Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is a renowned landscape photographer based in Iceland and the founder of Iceland Photo Tours. But that isn’t where his story began. Iurie was born in Moldova, and developed an interest in photography from an early age after his uncle converted the family bathroom into a darkroom. From there he has memories of taking an old Russian camera into school. And though he hadn’t yet mastered the art a good photograph, he knew straight away that his new passion for taking pictures was going to be around for many years to come.

After studying Hospitality and Tourism at university, Iurie moved to Iceland in 2006. There he was suddenly exposed to one of the world’s finest photography destinations. Drawn in by the incredible light and landscapes all around, he began travelling the country, camera in hand, in search of inspiration and honing his skills. It wasn’t long before Iurie’s work was receiving critical acclaim. As well as continually winning awards in international photography competitions, his images have been published and put on display in a number of leading publications and exhibitions. In 2012 Iurie founded Iceland Photo Tours, with the ambition of sharing the many wonders Iceland has to offer with passionate photographers from around the world. He has since built a team of professional photo guides offering tours and expertise to some of Iceland’s most famous sights, including the northern lights and the seasonal ice caves.

Iceland Photo Tours has enjoyed huge success in recent years and has grown into the largest operator of its kind in Europe. With 4,000 happy customers and counting, Iurie’s company now stretches far beyond Iceland, offering expert-led photography tours of spectacular destinations including Greenland, New Zealand, Japan, Patagonia and more. Iurie is also co-founder of Guide to Iceland, the largest marketplace of travel services to the land of ice and fire. Now a fully-fledged Icelandic citizen, he firmly believes that his best moments in photography have been some of the most uncomfortable. Iceland’s harsh conditions can be the canvas for the most memorable photography, and it’s the experience of this epic challenge that he loves to share on his photo tours.

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