Iceland – The Land of Fire and Ice

The Road Less Traveled – Northern Iceland! – September 11 through September 20, 2020 (9 nights)

Iceland is well known as a photographer’s paradise.  But the little secret is most of the tourists and photographers spend their time along the south cost.  While this tour is recommended for any landscape photographer, we think those who have already visited Iceland (southern) will especially appreciate the beauty and solitude of the north. Photographers of all skill levels are welcome. If you are new to photography, we will help you hone your skills while on this amazing adventure.

You will enjoy: 

  • Guide has experience with capturing images is this unique location with knowledge of the best locations.
  • Expert instruction, geared to your level of expertise for an enhanced learning experience.
  • Full days in the field shooting, with instruction provided as needed to elevate your photography.
  • Photography tour designed to create a fun and interactive environment that enhances your individual experience.
  • Experienced location guidance.
  • Feedback and image critiques and helpful suggestions throughout the trip.
  • Instruction on image processing as requested.

Leader: Denise Silva

Cost— $6,250 double occupancy.  If you do not want to share a room with another participant, there will be an additional single supplement fee of $750.

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A $1000 deposit is required for registration. If you would like to create a personalized payment schedule, that can be done. 

Limited to 5 participants, Minimum 3 participants

Along the route of our journey we will have many opportunities to capture waterfalls, mountains, geothermal areas, harbors, churches and of course the supermodels of Iceland, the Icelandic Horses! We also hope that we will be able to capture the aurora borealis! The photographic opportunities will be incredible! Literally something for everyone! 

Included —

  • All lodging in Iceland.
  • Breakfast.
  • All transportation in Iceland.
  • All fees to visit various sights.
  • An unforgettable experience not to be found anywhere else in the world.
  • We will also provide each participant with detailed recommendations concerning camera gear and other equipment, clothing, and travel recommendations shortly after you enroll.

Not included —

  • Airfare and other travel costs from your home to Keflavik and back.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Lunch, Dinner (except for welcome dinner) and Snacks.
  • Travel insurance.

Hotel Accommodations—

All participants will be sharing rooms, unless you specifically request a private room and pay a single supplement fee of $750. We will be staying in hotels (not hostels or farm houses) that are typically rated at 3- or 4-star accommodations. We will travel by van. When sharing a room, you will be paired with another participant of the same gender.

Sample Itinerary— Subject to Change 

The specific daily details of this trip are still being sorted out, but below is a great glimpse into all the amazing Icelandic sights we will see! 

Friday, September 10th

  • Arrive in Keflavik.  Flights from the US typically arrive around 6:00 am. Our lodging will provide transport from the airport to the hotel. In the mid-morning, we will go out shooting before returning to our hotel to get some rest before having a group dinner in the evening. 

Saturday, September 11th

  • We will head out to Snæfellsnes Peninsula to see the countryside, bordered by dramatic mountains. We will stop at the black church, as well as Kirkjufell (also known as the Witch’s Hat). Between Saturday, September 11 and Saturday, September 19, we will explore the northern fjords of Iceland. We will see:
    • Amazing waterfalls (Godafoss, Dettifoss, and other lesser known falls)
    • A number of villages and harbors, including Husavik and Akureyri 
    • Icelandic horses up close and personal and likely many sheep butts, as they love to turn their backs to you! 
    • Northern lights (aurora borealis) if the weather gods permit
    • Lake Myvatn and surrounding geothermal areas

Sunday, September 20th

  • Today we all fly home.  Most flights to the US are in the afternoon.  But if time permits and the group is willing we can venture out in the morning along the Reykjanes Peninsula before dropping everyone off at the airport. 

Additional Information

Typical Day—

Many landscape tours will have you up early for sunrise and then back to your hotel for a late breakfast, a long break during the day and then out again for later afternoon and sunset. We will not be following that format for this tour for practical reasons. The distances involved for travel in Iceland do not make this approach practical. The typical day will start with having breakfast at our hotel and then going out for a full day and returning after dark. 

Meals—

In Iceland each hotel supplies breakfast as part of your accommodation. Each day will plan to have at least one sit-down meal for lunch or dinner. Some days depending on our locations we will be able to have both a sit-down lunch and dinner. Our goal is to maximize your time in the field making images so we ask for your understanding and flexibility. We will stop at grocery stores for snacks and such.  Also most gas stations offer pretty good food as well.   

Sunrise / Sunset—

During our stay in Iceland, sunrise, sunset, and twilight will be within a few minutes of the following —

  • Civil Twilight begins 5:55 AM
  • Sunrise 6:46AM
  • Sunset 7:30PM
  • Civil Twilight ends 8:30PM

We will monitor conditions for sunrise and sunsets. However, depending on our locations, travel to an iconic spot for sunrise my not be possible. Also considering that if we have clear skies we may be out late shooting auroras, on the following mornings we would not be getting up early in anticipation of sunrise.  

Weather Notes; Expected High and Low Temperatures—

Historical weather data for Iceland in September indicates we are likely to experience a daily high of about 45ºF during our visit and a daily low of about 35ºF. The chance of precipitation is around 45%. The chance of snow in Iceland is September is fairly low(less than 5%), but Iceland did experience snow this past September. Wind is typical, an average day will see 10mph winds, but it can often be much greater.  Remember dramatic weather can produce dramatic images!    

Gear—

We recommend you bring two camera bodies, even if you normally shoot with just one.  We have found the landscape in Iceland to be so wide open most of our shooting is done with 24-70mm (full frame) lenses.  But something wider and something with more reach will also come in handy. Tripods are also essential.  

Physical Requirements—

Participants should be in good physical condition, be able to spend hours riding in a car (with stops to break the trip up) and able to easily walk on uneven and rocky surfaces and should have good balance in these situations.  Some waterfalls will involve short hikes that involve steep inclines on uneven surfaces.  Participants should be able to hike short distances with their gear unassisted. 

Travel Insurance—

All participants are strongly advised to purchase travel protection insurance. Travelinsurance.com offers many different options from various vendors and allows for product comparison.

Participant Information, Waiver, and Release – Click here.

Healthy Packing List – click here.

Non-shooting Significant Other—

You are free to bring along a non-shooting significant other, but they will need to register and pay the full tour price.

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