Dates: August 23rd - 30th 2019
Location: Highlands, Iceland
Available seats: 3/6
Difficulty level: Medium
Price: 1990 EURO
Registration deposit: 500 EURO (full payment required 60 days prior to the tour).
Arrival: Keflavik (KEF), August 23rd
Departure: Keflavik (KEF), August 30th
Included: 2 professional photo guides, all tuition, transportation in 4WD SUPER JEEPS.
Not included: Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Keflavik airport. Any private insurances, taxes, levies, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable. Any personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, souvenirs and travel insurance.
Iceland – Langisjor
Join professional photographer Arild Heitmann and Alex Nail on a 7 day adventure in the highlands of Iceland. 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 4×4 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!
GUIDED BY ARILD HEITMANN & ALEX NAIL
Meet in the evening at Reykjavik campsite. We will camp at the campsite – this familiarises us with the tents and stoves and crucially makes sure nothing is forgotten before we are in the middle of nowhere!
Saturday – Tuesday
We will be picked up on Saturday morning to take a Super Jeep from Reykjavik to Langisjor. We will be driving unbelieable 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.
Arild and Alex will be on hand at all times to help you with your images should you wish. With a small group size (maximum 6) 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.
We can provide mountain tents. We will also provide cooking gear. You will need to provide the remainder of the kit yourself. You will be expected to carry all of your own kit. This is to ensure that, regardless of the weather, everyone will be safe and protected overnight. If you prefer to use your own sleeping kit then I recommend a sleeping bag rated to 0 degrees and an insulated inflatable mat. I will provide an in-depth guide and equipment list prior to the start of the trip.
Fitness & Weather
You should have some hill walking experience and a good degree of fitness, however you do not need to be an athlete! The total distance is approximately 50 kilometres. We may hike up to 12 km in any given day but most days are shorter.
There is one easy river crossing on route where you will need to remove your boots. The riverbed is sharp basalt so you should bring lightweight sandals/crocs for this purpose.
The route incorporates many short ascents which are not technical. You will be carrying a backpack which makes hiking slower and more challenging. Whatever the weather the ‘always outdoors’ approach ensures that we don’t miss out when the weather comes good. Late August brings the end of the summer weather and if we are lucky we may even get a slight dusting of snow on the peaks (as happened in 2018!).
The trip does not include flights or the bus transport from the airport to Reykjavik campsite (around £30 return Flybus+ ticket will take you to and from the Laugadalur campsite). You will also require travel insurance.
Frequently Asked Questions
What level of photography is required ?
All of ours tours, workshops and masterclasses are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camear gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.