Iceland – Early Summer
Sunday 2nd – Wednesday 12th June 2024
Tour Cost: £3,350 (Plus Flights)

We fly from London Heathrow to Keflavik arriving in the mid-afternoon. We then transfer the 200 kilometres to the Budardalur area for an overnight stop before we continue onto the northern section of the Western Fjords around Isafjordur, our base for the next three nights. During our stay here we will be able to explore the coast as well as inland areas. The landscape here is vast and imposing and the villages are small and colourful. With lots of small coastal towns dotted along the many small fjords in the area there is a lot to see. We can add to this the abundant birdlife that is found in the region, making this a great area in which to photograph.

Of course, this time of year means the days are long allowing us to venture out late in the evening to explore the dramatic light. It is home to a wide variety of birds including golden plover, godwits, whooper swans, snipe, redshanks, great northern and red throated divers as well as a variety of other waterbirds, including eider and harlequin ducks. We may even get a glimpse of the elusive rock ptarmigan. Arctic foxes are known to frequent the area and on a previous visit we have seen these in their golden summer coat.

Our journey then takes us back south to Heydalur as we explore along the fjords for waterfalls, interesting landscapes and of course wildlife. The shoreline offers an opportunity to photograph waders such as oystercatchers, redshanks and red knot. In addition, the fjord also offers rafts of eider duck as well as opportunities to see the rarer harlequin duck and red breasted merganser. From Heydalur we continue to northern Iceland to visit the area around Lake Myvatn. This location offers a superb opportunity to see a wide range wildlife at this time of year. We will also explore the many outstanding geographical features including two of Iceland’s largest waterfalls Dettifoss and Godafoss. There is also an exciting thermal area at Hverir for us to photograph, as we enjoy a three-night stay in the area.

Having spent our time exploring this remoter and exciting part of Iceland we will turn south and begin our return journey to Keflavik. The first part will take us through some exciting landscapes and mountainous areas as we drive through Blondous and Borgarnes on our route to Reykjavik and then onto Keflavik. Here we have our final night in Iceland before we join our flight back to London.

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