Iceland is the ‘land of fire and ice’ and a stunning destination for a photography holiday. We’ll seek out spectacular waterfalls, frozen landscapes with icebergs and glaciers, arctic wildlife such as puffins, and of course the famous Northern Lights, returning home with a feeling that we have visited somewhere very different and with a memory card full of images we can be proud of.
Our tour starts today in Reykjavik. Surrounded by snow-capped mountains and freezing, sometimes wild seas, Reykjavik is strikingly colourful and quirky. Although it is the most Northerly capital city in the world, it has more of the feel of a friendly town and a wander around it’s streets with your camera at the ready can be a very rewarding experience.
You’ll meet your photography leader and the rest of the group this evening for a brief chat about your tour.
After breakfast we’ll drive in to the interior of Iceland for our first taste of its dramatic landscape at the Oxararfoss waterfalls. Located in the Thingvellir National Park, we spend some time capturing the torrent as it tumbles over the the cliff, making its way through large rocks and boulders to continue as the Oxara river. Our next stop will be the Geysir Hot Springs with bubbling mud pits, aqua coloured pools and exploding geysers bursting dramatically in to the air, the largest reaching a height of around 30m. Another waterfall awaits us at Gulfoss, where the Hvita River tumbles in to the Gullfoss Canyon in a churning mass of foaming misty water. If we are lucky, we’ll get to capture a rainbow caused by the light reflecting through the mist.
We’ll continue to our overnight destination of Haifoss, and this’ll be our first chance to view and photograph the Northern Lights. With little light pollution, clear air, interesting landscape and a high rate of sightings, Haifoss is a great location for capturing this spectacular phenomenon.
The twin waterfalls of Haifoss are the second highest in the country at 122m and considered by many to be the most beautiful. They plummet in to almost circular depressions in the rock and continue their journey as the Fossa River. We’ll ensure we are here in the early morning light, and before any other visitors, to spend some time shooting the falls from various positions.
We then head towards the coast and the Reynisdrangar area with its famous rock formations known as sea stacks. After lunch we’ll visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This one is particularly unique as we can actually get behind it. Facing west, there’ll be a great chance to get spectacular sunset shots from behind the rushing curtain of water.
Fjadrargljufur canyon is up to 100m deep and 2km long. We’ll spend a few hours walking the length of the canyon and taking advantage of the landscape as it changes from near vertical sides to clear waters rushing over stones, to the wide plains at the top.
Next we visit nearby Lomagnupur Mountain, a distinctively shaped mountain rising from a plain covered by grasses and small lakes which are often partially frozen. Local myth has it that a giant resides in the mountain and guards Iceland from its enemies.
The national heritage site of Nupsstadir Farm is also in the area and is well worth a short visit, not only for the beautiful landscape but also because of the renovated turf church which dates from the Middle Ages.
Our final location for the day, Jokulsarlon, is a stunning glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park. Situated at the head of the Breidamerkurjokull glacier, spectacular, luminous blue icebergs break off and float on the mirror-like lake creating one of the most photogenic scenes you’ll see. Our first visit to the lake will be in the late afternoon light and we’ll hang around until after dark for another chance of shooting the Northern Lights.
We’ll be up early to walk around the lake at first light, photographing the glaciers and perhaps the odd seal. We’ll also visit the nearby river mouth where ice boulders rest photogenically on the black-sand beach on the final leg of their journey to the sea.
Around mid-morning we make our way to the Stokksnes area where we’ll find an interesting coastline to shoot and the Vestrahorn mountain, it’s jagged peaks making a great backdrop against lakes, scrubland, or coastal shots.
This evening we’ll be out late once more to shoot the Northern lights over the mountain for a classic Iceland shot.
Today we have a 5 to 6 hour drive back to Reykjavik. We’ll leave early and stop for lunch on the way, arriving in time to take a short photographic tour of the city before dinner.
Our tour ends after breakfast in Reykjavik
Our photography holidays and tours are designed to maximise the chances of getting great images by visiting photogenic sites at times that are good for photographing them. This generally means trying to avoid crowds and being out when the light is best, just after sunrise, and again in the late afternoon. Occasionally we’ll stay out after sunset or make use of clear night skies. The middle of the day is often reserved for lunch, free time, travelling, downloading images and relaxing. We try to make the most of each area we visit so there may a lot of distance covered and sometimes days can be long. Please read the itineraries carefully to get an idea of driving times and any particularly demanding days.
Our holidays are planned for dates when the weather is expected to be suitable for photography; however, with an ever more unpredictable climate there is always the possibility that we’ll experience poor conditions. In this case we’ll give what advice we can to help you get good results from your photography, and we may make changes to the tour to try to make the best of the situation.
The joining time is 18:00 on day 1 at the hotel reception, your photography leader will meet you there.
We can arrange transfers for you at the beginning and end of your tour at a cost of £49 each way.
It is condition of booking that you are covered by adequate travel insurance. If you are bringing expensive photography equipment we recommend that this is insured too.
The following photography equipment is recommended:
- DSLR or mirrorless camera
- Wide angle lens
- Mid range zoom
- ND filters
- Remote shutter release
- Sufficient memory cards and storage devices
You’ll need warm clothes and comfortable shoes. A waterproof jacket is recommended.
Rooming is based on a twin share basis. If 2 people book together, you will automatically be roomed together. Those travelling alone will be sharing with another single traveller of the same sex unless a single room has been booked. If you desire privacy, are a light sleeper or a loud snorer then we’d recommend you book a single room.
All accommodation is on bed and breakfast basis. You’ll need money to cover lunch, dinner and your drinks. As a rough guide we’d recommend that you allow around £20 – £35 per day.
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|* Includes Tuition day at the beginning of your holiday|