Land of Ice and Fire

ICELAND

US$ 2,695

Tour Length: 9 days
Date: 1 to 9 December, 2021
Small group

Join this premium 9-day trip in Iceland and enjoy the best natural light and the most breathtaking views in the south of the country.

You'll travel in a comfortable vehicle through the iconic frozen landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, capturing sights such as Mount Kirkjufell and the black church of Búðir. In addition, you'll visit Iceland's stunning South Coast to see ice caves, the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach and numerous waterfalls.

Iceland is one of the best places to capture the incredible Northern Lights dancing in the dark Arctic sky. Your guides will keep an eye on the weather conditions and aurora forecasts, so you can photograph it in the most spectacular landscapes.

At Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach you'll have plenty of opportunities to photograph huge icebergs and chunks of ancient ice calved from the nearby Breiðmerkurjökull Glacier in Vatnajökull National Park.

Prepare your camera and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure through Iceland, improving at the same time your photographic skills, and taking some pictures that will be among the best of your life. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Start of journey (01-12-2021): Keflavik International Airport (13h).

End of journey (9-12-2021): Keflavik Airport (KEF).

Days 1 and 2 (1/2-12-2021). Reykjavík - Snaefellsnes

At 13h the whole group will meet at the agreed meeting point in Reykjavík, to travel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to some of the most photogenic scenery in the country.

Wild coastlines, the spectacular basalt column cliffs of Arnarstapi, the enchanting black church of Búðir, the lava field of Búðahraun, the impressive and peculiar sea pillars of Lóndrangar and the iconic volcanic mountain Kirkjuffelawait you.

Snæfellsnes is also one of the best places in Iceland to see one of the absolute wonders of nature, the Northern Lights, so open your eyes and get your camera ready!

Accommodation: Stöð Guesthouse and apartments.

 

Day 3. Snaefellsnes-Seljalandsfoss-Skogafoss-Reynisfjara

After the sunrise session at Kirkjufell, we will make our way to the epic scenery of Iceland's south coast.

Along the way, we will stop at the glorious Seljalandsfoss, a beautiful waterfall that you can walk around in 360 degrees. In winter the rocks surrounding this waterfall can be frozen, making for perfect close-ups for all the pictures.

Nearby is the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall , a thundering giant with a dizzying 60-metre drop. You can get up close to this beast to capture the texture of the water rushing into the river below, or simply stand back where you can shoot the waterfall framed by snow-capped cliffs.

Our sunset photo shoot will be on the beautiful black sand beach of Reynisfjara.

In the evening, let's explore the possibility of photographing the Northern Lights.

Accommodation: Hotel Dyrholaey.

 

Day 4. Vatnajökull National Park

Today we will head to Vatnajokull National Park, spending the morning photographing its incredible landscapes of lava rocks, glistening glacier tongues, impressive waterfalls and long stretches of desert-like black sand dotted with glistening white snow.

The afternoon will be spent in the serenity of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon , where large icebergs float on the glassy surface of the water before drifting out to sea.

As the sun begins to set, we will head to the diamond beach, for a chance to capture the glorious sunlight shining through the chunks of ice on the shore. This beach is perfect for practicing long exposure techniques, as the waves sweep over the icebergs sitting on the black sand, creating a dreamy slow motion effect.

In the evening, let's explore the possibility of photographing the Northern Lights.

Accommodation: Vagnsstadir Guesthouse.

 

Day 5. Vatnajökull National Park

This morning we return to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for a leisurely sunrise photo session.

You'll be surprised how different this place can look when conditions vary. After sunrise, we will have another opportunity to practice long exposure techniques on the diamond beach, although you will most likely be excited to get to the next part of the day,

In the evening we may have another opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights, we will try to capture them over the Jokulsarlonglacier lagoon or the nearby Fjallsarlon.

Accommodation: Vagnsstadir Guesthouse.

 

Day 6. Vatnajökull National Park - Höfn

Sunrise on Diamond Beach.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Stokksnes peninsula , home to the impressive Vestrahornmountain.

This mountain has been dubbed "Batman Mountain" because of its jagged peaks, resembling the iconic superhero himself. Its foreground is filled with compositions, from rolling black sand dunes in the snow, to grass crops and icy puddles. Depending on the tide, we may be able to photograph Vestrahorn's reflection on the nearby beach, or the waves breaking around him.

We will continue to photograph in Vestrahorn until the sun sets, hoping that the northern lights will spread over this impressive mountain.

Accommodation: Milk Factory Hotel

 

Day 7. Höfn - Vik

We will enter the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, famous for its beautiful scenery. Here, you can photograph glacier tongues, lagoons, the peaks of majestic snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls and rivers flowing from glaciers.

For sunset, we will return along the south coast to Reynisfjara beach, where we will capture the Reynisdrangar sea stacks from a different angle. It will be the perfect setting for photographing the aurora, if it appears during the night.

Accommodation: Stracta Hotel Hella.

 

Day 8. Gullfoss - Gullfoss - Geysir - Keflavik

Today we will spend the day exploring the three main attractions of the Golden Circle Route: Þingvellir National Park, the geothermal area of Geysir, and the Gullfoss waterfall.

Þingvellir is a UNESCO heritage site in Iceland that lies within a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates.
There are many compositions here, including rocky cliffs and huge fissures enveloped by snow. The highlight of our visit will be the impressive Öxarárfoss waterfall that flows from the Öxará River over the Almannagjá. The pool at the base of the waterfall is filled with boulders and, depending on conditions, there may be cracks in the ice that make for wonderful driving lines.

In the geothermal area of Geysir, you will have the opportunity to photograph theStrokkur geyser that erupts every few minutes, almost 20 metres high in the air!
Meanwhile, the nearby Gullfoss waterfall offers a spectacular view of the forces of nature.

Accommodation: Hotel Duus by Keflavik Airport.

 

Day 9 (9-12-2021). Keflavik - End of journey

After breakfast, we will drive to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) for our return flight.

End of the Photo Tour:

 

The photo tour always depends on the weather conditions, as the weather in Iceland can be really unpredictable.

Regarding the Northern Lights, although it is very likely that they can be seen during the month of September, it cannot be guaranteed that they will be visible on any given day of the tour.

INCLUDED

  • All transfers in comfortable private vehicles throughout the itinerary.
  • Transfer to and from the airport.
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels (shared double room). Single room supplement: +$895.
  • All the breakfasts.
  • Photographic advice from our professional photographers.
  • Full travel/health insurance.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Personal needs, including medication.
  • Everything else not listed as included.
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is paid.
Places will not be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% will be reimbursed minus a $450 handling fee.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

Border regulations for COVID-19 vaccinated or ex-infected persons
  • All travellers must pre-register before arriving in Iceland and confirm their day of departure, if available.
  • Present a certificate of full vaccination or a certificate of previous infection at the border. If the certificate is not valid, the person must undergo two tests and a 5-day quarantine in between.
  • Asof 27 July the following applies: All vaccinated tourists, as well as those with confirmed previous infection, must present a negative COVID test before boarding a plane or ship to Iceland. Both a PCR test and a rapid COVID-19 antigen test are acceptable. The test must be performed 72 hours prior to departure on the first leg of the journey.
  • Testing and quarantine of children: Children born in 2005 or later do not have to be tested at the border. They are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person who must be quarantined, the child stays with the person and is released from quarantine if the second test of the accompanying person is negative. If the accompanying person is exempted from double testing and quarantine, so is the child. Children travelling alone do not need to undergo quarantine.
  • Children over the age of 16 must be tested at the border, quarantined for 5 days and then tested again, unless they are fully vaccinated. Children under the age of 18 can travel to Iceland with their parents, as they are exempt from Icelandic travel restrictions.
  • Travellers are advised to download the Rakning C-19 app. It is used, among other things, to report negative test results and helps to trace infections if necessary.

If the slightest suspicion arises that a person has submitted a forged certificate, he/she will be required to undergo two tests with quarantine in between.

INFORMATION
Land of Ice and Fire

ICELAND

US$ 2,695

Tour Length: 9 days
Date: 1 to 9 December, 2021
Small group

Join this premium 9-day trip in Iceland and enjoy the best natural light and the most breathtaking views in the south of the country.

You'll travel in a comfortable vehicle through the iconic frozen landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, capturing sights such as Mount Kirkjufell and the black church of Búðir. In addition, you'll visit Iceland's stunning South Coast to see ice caves, the glacial lagoon of Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach and numerous waterfalls.

Iceland is one of the best places to capture the incredible Northern Lights dancing in the dark Arctic sky. Your guides will keep an eye on the weather conditions and aurora forecasts, so you can photograph it in the most spectacular landscapes.

At Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach you'll have plenty of opportunities to photograph huge icebergs and chunks of ancient ice calved from the nearby Breiðmerkurjökull Glacier in Vatnajökull National Park.

Prepare your camera and get ready to live an unforgettable adventure through Iceland, improving at the same time your photographic skills, and taking some pictures that will be among the best of your life. 

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:

Start of journey (01-12-2021): Keflavik International Airport (13h).

End of journey (9-12-2021): Keflavik Airport (KEF).

ITINERARY
Days 1 and 2 (1/2-12-2021). Reykjavík - Snaefellsnes

At 13h the whole group will meet at the agreed meeting point in Reykjavík, to travel to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, home to some of the most photogenic scenery in the country.

Wild coastlines, the spectacular basalt column cliffs of Arnarstapi, the enchanting black church of Búðir, the lava field of Búðahraun, the impressive and peculiar sea pillars of Lóndrangar and the iconic volcanic mountain Kirkjuffelawait you.

Snæfellsnes is also one of the best places in Iceland to see one of the absolute wonders of nature, the Northern Lights, so open your eyes and get your camera ready!

Accommodation: Stöð Guesthouse and apartments.

 

Day 3. Snaefellsnes-Seljalandsfoss-Skogafoss-Reynisfjara

After the sunrise session at Kirkjufell, we will make our way to the epic scenery of Iceland's south coast.

Along the way, we will stop at the glorious Seljalandsfoss, a beautiful waterfall that you can walk around in 360 degrees. In winter the rocks surrounding this waterfall can be frozen, making for perfect close-ups for all the pictures.

Nearby is the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall , a thundering giant with a dizzying 60-metre drop. You can get up close to this beast to capture the texture of the water rushing into the river below, or simply stand back where you can shoot the waterfall framed by snow-capped cliffs.

Our sunset photo shoot will be on the beautiful black sand beach of Reynisfjara.

In the evening, let's explore the possibility of photographing the Northern Lights.

Accommodation: Hotel Dyrholaey.

 

Day 4. Vatnajökull National Park

Today we will head to Vatnajokull National Park, spending the morning photographing its incredible landscapes of lava rocks, glistening glacier tongues, impressive waterfalls and long stretches of desert-like black sand dotted with glistening white snow.

The afternoon will be spent in the serenity of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon , where large icebergs float on the glassy surface of the water before drifting out to sea.

As the sun begins to set, we will head to the diamond beach, for a chance to capture the glorious sunlight shining through the chunks of ice on the shore. This beach is perfect for practicing long exposure techniques, as the waves sweep over the icebergs sitting on the black sand, creating a dreamy slow motion effect.

In the evening, let's explore the possibility of photographing the Northern Lights.

Accommodation: Vagnsstadir Guesthouse.

 

Day 5. Vatnajökull National Park

This morning we return to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for a leisurely sunrise photo session.

You'll be surprised how different this place can look when conditions vary. After sunrise, we will have another opportunity to practice long exposure techniques on the diamond beach, although you will most likely be excited to get to the next part of the day,

In the evening we may have another opportunity to photograph the Northern Lights, we will try to capture them over the Jokulsarlonglacier lagoon or the nearby Fjallsarlon.

Accommodation: Vagnsstadir Guesthouse.

 

Day 6. Vatnajökull National Park - Höfn

Sunrise on Diamond Beach.

After breakfast, we will drive to the Stokksnes peninsula , home to the impressive Vestrahornmountain.

This mountain has been dubbed "Batman Mountain" because of its jagged peaks, resembling the iconic superhero himself. Its foreground is filled with compositions, from rolling black sand dunes in the snow, to grass crops and icy puddles. Depending on the tide, we may be able to photograph Vestrahorn's reflection on the nearby beach, or the waves breaking around him.

We will continue to photograph in Vestrahorn until the sun sets, hoping that the northern lights will spread over this impressive mountain.

Accommodation: Milk Factory Hotel

 

Day 7. Höfn - Vik

We will enter the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, famous for its beautiful scenery. Here, you can photograph glacier tongues, lagoons, the peaks of majestic snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls and rivers flowing from glaciers.

For sunset, we will return along the south coast to Reynisfjara beach, where we will capture the Reynisdrangar sea stacks from a different angle. It will be the perfect setting for photographing the aurora, if it appears during the night.

Accommodation: Stracta Hotel Hella.

 

Day 8. Gullfoss - Gullfoss - Geysir - Keflavik

Today we will spend the day exploring the three main attractions of the Golden Circle Route: Þingvellir National Park, the geothermal area of Geysir, and the Gullfoss waterfall.

Þingvellir is a UNESCO heritage site in Iceland that lies within a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates.
There are many compositions here, including rocky cliffs and huge fissures enveloped by snow. The highlight of our visit will be the impressive Öxarárfoss waterfall that flows from the Öxará River over the Almannagjá. The pool at the base of the waterfall is filled with boulders and, depending on conditions, there may be cracks in the ice that make for wonderful driving lines.

In the geothermal area of Geysir, you will have the opportunity to photograph theStrokkur geyser that erupts every few minutes, almost 20 metres high in the air!
Meanwhile, the nearby Gullfoss waterfall offers a spectacular view of the forces of nature.

Accommodation: Hotel Duus by Keflavik Airport.

 

Day 9 (9-12-2021). Keflavik - End of journey

After breakfast, we will drive to Keflavik International Airport (KEF) for our return flight.

End of the Photo Tour:

 

The photo tour always depends on the weather conditions, as the weather in Iceland can be really unpredictable.

Regarding the Northern Lights, although it is very likely that they can be seen during the month of September, it cannot be guaranteed that they will be visible on any given day of the tour.

INCLUDED / NOT INCLUDED

INCLUDED

  • All transfers in comfortable private vehicles throughout the itinerary.
  • Transfer to and from the airport.
  • Accommodation in comfortable hotels (shared double room). Single room supplement: +$895.
  • All the breakfasts.
  • Photographic advice from our professional photographers.
  • Full travel/health insurance.

 

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flight to and from the starting point of the tour.
  • Lunches and dinners.
  • Personal needs, including medication.
  • Everything else not listed as included.
TERMS AND CONDITIONS
Payment Policy

Reserve Deposit:

The reservation will become effective when a deposit of 25% of the total amount of the trip is paid.
Places will not be reserved without the deposit.

Final Payment:

Payment of the final amount is due 45 days before the start of the trip.

General Cancellation Policy:

In the event that you are unable to participate in the Photography Trip and cancel your participation, refunds will be handled as follows:

More than 6 weeks before the start of the trip: 100% will be reimbursed minus a $450 handling fee.

Less than 6 weeks before the start of the workshop: no refunds will be given.

COVID-19 Cancellation Policy:

In case you test positive for COVID-19 and cannot make the trip, we will refund 100% of the money paid to date including the booking deposit. The test confirming the result must be presented.

In case of force majeure:

In the event of achange in tourist entry regulations due to COVID-19 policies in Iceland, weather, mechanical problems , accident or illness and the workshop cannot be held in its entirety, Namaste Photo Tours will negotiate directly with participants to arrange a new date or a refund in the event that the participant is unable to attend the new date.

General

1. Accidents:

1.A. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents of participants of the trip, nor will it cover medical expenses if necessary. During the trip, each participant is responsible for his or her own safety and physical integrity.

1.B. Namaste Photo Tours is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the trip. Each participant is responsible for his or her own photographic equipment.

2. Punctuality:

2.A. The Photographic Journey starts on a specific date and in a timely manner. All participants must be at the location on the day of the start of the trip. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must contact a Namaste Photo Tours representative as soon as possible.

3. Respect:

3.A. Respect and patience are the basis of a successful Photographic Journey. Participants may be at different levels of knowledge of the subject matter, so patience is required when explaining topics that are already in their domain. Each participant's area of photographing should be respected. No disrespect from a participant to another member of the trip or staff will be allowed.

4. Climate:

4.A. The tour and its itinerary are weather dependent and may change from one moment to the next. We will always keep an eye on the best weather conditions to determine where to go and to optimise your photography.

COVID-19 REGULATION ICELAND
Border regulations for COVID-19 vaccinated or ex-infected persons
  • All travellers must pre-register before arriving in Iceland and confirm their day of departure, if available.
  • Present a certificate of full vaccination or a certificate of previous infection at the border. If the certificate is not valid, the person must undergo two tests and a 5-day quarantine in between.
  • Asof 27 July the following applies: All vaccinated tourists, as well as those with confirmed previous infection, must present a negative COVID test before boarding a plane or ship to Iceland. Both a PCR test and a rapid COVID-19 antigen test are acceptable. The test must be performed 72 hours prior to departure on the first leg of the journey.
  • Testing and quarantine of children: Children born in 2005 or later do not have to be tested at the border. They are exempt from the obligation to present a negative PCR certificate upon arrival. If a child travels with a person who must be quarantined, the child stays with the person and is released from quarantine if the second test of the accompanying person is negative. If the accompanying person is exempted from double testing and quarantine, so is the child. Children travelling alone do not need to undergo quarantine.
  • Children over the age of 16 must be tested at the border, quarantined for 5 days and then tested again, unless they are fully vaccinated. Children under the age of 18 can travel to Iceland with their parents, as they are exempt from Icelandic travel restrictions.
  • Travellers are advised to download the Rakning C-19 app. It is used, among other things, to report negative test results and helps to trace infections if necessary.

If the slightest suspicion arises that a person has submitted a forged certificate, he/she will be required to undergo two tests with quarantine in between.

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