Ultimate Minimalism Winter Expedition, Iceland
Ultimate Minimalism Winter Expedition, Iceland
The Ultimate Minimalist landscape
March 14 - 20, 2020
Price: $7,495 USD
Deposit: $1,995 USD
The ultimate Iceland tour for the adventurous
The interior of Iceland during winter is a minimalist playground of black brush strokes against a white canvas, where the edges of mountains are fleetingly visible during frequent snow storms.
This is a unique opportunity to experience the middle of Iceland in the winter and capture images that few others are able to.
If you are a self-starter, like an adventure and are happy to compromise on some home comforts to make images of a life-time, then this trip is most definitely for you.
The ultimate Iceland Tour for the adventurous
Make no doubt, this is an exceptional place to experience in the winter. The ultimate minimalist playground.
But there are a few things you need to bear in mind if you want to come with me. Firstly, I think anybody can do this trip, so long as they have the right attitude and are flexible with their comfort. You don’t need to be a mountain-man, or an athlete. Just flexible and a good team contributor.
Firstly, we will be in an area where there are no roads, or hotels. Infrastructure is non-existent. In terms of travelling around, we will be in two 4WD vehicles that will dive almost anywhere, at any angle. Being comfortable in bumpy transport, on the slope of a hill is required for this trip.
We are staying in swiss-style mountain cabins where will have to bring our own sleeping bags and share sleeping quarters. The cabins are pleasant and warm once heated up, but there is no running water here so we have to go out each day and collect some snow to make our tea/coffee and cook. This also means that we don’t have facilities for showering, and it also means that the toilet is rather basic: a latrine in an outhouse. The cabin has shared sleeping quarters and so you will most definitely be sharing with others so a good set of ear-plugs is recommended :-)
The landscape is often exposed and It can be extremely cold and windy here, so you need to be comfortable (and suitably dressed) for cold temperatures outside.
Each trip we have run here, there has been a spirit of camaraderie within the group. Everyone contributes in some way. Either by helping doing the washing up, or maybe helping carry supplies in from the 4WD’s. It’s a trip for people who are self-starters and like to be active in a group.
If you like an adventure, and want to come and see a landscape that extremely few people have access to, then this trip will reward you on a personal as well as photographic level. You just need to be flexible.
Flexibility is key
You need to possess a flexible attitude and positive outlook to embrace this real adventure into the interior. There are 4 nights where we will be in remote ‘swiss-style’ mountain cabins with limited facilities (please read the Prerequisite box to the right for more details).
Small group size of 5
This trip is for five participants. We will be split into two Nissan Patrols with two drivers/guides plus myself. The landscape is vast, empty and wild. It is like nothing else you will witness in Iceland.
Easy to Demanding
Most of the time we will shoot near the car. There are no hikes involved (unless you choose to go farther afield from the car) but sometimes moving around in the deep snow may be challenging.
If you are of reasonable fitness and have good mobility this trip will be fine for you, but it It is perhaps not suitable for those who have bad knees or leg problems.
For 4 nights of the tour, we will be in remote mountain cabins. To travel in there, the vehicles need to be as light as possible. So I'd recommend bringing a spare duffel bag that you can pack just the essentials into for the 4 nights, while leaving the rest of your luggage behind.
PrerequisitesDue to the remote areas we will be visiting, our accommodation and food options are limited. Therefore, to get the most out of this expedition style tour, you need to be a good team contributor by helping out with chores. You also need to be very flexible with regards to the accommodation and food options that are on offer.
Team player & contributor
You need to be willing to get involved with the expedition by helping shovel snow, unloading and loading the vehicles and doing household chores such as washing dishes / helping with the preparation of meals.
For 4 nights of the tour we will be staying in 'swiss-style' mountain cabins that may take some time to heat up. You will be sharing sleeping quarters with others in an open room (ear plugs recommended).
During our time in the mountain cabins, food options will be limited to what our guide has brought in with us. This trip is not suitable for those with severe dietary restrictions or food allergies. You need to be flexible and able to eat most things.
During our time in the mountain cabins, there are no showering or bathing facilities. The toilet is also situated in an outhouse and has no running water.
Please bring your own winter sleeping bag. You should bring one that is comfortable below freezing. There are comfortable matresses in the cabin so you won't be sleeping on a hard floor.
• 2 nights in hotels (Reykjavik)
• 4 nights in mount in cabins with basic shared sleeping arrangements
• 6 evening meals
• 5 packed lunches
• 2 x Nissan Patrols
• One to One Guidance & Group Guidance
• 2 x Icelandic 4WD driver / guide
Payment TermsInitial Depost of $1,948 USD Required to secure your booking.
Cancellation PolicyThe deposit should be regarded as non-refundable, as we have to pay a deposit to our 3rd party suppliers (hotels, studio spaces, tour operators, guides, etc.) in advance to guarantee the services we have booked on your behalf. In the event of a cancellation initiated by you, should there be any costs that are refundable, we will do our utmost to make a refund to you. All cancellations incur a £250 administrative fee (deducted from any refund) for covering the resources involved in the refilling process.
Final BalanceThe final balance is due 3 months prior to trip departure.
Your space is only secured if payment is made on time. We reserve the right to cancel your space if we cannot get in touch with you or your final payment is past due.
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