Around Iceland with Iurie Belegurschi and friends
Capture incredible, natural phenomena such as the Magical Ice caves and Auroras on this eleven-day Winter workshop around Iceland. This photo tour will take you all around the country, with its amazing landscapes and features. Immerse yourself in photography while improving your photography skills.
Over the eleven days, you will see the incredible Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and its connecting glaciers. Photograph the geothermal Lake Mývatn region and the quiet East Fjords. Don’t forget the hot-spring-areas and waterfalls.
The workshop is run by experienced photo-guides, who know the best shooting locations including less well known spots, where you can photograph the Icelandic nature far from the tourist crowds. The guides are also experts in hunting and capturing the Northern Lights.
- Iceland tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.
- Free set of post-processing videos from our award winning photographers worth over $1,500
- Transport in custom 4x4 super trucks – 2 seats per photographer
- Only the best hotels in Iceland.
- The workshops are guided by professional landscape photographers.
- Crampons and rubber boots available to guests on the tour.
- Photography and post-processing lectures throughout the workshop.
- Guides will help you out in the field – you will return with amazing photos of Iceland.
Day 1 – Arrival
Arrive at Keflavík International Airport we provide you with a Flybus ticket which will take you to your hotel in Reykjavík. You can relax until the evening, or explore the most Northerly capital city.
In the evening you will meet your guides and get to know each other. We discuss the plan for the next eleven days over an Icelandic meal.
Day two: Vik
On day two, we take you to your first shooting locations along Iceland’s South Coast.
First stop is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This 60-metre waterfall is possible to walk behind allowing for infinite compositions. The next stop is Skógafoss. Skogafoss has a classic shape, but much more powerful. Capture the powerful forces in the Icelandic nature.
After you have captured these waterfalls from every possible angle, we take you to the black-sand-beach at Reynisfjara for the sunset. Reynisfjara is an incredible beach of dramatic contrasts. You can photograph the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, volcanic cores from many millennia before while the relentless waves pound the black sands. Nearby are the Dyrhólaey rock-arch and cliffs with basalt columns waiting to be photographed.
We stay the night in the quaint village of Vík. The evening at Vik could be your first opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights.
Day three: Vatnajokull
On the 3rd day, we continue to drive the rest of the South Coast to reach three top photo locations in Iceland’s south-east.
First is Skaftafell Nature Reserve – once its own National Park but now part of the larger Vatnajökull National Park. The area contains the diverse features that make Iceland so popular with photographers. Here you can photograph glacier tongues and lagoons, mountains and volcanoes. We stop here for several hours to give you a chance to capture them all.
Afterwards we venture on to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The lake is filled with massive icebergs the size of houses. The huge icebergs gradually melt before they make their way through to the ocean. There are also many seals that live in the lagoon.
At sunset, we make our way down to the Diamond Beach, where the ice washed up on the black sand beach. Contrasts between the blue ice and black sands give you fantastic photo opportunities. These locations work very well for Northern lights photography.
We retire for the night in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day four Vatnajokull
On day four, we take you to visit a crystal blue ice cave. The ice caves are only safely accessible for a few months of the Winter. Enter an ice cave under the glacier is an extraordinary and truly memorable experience. Help from our professional photo-guides will make your experience a great photographic success.
After photographing the amazing textures in the ice cave, we continue to photograph the sites of the Vatnjökull region. Locations will be decided depending on conditions.
We could drive to one of Iceland’s best beach mountain combination at Vestrahorn. This location is loaded with sand dune foregrounds and the ocean with reflective black sands.
We might take you to Fjallsárlón – a less well known glacier lagoon. Here you will be closer to the glacier tongue, and are less likely to have crowds of tourists in your shots.
Hopefully we finish the day back at Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach to photograph the Northern Light displays above them.
Day five: Vatnajokull
On the 5th day we revisit some locations that may have been neglected or that will appear better or different with alternative weather or light. Skaftafell, Jökulsárlón, Fjallsárlón, the Diamond Beach and Vestrahorn could be revisited.
We will also use the opportunity to take you to less well known photo locations in the area, where you can photograph the south-east in its winter colours including Vatnajökull glacier.
We hopefully have a chance to hunt for the Northern lights before retiring for our final night in the South East.
Day six: East Fjords
On the 6th day, we drive through the untouched East Fjords of Iceland. This part of Iceland is so quiet that seeing crowds of tourists is unlikely.
The photo locations are as diverse as the picturesque fjords. There are interesting seascapes, mountains and small fishing villages with many hundreds of years of history. Seals and reindeer are common in this region for the budding wildlife photographers.
We make plenty of stops up and down the fjords as we travel North. Our final destination for the day is Egilsstaðir, the largest town in East Iceland. If the forecast is good, we will try and shoot Northern lights over the lake Lagarfljót or around Iceland’s largest birch forest.
Day seven: Myvatn
We travel to North Iceland to the Lake Mývatn region. There are many interesting location along the way to stop at and photograph. We might be able to get to Europe’s most powerful waterfall at Dettifoss.
Nearby Dettifoss are Selfoss and Hafragilsfoss, two other impressive waterfalls. We hope to get to Mývatn for sunset. There are many great locations to visit and photograph in the area. We have two days to explore them. On this evening we find a good spot on the lake for photographing Northern Lights.
Day eight: Myvatn
We spend Day eight photographing the Lake Mývatn area. The volcanic lake has some bizarre geology with basalt stacks in the water, and the unusual moss balls make the area quite unique in the world.
Fans of the hit TV series, Game of Thrones will enjoy photographing Jon Snow and Ygritte’s love scene location in the hot-spring cave at Grjótagjá and Mance Rayder’s Wildling Camp at the ‘lava fortress’ of Dimmuborgir. .
We also spend some time photographing the geothermal areas at Mnt. Námaskarð, and Iceland’s volcanic landscapes with pseudo-craters and lava forms.
Iceland’s lake Mývatn is an incredible place in Winter because of the variety of features. It is also an great place for photographing auroras due to its Northern latitude.
Day nine: Myvatn
We explore other parts of North Iceland on the 9th day. The incredible Northern fjords with its picturesque towns and villages. The Tröllskagi Peninsula boasts the most beautiful mountains in Iceland.
We visit the Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls. Godafoss waterfall is scenically beautiful with an interesting history. Iceland marked its departure from the old Norse religion for Christianity when the Godi tossed his pagan idols of the old gods into the waterfall. Aldeyjarfoss waterfall has some amazing geology, and is very beautiful when it’s covered in snow and ice.
We then head back to lake Mývatn for the sunset.
Day ten: Myvatn to Reykjavik
This is the final full day of this winter around Iceland photo workshop. But we still have plenty of new photography locations to visit.
This is a day of driving as we complete the full circle back to Reykjavík, but with numerous stops. We explore the volcanic rock of Hvítserkur, which stands in shallow coastal waters. It looks like a troll or drinking dragon.
As we travel through Icelandic farmland we can stop and photograph the beautiful Icelandic horse; these horses are very friendly and can easily be photographed as they interact with us. Icelandic horses are very hardy animals as they survive the Winter outdoors.
If there is enough time we can visit the waterfalls Hraunfossar and Barnafoss. Also the hot spring at Deildartunguhver and Reykholt and Borgarnes historical towns.
After a final evening meal in Reykjavik, you can show off your new collection of photographs to each other.
Day eleven: Departure Day
Use the Flybus ticket to transfer back to Keflavík airport for your trip home. If you have a later flight, you can use your new photography skills to take photos around Reykjavík to add to your portfolio of Winter in Iceland.
Total price : = $5200 US per person, double occupancy
Single supp = $700 USD
Deposit = $2000 USD
Max Pax = 14
Full payment: 90 days before the start date.
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- 12-22 Jan 2019 Guided by Brynjar Agustsson and Lorenzo
- 11-21 Feb 2019 Guided by Alban Henderyckx and Serena
- 17-27 Feb 2019 Guided by Felix Inden and Dennis