About The Tour
Join Udesign Photo Tours on an amazing photography tour over 10 days experiencing varied and amazing summer landscapes. This photography workshop will focus on exploring beautiful and epic locations under the watchful eye of our expert photographer/guide sharing her experience and techniques with you and taking your photography skills to the next level. Our trip is planned in July when summer takes over from spring which means it will be delightfully warm with the added bonus of the magnificent midnight sun which gives 24 hours of daylight.
On this tour you will explore countless majestic and iconic waterfalls, world famous glacier lagoons, black sandy beaches with epic cliff's, sea stacks and bird colonies with puffins and other sea-birds, the largest glacier in Europe, mountain peaks, big lava fields, moon like steamy craters, active volcanoes and abundant wildlife.
This is a surely a tour that you won’t want to miss!
Day One Arrival
Let’s Get Settled, Meet and Greet
Our first day will have us arriving in Iceland at Keflavik International Airport and off to our hotel in the nearby beautiful city of Reykjavik. Later that evening, we will have a dinner meet and greet for introductions and to discuss the exciting days to come.
Day Two Highlights: Golden Circle, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir
Get ready! Adventures await as we hit the Ring Road to the famous Golden Circle. Here we will explore the natural wonders of Þingvellir National Park including the Geysir Geothermal Field and stunning canyon where the Hvítá River flows like a staircase down the falls of Gullfoss.
Day Three Highlights: Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Arnarstapi, Kirkjufell Mountain
Day three we will travel to Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland. Here we will photograph acres of gorgeous lupine wildflowers surrounding a country church below the mountains. Then we will walk the coastal trails at Arnarstapi to photograph the cliffs and sea arches. Our day will end with a session at the picturesque Kirkjufell Mountain and nearby waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss.
Day Four Highlights: Hvitserkur, Akureyri
Venturing northeast we will visit the majestic Hvitserkur, a rock formation just off shore perfect for reflection or long exposure photographs. Then we will press farther east to Akureyri Iceland’s second largest city. The beautiful harbor city lies at the head of the country’s largest fjord making for a scenic waypoint to rest and recharge.
Day Five Highlights: Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Lake Mývatn
Our fifth day we will see some of the most famous sights in Northern Iceland. Our first stop will bring us to Goðafoss a historic and spectacular panoramic waterfall. Next we will explore the wetlands and geothermal region of Lake Mývatn. To cap the day we will visit breathtaking Dettifoss, the largest and most powerful waterfall in Europe.
Day Six Highlights: East Fjords, Fishing Villages, Stokksnes, Vestrahorn
Traveling onward we will explore the East Fjords full of contrasting mountains and quaint fishing villages. Then we will visit a secret spot off the beaten path to view nesting puffins up close on lush coastal cliffs. Heading farther south to the Stokksnes headlands we will photograph Vestrahorn, an awe-inspiring mountain jutting towards the sea and surrounded by reflective tidal pools.
Day Seven Highlights: Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Black Sand Beach
Our seventh day we will set out early and spend the day at the famous Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and nearby black sand beach. This is a birthplace of icebergs where the enormous glacial ice breaks off and floats out to sea only to be pushed back onto the black sandy beach by the crashing waves. The beach is littered with glistening ice as far as the eye can see. As a special treat we will take a private boat tour of the lagoon for a unique view of the glacial ice! We will end the day with a trip to nearby Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve a scenic paradise for nesting seabirds. The pristine black sandbars of the reserve become a mirror in the tide, perfect for reflection photographs.
Day Eight Highlights: Vatnajökull National Park, Svartifoss, Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve
Our journey continues as we explore the southern region of Vatnajökull National Park. Here we will observe a spectacular landscape of steep mountains carved by the enormous Vatnajökull glacier. This unique geological area features glacial rivers and waterfalls surrounded by basalt rock formations. We will hike to the largest falls, the famous Svartifoss also called the Black Falls. We will end the day with a trip to nearby Ingolfshofdi Nature Reserve a scenic paradise for nesting seabirds. The pristine black sandbars of the reserve become a mirror in the tide, perfect for reflection photographs.
Day Nine Highlights: Southern Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss , Skogafoss , Dyrholaey , Reynisfjara, Vik
The exciting ninth day of our trip we will rise and shine early. Traveling the south coast we will photograph gorgeous waterfalls, black sand beaches and breath taking basalt rock columns. Of note are two unique falls that we will visit, the iconic Seljalandsfoss which you can walk behind and Skogafoss which can be photographed from above. In the afternoon will visit Reynisfjara Beach to photograph Dyrhólaey and the famous basalt sea stacks known as Reynisdrangar. Our day will end in the quaint seaside village of Vík í Mýrdal where we will stay overnight.
Day Ten Highlights: Photo Review and Dinner at the Blue Lagoon
Photo review dinner session and share our favorite images from the trip as well as learn post processing tips and tricks. To end the night we will relax at the world renowned Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa.
Day Eleven Departure
A fantastic adventure ends as we say our goodbyes. You will depart from Keflavik Airport to travel home with many wonderful memories and photographs to last a lifetime!
*Note: Our tour itinerary is flexible and may change due to weather and light conditions. Special phenomenons such as the aurora and ice caves are highly dependent on favorable weather conditions. Our photography tour leader and guides will use their extensive knowledge to place you in the best spot to make use of the opportunities that nature provides us.
Mid-range (3-4 star), well-located, heated, simple hotels and inns throughout. Many are smaller properties (2-3 story) and may not have elevators. All hotels have en suite toilet and bath, though some will have shower only (no tub). Porters may be available (see 'Inclusions'), though you must be prepared to manage your own luggage to and from your hotel room.
The key to dressing for Iceland’s climate is layering, regardless of season. Lightweight woolens, waterproof outerwear and good walking shoes are essential if you plan to do any touring in nature. In summer, carry a light, and preferably water-resistant, jacket. Always bring a bathing suit! Icelanders’ favorite pastime year-round is outdoor swimming in the countless geothermally-heated pools and lagoons.
SEASONALITY AND WEATHER
The range of temperatures experienced on this tour will be wide. Though there will be many comfortable, summer-like days at locales visited, Iceland, as the name suggests, can still feel very wintery if you are near the sea, in a place exposed to winds, or near an icefield.
July / August is mid-summer in Iceland, and daylight hours are long and temperatures are at their most comfortable. That said, summer temperatures are still on the cool-ish side, ranging from 9-14 C (48-58 F) on average, though some days could be up to 20 C+ (68-70 F) depending on aspect. There is no dry season in Iceland, with precipitation spread evenly throughout the year.
TRANSPORT AND TRAVEL CONDITIONS
Land transport provided by private heated motor 9, 12, 15 seater van. Many walking tours on uneven surfaces.
*DURING SUMMERTIME TOURISTS SHOULD BRING A WINDBREAKER, RAINWEAR, A THICK PULLOVER (WOOL OR FLEECE) AND STURDY WALKING SHOES.