Do I need to be an expert photographer to join one of your tours?
No, we welcome all levels of photographers on our tours and normally our groups are mixed with people all levels.
Can I learn a few photo tips on a private day tour, rather than joining one of the longer workshops?
We have a number of private day tours and shorter 2-day or 3-day workshops, guided by our team of professional photographers. You will have the opportunity to learn just as much on these tours, or to tailor the tour to suit your educational needs. Please check our website Iceland Photo Tours for more details.
Can you tailor-make a tour, just for us?
Yes, we can! Please send an email to us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your needs and we will get back to you as soon as possible.
Do you use local photography tour guides?
Iceland Photo Tours is a team made up of award-winning local, native and international photography guides. Our guides are all highly qualified, speak excellent English and boast intimate knowledge of Iceland. Aside from our guides, we work hard to ensure that all of our partners are the best in the business. Our team is out in the field, continually monitoring and refining our adventures to ensure we offer the best that we can during your photography workshop. They possess a wealth of knowledge and experience, so you can be confident that you’re in safe hands.
When will I be able to see the Northern Lights?
If the sky is clear of clouds and there is aurora activity forecasted, then the Northern Lights (or Aurora Borealis) can be seen in Iceland from late August until the beginning of April. Generally, you will have the chance to see them during any one of our autumn or winter photo tours.
When is the ice cave season?
Ice caves are accessible and safe from mid November until the end of March. Your best bet to see an ice cave is to join any one of our winter photo tours, we are using professional ice cave guides during our photo workshops.
Will I see any puffins?
Puffins nest in Iceland from the middle of May and fly away from the island in the end of August or beginning of September. You will be able to see them during our Midnight Sun photo tours.
When is the Midnight Sun?
The Midnight Sun is a natural phenomenon that occurs during the summer months, from around June to August. During this period, there is daylight even at midnight, with the sun being visible for almost 24 hours.
What is the temperature in winter?
Winters are not as cold in Iceland as people may think. The average low is approximately -2 degrees Celsius (28.4 Fahrenheit), whereas the average high is about 3 degrees Celsius (37.4 Fahrenheit). You’ll find the indoors to be quite toasty and warm though, as Iceland runs on inexpensive geothermal energy.
What is the temperature in summer?
The average low in summer is approximately 8 degrees Celsius (46.4 Fahrenheit), whereas the average high is about 13 degrees Celsius (55.4 Fahrenheit). Temperatures in summer can reach as well up to 20-25
Can you help arrange my travel visas?
The requirements for international travel visas to Iceland vary widely, depending on your nationality. Please check the Directorate of Immigration to see if you need a visa to travel to Iceland. While we can’t help you to procure your visa, we can give you a letter of confirmation from our company as well as confirmations from the hotels that we use during the tour, in order to assist your application. If you do require a visa, then you may either arrange it yourself by contacting your nearest Icelandic Embassy or by using the services of a visa processing company. Please ensure that you complete and return your visa application in a timely manner so that you will have your documentation in time to travel. It’s best to get your visa sorted in advance because the processing time can be quite long.
What documents will I need to enter Iceland?
To enter Iceland, you will need to present a valid passport to passport control. Due to airline security measures, your passport name must match your airline ticket name, or you may be denied boarding. In addition, the expiration date on your passport must be at least six months after your return from your trip. If it is not, then you should renew your passport before travelling to Iceland.
Do your tours include international airfares?
Our guests arrive from all over the world to begin our tours, so it is not possible to include international airfare in our prices.
What is the baggage policy?
Each airline has its own baggage policy, which is subject to change; therefore, please contact your airline(s) directly to verify carry-on restrictions, prohibited items, number of bags permitted and weight allowances for your international departure and arrival flights. Should your luggage be damaged or lost, file a report with your airline before you leave the baggage claim area, and contact us or your hotel to advise them of your delay.
What do you suggest for carry-on luggage?
We advise that you pack the following items in your carry-on luggage: any medications in their original, labeled containers; eyeglasses, contact lenses and contact lens solution; important documents such as your travel insurance, medical records, allergy information and emergency contact information; camera gear, memory cards and batteries; as well as any valuables you may have.
What is the most appropriate type of luggage to bring?
We suggest that you bring one backpack containing your camera gear as carry-on during your flight, one checked bag for your clothing and other belongings, as well as a small satchel much like the size of the personal item allowed on international flights. You are responsible for carrying your bags on and off buses and other vehicles, as well as up and down stairs, so pack smart and light.
What should I pack for one of your photo tours?
The clothing that you will need depends greatly on the season in Iceland. We will send you a complete clothing and camera equipment list in our welcome kit that we send out to all tour participants upon booking a tour. Our general recommendation for dressing in Iceland is to wear layers and to stay away from heavy cotton clothing, which can trap sweat and contribute to body odour. Lighter alternatives like merino wool are warm, wrinkle-free and will serve you well whenever you decide to travel to Iceland.
Which airport should I fly into in Iceland?
You should fly into Keflavík International Airport.
Which airlines can you recommend?
We recommend flying Icelandair, Iceland’s premier airline. Operating locally, Icelandair flies to and from Iceland, as well as across the Atlantic. The airline offers safe, reliable and exceptional service.