A photo workshop around Southwest and Southern Iceland with Martin Bailey and Tim Vollmer
Martin is British born though now a Japanese citizen, based in Tokyo. He's a professional wildlife and nature photographer, with over 20 years of photography experience, and he runs popular tours and workshops in Japan, Antarctica, the US, Canada and the UK, and now Iceland!
Also a Craft & Vision author, member of the X-Rite Coloratti, Martin has also taught at the reknowned Brooks Institute in Santa Barbara.
Languages: English and Japanese
Tim is the local expert for this photography adventure, with more than 15 years of photography experience, and has been running photography tours in Iceland and around the world for many years.
Languages: German, English and Icelandic
Day 1 - Arrival Keflavik airport - Transfer to a hotel in Reykjavík.
Day 2 – 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 a 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 Reykjavik. (www.bluelagoon.com ). We drive back to Reykajvík in the afternoon and stay there overnight.
Day 3 – Mountain Hengill geothermal area
The mountain Hengill geothermal area is one of the largest high-temperature fields in Iceland situated on an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. We visit Hellisheidi the geothermal power plant and surroundings. The area is situated on Hellisheiði heath just outside of Reykjavik. It is rugged, colourful and full of interesting spots to capture photos.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 4 - The Golden Circle
Thingvellir - 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
Day 5 – 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 6 – Hekla mountain area – Þórsmörk valley -Vatnajökull National Park
Today we leave Landmannalaugar driving the main road near Hekla mountain area and Fljótshlíð valley.
A very active volcano for centuries, Mount Hekla is one of the most famous and “infamous” volcanoes in Iceland. It is thought that Hekla has had at least twenty eruptions since the settlement of Iceland. The biggest eruption was in 1104 when it erupted without warning ejecting millions of tonnes of tephra.
From Hekla area our journey continues to Þórsmörk valley a a nature reserve shielded on three sides by glaciers and mountains. The glacial melt-off forms rivers that have to be crossed on the way, which can change in a matter of hours from an innocent stream into a thunderous torrent. Once there we make a stop to enjoy the breathtaking scenery with its multitude of small gullies and valleys, clad with low birch-trees that create seemingly endless possibilities for the nature lover. A multitude of small gullies and valleys, clad with low birch-trees that create seemingly endless possibilities for the nature lover.
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.
Day 7-8 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 9 – Hoffell valley
ATV tour from Hoffell farm into the valley.
Hoffell farm is about 19 kilometers from Höfn and is surrounded by spectacular nature which displays in great adversity, from a huge flat open space to steep mountains, or from an ice cold glacier water to applied geothermal heat.
Day 10 – 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 Dyrhólaey which is a 120-meter high promontory, not far from Vík and is the southernmost part of the country. From the top you have a great
After Dyrhólaey 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.
Overnight at a guesthouse in Reykjavik
Day 11 – Transfer to Keflavík airport. Departure from Iceland.
What is included in the Package?
-All accommodation and meals during your tour
-A chartered bus with driver (and lots of luggage space) to transport us safely and comfortably around Iceland for the entire trip
-Two experienced photographer instructors on-hand the entire time
-You will be emailed a PDF Guidebook on your tour as the start date approaches
What is NOT included in the Package?
-International flights to Iceland
-Hotels while traveling prior to or following the tour
-Beverages or additional items ordered during meals
-Entrace fee to the optional Blue Lagoon
Price per person in a shared room $4,495
Single supplement $500