Behind the lens: Iceland
Experience Iceland’s surreal beauty..behind the lens. Guided by Orlando based photojournalist Gary Bogdon, uncover this breathtakingly lush land of verdant hills, active volcanoes, fumaroles and mud-pots.
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2 Home Bases
From USD 4,899 per person
Join us to embrace and capture a never ending beauty, led by Orlando based photojournalist Gary Bogdon. You will journey through Iceland’s finest and most memorable sites, visit countless waterfalls, walk and fly over glaciers, encounter local wildlife and even enjoy authentic Iceland delicacies like arctic char, trout, free-range lamb and reindeer.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable on surveying landscapes, utilizing and approaching your environment, photographing people indigenous to the region while learning about the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. Come and express your creativity in a land created for the photographer.
Land dates, room options and rates
- Deluxe ensuite bedroom $4899Only 1 room left!
Rates displayed are per person per journey, based on double occupancy. Solo travelers are welcome for a small single supplement fee of $1999.
More than just a fun journey
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
Raising awareness and sparking creativity
Through the lens, take the time to appreciate the beauty of our world and the need for its utmost preservation, conservation and nurturing. As your creativity is being engaged and sparked through the incredible scenes in front of you, learn how to share, in the best light, for the world to see.
A well balanced program
We take pride in designing itineraries and programs that combines flexibility and a sense of having experienced a memorable and fulfilling journey. Our hosts and photojournalists are constantly a step ahead to ensure that every experience is enhanced with last minute additions to the program, or, if needed, making time for more relaxation and time at leisure. Flexibility on all our journeys is key.
More than just luxurious hospitality
While carefully selecting properties offering comfort and luxury, we are featuring authenticity and great hospitality without excess. Both properties are owned and operated by local families that pride themselves in demonstrating true Icelandic hospitality while providing some of the best stories and tips about their beloved region.
All activities are optional in attendance
Day 1: Welcome to Iceland
Day 2: Gullfoss and Geysers
Day 3: Dyrholaey Nature Reserve
Day 4: Vatnajokull scenic flight
Day 5: Instidalur & Akureyri
Day 6: Lake Myvatn
Day 7: Whale watching & day at leisure
Day 8: Fly home, or discover the Snaefellsnes Peninsula
OUR HOME BASES
The Siglo hotel is located on the fairly remote northern coast of Iceland. More specifically, it’s tucked into the harbor of former fishing town Siglufjörður, which was once proudly known as the ‘herring capital of the world’. Today the village has a cute, friendly air with a few charming distractions including a local brewery, a chocolate shop and a herring museum. The surrounding scenery is the main allure – a compelling mix of coastline, lava fields and mountains.
The hotel is a long and low two-story building with a yellow-colored, wood-clad exterior that’s in keeping with Iceland’s traditional cutesy housing aesthetic. The interiors are impressively stylish, with eye-catching purple sofas and chairs surrounding the fireplace in the lobby, and minimal but cheerful blue and white color themes in the lobby area and rooms. Family run, the service is correspondingly warm and friendly. The small reception area, open around the clock, is manned by young and efficient staff who are happy to help with all kinds of queries and offer recommendations on local activities and attractions, such as hiking in the nearby forest or skiing at Skardsdalur. There is a bar on site, and a charming lounge area with a fire and board games; the hotel also offers an outdoor spa with a hot tub (open all year round) and a sauna with stunning views of the mountains and sea.
Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and located on the banks of the beautiful River Sog, Iceland’s largest freshwater river, Hotel Grimsborgir offers comfortable and stylish 4 star accommodation with an incredibly warm welcome. Sitting on the famous Golden Circle route, it makes a fantastic base from which to explore the highlights of Southern Iceland such as the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot water fountain Geysir and the historic site of Thingvellir National Park. Located in Grímsnes, about 45 minutes outside Reykjavik, the setting is both peaceful and beautiful; and due to it’s setting on the River Sog it is famous for fishing Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.
Accommodation is in ten comfortable apartments dotted around the property, most with their own private hot tub overlooking the river, fields and mountains beyond. The owners, Kristin and Olafur, have taken great care in the décor which has a stylish home-from-home feel and the welcome here is as warm as the cozy firesides in each apartment. The charming Grimsborgir Restaurant offers traditional Icelandic meals as well as other delicious, home-cooked dishes, all prepared from fresh, local products.
Far from the bright lights of the city and surrounded by open countryside, Grimsborgir is a great place from which to try and see the Northern Lights during the winter months. In summer, guests can choose to fish in the river that runs adjacent to the hotel.
THIS JOURNEY INCLUDES
4 nights in the Golden Circle (south/southeast) 3 nights in the North (Akureyri region)
7 breakfasts 3 lunches 4 dinners (with wine pairings)
All tours as listed on the itinerary, to include: • Scenic flight (weather permitting) • Whale watching excursion • 3-hour ATV (Volcano and Springs) excursion Photography workshops
As well as...
Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout Services of two journey hosts Creative instruction by a professional photographer and art director All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)
GOOD TO KNOW
All listed activities are optional in attendance Photographic equipment is the responsibility of our guests. However, an orientation will take place prior to departure and you will be advised on the best equipment to achieve greatness. Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement. International flight may be arranged through us. Travel insurance is recommended (Art In Voyage partners with ALLIANZ) Price is based on a double occupancy. We charge a small single supplement. Space is limited to 8 with a maximum capacity of 10 guests
HOW ABOUT EXTENDING?
We would be happy to assist you in making this journey a small part of a bigger picture. Consider adding a few days in the western part of Iceland, or somewhere else in Europe
WHY TRAVEL WITH US?
Expertise Flexibility Friends /Family Spirit /Small Groups Luxury C onditions Exclusive Experiences
All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.
A refundable deposit* of $750 per person is due at the time of your reservation. In case of a cancelation at more than 90 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Solo travelers welcome for a small single supplement of $1999.
Your final balance is due 90 days prior to departure, at which point your journey becomes non-refundable.
NEW! Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.