Dates: September 28th - October 5th 2018
Available seats: 10/10
Difficulty level: Easy
Price: 2990 EURO (based on double occupancy - single room supplement is 800 EURO).
Registration deposit: 500 EURO (full payment required 60 days prior to the tour).
Arrival: Keflavik (KEF), September 28th 2018 - no later than 12am
Departure: Keflavik (KEF), October 5th 2018 - at any suitable time
Included: Two professional photo guides, all tuition, individual post processing sessions, transportation and accommodation in hotels.
Not included: Any travel services required arriving and departing at and from the starting location in Keflavik (KEF) airport. Any private insurances, taxes, levies, immigration, duty and visa fees where applicable. All meals and any personal items including alcoholic beverages, snacks, souvenirs and travel insurance.
Iceland is the land of the midnight sun and northern lights, the saga island and an island that’s jaw-droppingly beautiful in every single aspect. From roaring waterfalls, to erupting geysirs and volcanoes, to black lava sand beaches, to glacier lagoons to cute puffins and horses. The diversity is immense. Iceland is on top of many persons’ famous bucketlist for a reason. On this tour we will tour the south coast of the island, visiting famous locations such as Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss, Þingvellir National Park, Vík í Mýrdal, Dyrhólaey, Vestrahorn in Stokksnes, Skaftafell National Park, Snæfellsnes peninsula (Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi, Lóndrangar etc) and last but not least, the magnificent Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
Day 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík.
You will arrive at Keflavík international airport where we will pick you up and travel directly to our hotel in Grundarfjörður in the Snæfellsnes peninsula. Upon arrival at the hotel, we can all rest a little bit, grab dinner and prepare all our gear and clothes for a first day of photography.
Day 2 – Snæfellsnes peninsula
Continuing exploring Snæfellsnes peninsula. We will be visiting famous locations such as Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi Lóndrangar and many more. If we are up for it we can also visit the beautiful Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls in the Husafell region.
Day 3 – Golden Circle: Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir and Vík í Mýrdal.
We wake up early and plan to explore the Þingvellir National Park, which is one of many locations on Iceland that the award-winning TV show «Game Of Thrones» was filmed at. This is your chance to walk in the same the footprints as John Snow & co in an official UNESCO World Heritage Site. It’s the oldest existing parliament in the world and lies right along the mid-atlantic ridge, where the North American and European continental plates are pulling apart from each other. Öxarárfoss waterfall is one of the main attractions of Þingvellir National Park and there is a path down the Almannagjá gorge from the nearby car park leading up to it. After finishing up in Þingvellir, we will drive 45 minutes north-east towards the massive Gullfoss waterfall. This is a waterfall located in the canyon of Hvítá river, and is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the country.
Day 4 – Vík í Mýrdal, Vestrahorn in Stokksnes, Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara
After shooting all night at Vík í Mýrdal we need to relax at the hotel. When awake and feeling recharged we will continue our trip towards Dyrhólaey. The view from up here is minblowing: To the north – the big Mýrdalsjökull glacier. To the east, the black lava seastacks «Reynisdrangar» come out of the sea. If we’re lucky we might even be able to photograph cute puffins, as they often nest on these cliffs. After scouting for compositions during the afternoon, we prepare ourselves for a night of astrophotography. During our stay in Vík í Mýrdal, we will photograph the iconic church (hopefully with colorful fields of Lupine wildflowers surrounding it) aswell as exploring the immensly beautiful black lava sand beach. This area is perfect for seascapes, and we will spend a good amount of time here in order to maximize our chances of being blessed with great light. In addition to that, we will also head further East towards the popular Vestrahorn in Stokksnes, a jagged 454m tall mountain (also called Klifatindur). Here you can feel the raw power of the Atlantic Ocean as the waves hit the rocky shore with massive force. We will spend the next two nights at Hali Country Hotel, which is located only 15 minutes away from the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.
Day 5 – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park and Vatnajökull National Park.
This day we will drive west towards the absolute cherry on top on this tour, the world renowned Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Breiðamerkursandur beach. One of Iceland’s biggest tourist attractions, and after just five minutes you will understand just why. Truly breathtaking! . Skaftafell National Park and signature attraction, the Svartifoss waterfall, is also a planned visit. We will also stop at Lómagnúpur (688m high palisades), aswell as Fjallsárlón, a glacier lake at the south end of the glacier Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest icecap). In order to maximize our chances of good light in Jökulsárlón, we plan to be photograph extensively during these two days. We absolutely want you to nail these iconic locations, so we will spend as much time as possible here in order for you to go home with «that» one shot. If it means no sleep, so be it – we are prepared to go the extra mile.
Day 6 – Þakgil and Fjaðrárgljúfur.
This day we plan to visit both Þakgil, an enclosed canyon and a hiker’s paradise (parts of the TV show «Game Of Thrones» was filmed in this very canyon) and the lush Fjaðrárgljúfur, a 100m deep and about 2km long canyon with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it. The canyon was created by progressive erosion by flowing water from glaciers, and is located very close to the Ring Road, not far from the village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Continuing west, we will drive past Eldhraun, a 565km2 vast moss-covered lava field created by one the most poisonous eruptions known to mankind.
Day 7 – Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.
After shooting late into the night, we will depart our hotel early in the morning and start our eastbound journey towards some of the Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, as well as hidden gems such as Stakkholtsgja, Kvernufoss and Gljúfurárfoss (requires waders). At Seljalandsfos we can walk behind the waterfall (hope your camera is waterproof), whilst at Skógafoss we will follow the trail to the top of the hill for a better viewpoint.
Day 8 – Departure from Reykjavík.
We will transport you directly to Keflavík international airport. It’s highly recommended to arrive no later than two hours prior to departure for international flights. Also, please take note of that the hotel checkout is set to 11AM local time.
What level of photography is required ?
All of ours tours, workshops and masterclasses are open to beginners as well as professionals. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for photography, and have the energy and motivation to be on the go every day and night.
What should I bring ?
Since we are exploring the high arctic , you have to be well equipped for all kinds of dramatic weather including rainfall. Bring comfortable, warm and waterproof outer layers such as Gore-tex, thermal underwear and water resistant boots or even waders. A complete list of recommended clothes as well as camera gear will be provided upon registration. We don’t have clothes or shoes available for renting.
Will I experience snow or ice ?
No. The winter months in Iceland are known to generate a fair amount of snowfall, but in September there will be no snow.
Will I see and photograph the Northern lights?
Yes, september is a prime time for shooting the aurora if we get clear skies.
What kind of weather can I expect ?
The weather and climate in Iceland is renowned for being extremely unpredictable because of it’s many local weather systems. This means conditions can change within minutes and kilometres, also resulting in very dramatic light and photographic opportunities. Iceland has a much milder climate than other parts of the world at a similar latitude, such as Greenland and Alaska. This is due to the temperature of the water of the Gulfstream. The coastal climate results in mild winters and cool summer temperatures. Traditionally, January and February are the coldest months with an average temperature of -1 degrees celsius. In September however, the average temperatures are aprox 10-15 degrees celsius
What camera gear should I bring?
At the very least, bring your own camera, lenses, tripod and a laptop. A detailed list of recommendations will be provided upon registration. If you are considering upgrading or investing in new camear gear prior to the trip, feel free to ask us for advice.