Royce Howland and Markéta Kalvachova will lead a small group on a 10-day photography tour of exceptional
locations around Southern Iceland, from the Snæfellsnes peninsula through Landmannalaugar to Skaftafell National Park and points in between. As a member of this group, you'll experience some of the best photography opportunities found anywhere. And Royce and Markéta will be on hand on to discuss any aspect of photography with those who would like extra input.
Landscape, glaciers, glaciers lagoons with ice rocks, rugged coastlines, waterfalls, geothermal areas, spouting geyser, horses and more.
Who can sign up?
A passionate photographer looking for a distinctive travel photography experience, and eager to spend a social & field-intensive time with a group of like-minded individuals. You may be an advanced photographer looking for experienced guiding to get you directly to fantastic locations. Or you may know the basics of exposure and how to use your camera equipment, but have goals to improve your mastery of the craft. Either way, you're keen to make great photographs that tell stories. And to exercise your creative eye in a destination where reality merges with imagination.
Day 1: Arrival Keflavik airport Iceland
You will be picked up by our representatives and transferred to a hotel in Reykjavik (D, B).
Orientation meeting at 5 pm. Evening dinner at 7 pm. Evening photo walk in the city. We
walk around Reykjavík city centre and see concert hall, the old harbour, the Hallgrimskirkja
church and many interesting places.
Accommodation in hotel in Reykjavik (D).
Day 2: Borgarfjörður – Hraunfossar and Barnafossar waterfalls – Húsafell
Húsafell is a unique natural area covered with forest and closed to the glacier Langjökull
glacier. Hraunfossar - Lava Falls - are beautiful and unusual natural phenomena. Clear, cold
springs of subterranean water seep through the lava and run in falls and rapids into the Hvítá
River. Barnafoss - Children's Falls - takes its name from two children who disappeared many,
many years ago from the nearby farm Hraunsas. There was a rock arch over the waterfall and
the children are believed to have fallen off it into the river. Their grieving mother destroyed
the arch and put a curse on the falls that nobody would ever be able to cross the river on such
a rock arch and live, so don't even try.
Overnight in Snaefellnes area (B, L, D)
Day 3: Snæfellsnes peninsula – glacier – national park
The peninsula is about 90km long and known for its diverse landscape and magical beauty
with the glacier towering over the National Park at the far end. It is believed that
Snæfellsjökull is one of seven main energy centre of the earth and here was the setting for the
famous work of Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth.
Here you have range of mountains, black and light sand beaches, craters, lava fields, fjords,
fishing villages, geothermal areas, mineral springs and cliffs with rich birdlife.
Places of interest – decided with instructors.
-Búðir church and Búðahraun lava has a romantic air about them and the view is magnificent
to the glacier and the sea.
-Sönghellir (“Singing cave”), known for its echoes and ancient inscriptions on the walls. It´s
on the southeast side of Snæfellsnes glacier.
-Arnarstapi was an important trading post in the past and now there is good anchorage for
small boats. Here are rugged shore cliffs and abundant bird life. A very interesting old path
follows the coastline where you can see old lending places of fishermen, lots of birds, like the
kittiwake, the Arctic tern and the fulmar and pass through a lava field.
-From Arnastapi to Hellnar is a hiking path (1hour) ending at a nice coffee house.
-Bárðarlaug at Hellnar is a crater pool and said to have been the bathing pool of the Bárður
-Djúpalónssandur is a beautiful pebbled beach, with a series of rocks of mysterious form
emerging from the ocean.
-Uniquely-formed remnants of ancient basalt volcanic dikes sticking out from the sea.
-Lóndrangar and the hill Svalthúfa are the remains of a crater which has been eroded to its
present form by the sea.
-Saxhóll crater is easy to climb. There is a great view over the area from the top.
-Drápuhlíðarfjall Mountain is beautifully colourful. It is composed of sulphur, basalt, jasper,
rhyolite and lignite.
Overnight in Snaefellsnes (B, L, D)
Stykkishólmur town – North of Snæfellsnes peninsula
We drive to the northern side of the peninsula too Stykkishólmur were whale watch is an
option. Stykkisholmur is beautifully-situated on the northern side of the Snaefellsnes
peninsula with beautiful and well-preserved old houses in the town centre.
Kirkjufell is landmark for Grundarfjordur, and it is believed by many to be the most beautiful
mountain in Iceland.
Overnight in Snaefellsnes (B, L, D)
Day 5: Golden Circle – Þingvellir – Geyser hot springs – Gullfoss waterfall
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 visit the Gullfoss waterfall, one
of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. A few minutes drive from Gullfoss is the world
famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geyser
which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active
geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 20 meters.
Overnight in highlands (B, L, D)
Day 6: Þjórsárdalur valley – Landmannalaugar –the highlands
Landmannalaugar literally means people’s pools and situated in the southern highlands close
to the volcano Hekla. The name refers to the natural geothermal pools travellers 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.
Overnight in the highlands (B, L, D)
Day 7: 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.
Overnight in the southeast of Iceland (B, L, D)
Day 8: Vatnajokul 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
Overnight in the southeast of Iceland (D, B)
Day 9: South coast
We head back to Reykjavík. We drive through Mýrdalur, a green and wide valley were
farming is the main industry, to Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks, a very good
location for taking photos. Reynisfjara Beach is a natural black sand and pebble beach with
some larger boulders. By the beach you can see basalt caves which are very interesting for
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
Next stop is Dyrhólaey which is a 120-meter high promontory, not far from Vík and is the
southernmost part of the country. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea
has eroded from the headland. The headland is thought to have been made in an underwater
volcanic eruption late in the glacial period. The eruption, which formed Dyrhólaey and the
pillars around it (originally parts of it), presumably took place in the same way as other
submarine and sub glacial eruptions. 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 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.
Accommodation in hotel in Reykjavik (D).
Day 10: Departure from Iceland
Transfer from hotel to Keflavik airport (B)
Letters in brackets signify; (Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner)
-Transfer to/from airport upon arrival and departure
-2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik
-7 nights in a hotel in the country (2 without private facilities day 5 and 6)
-Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 10
-Meeting facilities in the evening
-2 instructors – Royce Howland and Marketa Kalvachova
-Entrances to museums, swimming pools
Price per person in a shared room USD 4.395
Single supplement USD 530