2018 Around Iceland in Autumn
With Daníel Bergmann. Septermber 27–October7, 2018.
From the sea cliffs at the south coast to the geothermal areas in the north, from the iceberg beach by Jökulsárlón to the thundering waterfalls like Goðafoss, Iceland has one of the most dramatic and varied landscapes on the planet. I intend to get you to the prime photography locations – both the iconic and the hidden gems – when the light is at its best.
WHAT TO EXPECT
This photography tour will cover a lot of ground and give you an opportunity to experience some of the best landscape photography locations that Iceland has to offer. We start in Reykjavik and move clockwise around the island. We’ll spend extended time at the major locations and a small group of only 10 participants will make this a more personal experience. I have been leading photography tours and workshop sin Iceland for 15 years and few if any local photographers know the island better. To get around I use a specially modified 4×4 Mercedes Sprinter. A spacious and rugged vehicle that has been designed for conditions in Iceland.
Jökulsá river near Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
The exact itinerary will depend much on the weather and other natural conditions and I will have some flexibility to change the itinerary to make the most of good conditions. I will be with you in the field, helping you to see new images and develop your photography. There will be no formal classroom sessions, just plenty of informal one-to-one instruction.
September 27th will be the arrival day in Iceland and we’ll overnight in Reykjavik. That day is free to explore the city. The following morning we’ll depart for the north coast, where we’ll plan to photograph the Hvítserkur sea stack along with other features of the Vatnsnes peninsula. After a night at the north coast we move east to Lake Mývatn, where we’ll spend a couple of nights. Once there we aim to visit the four majestic waterfalls of the north; Dettifoss and Selfoss plus Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss. We’ll also be exploring nearby geothermal areas.
After Mývatn we travel east and then south and overnight in the small town of Breiðdalsvík. This location in the east fjords gives us access to dramatic mountain scenery and coastal photography. On October 2nd we start moving west and will make a base at Smyrlabjörg, near the famous Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon, for three nights. Once there we’ll have multiple opportunities to photograph at the ice lagoon itself, plus it’s nearby beach, where icebergs rest on black volcanic sand. The area, generally known as the Vatnajökull region, also has a number of outlet glaciers that come off the main icecap, Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier.
From the Vatnajökull region we’ll travel further west on Oct. 5th to our next base near Vík, Iceland’s southernmost town. The area is famous for it’s sea stacks and black beach formations and we’ll also visit the iconic waterfalls by Eyjafjöll, plus lesser known ones. On our last day, October 7th, we’ll have a sunrise photography session near Vík before starting the three hour drive to the Keflavik airport for flights out of Iceland.
Geothermal field near Mývatn
The weather in Iceland is ever changing, which creates wonderful opportunities for photography. We should be getting some nice autumn colours at the end of September and it’s possible to get a good show of Northern Lights at this time of year. Late September is also at the end of the main tourist season so there are much less people around, which makes life more pleasant for landscape photographers.
Date: September 27 – October 7, 2018
Cost: $7,650 US ($6,800 per person in shared accommodation)
Duration: 11 days/10 nights
Includes: All ground transportation in specially modified 4×4 vehicle, single occupancy full-board accommodation, guidence and tuition
Excludes: International flights, insurance, alcoholic beverages
Group size: 10
Leader: Daniel Bergmann