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Croatia & Her Beautiful Sisters (Montenegro & Bosnia/Herzegovina)

Our friends at Photofly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have planned another great adventure and we're all invited! E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! GO HERE to Sign Up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/croatia-small-group-tour/ August 21st - August 30th 2020 From Zagreb to Dubrovnik, we’ll explore the best of the best when it comes to this Eastern European gem. And since this gorgeous country is surrounded by gorgeous neighbors, we’ll explore a few of them too: Bosnia Herzegovina and Montenegro! Our Croatia small group tour is filled with beauty for us to soak in, photograph, and marvel at. We’ve custom built this adventure to experience the highlights of Croatia and her neighbors including some of the country’s amazing islands just off the coast. * 9 nights/10 days throughout the best of Croatia and her stunning neighbors (Bosnia/Herzegovina & Montenegro) * Charming & Unique Boutique style hotels throughout *Breakfast Everyday * Welcome/Farewell Dinners, & 1 lunch included * Privately guided tours throughout (City tours of Zagreb, Split, & Dubrovnik, Plitvice Lakes National Park, Mostar, & Montenegro) _________________________________ Croatia: * Zagreb: We’ll explore the capital of Croatia via a panoramic bus and walking tour of the historical and photogenic highlights (Trg Bana Jelacica (“main square”, Fruit Market, St. Markus Church) * Plitvice Lakes National Park: Oldest park in Southeast Europe & an UNESCO World Heritage Site. * Trogir: Explore the picturesque city known as “The Stone Beauty”, a charming stone town which takes Trogir small group tours pride in their fascinating Romanesque cathedral, churches, towers and beautiful palaces. * Split: The second largest city in Croatia and “the capital of Dalmatia”. ____________________________________ Bosnia & Herzegovina: *Mostar: As we continue south we’ll take a slight detour across the border to Bosnia & Herzegovina’s wonderland town of Mostar. _________________________ Montenegro: Often called “The Pearl of the Mediterranean”. Kotor: This medieval walled town on the coast is situated in the Bay of Kotor. ________________________________ Dubrovnik: Dubrovnik City Tour: Reclaimed, not just as a Croatian treasure but also as one of the world’s treasures. * Optional Sea Kayaking Adventure: Become acquainted with Dubrovnik from its stunning seacoast! An easy paddling kayak excursion beneath the old city walls, is a unique opportunity starting beneath the ancient Fort Lovrjenac in the small port called Pile. We’ll set off to explore caves and beauties of the mysterious Lokrum Island accompanied by our experienced kayaking guides. ____________________________ * Plenty of free time throughout to explore on our own * A range of optional excursions excellent for photography (Unique farm to table, off the path dinner at family farm in mountainous countryside, white water rafting in Split, walk Dubrovnik city walls, bike/wine tours, & more…) * Optional extra night Dubrovnik: Wind down, relax, swim, or explore more of the Dubrovnik area by staying an extra night at our resort on the coast. A roundtrip boat ride to Lokrum Island with great nature trails, swimming, & the “Game of Thrones” museum is included. Price/details in daily itinerary-E-mail to request! * All Taxes, Transfers, & Fees included * Airfare is not included but we will help you find a good flight! (Home Airport → Zagreb International Airport (ZAG) & Dubrovnik International Airport (DBV) → Home Airport) * Roommate Pairing to save money as always! * Email us to see daily itinerary at [masked] _________________________________ Join Us! *For our solo travelers, we will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: http://www.photoflytravel.org/croatia-small-group-tour/

Norway: Vikings, Fjords, & the Arctic Circle!

Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club (https://www.photoflytravel.com/) have crafted a brand new trip for us! September 2nd – 11th 2020 E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary! https://www.photoflytravel.org/norway-small-group-tours/ * 9 nights/10 Days Norway small group tour * Private, Local English Speaking Guide Throughout * Domestic Flight INCLUDED [masked] USD Value!) * Breakfast Everyday * Welcome & Farewell Dinner Included Oslo (2 Nights) * Privately guided orientation tour of the city; Highlights: - Explore different areas and architecture styles from the 1600s to beautiful, ornate buildings of the 19th century. - Photograph functionalist style City Hall, the site of the annual Nobel Peace Prize ceremony every December - Baroque style Oslo Cathedral from 1697 - Vigeland Park, a sculpture park and museum which display the works of Gustav Vigeland and other temporary art exhibitions. * 48 Hr “Oslo Pass“: The most convenient way to experience Oslo * Free public transport * Entrance to museums and attractions * Holmenkollen Ski Museum & Tower * Discounts on sightseeing, restaurants, and services Flåm (1 Night) The Flåm Railway w/ “Norway in a Nutshell” “Norway in a Nutshell” takes us through some of Norway’s most beautiful scenery. Experience the scenic Bergen Railway, the breathtaking Flåm Railway, the Aurlandsfjord, the narrow Nærøyfjord and the steep hairpin bends of Stalheimskleiva. * Flåm-Gudvangen Fjord Cruise: UNESCO’s World Heritage-listed Nærøyfjord is spectacularly narrow and surrounded by steep mountains and snow-covered peaks that stand 5900 ft above sea level, with thundering waterfalls and picturesque villages along the fjord. Bergen (2 Nights) * Privately guided tour of Bergen; Highlights: * Photograph & explore the charming indoor Fish Market * Stroll around Bryggen – the medieval UNESCO World Heritage Site consisting of the old Hanseatic Wharf & buildings. * Bergen Fortress area with one of the oldest and best-preserved fortresses in Norway * Town Square and City Park * Fløibanen Funicular: Connects the Bergen city center with the mountain of Fløyen. It’s one of Bergen’s must-do activities with mountain walks and magnificent views of the city. * Free time to explore, hike, visit museums, etc. Lofoten (4 Nights) * Silent Fjord Cruise: Experience this Lofoten classic aboard a silent electric catamaran * Reaching the Top: 3 hikes to choose from (easy, moderate, difficult) * Very Easy: A simple excursion & beautiful walk immersed in the nature surrounding Svolvær. Enjoy the silence, while admiring extraordinary scenery and landscapes. * Moderate: Hike along a path that hugs a stunning mountain lake, and passes through green fir tree forests. * Difficult: Hike through high peaks and follow a path that has the ocean on one side and the imposing mountains on the other! Lofoten Scenic Road Trip: Learn about the fascinating Viking history among old fishing villages, sit on pure white sand beaches facing crystal seas, and admire imposing mountains & magnificent cliffs, which for billions of years have guarded the settlements like ancient Viking warriors… Lofotr Viking Museum: The world’s biggest Viking Age longhouse has been found and excavated at Borg in the Lofoten Islands. * Trekking the famous Reinebringen: This steep scramble leads to one the most beautiful viewpoints on all the Islands: an epic panorama of Reinefjorden and the Lofoten Wall. (*Easier hike or nature walk will also be available) E-mail [masked] for the daily itinerary! ---------------- Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $[masked] *Single Supplement:[masked] OR Deposit: $[masked] Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/norway-small-group-tours/

Extraordinary Nepal & Bhutan


Our friends at Photofly Travel Club ( https://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have planned an extraordinary Nepal & Bhutan Adventure! September 10th - 23rd 2020 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/nepal-bhutan-group-tours/ AND E-mail us at [masked] for the daily itinerary! * 13 nights/ 14 Days throughout the best of the Himalayas! * Amazing Boutique hotels & 4 star accommodations throughout * Privately guided adventures throughout * Expert Local Guides Throughout * Breakfast everyday * 11 Dinners, 8 Lunches INCLUDED (Almost all meals!) * FOUR flights INCLUDED (1,000 USD Value!) *International flights not included * Air Conditioned Transportation Throughout * Bell Boy/Porter Gratuities Included Throughout Nepal (7 Nights) * 8 days throughout the greatest Himalayan Kingdom! * Perfect combination of culture, photography, food, & adventure! * We truly maximize our time to see the incredible diversity throughout Nepal which most trips don’t even know exists! * Best time of year to explore AFTER the monsoon has passed but before the tourist crowds take over! Kathmandu * Kathmandu City: Highlights include the temple of the Living Goddess & Durbar Square with it’s array of temples overlooked by the Hanuman Dhoka Palace, the ancient residence of the Nepalese Royalty. * Swayambhunath: Just outside the city proper is a hill with a mosaic of small Chaityas (shrines) and Pagodas temples. Pokhara * Pokhara City Adventure: Discover the best of this “Shangri-La” Valley epicenter! * Davis Fall’s * Gupteswor Mahadev Cave * Fewa (Phewa) Lake Chitwan National Park, wild beasts in subtropical Nepal * In Search of Tigers, Rhinos, & Sloth Bears?: That’s right, our time here will be spent on safari, exploring the gorgeous park to witness & photograph the beautiful Royal Bengal Tigers, One Horned Rhinos, AND, if we are lucky, even a sloth bear! Not to mention, endless other unique creatures & birds only found in this part of the world. Bhutan (6 Nights) * 7 days throughout the last real Himalayan Kingdom! * Low Volume, High Value Tourism: Perhaps the most sustainable approach to tourism in the world! Thimphu * Thimpu City Adventure: All the best of the new and old… * National Memorial Chorten * Indigenous Hospital * Traditional Paper Factory * School of Fine Arts: Here, young students learn the traditional arts and crafts known as Zo Rig Chusum (the thirteen crafts). Punakha * The Palace of Great Happiness Paro * Paro Town Adventure: Home to the “Tiger’s Nest” and so much more… * The Old Watchtower * Rinpung Dzong: This architectural wonder and the life around it are not to be missed and a must to photograph! * Taktsang Monastary (Tigers Nest): This incredible feat of human architecture and pure will has a name to match and is deservedly one of the most venerated and famous of Bhutan’s monasteries. * Tour Leader and photographer to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, taking better pictures, etc. throughout these Nepal and Bhutan group tours. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * 4 domestic flights INCLUDED (1,000 USD Value!) * International airfare is not included. We are happy to help you find a good flight as always! * Flying into & out of Kathmandu International Airport (KTM) * Specific arrival/departure times needed will be sent directly to the group. * Roommate pairing to save money as always! * All Taxes, Fees, & Transfers Included Join Us! *For our solo travelers I will pair you up with someone of the same sex unless single occupancy is requested. Price: $3,595.00 *Single Supplement: $578.00 OR Deposit: $600.00 Go here to sign up: https://www.photoflytravel.org/nepal-bhutan-group-tours/

Iceland Uncovered


The Land of Fire & Ice September 20th-September 27th 2020 Our friends at PhotoFly Travel Club ( http://www.photoflytravel.com/ ) have invited us to a one of a kind adventure throughout Iceland! E-mail [masked] for the DAILY ITINERARY! Sign up at: https://www.photoflytravel.org/iceland-small-group-tours/ Our Iceland small group adventures are one of a kind, built from scratch with a local team of experts. With a small, intimate group as always, we’ll explore the country in specially outfitted 4 wheel drive Mercedes Sprinters, which allow us to go off road to Iceland’s hidden treasures & off the path gems, while the big bus tours are stuck on the main roads & typical tourist viewpoints with no clue what they’re missing! *We have limited space due to the # of seats in our unique 4×4 vehicles so don’t hesitate to get your deposits in before it’s too late! Please e-mail us for the day by day itinerary ([masked]): * 7 nights /8 Days Iceland small group tour * Breakfast everyday * Welcome & farewell dinners, & 2 lunches included * Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels in excellent locations * 4×4 custom rigged Mercedes Sprinters let us adventure off the path to witness and photograph so much more! * Private, local expert guide throughout! Reykjavík Region The country’s capital is filled with great museums, Viking history, food, nightlife, and lookouts with sweeping views of the sea and surrounding foothills. “Reykjavík is a city of bold contrasts: it is both cosmopolitan and small-town; vibrant and sophisticated; young-at-heart and yet full of history…With a population of 120,000, Reykjavík is not a whirlwind metropolis. Few skyscrapers grace the skyline, traffic jams are rare and faces are familiar. But don’t be deceived—a steady beat of energy and events keeps the city alive and pulsing with excitement…downtown, in the city’s museums, galleries, theaters, cafés, and swimming pools, busy locals bustle about with a seemingly inexhaustible energy.” – Iceland Tourism Board * Reykjavík: Explore the city on your own or hire a local guide for a walking tour (optional). * Experiencing the capital on foot is a delightful experience with much to see, including old style wood-framed houses, clad in colorful corrugated-iron, and mixed with a creative collection of postmodern architecture. Witness the lively atmosphere in Reykjavík’s old harbor area & stroll along the many historic trails winding through the streets and alleys. * Hallgrimskirkja Church: The country’s tallest & by far most domineering church is amazing to photograph inside and out. It was designed by architect Guðjón Samuel in 1937, whose work was inspired by his fascination with the interesting shapes and forms created when lava cools into basalt rock. We’ll be treated with a must-see view of the city by taking an elevator up the 250 ft high tower (great panoramic photo ops here!). This Lutheran church’s interior is fairly plain, presumably designed this way on purpose to accentuate its most stunning feature, the massive 5275 pipe organ! * The Blue Lagoon: Formed in 1976 during operation at a nearby geothermal power plant, people began to bathe in the unique, supernatural blue water and apply its silica mud to their skin which proved to have incredible rejuvenating properties. Today, Blue Lagoon is recognized as one of the wonders of the world and contains 9 million liters of water which is self-cleansing (renewing itself every 40 hours!). The water temperature is a constant[masked]°F year-round and a relaxing dip will be just what the doctor ordered after our long flight. Sudhurland Region (The South) This regions diverse landscape boasts some of the most interesting and photogenic sights in Iceland, including two national parks: Þingvellir (Thingvellir) and Skaftafel. “From wonderful waterfalls, to great glaciers, the South has it all. With the Golden Circle route, connecting Þingvellir, Gullfoss (“Golden Waterfall”) and Geysir,” some of the country’s most picture worthy sites can be seen in a single day! Further east along the breathtaking coastline, you will find Skógafoss Waterfall, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, & Vatnajökull Glacier, and that’s just scratching the surface of Sudhurland’s natural wonders.” – icelandontheweb.com * The Golden Circle: A truly epic day trip takes us around the world famous “Golden Circle”, filled with breathtaking waterfalls, spewing geysers, volcanic craters, and stunning national parks. * Geysir Geothermal Area: Here we’ll witness the Strokkur geyser which shoots a column of water up to 98 ft. in the air every 4-8 minutes in a thrilling display of nature’s forces. * Gulfoss Falls: With a nickname of “Golden Falls”, our first encounter with an Icelandic waterfall will not disappoint. Created by the river Hvítá which plunges into a crevice some 105 ft deep, thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall, deep into the gorge. * Thingvellir National Park: Located by Lake Þingvallavatn, the largest lake on the island, this national park is world famous for two primary reasons: First, it’s the site of the world’s oldest democratic parliament founded in 930 A.D. & two, its beautiful canyon, which is actually the meeting point of the American and Eurasian tectonic plates that are pulling apart a few centimeters each year! The area’s combination of natural phenomena and historical significance make it inseparable from the fabric of Icelandic national life. * Kerid Volcanic Crater: Another must stop to witness and photograph, the Kerid Caldera is composed of red volcanic rock and is 180 ft. deep, 560 ft. wide and 885 ft. across! A small, shallow lake fills the collapsed crater and is striking with its beautiful opaque and aquamarines, surrounded by its red crater walls; this an excellent contrast of colors. There’s little vegetation in the steep-walled crater except for one side covered with deep, green moss perfect for an eery image. * Skogafoss Waterfall: A 340 step climb to the top will reward us with an awe-inspiring view over south Iceland’s coastline. Standing at 200 ft, impressive is an understatement with the heavy veil of water pouring below. Get close enough and we’ll be enveloped in a cloud of spray, sound, and refracted light. * Vik’s Black Sand Beaches & “The Needles”: Reynisfjara Beach’s black sands and astounding rock formations are a delight to the eyes and our cameras! It’s been ranked one of the ten most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. At one end we will discover Reynisdrangar (“The Needles”), unique basalt sea stack formations. According to legend, the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land, but when daylight broke they turned to stone. 215 ft above sea level at their highest, “The Needles” make an excellent frame for some stunning photos! * Fjadrargljufur Canyon Hike: One of the most spectacular canyons in Iceland, natures wild creation stretches for 1 mile along the Fjaðrá River. We’ll take an easy, paved ridge trail and follow the canyon for its entire length, stopping for photos along the way. In just 2.5 miles, the variety of viewpoints to capture excellent landscape images is amazing. * Seljalandsfoss Waterfall: Fed by melting water from the famed, glacier-capped Eyjafjallajokull Volcano, this powerful waterfall cascades into a pretty meadow but is best known for the walking path that runs behind its curtain of water where we can enjoy a truly unique viewpoint for some interesting photographs. Highlands Region “A paradise for nature lovers, hikers, photographers, geologists, volcanologists and all travelers seeking authentic adventures, the Highlands are fully accessible only by 4×4 drive vehicles (and are) characterized by some of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring, beautiful and “otherworldly” landscapes… High mountains with huge craters, majestic glaciers, stark rocky deserts, volcanoes, mountain lakes, immense lava fields, black volcanic sands, moraines and unbridged rivers dominate this region. But, hidden in the Highlands, you can also find lush green oases in remote valleys, as well as geothermal hot springs areas.” – icelandontheweb.com * Landmannalaugar: Perhaps the most unique part of the highlands, Landmannalaugar is one of Iceland’s most awe-inspiring places. The colorful rhyolite mountains are among its main characteristics with their varying textures, shapes and sizes. We’ll embark on a 1 hour hike throughout this alien landscape and will be amazed by the diversity everywhere we turn. * Ljotipollur Explosion Crater: Ironically, Ljotipollur translates to “Ugly Puddle”, the last thing you would say to describe this beautiful, mile wide caldera. The vibrant, red crater walls contrast wonderfully with the deep blues of the lake at the bottom. * Vatnajokull National Park: Western Europe’s largest national park is also home to the continents largest glacier of the same name, Vatnajökull! We’ll see many amazing views of this glacier, also the world’s largest outside Arctics, driving through the park before visiting the awe-inspiring Skaftafell area, a green oasis set between glaciers, and formally worthy of its own national park before being incorporated into Vatnajokull. There will be easy and moderate hiking options to choose from when we explore this gorgeous region. * Svartifoss (Black Falls): This is the iconic waterfall that made the Skaftafell region of the park so famous. With water tumbling 100 ft over the edge, the falls are bordered on both sides by tall black basalt columns, resembling the pipes of a giant organ! * Optional Glacier Hike: Svínafellsjökull is a breathtaking outlet glacier fed from Vatnajökull glacier, and the scenery and views are simply stunning. We trek safely through a wonderland of glacial ice sculptures, meandering through ice ridges and deep crevasses with an expert glacier guide. Before the adventure, our guide will teach us how to use basic glacier equipment like crampons and ice axes required to navigate the ice. (Optional) Austerland Region (The East) In just a few words, East Iceland can be characterized by “picturesque fishing towns, hauntingly beautiful fjords, steep mountains, highland farms, villages, forests, clear mountain streams, bird cliffs, columnar basalt formations, and vast expanses.. (and) has most of what makes Iceland so unique… The landscapes of this area are contrasting, strikingly beautiful with many mountainous fjords along the eastern coast, while the Vatnajökull (Vatnajokull) icecap is the dominant feature in the south-east with its famous Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.” – icelandontheweb.com This is also the only region to discover reindeer in the wild. * Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon: A real highlight during this adventure and eye-catching natural wonder; blue, white, turquoise, and black streaked icebergs shift and creak about in an icy dance on this 815 ft deep lagoon (considered the deepest in Iceland). These 1,000-year-old chunks floating out to sea are the remains of the retreating Oraefajokull Glacier. Wandering the black pebble beach in search of great photos of the crystal clear, “mini icebergs” resting on the shore is a must. * Glacier Lagoon Boat Cruise: We’ll float among the huge icebergs of Jökulsárlón to get up and close for all sorts of fantastic viewpoints. We can even taste the 1000 year old ice, and if we’re lucky, might catch some shots of seals. Our local guide will explain the fascinating geology and history of the lagoon along the way. Vesturland Region (The West) “Geographically close to Reykjavík, yet far, far away in sentiment, West Iceland is a splendid microcosm of what Iceland has to offer. Yet many tourists have missed the memo, and you’re likely to have remote parts of this wonderful region to yourself.” – Lonely Planet The enormous area consists of fjords, valleys, glaciers, volcanoes, and craters, and is also where most of the Icelandic sagas with their heroes took place. In the West the water flows from the earth in every form, from sparkling cool mineral water to Europe’s voluminous hot springs. Every kind of volcano can be found here, and the clearest sign is the perfectly formed crater of Snæfellsjökull with its glacial cap at the summit. * Snaefellsnes Peninsula: The 55 mile long headland, “comprises a world of diversity. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles , (and) remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past.” – Visit West Iceland * Village of Arnarstapi & Arch Rock: The picturesque harbor village of Arnarstapi is home to magnificent basalt rock formations stacked along her sea cliffs. After wandering around the cliffs and capturing some great shots, we’ll take an easy hiking trail linking this settlement to the nearby town of Hellnar. Along the way lies Gatklettur Arch Rock, a cliff defined by its unique circular arch. Gatklettur shows how distinctive wave action has eroded the rocks into arches and beautiful swirled patterns just waiting to be photographed! * Hellnar: For centuries, Hellnar was among the largest fishing villages beneath the Snaefellsjokull ice cap. The village is home to one of Iceland’s most peculiar caves, Badstofa. It’s unique due to the way light enters and bounces off its colorful interior. We’ll overnight here, the perfect base to explore the gems of Snaefellsnes. * Djúpalónssandur Beach: One of many Snaefellsnes wonders, this picturesque beach is covered with countless, little black stones shaped by the constant pounding of waves, ocean, and wind. We take a a short walk down Nautastígur path (Path of the Bull) through a lava field with massive lava formations. The walk is arguably even more beautiful than the beach itself and Snaefellsjokull Volcano towering above adds a dramatic element to the entire landscape so unique to Iceland * Kirkjufell Mountain & Waterfalls: This extinct volcano is the icon of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and when we see the enchanting little waterfalls in front of this uniquely shaped mountain we’ll immediately know why. The best photographs can be taken by capturing the falls & crystal clear water in the foreground, and the majestic mountain in the background. We’ll do our best to arrive in perfect time for excellent morning/afternoon light during sunset or sunrise. This can also be an excellent place to view & photograph this awesome landscape with the aurora borealis glowing in the night sky above, IF we get extremely lucky! * As always this entire trip will be amazing for photography and one photographer will be on hand to help those who want to learn more about using their camera’s, composing better images, etc. (PhotoFly Travel Club adventures are laid back when it comes to photography. They are not workshop style based tours and you do not need to be an avid photographer to join. All are welcome!) * All Ground & Water Transfers Included * International airfare not included but we’re happy to help you find the best flights as always. (Flying in and out of Reykjavík International Airport (KEF) * Don’t forget to e-mail us for the daily itinerary of our Iceland small group tours at [masked] The adventure doesn’t have to end here!!! Optional North Iceland Extension Geothermal Wonderland (3 nights) Week 1: September 27th – September 30th 2020 “Iceland’s mammoth and magnificent north is a geologist’s heaven. A wonderland of moonlike lava fields, belching mudpots, epic waterfalls, snowcapped peaks and whale-filled bays – this is Iceland at its best. The region’s top sights are variations on one theme: a grumbling, volcanically active earth. There are endless treats to uncover…” – Lonely Planet Did we mention we’ll be here during an ideal time to see the mysterious Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)? The North Region is closest to the Arctic Circle and the best chance we’ll get. (Of course no guarantees, but 3 nights here will up our odds greatly!) * 3 nights /4 Days North Iceland Small Group Tours * Breakfast everyday * Boutique B&Bs & top rated hotels in excellent locations * 4×4 custom rigged Mercedes Sprinters let us adventure off the path to witness and photograph so much more! * Round Trip Domestic Flights Included (REK <–> AEY), 400 USD Value! * Private, local expert guide throughout! Nordurland Region (The North), and the Diamond Circle… Loaded with marvelous “Diamonds”, this magnificent circuit in Iceland’s northeast is the perfect compliment to the more popular “GoldenCircuit” in the South. Hot springs, gargantuan canyons, surging waterfalls, and intriguing volcanic formations are just a few of the features our cameras will get giddy for! * Akureyri Town: This small city in north Iceland was rated #1 in Lonely Planet’s “Best Places in Europe 2015”! After our short flight from Reykjavík we’ll spend a few hours here to find out why. “Less visited Akureyri, sits on the north coast under snowcapped peaks at the head of Iceland’s longest fjord. It’s Iceland’s second biggest urban area, and while you shouldn’t expect a big-city vibe (the population is only 18,000), this easy-going place has more buzz than anywhere outside of Reykjavík…Expect cool cafes, quality restaurants, (and) a handful of art galleries, a far cry from other rural Icelandic towns…” -Lonely Planet * Lake Mývatn: “With the ominous peaks of Mt. Hverfjall and Krafla volcano as a backdrop, Lake Myvatn has a surprising serenity that is ideal for light hiking. The ground near the shoreline is mostly flat, with a few rolling hills, unusual craters, and hidden surprises along the way like the Grjotagja Cave with underground bathing springs!” -icelandtravel.is With rare birds abound, the lake is believed to to harbor more species of duck than any otherplace in the world! It is truly a microcosm of all the natural wonders Iceland has to offer. * Goðafoss Waterfall: The closest translation for this beauty is ‘The Waterfall of The Gods”, and at 100 ft. wide with water flowing around a semicircular rim, it falls 40 ft. into the foaming pool below- a sight for the gods, & our cameras, in more ways than one! * Pseudocraters of Skutustadagigar: Formed by gas explosions whenboiling lava flowed over these wetlands, the craters are a real site to photograph. The protected, natural wetlands is also an excellent area for birdwatchers. * Dimmuborgir: “The Dark Fortess” is the most common translation for these incredible lava formations created thousands of years ago, and will spark our imagination of the mangled forms that lie within. As lava cooled following an eruption, nature formed strange pathways, stacks, chimneys, tubes, and towers scattered across the lava field. We’ll navigate our way throughout this eery, yet stunning landscape with our cameras snapping around every corner! * Mt. Namafjall, Geothermal Wonderland: At the foothills of this spectacular volcanic mountain, gigantic mud craters surrounded by colorful sulfur crystals, boiling mud pots, steam vents, and other geological wonders thrive. Need we say more? * Volcanoes, Craters, & More Volcanoes: The Krafla Volcanoes caldera is a 6 mile long and 1 mile deep cauldron standing on the edge of the Eurasian and American tectonic plates. Though the caldera is collapsed, it’s still extremely active with a total of 29 recorded eruptions, most recently in the 1970s. Three mesmerizing sites occupy this area: 1. Leirbotn (Vivid blue hot streams, bizarre sci-fi architecture, and the photogenic plumes of this geothermal power station make the approach to Krafla almost as exotic as the volcanoes themselves!), 2. Víti Maar (a volcanic crater with an opaque, teal green lake smiling for our cameras), and 3. Leirhnjúkur (steaming sulphuric terrain with multicolored lava field landscapes to top off the views). * Dettifoss, Europe’s Most Powerful Waterfall: “Referred to by some as ´The Beast’ in comparison to ‘The Beauty’ of Goðafoss, this monstrous behemoth of a waterfall is guaranteed to steal your breath away. Set within stark, rocky surroundings with bone-shatteringly sheer drops on either side, there couldn’t be a more fitting backdrop for such untethered natural power” – visithusavik.com 18,000 cubic ft. of water plunges over the edge every second, the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe! The fact that it’s also 150 ft high and 330 ft wide is almost an afterthought. There will be a number of great viewpoints where we can take in and photograph this natural wonder. * Ásbyrgi Canyon, “The Shelter of the Gods”: A massive horseshoe-shaped rock formation, Ásbyrgi stands guard next to the northern entrance to the much larger, 22 mile Jokulsa Canyon. The bizarre shape is the aftermath of severe glacial flooding due to an erupting volcano underneath the Vatnajökull ice cap thousands of years ago. Surrounded by cliffs reaching 328 ft and busy photographing & taking in the views, we might miss Botnstjörn Lake among the waving green grasses and fir trees which also cover the area. Be sure to take a closer look because flocks of water birds call this place home. * Hljodaklettar, “Cave of Echoes”: This distinctivecluster of columnar rocks derive their name from the strange echoes & acoustics created by the numerous caves and uncommon rock formations. 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