AROUND ICELAND PHOTO ADVENTURE
Photograph the Entire Coast in Autumn
October 21-31, 2019
The autumn is a spectacular time for photography in Iceland. There is a pristine quality to the air and the ever changing weather produces wonderful opportunities for photography. There is a high potential for southerly storms in September and October, which bring with them dramatic clouds.
Another aspect of a photography tour at this time of the year is the potential for Northern Lights (Aurora). In early October sunrise is around 7:30 a.m. and sunset just before 7 p.m. So the working hours of the landscape photographer have become more civilized than in the height of summer. And the hours of darkness during the night make it possible to see the Northern Lights if there is activity and clear skies.
The itinerary of this tour is as classical as it can get – a clockwise circumnavigation of the island on Highway 1 (the so-called Ring Road). This itinerary includes some of the best coastal, glacial, geothermal and waterfall photography in Iceland. We will be visiting many of the iconic photography locations plus many lesser known ones that still have fairly easy access.
The autumn is a very good time to travel in Iceland as general tourism has decreased from its peak in the summer months.
The group size will be limited to just 7 participants (and 2 professional photographers as instructors), which ensures that everyone will get personal attention we can work on the aspects of your photography that you feel needs improving.
All-inclusive Photo Tour that circumnavigates the entirety of Iceland…concentrating on coastal landscapes
Autumn time period provides higher potential for Northern Lights (Aurora), fewer visitors and more civilized photography hours than in summer
Travel in the comfort of a slightly modified and spacious 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter van
Small group with a maximum of 7 guests and 2 professional photographer tour leaders
10 nights of accommodations in modern and comfortable hotels, all meals and transportation are included
2 professional photographer leaders…Mark Buckler and Daniel Bergmann (native Icelander and one of it’s most notable photography tour leaders)
Expert photographic instruction
Magnificent Scenery and Wonderful Image-making
WHAT TO EXPECT
Some of the areas that we’ll be visiting will require walking over uneven and rough terrain so a decent level of fitness is required. It can be cold and windy in the autumn and we will most likely experience some rain. The daily schedule will depend on the weather and other conditions.
The daily schedule will depend very much on the weather and light. If we have an overcast day we’ll likely stick to a regular daily routine where we depart our accommodation after breakfast, take packed lunch in the field and return for a dinner. But whatever the conditions will be, we’ll make the most of what we’ll be given and adjust accordingly. Flexibility is important and with a small group of participants (max. 7) it’s much easier being flexible than with a larger group.
A lot of our photography will be done by or near the coastline. This merging of land and sea produces an ever changing landscape with infinite possibilities. We will spend three days in the Vatnajökull glacial region, which gives us opportunities to revisit some locations, such as the famous iceberg beach near Jökulsárlón (Fellsfjara – The Diamond beach). Photographing at a location and then returning again is a fantastic opportunity to contemplate on the work that was produced and build upon it during a second visit.
This photography tour is about improving your photography as well as experiencing unique and exciting locations. Your leaders will be out photographing with you every day, helping you to realize the images you’re after and encouraging you to explore and see the landscape in new ways. The leaders are as passionate about photography as you are and participating in an intense photographic journey…with a group of like minded individuals, this is a good way to grow as a photographer. As leaders and instructors we are always at hand to assist with specific techniques and welcome the opportunity to discuss the philosophical aspect of our art. If we’ll be confined to the indoors, in the case of a storm passing through, then we’ll do an image review session where we’ll look at some of the photographs that you have made during the tour, offering both aesthetic and post-processing tips. We will also do an introduction to Northern Lights photography before we venture out to photograph the lights, where we’ll go over camera settings and night photography technique.
This tour is for photographers of all skill levels. You will be provided with expert photographic instruction (both technical and creative) in the field. The techniques and explanations, adapted to the situation at hand, can be put into practice and immediately experienced in the field. In addition to the technical knowledge, you will gain a greater appreciation for, and understanding of, the magnificent animals we’ll encounter. We will spend most of our time and effort on making images. This is not a classroom-intensive trip. We will meet daily to review images and any classroom (It will be the most beautiful classroom setting you will ever see) sessions will be purely optional.
The experienced game rangers who accompany us on game drives will explain the behavior and lifestyle of the animals as we encounter them, enabling you to take meaningful images depicting the nature of your fascinating subjects. Each vehicle carries a dedicated tracker constantly on the lookout for clues pointing to animal activity in the vicinity.
The tour accommodates a maximum of 6 photographers. We will have 2 vehicles with stadium style seating. The staggered seat position allows photography in all directions without a fellow guest getting in the way. Each of the three rows is reserved for a photographer and his/her equipment. Unlike tours in public game reserves and national parks, these private game reserves allow off-trail vehicle travel which will get you closer to the action and offer more angles from which to photograph your subjects.
The first night we will be at the Skuggi hotel in downtown Reykjavik. This first day is scheduled just as an arrival day to make sure that everyone gets to Iceland and with their luggage. We’ll meet in the lobby of the hotel in the evening and go out together for dinner.
The following morning we’ll head out of the city and start our circumnavigation. The first stop will be at Hraunfossar waterfalls, which have a surrounding of woodland, that makes the scene very colourful at this time of year (if the fall color is just right). We’ll then continue north to the Vatnsnes Peninsula, where we aim to photograph Hvítserkur sea stack at sunset. We’ll then overnight at a nearby hotel.
The following morning we’ll drive further east, to Lake Mývatn in the north. The lake itself is a natural wonder and it’s surroundings have some of the most photo- genic geothermal areas in the country. Some of the major waterfalls are also up north, such as Goðafoss and Aldeyjarfoss in the Skjálfandafljót river and Dettifoss and Selfoss in Jökulsá river. We’ll be visiting all those waterfalls at different times of the day and will stay in a hotel by the lake for 2 nights.
The next part of the journey finds us further east and navigating the eastern fjords. We’ll overnight at the tiny town of Breiðdalsvík, which has fantastic sea- scape locations nearby and is also a good location for Northern Lights photography.
Once we depart the east fjords we are heading west and will be in the Vatnajökull region for 3 nights. The area offers endless opportunities for photographing ice and glaciers. We’ll not only be spending time at the iconic Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and its nearby iceberg beach, but will also be visiting many smaller lagoons. We’ll also visit the Stokksnes Peninsula to photograph one of the most spectacular mountain range in Iceland – Vestrahorn.
The last leg of the tour will be near the town of Vík in the south, where we’ll spend a couple of nights. There we’ll focus on the black sand beaches and many sea stacks to be found just off shore.
This is the last day and we plan to be at the Keflavik airport in the early afternoon for flights out of Iceland.
ACCOMMODATIONS AND FOOD
All of the hotels are of good standard – modern and comfortable. Wi-fi is available everywhere. We will be eating at the hotels but we might take food with us into the field a couple of times during the tour. If we want to take advantage of good photography conditions during the afternoon and evening, then we might have to skip a hotel dinner and rely on food that we’ll carry with us. You will not go hungry, there will always be plenty of food, but a meal might not always be in the form of a hot hotel meal. If we do not return for dinner we’ll make sure that we’ll have a good lunch at the hotel before departing and vice versa. This tour is about photography first and foremost. Although we take your comfort seriously, we might have to sacrifice a little bit to take advantage of good light.
We’ll be using a slightly modified 4x4 Mercedes Sprinter van. It has seating for 9 passengers so with a group of max. 7 there will spare room in the vehicle. The back of the car has space for our photography gear and we’ll have a luggage trailer for our large bags. This is an effective and comfortable vehicle that’s well suited for travel in Iceland.
Some of our desired locations will require walking over uneven ground to get there. We don’t plan to do any major hikes though, although a couple of locations do require a steep walk for a short duration.
The van in the photo is more modified than the van we will be using.
SIGN UP NOW
A deposit of $1500 will reserve your spot on this spectacular trip. The total price of this all-inclusive photo tour is $5450 (shared room) or $6300 (single room). There is a maximum number of 7 guests on this trip. The balance will be due on July 1, 2019 or you may contact me to arrange for an installment plan.
$5450 per person for a shared room
$6300 per person for a single room
Only 7 participants on this spectacular trip
From your arrival at the starting location until your departure all regular expenses are covered. This INCLUDES:
10 nights of accommodations in comfortable and modern hotels
1 night of accommodations (1st night) at Reykjavik
All meals during the tour period
Coffee, tea and water
All transportation during the tour period
Instruction from 2 highly experienced photo tour leaders
Magnificent Scenery and Wonderful Image-making
Any pre- or post-tour expenses, including flights and transfers
other beverages than mentioned above
Premium alcoholic beverages
Insurances, including travel insurance
anything else not specified as included
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
PHYSICAL HEALTH REQUIREMENTS
This is a great opportunity for you to take pictures of the environment. Most travelling is undertaken on vehicles but some images are best taken away from the vehicle and may involve some very moderate walking. A couple of locations do require a steep walk for a short duration. You should be able to climb into and out of a vehicle and walk unaided for short distances. Guests must complete a standard liability waiver before participating in this tour.
DEPOSITS AND PAYMENTS:
To register for most workshops you have the option of initially only paying a deposit. If you choose this option, the remaining balance is due 90 days before the start of the workshop. If you would like to set up an installment plan, please contact me.
A deposit is a commitment, on your part, that you will be participating on a photography tour/workshop. These deposits are generally used well in advance of the workshop to cover various expenses. Because of this, deposits are non-refundable or may be subject to a cancellation fee.
MORE THAN 180 DAYS BEFORE THE START DATE OF A WORKSHOP: Deposit forfeited. If your spot is filled, your deposit will be refunded.
90-180 DAYS BEFORE THE START DATE OF THE WORKSHOP: Deposit forfeited and you will be billed for 50% of workshop fee (minus the deposit paid). If your spot is filled, your deposit and all fees will be refunded.
LESS THAN 90 DAYS BEFORE THE START DATE OF THE WORKSHOP: Deposit forfeited and you will be billed the full workshop fee (minus the deposit paid). if your spot is filled, your deposit and all fees will be refunded.
It is extremely rare that I have to cancel a workshop. If I am forced to cancel a workshop for any reason, your entire tuition will be refunded or transferred to another workshop. The only conditions that might lead to cancelling a workshop would be; dangerous or unsafe conditions, a family emergency (but I can usually find a substitute leader) or under-enrollment. A forecast of “bad” weather is not enough to cancel a workshop. Inclement weather often creates spectacular photographic conditions.
Mark Buckler and Mark Buckler Photography are not responsible for refunding any costs associated with the workshop (including the workshop fee), travel, lodging, or incidental losses in the event a workshop is cancelled or you back out for any reason. Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you acquire travel insurance.