Iceland in Winter is both visually breathtaking and a great cultural experience. In 2014 Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer will take a group of 10 photographers on a full board six-day tour and photo workshop to Iceland to take pictures of black lava beaches, blue glaciers, the original Geyser and — if we're just a little bit lucky — a good dose of Aurora Borealis.
Our local guide (a professional photographer) will accompany us on this full board tour to make sure we will be at the best spots at the best times. He will also help out with instruction, so you will have the luxury of three instructors on this tour.
And remember: this is more than just a photo tour, it's a workshop tour! We will have structured photo workshop time as often as possible and you will get individual face-to-face instruction while out shooting.
You should expect: breathtaking landscapes, bizarre ice formations and with a little bit of luck northern lights on several nights of the tour.
Meet and greet at Keflavik international airport (KEF) and drive through the lava fields to our guesthouse in Reykjavík. Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík
We start the morning by taking a one hour flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the day exploring the region and if we are fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier. Dinner and overnight in the area.
Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs were we can take a short boat tour and sail among the huge icebergs, an unforgettable experience. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers). Dinner and overnight in Vík village.
We leave Klaustur and drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it. On we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters. From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. Dinner and overnight in the area.
We leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir national park. Þingvellir is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world's oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930. We continue to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula. More then half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes. We will walk where the mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. We continue to the small fishing village Grindavík and end in the Blue Lagoon, for a relaxing dip in 38°C therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226. Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík
Breakfast with the group. Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.
Author: Chris Marquardt