Amazing Iceland Winter Photo Adventure with Mike Hagen

Winter in Iceland is an incredible feast for the eyes. Stunning ice formations, glacial caves and icebergs resting on black sand beaches make for an

Amazing Iceland Winter Photo Adventure with Mike Hagen
8 – 14 February 2015

Winter in Iceland is an incredible feast for the eyes. Stunning ice formations, glacial caves and icebergs resting on black sand beaches make for an image-maker’s dream. Our tour focuses on Iceland’s most impressive landscapes, waterfalls and natural features. It is going to be cold, but it will be worth it!

Our partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry. Mike Hagen is co-leader for this trip, so you can be sure that this will be an adventure you’ll never forget.

Each night, we’ll be staying at a warm hotel with great food. We will make time for image reviews, post-processing, and compositional tips while enjoying each other’s company in the land of fire and ice.

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Departure: 8 – 14 February 2015Amazing Iceland Photo Adventure with Mike Hagen

Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights

Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 10.

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This means that you’ll receive hands-on training from your workshop leaders every single day. Our goal is to help you capture incredible images and our small group size ensures you are well taken care of.

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Day 1, 8 February 2015: Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavík
Arrival at Keflavík airport. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

Day 2, 9 February 2015:  Reykjavík – Höfn – Vatnajökull Glacier
We take an early morning flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breath-taking, with spectacular black sand beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the day exploring the region and if fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.

Dinner and overnight in the Vatnajökull area.

Day 3, 10 February 2015: Ice cave and Vatnajökull Glacier

We start the day with an unforgettable ice cave tour which is an amazing experience and wonderful to photograph. We continue exploring the Vatnajökull area
Dinner and overnight in the area.

Day 4, 11 February 2015: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Skaftafell

Today we  visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs.

The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell oasis, located within Iceland’s, and Europe’s largest national park, where the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers).

Dinner and overnight in the area.

Day 5, 12 February 2015:  Vík – Reynisfjara – Geysir

We drive towards the coast to the basalt column caves of Reynisfjara, where we take a short walk on the black sand beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey cliff. 

Furthermore we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see the most active geyser in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters.

Dinner and overnight in the area

Day 6, 13 February 2015:  Gullfoss - Þingvellir National Park - Eyrabakki – Krísuvík

From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge.

We drive to Þingvellir national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Þingvellir is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world's oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930.

We drive through Eyrarbakki, a friendly village that used to be the largest commercial community and the main harbour on the South Coast of Iceland. Today a large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920 can be found there.

Next stop is Krísuvík, a geothermal field with steam vents and mud pools. A volatile  area, even by Icelandic standards. The temperature below the surface is 392 F (200 C) and the water is boiling as it comes out of the earth. Near Krísuvík we will also find the Kleifarvatn lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

Day 7, 14 February 2014: Departure

Pick up from the hotel for the transfer to Keflavík International Airport in time for departure.

Price per per person sharing a double room USD 4,700
Single supplement USD 400



- 6 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day seven.
- Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Höfn, including airport taxes.
- Airport transfers.
- Private bus from Höfn to Reykjavík.
- Ice Cave Tour.
- Entrance fee:
   - Blue Lagoon including towel.
   - Eyjafjallajökull Visitors Centre.
- Lodging Tax.

Not included

International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.

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Mike Hagen is an author, photographer, workshop leader, entrepreneur, husband and father. At a young age, he merged his passion for adventure with his camera and later found the two to be the perfect pair for a business. He started his professional photography career in 1998 with his first photography company called Out There Images, Inc. Since then, he has continually pushed himself artistically and technically by expanding into books, video, workshops, lectures, consulting, and retail.

Mike currently owns and operates Visual Adventures along with his wife and business partner Stephanie Hagen. Over the course of their career, they have traveled, taught, and photographed in North America, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa.

At least one camera
Wide angle lens
Medium range lens
Telephoto lens
Memory cards
Data storage (disk drives or laptop)
Clothing should be in layers. Plan for temps between 0 and 35 degrees F
Cold weather boots
Warm hat
A thorough packing list will be given to all participants after you’ve signed up                 


Second camera body
Laptop with image editing software


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