SOUTH ICELAND MARCH 2018 – Book here

November 2, 2015 10:49 pm Published by

South Iceland Photo Adventure Destination summary This South Iceland Photo Adventure will cover some of Iceland’s best locations along the south coast. Iceland’s bigger than you think and we’ll be making the most of our time by packing in some of the most photogenic subjects in the area to the east of Reykjavik before heading due south to photograph the drama all along the coast. Highlights will include mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss (waterfalls). These will greet us on our second day after we’ve photographed aspects of Thingvellir National Park, Bruarfoss, Geysir and Gullfoss at dawn and dusk. Further east, mid blowing Jokulsarlon Lagoon littered with floating Icebergs that end up washed ashore along it’s black sand beach have provided some wonderful abstract and amazing images on previous tours. Other featured highlights include the southern glaciers near Skaftafell, the dramatic seascapes around Dyrholaey and Vik, and the jagged peaks on the far east coast of Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn. There will also be an option to team up with our Glacier Adventure guides to photograph  and explore one of the amazing Ice caves near the Glacier lagoon. A vast playground of wild places, ever changing vistas, crazy landscapes, glacier capped volcanoes, hot bubbling mud and awe inspiring waterfalls that roar like thunder. Don’t forget to look up for the chance of capturing the Aurora Borleais on any given night. This is wonderful South Iceland! Book online. Extra information Start time 10:00 – 10:30 pick up Reykjavik on the 5th March End time 17:00 ends in Reykjavik on the 12th March Airport transfers Reykjavik is about 45 mins from Keflavik Airport. The Flybus and Flybus+ offer a transfer service to and from the centre bus terminus and most accommodation in the city ( Flybus+). This can be pre booked at https://www.re.is/flybus/. There are buses leaving every few minutes after a flight arrives. Getting there Both Iceland Air and Easyjet offer flights from UK and European cities. Iceland Air fly from North American cities. Accommodation There are several options for accommodation before and after the trip, these include convenient Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel ( where I stay ), Center Hotel Midgardur, Baron Foss Hotel and a range of convenient guesthouses. Accommodation on this trip is based on twin share. 5th – 6th Litli Hotel Geysir 6th – 8th Dyrholaey Hotel 8th – 10th  Hali Guest House 10th – 12th  Milk Factory, Hofn There is an optional single occupancy supplement  of £650 ( subject to availability ), please let me know at time of booking. Venues are close by to our featured locations. Essential equipment Camera, lenses and good quality solid tripod, waterproof camera bag. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect This South Iceland photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms. A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle and wild weather can be a feature of Iceland and her frozen glaciers and wind swept beaches. Conditions can be settled at times but it’s not unusual to turn cold and wintery from September to March. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing to stay dry and warm ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof.  Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. Ice caves are optional. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

NORTH ICELAND AND SNAEFELLSNES OCTOBER 2018 – Book here

October 19, 2015 12:16 pm Published by

North Iceland and Snaefellsnes  Photo Adventure Destination summary This fantastic North Iceland Photo Adventure  commences in Reykjavik before heading north on the old road round dramatic Hvalfjordur. After a break in the town of Borganes, you’ll then continue a little further north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula accorded the title of Iceland in miniature. Snæfellsnes has rich pickings for the landscape photographer  including the coast around Arnarstapi, and stunning Kirkjufell. From here you’ll head north east photographing several key places along the way before a nights stop over in beautiful and historic Sigulfjordur on the Trollaskagi Peninsula a good location to capture the Northern Lights in the north sky if they appear. From Siglufjordur you’ll travel the scenic route onto Lake Myvatn. It’s surrounded by amazing scenery and a convenient base for 3 nights while we photograph the north east highlights. These include Europe’s biggest waterfall, Dettifoss, it’s sister falls Selfoss and nearby Godafoss, all dramatic thundering waterfalls that deserve some time to both appreciate and photograph. You’ll also have the opportunity to join a whale watching charter from Husavik and photograph these amazing wild creatures before the end of the season. You’ll explore the volcanic landscapes around Lake Myvtan including Dummuborgir, the volcanic rim of Hevrfell and the moonlike landscapes of Hverir. You’ll then take the shorter road trip back to experience the little Icelandic second city of Akureyri for a night before travelling back to Reykjavik. Extra information Start time 10:00  pick up in Reykjavik on the 4th October End time 15:00 – 16:00 drop off in Reykjavik on 11th October Airport transfers Reykjavik is about 45 mins from Keflavik Airport. The Flybus and Flybus+ offer a transfer service to and from the centre bus terminus and most accommodation in the city ( Flybus+). This can be pre booked at https://www.re.is/flybus/. There are buses leaving every few minutes after a flight arrives. Getting there Both Iceland Air and Easyjet offer flights from UK and European cities. Iceland Air fly from North American cities. Accommodation There are several options for accommodation before and after the trip, these include convenient Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel ( where I stay ), Center Hotel ( 3 of them ), Baron Foss Hotel and a range of convenient guesthouses. You will be picked up and dropped off from your preferred city centre hotel.  During the trip, accommodation is both single occupancy and twin share. 4th – 6th October –  Við Hafið Guesthouse*, Snæfellsnes Peninsula – single room, 2 nights 6th – 7th October – Siglunes Guesthouse, Siglufjörður – single room, 1 night 7th – 10th October – Vogafjós Guesthouse, by Lake Myvatn – twin share 3 nights* 10th – 11th October –  Centrum Guesthouse, Akureyri – twin share* 1 night. *Single room supplement may be available depending on availability contact me at time of booking. Essential equipment Camera, lenses and good quality tripod. Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag. What to expect  This photo adventure  includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location in Iceland on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode, reading histograms, using grads, the practicalities of shooting in  Iceland and capturing Aurora Borealis. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle and wild weather can be a feature of Iceland from it’s frozen glaciers to it’s wind swept beaches. Conditions can be settled at times but it’s not unusual to turn cold and wintery from September to March. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing to stay dry and warm ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. All locations are weather dependant. Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy, snowy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 30 mins one way, however  participation is optional at every location. Whale watching  from boat charter is included but optional too. All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.