Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop in Iceland with Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer

Expect breath-taking landscapes, bizarre ice formations and with a little bit of luck northern lights on several nights of the tour. March is a unique

Winter Wonderland with Chris Marquardt
4 - 9 March, 2014

Expect breath-taking landscapes, bizarre ice formations and with a little bit of luck northern lights on several nights of the tour. March is a unique month for Iceland. With about 10 hours of daylight, we can catch great morning light without having to get up at 5:00am and we won't have to wait until midnight for the Northern Lights to be visible.

Photo Guides: Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer.


Departure:  4-9 March, 2014Map - Winter Wonderland Photo Workshop with Chris Marquardt

Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Experience required: Basic

Languages: English/Deutsch

Dieser Workshop ist zweisprachig. Chris, Moni und unser Guide in Island, Tim Vollmer sprechen Deutsch und Englisch. Wir bieten daher alls rund um die Tour und den Workshop in zwei Sprachen an.

Minimum number of participants 8, maximum 10.

Day 1, 4 March, 2014:    Arrival - Reykjavik

The Group meets up with their guides at Keflavik International Airport and drive through the lava fields to our accommodation in Reykjavík.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

Day 2, 5 March, 2014:    Reykjavik – Domestic Flight to 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 breath-taking, 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 the area.

Day 3, 6 March, 2014:    Vatnajökull Glacier – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon - Skaftafell

Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of majestic icebergs.

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 near Vík village.

Day 4, 7 March, 2014:    Vík – Geysir - Gullfoss

We drive towards the coast to the basalt column caves of Reynisfjara, where we take a short walk on the black sand beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey cliff. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it.

Furthermore 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 in the area.

Day 5, 8 March, 2014:    Þingvellir – Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon

We drive to Þingvellir national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 than 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 Reykjavík

Day 6, 9 March, 2014:    Departure

Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.

Price per person sharing a double room EUR 3.499,-
Single supplement EUR 140,-


- 5 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day six.
- Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Höfn, including airport taxes.
- Airport transfers.
- Private bus from Höfn to Reykjavík.
- Entrance fee:
   - Blue Lagoon including towel.
- 2 professional photography instructors (Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer).
- Individualised teaching and assignments throughout the tour.
- Lodging Tax.

Not included

International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.

Iceland in winter is both visually breath-taking and a great cultural experience. In 2014 Chris Marquardt and Monika Andrae will take a group of 10 photographers on a full board six-day tour and photo workshop to Iceland to take pictures of black lava beaches, blue glaciers, the original Geyser and — if we're just a little bit lucky — a good dose of Aurora Borealis.

Our local guide,Tim Vollmer, will accompany us on this full board tour to make sure we will be at the best spots at the best times. He will also help out with instruction, so you will have the luxury of three instructors on this tour.

And remember: this is more than just a photo tour, it's a workshop! We will have structured photo workshop time as often as possible and you will get individual face-to-face instruction while out shooting.


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