Iceland is a country of constant change. It’s natural forces of volcanic activity, location of tectonic plates, geysers, hot springs and arctic winds continue to shape the fjords, stone towers, glaciers and blue waters. The power of Icelandic nature turns the ordinary into extraordinary.
Some of the most incredible landscapes in the world are in Iceland. Testament to this is that it has become a favorite filming location for music videos, television shows and feature films. Including, the new Star Wars film, Game of Thrones, Batman, James Bond films and many others.
Iceland Photo Adventure offers an extraordinary 9 day photographic tour of these unique landscapes spanning the southern coast and western Iceland.
Accommodations vary from brand new hotels to farm guesthouses and a boarding school hostel, all with a relaxed atmosphere.
Iceland Photo Adventure is guided by two experienced professional photographers. Our journey begins in Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. After a day of discovering this colorful, diverse and popular city we fly east to the village of Höfn.
Our private tour bus will meet us there and gradually take us back westwards through the varied landscape of mountains, lava fields, black sand beaches, cliffs, canyons, glaciers, the iceberg lagoon and endless waterfalls. Our purpose is to make this an unforgettable photographic and cultural experience.
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Depature: 17 – 25 July 2016
Minimum number of participants 8, maximum 12.
Day 1, 17 July 2016: Arrival in Reykjavík
All participants will be met at the airport upon arrival and escorted to our hotel in Reykjavik.
The first day in Iceland will be an opportunity for some free time to explore the city on your own. The hotel is ideally located in downtown Reykjavik within easy walking disance of the main shopping area, cafes, harbour and the Hallgrimskirkja church dominating the city's skyline.
Explore on your own or come along with us for a photo walk around the old downtown area.
Day 2, 18 July 2016: Domestic flight to Höfn
After an early breakfast in Reykjavik we take a short flight east to the village of Höfn. Upon arrival we will spend the day exploring and photographing the surrounding area including the black sand dunes of Stokksnes and the impressive view of Mt. Vestrahorn before starting our journey westwards again. Our overnight stay will be midway between Höfn and the Jökulsárlón iceberg lagoon.
Day 3, 19 July 2016: The Glacier Lagoon
After breakfast we drive westwards towards Jökulsárón glacial lagoon. Undoubtedly one of the tour's highlights. We'll spend most of the day in the area which is rich in photographic opportunities. From the lagoon it's a short walk to the black sand beach where the river of icebergs meets the surf of the Atlantic ocean.
We will then head a little further west to explore Fjallsárlón, an isolated glacial lagoon. We'll take a boat tour of the lagoon and get close to the edge of the Vatnajökull glacier.
Day 4, 20 July 2016: Skaftafell & Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon
We start the day with breakfast at the hotel and continue our journey to Skaftafell National Park. We stop at the Svínafellsjökull outlet glacier for a close encounter with a glacier filled valley before taking the short hike to the Svartifoss waterfall. Flanked by beautiful basalt column rock formations, it's arguably one of the park's crown jewels. The hike takes us to an amazing panoramic view of the surrounding area.
We head further west to explore the astonishing Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and the village of Vík with it's sea stacks, seabirds and beautiful beaches . We plan to arrive at the Dyrhólaey around dusk with it's lighthouse and great views from the cliffs up and down the coast for some twilight shooting.
Day 5, 21 July 2016: Waterfall Galore
We start the day by driving to the nearby coast of Reynisfjara were we explore the basalt caves and take a walk on the black beach with its view towards Dyrhólaey.
From there we go to Dyrhólaey itself for an up close encounter with the cliffs and lighthouse. There we should have a good opportunity to photograph the Puffin birds in the cliffs around the lighthouse.
Further west we begin visiting some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland... Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Gullfoss. We will also see the famous Great Geysir hot spring.
We'll stay overnight at the Hostel that was an old boarding school in Laugarvatn. Right next door is the Fontana Spa, a rejuvenating experience for those who wish to relax in style after a long day's trek (optional extra).
Day 6, 22 July 2016: Þingvellir National Park
The Þingvellir area is the national shrine of Iceland. It is a key location in Icelandic history as the oldest existing parliament in the world first assembled there in 930 AD. For this reason it has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Þingvellir is protected as a national park due to its unique geology and natural features. The canyon is formed between two tectonic plates, a visual representation of continental drift.
Lake Þingvallavatn on the north shore, sits in a depression between the American plate on the west and the Eurasian plate on the eastern shore.
From Þingvellir we drive onward through Hvalfjörður fjord and Borgarfjörður valleys to the Lava Falls (Hraunfossar).
Day 7, 23 July 2016: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
We head to the Snæfellsnes peninsula with it's friendly towns and villages. We’ll see spectacular mountains, a variety of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, dramatic volcanic peaks etched with previous lava flows, fjords and remnants of times of life long past.
We travel around the tip of the peninsula with stops at major points of interest such as Búðir church and area, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Djúpalónssandur beach, Lóndrangar, Malarviti lighthouse and Kirjkjufell mountain in the afternoon.
The ice capped Snæfellsjökull volcano is located here, immortalized in Jules Verne’s Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Our overnight stay will be in the picturesque town of Stykkishólmur.
Day 8, 24 July 2016: Flatey Island
After breakfast we take the morning ferry to the small island of Flatey located in the middle of the Breiðafjörður bay. Roughly a mile long and less than a mile wide with one road is flat island and how it got it's name. The island is only seasonally inhabited and most of the lovingly restored old houses are used as summer homes.
Beside the picturesque village itself, there are various kinds of mostly migratory birds including Arctic Terns and Puffin, sheep and old ship wrecks. We'll take the afternoon ferry back to Stykkishólmur and subsequently drive back to Reykjavík for our last overnight stay before departure the following day.
Day 9, 25 July 2016: Blue Lagoon & departure
Located between the Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik the Blue Lagoon is the ultimate ending to our Icelandic adventure. We can't think of a better way to prepare for your trip back home than relaxing in the Blue Lagoon's azure geothermal pool in the middle of the lava fields. Unwind in the sauna, mellow out with a massage and dip in the hot waters to melt away any travel fatigue.
Most flights to the U.S. depart in the afternoon allowing ample time to relax.
Price per person sharing a double room USD 5,900
Single Supplement USD 790
- 8 nights including breakfast, one night in a room with shared facilities and seven nights with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day eight.
- Guidance through a professional photo guides.
- Airport transfers.
- Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Höfn, including airport taxes.
- Evening meetings with the photographer.
- Private bus with WiFi connection during the tour from Höfn to Reykjavík.
- Boat trip on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
- Ferry tour to Flatey Island.
- Entrance fees:
- Blue Lagoon.
- VAT and Lodging tax.
Not included: International Airfare – available on request from Esja Travel, Snacks and drinks beside included meals (breakfast, lunch and dinner), alcoholic beverages, gratuities (though tipping is not customary in Iceland), travel insurances, activities, tours or entrance fees not mentioned in the tour description.
Sigurður Stefán Jónsson was born and raised in Iceland. Sigurður studied photography in New York City's School of Visual
Arts in the early 1980's and graduated with a BFA in photography in 1986. Following graduation he apprenticed as a freelance assistant for a number of photographers in New York City in various fields of photography, ranging from fashion and advertising to architecture and food photography.
Since returning to his native Iceland in 1989 he earned an Icelandic Master's Certificate in Photography and worked as an independent photographer in advertising, catalog, industrial/corporate and architectural photography as well as portraiture and wedding photography.
In addition he has held numerous workshops in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom digital photo editing for the general public and organizations like The Professional Photographers Association of Iceland. Sigurdur has been a teacher in Iceland's core photography school since 2002 teaching both studio photography classes and digital editing techniques.
Ken Cavanagh was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY. Ken studied graphic arts and communications before photography found him. His career has been all about creating and reproducing images. From printing his black & white photographs, to working in the printing and advertising fields and later as the staff photographer for McGraw-Hill Companies. For 16 years Ken produced and photographed thousands of images per year at McGraw-Hill including kids, still-life, portraits, events and travel photography.
In 2014 Ken journeyed to Iceland to meet with his friend Sigurdur and together they explored the magnificent landscape of Iceland. Ken fell in love with the island and with his and Sigurdur's passion for Iceland they created this tour. Ken has been teaching digital photography and Lightroom for five years and leads workshops and photo walks in the NY and NJ area.
For 25 years he has been photographing people and places for editorial and corporate clients. The inspiration he receives from the “land of fire and ice” feeds his other work as well as the gratitude he feels from sharing this magical place that is like none other on earth.