ICELAND IN THE AUTUMN
25 SEPT - 5 OCT, 2021
with Jeremy Woodhouse & Daniel Bergmann
10 Days/10 Nights
The Tour in Brief
The Westfjords are the oldest part of Iceland. The oldest rock here is around 17 million years old so in geological terms it's still very young. This part of Iceland is one of the least visited and in October tourism has reached its low before many hotels shut down for the winter. The Westfjords therefore have an atmosphere of remoteness with scattered farms and a few small villages. The scenery is all more or less coastal and we'll be photographing coastal features, rock stacks, beaches, old buildings, fjords, valleys and mountains rising steeply from sea level. We'll also be visiting the one major waterfall in the Westfjords, Dynjandi, and once we get to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula at the end of the trip we'll be photographing the iconic Mt. Kirkjufell along with stunning scenery in the Snæfellsjökull National Park, including that from the famous black church at Búðir.
The days are getting shorter in late September with sunrise at around 6.15 and sunset at 18.15, so the working hours for photography are more civilized than in summer, when the days are much longer. October also often offers more drama int the weather, and there could even be a dusting of snow on the mountains. This is also a good time of the year to see the Aurora Borealis.
STYKKISHOLMUR CHURCH, SNAEFELLSNES PENINSULA, ICELAND—IMAGE © JEREMY WOODHOUSE
AURORA BOREALIS BEHIND KIRKJUFELL MOUNTAIN, GRUNDARFJORDUR, ICELAND
Pre-tour: Sept 25 – Arrive Reykjavik
Arrive in Iceland. Get the bus to Reykjavik, check into a hotel and have a day to explore the city.
O/N Reykjavik (TBA)
Day 1 - 2: Sept 26-27 – Reykjavik|Djúpavík
Depart Reykjavik in the early morning and start the journey towards the Strandir region of the Westfjords. This is the eastern part of the fjords and has great mountain scenery. Where we stay in Djúpavík there is also an old Herring factory that has been shut down for decades but provides an opportunity to photograph old machinery plus the very scenic surroundings. We stay for 2 nights at Hotel Djúpavík so that we have a full second day in the area.
O/N Hotel Djúpavík
In 1985 Sigurbjörnsdóttir and Ásbjörn Þorgilsson and their three children moved to Djúpavík. They saw that there were a considerable number of travelers in the area, so they had the idea of opening a hotel. What has characterized the hotel all these years is thewarmth and respect for the "old times". They have always put a great deal of emphasis on keeping the old values.
Day 3 - 4: Sept 28-29 – Djúpavík | Mjóifjörður fjord
We depart Strandir and start travelling west into the large fjord system of Ísafjarðardjúp. This area has countless fjords, or so it seems, and the road winds through one after another. We'll spend two nights at Heydalur, a little gem of a place in Mjóifjörður fjord, and will do excursions from there for sunrise, sunset and something in between.
Discover the Westfjords of Iceland and the valley of Heydalur, a place of great beauty and peacefulness. Appreciate comfort in the middle of wild untouched nature.
Day 5: Sept 30 – Mjóifjörður fjord | Þingeyri
This will be a day of travel. We'll drive the remaining fjords of Ísafjarðardjúp until we come to Ísafjörður, the largest town in the region. After a stop in town we continue to Þingeyri, where we overnight. As on every day we stop for photography along the road.
O/N Hotel Sandafell
A guesthouse and restaurant located on the coast in the middle of the Westfjords of Iceland in the small town Þingeyri
DYNJANDI, WESTFJORDS, ICELAND—IMAGE © JEREMY WOODHOUSE
O/N Stykkishólmur (hotel TBA)
O/N Stykkishólmur (hotel TBA)
Black church at Búðir – Image © Jeremy Woodhouse
O/N Park Inn by Radisson
BLACK CHURCH AT BÚðIR – IMAGE © JEREMY WOODHOUSE
Arrival, Departure & Visa
Late September and October are considered as a transition periods—when days are still warm and long. During October, you get to experience the best of both worlds—a blend of summer and winter. July and August, the summer months, are the busiest in Iceland. The heaviest snow falls in November through February.
February, March, September and October are typically the best time to visit Iceland for the Northern Lights
Icelandic, the official language of Iceland, is an Indo-European language of the North Germanic languages. The language is closely related to Faroese and Norwegian with minor differences resulting from Celtic influence in the ancient Icelandic literature. Most Icelanders speak very good English.
The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic króna (ISK). Many places (restaurants, bars, tourist attractions) will take US dollars, Canadian dollars, Euros, Norwegian, Swedish and Danish currencies. Payment: Icelanders usually pay for everything by credit or debit card.
2 SPOTS OPEN
TOUR COST: $6,900
SINGLE SUPPLEMENT: $750
MAX GROUP SIZE: 8*
*Supplement if the group is 6-7: $700
Tour Fee Includes
- Ground Transportation with local photographer/guide for 10 days
- All meals
- Tour accommodation, as listed
- National Parks entry fees
Tour Fee Excludes
- Arrival/departure flights
- Transfers from Keflavik airport on arrival or transfer from Keflavik to the airport on the day of departure
- Optional scenic flights
- Travel insurance
- Pre- and post-tour accommodation
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- Bring you own laptop computer and storage media
- Camera body(s)
- Lenses, 16-35mm, 24-70mm zoom and 70-200mm zoom or similar lenses are very good
- Light bag for easy hiking with camera bodies and accessories
- Cleaning kit for cameras and lenses
- Rain/dust covers for cameras and lenses
- Charger for batteries
- Spare batteries
- Spare Memory cards
- Memory card reader
- USB key to exchange images
Also good to have
- Lens extenders
- Graduated filter set
- Filter holder
- Good quality polarizing filter