Iceland's South Coast

'The Explorer Tour'

12th Feb - 21st Feb 2020

The Icelandic coastline on the south coast is as beautifully dramatic as anywhere on the planet, with its rugged exterior and vast open landscapes it encourages us as photographers to explore and create stunning images. 

 

This breathtaking scenery that surrounds us as we begin to travel from the South towards the East is the most spectacular and truly amazing scenery you will see!  The waterfalls, open vistas, ice on the beach, sea stacks and black sandy beaches are all within easy access of our locations each day, this coastline is superb and i cannot wait to share it with you for the 9 nights.

 

Join me on this 'in depth' tour of Icelands South coast.  This tour has been designed to provide you with not only a relaxed photo tour of this beautiful area but to enjoy spending more time in each of the areas we visit, no rush to capture that grab shot, we will have more than enough time!  There are so many beautiful areas to visit on the south which ever changing light possibilities that creating a tour which spans over 10 days allows you to unwind and take in the Icelandic vistas that will surround you.

Weather allowing, we will be out all day making the most of the winter light, We are in no hurry and can pick our times with the light, staying so close by to fantastic locations means we can enjoy the time with our with cameras taking pictures and capturing the moment.  During the evenings we will enjoy dinner together, discus images and hopefully head out for some night photography and the chase of the Northern lights!

Although at this time of the year the daylight hours are more limited to 5-6 hours per day, this will be no problem because the sun doesn't rise high above the horizon, so it creates long sunrise and sunset lit skies with warm colours for longer periods and gives us amazing light opportunities!

£3295.00

Deposit £500

Full - please contact me if interested

Duration:

9 nights, 10 days.

 

Accommodation:

Based at hotels ive used on previous trips we have 9 nights at some of Icelands most stunning locations.

hotels to be confirmed once flights are confirmed.

1 Night Vik area

3 Nights At Hali Country Hotel (Ice beach location)

2 night at Höfn (Vestrahorn Mountain Range)

2 night Vik area

1 night at Keflavic area

Each hotel is within minutes from locations, should we need to act quickly to head out at night we are on location to do so!

Max Group number 8 using 4x4 vehicles. (6 clients & 2 drivers)

My partner Chris will be my secondary driver, very well experienced in winter driving.

 

Fitness level: 

Easy-Moderate, due to snow and ice a possibility with it being winter, Yaktrax are highly recommended to help provide extra grip.

 

Included:

All accommodation, all breakfasts, all transport in 4x4 vehicles, all tuition.

 

Excluded:

All other meals, insurances and transportation to Iceland. Flights.

We will be passing numerous petrol stations which provide ample opportunity to gather snacks!

 

 

Trip Plan:

On arrival into Iceland you will be met at the airport, we will collect our hire vehicles and head straight to the accommodation at one of Icelands famous waterfalls which is a couple of hours drive away.  You will then change into some warmer gear and we will have time to unpack and get our equipment and ourselves ready for our first shoot together, depending on flight times this will either be a sunset shoot or we may possibly head out at night if the Northern Lights should decide to show.  Dinner and a good nights sleep so we are ready for the next day.  On the following morning we will have breakfast and check out, load the cars and drive South, we will be prepared to make stops along the way, the drive to the next hotel is approx. 3 hours.  For our next few nights we will be right on location, at the black sand beaches, ice beach and famous lagoon!  We have no set itinerary for this tour, In the arctic during the winter months, nature dictates our every move. Daylight hours are short but the light can be simply sublime so we will try and spend the maximum amount of time out shooting.  This does give us plenty of evening time for the potential of the Northern Lights.  We will keep heading South to the Vestrahorn mountain range, this will be our base for a further 2 nights before heading back along the route we have travelled stopping for another 2 nights with different photographic opportunities.  Due to the limited daylight hours we may decide to drive during the darker hours to give us all the opportunity with our cameras.

Safety is a paramount concern on this tour. The cold is an ever-present problem. The ground may often be covered in ice and snow so falls are a constant risk. You must ensure that you are adequately dressed for the conditions (see Clothing section below) to avoid the more direct effects of the cold.

Provided the conditions are safe, when the forecast looks promising we will go out at night to try and photograph the Northern Lights. If we are fortunate we will have calm and clear conditions around our base make ideal locations for this kind of photography. We may, on occasion, need to go a little further afield to find clear skies so please bear this in mind. We will ensure this is done as comfortably and safely as possible. The road conditions can often be treacherous so we will constantly assess whether it is safe to proceed.  If we encounter bad weather we will use this to our advantage and look at images, editing techniques and frequent the local coffee & cake shop!!

Additional Information:

What camera kit?

An array of focal lengths benefit us, a wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer (70-300) will all be ideal to cover a variety of possibilities. The most used will be the 24-70.  The bags will be near by the vehicles for lots of the trip so we don't expect you to carry it on your backs all day long! A lens with a F2.8 aperture, ideally a 16-35mm or 24mm will be great for night skies.

Tripod

Filters and a polariser.

Waterproof cover to protect from rain/sleet/snow.

Spare battery!

Suitable clothing?

Footwear is the most important factor here -  I use North Face Chillkats, which are fleece lined snow boots with a good tread and warm. Norway doesnt tend to get as cold as mainland Sweden or Finland (-40) but i suggest merino wool base layers/leggings or snow/ski trousers, these are great at keeping warmth in whilst stood around with our cameras. Waterproof/windproof jacket, hat, gloves are important too, but mostly its layering - if you get too hot you can always remove a layer!

More details tour notes will be released closer to the tour.

 

Where to meet?

Arrivals hall Keflavik Airport unless previously met at airport.  All flights to be based around the following, please ensure you are due to arrive around midday if flying with another airline.

 

Outbound British Airways

Wed 12th Feb 2020

08:15am London Heathrow

 

Return British Airways

Friday 21st Feb 2020

12:25 Kef to London Heathrow 

Do i need to bring a computer?

Its not essential, it does help if the weather should turn against us, we can cover processing techniques together, this being said, you are welcome to watch anything i do.  Its great for reviewing images that day and checking you are getting sharp images and happy with the performance so it does to help to bring it.

Any other questions please ask!