Photograph 'Incredible Iceland' with Professional Photographer, Mark Rayner

12 Day Iceland Photography Adventure and Tour

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The Best of Iceland

When : 17 - 28 May 2018

Where : Iceland

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email or call Mark on 0459 221 678

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11 Nights 12 Days

Starting and finishing in Reykjavik, Iceland.

This photo safari will be an incredible experience for those interested in photographing some of the most beautiful landscape scenery in the world.

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DAY 1: ARRIVAL TO ICELAND AND REYKJAVIK


On arrival at Keflavik Airport, you will be welcomed by a driver and transferred to your accommodation in Reykjavík. After settling in, take the opportunity to explore the vibrant city centre at you own pace. The main downtown street, Laugavegur, offers a variety of shops, galleries, restaurants, coffee houses and bars to suit all tastes—all within an easy walk.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.

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DAY 2: GOLDEN CIRCLE AND GEOTHERMAL FARM
VISIT


This morning you and your fellow travellers will be picked up by your guide. Then the first leg of our journey takes us around the Golden Circle, a popular route containing some of the best-known natural phenomena in Iceland.

Starting at the UNESCO-listed Þingvellir National Park, we will see the site of the ancient assembly grounds as well as the visible rift where two tectonic plates are slowly separating. We will also visit the Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, where the Strokkur geyser spouts hot water every few minutes. The last stop in this area will be at the Friðheimar farm, where we’ll get to taste geothermally-grown tomatoes from their greenhouse.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers. Spend the night in the Hella Area.

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DAY 3: WESTMAN ISLANDS, THE “POMPEII OF THE
NORTH”


We start the day with a drive along the south coast to the Landeyjahofn harbour, where we will take a 30-minute ferry ride to the Westman Islands (Vestmanneyjar). This archipelago is well known for its volcanic activity, such as the sudden 1973 volcanic eruption in the middle of the town of Heimaey and the incredible creation of its newest island, Surtsey, from 1963 to 1967.

At Heimaey we will be greeted by a local guide and join a bus tour around the main island. We will visit the Storhöfði headlands—a popular puffin nesting spot, the volcanic crater and the new museum about the eruption. Then in the afternoon we will sail along the coastline to see unique ocean caves, various seabirds and, occasionally during the summer, groups of whales.

Spend another night in the Hella area.

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DAY 4: VOLCANIC WONDERS OF THE SOUTH COAST


This is another day of volcanic discovery! First we will start the day at the fairy tale-like Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where we can walk behind the misty cascade on a footpath. Then further along at the Volcano Visitor Centre at the Þorvaldseyri farm, we will browse the exhibit about the 2010 Eyjafjallajökull eruption and its impact on the local residents.

Next is a stop to the magnificent Skógafoss waterfall and the Skógar folk museum that displays interesting artefacts from Iceland’s old farming and fishing days. The last stop today is at the black volcanic beach near the village of Vík í Mýrdal. Here we will be able to see the spectacular rock arch and bird nesting cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the Reynisdrangar basalt columns rising out of the ocean.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers. Spend the night in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area.
Note: The cliffs at Dyrhólaey are closed from mid-May until late June due to puffin nesting season.



DAY 5: SKAFTAFELL AND JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON


Today’s drive takes us to some of Iceland’s most photogenic attractions, including a visit to the beautiful Skaftafell area of Vatnajökull National Park, named for Iceland’s largest glacier. Here you have the option of hiking to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall, which drops over a wide cliff of basalt columns that resemble organ pipes.

After lunch, the journey continues to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where we will sail among the floating icebergs on a guided boat tour. In the late afternoon you will have free time to walk around the small seaside village of Höfn and enjoy dinner at your leisure.

Spend the night in the Höfn í Hornarfjörður area.

DAY 6: FISHING VILLAGES & RUGGED FJORDS IN EAST ICELAND


Today we will driving along majestic East Iceland, with scenery that includes tranquil fishing villages, narrow fjords, rugged tundra and sweeping landscapes. Along the way we will stop in two small villages: Stöðvarfjörður, where we will visit Petra’s Mineral Collection, a small museum with a geological focus; and Fáskrúðsfjörður, known for its French heritage.

Later in the evening, after a stop at our accommodation in Egilsstaðir, we will travel to Seyðisfjörður for a leisurely walk around town and dinner. Seyðisfjörður is one of the most enchanting villages in Iceland with its well-preserved wooden houses and steep mountains in the fjord.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers. Spend the night in Egilsstaðir.

DAY 7: MOON-LIKE NORTH ICELAND & GEOTHERMAL BATHS


Today our destination is North Iceland, where you will be amazed by the raw power of Icelandic nature. The first place to illustrate this is the roaring Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Standing next to the thundering water here is an experience you won’t soon forget! Next we will explore the renowned lunar landscapes of the Lake Mývatn area with visits to the Námaskarð pass and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo craters.

After our sightseeing you will have the option of relaxing in the warm geothermal pools and saunas at the Mývatn Nature Baths, with a view to mountains and lava fields. From there, we will head to the town of Akureyri, our next overnight destination.

Spend the night in Akureyri.


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DAY 8: CAPITAL OF NORTH ICELAND & WHALE WATCHING


In the morning you will have the option to join a whale watching tour from Akureyri or enjoy free time to explore the town on your own. As the largest town outside Greater Reykjavik, Akureyri offers a variety of cosy cafés, small shops and interesting places for a walk such as the historical town centre. One suggestion here is to walk along the streets of Hafnarstræti and Aðalstræti to view the old houses and visit the Nonni Museum.

In the afternoon your guide will take you on a short sightseeing tour around Eyjafjörður, the beautiful fjord where Akureyri is located. In the evening you are free to choose your own dinner from among the good quality restaurants in the Akureyri city centre.

Spend another night in Akureyri.


DAY 9: PENINSULA OF THE TROLLS & VALLEY OF THE HORSES


Today we continue towards Skagafjörður, a tranquil rural area known not only for its natural beauty but also for its abundance of purebred Icelandic horses. On our way there, our drive takes us through the beautiful, mountainous area of Tröllaskagi (“peninsula of the trolls”). We will also stop in the old fishing village of Siglufjörður to visit the Herring Era Museum and pass through the town of Hofsós, one of the oldest trading ports in North Iceland.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers. Spend the night in the Skagafjörður area.



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DAY 10: HIDDEN GEMS OF THE NORTHWEST & SNÆFELLSNES


Today’s drive takes us through Northwest Iceland to Snæfellsnes Peninsula, with a few stops at some lesser-known attractions. On the way we will visit Eiriksstadir, homestead of the famous Vikings Erik the Red and his son Leif “The Lucky” Eiríksson. Here you can explore inside the replica turf-house and meet guides in Viking Age costume who demonstrate the way of life from over 1,000 years ago.

We will also make stops in the charming village Stykkishólmur and at the Bjarnahöfn Shark Museum, where you can taste traditional fermented shark if you are feeling brave. Finally, we will stop to admire the church-shaped mountain of Kirkjufell in Grundarfjörður before ending our day at the location of our overnight accommodation.

Enjoy a group dinner (either buffet or set menu) with your fellow travellers. Spend the night on Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


DAY 11: THE MAGIC OF SNÆFELLSJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK


For the last day of our guided tour, we will spend the day exploring the rest of Snæfellsnes Peninsula before heading back to the capital city. Our biggest highlight is Snæfellsnesjökll National Park, named for the mystical Snæfellsjökull glacier-volcano located here, is renowned for its beautiful coastline and lava field surroundings. Some of the sights we will take in here include Arnarstapi, Dritvík Cove and the Vatnshellir lava cave.

On return to Reykjavik, you will be dropped off at your hotel and you can enjoy dinner and the rest of the evening at your leisure.

Spend the night in Reykjavik.


DAY 12: DEPARTURE FROM REYKJAVIK


When it’s time to depart, you will be picked up from the hotel for your airport transfer about three hours before your flight. If you’re flying in the afternoon, you have the option of visiting the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa to relax in the warm mineral waters before continuing onwards to the airport.

SMALL GROUP SIZE

There will be a maximum of eight photographers. This will allow plenty of time to go over photography techniques and improve your photography skills with ample opportunity for one-on-one tuition.


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Cost for the photography expedition is AUD $13975.00 twin share.
Single supplement $1700.00

$1000.00 per person deposit required to secure your position.
(please note a 2.9% handling fee applies to credit card payments)

Included:

  • Transfer from Keflavik International Airport to Reykjavík
  • Accommodation for 11 nights, includes breakfast
  • 5 evening dinners
  • Professional English-speaking guidance from Day 2 to Day 11
  • Transportation in a high-quality van from Day 1 to Day 12
  • Entrance to Friðheimar Farm
  • Ferry ride to Westman Islands
  • Entrance to Eldheimar Volcano Museum
  • Boat tour around Westman Islands
  • Entrance to Skógar Folk Museum
  • Entrance to the Volcano Centre at Þorvaldseyri
  • Boat tour at Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
  • Entrance to Petra´s Mineral Collection
  • Entrance to Herring Era Museum
  • Entrance to Eirkisstadir Museum
  • Entrance to Vatnshellir Lava Cave
  • Transfer to Keflavik Airport on departure
  • Taxes and service fee

Not included:

  • Flights to/from Iceland
  • Meals/drinks at restaurants and entrance fees (unless otherwise stated)
  • Optional activities-can be added on request
  • Any service not listed above in “included”
  • Personal travel insurance


 
Please note a minimum of 6 participants for the expedition to take place.