Iceland Photo Tour

An exploration of striking waterfalls, icy landscapes and pictureque villages

Join us on this Iceland photo tour; an exploration of the country’s most striking scenery. Resting at the edge of the Arctic Circle and nicknamed the land of fire and ice, Iceland guarantees magical landscapes interweaved by cultural villages. You’ll be surrounded by mighty waterfalls, icy lakes, stunning seascapes, and black sand beaches and territories covered by volcanic detritus. No matter where you look, every glimpse of Iceland is inspires photography.

We’ll start our trip by visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufellfoss mountain and waterfall, and Hellnar’s iconic churches. The water cascade and the dried, ancient texture of the lava fields create memorable landscape photography opportunities. We’ll then explore Kirkjufell mountain, where we will spend the day photographing the striking Kirkjufellfoss waterfall. From there, we’ll travel to the Southern Region, which might get a little chilly! Next, we will be driving through Thingvellir National Park, famous for its natural lakes. This roadtrip will enable you to produce mesmerizing photographs. Throughout the trip, we’ll stop at quaint locations to learn about Icelandic culture, climb glaciers to get in touch with our intrepid side, and stop to photograph the suggestive landscapes when the light is at its best. This photography workshop will consist of a full photographic exploration of a country with a truly unique character.

During the entire Iceland photo tour, you’ll have the privilege to be guided by professional photographers Emil von Maltitz and Nick van de Wiel, who will provide personalised photographic tutoring. The combination of Iceland’s breathtaking beauty and their competency will leave you with inspiration, improved skills, and a collection of impressive photographs. This Iceland photo tour is suitable for photographers of all levels, and the small group size will guarantee enough personal guidance for every participant. Continue to read on, or enquire about joining now!

 

Highlights

  • Photograph the beguiling Kirkjufell mountain and the eternally dramatic skyline of Vestrahorn Mountain
  • Capture icebergs jostling for space in Jokulsarlon Lagoon, and fantasy-like sea stacks off the dramatic cliffs of Vic
  • Visit and photograph quaint villages that are scattered amongst Iceland's striking landscapes
  • Photograph amazing waterfalls that belie the imagination at Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss
  • Enjoy photographic tutoring by two professional photographers

Quick Facts

  • Where Iceland
  • When May 29 - June 10, 2019
  • Focus Landscape Photography
  • Workshop Leaders Emil von Maltitz & Nick van de Wiel
  • Photography Level Required Suitable for all levels
  • Price €6480
  • Group Size Max. 6
  • Day 1 - Arrival in Keflavik and drive to Snæfellsnes Peninsula (International flight) After arriving in the KEF International airport, we will take a transfer to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. We recommend booking on the British Airways flight which arrives late in the morning. On our way, we will see many naturally occurring landscapes begging to be photographed. The scenery is ideal to capture Iceland’s stark contrasts, being composed of sparkling fjords, dramatic volcanic peaks, sheer sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and crunchy lava flows.

    As our first day comes to an end, we will rest and rejuvenate at the Fosshotel Hellnar. This accommodation provides comfort, gorgeous views, and delicious meals. Furthermore, it is located only 6km from the Snæfellsjökull National Park and has quick access to the coastline as well as the famous ‘Black’ Church.
  • Day 2 - Kirkjufell and surrounds All daily itineraries will be dependent on the weather. That said, the plan is to get up for sunrise (3AM) to go and photograph the marvellous Kirkjufell mountain, beautifully reflected in a lagoon nearby. Situated near the peaking Mt. Kirkjufell in Kirkjufellsa river lies the mighty Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall. We will get to experience and photograph as the water drops five meters into three separate spouts, creating several tiers of majesty. We will be aiming for a sunset shoot at about 11PM, so much of the day will be spent resting.
  • Day 3 - Hellnar Day three is all about exploring the coastline around Hellnar. Here there are some phenomenal rock arches and volcanic rock features to draw the eye. Besides the coastline, the area around Hellnar offers some extraordinary mountain views, impossibly tall waterfalls and iconic Icelandic churches to photograph. As with the previous day we rest during the bulk of the midday, but shoot through the best light in the late afternoon and early morning.
  • Day 4 - Hellnar to Vik Day four marks the first of our long travel days as we make our way to the south of the island. The idea is to go up and over the highlands to the north of Reykjavik, passing through Thingvellir National Park. This spot is famous for the fault line between the European and North American tectonic plates that lie beneath the island at this point. The result is a series of large natural lakes, and fault lines that create yawning depths and gorges.

    We will spend the evening at Hotel Katla, where beautifully atmospheric and cozy bedrooms will lull you into a peaceful sleep. The hotel also has several outdoor hot tubs and Vík’s black sand beach is only a 5-minute drive.
  • Day 5 - Thorsmork Valley By Private Superjeep As an exciting extra we are planning to travel to the beautiful Thorsmork Valley which is nearby Vik. The Valley is only accessible on foot or by ‘Superjeep’. This enables us to get deep into the mountains for some unique landscape photography opportunities. This protected reserve is a photographer's paradise, with views seemingly drawn from an enchanting fantasy. Rock formations twist skyward and fluorescent arctic flowers burst of colours; a simple divine landscape to capture on camera. The verdant realm is surrounded by snowy mountain ridges, valleys covered by wild flowers, crinkled canyons, frozen rivers and three looming glaciers (Tindfjallajökull, Eyjafjallajökull and Mýrdalsjökull), which protect this quiet spot from some of the region's harsher weather.
  • Day 6 - Dryholaey and Rynisfjara The coastal cliffs around Vik are the main reason that brings us into this spectacular area. The extraordinary cliffs of Rynisfjara beach and lighthouse Dryholaey are all close
by, allowing for multiple visits if necessary.
Dryholaey is not just the area of a lighthouse, but it’s also the rocky plateau and the impressive ‘Cathedral Arch’ as well as the view of the ‘Black Beach’ that we are after.
    Rynisfjara, on the other hand, is backed by a massive cluster of basalt columns which give birth to an outstanding photographic scenery. There are several extremely photogenic farmsteads and churches in the area, as well as some historic ‘turf’ houses. Expect to shoot the coastline from both the shore level, as well as up on the ramparts of the cliffs. At all times watch for rogue waves: you may be swept away!
  • Day 7 - Vik to Hofn After breakfast at the hotel, the morning will be spent photographing Höfn village, on the eastern side of Iceland, for an authentic cultural experience. The road intersects some beautiful landscapes, including endless fields of lupine flowers as well as vast volcanic plains. We will spend some time photographing scenes as we travel towards the area between Vatnajokul National Park and Hofn. The idea is to simply enjoy the drive and take advantage of the epic Icelandic landscape.

    Hofn fishing town is next to an abandoned film set replicating a Viking village, and is truly unlike anywhere else in the world! This quaint village sits by the Hornafjörður fljord and features authentic Iceland's fishing culture to photograph. The evening will be spent at Glacier World Guest-house Hoffel, where you will find public hot tubs in stunning natural settings.
  • Day 8 - Jokulsarlon and Diamond Beach After a good rest we make for an early morning start visiting one of Iceland’s natural wonders - Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon. The peculiarity of this place lies in the fact that this work of nature developed relatively recently, as a result of melted ice from the enormous Vatnajokul glacier that makes up 90 percent of the National Park. Each visit is incomparable as the lagoon is formed naturally and continuous to expand. If the clouds are cooperating, sunrise means for beautiful alpine glow on the background mountains and the water turns pale pink in its reflection, while clear blue icebergs sail by.

    We then move down the outflow to the equally extraordinary ‘Diamond Beach’. On the seashore of the lagoon lay ice-chunks polished by the ocean, resembling diamonds, which earned the beach’s nickname. The contrast of the ice against the black sand is phenomenal to capture on camera, and it’s embellished by sun hanging on the horizon.
  • Day 9 - Stokksnes and Vestrahorn Mountain On day nine, we set off for the amazing Vestrahorn Mountain before dawn (which is around 2:30AM). The backdrop of Vestrahorn creates superb photos, especially when the warm light sets in. This incredible location is composed of black sands that create wavy dunes topped by vibrant green terraces. Nevertheless, even when the light is poor the scenery is reminiscent of J.R.R Tolkien’s ‘Lord of the Rings’ (and makes for incredible black and white imagery). Since we are staying nearby we can make multiple visits to the area and around this extraordinary mountain.

    After a rewarding day, we will kick back at our Glacier World Guest-house Hoffel. These open country accommodations promise quaint landscapes, comfortable rooms, and yummy local food. 
  • Day 10 - Hofn to Hella An early morning rise is an option, but at this stage a decent night sleep is more likely. After breakfast we then set off back the way we came, heading along Route 1 back past Vic to Hella. We will go back to sites previously visited, in order for you to explore these areas further with your photographic lens. This is the longest of the drives during the trip, so we take the day as it comes.

    We will cap the night’s magic at Stracta Hotel and decide on an evening shoot, based on tiredness level, light and weather.  
  • Day 11 - Hella The last part of our stay is reserved to take in and potentially re-photograph some of the more iconic waterfalls in the area, such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. There is a possibility that we will already have seen these locations, but this gives us another opportunity in case we have missed them, or if the weather hasn’t always been in our favour. Around midnight, we’ll shoot the famous wrecked DC3 plane. From there we aim for a dawn photography at Skogafoss waterfall before heading back to Hella for breakfast. Most of the day is spent resting and catching up on critique sessions and Photoshop.

    After dinner we set out to catch the last light on the beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Foamy white falls fiercely plummet sixty-three meters into the Seljalands River; this water then cycles back into the sources’ origin in the volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajökull. The striking scenery will provide you with very unique photographic opportunities. Also, the Seljalandsfoss allows access to a mysterious cave and to a walking path behind the curtain of cascading water!
  • Day 12 The final day is indeed a travel day. Before breakfast we'll get in the last shots in the warm morning light, after which we head straight to the airport in order to catch an early flight home. Photographers can book their flights to leave on the 10th June, or we can also help arrange a longer stay on the island.

Dates:
May 29 – June 10, 2019

Dates: May 29 – June 10, 2019

Price: €6480 (single supplement – if rooms available – €1850)

The price includes:

  • All scheduled meals during the trip
  • Lodges and hotels
  • All transport during the tour
  • Superjeep trip to Thorsmork Valley
  • Airport transfers
  • Entrance fees
  • Photographic tutoring by Emil von Maltitz and Nick van de Wiel

The price does not include:

  • Flights to and from Iceland
  • Personal travel insurance
  • Drinks
  • Items of a personal nature

During this Iceland photo tour, the photographic inspiration is endless. Our main focus will be on landscape and nature photography, as it’s Iceland’s striking and distinctive vistas that make the country so unique. Surrounded by obsidian and colourful rhyolite mountains, expect to photograph a wide range of different panoramas under the best possible light conditions. We’ll also explore some cultural photography as we visit some characteristic Icelandic villages.

Iceland is an island in the North Atlantic, with a resident population of less than 350,000 inhabitants and an area of 40,000 square miles, making it the most sparsely populated country in Europe. A third of these people live in the Capital, Reykjavik. The economy is strong with a highly educated, well-paid workforce. Iceland is a country of extreme geological contrasts, famous for its geysers, active volcanoes, hot springs, and for its majestic northern lights. Join us for a photography workshop in this fascinating country, while receiving professional photographic tutoring!

The region presents a very diverse climate, it is the land of light and darkness. Its location implies a relatively cold weather with high levels of rain and snow. Long summer days with almost 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days. Summer lasts from June to August, with the ‘midnight sun’ occurring around the 21st of June during the solstice. Travelling around the island is relatively easy, due to the efficient road system that surrounds the country. However, access to the main locations is easily achieved on foot from parking areas and none of the sites we use are particularly strenuous or challenging to reach.

This Iceland photo tour is about photographs and the experience of photography, therefore we will do our best to bring participants to great locations and at the right time. As a result, your sleeping schedule might slightly change in order for you to get the most out of your trip. The proximity to the Arctic Circle implies short nights with extended ‘golden hour’ shooting conditions. This trade-off means capturing on camera the powerful Seljalandsfoss, deep fjords, floating icebergs, volcanic beaches…and even a wrecked DC3 aircrafft in the best feasible light and with the least possible visitors.

We’ll start our trip by visiting the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Kirkjufellfoss mountain and waterfall, and Hellnar’s iconic churches. The water cascade and the dried, ancient texture of the lava fields create memorable landscape photography opportunities. We’ll then explore Kirkjufell mountain, where we will spend the day photographing the striking Kirkjufellfoss waterfall. From there, we’ll travel to the Southern Region, which might get a little chilly! Next, we will be driving through Thingvellir National Park, famous for its natural lakes. This roadtrip will enable you to produce mesmerizing photographs. Throughout the trip, we’ll stop at quaint locations to learn about Icelandic culture, climb glaciers to get in touch with our intrepid side, and stop to photograph the suggestive landscapes when the light is at its best. This photography workshop will consist of a full photographic exploration of a country with a truly unique character.

Your Photography Workshops

This photography workshop is not just about popular locations to take pictures of. The goal is to guide our participants to learn and understand the mechanisms behind creating pictures, so that you can do it again yourself. Professional photographers Emil von Maltitz and Nick van de Wiel will have your back throughout the workshop and help you take the best possible images. Their teaching will be tailored to everyone’s needs; you’ll be able to get as much or as little guidance as you prefer. Tuition will include camera settings, exposure, openings, creative composition, as well as post-processing. Everything will be flexible and adaptable to each level of experience.


Recommended Equipment

For this Iceland photography workshop, Tyrone recommends the following equipment:

  • Digital SLR camera
  • Range of lenses; ideally including a wide angle lens
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as 70-200 or 70-300
  • Tripod
  • Sturdy camera bag
  • Batteries, memory cards, chargers and adapters!
  • Laptop if you’re keen to improve your post-production skills, and/or if you’d like to review your images with Nick and Emil

Emil von Maltitz

Emil von Maltitz is an internationally recognized South African landscape photographer and member of the International Environmental Photographers Association. He has been involved in photography for the better part of the last two decades. After completing his post graduate degree in Anthropology, he opted to pursue his dream and turn his passion for photography into his career. Along with freelance commercial and assignment photography, Emil spends time running a number of photographic workshops. Well-versed and knowledgeable in the Adobe suites, Emil will be able to help and guide in photo-editing and several advanced photographic techniques during the workshop. A particular interest of Emil’s is the theory and practical application of advanced composition in landscape photography, which will be discussed at length during the workshop.

Nick van de Wiel

Nick van de Wiel is originally from The Netherlands, where he graduated with a BSc and an MSc in biology before moving to South Africa. He and Emil met and began to work together in 2008. Nick is the owner and operator of Tailor Made Safaris with their head office based in St. Lucia, South Africa. He is an accomplished photographer, writer, biologist and a FGASA Level 3 expert nature guide, teaching photographic workshops independently or with Limephoto in the Drakensberg, Zululand, Wild Coast, Namibia, Madagascar and Iceland. He is well known for his inventive teaching methods and, although technically very able, both ‘in camera’ as well as with post processing, Nick is very focused on the creative as well as meditative aspect of photography.

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