The Northern Lights in Iceland

Iceland in Winter- March 2016

Tour Cost: $4,295
Single Room Supplement: $545
Small Group Additional Charge: $400

Tour Dates:  March 10 – 18, 2016

Highlights

• Eight days with accomplished night photographer and tour leader Lance Keimig.
• Night photography every night that weather permits.
• Tour limited to 12 passengers.
• Experience the diverse landscape of Iceland with fellow photographers, on the Ice Lagoon of Jokulsarlon, and a private photo shoot in an ice cave.
• Meet and enjoy the people of Iceland in the small villages and Reykjavik.
• Beautiful waterfalls, including those of Skaftafell National Park and Skogafoss.
• Photograph the basalt pillars, unique land forms, and the black sand beaches near Vik.

Northern Lights

If you have ever wanted to see or photograph the northern lights, this is a great opportunity. The past year has been spectacular for viewing and photographing the Aurora Borealis. The Aurora has been especially active over the last couple of years, and with a little luck, the pattern will continue thru the winter of 2016. During this tour, we will go out to photograph at night whenever the weather is decent. Of course our photography will not be limited to night time, the spectacular landscapes of Iceland make it a photographer’s dream both day and night.

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What To Expect:

This photo tour will feature long days and nights with intense periods of photography. It’s not a workshop- there is no formal classroom instruction, lectures or critiques. There won’t be time, as we’ll be photographing day and night. This is not to say that it won’t be a learning experience, but the first and foremost goal of this trip is to provide you with a comfortable and organized opportunity to create images of the dramatic landscapes of Iceland and of the Aurora. You’ll be working closely with people of varying levels of photographic experience, and we’ll all learn from each other and making friends along the way.

The trip is suited for people of all photographic levels, and I will provide instruction on night and low light photography techniques in the field, and share some articles in advance of the trip to get you started. I will be available to work with you one on one in the field, offering as much or as little creative and technical advice as you want. Night photography will be a big part of the trip, whether or not we see the Aurora.  Whenever the weather permits, we will venture out to search for and  photograph the Aurora Borealis. There may be time for casual sharing and review of images, especially if there is some “weather”.

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Weather:

Expect similar temperatures to New England in mid to late March- just above or near freezing day and night, although temps occasionally dip into the 20s, and there is always the possibility of a winter storm. One of my 2014 groups had a couple of “storms” and they can be intense. Ferocious wind and blowing snow can make getting around impossible. At times like these, we’ll work on, and share our images. The best way to prepare is to bring lots of layers, including waterproof and windproof outerwear, including boots, jacket, pants and at least 2 pairs of gloves, preferably at least one pair of flip top mittens, and hand warmers.

Itinerary

March 11: Reykjanes

After a very early arrival in Keflavik Airport, your local guide will meet the group as you start the tour with a light breakfast in an Icelandic coffee shop. Enjoy your introduction to the Reykjanes Peninsula, photographing the geothermal landscape. Arrive at your lovely accommodation this afternoon, where there will be time to relax, and enjoy the spa, steam room, and hot tub facilities all heated by the natural hot springs in the area. Overnight Frost & Fire (B, L, D)

March 12-14: Skogafoss- Jökulsárlón Lagoon

Drive along the south coast with photographic stops along the way, including the Skógafoss Waterfall and the Jökulsárlón Lagoon. There will be another two full days in this region photographing the immense landscape, waterfalls, and fantastic glacial lagoons, such as Jökulsárlón, where floating icebergs, all sizes and shapes, will blow you away. There will be late light photography shoots on foot as well. The glacier surface and color changes depending on the time of year, but one thing is true, it is always a different world up there, and there are always photo opportunities. Three overnights Hotel Hali (B, picnic L, D all days)

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March 15-16: Vik – Skaftafell – Dyrholaey

Some say this route is one of the most scenic and beautiful routes in Iceland. Visit Skaftafell National Park, which is located, by the roots of Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest one in Europe. There will be a private photo shoot in an ice cave of the Vatnajokull glacier, with extended time to photograph the magnificent features.

Skaftafell National Park, a natural wonderland of powerful glaciers, turbulent waterfalls, lush birch woodlands, and vibrant wildflowers. Skaftafell offers short hikes with fantastic views of the mountain and its sliding glaciers. An extended hike takes us to a tremendous basalt waterfall known as Svartifoss, or the Black Falls. Stop in Vík beach to look at the amazing coastal features. Vik has black sand beaches and picturesque rocks line the seashore including columnar basalt grottoes, sea stacks, and bird cliffs. Steig Guesthouse (B, picnic L, D both days)

 

March 17: Reykjavik

There will be photographic stops along the south coast as you drive back to Reyjkavik this morning. You’ll arrive in the afternoon, with time to do a bit of shopping in the city or photograph in the old town district. Reconvene this evening for your farewell dinner, followed by night photography in the area west of Straumsvik, where there are abandoned buildings providing for some unique images. Overnight Hotel Hilda (B, L, D)

March 18: Reykjavik – Home

There will be morning photography with Lance in the old town area of the hotel. Around noon, your guide will take you to the hot springs of the famous Blue Lagoon for lunch and a relaxing swim. Arrive at the airport in time for your evening flight home. (B, L)

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