ICELAND PHOTO TOURS 2020/21
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
Tour 1: September 26 - October 1 2020
More tours: TBC
Price: €3650 [a € 500 deposit via Transferwise or Paypal is required to confirm your booking and will only be refunded if your spot is replaced; you can pay the rest all at once or in small increments. We understand this is a considerable sum and want to accommodate you paying in rates where needed.]
EARLY BIRD PRICING: € 3150 (valid until July 6)
Participants: 12 + Carmen + Assistant and Iceland local and Carmen's partner and, oh, before I forget, commercial photographer Ivar Eythorsson + bus driver
No specific level of fitness required, beginner level of photography is most welcome as we individually cater to however advanced you might be.
WHAT IS INCLUDED
All accommodation (stunning local hotels, on a twin share basis)
All comfortable transport in a bus equipped for Icelandic road conditions and with a driver who exlusively drives photo tours
All breakfasts (usually buffet style)
1x welcome brunch
1x goodbye feast *all food will be vegan-friendly, fresh, and delicious
Full Time photography tuition
- Aerial Photography
- Night Photography (weather dependent, BUT if we are lucky we get to witness and photograph THE NORTHERN LIGHTS)
- Situational Portraiture
- Automotive Photography (we have a BEAUTIFUL LAND ROVER DEFENDER with us for the entire trip)
- Guidance on image & exposure analysis in-the-field, as-we-shoot
- Post processing
- the opportunity to test out brand new Sony gear
Great chat and plenty of unqualified life advice
FB group to connect, answer questions and especially for travellers keen to link up before or after the photo tour starts
A private Whatsapp video chat or FaceTime call with Carmen and/or Ivar before the group to talk through any and all queries you might have
& a very exciting goodie bag
WHAT IS NOT INCLUDED
Your flights to Keflavik International Airport and transport to Reykjavik
Photography equipment (between you and I, Sony will help us out with some gear for you to try, stay tuned)
Lunches, snacks & drinks (although Carmen's bag is stuffed with snacks at all times, so if you're feeling peckish, you know who to ask...)
Optional Heli sightseeing flight, glacier kayaking, or horse riding tour can be arranged
ESSENTIAL PACKING LIST
Because we can expect all four seasons in one day, I do not recommend you to bring only cotton clothing as it will not keep you warm and can be dangerous if wet - opt for merino wool or thermals instead.
Please note, you do not need to purchase these exact brands - this is simply from personal experience. Also, colourful jackets are fun for photos, as are beautiful knits.
Finally, our average temperature will be around 10°C /50°F and this does not include windchill.
- Hiking boots, trail runners are fine too if your ankles are used to it (Danner Boots are great for hiking, Merrell have awesome trail runners)
- Down jacket with hood (Patagonia has beautiful, lightweight ones)
- Gore-Tex / windbreaker jacket
- Thermal shirts & pants
- Fleece layer
- Hiking pants/leggings (Fjallraven, Lululemon, Kathmandu, etc.)
- Thin thermal gloves
- Woollen hat (opt for real wool as opposed to cotton if you can)
- Socks & Underwear (Icebreaker is awesome for merino underwear)
- Day pack (since we are not doing much hiking, anything is go here. I can personally recommend Peak Design as well as Douchebags, or, for a cute leather version, Benny Bee Leather is great too - camera gear, snacks and a water bottle)
- Sturdy duffel or a small-ish lightweight suitcase. Please keep the size small as it won't fit in our van otherwise.
- Insulated water bottle (if you fancy yourself warm tea or coffee while we're out shooting in the morning)
- Headlamp, if not solar powered remember to bring batteries
- Polarised sunglasses
- Camera equipment (preferably a DSLR, but a phone will do just fine too, if that's all you have) including a small, lightweight tripod if you would like to tackle astrophotography - I recommend one by Sirui - use NEPALPHOTO at checkout for 15% off
- SPF 30-50 sunscreen (I'm being optimistic here)
- Packing cubes or stuff bags - they will help you keep your gear organised since we move locations almost every day
- Personal hygiene products (I recommend as few liquids as possible as they can freeze overnight and are often not biodegradable. Go for solid soap, shampoo and conditioner - i.e. from Ethique and ladies, a mooncup will be perfect)
- Medical kit: tablets for headache, diarrhoea, flu, cough, nausea as well as antibiotics, antihistamines, anti-inflammatory gel or tiger balm to soothe sore muscles, rehydration salts, and plasters (of course, we won't be far from civilisation at any point, but I want you to be prepared. I also ask you to get a general checkup at your GP well in advance of your trip to make sure you are good to adventure.)
- Sunhat or cap (Will&Bear make great hats and their hat clips are handy, too)
- Hard copies of passports and other essential docs such as your travel insurance number and flights
- Spare SD cards, camera batteries & a lens cleaning kit
- Passport must be valid for 6 months after return date
- Universal plug
- Light, fast drying towel (a small one will suffice)
- Energy/protein bars
- Casual clothing for everyday exploring and dinners
- Girlfriends, if you want to wear a gorgeous dress or get changed into one at your favourite photo spot, go for it! Go as wild as you'd like; Icelandic landscape lends itself to grand moments.
- Sandals or sneakers (think anything from Bikenstock's to Teva sandals or Veja sneakers)
- Swimwear (just in case you feel inclined for a morning swim at the glacier lagoon? or perhaps you fancy a hot spring?)
- Water bottle; Iceland has some of the best tap water in the world
OPTIONAL PACKING LIST
- Supplements (i.e. B12, Vitamin C, Vitamin D)
- Your journal
- A drone (we use the DJI Mavic Pro 2)
- Playing cards
- A film or polaroid camera to capture candid moments
- Outdoor speaker
- Solar charger
- SPF lip balm
- Pocket knife (remember to check this in as it will likely not pass security)
- Sleeveless down vest
- Belt for passport and valuables (you will be a) very remote and b) safe at all times - we shall make sure of that)
- Ziploc bags to protect gear
- Weatherproof sd card holder and lens caps (I recommend those by Polar Pro)
- Earplugs and sleeping mask
- Solid laundry bar (I use one from Ethique)
- You will NOT need to bring any mosquito repellent - Iceland doesn't have them (I know, dream country)
*This itinerary includes the one or other secret spot. This is why we shall not name names for now. But rest assured, it will give you the absolute best chance to capture the beauty of Iceland in every way possible.
Day 1 - The day has finally come! Today, we meet. And we shall do so nice and early(ish) over brunch at the Center Hotel Miðgarður in Reykjavík. If you decide to arrive a few days or a day early, mention our name for a discount and if you fancy burgers, go to Hamborgarabulla Tomasar - that's where Ivar and I met and it's YUM. For cheaper but still excellent accommodation, stay at KEX Hostel. We love it. Okay, back to the itinerary. After a leisurely brunch, we are headed south for our first waterfall action. This is one of my favourites. We will also be able to take some breathtaking drone shots over some river braids. Tonight's home will be the cozy Midgard Base Camp - it's the go-to stop for photographers passing through. They will serve us both dinner and breakfast.
Day 2 - Sunrise is just before 7am, which, in our world, is very comfortable ;). We'll rise bright and early and had to yet another, perhaps even more impressive waterfall. And guess where we will go after that? Yep, another waterfall. It's a short walk, yet, it feels otherworldly. Just writing this has me all excited... Once all the bangers were collected, we continue to the stunning Hótel Katla, which will be our base for the day/night. Sunset will include a lighthouse, cliffs, a black sand beach - the classic Iceland classic magic.
Day 3 - Rise and shine! Sunrise is today is a special one. We'll be at a beautiful black beach and check out a couple of caves that will likely blow your mind. There will also be some great drone opportunities, so don't forget to charge your batteries the night before. We'll continue on to our humble abode for the night, Foss Hótel Glacier Lagoon, rest, back up our photos, all that jazz. Before dinner, we'll head out for sunset to one of Ivar's favourite canyon's in all of Iceland.
Day 4 - Strap up your boots, because today's sunrise mission includes a short 30-45 min hike to yet another gorgeous canyon. We'll also be sure to check out glacier lagoon today, where you'll have the option to go kayaking. Tonight's and tomorrow's dream casa is Hótel Edda Höfn. For sunset, we'll head out to one of Carmen's favourite places in the world, Stokksnes. Photo opportunities are vast, but, if you'd like to step it up a notch, you also have the option of going for a horse ride here.
Day 5 - If the early wake up calls are getting to you, you are welcome to sleep in this morning. Okay, you are obviously welcome to do so every day, but you'd be missing out on a new place and who would want that. This morning, we will head back to Stokksness to capture the morning light there. The rest of the day will be spent learning everything you need to know about post processing. You could also treat yourself to a spa treatment at our hotel. Today is also our bad weather backup day - if the weather gets crazy bad on one of the days, we want to make sure we have a bit of spare time to play with in the itinerary.
Day 6 - Time truly does fly by when you're having a good time. Depending on the weather, we'll shoot sunrise or we'll stay in and continue to post process before we head back to Reykjavík. After stop at the impressive glacier Jökulsárlón and a feast (our treat), it's time to say our goodbyes. Thank you for being a part of this once in a lifetime adventure with us, we love you, we appreciate you and we cannot wait to see all your captures from this unforgettable trip.