Complete Two Week Winter Photography Workshop in Iceland

Complete Two Week Winter Photography Workshop in Iceland
The mesmerising Northern Lights illuminate the dark winter nights in Iceland.
This beautiful waterfall cascades in front of beautiful columnar basalt cliffs, a rare natural phenomena not found in many places in the country.
The angular peaks of Vestrahorn mountain are a photographer's dream, especially when dusted in a magical covering of fluffy snow.
Huge chunks of ice glistening under the birlliant Northern Lights.
The black church at Búðir is the perfect subject to feature in a photo of the Northern Lights.
The waterfalls of the central Highlands are incredible to look at in the winter.
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Join this amazing one-of-a-kind 14-day winter photo tour of Iceland and you will have the chance to capture the Northern Lights across all corners of Iceland. This workshop is the perfect option for those who want to visit the very best sights of Iceland while developing their camera skills and building a breathtaking portfolio.

This is the most comprehensive Iceland photo tour on offer and it covers the largest number of epic locations. You will travel aboard a comfortable and spacious bus and in a modified super jeep that will take you to the most beautiful locations.

Iceland in the wintertime is a frozen land draped in a blanket of snow and ice making for stunning vistas to capture on camera. You can look forward to breathtaking glaciers, surreal ice caves, frozen waterfalls, majestic mountains, marvellous coastlines, influential geothermal areas and quaint fishing towns to name a few highlights.

It's possible to encircle the island by driving Iceland's famous Route 1 Ring Road while stopping at all the best-known as well as some more hidden locations. Included will be a two-day exploration of the wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, often nicknamed 'Iceland in Miniature' for its many natural attractions.

This is a great opportunity to travel and photograph all over Iceland while learning new techniques as your award-winning photoguides help you to take your photography skills to a higher level. You will have a whole two weeks to spot the Northern Lights and expert guidance on how to best capture them on camera. This tour is appropriate for both amateurs and more experienced photographers alike.

Immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland and sign up for this 14-day winter photo workshop for a once in a lifetime experience and the perfect pictures to prove it. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Mar.
  • Duration: 14 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Northern Lights, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Vík, Vestrahorn
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. Flexible,

We will email you the location of your hotel when booking is finished.
  • Professional Photo Guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.

  • All breakfasts; Group dinner on day 1 and day 13

  • All lunches; Dinners from Day 2 to Day 12

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • Flight tickets

What to bring:
  • After you sign up, we'll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list.

Why book with us?

- We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.

- We offer small group tours with a maximum group size of 10-12. This way, you’ll get to know your photography guide and we can take you to shoot in unique places that aren’t suitable for larger groups.

- All our guests get a free collection of post-processing videos from our award-winning photographers worth over $1,500.

- On our tours we use comfortable vehicles to safely transport you to amazing locations.

- We are using only the best hotels available in Iceland.

- Our photo tours and workshops are guided by award-winning professional landscape photographers.

- We provide crampons and rubber boots for free to all our guests throughout the tour.

- During the tour, we give highly informative and easy-to-follow photography and post-processing lectures.

- Our photo guides will always help you in the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

Tjörninn pond in downtown Reykjavík freezes over in the winter and it is particularly romantic when it's also covered in snow.

Upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport, you will take a quick and comfortable airport transfer bus to Reykjavík. Once you are settled in, you will meet your group and guides in the lobby of your hotel. From there, you'll go out for dinner at a nearby restaurant to get to know each other and discuss your upcoming adventure all over Iceland. 

Day 2 - West Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Icelandic horses nuzzling each other under the strikingly beautiful Mount Kirkjufell.

You will be picked up in Reykjavik at 8 in the morning. You will start the tour by travelling to the awesome Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland where you will spend two nights discovering the wealth of natural attractions in the region.

You will have a chance to photograph the jagged rock formations and columnar basalt pillars on the coast of Arnarstapi, a quaint little fishing village where you can watch the ocean waves crash into the shore which when lit correctly, makes for stunning results.

The black church of the Búðir hamlet is your next destination and photo subject. The powerful snow covered Snæfellsnesjökull glacier volcano serves as a perfect backdrop to this beautiful building and serves as a wonderful contrast.

To cap off the day, you will travel to the northern side of the peninsula to discover Mount Kirkjufell, one of Iceland's most beautiful mountains with its special cone-like shape and steep hills. Hopefully, the Northern Lights will make an appearance at this stunning location so you can capture them as they dance across the sky behind Kirkjufell.

You will spend the evening at accommodation in the area.

Day 3 - Kirkjufell Mountain

Mount Kirkjufell changes in appearance depending on which perspective you view it from.

Today, you will continue your exploration of Snæfellsnes, visiting any locations you didn't get to fully relish the day before. You will explore and photograph the extraordinary coastline dotted with small villages, the iconic fjords and the majestic mountains around the area.

Get ready to take an amazing shot of Lóndrangar, the ancient volcanic basalt plugs that rise out of the ocean, defiantly withstanding the waves.

You will once again spend the night in accommodation on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Day 4 - Hvitserkur Rock Stack

Hvítserkur rock formation is an inspiration for many photographers visiting Iceland. Your guides will show you how to best capture its beauty.

On this day, we will head to the North of Iceland to the wild and remote Vatnsnes Peninsula which is known for its vast and mostly uninhabited land punctuated by some rocky hills and snow-covered grazing lands.

There are a great many horses in the area and it is likely you will have the chance to see and photograph them in their shaggy winter coats. As you head to the eastern side of the peninsula, you might encounter some seals in their natural habitat along the coastal region of Strandir in the Westfjords.

The central focus of the fleeting daylight hours, however, will be the rock formation Hvítserkur. This 15-metre high basalt stack rises from the sea and some say it resembles a drinking dragon, or when looked at from another angle, a huge troll.

According to legend, Hvítserkur is the petrified remains of a troll who got caught out in the light of day and turned to stone. This mysterious rock has a great photogenic appeal and your guides will make sure that you arrive in time for the best possible lighting.

You will spend the evening at your accommodation on the Vatnsnes peninsula.

Day 5 - Godafoss & Lake Myvatn

Goðafoss waterfall resembles an icy gnarled monster in the depths of winter as it freezes in places.

After an early breakfast, you will be whisked away to the waterfall, Goðafoss for a sunrise shoot. At this time of the year, this "Waterfall of the Gods" should be covered with ice, making the falls more divine and scenic for a sunrise shoot. This is one of Iceland‘s most popular and stunning waterfalls with its elegant semicircular arc shape.

Afterwards, the adventure continues as you move on towards the lake Mývatn, which was formed by a huge basaltic lava eruption creating volcanic landforms, lava pillars and pseudocraters around the area.

If time allows, you will also explore the unique sculptures and rock formations of Dimmuborgir. This is a great chance to experience this wild geological landscape where some of the scenes of the TV series Game of Thrones were filmed.

You will spend the evening at accommodation in the Lake Mývatn region.

Day 6 - Aldeyjarfoss & Hrafnabjargafoss

Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is tricky to get to but it's so worth it as it's a stunning natural sight.

On this day, you will travel by a super jeep to get to the two of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfalls in the central highlands, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss. These are both located on the Skjálfandafljot river.

The contrast between the huge black bent basalt columns at the 20-metre high Aldeyjarfoss and the clear water of the fall becomes more impressive in its frozen winter coat.

Similarly, Hrafnabjargafoss offers a dramatic sight having it drenched in snow. It is tough to get to these falls especially on icy roads during winter but the contrast of the snow terrain, waterfalls and a clear blue pool at its feet makes this photography opportunity worth the effort. There is also the added bonus of both waterfalls being less crowded than other, more easily accessible locations.

Once again, you will spend the night in the Mývatn region.

Day 7 - Lake Myvatn

Iceland in the wintertime cpvered in snow and ice makes the perfect subject for a landscape photographer.

Your exploration of the area continues with a visit to the thrilling Námskarð Pass geothermal region. Even in the depths of winter, boiling mud puddles continue to bubble and fumaroles send steam high up into the air. The variety of colours and natural phenomena here are just begging to be caught on camera and you will have plenty of time to do so.

You will also have the chance to visit Hverfell, one of the world's largest explosion craters measuring at around 1-kilometre in diameter. Climb the snow-covered hills to marvel at an excellent view of this winter wonderland and epic natural feature.

After ample time snapping the sights, you have the option to fully embrace the geothermal nature of the area with a visit to Mývatn nature baths, often considered the Blue Lagoon of the north.

You will return to your accommodation in Mývatn for the night.

Day 8 - East Iceland

Wild reindeer roam free in the Eastfjords since Icelanders never really took to reindeer husbandry.

Leaving the Mývatn area, you will now set off east on towards the canyon Jökulsárgljúfur. Here, if road conditions allow, you will visit the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. This huge natural feature measure at 100-metres in width and water cascades an impressive 45-metres into the picturesque canyon.

Look forward to many an epic photo and an unforgettable experience as you witness its powerful and massive volume of plummeting water with a plume of spray that can be seen a kilometre away.

Afterwards, your adventure continues over a mountain pass into the beautiful Eastfjords eventually reaching the realm of the Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier and a national park. This area is full of texture with its mountainous fjords along the Eastern coast.

You will spend the night in the small fishing village of Djúpivogur. Explore the quaint harbour and its unspoiled old buildings surrounded by marvellous mountains. Here you have the chance to photograph the reflection of the beautiful fjords and hopefully some Northern Lights. 

Day 9 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

The icebergs are Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon are forever moving and melting which means every visit is unique.

From the fjords of Djúpivogur, you will head to the famous Vatnajökull National Park where you can see some of the unique sceneries that can only be found in Iceland. This includes Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon where large icebergs break away from the Breiðamerkerkurjökull glacier and float serenely out to sea.

You will be spending the next three days close in accommodation close to the lagoon while you explore the surrounding areas and wealth of natural attractions. Your guide will plan your day around the preferences of the group and the weather and lighting conditions so you can best capture the amazing sights of the area.

Jökulsárlón is also a great setting to capture the Northern Lights so if they make an appearance, you'll be happy to know you're not too far away.

Day 10 - The Blue Ice Cave

Enter a mesmerising ice cave and get ready for an awe-inspiring experience and views of brilliantly blue ice that you could never of imagined.

Today you will enjoy further opportunities to capture the icy wonder of the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. You will have a lot of chances to photograph the multitude of glistening icebergs floating towards the ocean.

Not far from the lagoon is the Diamond Beach; a stretch of shoreline where the glacial icebergs wash up onto the shore. These stunning chunks of ancient ice stand glittering in the daylight, shining in stark contrast to the black sands that they sit upon.

Your guides will also take you to some a few lesser known glacier lagoons before setting of for the biggest adventure of the day; a visit to a breathtaking ice cave.

As you enter the subglacial ice cave, prepare to be amazed not only by its incredible natural shapes and cavities but also the range of colours as it absorbs almost all visible light and rendering the walls a brilliant bright blue.

This will be the moment when time seems to freeze and everything feels surreal and we will preserve this moment using our wide-angle lens camera for a unique and enduring photo.

You will return to your accommodation close to Jökulsárlón once again with fingers crossed that the Northern Lights will make an appearance.

Day 11 - Vatnajokull National Park

Northern Lights dancing over the dramatic Vestrahorn mountain.

It's your eleventh day of adventure and today your destination is the beautiful Stokksnes peninsula to take some high-quality pictures of the glorious 454-metre high mountain that rises above the black lava beach beneath it. Your group will seek and follow the best light possible for shooting this mountain and its surroundings

Mount Vestrahorn is composed of several steep peaks with a rare peak shape called Brunnhorn located eastwards stretches all the way to the sea. When illuminated by a rising or setting sun this mountain exudes an impressive aura making a perfect background with a foreground of water trails as the mighty waves recede over some rocks at the edge of the beach.

After a day of capturing the impressive peaks of this alluring natural feature, you will retire back to your accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area. 

Day 12 - South Coast to Vik

Rich winter colours accompany the golden hours of light in the Icelandic wintertime.

On the 12th day of our tour, you will leave the Jökulsárlón to head towards the charming town Vík. This region boasts an all seasons different beautiful natural attractions of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, lakes, black beaches, cliffs and sea stacks and of course their waterfalls.

However, for this day, you will be focusing on Vik and its enchanted black sand beach with basalt sea stacks that rise from the sea. These stacks are called Reynisdrangar and they are believed to be trolls turned into rocks when exposed to the rays of the sun.

Once you have captured the views to the sea from Vík, you will then head on over to the beach Reynisfjara which has been voted one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Here, you will be able to sea the Reynisdranagar sea stacks from a completely different angle. Reynisfjara also boasts mesmerising columnar basalt cliffs that are large enough to stand on.

Once you have fully appreciated this stretch of coastline, you will make your way back to your accommodation for the evening which will be in Vík.

Day 13 - Heading Back

Seljalandsfoss water in the wintertime covered with snow and draped in ice.

After a hearty breakfast, you will be travelling along Iceland's famous South Coast back to Reykjavík, all the while stopping at out of this world sightseeing locations to make for some more epic images.

The first stop of the day will be Dyrhólaey, a headland with impressive views of the coastline that seems to stretch on endlessly to the west and an excellent view of the Reynisfjara sea stacks and the gigantic Dyrhólaey sea arch to the east. There's also a charming lighthouse which makes for a rustic photo subject.

You will pass two active volcanoes; Hekla, a 1490-metre high snow-topped mountain where devastating eruptions often took place throughout Iceland’s history earning it the name “gateway to hell,”; and the famous Eyjafjallajökull, which notoriously halted air traffic in 2010 after an eruption.

Next, we will shoot the two most famous waterfalls in this region. Skógafoss, one of the biggest falls in the country boasts a drop of 60-metres and a width of 25-metres. When the coastline receded seaward, the old cliffs remained and made a clear border between coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland and it is on this border that Skógafoss lies.

On sunny days, the sprays from this mighty falls may produce a single or sometimes even double rainbow. Once you've captured this sight, you'll move on to its neighbouring waterfall, Seljalandsfoss which is quite different in form but no less beautiful.

Returning to Reykjavík, you will make your way to your accommodation in the city. You'll meet up with the group for dinner to debrief and discuss post-processing your photos.

Day 14 - Departure

Harpa Concert Hall is renowned for its beautiful architecture on Reykjavík's old harbour.

After a delightful breakfast and a warm farewell to the group, you will catch your airport transfer bus to Keflavík International Airport with full memory cards and a wealth of new skills and experiences.


We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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

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

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Dates and Guides

23 Feb-7 Mar 2020 - Guided by Mads Iversen and Siggi The Viking
19 Feb-4 Mar 2021
23 Feb-8 Mar 2021


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My wife, Sue and I attended a two week “All Around Iceland” tour in February and early March this year. I found the tour to be exhilarating and rewarding. Both our guides were outstanding, providing excellent advice and individual help to us. The bottom line is that I have been taking digital photographs since 1999, when I owned the first 1 mega-pixel camera, and this photo tour produced more award winners than any other I have been on. Kudos to Iceland tours!
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Thanks a lot to our guides 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 techniques for these wave paintings. The non photo tips (pre and in-trip) where extremely precious. I would have not brought over boots 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
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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 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 :)”
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I have just returned from a photo Tour of North Iceland in the Winter with our guide. We were lucky enough to have one glorious night of the Aurora which completed our trip nicely. Our guide was 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.
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We had 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 just to name a few. Our guide's 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. Our guide 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
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Just had an amazing week in Iceland with Iceland Photo Tours. 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. Thank you so much for everything. Our guide was a true professional, great tour guide and in awe of their talent. Appreciate everything they shared with us.
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I had the pleasure of joining an Iceland Winter Workshop in February and was not disappointed. The 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. Our guide followed 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. Our guide knows the 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 the Norway workshop in January 2016.
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Just came back from Iceland where I took the winter Photo Tour. 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. The guides takee personal interest in each and every member of the group, regardless of whether he/she is an amateur or a professional photographer. Their sense of humor is a big plus. They are also a master of post-processing and are always ready to share their knowledge with individual members of the group.
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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 learnt 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.
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You will never find a better tour guide than these. Our guides 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. Our guides were scrupulous in planning, calculating, and adapting to where to be at the right time according to a multiplicity of changing factors. They were also superb at communicating daily timetables. Our bus was spacious, and our bus driver was a compendium of Icelandic history. I appreciate that with Iceland Photo Tours I was in a workshop . . . with emphasis on “work!”
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