Iceland Winter Photography Tour

6 Day Tour South of the Island

Price: £2,995 / €3,735 / $3,995 PP

14 - 19 February 2017 - Place 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 photography 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.

The 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.

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 our participants to feel comfortable to ask any questions and learn from Neil’s experience 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

  • Vatnajökull glacier
  • Jökulsárlón lagoon
  • Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park
  • Caves of Reynisfjara
  • Geysir hot springs
  • Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe
  • Þingvellir national park
  • Nesjavellir geothermal
  • 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

Flybus transfer from Keflavík airport to the accommodation in Reykjavik. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to our guesthouse/hotel in Reykjavík. 

Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 2 Reykjavik – Höfn – Vatnajökull glacier

We take an early morning flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland.  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 spend the day exploring the region. In winter time, if fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier. 

Dinner and overnight in the area

Day 3 Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon

Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to 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).

Dinner and overnight in the area             

 Day 4 Vík – Geysir - Gullfoss

We drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey.  We stop at the the spectacular waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. On we drive 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 5 Þingvellir – Reykjanes peninsula – Blue Lagoon

We leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir national park. Þingvellir 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 Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula.  More then half of the 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 and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula and end in the small fishing village Grindavík before we return to Reykjavik.

Overnight in Reykjavík

Day 6 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

  • Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
  • 3 nights in a hotel in the country
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik
  • Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 6
  • Lunch box everyday
  • Transport on a bus, each person has 2 seats
  • Flight from Reykjavík to Höfn
  • Private transfer from Höfn to Reykjavík according to the itinerary with a driver guide
  • 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:

 £2,995 / €3,735 / $3,995 PP

Single supplement EUR 265 / USD 290

When booking a deposit of €500 is required.

Minimum number of participants 4, maximum 10

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.