Don’t miss this tour through the south accompanied by Kevin Pepper and Tim Vollmer. We’ll capture the magical glacier landscapes of Europe’s largest glacier, the black sand coast as well as sprouting geysers, Vatnajökull and be on the lookout for the northern lights in the evening.
Departure: 5 – 10 February, 2014
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Minimum number of participants 4, maximum 8.
Day 1, 5 February, 2014: Arrival
At Keflavík, Tim and Kevin, will meet the group. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to our accommodation in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavík.
Day 2, 6 February, 2014: Reykjavík - 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 Guesthouse Smyrlabjörg.
Day 3, 7 February, 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 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). Again the night skies present the possibility of northern lights.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Dyrhólaey.
Day 4, 8 February, 2014: Vík - South Coast - Geysir - Gullfoss
We drive to the coast to see the basalt column caves of Reynisfjara, where we take a short walk on the black sand beach and enjoy the 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. Again the night skies present the possibility of northern lights.
Dinner and overnight at Icelandair Hotel Flúðir.
Day 5, 9 February, 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, a unique man-made pool of geothermal water (37-39°C) in the middle of a moss-covered lava field. The Blue Lagoon is a combination of many factors, the most important being the origin of the geothermal seawater from 2.000 meters beneath the surface.
Dinner and overnight at Hotel Klettur in Reykjavík.
Day 6, 10 February, 2014: Departure
Transfer to Keflavik airport and flight back home.
Price per person sharing a double room USD 3.895,-
Single supplement USD 350,-
- 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.
- Guidance through professional photographers (Kevin Pepper and Tim Vollmer)
- Entrance fee:
- Blue Lagoon including a towel.
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
Kevin Pepper is a self-taught photographer based in Cambridge, Ontario.
His first love is nature photography and no matter what the season is; the Ontario landscape is what inspires him to take photos. But you will also see other styles of photography in his portfolio.
From street photography, to urban exploration of abandoned buildings and architecture, he loves to capture it all with his camera for his corporate clients and his growing personal portfolio.
Kevin also operates the "Photographers Lounge". The Lounge is a teaching company created in 2011 and is dedicated to teaching amateur photographers through International and Canadian based workshops.
Kevin’s photos have been seen in the following publications and websites:
National Geographic website
City of Cambridge, Ontario website
GORE Mutual Insurance
African Lion Safari marketing materials
2010 Vancouver City Guide
Olympus Corporate website 2009, 2010, 2011
London Free Press
The Weather Network
2012 TVO Corporate Membership Drive Calendar
2011 Cambridge Annual Magazine
Contributor for Canadian Nature Photographer
Contributor to PhotoNEWS Canada
Contributor to Photo Technique Magazine
Tim Vollmer was born in Southwest Germany and has traveled extensively throughout Europe and the United States as well as explored other places around the world.
Tim has been interested in, and learning, photography for over 20 years and has been living in Iceland for the last 6 years and specializing in all aspects of photography in Iceland, including landscapes, architecture, portraits, nature (particularly birds), and travel.
He enjoys discovering the many hidden gems in Iceland and Greenland and he has held Photo workshops and Photo tours in Iceland & Greenland.
Our goal is to answer all of your questions while we spend our time together in Iceland. But because of the nature of this photography tour, the key learning opportunities will be on:
Apertures & Shutter Speeds: We will discuss the different modes on your camera and the effect your aperture and shutter setting have on your images in a winter environment.
Using Flash to Fill in shadows: Part of our tour will encompass capturing the people and buildings. Here you will learn how to use your flash to fill in shadows to produce higher quality images.
Composition: Learn how to improve your photography by applying ‘rules’ of composition while taking memorable photos of glaciers, northern lights and undulating scenery.
Metering: While in the various cities we will encounter various high contrast situations within the architecture of the buildings. Proper metering techniques will play an important role in creating the best images you can while in the countryside and cities.
Autofocus & Techniques: Here you learn how to keep the focus on your subject whether taking a landscape image or photographing action like thermal water eruptions or running horses!
Night Photography: Spending multiple nights in the Iceland countryside surrounded by lunar illuminated snow and northern lights... the images are endless.
Digital Darkroom: A Photographers Lounge photo tour is the perfect opportunity for any photographer to refine their post processing skills. Tim and Kevin use the following software that will be used on this workshop. NIK, Photomatix, Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom.