Winter in Iceland is a photographers dream. From the glacial caves that take you into the heart of the glaciers, to the icebergs that have washed up on black sand beaches, to the colors of the aurora that dance in the heavens; The entire experience is one you are sure not to forget. Our tour focuses on the south shore of Iceland’s inspiring landscapes, abundance of waterfalls and volcanic formed features. And the best part, its usually warmer in Iceland at this time of year than it is in Canada where Kevin comes from.
Join photo guides Kevin Pepper and Tim Vollmer on this unique experience.
Departures: 15 – 20 February 2015 or 12 - 17 March 2015
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Fitness Level: Some medium level to higher intensity physical activity involved in this photo tour.
Minimum number of participants 4, maximum 10.
Our goal is to answer all of your questions while we spend our time together in Iceland. But because of the nature of this photography tour, the key learning opportunities will be on:
Apertures & Shutter Speeds: We will discuss the different modes on your camera and the effect your aperture and shutter setting have on your images in a winter environment.
Using Flash to Fill in shadows: Part of our tour will encompass capturing the people and buildings. Here you will learn how to use your flash to fill in shadows to produce higher quality images.
Composition: Learn how to improve your photography by applying ‘rules’ of composition while taking memorable photos of glaciers, northern lights and undulating scenery.
Metering: While in the various cities we will encounter various high contrast situations within the architecture of the buildings. Proper metering techniques will play an important role in creating the best images you can while in the countryside and cities.
Autofocus & Techniques: Here you learn how to keep the focus on your subject whether taking a landscape image or photographing action like thermal water eruptions or running horses!
Night Photography: Spending multiple nights in the Iceland countryside surrounded by lunar illuminated snow and norther lights... the images are endless.
Digital Darkroom: A Photographers Lounge photo tour is the perfect opportunity for any photographer to refine their post processing skills. Tim and Kevin use the following software that will be used on this workshop. NIK, Photomatix, Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom.
Day 1, 15 February / 12 March 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, 16 February / 13 March 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, 17 February / 14 March 2015: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Skaftafell - Vatnajökull Glacier
Today we visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs.
We will go on a breathtaking ice cave adventure. Exploring the 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.
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 Vík area.
Day 4, 18 February / 15 March 2015: Vík – Reynisfjara Coast Line - 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 5, 19 February / 16 March 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 6, 20 February / 17 March 2015: 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 4,495
Single supplement USD 395
- 5 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day six.
- 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.
- Expert photographer guidance (Kevin Pepper/Tim Vollmer)
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
Kevin Pepper is a self-taught photographer based in Cambridge, Ontario.
His first love is nature photography and no matter what the season is; the Ontario landscape is what inspires him to take photos. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio.
From street photography, to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio.
Kevin also operates the "Photographers Lounge". The Lounge is a teaching company created in 2011 and is dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian based workshops.
Kevin’s photos have been seen in the following publications and websites:
National Geographic website
City of Cambridge, Ontario website
GORE Mutual Insurance
African Lion Safari marketing materials
2010 Vancouver City Guide
Olympus Corporate website 2009, 2010, 2011
London Free Press
The Weather Network
2012 TVO Corporate Membership Drive Calendar
2011 Cambridge Annual Magazine
Contributor for Canadian Nature Photographer
Contributor to PhotoNEWS Canada
Contributor to Photo Technique Magazine