March of 2020 – 11 days

Photography Trip to Iceland

ARCTIC FOX EXPEDITION: Winter Edition

14 – 24 march 2020

A very special trip for a small group of photographers. Our goal is to photograph wild arctic foxes in Iceland’s remote fjords during winter. We will stay in a rustic cabin but with all the amenities. We will be the only people in the whole peninsula, uninhabited since 1952. We wil spend long hours focused on getting extraordinary images of foxes, while nights will keep us busy trying to photograph auroras and dreamlike landscapes.

WHAT IS THE PLAN?

This is an exclusive trip in which you can photograph the arctic foxes in total freedom and in their majestic hibernation fur. A week on the uninhabited horstrandir peninsula, where foxes live protected from hunting and therefore, we can have close encounters , as the foxes don’t fear people there, as much as it happens in the rest of the country.

We will stay in an old restored farm, in which we will have heating, hot water and even have our own chef and maintenance manager of the house. We will be the only people living on the peninsula. We will take advantage of all hours of the day to get the best possible images of the arctic fox, as well as the landscapes offered by the fjords. In the evenings, we may also enjoy the Northern Lights.

ABOUT HORNSTRANDIR

Hornstrandir Nature Reserve is an unaltered and wild land. The last residents left the site in 1952 due to the harsh conditions of the place. There are no roads throughout the area and the place is only accessible by sea.

The landscape looks huge in all directions. The fjords are formed from high mountains that rise abruptly from sea level. Winter paints these landscapes monochrome and we will have numerous opportunities to portray it under the changing lights that the weather offers us during the expedition. That’s why travelers will need to think about bringing short lenses in addition to long lenses.

The weather here can be very changeable, dramatic and fierce. One can expect that on the same day we have rain, sun, wind, and snow, and therefore, it is easy to imagine how interesting changes of light can be, offering us moments and opportunities that are unique and unrepeatable.

OUR ACCOMMODATION

Our accommodation will consist of an old farm recovered and renovated, converted into a paradise to enjoy this wonderful and lonely place while having a warm and comfortable place to return to after spending the day photographing the foxes.

The house is situated at the gates of a beautiful valley and at the water’s edge of a bay with extensive panoramic views. It was built in the fourteenth century but was abandoned in 1948, when the inhabitants of the peninsula left behind these arctic lands.

Recently the house has been reformed and will help us during our adventure, both for its perfect location as for its incredible amenities.

Heating system and solar energy

Bathroom and shower with hot water

Full kitchen, living room, dining room and drying room for clothing and boots

Hide to observe the wildlife

Sauna outside (great for recovering forces after the cold)

Enough energy to charge laptops and batteries (220V)

Sporadic phone signal

The accommodation includes a person in charge of the maintenance of the house, the cleaning and the kitchen, which consist of delicious icelandic cuisine

THE ARCTIC FOX AND OTHER WILDLIFE

The arctic fox is the star of this expedition. It is also the only native mammal in Iceland. It has to survive harsh conditions in a hostile environment with little food. They are very curious animals and, if we are patient, they can come close to us.

There are two color patterns in the fur of the arctic fox: the “blue” and “white”. The white is a characteristic of 95% of the world’s population, being the “blue” (brown, really), a true rarity. And what’s more interesting is that in the fjords of west Iceland, 80% of individuals are of this odd variety of colors.

Hornstrandir is the place of Iceland with the largest number of arctic foxes. Even so, they are scattered and are very territorial. In our area, very close to the house, we will be able to photograph one or two couples (2-4 individuals) of both colours (white and blue).

In addition to arctic foxes there is also a large variety of birds. Not all remain in winter, but there is the possibility of seeing some species that are very interesting, such as the ptarmigian (also in its winter plumage), the eider duck, the harlequin duck, ravens and several species of gulls. In more rare occasions, it may be an eagle or even a peregrine falcon.

HIGHLIGHTS

To photograph the wild animal icon of beauty par excellence

Seeing and photographing the Northern Lights

Get to know the most pristine area of Iceland

Enjoy watching the wild animals in full freedom

Enjoy the lights that provide the solar trajectories of winter, which allow the warm colors and elongated shadows over the landscape during a large part of the day

Live the experience of being one of the few people inhabiting the place

Stay in a cabin from the fourteenth century

Learn how to play with colors, shapes and textures that winter monocrome landscape offers

Count on the expertise and advice 24/7 of a photographer and mountain guide with great knowledge of Iceland and the foxes, that will allow you to return with good photo results

PRICE

3950 € PER PERSON

PRICE INCLUDES

  • Accommodation for three nights (the arrival and the two in the back) in the above mentioned hotels in Reykjavík in double room.
  • The breakfast corresponding to those three days.
  • Transfer from the Keflavik international airport to the hotel in Reykjavík.
  • Boat trip from Isafjördur to the cabin in Hornstrandir
  • Accomodation in the house Hornstrandir.
  • The use of single room is included in the house of Hornstrandir if available (no additional cost).
  • All breakfasts, lunches and dinners during the days of stay in the house of Hornstrandir.
  • Drinks (non-alcoholic) within the housing in Hornstrandir house, which is full board.
  • Daily cleaning service and other facilities of the house of Hornstrandir.
  • private chef who will cook meals for us every day of stay in the house, preferably traditional Icelandic food.
  • Boat trip from Hornstrandir to Isafjördur
  • Transfer from hotel in Reykjavík to the international airport of Keflavik.
  • Accompaniment at all times of the photographic guide, who will provide personalized attention to each traveller, both in the technical aspect as in the behavior of the species to allow an approach successful. The advice will be of 24 hours, and includes explanations to optimize the pictures and edit the images to ensure a good final report.
  • Basic insurance coverage of travel assistance.

PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • International flight
  • Roundtrip transportation to and from Reykjavik to Isafjördur.
  • Expenses of management of the agency Descubrir Tours (25 €) and cancellation insurance (73,50 €).
  • Any concept not specified in the paragraph “Price includes”.

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Please contact us to make a reservation or to request more information about this trip.
Please, tell us exactly how we can help.

Contact us at marta@indomitus.eu or tato@indomitus.eu

Agency responsible for this trip: Descubrir Tours

MORE PHOTOS OF THIS TRIP

WHO WILL ACCOMPANY YOU ON THIS TRIP?

GUIDE OF THIS TOUR

Marta Bretó

From the 14th to the 24 of march: Marta Bretó

Nature photographer and mountain and travel guide, she enjoys touring the most varied landscapes and the most starry nights with the intention of capturing the wild and beautiful aspects that nature offers through her images.Nature and photography lover, she makes his passion her way of life, in addition to using her work to motivate the conservation and respect of wildlife.

www.martabreto.com

GUIDE OF THIS TOUR

Tato Rosés

20 to march 30, you will accompany Tato Rosés

Photographer and translator specialized in photography, medicine and sports books. Photography teacher and traveler.

Since years I travel around the world to collect experiences and images, taking photos of everything that strikes me and surprises me.

I am the author of three books and to date I have received several photography awards and mountain film such as National Geographic, MontPhoto, Sonimag photo or Mostra d audiovisuals de muntanya, among others

tatoroses.eu

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Summary
Event
Arctic Fox Expedition: Winter Edition
Location
Iceland, Holtabraut,Isafjordur,Hornstrandir
Starting on
2020-03-14
Ending on
2020-03-24
Description
Our goal is to photograph wild arctic foxes in Iceland's remote fjords during winter. We wil spend long hours focused on getting extraordinary images of foxes, while nights will keep us busy trying to photograph auroras and dreamlike landscapes.
Offer Price
EUR 3950
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