Iceland Winter Photography Tour

10 Day Tour 

Price: £4,065 / €4,720 / $5,300 PP

21 February - 2 March 2017 - Places available

Group size: Maximum 10 participants

A landscape photographer’s dream in a world of varying colours, rugged beauty, where two of the earth’s continental plates collide. Midnight sun in the summer time and the northern lights during winter will keep any photographer memorised.

This is a winter photographer tour when conditions are stunningly beautiful. The glacial lagoons will be iced over, many of the waterfalls are partially frozen and the glaciers appear bluer with fresh snow on top. There will be less tourists at this time of the year so the black sand beaches of the south are more pristine. If you can bare the cold conditions winter is the best time to visit Iceland photographically.

This tour is a mixture of improving you photography and experiencing this unique landscape, the magical light and have a photographic adventure. We will help you in getting the photographs you want and encourage you to see and capture the landscape in new ways. We will always be on hand with any specific technical issue and welcome the opportunity to discuss the creative and philosophical aspect of photography.

There will be many opportunities to make photos of a lifetime while sharing the adventure and experience with like-minded photographers in a fun and relaxed environment.

This photo tour is made in partnership with ESJA Travel  who organise all bookings, logistics and land arrangements.


WHAT YOU WILL GAIN FROM THIS TOUR

 In all our photo tours / workshops we want out participants to feel comfortable to ask any questions and learn from Neil’s experience / skills and fellow participants.

The tour is designed and welcomes photographers with different levels of skills: amateurs, hobbyists or professionals.

The aim is to help you grow as a photographer by working with you as part of a group and individually with hands on support, and reviews of your work. Learning within a group will give you the opportunity to share ideas, knowledge and your passion, which will expand your photographic perspective. With our guidance we encourage you to discover you own visual voice and focus on what appeals to you photographically.

Our approach is to keep the itinerary interesting and varied but at the same time not having a huge list of places to visit. Therefore having quality time at locations so as to get the most out of it both photographically and on a personal level. Immersing your self both visually and sensually.

THE MAIN FEATURES

  • Snæfellsnes peninsula
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Hraunfossar waterfalls
  • Húsafell
  • Hraunfossar Lava Falls
  • Þingvellir National Park
  • Geysir hot spring
  • Gullfoss waterfall
  • Reynisfjara black beach
  • Skaftafell national park
  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Reykjanes peninsula
  • Very high chance to shoot the Aurora Borealis
  • Professional photography guidance
  • Very good hotels and food throughout 

THE ITINERARY

The weather in Iceland can be very unpredictable changing quickly with snow, sunshine, rain and wind in one day. Therefore at times there might be need for flexibility within the schedule so plans can be changed according to the weather. This dramatic weather can add to the photo opportunities.

Day 1 Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavik

Transfer from Keflavík airport to Reykjavik. Introduction to the tour and meet the other participants.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

 Day 2 Snæfellsnes peninsula

The peninsula is bout 90km long and known for its diverse landscape and magical beauty with the glacier towering over the National Park at the far end.  It is believed that Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of seven main energy centre of the earth and here was the setting for the famous work of Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Here you have range of mountains, black and light sand beaches, craters, lava fields, fjords, fishing villages, geothermal areas, mineral springs and cliffs with rich birdlife.

Dinner and overnight in the area

 Day 3 Snæfellsnes peninsula

Today we drive to the northern side of the peninsula to Stykkishólmur town, the first community in Europe to get the Earth Check environmental certification. Stykkishólmur is beautifully-situated with a beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre. We continue to Bjarnarhöfn, an interesting shark museum where you can taste shark product from the farm.

The owner, Hildibrandur, welcomes you with his charm and shows you around. Kirkjufell the well-known landmark for Grundarfjörður town is believed by many to be the most beautiful mountain in Iceland.

Dinner and overnight in the area

Day 4 – Borgarfjörður fjord - Hraunfossar waterfalls - Húsafell

Borgarfjörður region can be regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas and the area’s landscape, nature and culture reflect this heritage. Húsafell is a unique natural area covered with forest and closed to the Langjökull glacier. We drive to Hraunfossar Lava Falls, are beautiful and unusual natural phenomena. Clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava and run in falls and rapids into the Hvítá River.

Dinner and overnight in the area 

Day 5 Þingvellir National Park – Geysir hot spring – Gullfoss waterfall

Þingvellir national park is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is a magnificent showcase with all its faults and fissures and the beautiful mountains around it.  

We continue to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge

 Dinner and overnight in the area 

Day 6 Vík – Waterfalls - Reynisfjara black beach

We drive to the spectacular waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.  We continue towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara beach were we take a walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey. Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated very near to Reynisfjara beach and the village Vík. According to legend the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-mastered ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. The needles can be seen clearly from the village of Vic and are 66 meters above sea level at their highest.  Next stop is Dyrhólaey which is a 120-meter high promontory, not far from Vík and is the southernmost part of the country. From the top you have a great photographic view.

Dinner and overnight in the area 

Day 7 – 8 Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon – Vatnajökull glacier

The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience.  We will exploring the region, visit the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest National Park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers) and take a boat tour on the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs

Dinner and overnight in the area

Day 9 Reykjanes peninsula – Þingvellir National Park

More than half of the Reykjanes peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes.  We will walk where the Mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean before we head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula and from there to the small fishing village Grindavík.

In the afternoon we visit the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of geothermal seawater (37-39°C) in the middle of a moss-covered lava field were we can walk in the spectacular surroundings, bathing in the milky blue-green water, relax in a geothermal steam bath or release the stress from your shoulders under a Blue Lagoon waterfall.

 Dinner and overnight in the area 

Day 10 Departure

Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight. 

AURORA BOREALIS

 It may be possible to see and photograph the Aurora Borealis during the night. Although this can not be guaranteed, but we will keep our eyes on the Aurora and weather forecasts so no opportunity will be missed. 

WHATS INCLUDED

  • 2 nights in Reykjavík
  • 7 nights outside Reykjavík
  • Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 10 / Lunch box
  • Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
  • Private bus during tour according to itinerary with a drive guide / two seats per person
  • Entrance to the Blue lagoon and rental of towel
  • Transfer, accommodation and all meals
  • Professional photography guidance by Neil A White

PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDANCE

  • Photography guidance by a professional photographer
  • Cover of the essential photography techniques
  • Lots of practice and hands on experience with demonstrations
  • Photographic shoots
  • Continual feedback given along with review sessions

WHATS NOT INCLUDED

  • International arrival/departures flights
  • International airport departure tax
  • Travel insurance
  • Laundry, tips, personal expenses, drinks, alcohol etc
  • Any extra places to visit outside of the itinerary
  • Personal medical supplies and vaccinations
  • Any medical expenses
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary

 FITNESS LEVEL

There will be no difficult hiking or climbing. There will be short hikes of around 30 minutes to some locations. During winter in Iceland the temperatures can very cold with minimum temperatures of -10 degrees centigrade with hight winds. The average temperature is zero degrees centigrade.  You must be prepared for such weather conditions.

ESSENTIALS

  • DSLR and spare batteries or camera with manual mode (Bridge camera)
  • A sturdy Tripod is very important due to Iceland’s windy conditions
  • Wide-angle lens
  • Warm waterproof clothing
  • Full thermal clothing
  • Good quality warm gloves
  • Walking boots/shoes

PRICE AND BOOKING ONTO THIS PHOTO TOUR

Price per person sharing a double room in:

 £4,065 / €4,720 / $5,300

Single supplement €454  / $510

When booking a deposit of €500 / $562 is required.

To make a booking please fill out the booking form on the link below. We will then get in contact directly with further details.

Bookings are handled by the Esja Travel based in Iceland handle all bookings Your contract is with them, and they will handle payments. This means that you are protected by their industry bonding.

Please call + (0 )20 8800 7637 or + (0)79844 30754 with any questions.