Summer Photography Tour in Iceland 10-21 May 2017

Summer Photography Tour in Iceland

Come mid-May through July, the days in Iceland are typically longer, which is characteristic of summer season. This is the time the locals and visitors are treated to a natural phenomenon known as "midnight sun" where the sunlight remains visible throughout the night, creating hours of golden light and lots of wonderful opportunities to capture the elements nature bathed in sublime lighting. And this is exactly what we plan to do in this 12-day photo workshop excursion — chase the light and explore Iceland's wondrous landscapes with our fellow photographers who are also passionate about landscapes and nature. Experience and techniques will be shared and we will emerge not only with great images, but also better skilled in capturing all the beauty Mother Nature can offer.

6200 USD

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Why booking with us?

  • 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 use comfortable vehicles 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.

Discovering Iceland's Midnight Sun

We'll usually start out early in the day and stay out late hunting and photographing otherworldly scenes in the arctic light. In addition, we'll also be seeking out opportunities to photograph puffins, as these cute and adorable seabirds have colonies in Iceland and are active and nesting during this time of year.

Our major destinations in this trip will be the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, the wild vast Vatnsnes Peninsula in North-west-North Iceland, partly the East and beautiful south coast. We'll be able to photograph the local wildlife, as well as several of Iceland's majestic and iconic waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sand beaches, imposing cliffs and basalt formations, sea stacks and bird colonies, the largest glacier in Europe, mountain peaks, big lava fields, steamy craters, active volcanoes, and other interesting natural formations and scenes.

Day 1 - Arrival

Touchdown Iceland! After arriving at the Keflavik International Airport, you'll have a comfortable ride to Reykjavik via FlyBus. After you're settled in and freshened up, we'll meet around afternoon for some socials and dinner afterwards. You'll get to know your fellow participants and we'll also discuss the itinerary we have for the days ahead.

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

Our day starts at 9AM, as we head off to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland. Our plan is to stay in what is also referred to as "mini Iceland" for two days, going back and forth the northern and southern parts of the peninsula. Up for grabs for us will be beautifully-lit craggy rock formations and columnar basalt on the coast of the fishing village of Arnarstapi. There are also the big lava field and the windy but picturesque Budir hamlet where we'll find the incomparable Snæfellsjokull Glacier as well as the iconic little black church that you have probably seen in many epic photographs from Iceland.

Day 3 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

We continue our exploration of Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the third day, the highlight being Londrangar, the two ancient volcanic basalt plugs rising out of the ocean, a truly unique sight that is also home to different kinds of nesting birds, due to their composition and formation. We'll make our way through Snæfellsnes' gorgeous the coastline which is dotted with small villages with lush fjords and steep mountains so see and photograph along the way. Another particular highlight for us will be the iconic Kirkjufell, which lies on the northern side of the peninsula. The season is perfect to capture alpen glow as well as mountain itself — considered to be one of Iceland's most beautiful mountains — bathed in golden light.

Day 4 - Hvitserkur

The wild and remote Vatnsnes Peninsula located in North Iceland will be our next destination. A large part of this area is uninhabited, but at the same time boasts some of the most picturesque natural scenes Iceland has to offer — craggy hills and deep green landscapes are a staple of the area, which become even more breathtaking when seen and photographed in golden light. Also if we're lucky, we'll also encounter wild horses, which would definitely add more color to our photographs and adventures thus far. We'll also be able to photograph seals and geese in their natural habitat.

And then there's Hvitserkur, a 15 meter high cliff rising from the sea. Local legend has it that it used to be a giant troll, turned into stone by the sunlight. While the legend is open to debate, the formation is by no means less striking and imposing. What's great about it is that it takes on different characters and looks, depending on the angle you're in, so it's a great opportunity for participants to bring home truly unique perspectives in their images. Accommodation: Vatnsnes Peninsula.

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn

We then head to Lake Myvatn, where we'll spend two day, finding subjects and scenes to photograph in the area itself, and also in the surrounding vicinities. Lake Myvatn is considered to be one of the most beautiful areas in Northeast Iceland, and when you get there, it's easy to see why. Words do not do it justice. Studded with surreal landscapes of spluttering mud-pots, unique lava formations (due to the Myvatn Basin being among the most volcanically active regions on earth), steaming fumaroles and volcanic craters, Lake Myvatn is the stuff a nature lover's dreams are made of. Needless to say, there will be many opportunities for you to capture stunning images. Wildlife of various types also abound. We also plan on enjoying a bit of rest at the Myvatn Nature Baths before the next day's adventures.

Day 6 - Lake Myvatn

Our second day in Myvatn, but we'll also visit Namafjall, which is known for its myriad of colorful hot springs and mud pools, as well as its unique geothermal field, Hverir. The views are especially breathtaking and surreal considering we'll be making the most of our available golden light. We'll also eventually find ourselves in Krafla, a caldera about 10km — a particularly interesting sight is Viti Crater, with "viti" meaning "hell" as old folks in early times thought that descending into the earth and volcanoes meant coming closer to hell. The whole underground feel and the green lake inside of it promises some interesting and unique photographic opportunities.

Day 7 - East Iceland-Djúpivogur

We'll leave Myvatn and head towards East Iceland and Djúpivogur, but we'll be making a pit stop along the way to shoot one of the world's most majestic waterfalls, Dettifoss, which is located in Jokulsargljufur National Park. At 100 meters wide with a drop of 45 meters, the waterfalls can be a very imposing sight, especially if you're seeing it for the first time — imagine that the spray can be seen even as far as a kilometer away! A long drive through highland desert and over a mountain pass then awaits us as we travel to the beautiful Eastfjords eventually reaching Vatnajokull Glacier, which is Europe’s largest glacier and also a national park. The landscape there is out-of-this-world and you'll see that it is totally worth the trip. Mountainous fjords dot the eastern coast, and we'll also pass by fishing towns that promise a lot of human interest subjects. Our views will also be filled with steep mountains, highland farms, clear mountain streams, bird cliffs and waterfalls, the picturesque Rjukandi Falls just among the spectacular falls we will encounter. We'll be spending the night at the small fishing village of Djupivogur.

Day 8 - Jokulsarlon

Hello Vatnajökull National Park! We'll be immersed in nature and we will have a lot of different opportunities to take home some absolutely stunning images of the park's varied and unique landscape, which will especially striking as we will also be photographing them while they're lit by the midnight sun's golden light.

The park itself encompasses not only all of Vatnajokull Glacier but also extends to the surrounding areas from the waterfall, Skaftafell in southwest to Jokulsargljufur Canyon in the north. Iceland has really made great effort to preserving and protecting the area's natural beauty and cultural significance, which is why this is a unique opportunity for us to see nature in its rawest form and purest beauty — evident in the glaciers and glacier outlets that descend to a black plateau, the floating white and blue icebergs on the glacier lagoon, and the ice crystals that dot the shore of the black beach, which lit by the midnight sun shine like precious gems. We'll also spend a significant amount of time at the glacial lagoon, as it is a pure display of natural art and a spectacular sight. There'll also be an opportunity to encounter seals as they bask on the ice or swim in the lagoon.

Day 9 - Jokulsarlon

As we continue exploring the wonders of the Vatnajökull National Park and the surrounding areas, we're set to visit the impressive black dune beach at Stokksnes and the majestic peaks of Mt. Vestrahorn. Vestrahorn, which is southeast corner of Iceland, is one of Iceland's most photographed mountains, due to its majestic form — at 454 meters high and featuring dramatic summits and slopes made of gabbro rock, the midnight sun gives it a visual dimension you won't see during any other season.

More wildlife photography awaits us as we head to southeast area of Iceland, where puffins and other seabirds nest. We will make the most out of our flexible schedule and itinerary for this day and consider areas like Ingolfshofdi Cape where we can maximize the weather conditions and available light. Other destinations include Skaftafell Park on the west side of the glacier lagoon with its breathtaking collection of peaks and glaciers, waterfalls, rivers and wild protected flora and fauna, as well as the "Black Fall" Svartifoss Waterfall, a truly breathtaking sight as its powerful waters crash down from its basalt lava wall.

Day 10 - Vik

Next up will be the charming village of Vik, which we will arrive at after a drive along the south coast. The village is surrounded with high, beautiful bird cliffs, and the Icelandic south coast offers some of the most stunning natural attractions that the country has to offer. We'll be treated to a unique mix of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, wild black beaches, epic cliffs and sea stacks along with some iconic waterfalls, which will obviously bring us a lot of chances to take some stunning images to bring home with us. At Dyrholaey Cape we'll encounter puffins, while mossy lava fields await us at Eldhraun, where cooled lava completely overgrown with moss can really look like a scene a science fiction movie. While at the black beach at Vik and Reynisfjara around the corner, our focus will be the mysterious Reynisdrangar basalt sea stacks, which legends say are petrified trolls. You might almost believe the legends as they exude a really magical feel when they're lit by the midnight sun. It's no wonder that this black beach with these mysterious sea stacks are considered to be one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world.

Day 11 - Heading back

While this will be the day we return to Reykjavik, that is not to say that we won’t have a lot of interesting subjects to photograph along the way, such as the Dyrholaey Promontory. From its heights, you can get a unique perspective and view of the columns of Reynisdrangar and more epic cliffs and stacks in the ocean, as well as the gigantic black arch of lava reaching out to sea from which the promontory derives its name from. Dyrholaey is also home to puffins and other seabirds, so there'll also be opportunities to add to your collection of wildlife photographs.

But the highlights of the day will be our visit to two of Iceland's iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss offers a unique viewpoint as we will be able to walk along the recess behind the waterfall while 60 feet high by 25 meters wide Skogafoss can be captured both from below and from the top — all you need to do will be to traverse a flight of stairs.

We will pass also pass by two active volcanoes, Hekla, a 1490m high snow-topped mountain whose powerful and devastating eruptions has given it the moniker "Gateway to Hell", and the famous Eyjafjallajokull whose explosions in 2010 was the stuff of international news. If time allows, we'll also add the beautiful and rugged Solheimajokull Glacier to our list of stop overs.

Day 12 - Departure

We'll send you off with a hearty breakfast and then you're hopping into a FlyBus to get to your flight home from Keflavik Airport.

Tour Guide

Raymond is an award-winning photographer with a worldwide reputation. Known for his magnificent landscape photos, his career took off in 2011, when he was voted as ‘Best Nature Photographer’ by one of Europe’s largest online photo communities. One of his photos was even elected as one of the best photos in the 10 years history of the organization. Raymond’s work has featured in various publications, from books to newspapers and magazines, and he actively takes on assignments for publishers and advertising agencies.

These days he works as a nature photographer, mostly leading expert tours across the stunning nordic nations. He is an ambassador for the Lucroit filter system, and has won awards in a range of international photography contests.

Total Price : 6200$ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 800$
Special offer: Sign up with a group of 3 or more friends and receive a 300$ discount each !
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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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.
  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 til breakfast on day 11.
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.
Not included:
  • Flight tickets
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

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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.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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