Reykjavík: ICELAND

Tour duration: 8 days
Tour Rate: $4,850
The package rate applies for the duration of the tour (based on 1 person a travel party), and include professional photographer/guide, ground transportation (incl. airport transfers), hotel/lodge, meals at the accommodation, and 24-hour concierge at L' EcoResorts.

At L’ EcoResorts, we have teamed up with Iceland’s largest and most coveted Aurora Hunters and landscape photographers to bring to you Iceland Landscape Photo Tour. Iceland has some one of the most naturally beautiful landscapes imaginable. Iceland Landscape Photo Tour will take you photographing places such as Glacier Lagoon, Ice Caves, Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes, South Coast, and Reykjanes.

On the Iceland Landscape Photo Tour, you will spend 2-days photographing the picturesque icescape at Vatnajokull National Park, including the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Vatnajokull, a glacial lake. On this journey, your guide will make stops for you to capture an array of spectacular sites and feature along the way such as the two waterfalls, namely waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. The park is noted for its blue icebergs, which depict all sort of sizes and shapes. And the light over the icy landscape sets many moods for your landscape photographs. Winters have shorter days but then the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) make their appearance and there is nothing in the world like seeing the lights dancing in the backdrop of the icy landscape here.

During winter, Iceland Landscape Photo Tour leads participants the crystal ice caves. Made entirely of ice sculpted by nature over many years. The patterns and ridges create surface designs on these deep-tunnel-like ice caves, in places such as Vatnajokull. Ice caves changes from time to time as glacier shifts and moves, creating deferring solidness and formation. The Ice caves must be entered with caution and with a guide. Your Iceland Landscape Photo Tour are experts on these ice, and upon entering these arctic hideaways, you will discover a whole new world.
Iceland Landscape Photo Tour will take you to the Golden Circle where you will capture the imposing Gullfoss waterfall, the Geysir geothermal field, and the Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, noted for its historic significance, boasts unique geology and natural features.

And, the Iceland Landscape Photo Tour take you to Snæfellsnes, the site of the first established national park in Iceland. Snæfellsjökull National Park has much unique features. It is believed to have one of the seven great energy centers of the earth extends from coast to the top of the mountains, with copious natural wonders. So much so that is called “Iceland in Miniature”. Snæfellsjökull Glacier, this active volcano, which reaches 1,446 m high, provided the setting for Jules Vernes’ famous Journey to the Center of the Earth.

Tour’s Program

  • On your first day in Iceland, you will arrive at Keflavik International Airport and from there take the flybus, which will take you quickly and directly to your hotel in the central Reykjavik.
CENTRAL REYKJAVIK
  • You and your guide will meet at 7 pm in your hotel's lobby and then go out to enjoy a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant. There, you will get to know your guide and review the itinerary of the journey awaiting you.
  • You will then spend the night at your hotel in Reykjavik.
SELJALANDSFOSS, SKOGAFOSS, DYRHOLAEY, REYNISFJARA
  • You will be picked up by bus from your hotel early in the morning, travelling east via the black sands of the south coast of Iceland. On your way, you will shoot two of Iceland ‘s most picturesque and popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.
  • Seljalandsfoss is a narrow and tall fall with a drop of 63 meters and offers the added chance of actually walking behind it for a unique angle. At a drop of 60 meters and with a width of 25 meters Skogafoss is one of Iceland‘s highest and most scenic falls which can also be shot from above, as there is a pathway to the top and further upstream, where further spectacular falls can be found. During sunny days the spray Skogarfoss may even produce a double rainbow.
  • You will then travel towards Reynisfjara beach near the charming village of Vik, at the southernmost part of the mainland. This beach, with its dramatic scenery, may be the most beautiful in Iceland and certainly one of the best places for nature photography to be found. It is riddled with black pebbles and by the shore you‘ll see an impressive basalt columnar pyramid called Gardar. Further out the rugged basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar rise mightily to the sky. The waves there are further some of the strongest you‘ll find at any shore in Iceland. After a great day of shooting this fantastic scenery, you will spend the night in Vik.
VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK
  • The vast Vatnajokull National Park offers some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery you’ll find in Iceland, with Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier at its center. This park really has everything. As we focus on the southern and eastern part of the park, you will ill get to see beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss, with its dark basalt columns, and Hundafoss by Skaftafell (formerly a natural park of its own, later included in the larger one), mighty glaciers and glacier tongues, dark beache,s magnificent mountains, icy glacier lagoons such as Jokulsarlon and much more.
  • As if this scenery wasn’t already enough, we will as always keep an eye out for the aurora. Shooting the Northern Lights in this otherworldly and adventurous setting is a true adventure for a nature photographer. At the time of our Winter Aurora Photo Workshop lights are extraordinary and soft, resulting in prime photos. At this time of year you are also likely to enjoy the benefits of the snow, adding yet another great touch to your photography.
  • You will have plenty of time to explore the icy wonders of the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon on the east of Vatnajokull, photographing the multitude of glistening icebergs floating towards the ocean and the ice crystals which are scattered on the black sands. You may well spot seals in the area, as they frequent the beaches in winter. We will start our photography excursion before sunrise and as the best photographs can be captures as the first and last rays of the sun illuminate the glistening ice, offering a fantastic display of light. Other lagoons can be found in the area, which are well worth exploring and photographing in their own right, as well as many breathtaking glacier outlets. The highlight of the day, however, will surely be when we enter the subglacial ice caves, uniquely shaped natural sculptures, cavities of crystal blue ice, located under the vast Vatnajokull glacier. This is a moment where time quite literally seems to freeze and you will feel small and in awe against nature´s creation. Be prepared with your wide-angle lens because this is a moment you’ll want to capture well and one that will result in unique pictures.
  • On the fifth day of the Winter Aurora Photo Workshop you will head further east of Vatnajokull and explore the majestic Vestrahorn mountain, rising produly at 454 meters above the black lava beach of the Stokksnes peninsula. This steep mountain is interesting geologically, as it consists of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro, but with some granophyre as well. The mountain has a very interesting shape, consisting of several steep peaks, and one particularly oddly shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn, located eastwards, which stretches all the way out to the sea. All this results in a great photographic scenery, coupled with the mighty waves of the North Atlantic Ocean bashing the shore. As our journey progresses we will constantly be following and seeking the best possible light. Sunrise and sunset are particularly recommended for photographing Vestrahorn and its surroundings, as they offer an amazing display of light over this epic mountain.
SKAFTAFELL,VIK
  • On this day, you will spend your time photographing the wonderful landscape of the Skaftafell preservation area, at the southwestern part of Vatnajokull National Park. There is fine vegetation in the area but the largest attraction is probably Svartifoss waterfall. It is indeed one of my favorite falls to shoot, where the whiteness of the fall contrasts dramatically with dark hexagonal basalt columns and the sharp rocks at the base which bave broken from the columns. This scenery served as an inspiration for the columnar structure of Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik, as well as the ceiling of the National Theater. Sculptor Richard Serra also drew upon the columns for his sculpture piece Milestones, situated in Videy, off the shores of Reykjavik. Another highly picturesque fall is then close by, the beautiful Hundafoss. The volcanic peaks of Kristinartindar form an impressive backdrop to the scenery and more glacier lagoons can be found in the area, as well as the iconic glacier outlet Svinafellsjokull, increasingly popular with glacier hikers.
  • Later you will get to shoot the fantastic scenery of the volcanic Reynisfjara beach as the sun is setting. This dramatic scenery, with Reynisdrangar protruding to the sky, the strong waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, its black sands and basalt column pyramid of Gardar, and its rich birdlife takes on an extra splendour with the last rays of the setting sun. Some of your most scenic photographs during the workshop are therefore likely to be shot at this very spot. You will then spend the night in the charming little village of Vik, the southernmost village of the Icelandic mainland.
GEYSER, GULLFOSS, THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK, REYKJAVIK
  • Your last proper day of travel before leaving Iceland, can be considered somewhat of a culmination. On this day you will get to experience three of Iceland‘s most popular attractions, which together comprise the famous Golden Circle. These consist of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area in South Iceland.In terms of nature, history and cultural heritage, Thingvellir is one of Iceland‘s most important sites. It is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was site of the old national assembly Althingi, founded in the 10th century, to which Iceland’s present parliament in Reykjavik, still bearing the same name, traces its roots. Thingvellir is a rift valley, where the North Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates meet, as evidenced by the impressive Almannagja gorge, where we also recommend shooting the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss that falls into the gorge. Thimgvellir is indeed one of the most photogenic sites in all of Iceland and further recommended sights include the mountain ring surrounding the area and Thingvallavatn, Iceland‘s largest lake, and its islets. Underwater photography has also been popular in the area, as the clear water fissure Silfra opens into the lake, where photographers are literally swimming between continents.
  • The geothermal area of the spouting hot spring Geysir gives its name to spouting hot springs, or geysers, all over the world. While Geysir itself is hardly eruptive anymore, its powerful neighbour Strokkur certainly is, spouting water to a height of 15-20 meters every 5 minutes. Other notable geysers (with a small ‘g’) are Smidur and Litli-Strokkur. Northwards you’ll find of fumaroles (hot springs that emanate steam and gas) and may note bright yellow stains of native sulphur that have chrystalized in the steam. Southwards you’ll find a range of mudpots (fumaroles that boil through the groundwater/surface water). During dry spells these may steam, but otherwise they boil. Not far off is an old natural pool, which can be entered but visitors need to mind that it is delicate. There is also forestry in the area and a tree museum, well worth a visit. Finally, you might want to check out the charming old wooden church. This colourful area offers incredible diversity and a great opportunity for stunning photos.
  • Last, but not least, the thunderous waterfall Gullfoss is widely considered to be the most beautiful of its kind in all Iceland, and its name indeed translates to “The Golden Waterfall”. It is located in the Hvita glacier river in South Iceland and has a drop of 32 meters into a narrow river gorge. This waterfall is a dream come true for any serious nature photographer. You may even be close enough to feel its spray on your face.After experiencing the “big three” of Icelandic natural attractions, you will again overnight at your hotel in Reykjavik.
KEFLAVIK
  • On this day, you will leave for the Keflavik Airport.
You will join the FlyBus from your hotel towards Keflavik International Airport for the return flight to your country of stay, taking with you memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.
INCLUDED
  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Full meals during workshop, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.
NOT INCLUDED (separate vacation services and products)
  • Air flights (international/national)
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Iceland is not all chilly. Notwithstanding its northerly location, Iceland is in essence more solar than polar, this is due to the warming effects of the Gulf Stream. Iceland, however does have some tense climatic conditions.

Here, precipitation peaks in October through to February. Iceland experience high and frequent winds, so much so that eight different degrees of wind is described in the Icelandic language such as logn, which means calm breeze and rok, which means strong gale. In spite of being located just south of the Arctic Circle, Iceland has four distinct seasons: winter, summer, spring, and fall.

December through to February is the iciest months in Iceland and the landscape is spectacular. This scene cannot be missed by serious photographers. During this time, temperature can dip to lower than -30°C (with wind chill), more so in northern Iceland. Trust us, you will want to come to Iceland during this period, but do pack the appropriate proper thermal gear.

September through to April is Northern Lights season. However, February through to March, and September through to October have proven the best months to see the lights in the region.

The midnight sun can be observed during June through to July. August, darker nights are experienced.

Long, dark days are prevalent from late November through to December/January. During this time, aurora seeker rejoices.

February through to March, orcas can be spotted on the Iceland's coast.

  • The price includes hotel/lodge, professional photographer/guide, ground transportation, meals and beverages at the accommodation, and 24-hour concierges at L' EcoResorts.
  • If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a to 10% cancellation fee. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus a 10% cancellation fee.

45 days or more: 65% refund
30 days or more: 40% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made. Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

  • The tour price is based on the number of persons indicated. For personalized group rates, please make inquiry with us regarding the package cost.
  • Participants shall have the ability to hike some easy and advance nature trails.
Disclaimer

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

Booking Your Tour
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  • The tours by L' EcoResorts are nature based, guided, and include walking through rainforests, mountain hiking, cycling, cruising and water rafting, and preserves/safari jaunts.
  • On rainforest tours, you can observe rare and weird species. The Amazon, for example, contains the world’s largest range of wildlife species. Living in the Amazon rainforest are over 40, 000 species of plants, 427 types of mammals (incl. jaguar, anteater, and giant otter), 1,300 varieties of birds, 378 breeds of reptiles (incl. boa), in excess of 400 classes of amphibians (incl. dart poison frogs) and roughly 3,000 categories of freshwater fish. Due to its vastness and some unreachable areas, many species in the Amazon remain undiscovered by scientists. Depending on where in the world your eco resort is located, the nature tour you booked will take you on an intriguing path within that region.
  • On safari tours in Africa, you will observe animals in their natural habitats such as giraffes, lions, elephants, rhinos, leopards, zebras, gorillas, panthers, birds, and reptiles. [At L' EcoResorts, we do not offer or support sports hunting or trophy hunting, which is not the same as survival hunting by the native people or any persons who depends on this tradition/method for their food source].
  • On mountain tours, you will hike up some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, these include the Swiss and French Alps, the Andes, the Himalaya mountains, Blue Mountain Peaks (Jamaica), and the Rocky Mountains in Canada and the United States.
  • British Columbia, Canada, and Alaska, United States allow travelers to traverse some of the most spectacular natural land in North America. These sites include the Great Bear Forest, Denali National Park and Preserve (and mountain), Kenai Fjords, and Brooks Falls. The regions are notable for bear viewing, whale watching, and their remote wildernesses, icy seas, and glacial landscapes.
  • Most of the nature tours by L’ EcoResorts are available off-the-beaten paths, in the wild. But in some cases, some tours may be available on land governed by the state or other bodies. Travelers are responsible to pay any entrance fees or additional transportation fees for themselves and their groups in order to access such sites, unless otherwise stated. Additional transportation may include boat, train, and float plane. All information regarding your tour will be provided to you.
CANCELLATION POLICY

  • Cancellations made 91 days or more prior to travel, 90% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 90 to 31 days prior to travel, 50% refund will be granted, unless otherwise stated.
  • Cancellations made 30 days or less prior to travel no refunds will be granted.
Due the complexities of the various policies by international operators and other third parties in the regions where the nature tours are available, the "CANCELLATION POLICY" by L’ EcoResorts is structured to apply to all reservations.

  • We highly strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance prior to your tour.

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L' EcoResorts, its employees, its affiliates and their employees accept no responsibility, whatsoever, for travelers’ health and safety while they partake in a nature tour. While participating in the tours booked through L' EcoResorts, it is the sole responsibility of the traveler to secure their health and safety. It is further the responsibility of travelers to do health checkups and acquire a clean bill of health from a professional health care provider before embarking on any physical activities, therefore relieving L' EcoResorts, its partners, and its staffs from any blame as it relates to the health and safety of travelers.

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