This unique tour combines some of the most magnificent landscape of Southern Iceland with the photogenic Icelandic horses. The itinerary has been carefully prepared to include a mixture of stunning scenery, architecture and wildlife. We will photograph waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, black sand beaches, puffins, reindeer and two very special days have been organised with Icelandic horses.
They will be skilfully handled by their trainer and take place in the Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon area. This will give us plenty of opportunities to take some truly amazing photos.
Photo Guides: Tim Mannakee and Tim Vollmer.
Departure: 21 – 29 May, 2014
Duration: 9 Days / 8 Nights
Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 8.
Day 1, 21 May, 2014: Arrival
The Professional Photographer Tim Vollmer meets the group upon arrival at Keflavík International Airport. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields
to our accommodation in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2, 22 May, 2014 Reykjanes Peninsula
The lava scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and has lunar landscaped, pitted with craters, volcanic and geothermal wonders.
The tour takes us to Krísuvík one of Iceland’s high temperature areas, which becomes visible through the colourful sulphur and hot mud spring. The nearby Lake Kleifarvatn, the biggest lake in the area, began to diminish after a big earthquake in 2000. On we drive along the south coast of the peninsula stopping at special places like Selvogur bay, Strandarkirkja church and Eyrarbakki village. Driving from Eyrarbakki through the countryside you will have great opportunity to photograph horses.
Dinner and overnight at a farm-hotel near Hvolsvöllur village.
Days 3-6, 23 – 26 May, 2014 South Coast - Vatnajökull Glacier National Park - Skaftafell
On the way along the south coast to Vatnajökull national park, we pass the glaciers Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull and stop at the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Vatnajökull glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape.
We will take one of these days to photograph horses at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and another one at a farm nearby. We will visit the stunning area of Skaftafell, in Europe’s largest national park Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður, where the landscape has been formed over thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers). We will also join a 3-hours long tour to see reindeers until end of May.
Dinner and overnight at guesthouse south of Vatnajökull glacier. (4 nights)
Day 7, 27 May, 2014: Fjaðrárgljúfur - Vík – Black Sand Coast of Reynisfjara
Kirkjubæjarklaustur became well known in Iceland during the Lakagígar volcanic eruption in 1783, where a huge lava flow streamed from the craters in what became known as the “Skaftá Fires.” This is believed to have been one of the greatest lava flows in a single eruption in the history of the world. Visit Fjarðárgljúfur canyon and Landbrot area. We will stop at Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks, a very good location for taking photos. Reynisfjara Beach is a natural black sand and pebble beach with some larger boulders. By the beach you can see basalt column caves which are very interesting for photographers.
Dinner and overnight at guesthouse near Vík village.
Day 8, 28 May, 2014: Reykjavík
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 one of the most active geysers 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.
Afterwards we return to our hotel in Reykjavík and have a farewell dinner at one of Reykjavík´s most renowned Restaurants.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 9, 29 May, 2014: Departure from Iceland
Transfer to Keflavík airport, check-in and departure.
Price per person sharing a double room GBP 3.340,- Single supplement GBP 150,-
- 8 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day nine.
- Airport transfers.
- Private bus during the tour from day two to day eight.
- Horse show with 3-4 horses and a trainer.
- Reindeer tour
- Professional local photo guide (Tim Vollmer)
- Tuition and guidance by Tim Mannakee.
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, entrance to Blue Lagoon, Insurance and anything not mentioned in the itinerary.
Tim Mannakee’s parents moved to Hong Kong when he was, and from that day his passion for both travel and photography was born. After completing a degree in film, TV, photography and performing arts at York St. Johns University, he travelled for two years and shot over 30.000 Kodachrome transparencies. On his return to the UK he worked for a London based travel company for two years, and in 1992 he moved with his wife, Gilly, to France. Over the last 30 years he has visited over 50 countries in every continent except Antarctica.
Tim’s first years in France were taken up with renovating his beautiful property, starting our holiday rental business, and in 1999 he and his wife ran their first photographic holiday. Since then he has guided tours in France, Italy, Africa and Asia. He always visit potential tour locations before putting a programme together - usually accompanied by Gilly and sometimes their children.
His work has been published in newspapers, magazines, books and other media around the world. Clients include Sundays Times Travel magazine, Michelin guides, Conde Nast, The Telegraph, France Magazine, Country Life and many others. Tim’s principal photo agency is 4 Corners Images based in London and Sime, Italy. He’s also published a photography book, "Images de Curemonte", to showcase this beautiful region of France.
Equipment: In the pre-digital age, Tim used a Hasselblad 500CM with lenses from 50mm to 250mm. Occasionally he feels nostalgic and misses the amazing image quality when viewed through the loop. However, convenience and improved technology has won him over and he now works exclusively with a Canon1ds mk3, a 5d mk2 and lenses as follows: 17mm TSE F4, 24-105mm F4, 70-200mm F4, 100mm IS Macro, 100-400mm F4-5.6 A Manfrotto panoramic head and Lees filters complete the kit bag.