Join us on an expedition to the land of the midnight sun. Travel with two experienced photographic educators and a local guide to discover Iceland off the beaten path.
On this journey we are traveling through western and northern Iceland. These regions are not on the typical tourist circuit, and provide stunning diversity in landscape and geology. During this time of year we have the opportunity to photograph through the night and into what is often called the Blue Hour. The light during evening hours is truly extraordinary. Who doesn’t like a 6 hour sunset? The lengthy days provides photographers with hours of phenomenal light in which to photograph and explore wild landscapes, geothermal features, and the glaciers of this completely unique country.
We have teamed up with Lara Stefansdottir, a native of Iceland and avid photographer and educator to help us put together this unique expedition. She earned her MFA in photography from the Academy of Art University in 2009 and has used her skills to capture the beauty and diversity within her homeland. We are excited to be able to collaborate with her on this expedition!
Note: We reserve the right to adjust specific details as necessary due to availability or weather related variables
Day 1 - Monday July 11, 2016
You arrive in Reykjavík and are picked up at Keflavik International Airport then taken to Hotel Alda, one of the top rated hotels in the heart of the city. Today you can unwind and get to know the rest of the group at dinner, or if you choose to go out on your own to dine, you have the option of exploring the local sights that are within easy walking distance.
Day 2 - Tuesday July 12, 2016
We depart early from Hotel Alda to drive to Snæfellsnes Peninsula in western Iceland. This unique peninsula is often described as having the best of Iceland condensed into one area, and is widely known for inspiring Jules Verne to write the classic science fiction novel Journey to the Center of the Earth. Highlights today include Arnarstapi, a busy fishing village along with lava fields and a superb hike for those who want to explore the rugged coastline on their way to Hellnar and to the famous Djúpalónssandur beach. There will be plenty of time to rest at Hotel Búðir before departing again for more late night photographs of the rugged coastline and geographic features.
Day 3 - Wednesday July 13, 2016
Since we photographed late into the night, we have a leisurely breakfast, and depart late morning to visit more of the Snæfellsjökull National Park and the villages of Grundarfjörður and Stykkishólmur on the northern part of the peninsula. After a day of sightseeing and photographing we take a ferry to Flatey Island where we will spend the night at Hotel Flatey. This island is truly a photographers paradise. Quaint, isolated, and colorfully decorated buildings provide hours of photographic opportunity.
Day 4 - Thursday July 14, 2016
Today we travel northeast to the city of Akureyri. On our way we stop as Hofsós for a sailing excursion to see unique basalt columns that are only visible from the sea. We also get to see the beautiful Málmey Island. You also have the opportunity to visit the local infinity pool and relax while taking in the beautiful sights. We visit 17th century chapels, horse farms, and take in the stunning scenery along the way. After a long day, we check in at Icelandair Hotel in Akureyri and enjoy a superb dinner and some time to critique and work on the images from the past few days.
Day 5 - Friday July 15, 2016
Today we visit Goðafoss, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. We explore this stunning feature of northern Iceland and photograph it using various methods to capture it’s stunning beauty. We also have the opportunity to take another sailing excursion to photograph whales and puffins, so don’t forget your telephoto lenses! For those who want to explore the quaint town of Húsavík instead of embarking on the whale watching the tour there is ample time to stroll along the quiet streets, take a hike, or visit of the many museums and cafes. Later in the day we head towards Lake Mývatn and Hotel Laxá for another well deserved dinner and time for critiques and assistance in editing your new images!
Day 6 - Saturday July 16, 2016
Today is filled with cliffs and waterfalls, many of which have been featured in movies and literature. We enjoy aspects of the famous the Diamond Circle today, and we get to see Dettifoss waterfall which featured in the opening scene of the film Prometheus, and is the most powerful waterfall in all of Europe. The Selfoss waterfall is just upriver from Dettifoss and is very beautiful. We also have the opportunity to hike along the Hljóðaklettar cliffs and see Ásbyrgi Canyon. Tonight we return to our favorite locations for some more late night photography sessions. Overnight at Hotel Laxá.
Day 7 - Sunday July 17, 2016
The Myvatn area is full of geothermal wonders, and today we explore the Krafla and Viti craters, which have a stunning green lake in the middle. We also get to see and explore the following areas; Námaskarð, Grjótagjá, Dimmuborgir, and have the opportunity to go caving at Lofthellir ice cave. In the evening we have time to edit more images, spend time relaxing, or to go out and shoot during the late hours again. Overnight at Hotel Laxá.
Day 8 - Monday July 18, 2016
If you have ever wanted to know what the terrain is like on the surface of the moon, today you will find out. Askja Caldera was used to train astronauts during the Apollo missions and to help teach them how to study geology. This feature is in a remote location and is accessible only during a few months out of the year. We will spend ample time exploring this region and in getting the best light for the best photographs. After dinner at the hotel we can regroup to go visit new locations or revisit our favorite spots for additional photography. Overnight at Hotel Laxá.
Day 9 - Tuesday July 19, 2016
During the morning hours we take a flight over Lake Mývatn, Askja, Herðubreið, Holuhraun and Krafla. There is nothing quite like getting a fresh perspective on the landscape and this flight will provide everyone with unique images and a memorable experience. Later in the day we will visit Aldeyjarfoss waterfall, a remote waterfall on the Skjálfandafljót river. The most unique characteristic of this waterfall is the contrast between the water and dark basalt columns, which provides dramatic visual impact in photographs. Evening hours can be occupied with more photography or more critique and editing sessions depending on weather and the energy levels after a full day of activities. Overnight at Icelandair Hotel in Akureyri.
Day 10 - Wednesday July 20, 2016
Today is a big travel day with many highlights along the way. On our way back to Reykjavík on the Kjölur road we stop at Hveravellir, Gullfoss waterfall, the famous Geysir hot spring and Þingvellir National Park. We arrive back at Hotel Alda for our last night and a farewelll dinner together. We will have time for some image sharing, critiquing, and post production during the evening hours or for some time walking the streets of Reykjavík.
Day 11 - Thursday July 21, 2016
Today we have breakfast and a morning soak at the geothermal Blue Lagoon before our departure flight back home. We will stay connected during the 4 week period after our return to make sure the creative goals for each individual are realized, whether that is a website, coffee table book, or fine art portfolio.
- 11 days, 10 nights
- Maximum tour participants: 12
- Mentor to participant ratio: 1:6
- Experience Level: All levels welcome!
Your experience includes:
A customized itinerary designed with great experiences and stellar photography in mind.
We help you make a custom photography book from Artifact Uprising to share your experience with friends and family. This quality book comes in a custom wooden box and is valued at up to $300. This item is included for the mentorship participants.
Lodging at some of the best hotels in Iceland for 10 nights with private bathroom, breakfast, and wifi access. All meals included, unless noted in itinerary.
Single occupancy, unless otherwise noted or desired.
All transportation on a variety of specialized vehicles such as 4x4's, Super Jeeps or minibus, depending on days activity.
English speaking local guide.
Entry to the Blue Lagoon.
Sailing excursion to see whales and puffins from Húsavík.
Flight from Lake Mývatn over the central highlands.