Deposit: £500 per person | Dates: 11th – 20th June 2019 | Group Size: 6
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Join us on this exciting 10-day Wildlife & Landscape photography holiday in the stunning beauty that is Iceland. The photography tour coincides with the height of the breeding season where bird life is both rich and plentiful. Our photographic trip includes one of Iceland’s premier locations such as, Jökulsárlón, Selfoss, Reykjavik, Stykkisholmur and Flatey Island for wildlife and landscape photography. Observe as the icebergs shift, literally and in colour, under Iceland’s constantly changing light; Arctic terns alight on sculpted ice whilst Eiders drift through blue reflections. This is heaven for any photographer with opportunities for a wide variety of images.
On the south coast we visit a very special site, home to an abundance of Red throated Divers; upon arriving you’ll hear the long eerie calls of these enigmatic birds that make their home on the small sedge lined pools; this is a memorable encounter and a very special place. On our travels we will see many species including snipe and whimbrel on stone walls, and ducks and waders in quite inlet bays. There will be plenty of opportunities for landscape photography, not to mention the beautiful Icelandic Horses.
Target species include: whooper swan, red throated diver, redshank, whimbrel, red necked phalarope, barnacle goose, black tailed godwit, dunlin, golden plover, ringed plover, snipe, eider, slavonian grebe, great northern diver, arctic tern, fulmar, kittiwake, puffin, black guilemot, white wagtail and snow bunting with Other possible species such as arctic skua, short eared owl, merlin, gyr falcon, ptarmigan, long tailed duck showing along our travels.
Our itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional, however change is unlikely.
Keflavík International Airport
Day 1 You will be welcomed by a representative from Wild Exposures (normally your photography tour leader) at Keflavík airport, where we will transfer straight to Selfoss to check into our guesthouse, and an Evening photography session.
Day 2 Full Day in Selfoss, Concentrating on Red throated Divers breeding on pools. Other likely birds include Red necked Phalarope, Whooper Swan, Dunlin, Scaup, black tailed godwit.
Day 3 After breakfast, We take the long drive to Jökulsárlón and an Evening photo session.
Days 4&5 Two whole days at Jökulsárlón capturing masses of breeding birds amidst the magnificent glacial lagoon. Working in this unique habitat allows for creative images in changing conditions. We capture Arctic Terns landing on sculpted glaciers and Barnacle Geese drifting past blue ice. Eiders are another colourful subject amidst this special landscape. Potential for redwing and redpoll.
Day 6 We drive to the capital Reykjavik in the morning. The afternoon and evening is free to explore the capital and relax. Along the way we’ll take advantage of any opportunities including possible Slavonian Grebes and Divers in roadside pools, or Plovers and Black tailed Godwit on raised tussocks. There really are so many possibilities as we drive through varied habitat and witness awe-inspiring views. Landscape images are always a possibility.
Day 7 We drive to Stykkisholmur to take the afternoon ferry to Flatey Island. Flatey is a birder’s paradise with everything on our doorstep. We stay here for 2 nights to make the most of the early mornings and evenings.
Day 8 Flatey. Species here include incredibly approachable redshank, snipe and red necked phalarope. Black guillemot and snow bunting breed close to the harbour and puffins breed on the cliffs. There is also chance of photographing the rare grey phalarope.
Day 9 We take the return ferry to mainland and drive back to our stop over hotel in Keflavik. Again we will be looking for any opportunities along the way including landscape images.
Day 10 After breakfast (depending on your flight time) Our representative will pick you up and transfer your group to the Airport for the onward flight.
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Tour Cost: £3200 per person | Deposit: £500 per person
Our photography tours and holidays are handled and financially protected via Eden Safaris. As of January 2018, a new travel tour directive means that tighter restrictions on independent tour operators in the UK will be in place meaning all holidays and tours (including photography tours) will be required by law to be financially protect. The most viable way to do this for our trips was to partner with a reliable and conservation focused travel agency, who can offer both the current great service, prices and holidays, whilst financially protecting our clients money.