Iceland’s Westfjords Photography Tour

With Daníel Bergmann. June 7–18, 2018.

2 places available

Vestfirðir, or the Westfjords, are the oldest part of Iceland although the oldest rock there is “only” 15 million years old. It is a dramatic landscape of fjords, mountains and rugged coastline. It is also the lesser visited part of Iceland and many of its locations retain a feeling of remoteness. Some of Iceland’s most impressive bird colonies are to be found in the Westfjords and in the middle of June the sun does not set, providing extended hours of golden light. Join me on a 11 day long journey that will start at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, we’ll then sail over the Breiðafjörður bay and explore the Westfjords from west to east.

The philosophy
This photography tour is about improving your photography as well as experiencing unique and exciting locations. I am as passionate about photography as you are and participating in an intense photographic journey, with a group of like minded individuals, is a good way to grow as a photographer. As a leader and instructor I’m always at hand to assist with specific techniques and we welcome the opportunity to discuss the philosophical aspect of our art.

The view from Gjögur in Strandir region

As always, as a native Icelander, I am there to make the tour as successful as possible by using my local knowledge and experience to get us to the best locations in good light. It is my intention to give you an exciting and unforgettable journey through Iceland’s spectacular Westfjords. And also to give you an opportunity to grow and expand your photographic vision. The group size will be limited to just 9 participants.

The itinerary
June 7 is the designated arrival day to Iceland and that night will be spent at a hotel in Reykjavik city.

The following day we’ll head up to Snæfellsnes and will have a day to photograph in the national park at the southern side of the peninsula and the iconic Mt. Kirkjufell at the northern side. In the morning of June 9 we’ll board the ferry across the bay of Breiðafjörður, which will take us to the southern shore of the Westfjords. From there we’ll find our way to Breiðavík, where we’ll spend a couple of nights. Látrabjarg bird cliff is nearby, with the world’s most tame and photogenic Puffins, and we’ll also explore Rauðisandur and nearby coves and valleys.

On June 11 we’ll start moving eastwards and will locate ourselves in the town of Þingeyri for a couple of nights. This location gives us good access to coastal photography in fjords such as Arnarfjörður. We’ll also visit Dynjandi waterfall in evening light and photograph the many mountains in the region. On June 13 we’ll move further north, to the great fjordscapes of Ísafjarðardjúp. We’ll be located again for a couple of nights at Heydalur, which is a fantastic hotel in the fjord of Mjóifjörður. After two days of exploring “Djúpið” we’ll relocate at Strandir, which is the easternmost part of the Westfjords. Some of the finest scenery in the Westfjords is in Strandir region. We’ll stay in Djúpavík for two nights. On June 17 we’ll start travelling south and the last night will be at a hotel in Keflavík. Participants can then leave Iceland at will on June 18.

In Ísafjarðardjúp. Mt. Hestur across the fjord.

A Látrabjarg Puffin.

At Djúpavík in Strandir.

Accommodation and food
We will be staying at hotels with en suite facilities, except at Þingeyri and Djúpavík, where the hotels only have shared bathrooms. If you are traveling with a partner or a friend you can book shared accommodation. If you are a single traveler you will need to book single accommodation, unless I can find another participant willing to share. Your comfort is taken seriously so all the hotels will offer a good standard of comfort and excellent food. Internet access will be available at all locations. All meals are included. If you have a special dietary requirement you will be accommodated – just be sure and let me know when you make your booking. Lunches will be taken on the road, either at service centers or cafés or as packed lunches in the field.

Conditions
Some of the areas that we’ll be visiting will require walking over uneven and rough terrain so a decent level of fitness is recommended. Extended hikes are not on the plan though and most photography will take place close to the vehicle. The weather should be fairly mild as this is at the height of summer. A cold breeze can blow from the north though, should that be the prevailing direction of incoming weather. As there is light around the clock we may opt to photograph during the night and use the day to rest. We’ll rest when we need though and photograph whenever possible, but will of course pace ourselves so that we don’t burn out, physically and mentally.

The leader
I am a native Icelander, a professional landscape photographer and have been leading photography tours and workshops in Iceland since 2003. You can read more about me here.

Holusteinar, or “rocks with holes”, in Skötufjörður, Ísafjarðardjúp.

Trip details

Date: June 7–18, 2018
Duration: 11 days/11 nights
Cost: $6,200 USD in shared accommodation – $6,950 w/single supplement
Includes: Transportation in a modified 4×4 vehicle, accommodation, ferry fee, all food and drink (except alcohol), guidance and tuition
Excludes: International flights, insurance, alcoholic beverages
Group size: 9
Leader: Daniel Bergmann

Please contact me for further information and booking.