The Westfjords of Iceland & the Highlands – Adventure Photo Tour
The Westfjords of Iceland & the Highlands – Adventure Photo Tour: A photography tour for the serious landscape photography enthusiast lead by native Icelander Örvar A. Þorgeirsson. You will visit various known & unknown locations in Iceland and focus on both birdlife and landscape photography. A few highlights of the tour are Látrabjarg cliffs where we get up close and photograph the Atlantic Puffin. The Highlands of Iceland is ranked amongst Europe’s largest unpopulated areas, full of glaciers, volcanoes, amazing waterfalls and hot springs.
Our goal in this photography tour is to assist you in getting to the right locations at the right time for the best photographic results. Your guide, Örvar Þorgeirsson, is one of the most experienced photography guides in Iceland and will assist you in locations so you will get the most out of your adventure. We have chosen early July for this trip as it is one of the best time of the year. Endless soft light and combined sunset and sunrises are amongst the unique features that make Iceland the most magical place for photographers.
Highlights of The Westfjords of Iceland & the Highlands – Adventure Photo Tour
- Small Groups – Our focus is small groups, so each participant gets plenty of time with their photography guide.
- Transportation – We offer specially modified and spacious 4×4 Super Trucks so you can travel in comfort.
- The Atlantic Puffin – We visit at least two different Puffin colonies during the Summer periods – The Atlantic Puffin is possible to photograph from May to Mid August.
- No crowds – We do our utmost to visit locations with fewer crowds and photograph popular spots in the late hours when the light is best. Photographing in the midnight sun does have its advantage as we are up and about while the basic tourist is asleep.
- All-Inclusive Workshop – Our Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland is all-inclusive. You need to fly to Iceland, and we take care of the rest. Included in the workshop price is all accommodation, all meals, Guiding, Transportation and fees.
- Professional Photography Leaders – In our Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland, only Icelandic Photographers, lead the workshops. These are experienced guides that can take you to the best known and unknown locations!
- Guiding – Technical assistance & instructions at all locations
- Post-Processing – Image critique and post-processing session at a convenient time during the workshop
Reserve a spot on our The Westfjords of Iceland & the Highlands – Adventure Photo Tour
July 3rd to 14th 2020
Total Price is USD 6.490.-
Deposit Payment USD 1.000.-
Single Supplement USD 700.-
The Westfjords of Iceland & the Highlands – Adventure Photo Tour – Outline
3-14th of July 2020 (available)
Total Price is USD 6.490.-
Deposit Payment USD 1.000.-
Single Supplement USD 700.-
All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
All meals indicated
Guiding by an Icelandic Pro Photographer
Image Critique & Post Processing session
Modified 4×4 transportation
Flybus transfer from Int. Airport and back after the tour
What´s Not Included
Dinner the last night in Reykjavik – workshop concludes at the hotel
Items of Personal nature
Gratuity for your Photography guide
Örvar Þorgeirsson is an award-winning Icelandic photographer, owner of the gallery “Arctic photo” in Reykjavik. His work presents dynamic, sharp, and moody photos of Iceland.
The Workshop will begin in Reykjavik with a group dinner on the first evening.
Flybus vouchers from Keflavik Airport & back after the workshop are included, but you can upgrade to a private airport pick up or drop off if you prefer. Specially modified 4×4 Super Truck does all transport. We will pick you up at the hotel the morning after group dinner and drop you off again at the hotel when the workshop is finished.
Accommodation: Double occupancy accommodation at hotels/guesthouses, single room available upon request. We stay at the various hotels & guesthouses but as close as possible to our photography locations. All meals are included (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants) along with soft drinks & coffee or tea with meals. The workshop concludes when we check into our last hotel night in Reykjavik – Participants will then have time to visit Reykjavik or rest for early flights.
Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels. While this is not a hiking tour, we will be as active as conditions allow and make short walks and potentially hike up small 100-200 meter hills.
The Workshop includes Photographic tutoring and guidance by pro landscape photographers and tour operator. Arctic Exposure will provide you with a Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing.
DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavik
You arrive in Iceland and check in your hotel in Reykjavik, which will already be reserved by your tour operator and included in the price. We meet at the centrally located hotel at 18.00 and go out for dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety share from your native Icelandic guide and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan
DAY 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula
We start early in the morning and travel from Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes peninsula. The whole peninsula is a photographers paradise, with many different seascapes, rock formations, glacier, lava field, birds and even whales.
Snæfellsnes is a 90- km long peninsula comprises a world of diversity. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past. The Snaefellsjokull National Park is at the westernmost part of the peninsula, including the mystical glacier Snaefellsjokull, as well as other unique sites such as Djupalonssandur, Thufubjarg and various Lighthouses and churches.
One of the main highlights of Snæfellsnes is Mt. Kirkjufell (463m) and its waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss. The mountain is often referred to as the guardian of Grundarfjörður’s northwestern vista, and possibly one of the most photographed spots in Iceland. It has appeared in Game of Thrones and is one of Iceland best-known mountains.
DAY 3 & 4 – Látrabjarg & the Atlantic Puffin
We visit Látrabjarg and stay in the area for two nights, explore the coastline, lighthouses, stranded boat and of course we’ll spend a lot of time on the famous sea cliff Látrabjarg which is perhaps the best location to photograph Puffin in Iceland.
Látrabjarg is One of Europes biggest bird cliffs, a home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland is really a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so. Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs
Another highlight is Rauðisandur (Red Sand), which is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand. The magnificent hues of the sand differ with daylight and weather, and the beach is the biggest pearl in a string of coves with sand ranging in colours from white through yellow through red to black, and in coarseness from very fine to sole-hurting chips of seashells. Just pure sand enlivened by countless seabirds and seals, an oasis with unique tranquillity. Forget everything, except maybe getting the perfect shot of the ever-changing hues of yellow, orange and red.
DAY 5 – Dynjandi & Önundarfjörður
We keep on exploring the Westfjords and head out to Dynjandi Waterfall in the bottom of the fjord Arnarfjörður. This breathtaking waterfall has been the front page model for the Westfjords for years. Measuring 30 meters wide at the top and 60 meters at the bottom, Dynjandi is about 100 meters high, the most impressive waterfall in the Westfjords and one of the most beautiful in all of Iceland. Below it, a series of waterfalls cascade. Arnarfjordur is one of the most beautiful fjords in the Westfjords because of its diverse landscape, magnificent mountains and the natural masterpieces of Ketildalir and the Dynjandi waterfall.
From there keep on going into Önundarfjörður . The fjord is often referred to as the Westfjords most beautiful with the and the amazing Korpudalur & Holt beach. The small fishing town of Flateyri with its museum of Nonsense. After a photography stop in Önundarfjörður we head into the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður and stay there overnight.
DAY 6 – Ísafjörður & surrounding area
DAY 7 – Ísafjarðardjúp & travel to the West of Iceland
DAY 8 – Þingvellir National Park & the Highlands of Iceland
DAY 9 – The Highlands of Iceland
DAY 10 – The South Highlands
DAY 11 – South Coast & Reykjavík
DAY 11 – Departure
Departure day – this would be the first day you can book flights home.
If you are interested in extending the tour we can organise day tours or any other trip for you to different areas. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details. For ideas on possible day trips please look at our Photography Day Tour website.
CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY – The Westfjords of Iceland & the Highlands – Adventure Photo Tour
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. 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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 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.
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