Behind The Lens
Iceland

Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Hofn, Dyrholaey, Akureyri
09 April 2021 - 17 April 2020 | 8 Nights
Starting at $5,199/person | Only one room left
  • Photography
  • Wildlife Encounter
2 Home bases
5 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Casual
Group size
Max
10
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert

Led by Orlando based photojournalist Gary Bogdon, our expedition to endlessly ethereal Iceland will captivate you.

Encounter icy waterfalls, fly over glaciers, and revel in the authentic Iceland cuisine, such as Arctic char, trout, free-range lamb, and reindeer. You will also enhance your knowledge of portraying landscapes, utilizing and approaching your environment, and photographing people indigenous to the region. Expect individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and an abundance of good times. Express yourself artistically, in surroundings destined to be photographed.

Highlights

More than just a Fun Journey

This adventure is curated to guide you to photogenic locations chosen for their flattering light and will help to mentally visualize scenes, before capturing the most unforgettable moments. Our aim is to raise awareness, creativity, and expand upon your skill set, which will enable you to capture once in a lifetime images.

Raising Awareness and Sparking Creativity

Through the lens of your camera, appreciate the splendor of your surroundings and the need for their preservation and conservation. Capture Icelandic landscapes, and share your remarkable discoveries with the world.

A Well-Balanced Program

We are proud of the flexible and memorable itineraries that have been designed. Our hosts and photojournalists are exceptionally intuitive, and will enhance the program spontaneously. If what you desire is more rest and relaxation, we will adjust the schedule accordingly, so as to accommodate your needs. After all, flexibility is at the heart of each one of our journeys.

Luxurious, Warm Hospitality

We have carefully selected properties that offer luxury, comfort, and authenticity. Both properties are owned and operated by local families who show true Icelandic hospitality and are happy to share tales rich in history and folklore.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
Welcome to Iceland

Welcome to Iceland

Day 1

Upon arrival in Reykjavik, you will be greeted by our team, and accompanied to the Blue Lagoon for a sensory experience. We depart to your abode for the next 4 nights and after settling in and an orientation lunch, we embark on our first photographic adventure to Thingvellir National Park, home to Alþing, the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th century, as well as Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. In the evening, our welcome dinner is served at the property.

Gullfoss & Geysers

Gullfoss & Geysers

Day 2

Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, is one of the most spectacular of its kind, where tons of water thunder into a deep gorge. Lunch will be served along the way and you will have the opportunity to photograph the Icelandic horses. Afterwards, we make our way to Strokkur Geysir, to capture the water that spouts up to 100 ft into the air. In the evening a leisurely dinner will be served.

Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Dyrholaey

Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Dyrholaey

Day 3

Our first stop will be the Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, followed by the Solheimasandur Plane Wreck, located on a desolate stretch of black beach. In 1973, a United States Navy DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and plummeted to its demise. The abandoned and weathered fuselage will make for dramatic images. Next, we explore Reynisfjara Beach which has enormous basalt stacks, mighty waves, and the moody views of Dyrhólaey. Reynisfjara is considered to be the most aesthetic black sand beach in Iceland. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara one of the top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet. Dinner will be served at the property

ATV Experience & Reykjavik

ATV Experience & Reykjavik

Day 4

En route to Iceland's largest city, Reykjavik, we will leave our luxury vehicle for a short while to take an exhilarating ride in an ATV across the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, Hengill Mountain Range, and down into the iconic Instidalur valley, where you can brave a dip in one of its geothermal pools. In the afternoon and evening, you will experience Reykjavik, where a leisurely dinner will be served.

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajökull Glacier & Caves

Jokulsarlon, Vatnajökull Glacier & Caves

Day 5

Departing from Hotel Grimsborgir, we embark on a driving adventure to Jokulsarlon Lagoon, before heading into the Vatnajökull Glacier ice caves. After a visually exciting afternoon, we travel to the lovely eastern fjordlands for an overnight stay. Dinner will be served at our accommodation.

Lake Myvatn | Dettifoss | Godafoss

Lake Myvatn | Dettifoss | Godafoss

Day 6

Today, we make our way to Lake Mývatn, world-famous for its numerous species of rare water birds. Other sites we visit on this day trip include, Dimmuborgir Nature Reserve and Hverfjall Volcano, the pseudo-craters and nature baths in Mývatn, and Krafla volcano which last erupted in 1984. In the evening, enjoy dinner at an eatery in the quaint coastal town of Siglufjörður.

Siglufjörður

Siglufjörður

Day 7

It has been an eventful journey, so take today to relax with spa treatments, shopping, and dining. If you are feeling adventurous, your hosts will be happy to oblige you with a drive to the surrounding areas for further exploration. After a restful day, expect a riveting evening where, if the weather permits, we will be hunting for the spectacular Northern Lights.

Whale Watching & Day at Leisure

Whale Watching & Day at Leisure

Day 8

If the weather allows, we will embark on a whale-watching expedition. Brimming with wildlife, the fjord offers sublime mountain scenery, lush valleys and a unique coastal landscape, peppered with small farms and villages. On the tour, you could spot Humpback and Minke whales, White Beaked Dolphins, and Harbor porpoises. Afterward, we will take to the Icelandic skies, and fly over the Diamond Circle where you will have a unique view of the surrounding beauty. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner.

Fly Home, or Discover More

Fly Home, or Discover More

Day 9

Today we say farewell to Iceland and take a quick domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik, where you could connect to your international flights home, or if you wish, extend your stay for 3 days in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. A testament to the beauty of the peninsulas, Kirkjufell Mountain, was a filming location for Game of Thrones season 7 and includes Eldborg, Berserk lava, Grundarfjordur, Djupalonssandur black beach, Arnarsstapi fishing village, Londrangar, and the Snaefells jokull Glacier.

Accommodations

Hotel Grimsborgir

Hotel Grimsborgir

Asborgir, Iceland

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...

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Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

Egilsstöðum, Iceland

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.

Siglo Hotel

Siglo Hotel

Siglufjörður, Iceland

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....

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The finer details

Superior room | Golden Circle
Superior room | Golden Circle
Superior room | Egilsstadir
Superior room | Egilsstadir
Deluxe room | Siglo
Deluxe room | Siglo

Deluxe Package

$5,199/person
Only one room left
Based on double occupancy
Deposit: $750/person
Final balance due: 90 days before departure

Nights

4 nights in the Golden Circle

1 night in the eastern fjordlands

3 nights in the North

Meals

7 breakfasts

3 lunches

4 dinners (with wine pairings)

Activities

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

Extras

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.

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

Unpretentious Luxury Vibe

Exclusive Experiences

Smallprint

All listed retreats (hotels, villas and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. If replaced, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

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.

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.

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