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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
On arrival in Reykjavik, you are met and greeted by our team, and shortly after whisked away to the blue lagoon for a refreshing and cleansing experience. From there, we go to your "home" for the next 4 nights. After check-in and an orientation lunch, we depart for our first photographic adventure, taking us to Thingvellir National Park. It is home to the Alþing, the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. On the site are the Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. Tonight, our welcome dinner is held at the property.
Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you will see thousands of tons of water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. Lunch will be at leisure along the way. As we travel the region, we will photograph Icelandic horses, which we are always on the lookout for. We then head to view (and shoot) Strokkur Geysir, which spouts up to 100 ft high. Dinner is at leisure.
Our first stop will be Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, followed by the epic Solheimasandur Plane Wreck on a desolate stretch of black beach. In 1973 a United States Navy DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and crashed here. The abandoned and weathered fuselage can make for some very dramatic images. Next we will explore Reynisfjara Beach with its enormous basalt stacks, roaring waves and a dramatic view of Dyrhólaey. Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful black sand beach in Iceland. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet. Dinner is back at the property (included)
On the way to Iceland's biggest city; Reykjavik, we leave the comfort of our luxury vehicle for a little while, and ride ATVs, covering Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, Hengill Mountain Range, the iconic Instidalur valley up and its Geothermal pools (you can even take a dip in one). After we'll have the afternoon and evening to experience the city, where dinner will be at leisure.
After checking out of Hotel Grimsborgir, we embark on a day of heavy driving, broken up with incredible experiences at Jokulsarlon Lagoon, before heading into the Vatnajökull Glacier ice caves! After an incredible afternoon, we continue on a busy drive to a lovely overnight experience in the eastern fjordlands. Dinner will be at our accommodation.
Today, we make our way to Lake Mývatn. Known all over the world due to the many species of water birds that nest in the area (especially large variety of rare ducks), it boasts several other surrounding sites that we include in this day trip: Dimmuborgir Nature Reserve, Hverfjall Volcano, pseudo-craters, nature baths in Mývatn and Krafla volcano which most recent eruptions were in 1975 and 1984. Tonight, the evening is at leisure. The small coastal town of Siglufjörður boasts a few eateries in a very quaint and charming “town center”.
It's been a busy journey thus far. Take the day to enjoy yourself. Spa treatments, shopping, dining and exploring. Yours for the taking. If anyone is feeling adventurous, your Hosts will be happy to drive nearby to explore. Your day is at leisure, but tonight is when we will hunt (weather permitting) for the Northern Lights!
This morning (weather permitting), we embark on a full whale watching and wildlife experience. Brimming with wildlife, the fjord offers breathtaking mountain scenery, lush green valleys and a unique coastal landscape peppered with iconic small farms and villages. Several whale species can be spotted on the tour, such as Humpback Whale, Minke Whale, White Beaked Dolphins & Harbor Porpoise. After our whale watching rib boat ride we will enjoy a scenic flight over the Diamond Circle. You'll get a bird's eye view of the areas we visited previously. Tonight, we host you for our farewell dinner.
Today we say goodbye to Iceland and take a quick domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik to connect onto our international flights back home. Not having enough of Iceland? Extend for 3 days with our add-on to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Kirkjufell Mountain was a filming location for Game of Thrones (season 7), that included Eldborg, Berserk lava, Grundarfjordur, Djupalonssandur black beach, Arnarsstapi fishing village, Londrangar and Snaefellsjokull Glacier. These locations are a testament to the overall beauty of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
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.
Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is an established and renowned, family run, hotel in a farming district. It meets all modern requirements as to standards of services and amenities, quality, sophistication and comfort. Yet it faithfully maintains its ethnic origins as the hotel was founded in 1903 which provides its unique atmosphere. Guests can choose between residing in rooms decorated in a romantic style with antiques in the older part of the hotel or ones furnished in a contemporary stylish way located in the more recent part.
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.
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 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
Your final balance is due 60 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.