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 Gold 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 and take a “midnight sun” kayak tour acclaimed as one of Iceland’s top-ten “musts.” You’ll see Europe’s largest migratory-bird sanctuary at Lake Mývatn, a peaceful oasis surrounded by steaming earth, and visit Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, witnessing firsthand Iceland’s ongoing birth. 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.

The glacier sits atop the active stratovolcano of the same name that took centre stage in the Jules Verne sci-fi novel, ‘Journey to the Centre of the Earth’. You might even have spotted the ice cap glittering from across the bay in Reykjavik. The volcano is thought to house mystical powers and is considered by many to be one of the seven main energy centres of the earth, so don’t be surprised if you experience an unexplained spiritual energy flow whilst in it’s presence. This is an area is of exceptional geological beauty – craters, lava fields (some more recent than others) idyllic, hidden coves and bizarre rock formations all lie in wait to be explored and discovered. Local legends and folk stories abound and are an essential element of this multifaceted tour. This is an extension that really hits the spot when it comes to observing volcanic phenomena, discovering Iceland’s dramatic coast line and experiencing a more spiritual and mystical side of Iceland.

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 lots of walking

(non-photographers also welcome)


Photographer | Guide



Michael Chinnici and Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  June 24-29/July 1, 2018

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

Attilio Di Giangiacomo  |  October 13-18, 2019


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 people photography

Focus on “long exposure” photography

Professional photographer | guide

Photo walks & discussions

Small group size (4-8 guests)

Icelandic accommodations and lodges

Breakfasts

4 Lunches and 3 dinners

Zodiac Boat Tour of Ice Lagoon (June/July)

Blue Lagoon

Local transportation


Accommodations



Reykjavik - ION City Hotel, Kvosin Downtown Hotel, 101 Hotel or similar

Höfn - Guesthouse Smyrlabjörg or similar

Skaftafell - Icelandair Hotel Klaustur or similar

Gullfoss - Icelandair Hotel Flúðir 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.


Excursions (Optional)



Super Jeep Off-Roading

ATV Beach Tour

Volcano Hike and Decent

Helicopter Glacier & Volcano Tour

Icelandic Horse Ride


Price



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Photo Adventure Vacation | June 24-29, 2018 (Summer Adventure):  $6,195

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):  $6,795

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


Single Supplement:  $700


SNAEFELLSNES 3-DAY ADD-ON

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 29 - July 01, 2018 (Add-On):  $1,995

Photo Adventure Vacation | June 28-30, 2019 (Add-On):  $1,995


Single Supplement:  $200


(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 will set out for a wonderful day of photography throughout this quaint and simple city. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Reykjavik. (D)

Monday (2)  Reykjavík - Höfn - Vatnajökull Glacier

We depart Reykjavik in the early morning for our drive along Iceland’s southern coast. The contrast in the nature of the southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and a 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 and photographing. (In October and April, if we are fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.) In the evening check-in to our hotel for a wonderful Icelandic dinner. (B) (L) (D)

Tuesday (3)  Vatnajökull Glacier - Jökulsárlón Lagoon - Skaftafell

On Tuesday we visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs, where we can take a 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 where the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers). After checking into our hotel we gather later in the evening for dinner. (B) (L) (D)

Wednesday (4)  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. As we near closer to Reykjavik, we checkin to our hotel, review some of our photos, and then enjoy another wonderful Icelandic dinner. (B) (L) (D)

Thursday (5)  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. Upon our return to Reykjavík we check back into our hotel and settle in to enjoy our “Farewell Dinner”. (B) (L) (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 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 - Stykkisholmur - Kirkjufell Mountain

We depart Reykjavik for our adventure to Snæfellsnes Peninsula located on the western coast for 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. If you like you 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). After enjoying the many amazing sites above ground level it is now time to journey towards the Center of the Earth! You will go caving in the Vatnshellir lave cave where you can see the tumult of the volcanic landscape up close. This cave was created by volcanic eruption 7.000 years ago. You will also stop in Saxhóll which is an old 330 ft high volcanic crater. From the top of the crater you can enjoy one of the most spectacular 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’ll 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 “Farewell Dinner” before getting a well deserved rest. (B) (D)

Sunday (3)  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 Iceland’s Western Fjords, we will depart our hotel at 11 AM. (B)

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  Options and Benefits



Private Guided Tours & Adventures



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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.


Blog & eNews



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Gift Certificates



Give someone you know a Gift Certificate, good toward any of our Photo Adventures, Photo Tours, Private Guided Tours, Online Courses, Prints or Merchandize. Our beautifully personalized eGift Certificates are delivered to you electronically. They are fully transferable and have a 2 year expiration date. They are available in any amount from $100 to $5000. It makes a great gift for anyone who loves photography, travel or adventure. Order now, or email for more information.



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

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June 29 - July 1, 2018

June 28 - 30, 2019

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nature and Wildlife Photography

Includes

  1. -6 or 9 Days

  2. -4-8 Guests

  3. -Photographer | Guide

  4. -Icelandic Hotels

  5. -Breakfasts & 7 Meals

  6. -Zodiac Boat Tour

  7. -Blue Lagoon

  8. -Local Transportation

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PHOTOGRAPHY ADVENTURE VACATIONS

Iceland

Vatnajökull Glacier, Jökulsárlón, Vik, Geysir, Snæfellsnes

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Like being on another planet, experience Iceland’s surreal beauty.


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