Iceland is a land of natural beauty with multi-coloured mountains, raging waterfalls, rugged ice caves and ice-filled glacier lagoons. Join Rick Sammon and Tim Vollmer for a small group tour and discover Icelands‘s photographic wonders.
This Tour is scheduled at the end of the traditional tourist season, when there are fewer visitors at popular sites, greater ice-blue subjects in the glacial lagoons and a chance to see and photograph the Northern Lights.
Weather conditions will be mixed with chilly temps and variable winds so be prepared for rain, sun, wind and snow... sometimes all in the same day. Also get ready for a unique photographic adventure and opportunity to capture amazing light, water and ice.
Departure: 6 – 15 October, 2014
Duration: 10 Days / 9 Nights
Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 10.
Day 1, 6 October, 2014: Arrival
Arrival at Keflavík International Airport and a transfer from the airport the accommodation in Reykjavík. Dinner in downtown Reykjavík.
Day 2, 7 October, 2014: Golden Circle
We head out of Reykjavík in super jeeps and make our first stop of the day near Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. We visit Þingvellir, the site of the Viking Age parliament started in 930 AD located in a rift valley. In the late morning, we visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. The waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, and Geysir geothermal area is known for its spouting springs. Strokkur (the Butter churn) spouts every 3–8 minutes up to a height of 25 metres. We continue to the guesthouse in the highlands, where we spent the next two nights at a highland guesthouse.
Day 3, 8 October, 2014: Highland Landmannalaugar
Landmannalaugar literally means people’s pools and is situated in the southern highlands close to the volcano Hekla. The name refers to the natural geothermal pools which travellers can bathe in. There are some unusual geological elements in the area such as multi-coloured Rhyolite Mountains and lava fields. The mountains display a wide spectrum of colours including pink, green, brown, yellow, purple, blue, black and white. Return to our guesthouse.
Day 4, 9 October, 2014: South Shore to Höfn
Today we leave Landmannalaugar driving the main road near Hekla mountain area towards the south coast. The very active volcano for centuries, Mount Hekla is one of the most famous and “infamous” volcanoes in Iceland, thought to have at least twenty eruptions since the settlement of Iceland. The biggest eruption was in 1104 when it erupted without warning ejecting millions of tonnes of tephra. We leave the super jeeps and enter our bus.
We follow the south coast eastwards. We’ll see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is a spectacular and picturesque waterfall, behind which you can walk to get a different photo angle. Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s best known waterfalls. It has the width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 metres. Our accommodation lies in the glacier world of Vatnajökull.
Day 5, 10 October, 2014: Glacier Lagoons
We will spent the next three days at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier an ideal choice for photographers in order to capture Iceland’s truly magical light that makes already extraordinary landscapes even more striking. The glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. We visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas as well as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Today we visit the famous glacial lagoon and sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery. We get to taste the 1000 year old ice and if we are lucky we might even see some seals.
Return to our accommodation.
Day 6, 11 October, 2014: Ice Cave
We drive to the tip of one of the outlets glaciers, put on crampons and a helmet, and go to nice photo locations. The glacier surface and colour changes a lot depending on the time of year, but one thing is true for the whole year, it is always a different world up there, and there are always some great photo opportunities in the glacier. Return to our accommodation.
Day 7, 12 October, 2014: ATV tour from Hoffell farm into the valley
Hoffell farm is located about 19 kilometers west of Höfn village and is surrounded by spectacular nature, which displays in great adversity, from a huge flat open areas to steep mountains, or from an ice cold glacier water to applied geothermal heat. Return to our accommodation.
Day 8, 13 October, 2014: Skaftafell - Reynisdrangar - Reykjavík
The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell national park where the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers).
We drive the south coast to Dyrhólaey a 120 metre (394ft) high promontory and the southernmost part of the country. We’ll see the Reynisdrangar basalt rock formations rising up to 66 metres (216ft) above sea level from Reynisfjara as well as from the village Vík. According to the legend, Reynisdrangar rocks were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. Overnight in Reykjavík and Dinner in a downtown restaurant.
Day 9, 14 October, 2014: Reykjanes Peninsula and the Blue Lagoon
The lava scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. We will walk across a small footbridge between the two continents; see volcanic craters and the old lighthouse, Reykjanesviti, the Kleifarvatn lake and the small fishing village Grindavík. We end the day by visiting the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing dip in 38°C (100°F) warm therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226. After a refreshing bath in the lagoon we return to our accommodation in Reykjavík. Dinner in a downtown restaurant.
Day 10, 15 October, 2014: Departure
Transfer from the hotel to Keflavík International Airport for the departure flight.
Price per person sharing a double room USD 5.060,-
Single supplement USD 310,-
- 9 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day ten.
- Return airport transfer.
- Super jeep from day two to four.
- Private bus from day four to day nine.
- Ice cave tour.
- ATV Tour.
- Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon.
- Professional Photo guides (Rick Sammon/Tim Vollmer).
- Lodging tax.