It is not that often that you get the opportunity to visit one of the worlds most beautiful locations... even more rare that you get to spend it with 3 professional photographers. For this trip you will be one of twelve photographers to spend 10 days photographing shoulder to shoulder with the talented Rick Sammon, Tim Vollmer and Kevin Pepper.
Locations: Reykjanes, Blue Lagoon, Hengill Geothermal
area, Þingvellir, Gullfoss waterfall and geyser geothermal area, Fjallabaksleið, Eldgja Canyon, Vatnajokull Glacier Park, Jokulsarlon Lagoon, Skaftafell, Dyrholaey and Skogafoss
Fitness Level: Minimal to moderate physical activity involved in this photo tour. Some minor hikes will take place on this tour.
Photo tour attendee to PRO Photographer ratio: 3-1
Our goal is to answer all of your questions while we are in Iceland together. But because of the nature of this photography trip, the key learning opportunities will
Apertures & Shutter Speeds: We will discuss the different modes on your camera and the effect your aperture and shutter setting has on your images.
Composition: Learn how to improve your photography by applying ‘rules’ of composition.
Metering: Here you learn how to properly meter your images while you are out in the field taking high contrast landscape images and waterscapes.
Digital Darkroom:A Rick Sammon photo tour is the perfect opportunity for any photographer to refine their post processing skills.
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 nights.
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 – 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.
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 – 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 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 asthe “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 photographic view.
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 isSeljalandsfoss, 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.
-Accommodation 10 nights in hotels, guesthouses. 2 nights with shared bathroom
-Meeting facilities in the evening
-Tour from Höfn town to Lónsdalur valley
-Boat tour on Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon
-Entrance to The Blue Lagoon
-Items not listed in the "Included Items"
Price per person: $4775 USD