At Iceland Photo Tours, we work hard to make sure we provide an exceptional photographer's experience that sets us apart from the competition. For better understanding of our commitment for excellence in sharing our photography knowledge and taking both amateur and professional photographers to the right place and at the right time, below are just a small sampling of the many satisfied guests that we have had the pleasure of serving.

I was very fortunate & privileged to join Iurie on one of his recent expeditions to Greenland’s East Coast in one of the most isolated places on earth, the fiords of Scoresby Sund. Iurie’s knowledge of this stunning place will see you get close to an environment that reveals unforgettable vistas such as mammoth icebergs in a very fragile terrain. This part of Greenland should be on every Landscape Photographers list of destinations who want to witness and document the impact of climate change.
Steve
Steve
I had the pleasure of Joining Iurie and Denis on a recent winter tour. The entire event was expertly planned, with excellent accommodations and great food. Transportation was provided in a converted truck that was both functional and comfortable. Our driver Eidor was not only an expert driver, but was also pleasant and accommodating . Iurie proved to be knowledgeable in photography as well as the locations and the best ways to get amazing shots. He and Denis also emphasized safety at each location which was appreciated. Their sense of humor and  positive disposition were a plus. Finally, Iurie has a most interesting personal history and an entrepreneurial spirit. We had a great group of photographers which made the whole event better.Looking forward to the next trip.
Peter Cabrera
Peter Cabrera
Thanks Iurie for your expert knowledge of Iceland. This was no ordinary tour but rather a very unique look at Iceland. One that in many respects was a ‘behind the scenes’ tour that the average tourist simply does not see. Photographically it was very rich with many opportunities set up especially for us. The group was small which maximised the experience and gave one-on-one access to my and your knowledge of photography and Iceland. We had privileged access to waterfalls, Ice caves and on a number of occasions to Northern Lights. We also had access to good accommodation and great food. Thank you again for your expertise and for showing us the unknown and exclusive areas of Iceland. The images are stunning and will travel again with you.
Art Wolfe
Art Wolfe
Art Wolfe
There are many great landscape photography locations around the world, but few that combine such stunning diversity with ease of accessibility as Iceland, making it a great place to practice your craft of photography. My good friend and colleague Iurie Belegurschi has become the king of this domain. Iurie, as spent more time guiding in Iceland than Columbus spent at sea! Not only is he now very familiar with Iceland’s photographic locations but he is an expert with the camera, and knowing how to teach techniques he applies in his own stunning photography. I highly recommend working with him, if not only for improving your photographic skills for landscape photography but making the best “selfies” possible
Marc
Marc
I have worked with hundreds of guide and photographers over the years. Iurie Belegurschi sits at the top of the heap, for sure. As a guide, he takes pride in knowing exactly where to put your tripod, and at what time, to get the best shot of the amazing landscape. Iurie is meticulous in his handling of details ahead of time, with hotels, food, transportation, all logistics – so that the photo tour or workshop you are on runs as smoothly as possible. I’ve had the pleasure of partnering with Iurie over the past few years for our workshops in Iceland, and having been completely thrilled with everything in the past, I’m looking forward to many more photo workshops with Iurie in the future. Oh and let’s not forget that Iurie is an incredibly talented photographer, making imagery that is visually stunning on a daily basis.
Andy
Andy
Iceland was all you promised and more – faultless organisation with the mechanics of getting us around in a frenetic environment, excellent accommodation and a thoughtful tasty array of meals to demonstrate the variety of foods available in this surprising country. Towering over these mundane but essential aspects of travel was the photography. Unique scenes hit daily, from costal scenes the likes of which I have not seen before, to Icebergs on the black beach of the southern coast of Iceland.We were most fortunate to be taken by knowledgeable person like you to sites that were special. My special thanks to you Iurie for your guiding, driving and in special for sharing so generously your favourite places in the most dramatic light of the mead night summers. I look forward for my return to Iceland to travel with you and my group again.
I had the opportunity to work with Iurie in Nov. when we put on a Photo Tour in Iceland. The emphasis was on capturing the ice formations in southern Iceland including the beach at Glacier Lagoon, ice-caves and with hopes of photographing the Aurora Borealis. We got it all thanks to Iurie. Since he’s very familiar with Iceland and also is an incredible photographer he knew where to be and when. He’d made all of the arrangements, hotels, meals and transportation so all I had to do was show up with the clients and enjoy. I look forward to working with him again next time I make it back to Iceland.
David C. Schultz
David C. Schultz
West Light Images
Over the last 10 years I have organized nearly a hundred photography workshops around the world – in Africa, Cuba, South America, Tibet, China, Nepal, the Himalayas, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia, Philippines, South Korea, and North Korea. This year I wanted to expand my workshops into the Arctic and Scandinavian regions, and I was introduced to Iurie Belegurschi by a common photographer friend from the Philippines. The moment I saw Iurie’s photos I knew this was the man that I want to work with. Iurie is an exceptional photographer. His photos are Nat Geo standard. And the locations he brings his clients to, are places only photographers know about. It isn’t enough to simply know where good photography locations are. Iurie has an uncanny photographer’s eye to select compelling viewpoints, and also the technical skills to make these viewpoints sing a beautiful visual song. You only have to view Iurie’s photos online to realize what I mean. He has a fan base of hundreds of thousands around the world. And he is unselfish about sharing his skills with all who attend his workshops.I first brought my international clients for a joint photography workshop with Iurie Belegurschi in April 2015. It was so popular that it was oversubscribed, and in May we had to run another joint workshop to cater for the excess. My clients and I were so impressed with Iurie’s handling of the workshop, and the locations they were taken to, that when they discovered that I was working with Iurie to do a third and a fourth workshop in Iceland and Greenland respectively, several of them immediately signed up for the new workshops. Needless to say, I too was very impressed with Iurie’s professional photography and organizational skills that I have committed for 2016, at least another 3 joint workshops with Iurie in Iceland, Greenland, and Norway. Iurie Belegurschi is a gifted photographer and an Aurora Hunter Extraordinaire. He is truly a master of his craft.
Yusuf Hashim
Yusuf Hashim
Photo Safari
I have had the privilege of working with Iurie in both Iceland and Greenland. As a photographer’s guide there is no one better. His ability to find the explicit in the implicit takes you on a journey that will leave you breathless. His attention to detail in both the planning of a tour, the locations selected and the storylines that are there for the capture are meticulous to the final element. I have been fortunate enough to work with some of the best photographers in the world and I believe that all would agree that if you’re heading to the Arctic region, looking to capture stellar imagery, Iurie Belegurschi is your guide. As an added plus, Iurie might just be one of the best photographers shooting today.
Kerry Koepping
Kerry Koepping
Arctic Arts Project
Our winter Iceland tour was a great success due to your knowledge of Iceland geography and landscape locations. Your technical skills and teaching were easy to understand. I was able to take a number of photo items off of my bucket list, such as ice caves, northern lights, as well as the ice beach at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You also showed us a beautiful location that required special permission to access. The meals, lodging, and transportation were first class. A very well organised tour. Well done, Iurie and Edwin.[/blockquote

I first met Iurie during my first visit to Iceland back in September of 2012, since then he has become one of worlds best landscape artists and in my opinion, possibly the best guide in the country. Since then we have traveled together to Norway, back to Iceland for my 2nd Tour with him, this time with clients from Asia, and most recently our 2014 Autumn visit to New Zealand. I think what made the relationship click is that we both understood the work that it takes to capture great images taken at the right time, and we like to have fun as well during downtime. From Manila, Philippines to Reykjavik, Iceland a lifelong connection was cast in stone. I recommend Iurie’s tours above everyone else!
I recently joined Iceland Photo Tours to sail through the longest fiord in the world, in East Greenland. This was my first-ever participation in an organized tour after more than thirty five years of independent world travel. I was totally satisfied with all aspects of the voyage, the organization and attention to detail by Iurie and his staff was five stars. I highly recommend Iceland Photo Tours.
With this once in a lifetime chance, it is important that you partner with a guide who understands your need as a landscape photographer. One who understands that the right light is a basic component in getting that shot. www.iceland-photo-tours.com and Iurie Belegurschi brings you to these places in the right time and the right moment. Shooting epic locations during sunrise and sunset, maximising schedules that would leave you enough energy to capture also the greatest atmospheric phenomena, the Northern Lights. Being a well-travelled photographer, I always believe that no matter how much you research on locations it always a good advice to coordinate and work with local photographers. Their experiences shooting their own territory will never replace the hours of research you make trying to photograph these locations. The tour was tailored made not for any tourist but for photographers. The itinerary is direct to the point and is well timed; it provides enough shooting time and does not compromise creativity. The partner hotels and restaurants are more than decent and provide excellent service. Comfort is also well thought in terms of transportation, the long drives are provided with local information on the area. If you are planning a trip to this place, I suggest you save yourself from sleepless hours researching and buying those e-books, with safety and worry free tours, you can concentrate more on how you can capture the moment. Iurie Belegurschi and www.iceland-photo-tours.com, they go beyond expectations.
I had the pleasure of working with Iurie last summer in Greenland. Even in the most challenging environment the organisation was excellent and Iurie was on top of things. In remote parts of Greenland being able to adapt to the ever changing environmental conditions is an essence and the team managed this superbly. I look forward working with Iurie on the upcoming June 2015 Greenland trip.
Örvar A. Þorgeirsson
Örvar A. Þorgeirsson
Arctic Photo
Working with Iurie is simply a pleasure. Not only is he a great guy, but he has immense experience in guiding and knows how to make the best out of any situation or weather conditions. Always cheerful, obliging and outgoing, I’m extremely happy that I chose Iurie to guide my workshops with me, and I’m sure we’ll be cooperating for years to come. Thank you Iurie, for being an amazing associate and friend.
Iurie Belegurschi truly cares about helping photographers discover Iceland (and other lands), because he’s so passionate about it himself. A photographic guide with a personal involvement in the process of creating great and strong images is what every photographer should seek in a photo tour, and Iurie certainly qualifies as one. In addition to great photos, he really cares about making his clients happy too, because in sometimes-intensive trips, positive group dynamics is key. As a result, he has many returning clients, and that’s the ultimate mark of a good trip. As a colleague of Iurie, I can attest to his organization, passion for photography, and mastery of landscape photography, which makes him a great person to work with and photograph with, and I look forward to many future trips with him.
We have been on many photo tours through the years and thought we had seen to best. Wrong! Iurie 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 Iurie and Edwin Martinez 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? Iurie Belegurschi’s 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.
The 7 day photography workshop led by Iurie and Johnathan was wonderful and provided the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of Icelandic landscapes. The sites chosen were excellent and the photographic advice and assistance was very helpful and much appreciated. The accommodations were first class, as was the food and the motorcoach. I especially enjoyed having Siggi as our driver – he provided a lot of background and history for many of the sites we visited. I would do it all over again in a minute and probably actually will sometime in the future.
Iurie’s tour was superb! Extremely well organized, excellent transportation and guidance, flawless planning and useful hands-on and lecture instruction. Well received by all members of our Group! Would definitely repeat a tour with Iurie.
I Recently completed a photography workshop in South Iceland led by Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez . This caused me to contemplate the difference between a Photo Tour and a Photo Workshop. I have attended eight in total over the last 8 years, four of each. Photo Tours typically involves delivering a group of individuals to a scenic sight. Usually at an optimal time for photography (ie golden hours) but involve limited guidance or instruction. The groups are larger, and much more varied in skill and experience. Photo Workshops more comprehensive instruction and field guidance in capturing the best possible images. In addition post processing is also part of the experience. My view of landscape photography is that of an art form which begins with identifying a sight, scouting the location, capturing the image, processing the image and final output whether to the web or print. The Photo Workshop which i recently attended was put on by Iurie Belegurschi, was by far the best i have experienced. The scenery was spectacular, the itinerary was well thought out . The photo instruction and guidance was out standing. Both instructors were with us in the field and were there for our benefit, neither was shooting but instead their attention was on helping the participants capture the scenes, and improve our photography.
I joined Iurie’s Iceland Winter Workshop of 22 Oct 2014 with 3 friends. This is the best land photo workshop I’ve ever had. Everything is so well organised. Everybody had at least 2 seats while I had 7 :). We all enjoyed the workshop very much and were very happy with what we learnt from the field and from the class. Both Iurie and Edwin were super in leading and organising the workshop. But one thing I’d like to remind you if you want to join Iurie’s tour. Beware of chocking if you listen to him when having meal. He’s a person with high sense of humour.
Carl Lam
Carl Lam
Carl Lam Photography
I want to thank our workshop leaders Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez for organizing such a inspiring, fun and educational workshop . The workshop was very well organized, the itinerary was well thought out that gave us great photographic opportunities. Iurie and Edwin provided excellent leadership, from knowing best times and locations to giving great advice on composition and camera settings to capture the mood. It was a wonderful experience that truly exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend these guys to anyone considering a future photography workshop or tour.
Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong
Andrea Wong Photography
I am so glad that I have joined Iurie Belegurschi ‘s Oct Photography Workshop in Iceland. The two instructors, Iurie and Edwin have provided sufficient guidance to each of us and care about the photos that we are taking. Their field advice was very useful, helped me improve the photos in particular the way of compositions. The workshop was well organized and the places we went for shooting are spectacular. This workshop not just offered me a great trip to explore the beautiful Iceland, it was also a good learning opportunity in the path of photography. The whole journey was filled with happiness and satisfaction, we bought back with nice photos and unforgettable experience.
Fanny Hui
Fanny Hui
Fanny Hui Photography
Between 22 – 29 Oct. 14, I joined the Iceland Photo Workshop organised by Iurie. Before departure from HK, I was well informed already of what to bring and what to prepare. Indeed, it proved to be useful. Apart from the weather, all schedules were well controlled and monitored. Though I’m not the oldest, I could see all the seniors had sufficient rest, and prepared themselves perfectly for everyday’ expeditions. Food and accommodation were good. Person to person guidance of photo taking, to ensure that I had some good pics to shock my friends. The 2 sessions of lectures by Edwin Martinez, were most informative, something that I could be proud of to bring home. All and all, I would not hesitate to recommend Iurie’s photo workshops to anyone, if you want to shoot good pics and learn photography. Thank you again Iurie.
Sanford Lee
Sanford Lee
Sanford Lee Photography
We really had a wonderful time joining your Iceland adventure! The landscape of Iceland is impressive, to me it was like stepping into a complete different world, just within 3 hours flight from the Netherlands. The lava fields, some completely covered with moss, ice caves, glaciers, icebergs floating to the sea, geysers, tectonic plates… beautiful! After the trip, we spent an afternoon in the geothermal water of the Blue Lagoon, really nice too.The group was fun, we enjoyed their company, and we appreciated the lodgings and the space we had in the bus to take our equipment with us. As a medical specialist, life can be very busy, and even during regular holidays my mind is regularly involved with my work. With this trip, however, I was busy the whole day with the new impressions and my attempts to capture them in photography. Also, it was a real joy for me to make this trip together with my two sons, Johan and Willem Pieter. That’s real quality time! Give our regards to Sigi, we enjoyed his humour in combination with his knowledge of history, architecture and geology. Wonder whether he will find the “ Wapen van Amsterdam” with its treasures in the end…. And finally, last but not least, you were a great guide and teacher. It is impressive how a few steps aside, a little lower or higher viewpoint, a slower shutter speed, composition of fore- and background can make such a difference. Thank you for this valuable information! I’m afraid I’ll still be an amateur in the end, but I enjoyed seeing how small adjustments can make such a difference. Thanks again for the great time, also on behalve of my sons,
Hans Brouwer
Hans Brouwer
Hans Brouwer Photography
My wife Susan and I want to thank Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez 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, Iurie and Edwin’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
In my recent trip, my first to join an organise tour entitled “Lost in Iceland” It’s a tour design for photography. A well thought of design, timing for every locations. Iurie Belegurschi has mastered these locations on its optimum time for you to shoot and He will bring you there. He is in 24/7 checking weather movements and discuss with the group that we have to divert from itinerary. Iurie Belegurschi will deliver you to locations from sunrise, high twelve, sunset, to night shoots as to where your stamina for shooting can withstand. If you were not able to get good photos in this trip, then photography is not for you. Our hotels are in strategic location for the shooting with very good accommodation. Never been in a tour that I got to eat gourmet food for dinner. One thing I like about travelling with Iurie, He hates wasting time shopping but he gave us time to get what we need. All those warm socks and believe me when you are in Iceland, you will need those made in Iceland, designed for Iceland.
Myke Chiang
Myke Chiang
Myke Chiang Photography
Tour experience with Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez was truly exceptional, from food, accommodation and transportation. To be in the right place at the right time I think was the most important thing during this tour, and these two experienced professional landscape photographers know exactly how to redirect itineraries in case of severe weather conditions. I had a wonderful time together with the entire group capturing sceneries guided by pros. Guided tours such as this is highly recommended to maximize your benefits.
I joined Iurie & Edwin’s Iceland photo safari last Oct. While I don’t consider a photo safari as a leisure vacation, there’s still a minimum level of comfort that I’d like to have in terms of accommodation, food and transportation. And on all three aspects, I rate Iurie & Edwin’s Iceland photo safari very satisfactory. Accommodations were all more than adequate providing very nice, quiet, clean, cozy, warm respite from the frigid outdoors. And I especially like the fact that these accommodations were all located within short driving distance from locations that we were going to photograph at sunrise &/or sunset /night. Food was nice! We had an interesting variety of food from deluxe burgers & fries to fancy grilled fish dishes – my favorite Arctic Char! Our transportation was a van that had ample room for luggage as well as passengers. I liked that it wasn’t cramped. It’s a big plus to have two very experienced landscape photographers leading a photo safari such as this. Their itinerary is tailored to get you to great locations at the best possible light and their schedules are flexible enough to allow for changes in Iceland’s famously unpredictable weather. Although this was not a workshop, both Edwin & Iurie were very helpful in making sure we came out of each location with good photos. They gave us tips and reminders during our actual shoots. Edwin reviewed our shots and walked us through post processing some of our own photos. All in all a very satisfying learning experience so I highly recommend Iurie & Edwin’s photo safaris &/or workshops!
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
I would just like to extend my appreciation to Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez and of course the tour group for the great time in Iceland. Even if the weather did not cooperate in some locations, the guides made it the most out of the situation. They monitored everything possible to see how to best maximize the shoot. On top of that, transportation and lodging were very comfortable, the food was fantastic, and the company was great!
Melvin Esteban
Melvin Esteban
Melvin Esteban Photography
Iurie you helped our group bring home wonderful images of Iceland and the Northern Lights. Thank you for showing so many wonderful locations. I will be back again.
Iurie,I am writing to express my gratitude for the tour last week. What a fantastic place. From start to finish I was very impressed with the relaxed atmosphere you and Jonathon made for us. I also liked the way you tailored your approach to the individual and offered the right level of assistance and advice to each of us. I learned many small things at each location which I will take forward in my photography. The day to day plans were changed when the weather caused problems and you gave us good alternatives. My personal favourite of a very enjoyable week was the ice lagoon where the sun was going down. To sum up I would say – great locations, great accommodation, great food, great tour, thank you.
Andy Marbrow
Andy Marbrow
Andy Marbrow Photography
Well organised, friendly accommodation and lots of excellent tutoring at some superb locations. Highly recommended! We shall return next year (2015) in Iceland! See you again soon Iurie!
You will never find a better tour guide than Iurie Belegurschi. Iurie and Edwin Martinez were a knockout-punch. Our itinerary was meticulous but adaptable, according to weather and photographic conditions. In Iceland photography is dependent on weather and time of sunrise and sunset. Iurie was scrupulous in planning, calculating, and adapting to where to be at the right time according to a multiplicity of changing factors. He was also superb at communicating daily timetables. Our bus was spacious, and our bus driver was a compendium of Icelandic history. I appreciate that with Iurie and Edwin I was in a workshop . . . with emphasis on “work!”
Thank you Iurie for showing me Iceland twice ! It was a privilege to be able to tour with the best Iceland photographer around today and with time I realise that most of the photos I display in my gallery I took them while shooting Iceland with you ! I also want to thank you for giving us unique access to fly over and photograph the Holuhraun volcano while it was erupting ! I plan to go back to Iceland many more times and hope to be able to go on tour with you again !
Researching my first trip to Iceland in 2013, one name kept coming up, and for good reason. Iurie’s stunning photos speaks volumes for both his passion and technical expertise, but it is his calm and generous nature that makes him such an asset as a photographic teacher, mentor, and guide. Having learnt so much on my first trip I promptly booked a second for 2014. Instantly I was rewarded on my second day as I captured images of a lifetime flying over a newly erupted volcano (thanks Iurie!), however, my other memory of the day is witnessing Iurie as excited as a child at Christmas, as he captured images that were shared by news agencies around the world. Having an instructor that still has their fire and passion is paramount. For 2015, I’m lucky enough to have teamed up with Iurie to share his knowledge and experience with our Meetup photography group, London Photographic. They couldn’t be in better hands.
I just wanted to let you know that we had a fabulous time on your Photo Workshop in Iceland! You gave us such amazing opportunities to see the spectacular landscape of Iceland, and even better – you taught us so much in order to compose and take a multitude of remarkable photos of our experience. We learned photo skills that have improved our photography by leaps and bounds! Your tour was well paced – we were busy the entire time and really felt that you maximised the time to see and photograph so many varied locations. With your co-guide Jonathan, we got excellent instruction and received the benefit of two different styles to further broaden our experience. The charming accommodations and entertaining bus driver Siggy were icing on the cake! Overall, I would say your Photo Workshop was AMAZING!! Thank you!
Sherrie and Donna
Sherrie and Donna
Sherrie and Donna Photography
This workshop was one if the finest and best organized that I have participated in. A good workshop guides it’s participants to the subjects and to the light, makes useful suggestions based on the leader’s experiences, and stretches the participants to become better than when they started—and Iurie did a superb job of all of that. The accommodations were excellent, we were VERY well fed, and we were guided to a wide variety of subjects and light. The REAL mark of a good workshop leader is how he handles changing conditions—and in a most rare situation, we were faced with the forecast of a winter hurricane, in Iceland, the likes of which had not been seen since the “Perfect Storm” in 1991. Iurie’s professionalism handled the situation masterfully, maintaining our safety and comfort as paramount, while still affording us some interesting shooting opportunities to round out a most excellent workshop.
Taking a workshop with Iurie is my first experience in terms of photography workshops, as I’ve always travelled on my own to take pictures. But after seeing Iurie’s photos and his tour around Iceland, I decided that I wanted to do it. So I jumped on board excited to have the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights and of going to a country with such amazing scenery. I have to say that I had a good time with Iurie trotting around Iceland. He’s fun and attentive, and he will take you to the good spots in Iceland whilst giving you good tips to improve your landscape photography. And when the weather is not that easy on you, he’s always there to help you with some post-processing :). Overall, an excellent tour, during which you’d be taken care of by staying at cozy and warm hotels, where there will be no shortage of good food to combat Icelandic cold 🙂
Jesús Roncero
Jesús Roncero
Jesús Roncero Photography
“After researching a photo trip to Iceland for about a year I came across Iurie Belegurschi and Iceland Photo Tours. All communications and transactions with Iurie were timely and most professional. As most people would a little apprehensive traveling to another country and not knowing what to expect, I have to say I don’t believe I could have been in better hands. I thought the price was very reasonable considering Iurie saw to every detail from transportation to food and lodging from beginning to end. Not to mention the incredible photo locations! A one word summation “Quality”.
We went on 2 photo tours with Petur at the beginning of December and had a magical time. He knew exactly where to take us, was a great guide and amazing photographer too. We went to places we would never have found without him and his super car, we felt very safe driving along the snowy roads and he was more than happy to explain what all the random buildings and things were that we were pointing out as well as telling us about life in Iceland and the customs and history. Iceland photo tours were very good at advising us of the best places to visit and were super friendly, they helped me so much along the way by responding to my emails of endless questions really quickly. I would highly recommend them and will be looking forward to my next trip to Iceland and adventures with them.
Claire and Rich
Claire and Rich
Claire and Rich Photography
Would the sun rise after so brief a night? Iurie stood behind me and we spoke of polarization and neutral density and long exposures. Each element of the scene I could not yet see, Iurie described not as it was in the darkness, but as it would be at that “decisive moment” of sunrise. Iurie can see into that future and provide you with the opportunity to create the photograph of your life time. A photo adventure that will be at the top of your portfolio for the rest of your life. Iceland. Iurie Belegurschi will reveal its secrets to you. I will return.
Lawrence H. Curtis
Lawrence H. Curtis
Lawrence H. Curtis Photography
I have signed up for multiple photographic tours and there is always a sense of unknown expectations and professionalism. However, Iceland PhotoTours is a winner! We found ourselves in a comfortable and well organized environment with professional photographers whom got us to the right places at the right times. Iurie and Jonathan are highly skilled photographers and were always there to give any help if we needed it. We travelled in a comfortable bus and stayed at great hotels. Iceland is so photographic that I plan on returning for another trip.
Steve Okeson
Steve Okeson
Steve Okeson Photography
Hi, I just wanted to say that I had the most wonderful experience on my private tour with Jorun. She was so accommodating and such a great guide. I felt like I was on an expedition with a friend! When my camera stopped working she kindly lent me hers so that I could continue my experience and was very reassuring about the situation. Luckily she was right and time healed all..the camera worked again the next day and we were off to amazing another adventure! I will forward some images I captured…Thank you again..I will definitely be back!
Shane Baskin
Shane Baskin
Shane Baskin Photography
Expectations exceeded and throughly impressed. With only 5 hours of daylight in the winter, the tour itinerary was designed with such meticulous planning which demonstrated great foresight and flexibility. We were able to roll with the Icelandic temperamental weather punches with backup plans after backup plans that ensured we got to where we wanted when we needed the light. The fact that it was a 30 plus seater bus for the 12 of us shows the unparalleled insight of photographers needing a ton of space for the incredible amount of photographic, winter and rain gear. My main focus this trip was to witness and hopefully capture the northern lights and even as an amateur, or rather, a person with a causal interest in photography who do not feel suited for the term “Photographer”, (I was a rare anomaly in the group as I observed, everyone else was decked out and fired up) I was given the same amount of attention, photographing tips and personal coaching on how to use my camera to photograph the Auroras and stars as the rest of the group. Iurie and Jon even offered up their camera (with my memory card in it) to tinkle, practice what I’ve leant and capture the northern lights with when my own was not up to snuff. That I greatly appreciated. Though I don’t recommend future participants relying on that as it’s meant to be a last resort. The auroras are elusive enough, if you get lucky enough to have a strong night, don’t waste that chance. The hotels and their location were chosen with the needs of a photographer in mind, the meals were vacation-worthy and some of the places were probably local secrets with nay a typical selfie stick tourist in sight. Hence the sights were absolutely astounding and plus the fact you get a non-typical-tourist amount of time at the location to set up and photograph or wander and explore new angles, it’s a Creative’s dream vacation.
Jessie Wee
Jessie Wee
Just came back from Iceland where I took the winter Photo Tour lead by Iurie Belegurschi. Bottom line: Way beyond my expectations! The thorough knowledge of the amazing Iceland landscape, his professionalism and sense of camaraderie were outstanding. The accommodations and meals were very good. Iurie takes personal interest in each and every member of the group, regardless of whether he/she is an amateur or a professional photographer. His sense of humor is a big plus. He is also a master of post-processing and is always ready to share his knowledge with individual members of the group.
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.
I had the pleasure of attending the winter workshop with Iurie Belegurschi and Johnathan Esper. The workshop was excellent, exceeded my initial expectations and it was definitely a week that will never be forgotten. Iurie is very professional and a modest person and I admire his relentless pursuit of the group satisfaction. Even after being able to successfully see the auroras he kept on trying to go out to see them again on the next days (when meteorological conditions allowed) and we saw them, not once, not twice but in three different nights. He’s also very concerned about people safety and would not sacrifice it for the sake of a nice or funny shot. I felt prepared, even in the most adverse conditions on the field, thanks to the information provided by Iurie prior to departure regarding clothing and equipment. Johnathan is very energetic and knows his photography and it was great to have him co-leading this workshop. He was always prompt to help us achieving the best composition and technical settings. I admire his passion for nature and photography. I enjoyed Siggi, the bus driver, which is actually more like a co-guide with all his knowledge on history, architecture, culture and his unique humour. The editing session was adequate both for beginner and advanced users and I learned techniques that I developed right away. This is definitely a photo workshop, not a photo tour, and sometimes you even feel you’re in a unique expedition. I would do it all over again, and I’m pretty sure I will come back for another workshop with Iurie and his colleagues.
I joined the Winter Aurora Photo Workshop in December 2014 with a thrill of excitement and anticipation. This was because it was my first time in Iceland and was also the first time that I signed up for the tour dedicated to photography. Having attend the workshop, all I can say is that it was a remarkable experience, and everything surpassed all of my expectations. I was truly impressed by the services provided by our instructors, Iurie Belegurschi and Johnathan Esper, as well as our bus driver, Sigurbergur Arnason. They took us to many scenic locations, weather permitting, to capture one-of-a-kind landscapes that Iceland has to offer. Besides, customers’ safety was always be their prime concern, and everyone in my group was always in their great care. During the workshop, both Iurie and Johnathan didn’t hesitate to share their experiences and a lot of technical knowledge about landscape photography, all of which was a real boon to all levels of photographers. Furthermore, the accommodation, the food and the vehicles were really great. I would like to t hank Iurie and Johnathan for this amazing trip. My photo skills have improved since the first day of the workshop. I have got quite a few of good photographs as souvenirs for myself, and the whole experience will last in my memories forever. Couldn’t have done that without you guys. I will be back for sure!!… PS. For those who are still considering, please sign up for their photo workshop(s) now, and you won’t be disappointed.
Jirawat Kiertiburanakul
Jirawat Kiertiburanakul
Jirawat Kiertiburanakul Photography
My first trip to Iceland following winter photo tour with you was so perfect. It really over my expectation , I got extra ordinary photos specially the aurora and icy beach and incredible winter experience in Iceland. Something that I really impressed was how you and Jonathan lead the group and teach us in photography. You and Jonathan really support the participants one to one to make the best photo in that tour. Also you really care with safety.., and understand very well about timing and weather condition. It really make us feel safe. Thank you so much Iurie & Jonathan. Great trip with both of you in Iceland.
Rossie Zen
Rossie Zen
Rossie Zen Photography
In December 2014 I joined Iurie Belegurschi and Johnathan Esper on their Winter Aurora Workshop. It was my first time in Iceland and my first dedicated photo tour as well. The expectations was quite high, especially after an grey and boring autumn back in Sweden, and I was hoping for nice weather and good photo conditions. It doesn’t start so well, my flight couldn’t land in Reykjavik because of hard wind and blizzards so it took me half a day extra to finally get there. The morning after the fog made everything white. But Iceland has a fast changing weather and in time for our first stop we saw the sky again. After that it only gets better and Iurie, Johnathan and our bus driver Siggi took us to some amazing places and we got perfectly sunny winter days, beautiful sunsets, clear night skies filled with stars and Auroras and even some more snow and rain. Regardless the weather, Iurie and Johnathan took us to the best photographic places that the condition allowed and they constantly gave good advices and sharing their knowledge about landscape photography to everyone. Everything from composition and good camera settings to post-processing and clothing. And thanks to the information we got before the trip, everyone seemed well prepared for all activities. In conclusion, I had a wonderful time with the group in Iceland, good food, excellent guides, lots of new experience and I got fantastic photographs with me home to Sweden that will be a pleasure to talk about and show for friends. I will return to Iceland and gladly join Iurie, Johnathan and the rest of the group on another workshop in Iceland, or anywhere on earth.
Joining Iurie winter tour of Iceland has allowed me to improve my landscape photographic skills in a stunning and challenging environment. The tour was managed by Iurie in a very professional manner & ably assisted by Johnathan Esper. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone who is looking for an adventure and want to take their photography landscape skills to the next level. Highlight of the tour was the ice cave and the ice beach.
Steve Roe
Steve Roe
Steve Roe Photography
The winter tour was beyond amazing! We saw stunning waterfalls, ice caves, northern lights, black sand beach, glacier lagoon and more. Iurie’s intimate knowledge of Iceland makes all the difference – he knows where to go and at what time. This comes in handy when plans have to change due to weather conditions. Iurie handles the tour with meticulous detail, care and sound judgment, while being flexible when necessary. Thanks to Iurie’s detailed instructions on what gear to purchase, the cold weather and safety was a moot point. As a result, I was able to truly enjoy Iceland’s beauty and photography. Iurie is also a great teacher. He teaches with a refreshing combination of clarity, simplicity and sense of humor. It was a treat to learn from him. Iceland is stunning; but the company of Iurie and cool people on the tour made it even more special. Simply incredible!
Asha Wadher
Asha Wadher
Twizted Myrtle
These days photography enthusiasts pay a lot of money to participate in organized photography workshops. Thus, they can and do expect a lot: Perfect organization, very good hotels, excellent food, security and of course to be at the right hot spots at the right time. In addition, I wanted to learn how to improve photography. If you expect similar things and like the shots of the instructors, then I can strongly recommend you the southern Iceland workshop by Erez and Iurie. Although the weather conditions were difficult during our workshop, our instructors managed it to make it a wonderful experience. I can definitely recommend everyone to ask them as many questions as possible and actively use the time. The outcome is very much dependent on your own engagement. I enjoyed the time a lot, have made new friends and have created moments of long lasting memories.
Rene Algesheimer
Rene Algesheimer
Rene Algesheimer Photography
I came upon Iurie’s workshops in Iceland by accident while planning a trip there independently but soon came to realise that this was exactly what I was looking for. Being new to serious landscape photography (coming from a fine art/documentary background), I thought it a good idea to travel with those who knew how to safely handle the terrain, to capture it and who could place me exactly where I needed to be. What I got in return was more than I expected in more ways than one. The trip was meticulously planned with the only disruptions being those from natural weather forces, which in Iceland cannot be helped, it actually added to the adventure. Both Iurie and Johnathan were a pleasure to be around and intuitively knew what each of us needed to further our photography, in my case this was space, lots of it!. I had the time and freedom to really soak up the atmosphere and begin to work out how I could visually translate that into imagery. I was hoping for an adventure to rekindle a lost spark for photography and what I got was a visual feast of mass proportion. I am excited to have reclaimed my expression with a camera in this new and refreshed way and that i’s with thanks to everyone who was with us and your trip. Thanks Iurie, Johnathan and Iceland.
Aishling Muller
Aishling Muller
For my first trip in Iceland, I had the chance to select a photographic workshop led by Iurie Belegurschi. His workshop exceeded all my expectations and it’s being personally a life changing experience.Iurie’s workshop offers the best overall combination of photographic experience, location selection, photographic advices and side by important features such as food, accommodation… In addition Iurie is a top-end photographer but will share his knowledge with modesty. If you are looking for the perfect photographic workshop, don’t look any further! Iurie has the solution for you!
Iurie Belegurschi is the master of his domaine! I had the pleasure of joining his Iceland Winter Workshop in February 2014 and was not disappointed. Iurie’s itinerary is well structured and very organised. The schedule is strictly adhered to, and downtime is minimised, which was greatly appreciated. Workshops have a limited number of participants, a great feature. Aurora hunting is a mind blowing experience – if this is on your bucket list? Just do it. We were most fortunate to catch the aurora every night, and each experience out did the one from the night before. Iurie follows his client’s needs with respect to their wishes. You can get as much or as little assistance as your want or require. I loved this about the workshops….there was no pressure. Iurie knows his island – it seemed to me that it was all about chasing the light, the aurora and getting your money’s worth by visiting the most amazing spots on earth. I was enormously impressed with all features of this workshop. Great people, great photographic opportunities and the trip of a lifetime. I went home loaded with couple thousand photos, some of them stunningly beautiful. I learned an enormous amount in one week and look forward to joining Iurie’s Norway workshop in January 2016.
Simmie Issenberg
Simmie Issenberg
Simmie Issenberg Photography
Iurie’s winter Photo Workshop Tour of Iceland – what can I say – it was splendid. Iurie got us to some incredible places at the best of times – dragging us out of bed after a late night of aurora shooting. He must have had some special connections as we had great aurora. The ice caves, the ice beach, the food, the accommodation and of course Iurie’s guidance. Not to be missed.
The tour led by Iurie was fantastic! The locations were spectacular, with great accommodation and transport to boot. Most importantly the guidance offered by both our guides, Iurie and Johnathan was open and forthcoming. They were always available to share experience in the locations to make the most out of your time. Iceland is a fantastic location, if your reading this don’t hesitate to visit!
Sashidharan Rajamahendran
Sashidharan Rajamahendran
Sashidharan Rajamahendran Photography
Thank you Iurie and Johnathan for your knowledge, kindness and patients.I came on the workshop to get great photo of the Aurora and to learn more about the camera. To move from taking snap shots to becoming a photographer.I am not yet there but you have opened up the photographer within me.At first I was totally out of my depth, by the end I could understand so much more. Being a photographer is a constant learning curve. I am up to the challenge.
Huguette De Rycke
Huguette De Rycke
Huguette De Rycke Photography
The Winter Photography Workshop with Iurie was awesome. Iurie really knows all the great spots and what we are looking for. He is always careful with safety and weather conditions. Johnathan Esper, his assistant, is as great as Iurie, so we had a great team to give us all the support, orientation and guidance. The hotel and guesthouses were all great, well located, comfortable, excellent food. It was my first trip to Iceland and I chose winter time because there were chances to see the Aurora Borealis. And we did see the Aurora Borealis several times during our workshop.
Ana Taemi
Ana Taemi
Ana Taemi Photography
Planning to explore Iceland? Visit waterfalls? Hike Glaciers? See Volcanoes? Hunt Aurora? Ice-Caves? There’s only one guide that can give you the “ultimate landscape” photography experience – Iurie Belegurschi. A phenomenal photographer himself guarantees to bring you to the best photographic locations in Iceland on the perfect moment and time. He takes care of the accommodations, food and transportations. All you need to do is concentrate on appreciating Iceland’s majestic vistas. Behind the scenes, he shares amazing stories, experiences and photographic journeys. Thank you for giving us the best experience Iurie! Hoping to visit Iceland again very soon. A toast for our future trips! Best tour ever!
I set of my trip based on the amazing pictures of Iurie’s gallery expecting to learn from his photographer talent. What I discovered is that Iurie is not only a great photographer he is also an excellent tour organizer and a very nice chap! I came back with much more than expected: improved photography skills, amazing pictures, great souvenirs and last but not the least great friends. I am already preparing my next tour with Iceland-photo-tours!
I had wanted to come out to Iceland for a while now but was unsure on who to book the trip with. In the end i chose a trip led by Iurie Belegurschi and Christian Lim through Iceland Photo Tours mainly because i liked the style of Iurie’s Photographs. And I couldn’t have been happier with the decision, from the start to the end of the tour everything was planed and run so you don’t need to worry about anything apart from taking the shots.Great food,great hotels, transport around the Island in a spacious coach with plenty of room to leave most of your kit inside the coach and carry only the items you will need for any given location. During the trip Iurie and Christian were all ways on hand to help with advise and tips at the locations and would all ways be looking at the weather trying to maximize your shooting time by going to the locations that had the best light where possible. So if you are looking at photographing Glacial Lagoons,mountains,waterfalls,lava fields and much much more then look no further. Would i book again, yes I am all ready in the process of booking another trip for later in the year which is testament in itself.
I have known for many years that I wanted to visit Iceland but it was your images and the opportunity to travel and learn with your tour and group that moved me to sign up and I could not be happier that I did. There were several factors that guided me to commit to your trip including access to some of the most beautiful places; ability to meet and share the experience with the other folks from around the world who joined us; opportunity to learn from you and the team on the trip photographically and from an adventure travel stand point. We experienced more than our share of good luck with the extraordinary Northern Lights display in Hali and good conditions in many other spots given the forecasts. The organization and accommodations were great and the camaraderie with the group made it an even better experience. I would recommend this tour to anyone who is photographically serious about experiencing the beauty of this “off the charts” beautiful place.
I just came back from my first photo trip. I always wanted to be part of a photo-workshop, but I was not really sure on who to book the workshop with. After I discovered Iurie Belegurschi’s Iceland landscape-photos, I booked a trip with Iurie, because I REALLY liked the style of his pictures. The trip was VERY WELL ORGANIZED by Iurie Belegurschi and both guides of this tour, Iurie as well as Christian Lim provided an incredible and useful input on all aspects of photography (e.g. composition, filter-knowledge, camera-settings, post-processing, etc.). I also learned a lot from the other participants about photography, during this trip and beside of that, we JUST had a REALLY GOOD time together.It was an amazing experience.Thanks to everybody! 😉 So if you wanna go to Iceland, I can DEFINITELY recommend the trips with Iurie.
Just had an amazing week in Iceland with Iurie Belegurschi Iceland photography tour. I can’t say enough about it and highly recommend it. My friend Janice and I wanted to learn landscape photography and landed on his site. Not only did we learn tons but came home with stunning photos of glacier lagoon, northern lights, waterfalls, sunsets sunrises… Met amazing people from around the world and got inspired by everyone’s talent. Iurie thank you so much for everything. You are a true professional, great tour guide and in awe of your talent. Appreciate everything you shared with us.
Lyne Chamelot
Lyne Chamelot
Lyne Chamelot Photography
Fantastic photo tour! This was not my first participation in a photo tour, but this tour is certainly in the top 3! Iurie is an excellent tour organizer, photographer and entertainer… Tips and tricks, in the field instructions & workshops on landscape photography & post processing! All accommodation is TOP, the group was amazing and the food…yup very good…and one hell of a bus driver…:):):) Iceland is THE landscape photography country and I definitely go back.
I always wanted to see the northern lights, After reading an article of Iurie on 500px website I realised that it would be shame to go that far, see something so wonderful and miss out of lack experience or knowledge on how to get the right shoot. Iurie and his co-photography guide Christian made my northern light experience memorable not only in mind but also in a perfect photo, this and many other photos that I didn’t even consider myself to be taking. I learned a lot about landscape photography and post production that I already find useful in my own niche of photography. 
Putting the photography experience aside, everything else in this trip was planned at top level, from food, locations, accommodation and the flexibility of the team, when something unique like Seals, or horses, or deer appeared – we were there, ready to shoot! 
Thanks again Iurie, Christian and not forgetting Siggi for his amazing driving skills, is extended knowledge of Icelandic history and jokes!
I attended Iurie’s Iceland winter photography workshop in February 2015. Everything from lodging, meals and transportation was perfectly organized and comfortable. Iurie and Christian were always available to help and provide great advice on technique and composition. I had a lot of fun and actually learned a LOT from this workshop. Iurie is a master of photography, great planner and all around nice person. I look forward to taking other workshops with him and his team.
Daniela Hernandez Duarte
Daniela Hernandez Duarte
Daniela Hernandez Duarte Photogrphy
Our most recent trip was to Iceland, the mysterious Land of Fire and Sun. We were most fortunate to have Iceland renowned landscape photographer Iurie Belegurschi from wwww.iceland-photo-tours.com to mentor and guide us during the photo tour. We hate taking tours but when you venture into new weather conditions and new place with limited time, I guess it is best to get help from the experts with good local knowledge. Hence we did some research and have no regrets to go on such an adventure with Iurie’s photo tour. It was an awesome winter photography workshop in a out-of-this-world kind of place. Our group consisted of 13 people from all over the world and we had Iurie, assisted by Christian Lim, an equally great landscape photographer and Ziggy, the best local guide and driver. Logistics were smooth, food and accommodation good, company and morale great and most importantly we were at the right place at the right lighting conditions. Both Iurie and Christian were keen to impart their knowledge and very helpful with tips and guidance on equipment, alternative point of views in the extreme weather conditions. For those of you out there still thinking about making such a trip to Iceland, just do it and I strongly recommend to do it with Iurie.
Skarpi is an amazing talented and truly Icelandic photography guide . And who better to show you around beautiful North Iceland then someone knows all the ins and outs, telling stories along the way about fishing, camping and the annual Réttir with his grandfather just to name a few. Skarpi passion for the area shines as he takes you to places where the light and aurora will be best. He shows you techniques to make the most of it so you come home with amazing photographs. And at midday when the light is too harsh for typical landscape photography he would take us to caves, near horses or on hikes – never a dull moment. Skarpi is a great listener and makes dreams come true. This trip is all inclusive which takes all the stress away and if you happen to get lucky and stay at Hotel Framnes in Snaefelsness the food is AMAZING 🙂 No doubt that I’ll be back on another Icelandic photography journey.
have just returned from a photo Tour of North Iceland in the Winter with our guide Skarpi. We were lucky enough to have one glorious night of the Aurora which completed our trip nicely. Skarpi is a wonderful guide and a true light chaser. He got us to every potential situation to maximize our opportunity to capture sunrises, sunsets and Aurora’s. He is extremely knowledgeable as a photographer and gave us many pointers on maximizing our skills as photographers. Being a native Icelander he knows a lot about the life and landscapes of Iceland. He was able to share with us stories about the culture and customs of Iceland including Icelandic culinary dishes and the not to be missed Porramatur.
Steven Eisen
Steven Eisen
Steven Eisen Photography
My trip to Greenland with Iurie Belegurschi was amazing. He is so helpful, very knowledgeable,and you are guarantee to see some amazing places! He really goes an extra mile to make sure you are getting the right images. He is one of a kind and an awesome photographer!
Liliana Hecker
Liliana Hecker
Liliana Hecker Photography
I just completed the winter photo workshop in Iceland with Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez. What a fantastic experience! Even though the weather did not always cooperate, Iurie and Edwin took every opportunity to maximize the workshop as a learning experience by including extremely valuable classroom sessions that featured many tips and tricks for creating and processing spectacular photographs. When our group with shooting, Iurie and Edwin were not; instead, they were working with all student participants on a one-on-one basis teaching us to optimize camera angles, composition and exposure, as well as how to overcome challenging light and weather conditions. The accommodations and the food were first rate, and I learned as much about Icelandic culture as I did the rugged beauty of its scenic landscape. Thank you Edwin and Iurie!
Mike Dzwonczyk
Mike Dzwonczyk
Mike Dzwonczyk Photography
With a short stay and knowing going in mind that I had to deal with Iceland’s unforeseeable weather, Jórunn Sjöfn from Iceland Photo Tours accommodated me with a day tour that I will never forget. I originally had thought about renting a vehicle to venture out on my own. I am so glad I didn’t and made a wise choice to have her chaperone me through the vast, picturesque landscapes of Iceland. Viewing pictures of Iceland online is one thing, but having to travel to these remote locations is another thing. Blindly driving around Iceland in sometimes unforgiving conditions can be demoralizing if not thoroughly mapped out. That is why I highly recommend contracting someone who is knowledgeable of area and specific locations to get the picture-perfect photos. Jórunn fits the bill perfectly. She was very flexible with whatever your heart’s desire. Also, what’s worse than being in a car with someone without a decent conversation? Not to worry because she is a congenial person and most importantly, a very talented photographer. I can’t wait to come back again.
Dashaan
Dashaan
Dashaan Photography
Having just completed the Winter Photo Tour with Iurie and Edwin Martinez. Iurie was keen to ensure everyone was well prepared ahead of the trip and he has a meticulous attention to detail whilst on the tour with comfortable accommodation and transportation planned throughout. Both Iurie and Edwin are excellent photographers and inspirational motivators who worked hard to help us capture both the scene but also learn new techniques as well. Despite some rather bad weather on our tour they worked hard to get us to the best possible locations at any time and make the best of the scene. It was also refreshing to meet guides who often wouldn’t take images at locations other than to demonstrate a point. The lecture sessions provided were also similarly well planned and left you wanting to go out and try the techniques shown; the provision of all the materials on a USB drive was an added benefit. I always ask myself after any trip would I go back again, the answer is yes without a moments hesitation.
Iurie and Edwin run a very well organized tour. We were all very prepared for the weather conditions with the list provided by the company. The hotels, meals, and bus were very well organized and pleasant and the accommodations were great. Even though the weather did not cooperate with our trip, they still provided us with a tremendous amount of technical guidance as well as great field instruction. Thanks to Edwin and Iurie, I learned so much! Thanks for the unforgettable experience!
Katerina Gateva Wallace
Katerina Gateva Wallace
Katerina Gateva Wallace Photography
We loved our Iceland photo tour in March of 2015. We expected an adventure and we got that and more. In spite of the weather we managed to visit some incredible sites, on the Island, and photograph them.The Ice Cave was awesome, unbelievable beautiful.The Geyser shot up five stories high in seconds. It came so quick it was a challenge to photograph it, but worth the effort.The Ice Glaziers were remarkable. We have never seen one before and seeing them floating and photographing them up close was worth the trip. They were on the beach with the black volcanic sand and made unique and awesome photos. The incoming waves also made gorgeous photos as the waves receded against the black volcanic sand. The Aurora Borealis managed only a two minute showing and disappeared before we could get set up. Having two professionals educate us on the fine points of photography was very helpful. They both knew the setups and features for every type of camera we had. The training classes and critiques of our photos was very helpful.The food was great. The accommodations were good. The bus was outstanding. It had lots of room, two seats per person one to sit in the other for your equipment.
Julie and Patrick Jones
Julie and Patrick Jones
Julie and Patrick Jones
My recent trip to Iceland for the Aurora Photo workshop truly surpassed my expectations! The views of course were true perfection but the support of the Instructor Iurie Belegurschi and Christian Lim truly amazed me. To be able to share his vision of his art to all of us truly amazed me. Seeing how he saw the perfect spot to shoot wonderful photos while making this pure enjoyment at the same time is an art in itself. The techniques of mastering the right light and use of color were of immense help not only to me in shooting landscape photography but in any type of shooting I may do. His patience and making this a wonderful experience should also be noted and instead of making this all about a workshop. Although a wonderful learning experience it was also the most fun I’ve had on any vacation I’ve ever had. The skills I have learned I can’t possible put a price on as I found them invaluable. I so enjoyed it I plan on joining him next year in New Zealand. If I could I would return to this very same workshop year after year after year. And, I just might. Thank you Iurie! Mere words can’t express my gratitude.
I recently completed the Photo Workshop by Iceland Photo Tours by Iurie. It was professionally and meticulously planned and executed. The spacious bus. the accommodations, the food and most important; the instruction and itinerary were top notch.It was the first workshop I have ever attended. It exceeded my expectations. The co-guide and Instructor Edwin Martinez brought creativity, insight, and practical knowledge that was a great benefit. He took the time to answer questions, help us individually while we were out in in the field. Iurie had us well set-up for the tour. I used every piece of equipment, clothing and accessories that he told us to bring. His list was very detailed and specific; very much needed and appreciated. The sites were stunning, the trip was an adventure. The Ice-Cave guide, the Driver of the large bus were top-notch too. Iurie had all the bases covered. Despite Rough weather we got to our destinations, mostly in part because of the quality of the people Iurie chooses. Thank-you Iurie, Edwin for an unforgettable tour that left me wanting to come back again.
Rebecca Hanson
Rebecca Hanson
Rebecca Hanson Photography
We’d like to thank Iurie and co-guide Edwin Martinez for an enjoyable and instructive week on the south coast of Iceland. Together, Iurie and Edwin are an effective, professional team who have created a well thought out and well planned workshop. Food and lodging was enjoyable at each location and the tour felt well timed and flexible. We particularly appreciated that everyone had two seats on the bus! Photographically, Iurie and Edwin do more than just get you to Iceland’s magnificent locations at the right time. They take a genuine interest in preparing you through the use of presentations and onsite instruction that is targeted at each individual. It was a pleasant surprise that they did not shoot for themselves and were always generous with their time & location specific knowledge. Not only will they help you choose where to shoot from but they’ll explain why. Their instruction ensured that we left each location with good shots and it will continue to be valuable for us in the future. Despite some bad luck with the weather, Iurie and Edwin were well prepared to make good use of the group’s time with additional interactive lectures that were very useful. Overall Iurie and Edwin created a positive and fun atmosphere throughout the week and we left feeling invigorated by what we experienced and learned from them. If we make it back to Iceland, we wouldn’t hesitate to go with Iurie again.
Peter Ross & Botha Bip
Peter Ross & Botha Bip
Flowers by Busy B
I just returned from a winter photo workshop in Iceland with Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martinez. This was my first ever photography workshop. I typically like to travel solo and plan everything myself, but I am SO glad I decided to try this! It was much more relaxing to have all the logistics expertly planned by Iurie. Everything was great, from our spacious bus with professional driver Bjossi, to the accommodations, to the 3 course meals every evening. Not to mention the photography knowledge that I was able to gain from both Iurie and Edwin. They were both a pleasure to travel and shoot with! We were also at a distinct advantage travelling with a local photographer who knew where to go and when. The highlight of the trip were the 5 hours we spent photographing a spectacular Northern Lights show at various locations. It was truly an experience I will remember forever.
Thank you Iurie Belegurschi for guiding the best photo tour in Iceland. The photos we took and the memories we shared during the trip are irreplaceable, with that being said and done, these were only the photos we have. The best part was gaining a good friend and a great photographer up in Iceland! Hope to see you again soon in our future trips! Thanks!
The scenery was sublime, the company was spectacular and the cuisine, absolutely divine … Iurie Belegurschi’s Iceland tours are absolutely the only way I would go to visit and photograph Iceland. He knows where to take his group and when to catch the beautiful light that showcases the wild frontier that is Iceland. Aside from the learning that is part of this adventure, you develop a camaraderie with your fellow photographers who share their knowledge with you. I would not hesitate recommending this trip to the avid and adventurous photographer.
Iurie and Edwin provided me with a lifetime of fantastic memories during the recent winter photo workshop I attended in Iceland. Furthermore, the expert photography technique guidance, post processing secret hints and tips were simply outstanding, both in the field and in the lectures we received. On a personal level, Iurie and Edwin both are professional but yet very personable, funny, polite, kind and were extremely helpful on countless occasions. Our group dynamic was amazing, given the many different backgrounds, photography skill levels and cultures. Iurie and Edwin managed every aspect of this trip with great skill and with our success for great images as the driving factor. Our driver (Bjossi) and bus were excellent, navigating bad weather with skill and even cleaning all of the bus windows during one fuel stop. Although I have no prior experience with photo workshops, I cannot imagine that I could “top” this one, and will without hesitation attend another workshop with Iurie and/or Edwin in the future.
We are happy to have joined Skarpi for our first visit to Iceland in February 2015. The weather in Iceland can be challenging at times with high winds, rain or snow. Despite the conditions, under the guidance of Skarpi, we were able to capture South Iceland’s raw beauty – amazing ice cave, mystical aurora, dramatic black sand beaches, ice covered waterfalls, expansive glaciers, beautiful sunrise and sunsets, gentle Icelandic horses and of course many stunning landscapes. Skarpi satisfied our appetite to photograph by getting us to the right places at the right times. While doing that he kept us safe, comfortable and well fed, and took care of our special needs. We are eager for our next trip when Skarpi can show us more and different locations.
Ralph Hill
Ralph Hill
Ralph Hill Photography
I can’t thank Iurie and Edwin enough for leading such a wonderful photo workshop in Iceland! Everything from arrival on day 1 to our departure was perfectly planned and went so smoothly! The accommodations were great and the food was delicious. I actually miss the arctic char and all that delicious bread! It was such a rare opportunity to be able to travel with such accomplished photographers who truly cared that everyone got “the shot” at each location we went to. Edwin and Iurie both provided me great tips and instruction that were really helpful, both in the lectures and in the field. Iurie knew all the right places to go at exactly the right times, which was invaluable. Our trip was entirely stress free and having everything planned out allowed us to just have a wonderful time together and take amazing photographs! Iceland is breathtakingly beautiful and I will cherish all the memories I made on this trip with you guys. I hope to book another photo workshop with Iurie again soon!
Sarah Mulcahy
Sarah Mulcahy
Sarah Mulcahy Photography
I absolutely loved the tour guided by Iurie and Edwin – the accommodations were excellent and as close as possible to the attractions, the sites included a fantastic mix of iconic locations like the Jokulsarlon lagoon and off the beaten path ones like Vestrahorn and the schedule was flexible to allow us to make the best of the challenging Icelandic weather and the unexpected historic aurora display on March 17. Additionally, the lectures and field advice I got from the guides in those few days helped my photography skills more than months of learning on my own could have done. I’ll definitely be stalking both Iurie and Edwin for other locations for photography adventures!
It had been a wonderful time in our first ever experience in Iceland. Apart from the awesome nature wonders of Iceland, I have to say that we were really enjoyed you being our guide. We learned a lot from your tips and guidance on photography, as well as your kind hospitality and courteous mannerism… you are certainly our first choice of guide and teacher in any future Photo safari outing. I have not only showed my ‘ examplary ‘ photos to my family, your website photos were shown to them with plenty of ‘wow’…!!! Thank you Iurie for being with us, and hope to meet up again one day.
Wong Chong Yuen
Wong Chong Yuen
Dear Iurie,I would like to thank you for the wonderful and fruitful photography trip to iceland last week. The places that you took us to were amazingly beautiful! I still consider myself to be quite a novice in photography but i’m seeing myself bringing home a set of beautiful photographs! You have been such a wonderful guide and instructor. I truly appreciate your guidance, helpfulness and all your valuable advices given to us to make us capture better pictures! Everything was well organised, accommodation was good and food was excellent. Also thanks to the bus driver who has been keeping us safe throughout the journey..! I am truly impressed with the trip, it was stress free, i had a really good time, you have led us to see the most amazing sights and beautiful Iceland, thank you lurie!
Lena Lam
Lena Lam
Just to say thanks for a great trip to Iceland. You did an excellent job in arranging the places of interest which offered great and memorable photo opportunities, in particular, the super jeep drive to the central highlands waterfalls.Great job in praying for and looking out for the northern lights . This had been something that I had wanted to see for a long time and am so happy that I got to see them for two nights.Food was also very good showcasing Icelandic cuisine. Hotels were clean and comfortable. All in, a fantastic experience which I will highly recommend to my friends.
Wei How
Wei How
An impulsive, heart-driven decision led me to Iceland. It is incredible how a step towards the right direction might end up being one of the most memorable experiences of your life. I wanted to take my photography to the next level and combine it with my passion for travelling, so Iceland Photo Tours was the way to go! Landscape photography is a highly demanding art. Shooting under the unpredictable conditions of the Icelandic weather was a very good challenge and learning experience. Our guides Iurie Belegurschi and Edwin Martínez did an exceptional job of teaching us and making the experience fun and inspiring. With flexible schedules, comfortable transportation and accommodation, breathtaking scenery and otherworldly locations, the workshop was designed to let us take the best possible pictures we could achieve. If you are pursuing photography, go out and find those opportunities and learning experiences that will enrich your life and get you closer to where you want to be. When’s the next tour?
Luis Solano Pochet
Luis Solano Pochet
To the wonder blog
Hello Iurie,Just want to wish you our heartfelt appreciations & thanks for the best photo tour we’ve been on. From the start on the first day till the last moment when we left Reykjavik, It’s been nothing but a wholesome wonderful experience.The photo-opp spots were astoundingly beautiful & the guidance from you with regards to the best setting up for different spots & situations were indeed very-very helpful as I have somehow, beyond my own believe 😉 , have managed to shoot some of the best pictures in my photographic life, not mentioning the ever so beautiful Ms. Aurora which you have kindly arranged for us for 5 nights in a row haha ;-)Our only complaint is, that we didn’t spend enough time to explore more of Iceland for a little bit longer haha, but perhaps that is an excuse for another trip to Iceland cos we’re totally are in Love with Iceland now & will definitely come back in the future.Thanks again & hope to see you again someday.
Razmyn & Eileen
Razmyn & Eileen
I would like express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Iurie and his co guide Edwin Martinez for making my first photo workshop a memorable one. The various useful tips, dos and don’t in the world of landscape photography, especially for the beginner like me makes the entire experience worthwhile enough to consider participating in the workshop conducted by Iurie and Edwin again in the future. The flexibility in the workshop schedules and the practical hands- on approach have allow the participants to get the best of photography experience (even in the famous unpredictable Icelandic weather).
Vivian Gong
Vivian Gong
Vivian Gong Photography
Fabulous trip! Can’t believe how much we packed in in a week … stunning landscapes everywhere you turned, ice beaches and glaciers, auroras two nights in a row, and waterfalls. Great opportunity to see and photograph an amazing country and to learn so much from Iurie Belegurschi and some of the other photographers on the trip. Big thanks to all involved.
Andi
Andi
Being an avid photographer, i recently toured Iceland with Iurie Belegurschi and Christian Lim targeting popular photographic destinations. I can say I was completely blown away by Iceland’s natural beauty and diversity of photographic opportunities. Highlights of the trip were many waterfalls, geothermal areas and the Jokulsarlon ice beach. Jokulsarlon is an indescribable place and I walked away with photos that my friends back home simply cannot quit staring at! Iurie and Christian both are expert photographers helping me with lens choice and exposure settings to quickly capture pictures instead of having to waste time experimenting with camera setup. Both had visited each site several times and were able to monitor weather conditions and adjust our itinerary accordingly. During the last part of the trip, the weather was so good, we stayed up all night shooting locations in the Midnight Sun! If you are considering a trip to Iceland, I would highly recommend Iurie Belegurschi and Christian Lim as your guides! I did extensive research before the trip and I am very happy I chose Iurie and Christian.
Christian Colvin
Christian Colvin
Christian Colvin Photography
Signed up for the midnight sun tour for May 24-June 4 2015. I have never been on any photo tour before,but it will not be my last. I had so much fun photographing such amazing landscapes. Iurie an Christian are at the top of their league when it comes to Photography. During the tour they are always checking the weather to make sure we get the best possible light. In the field photographing they give expert advice as to what lens to use an filters if needed. The highlight of the tour for me was the Jokulsarion lagoon ice beach. Big chunks of ice from the lagoon wash up on a black beach. This is a photographers dream,an I lived mine here. We all were taken care of very well an fed like kings. Iurie Belegurschi an Christian Lim know how to make a tour fun an rewarding,would not hesitate to sign up with them again.
Chuck English
Chuck English
Chuck English Photography
Great photography workshop and tour of Iceland.
Iurie and Christian did all that they could control to help us get get great images of many waterfalls, Ice on Ice Beach, ice on the lagoon as well as sea stacks. They chased the magic hours of light for the iconic images and more.

They took care of 99% of the details, i.e. large bus with 2.5 seats per photographer, a well rounded variety of snacks on the bus, topped off by good accommodations and meals.

I would recommend this workshop to seasoned (advanced and intermediate photographers), but not beginners. Get in good physical condition and know your camera equipment, before taking any workshop.

There were four of us from the Wilmington, NC cape fear camera club and we are now talking about other workshops with these guys.
Phil Perry
Phil Perry
Phil Perry Photography
I greatly enjoyed the Iceland tour and found it to be perfect for my first international photo trip. You and Iurie were most helpful and gave me very good advice along the way. The tour was very well organized with regard to hotels, meals and shooting locations. I know the scheduling of activities is quite difficult for a tour like this. I want to sincerely thank you and Iurie for your efforts to organize this trip. I look forward to another photo adventure with you in the future!
Larry Andrews
Larry Andrews
Larry Andrews Photography
What an amazing 10 days in Iceland. To summarize the experience in a few words will not do it justice. Both William Yu and Iurie Belegurschi gave me an experience that will stay with me forever. Both of them combined talent and knowledge about landscape photography and finding wonderful places to shoot. The local arrangements were good and the organization well done. We had plenty of time to set up, to experience and to share. This hand-on experience was good for al level of photographers. We visited some far remote places and some fun places. Shooting pieces of washed away chuck of ice from the glacier was one of the most fun highlight of the trip. Thank you to both of you for sharing your expertise and for making this a safe and fun photo tour. The group was made up of wonderful people, by the end of the trip, our group was really tight. Thank you Guys for this amazing trip. Looking forward at shooting the Northern lights in winter.
Jean-Claude Veille
Jean-Claude Veille
Jean-Claude Veille Photography
I have never been on a “photo tour” before. We travel a lot and I have to say it was one of the best experiences ever. Most importantly in my mind is that I thought it was well planned out – getting to the locations at the right times and I also liked that we got to go to some of the iconic locations that we see in photos (late at night when no one was there), as well as a few that we don’t normally see. I felt the amount of time that we had in most locations was great. It was nice that we could as a group be somewhat flexible to stay one place a bit longer and/or go to other places when the lighting wasn’t as good. I appreciated that you corralled people up when they weren’t on the bus on time… but always being super nice about it. I liked that we could get to a hotel location and some people could rest, but I usually had several hours to explore the town/area on my own. The accommodations and food were all good, if not excellent. Another thing that I thought was really great was having a bus twice as big as the number of people so we had room to put all of our stuff. Iurie were always there to answer questions and when we got to special places Iurie was more than helpful in telling us how to get the best shots (especially on the ice beach – I would have taken much longer exposures and wouldn’t have gotten the cool foam lines). I really enjoyed the night a few of us went to the church with the lupines, because Iurie looked at the shots we were composing and then showed us how to do it better with just a little repositioning. That was so insightful to me; I learn best by seeing things. I’ve always known to include stuff in the foreground, but generally never get it right. Seeing what he did is something that will certainly stay with me and hopefully affect my future images in a positive way. Along the lines of seeing things, I think it might be fun and helpful on future trips if you asked everyone on the first day to plan to share 1 or 2 photos each night (maybe before or after dinner) that they took that day or the previous day. It would be fun to see other people’s perspectives along the way and that might inspire us to try new techniques or look at things differently.
Lorna Mildice
Lorna Mildice
Lorna Mildice Photography
The tour was fantastic – way beyond my wildest expectations. perhaps i had no idea how beautiful and picturesque Iceland is; it seems like a different planet of its own!. everything was to my satisfaction – the price; the sights which i am sure we could not have seen without lurie; he did a good job in picking the right places; the food was delicious and excellent.The driver was great, transportation comfortable and the fact that we had 2 seats each was a big plus. I am amazed and impressed at the photos that are all popping up in facebook. From the pictures that are being posted i continue to see different perspectives and angles i never would have seen. We all went to the same places but no two pictures are alike. I am lucky to have been with a superb group of photographers. i certainly will take a winter trip to Iceland with lurie in the future. and looking forward to another learning trip with you – will try to make it to tibet at least!
Minnie Domingo
Minnie Domingo
Minnie Domingo Photography
I run a photography business in London and in April we took a group of 10 photographers to Iceland with Iurie Belegurschi. Having very little knowledge of Iceland, we were looking for an experienced photographer with local knowledge that would get us to the best locations. We also wanted someone on hand to help our group with the technical aspects of photography. Iurie delivered on all aspects and also proved to be an excellent tour host. His local knowledge meant that he got us to the locations when the light was best for shooting. We came away with the most amazing photos. Iurie dealt with all the hotel and restaurant bookings which meant we could relax and enjoy our time in Iceland and leave all the hard work to someone we knew we could trust. We rode in a very comfortable bus with plenty of room for us and all our somewhat extensive photography kit. Iurie’s knowledge of Iceland, photography and light made our experience there unforgettable. Thanks Iurie, I can’t tell you how special you helped to make our time there. I highly recommend anyone wanting an unbeatable experience to see Iurie and take a journey with Iceland Photo Tours.
Alex Laberge
Alex Laberge
As a photo tour leader myself, I brought my group of 15 clients to Iceland June 2015 with Iurie as our tour/photo guide. What an amazing experience of 10 days! Iurie knows Iceland like the back of his hands, with his meticulous planning and leadership, we were at beautiful locations at best possible time, everybody got great images during the trip. In addition, he is also giving much needed photography instructions for each site, patiently answering questions from our group members.
Moreover, the travel arrangement(hotels, meals, transportation) are carefully planned and executed with photographers’ needs in mind. We had a 38 seat bus, our group enjoys 2 seats per person, this is very important for photography group, as photographers has lots of gears as carry-on. All hotels are very comfy and conveniently located near photo sites.
I have to specially mention the meal arrangements during the trip, which are by far the best food experience Iceland can offer. We had variety of soups, lambs, and fish dishes, etc, all were top notch meals. Iurie really plan the trip to the last detail.
Overall, Iurie is extremely professional in both photography and travel services, he is also easy going and sociable personally. I will certainly bring more photo tours in the future with Iurie as our tour/photo guide. If you want do a photo tour in Iceland, please be sure to contact Iurie, you will be rewarded with the best from Iceland, in terms of photography and travel arrangements.
William Yu
William Yu
I cant speak highly enough of the fantastic service provided by Iceland Photo Tours. I was lucky to spend a full day with Jorunn who took myself and my wife around the south coast of Iceland from Reykjavik. Jorunn not only had a wealth of local knowledge as to great spots to visit but also was very informative and guiding with photography itself. I would never have used my camera in as much rain as I do now prior to meeting Jorrun! The tour included a mix a well known landmarks to smaller, ‘off the beaten track’ locations which proved to make great images. The tour was flexible and well organised and the next time I can make it back to Iceland Ill definitely be looking up the team for another tour.
George Harris
George Harris
GR Harris Photography
It was such a wonderful treat to spend one of our first vacation days in Iceland with Jórunn; our photo tour was easily the highlight of our trip. Jórunn was flexible, patient and dedicated to making sure we captured the photos we were looking for. Along with her valuable photography tips and insider knowledge of the island, she was an absolute pleasure to tour with. We are already looking forward to returning and photographing with her again!!
I recently returned from Iceland where I spent three days shooting with Jorunn Sjofn Gudlaugsdottir as my guide. My schedule did not allow for a longer workshop and I wanted to maximize my time in Iceland with a local’s knowledge. Having a private photo guide (and vehicle) was a priority for me and my colleague. Both the Golden Circle Day Tour and the two day Glacial Lagoon tour were worth every penny. There was great value for money, as Jorunn made sure we saw highlights in the best possible weather and her in-depth knowledge of hidden photographic gems provided lots of opportunities to get pictures from Iceland one hasn’t seen before. I give Jorunn high praise for her ability to make decisions on the spot that put the odds in our favor for seeing everything from the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon to the moss-covered lava fields of Eldhraun during our days, and spent the evenings hunting for the Aurora Borealis. Jorunn made sure we were well fed and comfortable along the way. I’m blown away by both Iceland and the images I captured there. I can recommend Iceland Photo Tours without hesitation to any photographer whose priority is maximizing their time in Iceland. My experience was so positive that before I left, I was already planning my next trip where I hope to book Jorunn to show me the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
Jen Pollack Bianco & Anastasia Chernykh
Jen Pollack Bianco & Anastasia Chernykh
My life's a trip
This was my second trip this year out to Iceland on tours led by Iurie and Christian which is testament in itself. Big thanks to Christian for being the “aurora alarm” during the trip by getting up in the night to check for clear sky’s. Not much more to say other than if you are looking to come to Iceland and want to be taken to great locations at the best times of day to shoot, not have to worry about transport and get to stay in some first class hotels with very good food then just book a trip as soon as possible. Iceland is a photographers dream coupled with guidance from Iurie and Christian i am sure you will come back with fantastic shots to remember.
I feel that this was a very experienced group! I was really in awe of what shots were being shared on the trip! It was a great balance of fun people who were well traveled based on their love for landscape photography. I also felt I could gain a lot not having the same level of experience which I truly did. Thanks for the life experience, I have had a great response to my images so far from this trip! I will look for the dropbox link cause I need to learn more about post processing too!
Sarah Connaughton
Sarah Connaughton
After a long weekend in Iceland being tempted by the beauty of the landscape, my husband and I just had to come back. We have been on many photographic tours, but this was mindblowing, amazing,unforgettable…. adequate words escape me! Iurie and his team provided a tour which totally exceeded all our expectations. Everything was perfectly planned…as far as possible given the vagaries of the Icelandic weather. Hotels, food and transport were all wonderful, and the locations were just “wow”. The bus was even large enough for each of us to have 2 seats. The level of attention to detail and help given to all of us that Iurie and Edwin Martinez provided was outstanding. I only hope that one day I can develop the sort of natural eye that they both have. Edwin’s tutorials were incredibly informative and I hope will help me to take my photography to the next level. And with all those wonderful photos to process, the post-processing workshop will help those images to “pop” even more.This was a superb trip, and we cannot recommend highly enough Iceland Photo Tours for any Icelandic photo trip you may be contemplating. We cant wait to come back!
Yvonne and John Akar
Yvonne and John Akar
We wish to send you both our sincere “thank you” for the professionalism and expertise as guides and instructors to the wonderful Iceland photography tour 2- 12 Oct. 2015. The places that we visited were amazingly beautiful and with your valuable guidance, enabling us to capture most exciting images far beyond our wildest imaginations, despites the unpredictable wet weather. Moreover the accommodations, meals and transportations were all outstanding, much better than some other photography tours that we have been with…Thanks again and look forward to joining another trip with you guys.
John & Sandy
John & Sandy
I had the pleasure of attending the winter workshop with Iurie Belegurschi and Johnathan Esper. The workshop was excellent, exceeded my initial expectations and it was definitely a week that will never be forgotten. Iurie is very professional and a modest person and I admire his relentless pursuit of the group satisfaction. Even after being able to successfully see the auroras he kept on trying to go out to see them again on the next days (when meteorological conditions allowed) and we saw them, not once, not twice but in three different nights. He’s also very concerned about people safety and would not sacrifice it for the sake of a nice or funny shot. I felt prepared, even in the most adverse conditions on the field, thanks to the information provided by Iurie prior to departure regarding clothing and equipment. Johnathan is very energetic and knows his photography and it was great to have him co-leading this workshop. He was always prompt to help us achieving the best composition and technical settings. I admire his passion for nature and photography.
I enjoyed Siggi, the bus driver, which is actually more like a co-guide with all his knowledge on history, architecture, culture and his unique humour. The editing session was adequate both for beginner and advanced users and I learned techniques that I developed right away. This is definitely a photo workshop, not a photo tour, and sometimes you even feel you’re in a unique expedition. I would do it all over again, and I’m pretty sure I will come back for another workshop with Iurie and his colleagues.
Bruno Carlos
Bruno Carlos
Both Christian and Thor were excellent guides and mentors, Both more than willing to answer any questions, no matter how simple the answers were, they both made everybody feel relaxed and at easy.An excellent tour nonetheless. Their depth of knowledge is amazing and helped me produce some of the best photos I have ever taken, I would highly recommend this trip to anybody, Iceland is a stunning scenic wonderland.
Steve Eagland
Steve Eagland
I had the pleasure of joining Daniel and Iurie in Tuscany for a workshop in November of 2015. This was not my first time being guided by either of them and the experience was everything I had come to expect and more. Simply put, the workshop was meticulously planned and expertly executed. The accommodations at Villa Gaia provided the rustic feel of Tuscany complete with the modern conveniences necessary for a comfortable stay. Each meal prepared by the resident chef was an absolute delight offering a broad sampling of the flavors Tuscany has to offer. Perhaps most importantly, though, was the ease with which we were able to shoot. Daniel and Iurie demonstrated expert knowledge of the area allowing them to adapt quickly to put us in the best locations to shoot based on weather and lighting conditions. They were able to provide advance knowledge of each location enabling us to prepare to shoot before the light came up or the mist had cleared. Transportation was easy, meeting times and locations were clear and there was ample room provided to stow and access our gear. They even made special transportation arrangements for me when my inbound flight was cancelled. All of this combined to allow each of us to relax, enjoy ourselves and focus on what was most important: to be in the right places at the right times to capture amazing images.
Matt the Weather Master
Matt the Weather Master
Dear Christian and Thor, You are world-class photographers who put a marathon effort into chasing the best light and Icelandic landscapes. Your technical help added immeasurably to my own photographic skills. Looking forward to another tour with you in the future.
Will Frey
Will Frey
Very happy to have joined another wonderful photo workshop led by Iurie and Daniel. Apart from good food and wine, I loved the scenery of Tuscany. It’s so traquil, unique and beautiful. I have also learnt a lot about composition and digital processing techniques for landscape photography from this workshop. I enjoyed the whole trip very much and thank Iurie and Daniel did a brilliant job.
Carl
Carl
The Tuscany photo tour with Iurie Belegurschi and Daniel Kordan was superb in every way. Villa Gaia provided a perfect home base from which to be perfectly positioned for iconic sunrise and sunset photos, and the day tours of the Etruscan villages were amazing. We were able to avoid the tourist traffic and be in perfect position for some of the best landscape photography of my life. Beyond setting us up the for the most glorious Tuscany landscapes, both Iurie and Daniel are master photography post-processors and the daytime classes in Lightroom and Photoshop added numerous techniques to my post processing knowledge and skill set. These young men are artists. They are accomplished in their own right at such a young age it is difficult to comprehend. On top of that all of the logistics were well organized and every day went without a hitch. Finally the meals at Villa Gaia were like eating in a different 5 star Parisian restaurant every day. Not exaggerating chef and Villa Director Yuri put on a masterful dining experience every night and without any exaggeration this was the best week of dining I have ever in my life experienced.
Dr. Lorne Martin
Dr. Lorne Martin
I just returned from a week in Tuscany with Iceland Photo Tours. Daniel Kordan and Iurie Belegurschi were the leaders and photographic guides . The season was fall when the grass was green, the vineyards a rusty gold, and the mist in plenty supply. Daniel ’s in depth knowledge of the area and the best photographic locations allowed us to venture out to some magical hilltop landscapes to photograph the villas and cypress trees peaking out of the morning mist. The trekking up and down through the fields always made it a wonderful adventure, even if the weather, the sunrise and the sunset were uncooperative. Many afternoons were spent at another well researched location to experience and photograph the beautiful scenery with sunset light. We had time to photograph some of the villages either from a vantage point above the town or photographing the streets within the villages. Daniel and Iurie planned all the days, but left room for options depending on the weather or serendipity. They each shared their photographic expertise with the participants both in the field and in a few workflow workshops during the day. We stayed in the Villa Gaia where we had the pleasure of feasting on some local, fresh and beautifully prepared food. All the logistics of the trip went smoothly. Thank you for providing all the opportunities to create some wonderful images.
I had the pleasure of going to Cinque Terre and Tuscany with Iurie and Daniel Korzhonov in November, 2015. I have done many photo trips over the past 10 years and rate this one at or near the top. Iurie and Danielle were extremely knowledgeable and went out of their way to share tips and ideas on how to improve my skills. I will definitely use Iceland Photo Tours again and highly recommend them for all photographers no matter what skill level they are at. Thank you Iurie and Danielle,
Michael H. Du Boff
Michael H. Du Boff
I will join the chorus of cheers for Iurie and Chris’s Iceland Photo Tour. These two photographers are extremely talented and have the ability to pass on their knowledge/expertise to their clients. We were taken to sites of phenomenal beauty and shown how to capture them with our cameras. In addition to learning how to improve my landscape photography, I thoroughly enjoyed the humour of both Iurie and Chris, good lodgings/company/food, friendliness of the Icelandic people, and security in the knowledge that our driver Bjorn was excellent. I will certainly take a tour with this group during the summer sometime soon.
Philipa Corning
Philipa Corning
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. Iurie and Christian 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
Thank you to Iurie and Christian for being such fantastic guides on the January 2016 photo tour to Iceland. Not only did they have veteran knowledge on the best locations to shoot at, they were experts on keeping a tight travel schedule to make the best use of every single sunrise and sunset opportunity. They were diligent in watching reports on Northern Light activity and weather conditions, and did their utmost to ensure that we experience the spectacle of our lives. Accommodations were always smoothly handled, and we were fed very well throughout the trip. At no point did it feel that Iurie or Christian held back when teaching the group the skills of their passions, they deserve every single one of the many fans they have. We would not hesitate a moment to recommend your trips to others.
Alex, Annie, Patrick
Alex, Annie, Patrick
I had the pleasure of traveling to Iceland in January for a photo tour with eleven like-minded photographers. We had selected Iurie Belegurschi or Iceland Photo Tours as our guide and mentor, since others in our group had seen him at work nearby their photo tour during a previous summer workshop. If you look up his own photography, you will see that he is extremely talented and knows Iceland as well or better than any other photographer. Iurie manages the details of the trip to perfection. Lodging and meals were great! Finding locations with the right timing and right lenses can be challenging during an Iceland winter…we dealt with high winds, sleet, snow and mostly cloudy days. There were always subjects for us to work with hints on how to improve shots, even in such conditions. Plenty of good humor also helped us forget the conditions. On our sunny day, we were rewarded with ice cave photos that even our guides posted in their portfolios. A great surprise for us was co-leader, Edwin Martinez. We found out that Edwin is a Canon Ambassador, which was a good sign that he knows his stuff. I had looked at his impressive work on 500px.com ahead of the trip, so I knew he was going to be appreciated. Edwin worked closely with many of our group and provided very educational evening talks and demonstrations on composition and post-processing skills. We all benefited greatly from his personable presence. You will be rewarded on workshops with either Iurie or Edwin.
Robert Strain
Robert Strain
Recently completed Edwin and Iurie’s Iceland photography trip. I have taken many of these photography trips and by far, Edwin and Iurie’s trip was the Best!!! The trip was very well organized, the transportation, accommodations and the meals were excellent. Edwin is a very good teacher and the classes he taught were very helpful in improving my photography. Edwin is very personable, possesses gentle soul and an amazing photographer who is very generous with he’s desire to share his knowledge in capturing nature’s awesome beauty. Iurie organized the trip very well and efficiently so that we spent maximum time in multiple locations for our shoot. Iurie kept everyone’s spirit light and kept us laughing the entire trip. I highly recommend Edwin and Iurie’s photography tour for anyone who is looking to create experiences that will be cherished for years to come. I’m looking forward to future trips with Edwin and Iurie.
Jerome Cha
Jerome Cha
This was my first photo tour outside the United States. I was a bit nervous attending, without knowing anyone. Well, I can say the tour was great! I met a lot of nice people from around the globe, who were talented photographers. I specifically went on this trip to learn about what I don’t know. I have only shot aperture priority in the past, under the instruction of a single teacher. The trip opened my eyes to new settings, techniques and my equipment’s true abilities. The individuals leading the tour were Edwin Martinez and Jonathan Esper. I was very impressed with Edwin. He knows more about Canon equipment and photography than anyone I have ever met. He is truly an impressive photographer and a good teacher. It is one thing to have talent but, it is another to be able to teach. Edwin has both skills. Additionally, Edwin is a nice guy who had a lot of patience with me. I also enjoyed Jonathan’s teaching style. He was easy-going with a little different approach to photography. I thought both teachers complemented one another. Jonathan really helped me learn more about composition – No doubt, he helped me improve in this area. I took a few really great shots on the trip. The types of photos you would be proud to hang on your wall. More importantly, Edwin and Jonathan showed me some of what I was missing, as a photographer. I look forward to improving my photography on another trip with Iceland Photo Tours.
Tony Miller, USA
Tony Miller, USA
My wife and I just got back from the most incredible photo tour ever. Edwin Martinez and Johnathan Esper of Iceland Photo Tours spent seven days showing us the best spots in Iceland for winter photography. They were knowledgeable and helpful, and were patient with photographers of all skill levels. They know all the best spots for great landscape images, and got us there at the best time of the day for each shot. The itinerary was flexible to make the most of conditions. That is one of the advantages of small group size. Our group of 10 got along great and pushed each other to make inventive and original images. We all shared tips and enthusiasm. What a great way to do photography! Iceland Photo Tours is the best company for adventure photo travel in Iceland. They use great accommodations and meals, and even though we were in Iceland in deep winter, we were comfortable and well-taken-care of. Folks at home just won’t quit talking about the world-class images we brought home. We wouldn’t hesitate to plan another adventure photo tour with this company.
David Cummings
David Cummings
Iceland Photo Tours was magnificent beyond my wildest dreams. First, I cannot say enough about our Edwin and Johnathan tour guides.They made the whole trip for me. They took as much time teaching you best practice shooting techniques and showed proper ways to shoot. They held nightly workshops to learn at what we shot for the day. Iceland Photo Tours is a top-notch organisation, and I would recommend to anyone from beginner to professional photographers. We had a small group of photographers which gave us undivided attention when shooting.I never have taken such beautiful images. You are guaranteed to see sights, terrains, and even Ices Caves. No doubt I highly recommend this tour!!
Dan Neiman
Dan Neiman
The Iceland Photo Tour was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Having never been on a group photo excursion for even a weekend let alone eight days in a foreign country I was a bit nervous though very excited when I first landed in Reykjavik. The first person I met was one of the two group leaders Edwin Martinez. From the start he was extremely friendly and outgoing. When I later met the other leader, Johnathan Ampersand Esper I thought the same thing. What I grew to learn about the two group leaders in particular was how well they complimented each other with their own particular strengths. While Edwin is a brand ambassador with Canon and a never ending resource for helpful photographic tips that he shared willingly (unfortunately for him I am a Nikon disciple which I continuously reminded him of throughout the trip), Johnathan was a literal Wikipedia resource in his own right in terms of reciting location names around Iceland, historical references and oh yes, was also there throughout with amazing perspectives on how to shoot Landscape shots. The roles of both leaders reminded me a bit of my time working as a GO at Club Med years ago from the perspective that you (or they), were always on with the paying clients. And despite having shot around Iceland dozens and dozens of times over the years, at the same beaches, waterfalls and glaciers, both Edwin and Johnathan showed an enthusiastic excitement each day we were out which further energized all of us to carry on no matter what the weather conditions. From a client perspective these guys were total pro’s that made our daily itinerary fresh and new and so very enjoyable, and while the cost of this excursion might seem a bit pricey, it is very well worth it with nothing missed. I would recommend this tour group and already have to numerous people here in Boston. I am already considering when I will go back!
Charlie Abrahams
Charlie Abrahams
Hi Oli, I just wanted to take this opportunity to thank you personally for all the work you have done for us. You were careful, and caring, detailed and considerate, helpful, dedicated, and meticulous. I really appreciated that you really took the trouble to show us the sights, and more – especially the sights, and the correct moment when the lighting would be optimal for photography! I wanted you to know that we appreciate all that and would love to reciprocate in kind, when you do come to Vancouver.Here’s wishing you and your family the very best in all aspects, be well, be safe, and many all things that you wish for come your way.
Ken
Ken
I recently completed a Lofoten Islands tour, in February, 2016 with Iurie Belegurschi, Arild Heitmann, and Tommy Simonsen. The weather did not comply at all, but that’s part of the gamble when going to the arctic in the winter. However, I was very impressed with how diligent our guides were in trying to get us the best possible experience no matter what. Local knowledge of the area and weather patterns were very key in being able to get out and take some shots vs. sitting inside a cabin not knowing where to go or what to do with the winter storms. Every time Arild suggested we head somewhere to see if the weather would break–it did, even if the cloud cover didn’t fully let up at least the rain/sleet/snow/hail did for awhile. Even so, I was able to get some great moody shots of fantastic locations. There was also an incident with another (unrelated) tour guide leader, who clearly didn’t understand night/aurora photography, which also clearly showed that my choice of tours was vastly superior. I’m so pleased with my experience that I’m signing up for another tour already.
Jen Frickell
Jen Frickell
In February of 2016, I experienced Iceland through my camera lens while on a photography excursion with Iceland Photo Tours. In six days, I learned bold, new photography techniques such as wave painting, long exposure and the use of graduated neutral density filters while immersing myself in Icelandic culture and the natural wonder of the country’s winterscapes, volcanic beaches, icebergs, glaciers, and northern lights. Our amazing instructors—Edwin and Dennis—took care of every detail including transportation, accommodations, meals, plus they constantly monitored the weather and adjusted our schedule accordingly. They were knowledgeable and passionate about photography, photography equipment and about Iceland and provided guidance and suggestions that helped me capture some of the most stunning photographs in my portfolio. I returned with a wealth of information and ideas that I can use every day to photograph the world around me. If you are looking for ordinary hop-on-the-bus-and-stop-to-photograph-a statue instruction, then this workshop is not for you. But if you want to expand your worldview and your understanding of light, composition, visualization, creativity, and overall photography technique, then I highly recommend it. I cannot wait to travel with Iceland Photo Tours again.
Audrey Andersen
Audrey Andersen
I have landed at home after a truly great photo trip with you two in Iceland. Even though the weather shifted like it should in Iceland, we got pictures I truly enjoy working with after coming home. We got the Northern light, the fabulous black beach at Vik, Jökulsarlon and the ice beach. The last one being my favourite. I came on this trip to get more interested in and better at taking landscape photos. With you two always willing to teach and share of your expert knowledge, I came home happy and with much more knowledge about how to succeed in landscape photography. I would have liked to do the week many times. The places we stayed were great, good food and good company. And last but not least, very good space for myself and my gear in a comfortable bus with a very good driver. All in all, no complaints from me, just a lot of happy memories. Thank you!
Ulla Spansdahl
Ulla Spansdahl
Visit Iceland for a photo trip has been one of my dreams for years. However, organizing such a trip, search and scout for the best locations and make sure to reach them at the right moment, is not easy to plan. If this is what you are looking for, you will surely find in Iceland-Photo-Tours the right companion to discover Iceland. But if you’re also looking to improve your skills with invaluable tips and feedbacks from the guides, professional photographers that know this place like their pockets, and get that dose of energy and motivation that you need to get the best shot, then you really found the best partner for you great photo adventure in Iceland. Our guides, Edwin and Jonathan, were very helpful and disponible. They both are very skillful and prepared. They accompained us with professionalism, always offering their kind advices and support even after long days, making this adventure an amazing photo trip to Iceland. Cannot wait to do to the summer tour :)”

Raffa
Raffa
Oli has it all. He s experienced. He knows “that” unique timing and point of view on every location. knows hidden locations. He has a solid knowledge about the art of photography, Brings crystal clear technical explanations and keeps at every moment an active sense of humour. The vehicle is perfect and allowed us to reach all the difficult places. After 5 days travelling with Oli and my wife at the south and east coast of Iceland, we enjoyed the country, learned tips and skills to improve as photographers, had the chance to get in touch with the Icelandic sensitivity and way of living and specially, we laughed a lot. Absolutely recommended !!!
Raul Cohe and Micaela Ferrero
Raul Cohe and Micaela Ferrero
Dear Edwin and Dennis – I can’t say enough good things about our recent Photo Trip to Iceland – It’s not often one has the experience of getting what was wished for but this trip was all I wished for and MORE! 🙂 The folks on the trip were really fun and very friendly, the hotels were fine (comfortable, clean and WARM) and the food (hmmm, more fish anyone? 🙂 good . Best of all, and the reason I went on this particular trip, was the expert help that you and Dennis provided in “getting the shot.” You two helped me tremendously as a photographer and I came home with some of those WOW shots I was hoping for. Without you two, maybe not so much. I’d travel again with Iceland Photo Tours (and especially with you as the guide) in a heartbeat – now all I have to do is persuade my boss to give me some more time off 🙂
Sara Glasser
Sara Glasser
Naturally, I had high expectations thanks to the surreal pictures on their website of “photos taken during our aurora and photography tours”. I was skeptical but now … thanks to Edwin Martinez and Dennis Polkläser… I have the photos to prove it! Serious nature photography was never my strong suit – a combination of too much heavy equipment to lug and lack of patience from my fellow travelers were probably to blame. So Edwin & Dennis did a great job – not only herding us all from one place to the next (patiently explaining all that “tech stuff”), but also dealing with our repeat questions and multiple demands; all whilst negotiating unpredictable weather and the illusive aurora. Anyway, despite the fact that this was the “n-th” time they had seen these sights, their enthusiasm for photography and nature shone through. It doesn’t matter if you are not a professional photographer or don’t have all the equipment on the list – I didn’t. The tour was fun and interesting plus I learned a lot. Perhaps most importantly, Edwin & Dennis kept us on point – making sure that we were not so involved in taking the perfect photo that we missed the big picture. Go, it’s worth it!
Debra
Debra
Our photo tour guide Ozzo is a very warm-hearted and extremely talented photographer, he knows the locations like the back of his hand. With his direction and recommendation, we got lots of great photographs with best light, especially for the aurora hunting, his knowledge and experience prove to be tremendous assets that help us get the shots. He is also very thoughtful on the needs of our group. Overall, Ozzo provides invaluable service to our group, I would like to have him again in my next tour, and highly recommend him as a guide to any of your tours.
William Yu
William Yu
Thanks a lot Edwin and Dennis for that great winter workshop week. The tour went way beyond my expectation. To be honest, as I’m used to travel a lot alone or with my wife, organizing all our journey ourselves while identifying in advance photo stops and timing, I was more looking at the tour as a good opportunity to see the ice cave and northern lights with additional other good spots while logistics is being taken care of and some good photo hints for the Northern lights. This was fully fulfilled of course with a great choice of accommodation according to what is available in Iceland. But it went really farther than I expected, I really enjoyed the various lectures which were very pedagogic and visual. It strengthen areas I knew while learning what I missed around filters. I enjoyed the sharing of the technics for these wave paintings. The non photo tips (pre and in-trip) where extremely precious. I would have not brought overboots otherwise and tape ;-). I appreciated above all two rare things: – sharing so many hints and spots by providing before we arrive on a spot some inspiration on photo that could be made and best gear to target; – the continuous high availability to the group members on spot in in trip to any questions that can range from basic tech knowledge to advice on framing and freedom to explore for those who want. A perfect balance. I won’t complain at all but from my past experience in Summer, I thought that a winter trip would be resting with short days and that was not the case (for the good meaning of it) as the strong organization help us make the most out of the time there. I will definitely consider and have a look at the other tour proposed by Iceland Photo tour in the future (not only in Iceland). This was my first trip with you but most certainly not the last one 😉
Marc Pelissier
Marc Pelissier
My girlfriend and I joined the winter workshop with Edwin Martinez and Dennis Polkläser. It was the first photo workshop we ever joined and probably not the last. The organization of this seven days tour was outstanding, the schedule well planned, the weather incredible and the food also great. Edwin and Dennis were always helpful and professional with providing not only support and advice for taking pictures but also with additional camera gear like filters, holders etc and everything with a smile on their face. Their passion for photography and knowledge about Iceland made this workshop absolutely successful and unique for us – of course with the highlight of the Aurora at Jökulsarlon. Iceland in winter time with all the snow and in combination with this new experience of a photo workshop and this funny group of different people from all over the world – we will never forget this and will be back for sure.
Jan & Jeannette
Jan & Jeannette
I thoroughly enjoyed the photo tour, notwithstanding the weather but that was to be expected! And we got that spectacular night of aurora.The itinerary was great, with flexibility based on weather (I still hear you shouting while on the cliff: “mammatus clouds, mammatus clouds!!) and shooting conditions as they arose.The accommodations were very good as far as I was concerned, considering the remote locations involved. The food, to my surprise, was very very good!! Even better than the food we had in our Disney Fantasy cruise last year!!You and Thor were excellent guides, looking after and helping each participant hands on, lending photo equipment to help enhance or salvage their photography (too bad about the damaged eqpt, happens to everyone eventually).Your lectures were very informative and the photos used were very inspiring. The group composition and size were great and made for a fun experience; loose and carefree demeanor. I like what John said, but not just any 2 Puerto Ricans, but those 2 Puerto Ricans. Overall the trip: “great bang for the buck!”, Iceland is awesome, I plan to come back and perhaps join the inland tour next year.I signed up for the October Tuscany trip.Congratulations on your obvious success with your career so far, good luck on your future endeavor, maybe our photographing paths will cross again!
Ricardo Guytingco
Ricardo Guytingco
Big thanks for Edwin and Thor. The tour was absolutely fabulous. It let me focused completely in my photography and not the other things like driving, hotel arrangements and all the fun logistics. I also enjoyed the great company of all of you. Material presented to us I feel it was value added. I personally loved Iceland, it is just superb. I’m returning on Sept 1st, for a little highlands adventures.
Carlos Carmona
Carlos Carmona
I traveled to New Zealand’s south island in April 2016 and hired Christian Lim as our guide. The images I was able to capture on this trip were spectacular due to the diversity of landscape in this area, but just as importantly, the effort of Christian to monitor the conditions and adjust the itinerary to ensure we made the most of the weather in the surrounding area. This meant on more than 1 occasion, Christian drove us a significant distance prior to sunrise to give us the best opportunity for ideal lighting. Between shooting, Christian arranged activities such as wine tasting, bungee jumping, shopping and not least of all, terrific food options. His sense of humor and ability to teach composition are reasons I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Christian Lim to lead your New Zealand photo trip!
Christian Colvin
Christian Colvin
In April i embarked on my first photo tour to New Zealand under the guidance of Christian Lim. The tour turned out to be a great experience, Christian has been to new Zealand a number of times and has a extensive knowledge of the area and was able to guide us to many of the iconic NZ views as well as a few not so common and off the beaten track spots. Christian is an excellent photographer and during the trip we received extensive technical help covering many topics like the use of filters, compositional advise, help with night photography shooting the milky way as well as demonstrations by Christian on many of the post processing techniques that he uses. During the tour we traveled in a large mini van with plenty of room for the luggage and camera gear. During the trip we stayed at a number of nice Hotels many with stunning views straight from the window that were located to give good access to the various areas that we would be visiting. The food during the trip was excellent with a large choice of restaurants in most areas offering a wide range of cuisines to choose from. The trip wasn’t just a photo tour either when we had some down time between shooting and weather permitting we were able to do some shopping in Queenstown along with activities like gondola ride high above Queenstown, bungee jumping, vine yard visit and Milford Sound Boat ride. So if your looking at visiting New Zealand where you don’t have to worry about anything other than taking great photographs hen don’t hesitate to contact Christian for a trip of a lifetime.
Shaun Young
Shaun Young
We had a a fantastic ten-day workshop on Island! The landscapes were an unexpected treasure. Thank you so much for your fabulousguidance and assistance, Brynjar! You made our workshop so easy and smooth, we had a full service all the time. And I’ve learned a lot about taking excellent pictures! I loved my time here, can’t wait to come again in winter!
Alenka
Alenka
As semi-retired travel and nature photographers who led national and international workshops for thirty years, we are very selective in who we now recommend. Both Pat & I feel we can recommend Iceland Photo Workshops led by Iurie Belegurschi without reservation. He does a terrific job:even with many years of experience we learned a lot and had a great time. We’ll travel with him again.
Tom & Pat Cory
Tom & Pat Cory
I just finished a wonderful one of your tours with Brynjar Agustsson, He is full of energy, is very positive and takes care of everyone’s needs. He is the best trip leader I’ve had, and I’ve been on four photo tours ( with other companies) besides the Midnight Sun I just did with him. He was efficient, used the time well, is a good driver, and inspires confidence.Most important for me is that I learned so much about photography from him. He was a generous teacher and gave freely of his information.
Phyllis
Phyllis
Our party of 4 fledgling photographers we led by Jorunn Sjofn on our trip this past July. Jorunn was so helpful, gave us advice on how to use our cameras and took us to splendid sites. We were a private tour, and that is the best way to see/photograph Iceland.. She was with us for 5 hours and the group got some really fantastic shots. Jorunn has a pleasant personality and the 5 hour trip just flew by. Thank you.
Anne MacGlashan
Anne MacGlashan
I just returned from a twelve day tour of Iceland with a group of thirteen participants and want to express my appreciation for the professionalism of Icelandic Photo Tours and our excellent guide–Brynjar Ágústsson. I have been leading tours in many locations around the world for many years and when I decided to add Iceland, I was fortunate to have made this connection. Brynjar knew when and where to place us to take advantage of the best light. He also added some discrete and not so well-known areas. In addition to his skills we enjoyed comfortable transportation, lodging and great meals; all of which gave our group a memorable trip and excellent images. I am looking forward to another tour in the near future.
Doug Steakley
Doug Steakley

 

Iceland’s majestic landscapes left us all in awe of nature’s beauty. As expected we came home with unbelievable photos, but more than that I am grateful to have shared the experience with lifelong friends. Truly, Iceland is a place one should visit at least once in a lifetime! Thank you to Christian Lim and Iceland Photo Tours!
Chariza Tan, Maureen Ang, Jenny Tan, Michele Lao, Arlene Tanchay
Chariza Tan, Maureen Ang, Jenny Tan, Michele Lao, Arlene Tanchay

 

I would like to say a big thank you to Mr Martinez for his teaching during the recent Iceland tour in October 2016.Having been to a few photography courses/tours, the Iceland tour has been the most impressive.I had more teaching from Mr. Martinez than all other photographers before. He was tireless and checked on how we were doing one by one while we were shooting. We were prompted on how to compose, expose and were taught on focus-stacking technique. We were given good advices and this improved the standard of our shotsWhen the weather was poor and we could not take photos, Edwin gave us excellent lectures on photo technique and post-processing. He is friendly and is easy to relate to and this approach allowed us to learn happily. I firmly believe that I am now a better photographer than 1 month ago thanks to Edwin Martinez. Hopefully I’ll have time to join his tour again in not too distant future.
Kian Ah Chong
Kian Ah Chong

 

Edwin Martinez and Brynjar Agustsson saw to the logistics and smoothness of the trip so we could concentrate on our photography techniques. Every little detail was considered. They suggested compositions, called basic settings and best lens to use in specific circumstances so we could come away with the best shots possible. My fear of water kept me from getting better images on the Ice Beach even though Edwin kept encouraging me to get closer!! Brynjar was a good sport and was our model for some of our images. We were taught new techniques, ie) focus stacking, so the images would be tack sharp from front to back. To go with this, the lectures were to the point with tips on post editing. I am a PS beginner and I learnt the basics of dealing with focus stacking images.The weather was not cooperating (heavy cloud cover and sporadic rain with very little colour most times) but they kept tabs with the weather changes, the northern lights strength level for that specific evening and adjusted the timings so we could get the best conditions available. Unfortunately, the aurora borealis was there but due to heavy clouds, we just couldn’t see them!To me, it was a life-time experience though I found it physically challenging at times. Living with arthritis does put a kink in your movements and speed of execution!
Nicole
Nicole

 

It is my pleasure to report that Iceland Photo Tours delivers again! The second time around as was good as expected and more. Edwin Martinez is such a good teacher and intuitive person. By the second day, he knew all our weak points and preferences and was always ready to point out a new vantage point or a fresh angle for us to improve our images. In his lectures, he knew how to get to everyone’s level, even if the knowledge in the group is very diverse. He even  helped with tripod and gear when he saw me a bit tired.
Brynjar was very courteous and helpful, always there for us in a tricky walk and ready to accommodate our needs. Great cultural and geographical information throughout the tour also.
The hotels and food were as great as the first time and we will continue to use the company as our preferred traveling resource. Thank  you!
Alfred and Fabiola Forns
Alfred and Fabiola Forns

 

I will echo the others’ impressions of the Svalbard Tour. I would rate the trip in the top five and perhaps even the very best trip in my 50 years or so of travelling around the world. Everything was just perfect. The scenery was totally breathtaking, with an incredible mix of mountains, rugged coastlines, flat land, tundra, glaciers, icebergs and packed ice. The weather was fantastic most of the time, including the experience of gale force winds for 24 hours. The wildlife was beyond expectations, with great views of polar bears, seals, walruses, foxes, whales, and of course all the arctic birds I was hoping to spot. The Brigantine Antigua was amazing, oozing with old charm from all angles. The rooms were small but functional, and the food was delicious with every meal. The company was one of the best part, a friendly and tight group of people from different corners of the world and a variety of interests. The expedition guides were outstanding and the briefings and lectures by arctic experts Morten, Nikita, and Nozomi were eagerly awaited with excitement every day. I would like to add a personal note of appreciation for the bird watching skills of Morten the ornithologist who would always be on the look out and point out new arctic birds every day. It was a haunting trip that will stay with me for ever.
Christian
Christian

 

When I left for the trip to board the Scooner Donna Wood in Greenland I questioned myself what am I doing travelling to such remote place. I didn’ t realize that ‎the trip changed forever my life! I felt so much at home with being among amazing people, Egill was a man of all season, Maya best cook ever, and most important Kerry gave me such an incredible insights to find the beauty through the lenses, and amazing landscape to take pictures of, making me burnt more CF than ever. Greenland moved my soul, gave me new direction in life to return to my passion for works on global vhange, toearn more taking amazing landscape pictures, and Greenland is cling me back again…I will return.
Riga Adiwoso
Riga Adiwoso

 

Without a doubt the workshop in Iceland was one of the best experiences of my life. Participating was the best decision I could make. There is no way to express how incredible everything was; The group was full of funny people that made the experience even better. The place is awesome and the service from the organizers was excellent. Special thanks to Luis for all the attention, patience and professionalism and for having two amazing collaborators like Edwin who was always willing to help, with the best attitude and transmitting all his knowledge, and Oli who drove us to the best places. Recommended 100%.
Nina Padilla
Nina Padilla

 

This trip was an epic experience. I think the best way to describe it is like when you were a child during Christmas eve, you couldn’t sleep out of excitement. Amazing place and a great group. Excellent tour and super professional guides. Luis, Edwin, Oli, thank you very much for your advice and organization of the workshop.
Adrián Solano
Adrián Solano

 

The photography workshop in Iceland was simply epic! For sure one of the best experiences of my life.
Eddy Garcia
Eddy Garcia

 

Making the decision to participate in the photography workshop in Iceland was an EXCELLENT idea. I can not explain how much I enjoyed it, and apart from all the excellent service I received from the organizers. Very grateful to Luis for all his attention, and to Edwin and Oli, all very professional and of great help to improve in the field of photography. The place itself is a paradise, but it was much better with the company of a good team and colleagues. Super recommended, so do not think about it too much and book the next one.

Bryan Nuñez
Bryan Nuñez

 

I visited Iceland in September, thanks to Luis Solano Pochet who organized a photo workshop for Costa Rican photographers. Edwin Martinez, was part of the staff of the tour, and transmitted his photographic experience, as well as knowledge of the island, making very accurate recommendations regarding places and techniques. We visited the west coast and the south coast of the country. Transportation, meals and hotels were excellent. Our main objective was the Aurora Borealis, thanks to the climatic conditions, we saw them 4 nights in a row. It is an unprecedented celestial phenomenon, full of magic, spiritual and emotional. We had with us Oli, a great driver who was also a photographer and took us to some hidden spots great for photographing without people around. Personally I have participated in several tours guided by Luis, he is great organizing every single aspect and his technical explanations are very clear. The itinerary was fantastic, and the team always helped us take the best possible pictures at the best locations. Totally recommended and waiting for the next one!

Pedro Araya
Pedro Araya