Iceland photo workshop with Kevin Loughlin

A Photo Tour led by Kevin Loughlin and Tim Vollmer - Sitting due south of the Arctic circle, Iceland offers a unique landscape sculpted by two of the

Kevin Loughlin

A Photo Tour led by Kevin Loughlin and Tim Vollmer - Sitting due south of the Arctic circle, Iceland offers a unique landscape sculpted by two of the strongest forces, volcanos and glaciers.

You will have the opportunity to photograph both extremes, from active volcanoes to icy glaciers plus hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, icebergs and stunning landscapes.

MapIceland is known as the “Land of Fire & Ice”. Sitting due south of the Arctic circle, Iceland offers a unique landscape sculpted by two of the strongest forces, volcanos and glaciers. You will have the opportunity to photograph both extremes, from active volcanoes to icy glaciers plus hot springs, geysers, waterfalls, icebergs and stunning landscapes.
 
This is a sparsely populated country of only 320,000 inhabitants, the majority of whom live in the area immediately surrounding the Capital Reykjavik. Geologically, it sits on the divide between the two continental plates. Their constant motion causes the volcanic activity found throughout the island. This is a landscape photographer’s dream world, full of color, rock formations, vast open areas, and abundant waterfalls… there will certainly be no shortage of subjects!
 
Spring offers wonderful color as life emerges. A backdrop of snow-covered mountains, plus the golden light, offers stunning images.
 
Photo guides: Kevin Loughlin and Tim Vollmer
 
Date: 24 May - 2 June 2013
 
Minimum number of participants: 6, maximum 10.
 
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Day 1, 24 May 2013:    Arrival in Iceland
Arrival at Keflavik airport and a transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík.
 
Day 2, 25 May 2013:    Reykjanes peninsula
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 craters and an old lighthouse, Reykjanesviti.
 
We travel through lava fields to the Blue Lagoon for an optional (entrance fee not included) relaxing dip in 38°C 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 continue to Reykjavík.
 
We drive back to Reykjavík in the afternoon and stay there overnight.
 
Day 3, 26 May 2013:    The Golden Circle: Þingvellir - Geysir hot spring - Gullfos waterfall – The Highlands
We head out of Reykjavík and make our first stop of the day near Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. Afterwards, we visit Þingvellir, Iceland’s first national park, est. 1930. It is the site of the Viking Age parliament started in 930 AD and is 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. Overnight there for 2 nights.
 
Day 4, 27 May 2013:    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 travelers can bathe in. There are some unusual geological elements in the area such as multicoloured rhyolite mountains and lava fields. The mountains display a wide spectrum of colours including pink, green, brown, yellow, purple, blue, black and white.
 
Day 5, 28 May 2013:    Fjallabaksleið nyrðri
Today we leave Landmannalaugar and make our way to our guesthouse in Southeast Iceland. We will travel on Fjallabaksleið nyrðri which means Northern road behind the mountains. Among the sights is Eldgjá canyon (fire canyon). Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, 40km long, 270m deep and 600m wide at its greatest. Ófærufoss waterfall is within the canyon, a magnificent waterfall.
 
We will stay at a gueshouse south of Vatnajökull glacier an ideal choice for photographers who want to be near Jökulsárlón lagoon and the glacier in order to capture Iceland’s truly magical light that makes already extraordinary landscapes even more striking. 
 
Please note that the route for this day goes through the highland and therefore is subject to change due to road conditions. 
 
Day 6-7, 29-30 May 2013:  Vatnajökull glacier National Park
Vatnajökull glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. We will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón lagoon, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs were we can take a short boat tour and sail among the huge icebergs, an unforgettable experience! The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second 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).
 
Day 8, 31 May 2013:    Lónsöraefi tour
A tour to Lónsöræfi is a combination of nearly two hours drive and then 45 minute walk to a mountain hut. Lónsöræfi, wilderness, are one of the largest nature reservation areas in Iceland. The area is famous for its colorful mountains and ravines, mostly made of rhyholite, in spite of the rugged landscape the area is still abundant in vegetation.
 
Day 9, 1 June 2013:     Southcoast to Reykjavik
Today we head back along the south coast to Reykjavík.
We will stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur village which became well known in Iceland during the Lakagígar volcanic eruption in 1783 were a huge lava flow streamed from the craters in what became known as the “Skafta Fires.” This is believed to have been one of the greatest lava flows in a single eruption in the history of the world.
 
Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated very near to Reynisfjara and the village Vík í Mýrdal. According to legend the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. The Needles can be seen clearly from the village of Vík and are 66 meters above sea level at their highest.
 
Next stop is Reynisfjara not far from Vík and is the southernmost part of the country, where you'll find marvelous basalt columns. Afterwards we drive to Skógafoss which is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days. Next stop is Seljalandsfoss, another spectacular waterfall, one of the most famous one and very picturesque. You can walk behind this waterfall and get a different photo angle.
 
Todays destination is Reykjavík, where we'll check in to our hotel for the last night in Iceland.
 
Day 10, 2 June 2013:    Departure
Airport Transfer and departure. 
 

Included
- 9 nights in Hotels and guesthouses with private facilites and breakfast.
- Lunchboxes and Dinners.
- Boat Tour on Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
- Bus and airport transfers.
 
Not included
-International flights
-Passport fees
-Airport taxes
-Alcoholic beverages, laundry services, phone calls, additional taxes or anything of a purely personal nature.
-Entrance fee to Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa (~$50) not included.

Price per person sharing a double room USD 5,250
Single room supplement  USD 520
 

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