Iceland - 5 Day (Feb 15th 2020)
Fascinated by the prospect of photographing glacier ice upon the volcanic black sand beach of Jökulsárlón? Eager to try your luck chasing Lady Aurora along the South Coast? Curious about the rare beauty of the Glacial Ice Caves? This is the tour you might consider to see all of this and more!
- Glacier Ice on the Diamond Beach
- Ice Caves
- Thingvellir National Park
- Aurora hunting
- And more!
- Hotel accommodations and breakfast for 5 nights
- 2 professional photo guides
- Transportation throughout the trip, Flybus tickets from hotel to Keflavik airport for departure.
- International flights
Day 1 – Monday (February 15, 2020)
Highlights: Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara, Kvernufoss
We will visit two of Iceland’s most visited waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If time permits, we will also visit the lesser known Kvernufoss. We will continue along the South Coast to the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. We will check for Northern Lights activity and weather forecasts and will adjust the schedule accordingly based on our chances to photograph the elusive Aurora Borealis.
Day 2 – Tuesday (February 16, 2020)
Highlights: Fjaðrárgljúfur, Eldhraun, Skaftafell, Jokulsárlón, Diamond Beach
The group will continue along the South Coast until we reach Vatnajokull National Park. We will stop along the way at the impressive canyon known as Fjaðrárgljúfur, Eldhraun, Skaftafell and the Jokusarlon glacier lagoon. Adjacent to Jokusarlon is the famous Diamond Beach. It is a beautiful black sand beach where the icebergs wash ashore after reaching the ocean.
Accommodations: Hotel Smyrlabjorg
Day 3 – Wednesday (February 17, 2020)
Vatnajokull National Park and Glacier Ice Caves
Highlights: Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón, Ice Caves
Weather permitting, we will start at the Diamond Beach and the glacier lagoon before starting our ice cave adventure. We will drive back to west to retire at our hotel for the evening and hope for a favorable forecast for the Northern Lights.
Accommodations: Hotel Smyrlabjorg
Day 4 – Thursday (February 18, 2020)
Highlights: Vestrahorn, Fjallsárlón, Svinafellsjokull
The group will be driving farther east to visit the famed Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula. We will drive back to Vik to retire at our hotel for the evening. We will stop along the way to visit several glacier lagoons. We will continue to monitor for Northern Lights activity.
Day 5 – Friday (February 19, 2020)
Highlights: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir, Gullfoss, Faxi waterfalls
We head back west from Vik to visit the popular Golden Circle. Along the way, we will visit breathtaking waterfalls, like Oxarafoss, Bruarfoss and Gullfoss. We also visit the famous Geysir and the Kerid Volcanic crater before heading back to Reykjavik where we will be saying our goodbyes and part as friends.
We will be staying in clean, comfortable hotels throughout this trip. Hotel accommodations will include breakfast and pricing is based on single room occupancy. Please let us know if you are willing to share a room with another participant to get discounted pricing on hotel rooms.
We will check daily for Northern Lights activity and weather forecast and plan our day based on these predictions. If conditions are not favorable for Northern Lights photography, we will use the time for editing sessions and PowerPoint presentations.
Iceland is absolutely stunning from the ground, but it is even more amazing when you get a birds-eye-view of the landscape. If you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along as there are certain locations where we will be able to fly drones and get some amazing aerial shots (both still and video). Please understand, however that you are solely responsible for your own equipment. Wind and weather in Iceland can be sudden and hazardous, so please use your best judgement and mindful of conditions. Also, as mentioned, Iceland has a lot of drone-friendly places. Please be considerable and respectful of local regulations so these can be continued to be enjoyed by others as well.
Iceland is extremely rugged and harsh. Strong winds, rain and mud are real dangers when photographing on location. There are several cliffs at locations where we will be shooting at, and these are dangerous as they frequently crumble away and cause rock fall. You will be expected to follow safety instructions to ensure you are kept safe and out of harm’s way.
Due to the harshness and unpredictability of Icelandic weather, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary. Changes may be made at the lead guide’s discretion to accommodate best shooting conditions based on the weather forecast for the week.
Since this workshop is focused on landscape photography and ensuring you get the best possible photos for your portfolio, we will aim to shoot most locations in the best light, which is at sunrise and sunset; this means that some days we will be photographing at night and sleeping during the day.
In the event of trip cancellation, we will not be responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent. Please do not book travel to Iceland before we confirm the course / workshop. A minimum of 8 participants is required for this workshop to take place.
Since this workshop is focused on landscape photography and ensuring you get the best possible photos for your portfolio, we will aim to shoot most locations in the best light, which is at sunrise and sunset.