Iceland Photography Tour
Location: Iceland
Price: $8,895 (NZD)
Iceland Photography Tour

3rd-17th July 2018

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wild volcanic landscapes
  • Surreal coastal cliffs
  • Glaciers and amazing waterfalls
  • Puffins and Arctic terns
  • Rhyolite Mountains

15 DAY PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Join photographers Rob Brown and Richard Young on a once in a lifetime tour through Iceland’s remarkable landscape. Rob has photographed many of these locations before and will offer many photographic insights on everything from composition to post processing tips for landscape photographers. Richard, as well as being a skilled photographic teacher, has travelled widely to some exotic locations over the years and will bring his unique vision to Iceland for the first time.
Joining us will be Berglind Ósk Guttormsdóttir who brings her first-hand knowledge of Iceland’s unique language, history and culture as well as experience guiding in the wilds of Iceland. Our photographic tours offer incomparable value for a two-week tour of Iceland and this in combination with how we structure our trips guarantees an experience of the real Iceland.
On this expedition, we’ll be using a mixture of camping, hostels and hotel accommodation at places we have used before. Accommodation is chosen to give the best opportunities for photography so there will be four nights camping in the highlands to make the most of being on location. This expedition is mainly about photography and being out in the best light so we’ll often be up early or out late and eat the main meal when it suits the photography plan for each day.

PRICE INCLUDES

  • 10 nights hotel/motel accommodation Twin room share. Single room upgrade available on request for $1,000 extra (dependent on room availability).
  • 4 nights camping at key locations. Except for sleeping bag and mat, all camping equipment supplied.
  • All meals included
  • 4x4 transport for 15 days during the tour
  • Tuition by Rob Brown & Richard Young
Exclusions: flights to and from Iceland, insurance, alcohol, immigration taxes.

 TUTORS

GALLERY

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ITINERARY

Day 1

Arrive in Iceland where our guides will pick you up from Iceland’s International airport at Keflavík. It’s a 45min journey into the capital where our accommodation is right in the city centre and handy base from which to get out and explore the sights of Reykjavik before dinner. After dinner Rob, Richard and Berglind will outline the coming 2 weeks expedition and what is in-store photographically.

If you are travelling from New Zealand it is recommended that you arrive in Iceland a couple of days earlier to give yourself time to recover from jet-lag and spend a couple of days exploring the wonderful capital city of Reykjavík.

Day 2

We leave Reykjavík after an early breakfast and head along the southern coast to the small town of Kirkubæjarklaustur. Along the way we’ll stop for a quick dip at one of Iceland’s most historic hot pools at the foot of the volcano Eyjafjallajökull before heading to our first photographic stop at Skógafoss. Just before we reach out final destination we’ll explore the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

Day 3

An early start sees us driving in along the F206 to the Laki Craters. We’ll spend all day exploring this amazing area, the scene of one of Icelands biggest eruptions in 1783. In the 230 years since the fissure and craters have been colonised by moss and small plants and are a surreal landscape for the photographers eye. We’ll return late in the day from here back down the same road and camp at Kirkubæjarklaustur.

Day 4

We have all day to explore the glacier country at Skaftafell further along the south coast and walk up to Svartifoss waterfall and the surrounding alpine area. Late in the day we leave to travel along the coast to the Jökulsárlón Glacier area. We stay two nights here in our accomodation and get a chance to catch up on laundry and downloading and processing pictures from the previous few days.

Day 5

The day begins again at 2.00am to photograph the sunrise at the Jökulsárlón and catch up on some rest or the option of a boat trip out onto the glacier. There is much to explore in this area with both the lagoon itself and the ever changing black sand beach where with certain weather conditions icebergs from the glacier are washed back up onto the beach.

Day 6

After another morning at the glacier, we leave to drive up to Höfn where we do a small food shop before heading to the southern most of the eastern fiords and the small village of Djúpivogur. If weather conditions allow there is also the opportunity to stop and photograph the impressive coastal mountain of Stokksnes and later in the afternoon there is a chance of being able to photograph Reindeer that are often seen around the hillsides of this fiord.

Day 7

An early start from Djúpivogur sees us leaving the South Coast and turning inland over the Oxi Saddle and heading inland behind the East Iceland mountains. Once across the saddle we’ll stop to photograph the impressive Hengifoss waterfall before heading to Borgarfjörður Eystri. Here we will stay for two nights and There will be plenty of time here to photograph the puffins and other birds on the coast as well as enjoying some of the many local walks.

Day 8

We spend the whole day in Borgarfjörður Eystri and if weather allows will do one of the many day walks in the area. In the evening we get a further opportunity to photograph puffins out near the coast.

Day 9

A mid-morning start sees us heading inland to the the north via the wonderland of Mývatn. Before reaching Mývatn we’ll make a detour to see Dettifoss. The most powerful waterfall in Europe, this awesome sight never fails to impress. After a short stop at the Námafjall Geothermal area we will head to our accomodation.

Day 10

We start earl from Kiðagil and head into Akureyri, the second largest town in Iceland and spend the morning food shopping and fueling vehicles before heading into the highlands of Iceland. In the afternoon we begin the long journey through the desolate Springisander arriving late afternoon at a mountain hut on the edge of the Fjallabak Nature Reserve.

Day 11

We head into the mountains of Landmannalaugar to camp for the night and photograph the famed ‘painted mountains’ and get a chance to relax in one of the finest natural hot pools in Iceland.

Day 12

We head for the coast once more on the F208 4WD road. We’ll get the chance to explore more of the locations at the Fjallabak Nature Reserve before arriving at our campsite near the Eldgjá Canyon, the largest volcanic canyon in the world and the scene of a massive eruption over 1000 years ago.

Day 13

After a mornings photography in the highlands we head down out of the highlands on the F208 to Vik. Here there is one of the most photogenic churches in Iceland as well as an incredible coastline and the chance to see Puffins one last time.

Day 14

We will start early from Vík to give ourselves time to photograph more of the wonderfull coastal landscape around Vik and If time permits we will do a side trip out to a remote beach to see the slightly strange sight of an abandoned DC3 plane on a black sand beach. We’ll head back to Reykjavík via the historic site of Þingvellir National Park and our last night of the expedition.

Day 15

Our guides will transport you to the Airport at Keflavík for international flights.

FURTHER INFORMATION

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  • Group Size

    Maximum group size of 10 plus tutors. Limiting groups size ensures we provide you with the best tour experience possible, including expert guidance, instruction and personal attention, according to your learning style.
  • Itinerary

    Our exact schedule will be determined according to the whole group’s photographic objectives and the weather. We keep a flexible itinerary to accommodate this. We will spend the tour instructing and shooting, often from before dawn until after dark. At some point during the tour the tutors will give a lecture on their photographic ability and how you can apply their systems and vision to develop your own unique style.
  • Transport

    15 days transport is included in the tour, we will pick up/drop off at the airport for the recommended flights, or from a centrally located hotel. Transport or flights before/after the tour are not included, however, we are happy to help you arrange transport.
  • Physical Difficulty

    A minimum level of physical activity is necessary to enjoy the tour. Most locations that we shoot will be within an hour’s easy walk but sometimes over rocky or rough tracks and up gentle to moderate hills carrying your own equipment. If fitness or mobility is an issue please let us know - there are often locations that offer great shooting possibilities close to the road or our accommodation, and sometimes we also have the option to split the group up.
  • Equipment & Experience

    Ideally, you will have a basic knowledge of photography and be comfortable adjusting camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed. An aim of the workshop is to give you more confidence in the creative control of camera settings and shooting in manual mode. We will have a brief session at the start of the workshop, covering camera settings and controls, to be sure everyone is up to speed.
    Camera Equipment: Our workshops focus on how to use your camera, not your type of camera. A basic list of recommended camera equipment can be found here
    Clothing:A list of recommended clothing to wear on the workshop can be found here
  • Booking & Payment

    Iceland accommodation at key places needs to be booked well in advance. We start preparation for this trip a year before the departure date. A non-refundable deposit of NZD$2000.00 is required to reserve your space for this tour. The remaining balance is due 90 days prior to the start of the tour. You may pay in full at time of booking, the balance (minus the deposit) will remain fully refundable until 90 days before the tour.
    Booking and Cancellation Policy: Will send on registration of interest

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