Sept 11th - 21st 2018
Our most popular landscape photography tour returns!
The Land of Fire and Ice!
Iceland Photography Tour 2018
September 11th – 21st 2018
A Photographic excursion for ALL LEVELS including
Beginner through Advanced!
Watch our tour highlights from 2017 HERE!
Due to the overwhelming interest we have VERY LIMITED SPACE on this tour! As always, we expect this tour to sell out! Don’t miss it! Registration and further details below. This will be our last Iceland tour for a while!
We LOVE Iceland! It is by far one of our favorite locations to explore and photograph in the entire world for nature photography. And part of why we keep coming back! This tour has sold out the last three times we have done it and we fully expect the same this time around.
Join us and see why Iceland is considered by many photographers, as well as us, to be the best natural and beautiful location in the world to see and shoot! Especially if you LOVE waterfalls and glacier Lagoons!
PLUS- AN opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights!
A few Icelandic facts:
Weather: Iceland is NOT full of ice! During the time we go, temperatures average around 65-70 and it can be quite pleasant.Waterfalls: Some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world are in Iceland making it one reason it is such a photographic paradise.Volcanic activity: Iceland has incredible landscapes created by the diverse area and volcanic activity that has occurred. Truly a place of wonder. People: Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They are welcoming and fun. Getting there: Simple! Direct flights occur daily from all over the wolrd and prices for flights have been excellent! Elves: It is true…many Icelanders believe in Elves! Special Pricing: Iceland is not an inexpensive location to go. HOWEVER, by working as a group, we are able to offer this tour FAR BELOW what you could do on your own to visit and see what we will be experiencing. All with us personally as your guides and our amazing team of instructors as well! Most photography tours are priced in the $8000 range and do not include the small client to instructor ratio of 5-1. This truly is a special price for all that we are doing and is included! PLUS we have no interest payment plans available over 10 months!
- Attendee to Instructor Ratio: 5-1 Student/Instructor
- Price: $6795 (Early Bird Rate SPECIAL $6495 )
- Single Supplement Available – $7995 ($7695 Early Bird rate)
- $1500 deposit and then a monthly no interest payment plan is available!
- Non-Photographer spouse or friend rate $5495 – VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
- Price includes:
- MPA team personally educating and photographing with you!
- Group size (5 Clients to 1 Instructor ratio!)
- Full days of shooting with instruction.
- Accommodations (Based on double occupancy – we will arrange a same sex roommate.)
- Transportation in Iceland during tour dates- Our own Private coach and driver
- All permits, park entrance fees, and fees for listed set activities
- Meals as listed in itinerary TEN Breakfast and Six 3 course dinners ( This alone is worth an average of $85 per person per dinner!)
- Price DOES NOT include:
- Transportation to Iceland (Keflavík International Airport – KEF)
- Travel Insurance – HIGHLY recommended
- Personal Expenses (additional meals, beverages, alcohol, wifi, laundry, etc)
- Additional Tours or Excursions
- Tips and Gratuities
Trip is not confirmed until deposit is placed. Due to limited space, there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this and it is on a first come fist serve basis. Contact us with any questions.
*Subject to Change
- Sept. 11th – Arrive in Reykjavik! Welcome to Iceland! Upon arrival at Keflavik international airport, your transfer will pick up the group and take you to the Northernmost capital of the world, Reykjavik. Notice the lunar landscapes as you drive through the 1,000 years old Reykjanes lavafield. Once at your accommodation in the city, use the afternoon to walk around and explore.
- Sept. 12th – Golden circle, Kerið + The Westman Islands Today you will explore the rest of the Golden circle attractions – Geysir and Gullfoss. The Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur valley has a variety natural springs, with the highlight being Strokkur geyser, that erupts 20 meters in the air every 10 minutes. Gullfoss is a massive twoleveled waterfall that is well worth seeing, you can walk all the way up to it and photograph this amazing waterfall. Then head to Kerið in Grímsnes, a volcanic crater that is much less visited then the attractions of the Golden circle You will then be driven to Landeyjarhöfn port where Herjólfur ferry will take you to the beautiful Westman Islands. You will have an evening on the islands to walk around and explore the grounds for potential photo opportunities.
- Sept 13th – The Westman Islands Today you will enjoy a day hiking,(optional and easy) exploring and photographing the beautiful surroundings of the Westman islands, Eldfell and Helgafell are both interesting craters, the hike up Dalfjall and towards Eggjarnar will offer amazing views on the mainland and the steep coastal rock formations of the Islands. A drive to Stórhöfði is worth it in order to potentially visit the local puffin colony and steep hike up Heimaklettur will offer wonderful views as well. Overnight in the Westman Islands.
About Hiking- Hiking is always optional. Iceland is actually a very easy trip in regards to being able to see incredible sites without a lot of hiking etc. With that, for the more adventurous, on Westman Islands, there are some hikes for those that want to do so. For those that do not hike,(the majority usually) there are TONS of amazing photography locations on the islands.
- Sept 14th – Iceland’s South Coast Head East from the Landeyjarhöfn ferry and head to experience the highlights of the South coast, starting with Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Just a few miles down the road you will find your next stop, the tall and majestic waterfall of Skogafoss (at 60m, it is one of the tallest in Europe!). There´s a popular photo opportunity to be found in the airplane wreckage of Sólheimasandur ( 5 kilometer walk in the black sand desert is required) and the Dyrahóley beach and the coastal rock formations too are absolutely beautiful. Before reaching Vík, you will stop at Reynisfjara beach. Overnight accommodation in the region of Vik.
- Sept 15th – Svartifoss Waterfall and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon Today, you will drive along the edge of Europe’s largest glacier, the enormous Vatnajokull. From the visitor center in Skaftafell, you can take comfortable walks to Svartifoss waterfall, and even up to the glacier itself. Continuing East you’ll arrive at Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon where you can take a boat trip and weave your way through icebergs (sometimes the size of buildings). Overnight accommodation in the town of Hofn.
- Sept 16th – The Eastfjords Today, you say goodbye to the waterfalls and black sand beaches of the south and start cruising the fjords and charming seaside villages of the East. You can take the high mountain pass of Öxi, or follow the coastal roads of the East, and experience the real solitude of Iceland’s oldest functioning lighthouse, at Dalatangi. Egilstadir, the capital of the East, is where you’ll spend the night.
- Sept 17th – Jökulsárgljúfur National Park Drive up the Tjornes peninsula and visit Dettifoss, the largest waterfall in Europe in terms of water volume. Not far along, you will find the mysterious Hljóðarklettar ( Echo rocks) and Ásbyrgi canyon. A playground for photographers and nature enthusiasts,enjoy the incredible scenery of the Jökulsárlgljúfur National Park of the Tjörnes peninsula. You will head further along and experience the charming village ofHúsavík before settling in at your overnight accommodation in the Mývatn region.
- Sept 18th – Mud Pools & Steam Vents of the North-East Today you will xplore the highly active geothermal area around Námaskarð mountain pass, featuring sulphurous mud pools and powerful steam vents. Once in Myvatn, take a nice walk around the pseudo-craters of Skutustadir and through the lava maze in Dimmuborgir. Finally, the group can take a relaxing soak in the Green Lagoon before heading to your overnight accommodation Akureyri. En route to Akureyri, stop at the majestic Goðafoss waterfall is an absolute must.
- Sept 19th – Towards the South: Skagafjörður, Hofsós, Vatnsnes Peninsula and Fellströnd Today you will pass Öxnadalsheiði heath and enter the Fjord of Skagafjörður where the avid photographers will witness splendid views on to Drangey island, and visit the pool ofHofsós and experience it´s unique location. You will then do drive along the gravel road of the Vatnsnes peninsula where you will discover Hvítserkur odd rock formation which is close by. Some say it´s a dinosaur turned fossil, other´s say it a troll that suffered the same fate. No matter what it is, it´s truly beautiful and a known seal colony is located on the black sand beach close by, creating a chance for you to see wildlife and nature phenomena at the same place. You will drive the rest of the peninsula and stay overnight in the region ofHvammstangi, known for the wild seals all over and one of the few places in Iceland one can see the Icelandic white tailed eagle The group will then head drive to a lovely guesthouse in rural Fellströnd, passing Láxarheiði heath to get to this unique location on the West coast of Iceland
- Sept 20th – Returning to Reykjavik After reaching Borgarnes town, you will turn left to explore the nature attractions at hand. The first stop is Deildartunguhver geyser – the fastest flowing of it´s kind in all of Europe – a true testament to the powerful geothermal energy that is found beneath our feet here in Iceland. Then you will discover Hraunfossar cascade waterfall, flowing from under the ancient lavafield ofHallmundarhraun and beside it Barnafoss waterfall. Barnafoss waterfall means ” Children´s waterfall” in Iceland. This is because centuries ago, two young boys drowned there after fallen from the bridge that lay over it. Their mother, in her grief, cast a powerful spell on the bridge, saying that those who would try crossing the bridge would be doomed to drown. The bridge was later demolished as it had no purpose- no one would risk passing it in fear of the mother´s curse! Stop by Reykholt village and check out their impressive history exhibition, that contains old artifacts excavated recently as well as interesting historical facts. Reykholt was the home of Snorri Sturluson and a small geothermal pool where he is believed to have bathed is located by the village. Snorri Sturluson was an important figure in Icelandic history and the writer of Snorra-Edda – a book written around the year 1200 that is still read in Icelandic schools – in the same language as when it was written initially. It covers the origins of Norse mythology and it´s characteristics. It explains the presence of Askur Yggrasils – the world tree and the nine worlds associated with it!
- Sept 21st – Departure All good things must come to an end! Your group will head to the airport for the flight back home. A possible 3-4 day extension is being formed to go up the the West Fjords. An area that is hardly visited yet full of incredible beauty as well! More info will follow for that at a future time.