Of the trips I offer in Iceland this one delivers the greatest variety, from the colourful rhyolite hills of Landmannalaugar, to the snowfields of Hrafnntinusker, to the idyllic lake of Altavatn, to the moss covered volcanos of Emtstrur, and finally to the tree covered landscape of Thorsmork surrounded by glaciers.

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

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 -  We will take a morning bus into the Highlands and start hiking on the first day.

Sunday to Wednesday - Hike through Rhyolite hills and volcanic landscapes covering 10-12km each day and camping in remote locations and sometimes at wilderness campsites for a shower and refresh. On the final full day of hiking we may cover up to 20km but our packs will be light by this point and we'll start early so we have plent of time!

Thursday - After a morning hike we will catch an afternoon bus back to Reykjavik. In the evening we will have a big meal to celebrate before staying overnight at the City Hostel in a private room.

Friday - Flights home.

Tuition

I will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. With a small group size (maximum 5) 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 up to 12km with a 20km final day. Whilst there are a few climbs (first day) and descents (second day) 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 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 sleeping kit, or bring your own mountain tent then you are welcome to. 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) 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 £1300 with a £400 deposit required to book your place. The remaining £900 is due 3 months before departure.

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