Trip guided in french and english by Patrick Dieudonné, pro photographer, in partnership with Akaoka, a french travel agency.
PRICE: 2490 EUR w/o flight (3 to 6 photographers)
Supplement for single room: 190 EUR
(may be adapted according to weather or local conditions)
Day 1 Arrival at Keflavik airport, drive to the capital Reykjavik (40 km). City tour in the evening possible, depending on arrival time of participants. Reykjavik is a beautiful city with colorful houses, and remarkable architectures such as the Cathedral, the historic center and the famous modern longship Solar Voyager, overlooking Reykjavik bay.
- Night in Reykjavik, B & B or hotel
- Dinner: restaurant
Solar Voyager, Reykjavik
Day 2 We begin our visit to Iceland with the "Golden Circle, the most emblematic sites of Iceland. In the morning we will visit Thingvellir National Park, which hosted the first Icelandic parliament, the Althing, in the tenth century. We will wonder at the huge volcanic fissure called Almannagjá (the fault of the people), located on the Atlantic ridge. On either side of this fault continents move away from each other. Then we’ll visit the hot springs of Geysir (hence the name "geyser"). Strokkur Geyser (the churn) erupts hot water every 3 or 5 minutes, an impressive sight. Finally, a few kilometers away, we will see our first waterfall, one of the most impressive and beautiful in Iceland, Gulfoss (The golden Falls)
- Overnight in Geysir area (hotel or B & B).
- Lunch on the road (Picnic or restaurant)
- Dinner: restaurant
Day 3 Drive to the village of Vik on the southern tip of Iceland. En route, we’ll stop for Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss, two beautiful waterfalls on our way. The region of Vik offers many photographic opportunities: promontories overlooking the sea, immense black sand beaches (Reynisfjara is considered one of the 10 most beautiful beaches in the world), lava needles rising out of the sea (Reynisdrangar - literally Rocks Trolls), Dyrholaey huge natural arch, basalt columns, etc., not to mention the village of Vik itself, a very picturesque one.
Dyrholaey natural arch
Day 4 Morning shooting at Vik (Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar), then drive to Skaftafell National Park. En route, we’ll be crossing the vast lava fields of Eldrhaun, the result of Laki’s historic eruption in the eighteenth century, a catastrophic event for Iceland, and visit a spectacular glacial canyon. In the evening, photography in Skaftafell NP area (large glaciers, moraines and moors, colorful dwarf birch and vegetation). Night near Skaftafell National Park.
Day 5 Morning and early afternoon in the park of Skaftafell to photograph the jewel of Skaftafell, Svartifoss waterfall, perhaps the most beautiful in Iceland, in a incredible setting of black basalt columns. The National Park offers also other sights, to the valley of Morsardalur and golden birches in autumn, or the surrounding glaciers. In the evening we'll head to Jökulsarlon, the well-know glacial lagoon, a magnificent place. We'll try to make the most of it, shooting late in the evening to get the right colors. Night near Jokulsarlon.
Day 6 Early morning at Jökulsarlon, on the lagoon itself or on the black sand beach nearby, where small icebergs break into pieces, if the tide is right. In the afternoon, if Jökulsarlon is well covered, we'll push farther east towards Höfn, with spectacular views towards ice tongues on the coast at sunset.
Icebergs on beach, Jökulsarlon
Day 7 Drive to our starting point along the south coast. The drive is long enough and will not allow long photo sessions as the previous days. But it still offers a second chance on several sites, if the light is good. Night near Keflavik airport or Reykjavik.
Day 8 Early morning departure to France (depending of flight times).
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What is included
• Land transportation (4x4 vehicle).
• Full board
• Accommodation, in hotels B & Bs
• Your guide, a professional photographer
• Technical advice
What is not included
• Flight ticket (but we can help you in finding the best offers or arrange a package with our partner Akaoka travel)
• Insurances (compulsory). Optional insurances available from Akaoka) (more details in the travelogue)
• Photo Equipment
• Alcoholic beverages and items of personal nature.
• SLR digital or film
• Stable tripod, ball head, etc.
• Lenses for landscape: a wide-angle (below 24 mm), a transstandard 24 or 28-70 mm, a medium telephoto zoom lens (70-200). A longer focal length can sometimes be useful for details (300 mm). For more tips download our technical brochure below.
A reasonable level of fitness is required.This trip to Iceland is more physically demanding than our other trips (Tuscany, Scotland). In Iceland, travel conditions and weather are often harder, with longer trips, and changes in accomodation almost every day. Breaks at the hotel are usually not feasible and the days are long. Walks of moderate level are possible. You should therefore be able to adapt to these conditions and be in good general fitness for a duration of 8 days ..
Weather / clothing
Clothing: The climate in Iceland in summer can be everything, from sunny weather for long periods, to cool and wet weather for days. So take windproof and breathable Goretex and one or two layers of warmer clothes. Wool hats and gloves may be useful, as waterproof and breathable pants.
We will not walk long distances with equipment. However access to the best views suppose walks of access and exploration. You must be physically fit and able to carry your gear and tripod for a few hours. Bring good walking shoes (all leather shoes are recommended), a pair of gaiters can be useful.
Accommodation and food:
• Accommodation: Accommodation will be in B & B / guesthouses
• Meals: When we are at the hotel or B & B, breakfasts and dinners are taken on site or nearby (restaurants, etc.). Lunch will often be a packed lunch or picnic in the wild.
• Transportation: We'll use a hired car. Please try wherever possible to limit the size of suitcases, for comfort on board.
Pre-booking on this site (please use the form above), then we will arrange booking deposit and final payment with our partner Akaoka.
Not included. We can assist you, providing hours of arrival and departure, and helping you in your flight bookings. Just ask and we'll help you.
Any other questions?
Contact us using the form above or call if you need further information.Thank you.
Patrick Dieudonne Photo
9 rue de Sampigny
Tel: + 33 (0) 3 29 92 08 89
Mobile: +33 (0) 6 79 63 27 25
We speak French and English.
DOCUMENTS TO DOWNLOAD
Iceland Photo Tour 2013 pdf (Tour description and more photos - in french)
Photo equipment Iceland (more specialized advice on landscape photography equipment - in french)
Booking form Iceland 2013 (pdf)
Booking form Iceland 2013 (Word)