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Iceland Winter Photography Tour: Aurora, Ice Caves, Glaciers, Scenery - 2019

Dates: March 3-14, 2019
Fee: $6,995
Deposit: $1,000
Limit: Only 6 participants (with 2 guides)
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Description: Please read all of the following before registering for the tour.

Capture breathtaking images on an Iceland winter photo tour, photographing the beauty of a true winter wonderland. March is the perfect time to photograph and witness the Aurora Borealis, along with dazzling ice caves, glaciers, frozen waterfalls, snow-covered mountains, and winter bird species.

Experience the Beauty and Charm of Iceland’s Natural Wonders

This 12-day Iceland winter photo tour takes place during the best season for winter photography in the country, with the perfect balance of daylight hours and historically favorable opportunities for capturing the Aurora Borealis. The weather during this time will be unpredictable with no guarantees, thus during your 2-week tour you’ll likely experience sunshine, snow, rain, wind, and everything else in between. Iceland’s dramatic weather creates fantastic photo opportunities for outdoor photographers. While intense winter storms may limit where we can go, creativity is unstoppable so be ready for anything this adventure may bring! The itinerary has been planned in advance to be flexible—that way we can change plans according to the weather and not be rushed at your favorite locations.

Trip Highlights

  • Visit one of the most spectacular locations for winter photography in the world.
  • Tour Iceland during a historically favorable timeframe for seeing the Aurora Borealis.
  • Photograph winter birds, stunning ice caves, frozen waterfalls, and other incredible winter landscapes with a small group of photographers like you.
  • Flexible itinerary ensures plans can be changed based on weather and you can spend more time at the best locations.
  • Enjoy 1 full intensive day at ice caves plus another half less intensive day. Photographing ice caves are an incredible experience for which we have chosen one of the most reputable companies to guide us.
  • As an added bonus, you’ll be transported by one of the coolest, most customized four-wheel drive vehicles you could ever imagine!

 

Iceland Winter Photo Tour of a Lifetime

Our Iceland winter photo tour is an extensive exploration mission that coincides with the best timing for Iceland winter photography. An exploratory trip means there is little to no photographic instruction and only a guarantee of reservations and activities as stated in the itinerary, dependent on weather. We will be there to take photographs with you and to share the beauty of Iceland while actively exploring for subsequent years and checking out new areas. As a benefit to you, it means the price is kept low! Since you’ll be traveling with a small group, this Iceland winter tour is an unbeatable value.

 


Itinerary

Day 1, March 3
Arrival in Iceland

You will arrive in Reykjavík and check into the Hilton Natura. No activities are planned for this day other than a meet-and-greet and review for the coming days. Since most participants arrive during morning hours, early check-in times can be requested. There is plenty to do around town within reasonable walking distance of the hotel and we’d be happy to make suggestions if you wish to venture out this day.

Day 2, March 4
Waterfalls, Sea Stacks, and Black Sand Beach

At dawn you will leave Reykjavík and head east at the south coast. On the way there you will photograph some astonishing waterfalls (Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss), as well as Dyrhólaey sea stack and Reynisfjara black sand beach. Overnight at Hotel Volcano.

Day 3–5, March 5–7
Basalt Formations, Lava Fields, Glaciers, Ice Caves, Aurora Borealis

Wake up early and start your day with photography at first light on the beach of Reynisfjara, featuring columnar basalt formations and the Reynisdrangar rocks standing in the sea. You will then head east, spending time photographing the great lava fields from the 1783 Laki eruption, keeping on to the Vatnajökull region. Vatnajökull is the largest glacier or ice cap outside the polar areas in Europe.

You will spend 3 nights at FossHotel Glacier Lagoon. From our base we will explore the numerous glaciers in the area and make visits to the iceberg graveyard, where waves toss up ice from the glacial lagoon onto the black beach. You will also get to venture into the dreamlike world of ice caves. This area is all about ice and we are hoping for clear nights and Aurora Borealis activity.

Day 6, March 8
Landscapes, Mountains, Villages

On this day you will head further eastward, passing some picturesque landscapes like Mt. Vesturhorn. The east coast boasts of long, narrow fjords with steep sides and jagged mountain peaks as well as picturesque fishing villages. This is an area with reindeer and we hope to find some on the way. Overnight in the fishing town of Fáskrúðsfjörður.

Day 7–9, March 9–11
Mountains, Geothermal Areas, Landscapes, Waterfalls, Birds

From here we will make our way north to Lake Mývatn, passing through large wilderness areas where you see nothing but hills and mountains as far as your eye can see. We will be based at Sel Hotel at the Lake for 3 nights.

From our base in Mývatn, you’ll have the opportunity to explore geothermal areas and the snow-covered volcanic landscape around the lake. This area features unique lava formations, craters, and the largest pseudo craters in the world. You’ll also visit major waterfalls up north such as Goðafoss. If snow conditions allow, you will also visit Aldeyjarfoss and Dettifoss. Parts of the lake and River Laxá are always open, and flocks of Barrow’s goldeneyes, common mergansers, whooper swans, and even a few harlequin ducks can be photographed. Gyr falcon, rock ptarmigan, and snow bunting are all potential species for winter bird photography.

Day 10, March 12
Landmark Basalt Stack Hvítserkur and Horses

After staying in the northeast you’ll head west along the northern coast through the town of Akureyri, spending a night at country Hotel Gauksmýri in close proximity to the famous landmark Hvítserkur. This area is famous for horse farming, making it the perfect place to photograph horses while they are kept outside in the winter.

Day 11, March 13
Mountains, Sea Stacks, Horses, Waterfalls

Weather permitting, you will spend the day in the beautiful area of Snæfellsnes peninsula, photographing the beautiful coastal line, mountains, sea stacks, horses, and whatever else we find interesting on both sides of the peninsula. The famous Kirkjufell mountain and the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall is on this route. We may also visit Hraunfossar and some other sites in the Borgarfjörður area depending on how much time we have. Overnight in Reykjavík, Hilton Natura.

Day 12, March 14
Departure from Iceland

Depart for home. Flight times vary.

 

*Itinerary may be modified based on weather and local conditions.

 


This Itinerary Includes:

  • All lodging for 13 nights (double occupancy; see above at top right)
  • Transportation and fuel
  • Guide services throughout
  • Breakfast

The Itinerary Does Not Include:

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Meals other than breakfast
  • Snacks between meals, beverages, and any items purchased
  • Gratuities

Rates:

Rates are net, per person, in USD, double occupancy. Single Supplement: $1,295

The single supplement fee reflects our actual cost and is subject to availability. If you are a single traveler and we are unable to place you with a roommate, you will be placed in a single room and charged the single supplement fee.

 

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