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Aurora Borealis - Iceland Feb 1-7 2015



Iceland in Winter is both visually breathtaking and a great cultural experience. In February 2015 Chris Marquardt and Tim Vollmer will take a group of 12 photographers on a full board seven-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 two instructors on this tour.

And remember: this is more than just a photo tour, it's a workshop tour! We will have some structured photo workshop time 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 we will catch the northern lights.



Note: this workshop is still under development, this itinerary will likely change in a few areas.

Day 1 Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavik

Meet and greet at Keflavik international airport (KEF) and drive through the lava fields to our guesthouse in Reykjavík. Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

Day 2 Reykjavik – Höfn – Vatnajökull glacier

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.

Day 3 Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon

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.

Optional activity: join us for a breathtaking ice cave adventure. We will explore deep inside a glacier cave with bizarre ice formations overhead, dipped into deep blue light that emanates from the age old glacier ice that surrounds us.
Dinner and overnight in Vík village.

Day 4 Vatnajökull glacier - Skaftafell

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.

Day 5 Vík – Geysir - Gullfoss

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.

Day 6 Þingvellir – Reykjanes peninsula – Blue Lagoon

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

Day 7 Departure

Breakfast with the group. Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.


Title: Aurora Borealis - Iceland Feb 1-7 2015
Start: Feb 01 2015
Duration: 7 days
Location: Iceland
Language(s): English, German
Host(s): Chris Marquardt, Tim Vollmer
Max Participants: 12
Min Participants: 6
Experience required: basic
This workshop/tour is completed.

Photos from this tour/workshop:

» Photography by the participants
» Photography by Chris Marquardt

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  • Transfer from airport on arrival
  • Transfer to airport on departure
  • 4 nights in a hotel in the country
  • 2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik
  • Full board from dinner on the first day to breakfast on day 7
  • Flight from Reykjavík to Höfn
  • Boat trip on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
  • Entrance to the Blue Lagoon and towel
  • 2 professional photography instructors
  • Individualized teaching and assignments throughout the tour

Not Included

  • Tips
  • Drinks
  • Anything that is not explicitly mentioned above

Getting there

Participants will organize their own travel to Reykjavik. The main airport is called Keflavik International Airport (KEF).


Accommodation is included in the tour price, based on 2 people per room. Single supplement for the tour is $249. Additional nights before and/or after the tour are your own responsibility, but our tour operator will be more than happy to arrange additional reservations for you.

Expected Weather

The winter temperatures in the south average around 0°C (32°F) and will typically not fall lower than -10°C (14°F). The weather can range from beautiful blue skies with stunning cloudscapes to snow and wind. The weather typically changes fast in Iceland, so expect changing conditions.

Expected Light

February is a great month for Iceland. We can catch great morning light without having to get up at 5am and we won't have to wait until midnight for the Northern Lights to be visible.

Registration and Payment

Payment for this workshop will be split into three installments. You secure your spot on the workshop by an immediate deposit payment of 500 EUR. This deposit is non-refundable. Half of the remaining balance is payable on Jun 01 2014 and the final balance is payable on Nov 01 2014. If you cancel your participation up to two months prior to the workshop, 50 percent of the workshop cost is due. The full workshop fee is due under the following conditions: (1) you cancel within two weeks of the workshop, or (2) you don't show up without prior cancellation or you leave during the workshop.











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