Iceland - Northern Lights Tour - TRIP AROUND ICELAND
This photo tour will feature long days and nights with intense periods of photography. The first and foremost goal of this trip is to provide you with a comfortable and organized opportunity to create images of the dramatic landscapes of Iceland and of the Aurora Borealis
Dates: 29 March - 6 April 2013
with Lance Keimig, Scott Martin and Tim Vollmer
About the tour
Iceland has been a popular destination for photographers for the last ten years or so. This trip will be special in that it comes at the end of winter at what is essentially the best time to photograph the Northern Lights, or Aurora Borealis in the next decade. We’ll have 8 days and 7 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country, and all expenses except international airfare, gratuities, and alcohol are included. The trip will be co-led with Tim Vollmer.
Our itinerary will be divided between the north and south of Iceland, and we’ll make the most of our time with a balance between seeing as much as we can, and not being constantly on the move. The proposed itinerary below may be modified to fit the weather and interests of the group.
What to expect
This photo tour will feature long days and nights with intense periods of photography. It’s not a workshop - there is no formal instruction, lectures or critiques. There won’t be time, as we’ll be photographing day and night. This is not to say that it won’t be a learning experience, but the first and foremost goal of this trip is to provide you with a comfortable and organized opportunity to create images of the dramatic landscapes of Iceland and of the Aurora.
You’ll be working closely with people of varying levels of photographic experience, and we’ll all learn from each other and making friends along the way. Your guides will be available to work with you in the field offering both creative and technical advice, but again this is primarily a working tour, not a workshop. There may be time for casual sharing and review of images, especially if there is some weather.
Day 1, March 30 2013: Arrival in Iceland
Arrival at Keflavík airport, where our guide will meet us. Transfer to Reykjavík and get checked in to our hotel before our guide gives us a walking tour of the capital city. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2, March 31 2013: South Coast of Iceland
Leaving Reykjavik this morning, we drive to the south coast and then eastwards to visit the spectacular Seljalandsfoss and Skógarfoss waterfalls, and then on to see Reynisfjara black sand beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Dinner and overnight in Guesthouse Smyrlabjörg
Day 3, April 1 2013: Vatnajökull glacier - Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Vatnajökull glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. We will visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas, 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). The glacial scenery continues with a visit to 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! Dinner and overnight in Guesthouse Smyrlabjörg
Day 4, April 2 2013: Fjords of East Iceland - Lake Mývatn
Continuing around the east coast and northwards today, we drive through the breath taking landscapes of the remote Eastern fjords to the town of Egilsstadir. We continue over the barren highland areas to Lake Mývatn, where we will be based for the next three nights at Hotel Reynihlíð.
Day 5-6, April 3-4 2013: Exploring the surroundings of Lake Mývatn
Mývatn is one of the country’s most fascinating places, and we’ll spend the next couple of days exploring the area. The unique ecology of the lake and its unusual environment has made it one of northern Iceland’s greatest attractions. Lake Mývatn is famous for sea birds, and for the beautiful landscape influenced by volcanic activity and boiling sulfurous springs.
Some of the places we’ll see and photograph are:
Skútustaðargígar pseudo craters: A cluster of colourful and beautifully formed pseudo craters situated close to Skútustaðir and easily accessible from there by foot.
Höfði, Nature Park: With rich flora, fauna and a beautiful view of the lake.
Dimmuborgir: Translated as “Black Castles”, a landscape of rugged crags and strange lava formations. There are 3 different routes marked for walking. Please stay on the paths, as this area is like a labyrinth.
Hverfjall: A huge explosive tuff crater. It looks like a giant circular stadium with a crater bowl of 1,040 – 1,200m (3.411-3.936 ft) in diameter and 140m (459 ft) in depth. It stands only 150m (492 ft) above its surroundings so it is not difficult to hike to the top.
Námafjall: A mountain ridge singed and boiled by sulphurous vapours. The area is famous for the colourful solfataras and bubbling pools of hot viscous mud of amazing patterns and colours.
Grjótagjá: One of Iceland’s most well known chasms, half full of hot water, which made it a popular bathing spot for a long time, but has recently become too hot for bathing.
Krafla: A high temperature field with active volcanic craters, where a steam-powered electricity generating station has been built.
Leirhnjúkur: Part of the Krafla fissure complex. It is one of the most interesting sights in the Mývatn area. A highly active volcano and a small but very colourful high-temperature geothermal field situated west of Krafla, which last erupted in a series of nine eruptions from 1975–1984.
Dettifoss waterfall, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, contrasting strikingly with the smaller waterfalls of Hafragilsfoss and Selfoss.
Hólmatungur Nature Reserve, with colourful rock formations and rich flora.
The Nature Reserve of Hljóðaklettar (The Echo Cliffs) presents a great labyrinth of crags and rock formations which, like other strange rock formations and canyons in the National Park, is the result of catastrophic floods and water erosion
Ásbyrgi, a natural horseshoe-shaped rock enclosure, whose impressive walls reach a height of 90m (295 ft), is sheltering fertile and lush vegetation.
Day 7, April 5 2013: Akureyri - Reykjavík
We leave Lake Mývatn and drive to Akureyri, and then complete our circumferential journey around the coast of Iceland, arriving back in Reykjavík for our last night in Iceland. Akureyri boasts some beautifully restored timber buildings. Because of its excellent natural harbor and good communications, Akureyri has become the northern center of education, culture, trade and industry. After a short stop, we will pass Goðafoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s most beautiful and renowned waterfalls before continuing through the farmland of North Iceland back to Reykjavík.
Day 8, April 6 2013: The Blue Lagoon - Departure
We leave Reykjavik and head to the Blue Lagoon, for a relaxing dip in 38°C therapeutic geothermal water before we head to the airport for the afternoon flight home. Most flights depart around 5 pm, please schedule yours for 4 pm or later.
* Transfer from/to Keflavík airport upon arrival and departure.
* 7 nights with private facilities
* Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day eight.
* Boat trip on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
* Entrance to the Blue Lagoon including towel rent
* One on one time with professional photographers Lance Keimig, Scott Martin and Tim Vollmer
* Day and night photography
* With a little luck, the Aurora Borealis
* International airfare from your home city
* Travel insurance
* Equipment insurance
* Alcoholic beverages
Price per person sharing a double room USD 3.995,-
Single supplement USD 300,-
Small group surcharge (if the group counts six or seven participants) USD 400,-