ICELAND PRIVATE ADVENTURE
May 20th - 27th, 2023
Want to Learn how to take your PERFECT picture and run your camera? Then join Neil Eschenfelder in Iceland on May 20th to 27th for Neil’s Great Photography Adventure! Iceland is one of the worlds most geological wonders with its Glacier tongues, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, rivers, volcanoes and lava landscapes will all present themselves to you, one subject after another.
And you’ll be able to experience it as few others have on this exciting adventure.
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Your first day will be relaxed to help ease you from your journey and prepare you for your travels ahead. You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport where you will take an airport transfer to your hotel in the capital of Reykjavík. Once there, you can unwind or else check out the culture of the city. If you wish to gather as a group over dinner there is a restaurant in the hotel called HAUST.
Accommodation: FOSSHÓTEL REYKJAVÍK
Today you will be picked up in Reykjavík between 8-9am and start your journey along the scenic South Coast. Your first subjects for the day will be the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss is very picturesque, falling in a thin cascade from over sixty meters. In the summer, you can enter a cave behind the falling springwater to fully encircle the waterfall. It is the perfect spot for photographers seeking a unique perspective.
Skógafoss is as tall as Seljalandsfoss but is much wider and more powerful. Photographers seeking to play with the effects of light will enjoy the rainbows that spring from the cloud of mist as this waterfall comes crashing to the earth. Many birds nest around the feature, meaning wildlife photographers can incorporate them in their pictures as well.
However, wildlife photographers will surely find the next destination a dream come true. Dyrhólaey rock arch is very impressive in itself, but in summer, it becomes packed with puffins. These adorable little creatures are not afraid of people, meaning you can get close to them for some stunning shots.
Your final destination today is the black sand beach Reynisfjara, one of the most iconic destinations in Iceland. From the shore, you can shoot the haunting sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, which, according to folklore, are all that remain of two trolls that were frozen by the sun.
You will retire for the evening in the nearby village of Vík. Accommodation: KRÍA HÓTEL.
You will start day three by returning to Reynisfjara to shoot it in different lighting conditions. Your photo guide will be on hand to ensure you will be able to make the most of the light changes. After capturing the beach in all its majesty, you will head on to your next destination, the little-visited hiking region of Þakgil. Þakgil is a stunning canyon that blends dramatic geology and verdant flora. Hidden waterfalls and crystal clear streams define the region as much as its surroundings. It is located right between the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the notorious Katla volcano, and the seemingly endless black sand desert, Mýrdalssandur.
Your professional guide will show you the many beautiful features you can take unique images of, including a little cave. There is enough to see at Þakgil for you to stay all day, hiking the incredible landscape and capturing the many sites as the Midnight Sun circles overhead.
When you have a full memory card, you will return to Vík where you can spend some more time photographing the picturesque settlement and adjacent beach during the sunset. You can also go back to the nesting site of the puffins because the latter part of the day they return back to their nests and its beautiful to photograph them during sunset time.
Accommodation: KRÍA HÓTEL.
Today, you will head to two of the most spectacular sites in all of Iceland, located right beside each other on the eastern side of the South Coast, both within the Vatnajökull National Park: the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jökulsárón glacier lagoon.
Skaftafell has often been referred to as a ‘hiker’s paradise’, though it has just as much to offer the avid photographer. Many of the landscapes and features that make Iceland internationally famous as a natural haven can be found within its borders. Glacier tongues, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, rivers, volcanoes and lava landscapes will all present themselves to you, one subject after another. You will spend a considerable amount of the day here, before continuing onto Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to photograph the massive icebergs that fill the great lake under the midnight sun.
The opportunities to capture great images here are endless; each berg is different, each ray of light will change the composition of your pictures, and the ice is ever on the move. It is not just landscape photographers who will find this site a delight; wildlife photographers will, more than likely, have plenty of chances to capture the lagoon’s resident seals.
You will also head to the Diamond Beach, a stretch of black-sand coastline adjacent to Jökulsárlón where the bergs wash ashore after finally reaching the ocean. The contrasts between the blue ice, white surf, dark sands and vivid summer sky will make for some excellent additions to your portfolio.
You will retire to your accommodation in the surrounding area. Accommodation: HALI HÓTEL.
On day five of this summer photography expedition, you’ll have a sunrise shoot at the Diamond Beach. Following that, you will head even further east along Iceland’s South Coast, out of Vatnajökull National Park, to Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula. Vestrahorn can appear ominous, even under the glow of the Midnight Sun. Beneath this steep 454 meter high mountain, you will find many photogenic peaks and slopes. Foreground is the key here and the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the beach can be used to frame the mountain in the background. You can photograph the mountain against the surrounding black sands, over dunes, or with epic seascapes, so a large part of this day will be spent exploring the Stokksnes Peninsula to find the perfect composition. You will stay here throughout the golden hours when Vestrahorn becomes shadowy and even more captivating.
Accommodation: HALI HÓTEL.
On your sixth day, you will visit the spectacular Skaftafell Nature Reserve and photograph glacier outlets such as the Svínafellsjökull. If you are up for some uphill hiking the Svartifoss waterfall is all worth a little sweat where it falls beautifully surrounded by its epic basalt walls. Many of the landscapes and features that make Iceland internationally famous as a natural haven are found within Skaftafell’s borders. Glacier tongues, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, rivers, volcanoes and lava landscapes will all present themselves to you, one subject after another. You will spend the majority of the day shooting its many sites, continuing to practice your landscape photography; by this time in the tour, you will no doubt be able to notice a marked improvement in your skills. More highlights could be Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Eldhraun lava field and the little turf church Hof
After capturing the magic of this beautiful reserve, you will head back to the South Coast, returning to Reynisfjara beach for another golden hour shoot. If you already have your favorite location close to Vík you can ask your guide to take you there.
You’ll retire for the day at accommodation in Vík. Accommodation: KRÍA HÓTEL.
Day seven is your final full day of photography, and you will spend it shooting three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, all on Golden Circle Route.
Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, being where the early residents formed their first parliament in 930 AD. While the history of this place is inspiring, it is the landscapes that you are likely to find most captivating. Located in a valley between the tectonic plates, you can shoot the walls that mark the edges of the continents, the lava fields that fill the area from eruptions in centuries past, and the many ravines filled with crystal clear spring water, opened by earthquakes in the area. Iceland’s largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn, also makes for a beautiful subject with its surrounding mountains.
The Geysir Geothermal Area is the prime location on this photo workshop to photograph Iceland’s seething geothermal activity. The area is dotted with many fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, the earth is vividly coloured by the elements rising from the crust, and, of course, there are geysers on site. The largest of these, Geysir itself, is inactive, but you will have plenty of chances to shoot Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes to heights which exceed twenty meters.
*Your final subject on this workshop will be one of Iceland’s most recognisable and renowned sites: Gullfoss waterfall. This incredible feature, the name of which translates to the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is immensely powerful, thundering in two tiers into a dramatic, ancient canyon. There are several platforms from which you can capture it.
You will then return to Reykjavík for your final night. Accommodation: FOSSHÓTEL REYKJAVÍK.
Sadly, this will be your final day in Iceland. When it is time, you will make your way back to the airport and depart home or to your next destination. Until next time, revel in the photographs you have taken during your trip! We hope you enjoyed your time in Iceland.
Iceland is one of the worlds most geological wonders with its Glacier tongues, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, rivers, volcanoes and lava landscapes. Photograph waterfalls like the Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Dyrhólaey rock arch is very impressive and packed with puffins. Black sand beach Reynisfjara, is one of the most iconic destinations in Iceland. Þakgil is a stunning canyon that blends dramatic geology and verdant flora. Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the notorious Katla volcano, and the seemingly endless black sand desert, Mýrdalssandur. We will visit the most spectacular sites in all of Iceland inside the Vatnajökull National Park: the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jökulsárón glacier lagoon.
Please call me at 801-949-1001 to reserve your spot on Neil's Iceland Private Photography Adventure. Please note the tour is private so the itinerary is flexible and not an hour by hour one. It only itemizes the locations we travel to. You can in cooperation with your guide put the focus on some areas like for ex the puffin colonies etc.
We encourage participation by photographers of all skill levels. Please note the tour is private so the itinerary is flexible and not an hour by hour one. It only itemizes the locations we travel to. You can in cooperation with your guide put the focus on some areas like for ex the puffin colonies etc. Other than our first night we’ll have no group meetings or evaluations on the trip.
We’ll have enough experts along to answer your photo questions any time.
Professional photo guide.
Transportation in a comfortable vehicle.
Accommodation with breakfast included in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
lunches and dinners.
boat rides and other activities not mentioned in the itinerary.
Weather in Iceland is unpredictable and can be different from year to year. The month of May is characterized by gradually rising daily high temperatures as we get deeper into the Arctic summer. As for the actual temperatures, you can expect the average low to be approximately 2.2 degrees Celsius (36 F) and the average high temperatures to be 11.7 degrees Celsius (53 F). Mind you, these are averages. You could experience warmer days.
It is important to bring upper garments that are breathable, quick-drying and which offer some sort of UV protection. During your photography tour, you may find yourself shooting in and around coastal areas, which can be windy and quite wet.
You can use quick-dry shirts as base layers, teamed with long sleeve shirts to provide some protection against sudden changes in temperature.
Come join Neil for a photography adventure of a lifetime!