North Iceland & Snaefelsnes Peninsula
Tour Details

10-Day Photographic Adventure

This trip takes us to see the dramatic waterfalls and geothermal regions of the north east of the country and then onto the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the north west of the country. 

Snæfellsnes is known as 'Iceland in miniature', it encapsulates many features of the landscape including glaciers, waterfalls and volcanic black beaches

Getting to and from the trip

Iceland Air has regular flights from Keflavik.

Arrival

Please arrive in Reykjavik no later than mid afternoon on the first day. We will have an introductory talk and dinner together in the evening.

10-day Itinerary

In this section I'll give you a break down of what we're doing each day, in terms of location. There's a further section down the page which deals with what to expect as a daily schedule.

Day 1

Arrival in Keflavik airport, transfer to Hotel in Reykjavik

You can either take the Flybus to Reykjavik or we can arrange for a private taxi transfer (40 min. drive).

Bruce will be meeting the group at 8pm at a local restaurant for a welcome introduction, so please arrive at Keflavik airport no later than 5pm.

Fosshotel Barron (Meals included: None)

Day 2

Reykjavik - Gauksmýri

Today we head out of Reykjavik and begin our drive north. Around lunch, we will have a short detour to Hraunfossar and Barnafoss falls where we will take our first photos. After lunch we will continue north to our accommodation for the night and check in. Our sunset shoot will be at Hvitserkur rock, a very interesting geological formation on the coast.

Gauksmýri Hotel (Meals included: breakfast + dinner)

Day 3

Gauksmyri – Mývatn

This morning we will return to Hvitserkur to take advantage of the light during sunrise. After breakfast we will travel for the remainder of the day until we reach Goðafoss waterfall for sunset. Goðafoss is a very beautiful waterfall and at this time of year there may be plenty of ice surrounding it. After shooting it for sunset, we will continue to our hotel in Myvatn where we will be based for the next few days.

Hotel Gigr (Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Day 4

Námaskar & Krafla geothermal regions

This area of the north east of Iceland has some of the most active geothermal springs and lava fields. For sunrise we will photograph the geothermal pools of Námaskarð and at sunset we will spend our time roaming around the stunning alien landscape of Krafla.

Hotel Gigr (Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Day 5

Dettifoss & Selfoss waterfalls

Today we will visit Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls for sunrise and also sunset. Dettifoss is Europe's most powerful waterfall. Both waterfalls are extremely photogenic and at this time of year are often surrounded by snow and ice. We will shoot the waterfalls from the west and eastern sides of the river - something that is only possible in our high clearance vehicle.

Hotel Gigr (Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Day 6

Myvatn - Grundarfjordur

This morning we will pack up and leave Myvatn for the Snæfellsnes peninsula. But we will stop at Goðafoss waterfall again - this time to shoot it at sunrise. Afterwards, we will continue to drive for the rest of the day to Snæfellsnes where we will arrive at Grundarfjordur for our nights stay. Sunset shooting will be around Kirkjufell mountain.

Hotel Framnes in Grundarfjordur (Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Day 7

Grundarfjordur - Hellissandur

Today we will return to Kirkjufell mountain to shoot it at sunrise this time. After breakfast we will move to Hellissandur. It‘s only a short drive from Grundarfjordur, so we will have some extra time during the middle of the day. How we use the time will depend on the weather and light. If the light is great we can photograph some frozen waterfalls or Snæfellsjökull glacier. Sunset will be at Djúpalón beach, which has some very beautiful black pebbles.

Hotel Hellissandur(Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Day 8

Hellissandur

In the morning we will return to Djúpalón beach and shoot it at sunrise. During the day time we will go exploring. We could get some wave action on the lava beach, or drive up to or even on to the Snæfellsjökull glacier in our super-truck or if the weather is bad set up a photo session in Vatnshellir lava cave (extra cost for the entrance, ISK 4000 per person). Our sunset time will be spent around Hellnar and Arnastapi which contains many interesting sea arches and stacks.

Hotel Hellissandur(Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Daily Schedule Outline

Each day will have the following format:

Each photography day will be based around this daily schedule, but bear in mind that due to weather changes, we may alter the schedule where necessary.

6:00 - 8:00am
On location for sunrise.

9:00 - 10:00am
Breakfast.

10:00am - 12:00pm
Some free time.

12:00pm - 1:00pm
Packed lunch on location or lunch at our accommodation.

1:00pm - 5:00pm
Afternoon shoot.

5:00 - 7:00pm
Sunset shooting.

8:00 - 9:00pm
Dinner

9:00pm onwards
Your own free time.

Accommodation

Due to the remoteness and nature of this trip, we will be staying at different kinds of accommodation that range from Hotels to Guest houses and also for one night in cabin's in the heart of the country.

 

Equipment needed

• Film or Digital SLR camera
• Tripod
• Neutral density graduated filters
• Winter clothing, hat, thick gloves & waterproof boots
• Slippers or indoor footwear

 

Icelandic Guide & Super Clearance Vehicle

Due to the remoteness of some of the locations & the challenges of the Icelandic winter weather, it's only possible to venture there in high-clearance super vehicles and with the aid of some professional help.

We will therefore be traveling in a modified high-clearance super vehicle with our own professional guide / driver. He is a former member of Iceland's Mountain Search & Rescue. He has assisted international networks such as National Geographic, CNN and CBS with shoots in Iceland, so you will be in good hands.

Itinerary Continued...

Day 9

Hellissandur to Keflavik

We will shoot again around Hellnar and Arnarstapi for sunrise. After breakfast we will pack up and depart for Keflavik and the Blue Lagoon where we will stay for the evening. The hotel has free transfers to the airport for the following day.

Tonight we will have our last dinner together.

Hotel Northern Lights Inn (Meals included: breakfast + lunch + dinner)

Day 10

Free transfer from the hotel to Keflavik airport.

(Breakfast)

* Please note that this is not a workshop. It is a photographic tour, focussed on getting you to great locations for the best light.


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Contact Details

Bruce Percy Photography Limited
Landscape Photography Workshops
33 Sandport Street
Edinburgh, EH6 6EP
Scotland

Tel: +44 (0) 787 621 0051
e-mail: bruce@brucepercy.com