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Capture the Icelandic eruption with Wild Photography Holidays

26th March 2010 Print
Geothermal area, Hengill volcano

Wild Photography Holidays, the innovative Icelandic based travel company, specialising in small-group photography holidays in wild and inaccessible places, has announced that their Southern Contrasts - Glaciers, Volcanoes & Waterfalls trip, departing on 22 May 2010 will allow guests the incredible opportunity of staying in the area where the recent volcano erupted on the Eyjafjallajökull Glacier on 20th March 2010.

Located in a remote corner of South Iceland, the volcano ripped a fiery hole in the glacial ice spewing out lava, flames, volcanic ash and steam visible for many miles. The last time Eyjafjoll erupted was in the years 1821 and 1823 and it is very possible that the current activity will continue for some months to come. With close proximity to the action, Wild Photography Holidays have reserved accommodation in the cosy Fimmvorduhals mountain hut putting guests right on the glacier in a prime position to take some breath-taking photos of this latest Icelandic phenomena.

The mountain hut is a popular venue for walkers making their way from the South coast to the very popular area of Porsmork; this particular hiking trail currently passes right through the volcanic eruption area and will undoubtedly become the most popular trail in Iceland for Summer 2010, although during May guests on this holiday will be able to enjoy some pre-season peace and tranquillity ahead of the main tourist season.

In addition to the Eyjafjallajokull eruption the Southern Contrasts itinerary visits a range of other volcanic and glacial locations. Particular highlights include a walk in the colourful geothermal areas of Hengill Volcano, unusual vistas in the Skaftafell National park, the stunning rift valley of Pingvellir National Park; the powerful Gullfoss waterfall, glacial iceberg lagoons including Jokulsarlon where seals bask and Europe's largest ice-cap Vatnjokull comes down to the ocean; of course no holiday in Iceland would be complete without a visit to the warm, mineral-rich waters of the Blue Lagoon, Iceland's famous outdoor spa; Twenty four hours of brightness and plenty of magical ambient light ensure maximum time behind the lens to capture some remarkable images.

The cost of this nine-day holiday is £1,885 per person, which includes all accommodation, in country transport, meals, all transfers, the services of a mountain guide and photographic tutor, admission to the Blue Lagoon. Flights are not included. Commenting on the news of the eruption Wild Photography Holiday's owner and mountain guide Geraldine Westrupp commented "We are starting to see the first photos of the eruption and they are so beautiful, I'll be getting up there at the first opportunity, the mountain hut is in such a spectacular position and an ideal base to takes photographs from. All of our holidays visit hot spots and geothermal areas although the chance to see an active volcano up close really is something else."

Three other new Icelandic itineraries are also being offered this year - ‘Flowers and Landscapes of the East’ on 26th June, ‘Trails of the Deserted Fjords’ tour departing 8th July and ‘Highland Exposure’ tour departing on 1st August.

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Geothermal area, Hengill volcano Glacier Lagoon Gullfoss