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Photography Dream Tours

A Photographer's Dream Trip

Iceland - July 2020

I am excited to announce that I will be leading a dream photography tour to Iceland in the Summer of 2020!  The tentative departure date for this amazing adventure is July 11, 2020.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What will the trip be like:

Day 1:

On arrival to Keflavik Airport, we will be greeted by a driver who will take us to our accommodations in

Reykjavík.  We will use this day to collect all of our participants, make sure that everyone has all of their gear (some may wish to ship some of their gear rather than carrying it all on our flight).  Once we have all checked in and arrived, we will explore some of the main photography highlights of the immediate Reykjavík area, including Solfar (Sun Voyager Sculpture), Hallgrímskirkja and Golfklúbbur - Seltjarnarnes.  

Day 2:

We will spend this day photographing sites of "The Golden Circle," including Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall, and the twin geysers of Geysir and Strokkur.  We will also visit Kerið, one of the many crater lakes in the area.  Each day will be subject to change/adjustment, depending on weather and most importantly lighting conditions.  We will monitor the weather and light/sky forecast daily, and adjust accordingly, depending on any chance of northern lights, or exceptional cloud/weather formations.  After we complete our photography exploration of the Golden Circle, we will make our way to the Hvolsvöllur area, stopping along the drive to photograph as desired, then spending the evening in Hvolsvöllur.  

Day 3:

We will start the day photographing the fairytale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can experience walking right behind

the misty cascade, and the gorgeous 60-metre high Skógafoss waterfall just a short drive down the road.

Further ahead at Vík, we can make a stop at the black volcanic beach south of the village, from where you can

view the rock formations Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar.  Our last planned stop of the day will be to photograph the stunning Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon.

Spend the night in Kirkjubæjarklaustur/Skaftafell area.

Day 4:

Enjoy Skaftafell, part of the immense Vatnajökull National Park and a place of great natural beauty with many

interesting hiking trails, including a short path to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall.  Then, we will head to the amazing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.  One of the highlights of the day will include photographing Diamond Beach!

Spend the night in the Höfn or Djúpivogur area.

Day 5:

Our drive along east Iceland today is characterized by spectacular fjords, tranquil fishing villages, rugged

tundra and sweeping landscapes. On arrival to the otherworldly Lake Mývatn, we will have an abundance of

unusual natural wonders to explore, including the Krafla volcano, the curiously-coloured Námaskarð pass, the

massive crater of Hverfell and the lunar-like pseudo-craters at Skútustaðir.  We have great flexibility to focus on the areas of greatest interest to the group, as we pass one incredible landscape photography opportunity after another!

Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

Day 6:

We will use this day to further explore the surroundings of Lake Mývatn. We will start the day with a whale-

watching trip from the village of Húsavík, “The Whale Watching Capital of Europe”. Then, drive through

Jökulsárgljúfur; part of Vatnajökull National Park, visiting such sights as the hoof-shaped Ásbyrgi canyon

and the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. At the end of six intense days of photography, we may opt to end the day by bathing in the relaxing geothermal waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths, where we can experience the glow of the midnight sun.

Spend the night in the Lake Mývatn area.

Day 7:

On the morning of day 7, we will visit Goðafoss (“The Waterfall of the Gods”) on the way to the charming town of Akureyri, where we can take in the northern-most botanical garden in the world.  After our break in Akureyri, we will head to Tröllaskagi (“The Peninsula of the Trolls”), where we will photograph even more fantastic scenery of beautiful mountains, cliffs and fjords. Then, continue through Siglufjörður, which was once the centre of Iceland’s herring fleet, and is now known for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses.

Spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

Day 8:

Our first main objective on day 8 will be the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On the way, we will photograph some of the countless mounds of Vatnsdalshólar and the beautiful Þingeyrakirkja church. We will also pay a visit to Stykkishólmur, a picture-perfect fishing village overlooking Breiðafjörður Bay. Here, we can take a walk up to the small hill overlooking the harbour, Súgandisey, for a wonderful panoramic view over the town, sea and surrounding mountains.

Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula / Borgarfjörður area.

Day 9:

Experience the unique Snæfellsjökull National Park, with amazing birdlife, lush valleys and lava fields. We will make the drive around the peninsula, exploring Dritvík Cove, Lóndrangar Cliffs as well as Hellnar andArnarstapi Cliffs with its bursting bird-life and the small villages on the coast.  The highlight of this day will most likely be to photograph the amazing blue ice inside a glacier!  We will also stop and photograph the black volcanic beach of Djúpalónssandur, as well.

Spend the night in Reykjavík.

Day 10:

We will travel by bus from Reykjavík back to the airport.  For those with afternoon flights, there will be time to visit the famed Blue Lagoon for one final hoorah before the flight home!  (There will be an additional charge for the Blue Lagoon admission for those that are interested in that additional excursion.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Before We Travel:

I will be providing a number of travel-related sessions at Cardinal Camera prior to our departure.  This will include a class on using ND filters, a packing/travel gear class, as well as any other information that any of our participants feels would be an essential precursor to this trip.  These classes and workshops will be included in the price of the trip for all participants.  

The financials:

The anticipated full cost of this trip (including airfare) will be $5,000 USD.  A number of the excursions and admissions have not been updated to 2020 pricing, so there is still a bit of possible fluctuation as we move forward.  It is possible that the price could be slightly lower, or slightly higher, but I have tried to ensure that I have estimated "on the high side" each time, so my hope is that it would be slightly less.  The deposit for the trip is $2,500 at time of registration.  

Private Room Supplement:

The price of the tour is based on double occupancy.  Private rooms should be available, and the supplemental fee for a private room is expected to be in the $1000 range.  The exact cost of a private room supplement will not be available until we have our entire group finalized in terms of our rooming list.  It may be a bit above or below the $1000 mark, but it will be in that vicinity.

Breakthrough Photography Sponsorship:

The amazing folks over at Breakthrough Photography have offered to send us a supply of their filters for attendees to use while in Iceland!  At the conclusion of the trip, I will devise a way to distribute these to the attendees of the trip.  A huge thank-you to Breakthrough Filters for this amazing offer!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gear List:

  • A great full-frame camera (you can shoot this on whatever you have... but if you are pondering an upgrade...)

  • A fast wide-angle lens (there will be some night photography and astral photography opportunities, so fast primes are a wonderful idea.)

  • Filters - we will be shooting a lot of seascapes, green fields and blue skies.  A Circular Polarizing filter (I recommend the x4 Breakthrough Photography filter) would be great, as well as a few ND filters - definitely a 3-stop and a 6-stop, and you could even go bigger, if you want.

  • Some sort of rain sleeve - you definitely don't want your gear getting wet!

  • A good camera bag for both air travel and some hiking.  I plan to use a bag that is a collaboration between SKB and ThinkTank.  I'll make sure the store has them in stock.  The interior comes out and you can wear it as a backpack, after you are in Iceland.  

  • GOOD hiking shoes/boots.  The terrain is rugged, and your feet will get wet.  We will be climbing, digging, crawling in ice caves, navigating around rocks and boulders - break in a pair of good hiking shoes well in advance of the trip.  The literature for the excursion inside the glacier highly recommends waterproof footwear and warm clothing, even in mid July.

  • GOOD socks.  Some sort of boundary sock, or other good quality hiking sock to keep your feet dry will really help your comfort level.

  • Extra batteries (LOTS OF BATTERIES!)

  • Extra memory cards (LOTS OF MEMORY!)

Signing Up:

Contact me via email to reserve a spot!  5 spots are already reserved, and the remaining spots on the tour will fill quickly.  You can be added to the reservation list or the contact list by emailing me at: mark@markcmorrisphotography.com.  I hope you can join us for this amazing Iceland adventure!