ICELAND

Autumn colours in Iceland

PHOTO AND AURORA TOUR

TOUR CODE

WT-09-21-A1

DATE

24.9 - 3.10.21

DURATION

10 D. - 9 Nts

P.P. PRICE

FROM € 3680

PAX

15 - 20

ICELAND - Autumn colours in Iceland

PHOTO AND AURORA - GROUP TOUR

INTRODUCTION

If you want to successfully photograph the delicate, ghostly veils of the northern lights, you need a really dark location away from artificial light pollution. We found such a location on Mývatn in northeast Iceland. The Mývatn is famous for its impressive natural wonders and is the heart of a fascinating volcanic landscape. Almost all known manifestations of volcanism can be found here, including pseudocraters and tabular volcanoes. The area was once chosen as a training area for the US space agency NASA because of its “extraterrestrial” character. It goes without saying that there are countless fascinating photo motifs here. The wonderful starry sky of Iceland, which in its darkness can only be compared to Namibia, wants to be explored with the camera.
If you really want to get to know the island in the North Atlantic, its history and life there, you have to visit the north-west of the country. The idyllic landscape on the shores of the North Sea is the scene of numerous sagas, those fictional stories that tell of the adventures, heroic deeds and intrigues of the early settlers. Even today the landscape looks like it did over 1000 years ago, if the farms are in the same places as in the Viking Age, we can find the scenes of that time long ago on the maps. What better way to take photos than with expert guidance? As an experienced photo seminar leader, Stefan Seip will supervise the trip thematically for both beginners and advanced learners. The trip also takes place with a German/English-speaking tour guide.
Time difference: CEST – 2 hours, new moon: 06.10.2021

ITINERARY

ITINERARY

Scheduled flight with Icelandair from Frankfurt to Iceland at noon (departure 2 p.m., arrival 3:35 p.m.). Get a first impression of the volcanic island with the 45-minute transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík. During a city tour we visit the most important and at the same time most photographically attractive buildings in the capital: Perlan, Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa. Dinner in the hotel and brief presentation of the travel programme.
1 night / half board in the Hótel Cabin in Reykjavík

Today we take the ring road from Reykjavík to the northeast of the island to Mývatn, where we stop on the way. Which route to take in the west of Iceland is decided spontaneously based on the weather and light conditions. A longer stop at Skagafjörður, the epitome of rural Iceland, is firmly planned. Glaumbær’s church and historic peat yard offer attractive photo opportunities. In the late afternoon we finally reach the Mývatn. In the middle of the North Atlantic, we are in one of the regions with the lowest rainfall in Europe and often with clear skies. Since the aurora oval is almost always above this region, the chances of observing the northern lights after dark are extremely good. 5 nights / half board in the Sel Hotel
The course of the programme today and for the following 3 days is primarily based on the weather and light conditions with regard to photography. This can lead to adjustments and changes in the process shown here. On the first morning there will be an introduction to the wonderful world of the northern lights. Further lectures and seminars will be after breakfast or before or after dinner. In the evening it is dark enough from 8:30 p.m. to see the northern lights. In and around the Mývatn, almost all known volcanic forms on earth can be found in a very limited geographical area. Mývatn’s surroundings were largely created by the active volcanic system of the Krafla. An asphalt road leads into the central caldera, under which there is a magma chamber at a depth of only 3 km. We walk to the lava flows that flowed in the 1970s and 1980s and to Maar Víti. Even before the last series of eruptions, NASA was so fascinated by the strange environment that it sent its future lunar pilots there for training. From a photographic point of view, the bizarre constructions of a geothermal power plant and the solfataras field at Námafjall a little further south on the ring road are particularly attractive. In the afternoon there is the option of visiting the Mývatn Nature Spa (entry ISK 4300, -). If you don’t want to swim, you will find attractive photo opportunities in the immediate vicinity or you can take a look around the town of Reykjahlið, which is located on the lakeshore.
Today’s tour takes us around the Mývatn on a distance of around 50 km. In the unique area there are numerous strange lava formations, attractive bays, pseudocraters and rare bird species. Among other things, we can admire the pseudocraters of Skutustaðir right next to our hotel on a peninsula, which were created by the collision of lava and water. The lava formation Dimmuborgir (the dark castles), the bizarre rocks on Kalfaströnd and the rapids of the Laxá are further highlights in today’s programme. En route stops will again be decided spontaneously.

The waterfall of the gods, the Goðafoss, is our first destination today. The historic waterfall in the Skjálfandafljót River is one of the most beautiful and famous on the island. According to legend, the god þorgeir is said to have thrown the last pagan images of gods into the Goðafoss around the year 1000 after the adoption of Christianity as the state religion.
The further route leads us more or less along the Skjálfandafljót to its confluence with the Atlantic. There is the pretty town of Húsavík by the bay of Skjálfandi. It has become famous for the whales, which can be found in the bay with a high degree of certainty. In addition to dolphins and humpback whales, blue whales are also spotted time and again. You have the opportunity to take part in a whale watching tour (optional, 3 hours, approx. ISK 10,500, bookable on site). The whale museum (ISK 1800, -) and the harbor front with a view of the year-round snow-covered mountains beyond the bay are also worth a visit. On the way back to Mývatn we visit the geyser Ystihver, whose eruptions occur every few minutes.

The endless lava deserts Oddáðahraun and Mývatnsöræfi extend east of the Mývatn. The only body of water in this bone-dry environment is the mighty glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. In its lower reaches it falls over several waterfalls into the deep canyon Jökulsárgljúfur. We visit the Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, as well as the somewhat smaller Hrafnagilsfoss. The further organization of the day is decided spontaneously.

Today we leave the Mývatn. First stop is Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland. Here is the largest population center in the country outside of the capital district. We take a tour of the sympathetic city, which, thanks to its favorable climate, is astonishingly green despite its northern location. Among other things, we visit the botanical garden, the Akureyrarkirkja (Akureyris Church) and the cozy city center.
From Akureyri there is a short stop in Blönduós to Víðidalur in the north-west of the country. The Kolugil Gorge invites you to stop here – because of the photogenic waterfall, maybe we will see also around 600 – 700 Icelandic horses are herded together from the high pastures here. From the Kolugil it is only a short drive to the Hotel, where we will spend the night.
2 nights / half board Hotel near Laugarbakkinear

Today we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufacturer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.
1 night / half board in the Hótel Cabin in Reykjavík

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany.

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ITINERARY

The accommodation / lodge Laugarbakki is one of the most famous Reirerhöfe in Iceland. Today we are allowed to take part in a horse demonstration at the nearby Gauksmyriequestrian center and visit the stables. Then we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufactorer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany

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ITINERARY

Scheduled flight with Icelandair from Frankfurt to Iceland at noon (departure 2 p.m., arrival 3:35 p.m.). Get a first impression of the volcanic island with the 45-minute transfer from Keflavík Airport to Reykjavík. During a city tour we visit the most important and at the same time most photographically attractive buildings in the capital: Perlan, Hallgrímskirkja and Harpa. Dinner in the hotel and brief presentation of the travel program. 1 night / half board in the Hótel Cabin in Reykjavík.

Today we take the ring road from Reykjavík to the northeast of the island to Mývatn, where we stop on the way. Which route to take in the west of Iceland is decided spontaneously based on the weather and light conditions. A longer stop at Skagafjörður, the epitome of rural Iceland, is firmly planned. Glaumbær’s church and historic peat yard offer attractive photo opportunities.

In the late afternoon we finally reach the Mývatn. In the middle of the North Atlantic, we are in one of the regions with the lowest rainfall in Europe and often with clear skies. Since the aurora oval is almost always above this region, the chances of observing the northern lights after dark are extremely good.

5 nights / half board in the Hótel Gígur or Sel Hotel.

The course of the program today and for the following 3 days is primarily based on the weather and light conditions with regard to photography. This can lead to adjustments and changes in the process shown here.

On the first morning (14.09.18) there will be an introduction to the wonderful world of the northern lights. Further lectures and seminars will be held by Stefan Seip after breakfast or before or after dinner.

In the evening it is dark enough from 8:30 p.m. to see the northern lights.

In and around the Mývatn, almost all known volcanic forms on earth can be found in a very limited geographical area. Mývatn’s surroundings were largely created by the active volcanic system of the Krafla. An asphalt road leads into the central caldera, under which there is a magma chamber at a depth of only 3 km. We walk to the lava flows that flowed in the 1970s and 1980s and to Maar Víti. Even before the last series of eruptions, NASA was so fascinated by the strange environment that it sent its future lunar pilots there for training. From a photographic point of view, the bizarre constructions of a geothermal power plant and the solfataras field at Námafjall a little further south on the ring road are particularly attractive.

In the afternoon there is the option of visiting the Mývatn Nature Spa (entry ISK 4300, -). If you don’t want to swim, you will find attractive photo opportunities in the immediate vicinity or you can take a look around the town of Reykjahlið, which is located on the lakeshore.

Today’s tour takes us around the Mývatn on a distance of around 50 km. In the unique area there are numerous strange lava formations, attractive bays, pseudocraters and rare bird species. Among other things, we can admire the pseudocraters of Skutustaðir right next to our hotel on a peninsula, which were created by the collision of lava and water. The lava formation Dimmuborgir (the dark castles), the bizarre rocks on Kalfaströnd and the rapids of the Laxá are further highlights in today’s program. En route stops will again be decided spontaneously.

The waterfall of the gods, the Goðafoss, is our first destination today. The historic waterfall in the Skjálfandafljót River is one of the most beautiful and famous on the island. According to legend, the god þorgeir is said to have thrown the last pagan images of gods into the Goðafoss around the year 1000 after the adoption of Christianity as the state religion.

The further route leads us more or less along the Skjálfandafljót to its confluence with the Atlantic. There is the pretty town of Húsavík by the bay of Skjálfandi. It has become famous for the whales, which can be found in the bay with a high degree of certainty. In addition to dolphins and humpback whales, blue whales are also spotted time and again. You have the opportunity to take part in a whale watching tour (optional, 3 hours, approx. ISK 10,500, bookable on site). The whale museum (ISK 1800, -) and the harbor front with a view of the year-round snow-covered mountains beyond the bay are also worth a visit.

On the way back to Mývatn we visit the geyser Ystihver, whose eruptions occur every few minutes.

The endless lava deserts Oddáðahraun and Mývatnsöræfi extend east of the Mývatn. The only body of water in this bone-dry environment is the mighty glacial river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. In its lower reaches it falls over several waterfalls into the deep canyon Jökulsárgljúfur. We visit the Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, as well as the somewhat smaller Hrafnagilsfoss. The further organization of the day is decided spontaneously.

Today we leave the Mývatn. First stop is Akureyri, the capital of Northern Iceland. Here is the largest population center in the country outside of the capital district. We take a tour of the sympathetic city, which, thanks to its favorable climate, is astonishingly green despite its northern location. Among other things, we visit the botanical garden, the Akureyrarkirkja(Akureyris Church) and the cozy city center.

From Akureyri there is a short stop in Blönduós to Víðidalur in the north-west of the country. The Kolugil Gorge invites you to stop here – because of the photogenic waterfall, maybe we will see also around 600 – 700 Icelandic horses are herded together from the high pastureshere. From the Kolugil it is only a short drive to the Hotel, where we will spend the night.

2 nights / half board Hotel near Laugarbakkinear

The accommodation / lodge Laugarbakki is one of the most famous Reirerhöfe in Iceland. Today we are allowed to take part in a horse demonstration at the nearby Gauksmyriequestrian center and visit the stables. Then we pay a visit to the Vatnsnes peninsula. You can see a seal colony at the famous elephant-shaped rock Hvitserkur. We get even closer to the marine mammals at a farm on the other side of the peninsula. Finally we make a stop in the village of Hvammstangi. There you have, among other things, the opportunity to buy typical wool products directly from a manufactorer.

With several short stops we drive to Reykjavik after breakfast, free time and transfer to the hotel.

In the morning transfer to the airport and flight back to Germany

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Picture gallery for the optional tour

 
Your astronomical lecturer and photography expert:
Stefan Seip

The photographer and astrophotographer Stefan Seip lives in Stuttgart – in southwest Germany in the middle of Europe. Before he started his own business in 2003, he worked in the IT industry. He completed his natural science studies in biology with the qualification “Diplom-Biologist”.
Seip gained an international reputation with his photographs. In German-speaking countries he is best known as the author of several books on the subject of celestial and astrophotography. He regularly writes columns, test reports, practical tips and reports for leading magazines. In many lectures, workshops and star tours, he passes on his knowledge, which is also his passion for an interested audience.
Stefan Seip seeks and finds his motifs all over the world. He is not always traveling alone, but also works as a specialist lecturer and course leader and offers his guests the opportunity to experience and photograph certain places or celestial events. He has been a member of the TWAN (The World at Night) photography association since it was founded. In 2013 he was appointed “Photo Ambassador” by ESO.
His photographic spectrum extends far beyond celestial and astro photography. His preference for artistic photography in classic black and white becomes evident.

HOTEL

TERMS & CONDITIONS

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TOUR COST

Tour date:
24.09. – 03.10.2021                            

(Tour programme without international flights is also available on request)

Tour Price:
3,680 € p.p. in a DBL / half board
4,270 € in SGL / half-board

INCLUDED

 Return flight Frankfurt – Keflavík – Frankfurt with Icelandair (airport taxes included)
All transports and transfers with customary coaches
9 nights with half board in typical 3 * hotels / guest houses (all rooms with en-suite facilities)
All excursions and transfers
English-speaking local tour guide
Astronomical and photographic support with specialist lectures by Stefan Seip
Observation and sightseeing programme as described in the programme, except for excursions marked as “optional”

NOT INCLUDED

 Connecting flights to Frankfurt
Optional excursions and visits as mentioned in the programme
Other meals, drinks and tips
Personal expenses
Travel insurance
Possible fuel price increase

INFORMATION

We recommend that you take travel cancellation insurance (RRV). This should be completed immediately after booking. We strongly recommend that you take international health and ambulance insurance, ideally as a complete insurance that also includes, for example, travel accident, luggage and travel liability insurance. In contrast to the RRV, all of these insurances can be taken out immediately before the start of the journey. We would be happy to book your desired insurance for you.

Our group tours are carefully planned so that you are almost certain to see the Northern Lights.
But: Northern lights are a natural phenomenon. While there is a very good chance that you will see the Northern Lights during your trip, we do not guarantee that you will see them.
Photos or animations created from them usually have too much colour saturation and therefore do not correspond to the visual appearance of auroras.

Iceland’s climate is oceanic cool, characterized by the relatively warm Irminger Current (10 ° C in summer) on the south coast and the cold Greenland Current on the northeast and southwest coast. The precipitation in the south of the country is over 2000mm per year, in the north it is only 400 – 600mm. Due to the warm Irminger Current, the climate in Iceland is milder than in other regions of this latitude. The winters are comparatively warm and the summers are rather cool. In the last few decades global warming has made itself felt through a slight increase in average temperatures, which can be observed from the retreat of individual glacier tongues to the complete melting of smaller glaciers. It is warmest in Iceland from mid-June to mid-September. The daytime temperatures fluctuate between 0 and 3 ° C in winter and between 12 and 15 ° C in summer, although it can be significantly cooler inland. But much higher temperatures also occur in some privileged locations until September. The lowest rainfall in Iceland occurs in the early summer months, although there are significant local differences. In the north-east it tends to be drier, as the clouds that come mostly (but not always) from the south rain down over the 8100 km² Vatnajökull glacier. The duration of sunshine is therefore longer, for example, in the area of ​​Lake Mývatn than in other regions of the country.

EQUIPMENTS

Binoculars and spotting scope if available
Sturdy shoes for the hikes
Warm clothes for evening observation / photography
Rain cover / jacket, Sun protection
Daypack
Folding stool (if needed)
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

For the Photo Seminar:
Digital camera(s), SLR camera(s), mirrorless system camera(s)
Manual(s)
Battery, if possible also one (or more) replacement battery(s)
Charger(s)
Memory card(s) with sufficient capacity, at least one replacement card
Bellows, brush, cloth and lens cleaner for cleaning
If necessary, gear for sensor cleaning
Photo lens(s), all focal lengths can be used, depending on your preference(s)
Long focal length (telephoto / telephoto zoom) lens for animal photography
Lens hood(s) for the lens(s) (= “lens hoods”)
Data backup, e.g. notebook with external hard drive / USB stick(s), card reader, photo safe or a corresponding    number of memory cards
For extensive / high-quality equipment: list of devices including serial numbers
(The specified list is not intended to be exhaustive. More details will be shared about 4 weeks before the tour)

GENERAL INFORMATION

●  We reserve the right to change the schedule of excursions, sightseeing and observation programmes – even at short notice due to natural events such as volcanic activity.
The tour can be cancelled by the tour operator, if the minimum number of participants is not met. In this case, Wittmann Travel e.K. can withdraw from the contract 28 days before the start of the journey. As a rule, however, we inform all participants earlier.

PAYMENT MODE

● 20% of the tour price (billing amount) has to be paid at the time of confirmation.
● Balance payment is to be made 28 days prior to departure.

TRAVEL ADVICE

Travel documents:
Since Iceland is part of the Schengen area, German and Austrian citizens only need a valid identity card or passport to enter Iceland. Citizens of other nationalities should contact your Foreign Office or the respective embassy for information about the entry regulations that apply to you.

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ICELAND

Autumn colours in Iceland

TOUR CODE

WT-09-21-A1

DATE

24.9 - 3.10.21

DURATION

10 D. - 9 Nts

P.P. PRICE

FROM € 3680

PAX

15 - 20

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Current Status

Tour Active

Booking Status

Minimum participants booked

Eligibility

RTPCR test required (24 hours prior to travel) even for vaccinated (Covid19) and recovered participants

Theme Leader

Name of theme leader

Language

English and German

Please Note

Program can be changed without prior notice
Also possible to book half double room