Iceland Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.

The summer sun never sets on this breathtakingly lush land of verdant hills, active volcanoes, fumaroles and mud-pots. Experience Iceland’s surreal beauty. From Þingvellir National Park to nearby world-famous Golden Falls, you’ll journey to Vík, whose huge black sea columns are said to be trolls turned to stone. Beneath the sea cliffs of Skógar, you’ll tour Iceland’s finest folk museum before exploring the glaciers, lava fields and black-sand desert at Skaftafell National Park. Boat through Jökulsárlón Lagoon’s massive blue-tinted ice forms. You’ll photograph at least 5 magnificent waterfalls. Even the cuisine will surprise you, whether it’s butter-grilled langoustine tails or Icelandic delicacies like arctic char, trout, free-range lamb and reindeer. It’s as if this land was created for the photographer, to embrace and capture it’s never ending beauty.

West Iceland - Snæfellsnes Peninsula Extension

Kirkjufell Mountain was a filming location for Game of Thrones (season 7), that included Eldborg, Berserk lava, Grundarfjordur, Djupalonssandur black beach, Arnarsstapi fishing village, Londrangar and Snaefellsjokull Glacier. These locations are a testament to the overall beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Join us as we head west on a magical mystical tour to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and surroundings. Countless lunar landscapes and volcanic vistas lie in store for us as we drive west out of Reykjavik and head towards the magnificent Snæfellsjökull glacier.

This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the unique landscape of Iceland.


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Group Size



4-8 Guests


Experience | Difficulty



Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers

DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras

Busy schedule

Travel by minibus

Moderate elevation changes and moderate walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guide



Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  October 14-19, 2018

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  April 21-26, 2019

Michael Chinnici or Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  June 23-28/30, 2019

Roman Martin  |  October 13-18, 2019

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  April 19-24, 2020

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  June 21-26/28, 2020


Weather | Sun



April - Temps 41/33 F  5/0 C  Sunrise 6:29 | Sunset 8:31 (20:31)

June/July - Temps 57/48 F  13/8 C  Sunrise 3:02 | Sunset 12:00 (00:00)

October - Temps 44/36 F  6/2 C  Sunrise 8:29 | Sunset 5:57 (17:57)


Includes



Travel, landscape, seascape, nature, wildlife and horse photography

Focus on “long exposure” photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Icelandic accommodations and lodges

Breakfasts and 2 dinners

Zodiac Boat Tour of Ice Lagoon (June/July)

Blue Lagoon

Local transportation

Park entry fees


Accommodations



Reykjavik - Fosshotel Reykjavík, ION City Hotel, Kvosin Hotel, Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar

Höfn - Fosshotel Vatnajokull or similar

Skaftafell - Fosshotel Vatnajökul, Hotel Skaftafell, Icelandair Hotel Klaustur or similar

Gullfoss or Geysir - Icelandair Hotel Flúðir, Geysir Hotel or similar

Snæfellsnes - Hotel Fransiskus or similar


Travel Information



Arrival & Departure Airport: Keflavik International Airport (KEF) - Transfer time to Reykjavik: 45min

Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.

Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality. Go to Visa Map to find out.


Pre or Post Adventure Excursions (Optional)



Super Jeep Off-Roading

Volcano Hike and Decent

Helicopter Glacier & Volcano Tour

Icelandic Horse Experience


Price



ICELAND 6-DAY PHOTO ADVENTURE

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 14-19, 2018:  $5,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 21-26, 2019:  $6,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 23-28, 2019 (Summer Adventure):  $6,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | October 13-18, 2019:  $6,595

Photo Adventure Vacation | April 19-24, 2020:  $6,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 21-26, 2020 (Summer Adventure):  $7,695


Single Supplement:  $700


WEST ICELAND 3-DAY ADD-ON

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 28-30, 2019 (Add-On):  $2,395

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 26-28, 2020 (Add-On):  $2,695


Single Supplement:  $300


(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room:  $350

(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room:  $350


Deposit:  $1000


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*All prices are per person and based on double occupancy. Please select single occupancy for a private room. For your convenience we offer optional early arrival and late departure accommodations so you can extend your stay before or after the trip. We typically stay in boutique hotels in the 4-star category. Not all destinations offer these types of properties. We look for unique hotels which offer cultural, historic and/or authentic features. Depending on the size of the group, smaller boutique hotels may have limited room inventory. In some countries or in remote locations, we may be limited to lodges or branded chain hotels. Breakfast is included only if included in our room rates.




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Sunday (1)  Reykjavík

We meet on Sunday morning at our hotel in Reykjavik where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we set out for an amazing afternoon exploring and photographing the quaint yet sophisticated city of Reykjavik. As the capital of Iceland, and home to more than 80% of the population, Reykjavik is really quite impressive and a wonderful photographic opportunity. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Reykjavik. (D)

Monday (2)  Solheimasandur - Reynisfjara - Dyrhólaey - Höfn

After an early morning breakfast, we depart Reykjavik for our drive along Iceland’s southern coast. The contrasts are breathtaking, with spectacular black sand beaches, a dominating white glacier, spectacular waterfalls, volcanic lava fields, and lush green meadows (during the summer months), Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the entire day driving, exploring and photographing. (In October and April, if we are fortunate, we will see the northern lights dancing above the glacier.)

Our first stop will be the epic Solheimasandur Plane Wreck on a desolate stretch of black beach. In 1973 a United States Navy DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and crashed here. The abandoned and weathered fuselage can make for some very dramatic images. Next we will explore Reynisfjara Beach* with its enormous basalt stacks, roaring waves and a dramatic view of Dyrhólaey. Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful black sand beach in Iceland. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.

We’ll have lunch in the small fishing village of Vik. Afterwards we will continue our drive, stopping every so often for a breathtaking panoramic shot as well as Icelandic horses. In the late afternoon we arrive at our hotel in the small fishing village of Höfn. (B)

NOTE: During April and October we may choose to fly from Reykjavik to Höfn on the morning of day two, and then continue on our drive west slightly altering the schedules for days two and three. No locations will be missed, just the schedules adjusted. Weather and the amount of light will play a role in this decision.

Tuesday (3)  Vatnajökull Glacier - Jökulsárlón Lagoon - Svartifoss

After an early breakfast we check out and visit the small village of Höfn, where fishing trawlers depart to fish the Atlantic Ocean. Next we set out to visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas. We’ll begin by photographing the black sand beach around the inlet to Jökulsárlón. Here we will capture the melting clear icebergs as they lay stranded on the black beach, battered by the force of the ocean’s waves.

After lunch on the beach we make our way to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon for an unforgettable Zodiac boat ride through a sea of icebergs, each with its own unique shape, color, transparency and personality. This may very well be your most memorable moment in Iceland. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest National Park, where the landscape has been formed over thousands of years, from the influences of fire and ice. Skaftafell is a true oasis, after driving through the vast black lava sand plains. We’ll hike the 1 mile trail down to Svartifoss Waterfall, one of Iceland's most unique waterfalls. This elegant waterfall is framed by black columnar basalt formations measuring 65 feet tall. (B)

Wednesday (4)  Skógafoss - Seljalandsfoss - Gullfoss - Geysir

We are up early for a day of waterfalls. After breakfast, we depart for Skógafoss, but not before stopping at the cliffs at Dyrhólaey, where we will venture out and try to get a glimpse of puffins.

Skógafoss Waterfall is next on our hit list. This massive waterfall can be shot from a distance, from above or right under it. It’s easily accessible. One of the best things about Iceland in the summer are the roaring waterfalls, caused by the melting glaciers. Next we drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss, where we can walk a path behind it. But the best vantage point is from high up, off to the right side. Be sure to bring protection for your gear, and plenty of lens wipes to help clean off your lens from the constant spray of water. We’ll have lunch by the falls.

After a two hour drive we arrive at our final waterfall destination. Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you will see thousands of tons of water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. Along the way we will photograph Icelandic horses, which we are always on the lookout for. By the early evening we check into our hotel in Geysir, followed by dinner. (B)

Thursday (5)  Þingvellir - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

After breakfast we view Strokkur Geysir, which spouts up to 100 ft high. Welcome 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. After checkout we will leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is truly 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 on to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the striking 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’ll arrive in the small fishing village of Grindavík where we will have lunch, followed by an exploration of the peninsula.

By late afternoon we arrive at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing (2 hour) dip in 101°F / 38°C therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226. Be sure to bring your bathing suit. You’ll have access to a locker, showers, a restaurant, and a lagoon bar for drinks. It’s a wonderful way to end our adventure. In the evening we enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of our adventure. (B) (D)

Friday (6)  Reykjavík 

During breakfast, we review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before heading to the airport for our return home. For guests who are staying on for our 3-day extension to West Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, we will depart our hotel at 11 AM. See below for extension details. (B)

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Friday (1)  Snæfellsnes Peninsula - Kirkjufell Mountain - Stykkisholmur

We depart Reykjavik for our adventure to Snæfellsnes Peninsula located in West Iceland. Our journey will take us through the town of Borgarnes and the beach in Ytri Tunga, which is a well known seal colony. The seals are friendly and curious and will climb up on the rocks near the sandy beach. We’ll stop at the fishing hamlets of Arnarstapi and Hellnar, and then walk along the cliffs where the view of the sea is breathtaking. In Djúpalónssandur you will discover incredible rock formations. The beaches are covered with small black stones, which are unique to Iceland. If you like, we will hike to one of the most impressive formations called Lóndrangar, which are a pair of rock pinnacles made of basalt (approx. 230 ft high). We’ll also stop in Saxhóll, which is a 330 ft high volcanic crater. From the top of the crater you can enjoy one of the most spectacular panoramic views in the area.

At the end of the day we will drive through three small fishing villages on the way to the atmospheric village of Stykkisholmur. But not before ending on a high with a sunset shoot of the majestic Kirkjufell Mountain, which is one of the most popular photo stops in Iceland. In Stykkisholmur we’ll be staying at the unique Hotel Fransiskus, a beautiful hotel located in a former monastery. (B)

Saturday (2)  Kirkjufell Mountain - Gerðuberg - Hraunfossar

After breakfast we return to Kirkjufell Mountain for shots using the morning light. After we’ll visit the Bjarnarhöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste some traditional Icelandic shark with a local schnapps while viewing hundreds of fishing and boating artifacts. Driving across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, our next stop is at Gerðuberg, a big wall of huge Basalt columns. The cliff is 1650 ft long and 40 to 50 ft high, one of the highest in Iceland. This is one of the marvels of nature that just makes you stop and wonder about the architectural brilliance of mother earth. 

Next we depart Snæfellsnes Peninsula and head east to the historic Borgarfjordur area where you will see the great Hraunfossar, a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming over a distance of about 300 ft across the Hallmundarhraun lava field. Another treat is the waterfall called Barnafoss. Its name, "the waterfall of the children," comes from an accident which is said to have taken place here in a previous century. After exploring the wild west of Iceland for two unforgettable days, we return to Reykjavík, settle in, and enjoy a late-night dinner. (B)

Sunday (3)  Reykjavík

While enjoying an early breakfast we conduct our final group discussion, review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and sadly bid you farewell before checking out of our hotel. (B)

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Private Guided Tours & Adventures



We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine. Click here to request a quote. Feel free to call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Travel Insurance



We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating. Click here to get a free quote.


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Private Online Lightroom & Photoshop Tutorials



We offer private online Lightroom and Photoshop photo editing tutorials for individuals who would like to improve their post-processing skills. Each is customized to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. We provide you with one-on-one discussions using online connectivity. Many of our Photo Adventure guests select our online post-processing as an extension to their trip. Click here for more information.


Combination Tours



You can SAVE by combining two or more back-to-back photo adventures. Call us at 1-888-834-0288 or contact us for more information.


Loyalty Club**



All registered guests on 6 day or longer Photo Adventures are automatically enrolled in our Loyalty Club. You will receive a $200 discount on your next Photo Adventure. After attending just 3 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Gold” status and a $300 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. After attending 6 Photo Adventures, you’ve reached “Elite” status and a $500 discount good toward future Photo Adventures. Elite status guests also receive other benefits such as additional discounts, special offers, room upgrades (when available), and more. Click here to learn more.



**LOYALTY CLUB: Loyalty discounts only apply to 6 day or longer Photo Adventures. The discount is applied to the Photo Adventure fee when booked directly through our website, and cannot be added to or combined with any “pay in full”, “pay in advance” or “discounted specials”. This discount cannot be combined with any other offer. Your discount will be applied to your final payment. Only one discount per person, per adventure. This discount has no cash value. Polar Adventures are excluded from this offer. Loyalty Club status will be eliminated after 3 years of inactivity.  


NOTE: We reserve the right to change hotels based on availability and pricing. Not included in your rate are alcoholic beverages, unscheduled meals, travel to and from our destinations, airport transfers, travel insurance and any optional excursions you may choose to book on your own or as a group. Breakfast is usually included unless it is not offered in our hotel package. As is standard in the travel industry, all accommodations are based on double occupancy. Please choose the private room / single supplement option if you prefer your own room. Double occupancy can only be offered if you are traveling with a guest. We reserve the right to change events and schedules throughout the itinerary due to adverse weather conditions or complications that may arise that are out of our control. Our number one priority is always the safety of our group.






 
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October 14 - 19, 2018

April 21 - 26, 2019

June 23 - 28, 2019

October 13 - 18, 2019

April 19 - 24, 2020

June 21 - 26, 2020

WEST ICELAND

June 28 - 30, 2019

June 26 - 28, 2020

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nature and Horse Photography

Includes

  1. -6 or 8 Days

  2. -4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Icelandic Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts & 2 Meals

  6. -Zodiac Boat Tour

  7. -Blue Lagoon

  8. -Local Transportation

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Vatnajökull, Jökulsárlón, Svartifoss, Gullfoss, Þingvellir and more

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