Iceland in Winter is both visually breathtaking and a great cultural experience. In February 2015 Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer will take a group of 8 -12 photographers on a full board seven-day tour and photo workshop to Iceland to take pictures of black lava beaches, blue glaciers, the original Geyser and — if we're just a little bit lucky — a good dose of Aurora Borealis.
Our local guide (a professional photographer) will accompany us on this full board tour to make sure we will be at the best spots at the best times. He will also help out with instruction, so you will have the luxury of two instructors on this tour.
And remember: this is more than just a photo tour, it's a workshop! We will have some structured photo workshop time and you will get individual face-to-face instruction while out shooting.
You should expect: breathtaking landscapes, bizarre ice formations and with a little bit of luck we will catch the northern lights.
Departure: 1 – 7 February 2015
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Experience required: Basic
Dieser Workshop ist zweisprachig. Chris und unser Guide in Island, Tim Vollmer, sprechen Deutsch und Englisch. Wir bieten daher alls rund um die Tour und den Workshop in zwei Sprachen an.
Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 12.
The winter temperatures in the south average around 0°C (32°F) and will typically not fall lower than -10°C (14°F). The weather can range from beautiful blue skies with stunning cloudscapes to snow and wind. The weather typically changes fast in Iceland, so expect changing conditions.
February is a great month for Iceland. We can catch great morning light without having to get up at 5:00 am and we won't have to wait until midnight for the Northern Lights to be visible.
Day 1, 1 February 2015: Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavík
Meet and greet at Keflavík International Airport and drive through the lava fields to our accommodation in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2, 2 February 2015: Domestic Flight to Höfn – Vatnajökull Glacier
We start the morning by taking a one hour flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black 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 we are fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.
Dinner and overnight in the Vatnajökull area.
Day 3, 3 February 2015: Vatnajökull Glacier – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs.
Optional activity: Join us for a breathtaking ice cave adventure. We will explore deep inside a glacier cave with bizarre ice formations overhead, dipped into deep blue light that emanates from the age old glacier ice that surrounds us.
Dinner and overnight in the Vatnajökull area.
Day 4, 4 February 2015: Vatnajökull Glacier - Skaftafell
The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, located in Iceland’s and Europe‘s largest national park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers).
Dinner and overnight near Vík village.
Day 5, 5 February 2015: Basalt Columns of Reynisfjara - Geysir Hot Springs – Gullfoss Waterfall
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. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it.
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.
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.
Dinner and overnight in the area.
Day 6, 6 February 2015: Þingvellir – Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon
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 continue to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula.
More than half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes. We will walk where the mid-Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. We continue to the small fishing village Grindavík and end in the Blue Lagoon, for a relaxing dip in 38°C therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík
Day 7, 7 February 2015: Departure
Breakfast with the group. Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.
Price per person sharing a double room EUR 3.699,-
Single supplement USD 249,-
- 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.
- 2 professional photography instructors (Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer), Individualised teaching and assignments throughout the tour.
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
Photographer Chris Marquardt is best known for having taught photography to a large global audience for over eight years on his award-winning international photography podcast Tips from the Top Floor. Together with film maker Jon Miller, he has taken photographers to all three Mt. Everest base camps to teach the Highest Photo Workshop in the World. His seminars cover many genres, including travel, portraiture, and street photography. You can find his weekly show at www.tipsfromthetopfloor.com.