Iceland photo workshop with Tim Mannakee

This is a wonderful time of year to photograph Iceland. The landscape is pristine with fresh snow and February is an ideal month to see the Northern

Tim Mannakee 14 - 19 February 2013

This is a wonderful time of year to photograph Iceland. The landscape is pristine with fresh snow and February is an ideal month to see the Northern Lights. Combine the two and you have the opportunity to capture some exceptional images.

Highlights: Reykjavík - Höfn - Vatnajökull glacier - Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon - Skaftafell - Vík - Geysir - Gullfoss - Þingvellir - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue lagoon.
 
Photo Tour in Iceland with photographers Tim Mannakee and Tim Vollmer
 
After a night in Reykjavik, we fly to Hofn in the South East of Iceland. Here we encounter black volcanic beaches and the spectacular Vatnajokull glacier. Our journey continues West through an other-worldly landscape of icebergs, glacial lagoons, waterfalls and rugged mountain scenery. Every night we go in search of the elusive Northern Lights hoping to capture the magical colours dancing across the snowy landscape. As an added bonus, we will stop to photograph the unique and very picturesque Icelandic horses.
 
After 4 action-packed days on our overland adventure, we return to the Capital for some well-deserved rest and a relaxing dip in the geothermal pools of the Blue Lagoon.
 
Tim Vollmer, who has many year's experience of leading photographic tours in Iceland, will be accompanying us on this tour, to ensure that we are at the right place at the right time. For those of you with an adventurous spirit, who hunger for fresh, compelling photographs, this tour is unmissable.

Day 1, 14 February 2013:    Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavik

At Keflavík airport, the professional photographer Tim Vollmer, will meet the group. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to our accommodation in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight in Hótel Klettur in Reykjavík

Day 2, 15 February 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. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the day exploring the region and if we are fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.
Dinner and overnight in Smyrlabjörg guesthouse.  

Day 3, 16 February 2013:    Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon - Skaftafell

Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, 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).
Dinner and overnight at Icelandair Hótel Kirkjubæjarklaustur  

Day 4, 17 February 2013:    Vík – Geysir - Gullfoss

We leave Klaustur and drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it. On we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir 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 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.
Dinner and overnight at Hótel Hekla.  

Day 5, 18 February 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 on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula. More then half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes. We will walk where the mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. We continue to the small fishing village Grindavík and end in 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.
Dinner and overnight in Hótel Klettur in Reykjavík  

Day 6, 19 February 2013:    Departure

Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.

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