SOLD OUT - 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. We’ll have 8 days and 7 nights to explore and photograph this amazingly beautiful country. The trip will be co-led with Tim Vollmer.
Iceland - Northern Lights Tour
Dates: 19-26 March 2013 with Lance Keimig and Tim Vollmer SOLD OUT
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 focus on the 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 itineray below will 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 19 2013: Overnight flight to Reykjavík
Arrival in Iceland. Our guide will meet us at Keflavík airport and take us to Reykjavík. Check in to our hotel before our guides takes us on a walking tour of the capital city. Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 2, March 20 2013: Reykjavik – Höfn – Vatnajökull glacier
We start the morning by taking a one hour flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. We will spend the day exploring the region and if we are fortunate, we will see the Northern Lights dancing above the glacier.
Day 3, March 21-22 2013: Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon – Skaftafell
Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull glacier’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of huge icebergs were we can take a short boat tour and sail among the icebergs. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park.
Day 4, March 23 2013: Vík – Geysir – Gullfoss
We leave Klaustur and drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara and walk on the black beach with a view towards Dyrhólaey. We drive to waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it. Next, we’ll explore the world famous Geysir region, with it’s abundance of hot springs. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area which spouts 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.
Day 5, March 24 2013: Þingvellir –Reykjanes peninsula–Blue Lagoon
We leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir national park . 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 continue to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and Hengill mountain.
Day 6, March 25 2013: Reykjanes peninsula – Blue Lagoon
Today we’ll head to the lava fields of the Reykjanes peninsula. More then half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows. We will walk where the mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula, and continue to the small fishing village of Grindavík and end in the Blue Lagoon, for a relaxing dip in the therapeutic geothermal water.
Day 7, March 26 2013: Departure
Our last day in Iceland will be spent in Reykjavik until we get on our transfer to the Keflavík airport for our late afternoon flight back to the U.S.