Greenland Photo Expedition

Greenland Photo Expedition


When you visit Greenland on this photo-expedition, your imagination will come to life like never before! Your passion for photography will be ignited, and you will exult in the world you see through your lens. Greenland is home to one of the most dramatic landscapes on earth – from the vibrant reds and oranges of the glacier-carved terrain to the depthless blues of the icebergs that serenely float among the fjords. The beauty of Greenland is still wild and untouched, and you will be one of an elite group of photographers that gets to experience it in person and capture it in your photos.

Over the course of our 10-day trip to the East Coast of Greenland, we will make daily shore excursions and maximize the time we have to photograph the awe-inspiring Arctic landscape and fjords of Scoresbysund (Scoresby Sound). These fjords are home to the most incredible iceberg formations in the world. The intensity of the blue fractures in the icebergs will captivate you and provide endless variation in your photos. The light in September creates impressive shadows and teases out the most intense colors from both the land and the ice.

The beauty of this part of the world is raw and visceral and photography expeditions rarely venture here. If you’re looking for a truly unique photo experience and want to capture these unparalleled landscapes, reserve your spot today.







Total price:9670 USD

The highlights of Aurora and Ice Cave photo workshops:

Why book with us?

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  • We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.
  • All our guests get a free collection of post-processing videos from our award winning photographers worth over $1,500
  • On our tours we provide custom-built 4x4 super trucks to safely transport you to amazing locations and we provide 2 seats per photographer
  • We are using only the best hotels available in Iceland.
  • Our photo tours and workshops are guided by award-winning professional landscape photographers.
  • We provide crampons and rubber boots for free to all our guests throughout the tour.
  • During the tour, we give highly informative and easy-to-follow photography and post-processing lectures.
  • Our photo guides will always help you on the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.

Dates of the tours

Northern Lights Photography



Nothing sums up the magic of Iceland quite like the aurora borealis. The ethereal northern lights have inspired wonder and awe for generations, and it’s our privilege to capture them glowing high above Iceland’s pristine Arctic landscapes. The northern lights are the result of solar activity, which explains why they seem like something from another planet! Over the course of this eight day trip we will do our best to be ready when they appear. Several locations in Iceland offer fantastic light conditions for aurora hunting and photography, especially during the winter months when the darkness lingers for longer than usual. We will cross our fingers for clear skies and watch on as they illuminate the Arctic landscapes below.
Northern Lights in Iceland

Aurora over Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland

Crystal Ice Caves in Vatnajokull

The Ice Caves of Vatnajokull



Although the skies above Iceland are as dramatic as anything you will see, sometimes there’s magic to be found underground. That’s why our Winter Photo Workshop features a trip to the ice caves of Vatnajokull. These unique cave systems shift with the changing glacier every year, so it’s up to the creative forces of nature to dictate our underground experience. The ocean-blue ice crystals make for an incredible composition, and the light dancing off the crystals all around means this is a once in a lifetime opportunity for photographers. After all, these caves reform every year; it’s history that we will be witnessing.

Jokulsarlon and the ice beach



During this winter photography tour we will make several stops at the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Deep in Vatnajokull National Park, the lagoon has become a must-visit photography spot. Not only can we capture the moment that abstract icebergs break free from the glacier and begin their cruise toward the Atlantic. We will also visit Iceland’s very own diamond beach, which sits on the bank of the lagoon and is littered with magnificent ice crystals. The interplay between light, dark sands, glistening ice and potential winter snow makes this a breathtaking place to shoot as the sun comes up or goes down. On top of all that, we might strike it lucky and have the Aurora glowing overhead!
Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Our Northern Lights and Ice Cave Photo Workshops have a flexible itinerary, which allows us to adapt to the conditions and help you make the most of your time in Iceland.

Itinerary

Day 0

  • Participants will fly to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) Iceland.
  • Transfer from Keflavik to the hotel in Reykjavik (50min). All transfers are covered with Early Bird Reservations.
  • Overnight stay in Reykjavik - the capital of Iceland.
Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik

Harpa concert hall in Reykjavik

The Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager

Day 1

  • Transfer to Reykjavik airport for our domestic flight to Akureyri.
  • Transfer to harbor and board MS Freya @ approximately 4:00 p.m.
  • Depart as soon as possible after everyone has boarded and after the mandatory safety briefings.
Dyrholaey

The arch Dyrholaey

Skogafoss waterfall

Skogafoss waterfall

Day 2

  • Sail to Greenland crossing the Denmark Strait, where we will have good opportunities to photograph whales and orcas.
Crystal Ice Cave

Crystal Ice Cave in Iceland

Northern Lights over Glacier Lagoon

Northern Lights over Glacier Lagoon

Day 3 - 9

  • Arrive in Greenland.
  • We will spend the week exploring and photographing the incredible landscapes and icebergs of the Scoresby Sound. Our actual daily itinerary will depend on the prevailing weather and ice conditions. A briefing will be given each morning and evening on what to expect and how to prepare for the following day’s photography. We may also venture into Kejser Franz Joseph and Kong Oscar Fjords for couple of days, weather and ice permitting.
Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Day 10

  • Sail back to Iceland crossing the Denmark Strait, where we once again will have good opportunities to photograph whales and orcas.
Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Day 11

  • Disembark Akureyri @ 9:00 a.m.
  • Transfer to local airport for flights back to Reykjavik.
  • Transfer from Reykjavik domestic airport to Keflavik International Airport (50min).
  • Arrive at Keflavic (KEF) International Airport by 1:00 p.m. Fly home.
Aurora over black sand beach in Vik

Aurora over black sand beach in Vik

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Sunrise Reynisfjara

Map

Total Price : 9670 US $ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 750$
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
Early Bird Discount: Book before 1st of June 2017 and get 300$ discount.

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After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
Included:
  • All nights onboard the M/S Freya
  • All meals onboard the vessel
  • Guides, Expedition leader, safety and other staffs
  • Photo instructions and master classes given by expedition guides
  • Excursions with two Zodiacs
Not Included:
  • Flights to / from Akureyri (Iceland)
  • Overnight accommodation prior to and following the expedition
  • Alcohol and souvenirs purchased onboard the ship
  • Tips (recommended) for the vessel's crew members
  • Travel insurance and cancellation insurance
  • Transfers

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Reviews

We have been on many photo tours through the years and thought we had seen to best. Wrong! Iceland Photo Tours set up a tour which far exceeded any expectations we might have had. Everything was meticulously planned…lodging, food, transportation, and locations were all first rate. The bus was even large enough for us all to have 2 seats each! The level of attention that our guides provided was outstanding. All in all this was a very memorable trip, and we certainly would recommend Iceland Photo Tours for any Icelandic photo trip you may be contemplating.
Scott and Joyce Oberle
Scott and Joyce Oberle
Photography by Scott and Joyce
Want to make your photos pop? Are you willing to take your photography to the next level? Do you just need to escape to some place exotic & new? Iceland Photo Tours offer just that with the convenience of transportation support, excellent lodging and great, local food options. Before, I had lots of trouble producing even a passable photo after a day of shooting, but after Iurie’s workshop I learned how to actively find and work good angles for landscape photography. Also his deep knowledge of how to post-process photos made the workshop a great value. Iurie also was very focused on our safety & didn’t take unnecessary risks during our travels. I would definitely do another workshop with Iurie again.
My wife Susan and I want to thank Iceland Photo Tours for providing the finest Photography Workshop we have attended. As novice photographers we found previous photography workshops and tours to be somewhat intimidating and overwhelming, our photo guide's entire focus was to provide exceptional guidance and attention to the entire group during the workshop. The accommodations from start to finish were first rate, the food was exceptional, and the transportation was extremely comfortable with ample room for personal space and gear. Words cannot adequately describe the locations Iurie and Edwin selected for the workshop simply “MAGICAL”. We will attend future workshops and bringing friends. Thanks again for a great experience and stunning photographs. If you are thinking about going…you won’t regret it.
Bill and Susan Ayers
Bill and Susan Ayers
Bill and Susan Ayers Photography
I have been in many tours but this particular tour was really made for photographers. With ample time to photograph the scenes and also the proper timing in shooting these wonderful landscapes will make the experience worth it. The guides are very knowledgeable and assist us in shooting the location at the best possible conditions. Transportation and lodging is also pleasant and decent.
Chris Cobacha
Chris Cobacha
Chris Cobacha Photography
This was one of the best photo workshops I have been on. The places we went to were spectacular, as to be expected, but beyond the vistas, the level of professionalism and mentor-ship was second to none. Time was taken to help every student improve in composition and to see the environment in a new way despite difficult lighting conditions. There is no doubt that I improved as a photographer. The tour was very photographer specific with tons of time given to fully explore an area. There was no feeling of being rushed at all.
My husband and I have a lot of experience both in leading and participating in workshops as students, I have to say that this trip has by far been the best ever. Not only the destination, but they logistics and smoothness of operations lets you know there are true professionals behind. Our Guides will always go the extra mile, making sure every students feels special, always by us in the field, suggesting compositions, calling basic settings on every stop and really making you go home with the image you were dreaming off. They keep close tabs with weather conditions, driving the group even over an hour away if skies were clear, and adjusting the times to leave to avoid unpleasant windy condition on the road. The lectures were to the point and amazingly helpful, which is an added value to an already great experience.They even factored a couple of shopping stops, quite convenient for us with little time. Every little detail has been given careful consideration. Perfection! In other words, this has been a life-time experience and we are already booking our next tour with them.
Alfred and Fabiola Forns
Alfred and Fabiola Forns

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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.

Disclaimer

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

Photos taken during our Aurora and Ice Caves photography tours in Iceland