Book this exciting tour now to discover Iceland through your viewfinder and immortalise the stunning landscapes on offer. Photograph the varied attractions on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, South Coast and the stunning Vatnajökull National Park. This tour is suitable for amateurs and more experienced photographers alike, as this course will hone your nature and landscape photography skills to a fine art.
Iceland is often referred to as a photographer's idea of heaven and rightly so with countless waterfalls, jagged coastlines and glacial landscapes. The autumn season brings rich red and orange hues, the first patches of snow to the mountains and unique and ever-changing lighting. You can also hope to see and capture the elusive aurora borealis on clear autumnal nights.
On this tour, you will travel along the west and south coast of Iceland with two professional photography guides, capturing Iceland's beauty on camera. All transportation and accommodation will be sorted out prior to your arrival, so all you have to do is make sure you don't forget your tripod.
Snap up this tour today and look forward to this dynamic and delightful photo tour. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your flight touches down and you set foot in Iceland, the land of ice and fire. From Keflavík International airport you will take the bus to your hotel in central Reykjavík.
Check in to your comfortable home for the evening and get ready to have your taste buds stimulated at am esteemed Reykjavík restaurant.
Over dinner, you will have the opportunity to familiarise yourself with your fellow photographers in training, your guide and what the next eight days will hold in store for you.
Day two and your photo tour of the island begins in the stunning peninsula of Snæfellsnes. The varied nature of this area leads to it being referred to as 'Iceland in Miniature' and you will find no shortage of inspiration for your camera.
The haunted, arresting and woolly moss plateau of the Búðahraun lava fields coupled with the quaint hamlet of Búðir will have you snapping away and as you travel along the jagged coastline near Arnarstapi village, you will come across the sea stacks of Lóndrangar as well as the geologically fantastic basalt columns. Then, the national park at Snæfellnes will offer you the opportunity to capture the glacier and volcanic peaks so iconic of this peninsula.
Night time heralds in your first chance to witness the Northern Lights in this magnificent autumnal landscape.
Another day and you will view the peninsula from its northern side where, if weather permits, you should be able to see the glorious peaks of the dramatic Westfjords across the bay.
Looming over the town of Grundarfjörður is the mountain Kirkjufell whose wonderful angles begs some much-deserved camera time. You will have a chance to capture this mountain as well as the nearby waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, in the glow of the much sought after golden hour.
As you go into the evening, keep your fingers crossed for the Northern Lights.
Leaving Snæfellnes, you will now make your way to the South Coast which is packed with waterfalls tumbling from the tall cliffs of the interior. Your first subject will be Seljalandsfoss, a narrow but thundering cascade of water which you can walk behind to marvel at its power in its entirety.
Skógafoss is your next stop, a powerful water falling in a large sheet resulting in an exhilarating mist guaranteed to stop you in your tracks. On sunny days, you can hope to see a rainbow in this ethereal spray. A staircase next to Skógafoss means you can experience the waterfall from different heights and therefore varied perspectives.
Your last stop of the day will be the infamous black sand beach at Reynisfjara, known for its arresting beauty and aggressive sneaker waves of the Atlantic ocean. This landscape is dominated by the huge basalt columns and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks which, according to Icelandic folklore, are the stony remains of greedy trolls caught in the sunlight.
You will spend your evening in the idyllic settlement at Vík í Mýrdal, a photographer's haven in of itself.
Day five and you have already seen so much already but be prepared for one of the most spectacular sights yet.
You will travel further east into Vatnajökull national park, home to Europe's largest glacier. Here you will find no end to subjects to which to expose your camera, including glacial tongues, lakes, forests, waterfalls, and lava landscapes.
For your evening Northern Lights hunting, you will have your first photo shoot at Jökurlsárlón, the amazing glacial lagoon where ancient icebergs drift away from the glacier in their awe-inspiring beauty.
You will spend the night close to the lagoon.
Wake up for the golden hour and your sunrise shoot back at Jökulsárlón. The ever-changing autumnal shades will serve to gift you a completely new perspective with each photo and you will get to practise your landscape photography skills throughout the day at the lagoon.
You will also get to see the Diamond Beach where these glacial giants wash up, giving you further chance to practise your exposure and light skills.
Later, you will have the chance to shoot at Fjallasárlón, a lesser known glacial lagoon where you can further see the ice as it eventually meets its oceanic final destination.
You will spend the night in the Jökulsárlón area.
You and your camera will get to experience one of the most photogenic mountain scenes in Vatnajökull National Park, the spell-binding Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokknes peninsula. This rare and beautiful mountain formation is the perfect location to apply your ever-growing nature photography skills from a variety of different angles.
Your guides will then whisk you away to more remote and undiscovered locations in the National Park where you will also be able to capture the glacier Vatnajökull from which this treasured national park gets its name.
You will be making your way back to Reykjavík with some stops along the way. Revisiting Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Reynisfjara beach and the waterfalls of the South Coast will give you the opportunity to see first hand your improvements as a photographer.
Once again, the dynamic and varied light of autumn will cast these subjects in unique hues and shadows.
Although back in Reykjavík, you might still catch the Northern Lights so don't let the city lights blind you.
Your journey is over and it is time to take your transfer back to the airport.
Your nature photography skills will have greatly advanced and this will be reflected in memory cards rich with stunning photos to show as well as unforgettable memories.
Be sure to return to experience Iceland in summer and or winter for an entirely new perspective.
This tour is led by award-winning instructors:
5-13 Oct 2018 Guided by Brynjar Ágústsson and Perri Schelat
15-23 Oct 2018 Guided by Brynjar Ágústsson and Kaspars Dzenis
Please note that the tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.
When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.