APRIL 15-26, 2019 (12 days)
Price: $7,000 (per person, based on double occupancy)
This photography workshop will take us through Iceland's natural beauty with raging waterfalls, multi-colored mountains, rugged glaciers and ice-filled lagoons. Previous Iceland native and world photographer Tim Vollmer joins photographer Marisa Marulli in exploring this country's photographic wonders. Get ready to visit many of Iceland's unique photographic locations and to capture dramatic landscapes and travel images.
The excursions will be complimented by delicious meals with local ingredients and comfortable hotel accommodations.
DAY 1 - ARRIVAL AT KEFLAVÍK AIRPORT - REYKJAVIK
Arrival at Keflavik airport and transfer to the hotel in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Golden circle - Landmannalaugar
We head out of Reykjavík and make our first stop of the day near Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. We continue to Þingvellir national park, a historical and geological wonder where the American and Eurasian tectonic plates are pulling apart at a rate of a few centimeters per year. In the late morning, we visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. The waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, and Geysir geothermal area is known for its spouting springs. Strokkur (the Butter churn) spouts every 3–8 minutes up to a height of 25 metres. We continue to the guesthouse in the highlands.
Overnight in guesthouse in highlands (B, L, D).
Days 3 - Landmannalaugar
Landmannalaugar literally means peoples’ pools and is situated in the southern highlands close to the volcano Hekla. The name refers to the natural geothermal pools, which travelers can bathe in. There are some unusual geological elements in the area such as multicolored rhyolite mountains and lava fields. The mountains display a wide spectrum of colors including pink, green, brown, yellow, purple, blue, black and white.
Overnight in highlands (B, L, D).
Day 4 - Hekla mountain area - Vik
Today we leave Landmannalaugar driving the main road near Hekla mountain area and Fljótshlíð valley. A very active volcano for centuries, Mount Hekla is one of the most famous volcanoes in Iceland. It is thought that Hekla has had at least twenty eruptions since the settlement of Iceland. The biggest eruption was in 1104 when it erupted without warning ejecting millions of tons of tephra. From the Hekla area our journey continues to the beautiful and very picturesque Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls.
Overnight in Vik (B, L, D).
Day 5 - Dyrhólaey - Black Beach - NP Skaftafell
At dawn we have a short drive to the coast and the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a walk on the black beach and photograph the cave and sea stacks with a view towards Dyrhólaey. We will stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur village which became well known in Iceland during the Lakagígar volcanic eruption in 1783 where a huge lava flow streamed from the craters in what became known as the “Skafta Fires.” This is believed to have been one of the greatest lava flows in a single eruption in the history of the world. We continue with glacial scenery to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park where the landscape has been formed over thousands of years of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers). We will also have our first visit to the Jökulsárlón lagoon.
(B, L, D).
Day 6 - Vatnajökull National Park
Vatnajökull glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. We will visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón lagoon, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs where we will also take a zodiac tour and sail among the huge icebergs - an unforgettable experience! This area is a must for photographers, enabling us to capture Iceland’s truly magical light that makes the already extraordinary landscapes even more striking. There is a chance that we will see and be able to photograph the Aurora Borealis or Northern Lights on any night of the tour. We keep our eyes on both the Aurora forecast and the skies (it has to be clear!) and will knock on your door if the Aurora starts to perform for us. Please keep in mind though that some years we have great Aurora and other years we do not see the Aurora. Consider this an added bonus if it happens - nothing is guaranteed when it comes to the Aurora.
(B, L, D).
Day 7 - Djupivogur Town
We drive along the eastern fjords that are cut into the southeast coast of Iceland, separated by magnificent and beautifully shaped mountains. In extension of the fjords, valleys reach far inland towards the highlands. The eastern fjords fog, sometimes densely, mystifying the magnificent landscape with an element of fantasy, bringing folklore and stories of elves and trolls to life.
(B, L, D).
Day 8 - Lake Mývatn
Lake Mývatn is a shallow lake situated in an area of active volcanism. The lake and its surrounding wetlands have an exceptionally rich fauna of water birds. The lake was created by a large basaltic lava eruption 2,300 years ago, and the surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms. We will visit Námaskarð, Mine Pass, a myriad of hot mud springs in widely differing colors and the volcanic rock formations in Dimmuborgir (Dark Castles). The area is characterized by numerous mysterious forms carved in lava.
(B, L, D).
Day 9 - Dettifoss - Ásbyrgi - Hljóðaklettar
We drive to Dettifoss, Iceland’s greatest and most majestic waterfall. It is also rated as Europe’s most powerful waterfall, based on its magnitude. We continue to Ásbyrgi, one of Iceland’s natural pearls. The enclosure is about 3.5km long and 1.1km wide, surrounded by cliffs which reach as high as 100m. According to legend, the horse of Óðinn, the chief god of Norse mythology, stepped down here leaving its giant hoof print. We drive on to Hljóðaklettar, (“Echo rocks”) a group of rocks by the Jökulsá River that get their name from strange echoes created by the numerous caves and uncommon rock formation.
Overnight in Mývatn area (B, L, D).
Day 10 - Goðafoss - Akureyri
We leave Lake Mývatn and drive to Goðafoss waterfall (waterfall of the Gods). According to the Saga of Christianity the formerly pagan chieftain Thorgeir threw the wooden images of the pagan gods into the waterfall after Christianity had been accepted in the Parliamentary Plains in the year 1000. We drive into the town of Akureyri, the capital of the North in the afternoon where we stay for the night.
Overnight in Akureyri (B, L, D).
Day 11 - Húsafell - Hraunfossar - Deildatunguvher Hot Spring Area
We leave Akureyri and drive past the majestic mountains and narrow passes to Húsafell a unique natural area covered with forest and closed to the glacier Langjökull. We will stop at Hraunfossar Lava falls a beautiful and unusual natural phenomenon. Clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava that runs in falls and rapids into the Hvítá River. We continue to Deildatunguhver hot spring. The spring can be seen from miles around as it blows steam up into the air from the constant bubbling of hot water rising to the surface. Deildatunguhver is used to provide hot water for the region, and to supply local agriculture.
Overnight in Reykjavik (B, L, D).
Day 12 - Departure
After breakfast, transfer from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport for departing flights.
Per person in double occupancy room
$840 additional for single room accommodation
- Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
- Private ground transportation to all locations
- 11 nights in hotels
- All meals from dinner on the first night to breakfast on the last day
- Zodiac boat tour on Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon
- Entrance to the infamous Blue Lagoon and rental of towel
- Two expert photographers' guidance
price does not include
- International airfare to and from Iceland
- Alcoholic beverages
- What is not mentioned as included
- Dates: April 15-26, 2019
- Price: $7,000 (per person, based on double occupancy)
- Region: Iceland
- Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
- Points of interest: Reykjavik, Landmannalaugar, Golden Circle (NP Thingvellir, Geyser, Gullfoss), Vatnajokull Glacier National Park (including National Park Skaftafell, Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón), Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey, waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Reykjanes Peninsula, Lake Myvatn, Asbyrgi, Akureyri, Hraunfossar, Godafoss, Dettifoss