We have run trips to Iceland for many years during the spring in search of the birdlife. Iceland is a wonderful rugged country with so much to offer the photographer. We are always looking for new opportunities and this new trip promises to be an exciting adventure. We have teamed up with Terry Whittaker who has been travelling to Iceland for many years. Terry has been working with Arctic Foxes along the coast of the remote northwest for a number of years. This stunning Fox really looks its best during the winter months and this will be our main target during this trip. The Arctic Fox is still hunted in Iceland but along this remote stretch of coastline it is left alone and so the Foxes can be very approachable. There are no roads leading to our destination so we have to go by boat which adds to this exciting adventure.
Itinerary Open +Close -
Day 1: Our flights should bring us into Keflavik airport during the course of the afternoon and we will look to transfer to a local hotel for the night.
Day 2: We will catch a morning internal flight from Reykjavik domestic airport to Isafjordur from where we will be transferred to the harbour for a 1.5 hour boat trip to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve where we will be based for the bulk of our trip. We should be able to get out for an initial explore with our cameras this afternoon before settling into our lodge for dinner.
Days 3 – 6: The arctic foxes in the area surrounding our wilderness lodge base here are well used to the comings and goings around us which makes them used to people and very approachable from a photographic perspective. After assessing the weather conditions each day we will set out on foot in search of foxes. Most of the photography will be fairly close to the lodge but we will be governed by snow conditions in terms of how far we have to walk to get the clean snow we will be looking for in our images. At night if we get clear skies there is also an excellent chance of northern lights photography here too given the remote nature of the location.
The weather here is likely to be unpredictable and will shape our programme each day. With potentially rocky boat transfers and challenging conditions and even the possibility of being stuck inside one day as a consequence you should very much look on this trip as a photographic adventure – with the rewards that come in terms of uniqueness of images.
Day 7: After a final morning of photography the boat will pick us up in time to transfer us to Isafjordur for an afternoon flight back to Reykjavik where we will spend the final night of the trip.
Day 8: We will transfer to the airport in the morning for our return flights.