july 7-16, 2016
Price: $5,250 (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 Tim Vollmer joins Rick Sammon on Rick's fifth trip to this country exploring its photographic wonders. This workshop is scheduled during the summer, when weather conditions are mild and the days are long. 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 Reykajvik.
DAY 2 - SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA
The peninsula is about 90km long and known for its diverse landscape and magical beauty with Snæfellsjökull Glacier towering over the national park at the far end. It is believed the glacier is one of seven main energy centers of the earth and served as the setting for the famous work of Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The peninsula features a spectacular range of mountains, black and light sand beaches, craters, lava fields, fjords, fishing villages, geothermal areas, mineral springs, and cliffs teeming with rich bird life.
Day 3 - Borgarfjörður fjord - Hraunfossar waterfalls
Today we will drive to Borgarnes. The area’s landscape, nature and culture reflect its heritage and bring history to life. Then we’ll drive up to Húsafell, a unique natural area covered with forest close 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 falls and rapids into the Hvítá River. We continue to Deildartunguhver 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. Deildartunguhver is used to provide hot water for the region, and to supply local agriculture.
Day 4 - Þingvellir national park - Gullfoss waterfall
Today we’ll go to Þingvellir National Park, a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is a magnificent showcase with all its faults and fissures and the beautiful mountains around it. Then we’ll visit the Gullfoss 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.
Day 5 - Hveradalir hot spring area - Kerlingarfjöll highland area
The growth around the hot spring area Hveradalir is quite special. The multi-colored geyser clay, the dense clouds of steam and the liparite mountains all add to the diversity and beauty of this very special place. We continue to Kerlingarfjöll, a group of mountains south of the glacier Hofsjökull, very different to the environment around, both in shape and color. As we approach the mountains we enter a desolate, fantasy land scenery with spectacular flow of colors. The mountains are mostly made out of liparite and both dark and bright tuff stone.
Day 6 - Waterfalls
Today we drive to the south coast to Dyrhólaey, a 120 metre (394ft) high promontory and the southernmost part of the country. We’ll see the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is a spectacular and picturesque waterfall, behind which you can walk to get a unique photographic angle. Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s best known waterfalls. It has the width of 25 metres and a drop of 60 metres.
Day 7 - Reynisdrangar - Skaftafell
We’ll see the Reynisdrangar basalt rock formations rising up to 66 metres (216ft) above sea level from Reynisfjara as well as from the village Vík. According to legend, the Reynisdrangar rocks were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. We then visit Skaftafell national park where the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers).
Day 8 - Vatnajökull glacier and Iceberg beach
We will spend the next two days at the foot of the Vatnajökull glacier - an ideal choice for photographers looking to capture Iceland’s truly magical light that makes already extraordinary landscapes even more striking. The glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. We visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas as well as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Day 9 - Glacier lagoon - Reykjavik
Today we return to the famous glacial lagoon and sail among the huge icebergs in the picturesque scenery. We get to taste the 1,000-year old ice and if we are lucky we might even see some seals. In the afternoon we drive back to Reykjavik through the country side of the south coast of Iceland.
Day 10 - Departure
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
- 9 nights in hotels
- All meals
- 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: July 7-16, 2016
- Price: $5,250 (per person, based on double occupancy)
- Region: southern Iceland
- Education: field instruction, class instruction and one-on-one critiques
- Points of interest: Reykjavik, volcanic area Hengill, Landmannalaugar, Golden Circle (NP Thingvellir, Geyser, Gullfoss), Vatnajokull Glacier National Park (including National Park Skaftafell, Glacier Lagoon Jökulsárlón), Hveradalir, Kerlingarfjöll, Hoffell, Reynisdrangar, Dyrhólaey, waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, Reykjanes Peninsula, Lake Kleifarvatn, geothermal area Krysuvík-Seltún, Grindavík fishing village