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Iceland: Epic Winter Landscape & Wildlife Photography Tour 2023

9 -14 day photography tour of southern and western Iceland, with all our favourite winter landscape & wildlife highlights

 

SOLD OUT

 

9 day tour: 25 March - 02 April 2023

All of Southern Iceland's major winter landscape attractions, plus lesser visited gems, wildlife and cultural highlights and northern lights (conditions permitting)

From £4970 (min 5, max 7 photographers)

14 day tour including Arctic Fox Extension: 25 March - 07 April 2023 

Add our Arctic fox extension to focus on this iconic species plus other Icelandic wildlife in its most remote winter haven

from £7100 (minimum 4, maximum 7 photographers)

Tour host & tutor:  Trai Anfield - award winning photographer, film maker and former presenter of BBC's Living World

"Iceland is utterly unique.  The primal beauty and ever-changing light draw me back time after time, and are an irresistable invitation for creative photography."   

Trai Anfield, tour director

Highlights of Epic Iceland include

  • Arctic fox and overwintering birds

  • Glacier and ice lagoon

  • Iceberg 'diamond' beach

  • Geothermal features including Geysir

  • Ice cave

  • Frozen winter waterfalls

  • Black beaches and sea stacks

  • Reindeer and Icelandic horses

  • Reykjavik city

  • Northern lights - if they're visible we'll find them!

  • Cultural experience of Icelandic rural life and crafts

  • Excellent accommodation including authentic Icelandic guesthouse

  • All lodgings in optimum locations for photography

  • Most meals included

     

Why come on a specialist photography tour?

 

  • Exclusive photography group of like-minded travellers - no clash of agendas!

  • Our specialist vehicle is the safest (sometimes only) way to reach Iceland's remote winter locations

  • Expert 1-2-1 tuition in both landscape and wildlife photography

  • Individual review and post production tuition

  • Time to consider and craft your shots in each location

  • Visits timed for optimum light and access in each location

  • Videography tuition available with former BBC film maker Trai Anfield

  • Cultural experiences as well as photographic opportunities

 

 

Glaciers, Lagoons and 'Diamond' Iceberg Beaches...

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Spectacular frozen waterfalls...

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Geothermal features including Strokkur at Geysir...

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Arctic Fox, Seals, Reindeer, Overwintering Birds, Icelandic Horses...
We will encounter wildlife along our journey, but our Arctic fox extension is a must for those who wish to truly experience Icelandic wildlife in remote, raw wilderness.

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Ice Cave Tour

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Getting Around Iceland In Winter

The journey itself is an unforgettable highlight too - with our 'monster truck' capable of holding its own in the most brutal of weather and trail conditions, so it gets us to the very best spots for photography!

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Authentic Icelandic Hospitality, Food & Culture

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Varied volcanic land, sea and snow scapes: perfect for creative experimentation

And ...if we're lucky... Northern Lights

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Reykjavik City

You'll also have some time to explore Iceland's quirky capital city, and appreciate how even its most contemporary architecture and culture are shaped by the island's distinctive geology and history.

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Iceland: Epic Winter Landscape & Wildlife Photography Tour 2023

Full Itinerary

- please note some flexibility is built in to allow for weather conditions

- aurora hunting will be undertaken whenever night time activity levels and weather allow

 

Day 1: 25 March

Arrive Iceland at Keflavik airport, where you will be greeted and transferred to your first night Reykjavik hotel (superior double/twin? on  B&B basis)

Depending on your arrival time you may have the afternoon/ evening free time to explore some the city's attractions.

Day 2: 26 March
We start our epic Iceland tour by heading slightly west, to photograph the handsome Hraunfossar waterfalls before having lunch at the café there.  Our guide Haukur has farmer relatives in this area, who keep Icelandic horses, and allow us access to photograph them up close and at leisure.  Then it's time to follow scenic Hvalfjordur bay back towards the south. We will stop along the way at photogenic locations, eventually reaching the Geysir area where we will spend the night. 
 
Day 3: 27 March
First light shoot at Strokkur - the only spouting hot spring in Iceland - and other geothermal features at Geyser, well before the first busloads of tourists arrive at this iconic attraction.  Then it's back to the hotel for breakfast and check out before moving on to majestic Gullfoss waterfall.  Gulfoss is usually still frozen at this time of year, which is a truly beautiful and spectacular sight, offering many different options for photography.
We now head to the south coast, stopping for lunch on the way.  We photograph Gluggafoss waterfall and perhaps one more as we make our way to Dyrhólaey headland for an evening shoot.  We stay the next two nights at Haukur's own guesthouse, experiencing his family's traditional Icelandic hospitality.
 
Day 4: 28 March
We photograph the sea stacks on Reynisfjara beach at first light, taking a light breakfast with us. Depending on snow cover we will try to access the Katla glacier outlet. The lonely rock on the black sand is great to shoot, then by contrast we have the Laki lava field covered in green moss. Lunch today will be in the town of Vík, and afterwards we visit a craft farmer friend of Haukur's.  Mrs. Kidda knits genuine Icelandic wool sweaters (NOT the cheap Chinese versions in the souvenir shops of Reykjavik!) and other items from Icelandic sheep wool. She is one of the best kept secrets of a more traditional Iceland. 
 
Day 5: 29 March
We check out of our guesthouse and head towards the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park area, stopping off at more fascinating and photogenic locations on the way. When we reach the Glacier site we will spend our evening photographing it at sunset.
 
Day 6: 30 March
Another early start, with a sunrise shoot at the so called 'diamond beach'. Here icebergs from the glacier have washed ashore on the black sand beach, leaving it glittering with intricately ocean-carved 'jewels'. We will look at many ways to shoot them before going on to explore the ice lagoon itself. This is where the front face of the glacier calves icebergs which fill the calm waters.  Here we will also look to photograph seals, which like to lounge on the ice floes, and a range of birds.  An added bonus here is the chance to photograph Northern Lights over the lagoon, if they are active and the weather is suitable...fingers crossed! 
 
Day 7: 31 March
A second sunrise on the beach - we allow for two chances to do this as the weather is not always kind! - followed by a tour to an ice cave.  Please note: it is possible that the ice caves may not be accessible if we experience warm weather and rain for several days prior to our visit, as they can fill with water - ice caves are water tunnels during summer - but we have a good chance of success at this time of year. 
 
Day 8: 01 April
Sunrise at another glacier outlet called Fjallsárjökull, followed by breakfast, check out and a leisurely day drive to Reykjavik with various stops on the way.  Early evening check in to our Reykjavik hotel.

Day 9: Sunday 02 April

This is where our core tour ends and our Arctic Fox extension begins.  

So you will either have some free time to explore Reykjavik before heading to the airport for your international connections home.

OR

If you are joining the Arctic fox extension, you'll have a morning to explore Reykjavik and sample one of the city's local lunch spots before heading to the city airport for our flight to Isafjordur. We spend the night here, with an option to sample one of the finest and most atmospheric fish restaurants in Iceland: highly recommended.

Day 10:  03 April

This morning is free to catch up on sleep or explore Isafjordur before our boat departs for Kviar Lodge at noon. On the scenic journey we will keep an eye out for whales and a variety of seabirds.  After settling in to the lodge we will make our first foray out for Arctic foxes in late light.

 

 

Day 11 & 12:  04 & Wednesday 05 April

Based at Kviar Lodge - the only permanent accommodation in this remote part of Iceland - we will spend the next two days roaming the beaches and cliffs, and settling into the local hides, to photograph Arctic Foxes and the bird life that the area offers.  By night, if the skies are clear and activity good, we may have the chance to photograph the Northern lights.

 

Day 13:  06 April

After a final morning of wildlife photography we take the boat back to Isafjördur in time to connect with our flight back to Reykjavik, where we spend our final night of the tour.

Day 14: 07 April

Transfer to Keflavik airport for our international flights home. 

Dates and Rates for 2023  - SOLD OUT
 
Epic Iceland: Winter Landscape & Wildlife Highlights Photography Tour 2023

 

9 day tour: 25 March - 02 April

(minimum 5, maximum 7 photographers)

£4970 - based on two people sharing spacious twin accommodation

£5370 - single occupancy


Includes: 8 nights accommodation; all breakfasts; lunch and evening meals on days 2-7; all road transfers within Iceland; all entry fees, expert landscape and wildlife photography tuition, expert local guide.

Excludes: international flights, visas if required, personal travel insurance, meals not stated, gratuities.

14 day tour including Arctic Fox Extension: 25 March - 07 April 2023 

(minimum 5, maximum 7 photographers)

£7100pp - based on two people sharing spacious twin accommodation (except at Kviar Lodge)
£7690pp - single occupancy (except at Kviar Lodge)


Includes:13 nights accommodation; all breakfasts; lunches & evening meals on days 2-7 and 10-12; all road transfers within Iceland; two internal flights in Iceland; two boat transfers; all entry fees, expert landscape and wildlife photography tuition, expert local guide.
Excludes: international flights, visas if required, personal travel insurance, meals not stated, gratuities.