8.21 - 8.30.2018
The West Fjords and Southern Coast
Whether a photographer looking to create your next masterpiece or simply a traveler ready to step away from mainstream tourism, Iceland should be at the top of your travel list. A land of extremes, Iceland is alive like few places on earth. It's rugged landscape beauty, climatic contrasts, friendly people and relative accessibility are a big part of it's soaring popularity. Frankly we can't get enough of it ( I've been 3 times and Layne 9! ). We're willing to wager once you go, you'll be hooked too.
Waterfalls? So many you'll quickly lose count.
Volcanoes? Remember the eruption several years ago that shut down air travel? Eyjafjallajökull just rolls off your tongue.
Beaches? Think black volcanic, glistening with ice diamonds.
Icebergs? A lagoon full of infinite possibilities.
Landscape? Vistas that change with every turn.
And so much more...
The Icelandic language is a charming mystery you'll come to appreciate, with street signs longer than your arm, but English is widely spoken so you'll have no trouble interfacing with engaging locals. The food is amazing. Mouth watering cod, served more ways than your can imagine. Lamb, as an entrée or in ubiquitous stew, is another staple. If you've a taste for the exotic whale and reindeer can be on the menu, both exquisite.
Leaving Reykjavik, home to ⅔ of Iceland's population, we'll venture into vast wilderness including some of the world's largest glaciers and so many active volcanoes that tremor activity is part of the daily weather forecast. Many Icelandic itineraries are limited to the Southern Coast, but we will explore the West Fjords, which fewer than 10% of visitors ever see. Jagged cliffs and broad beaches give way to immense mountains and jaw dropping fjords, home to traditional fishing villages and a different way of life.
As you settle into the Icelandic rhythm, you'll marvel at conditions Viking descendants find easy to love. Worried about feeling chilled? Geothermal hot springs are an Icelandic tradition and some towns have free, hot spring-fed baths by the side of the road. Don't forget a bathing suit! Sun, wind, water, ice, fire. Iceland has it all.
But it's the stark beauty shaped by primal forces that make Iceland so special for photographer. Stunning landscapes, pristine wilderness and unique wildlife will leave your heart as full as your memory card.
Join Layne and Mark returning to a favorite destination!
Day 1 August 22 ( 21-22 ) Reykjavik
Depart US for a 5 hour overnight flight. Arrive Keflavik next morning (22nd). Private transfer to Reykjavik. Spend the day exploring local Reykjavik attractions (Optional)
(overnight Reykjavik) Center Plaza Hotel (click for website)
Day 2 August 23 Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Head northwest from Reykjavik to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. On the southern coast of Snæfellsnes we will photograph rugged coastline wilderness, where jagged cliffs and unusual rock formations are described as “Iceland in miniature”. Incredible natural spectacles and endless opportunities.
(overnight on Peninsula)
Frammes Hotel (click for website)
Days 3-6 August 24, 25, 26 Westfjords
Island hop from Stykkishólmur via ferry to the fjord region in northwest Iceland.
Day 3 August 24 / Visit the Garðar shipwreck, Rauðisandur beach, Breiðavík, and the cliffs at Látrabjarg
(overnight Patreksfjörður) Hotel West (click for website)
Day 4 August 25 / Arnarfjörður fjord, Ketildalir valley, Fossfjörður fjord and Dynjandi waterfall
(overnight Dýrafjörður) Hotel Sandafell (click for website)
Day 5 August 26 / Snæfellsnes Peninsula / Borgarnes
(overnight Borgarnes) Hotel Icelandir Hamar (click for website)
Day 6 August 27 Southern Coast Drive to Vik
Drive Iceland's picturesque south coast, dotted with dramatic coastlines, iconic waterfalls (Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss), and rock formations sculpted by the wind and the elements (Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach). There is so much beauty, the challenge is when not to stop. We will overnight in Vik, a storybook town sheltered by massive mountain ridges extending into the sea.
(overnight Vik) Puffin Hotel (click for website)
Day 7 August 28 Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon
One of Iceland's most fascinating bodies of water, 7 square miles of glacial melt from Vatnajokull (the worlds second largest glacier) link the glacier to the sea. Huge icebergs calve from the Breidamerkurjokull glacier face and drift across the huge lagoon, driven by the wind. They collide and fragment, eventually making their way to the ocean, littering surrounding beaches with polished ice glittering like sea diamonds. Jokulsarlon is another Icelandic location where any amount of time is never enough.
(overnight Jokulsarlon) Hotel Hali (click for website) *one of Mark's favorite hotels in Iceland for it's fascinating design which houses a small museum honoring a local author
Day 8 August 29 Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon / Reykjavik
We will sample Jökulsárlón and perhaps the adjacent beach in the morning light before departing for Reykjavik and a nights rest at the end of an amazing adventure.
(overnight Reykjavik) Center Plaza Hotel (click for website)
Day 9 August 30 USA Departure
Shuttle to Keflavik for return international flight to US
While Layne and I are Nikon shooters, for decades we've taught others how to craft art with cameras from all manufacturers. Come one, come all! We just want you to have fun and make great images!
Your adventure includes the following:
- Technical and artistic instruction with Nikon® pro photographers Layne Kennedy and Mark Alberhasky
- Lodging every night, all breakfasts and lunches, all transportation, local driver / guide
- Spacious tour bus with generous room for people and gear
- FlyBus tickets to and from Keflavik Intl Airport ( not arrival time or group dependent )
Your adventure does not include the following:
- International flights, cancellation, travel / medical insurance, intl airport /baggage fees, visa fees, guide/porter gratuities
- Optional activities
- Alcoholic beverages or personal items
$5,900 per person double occupancy ($1000 single supplement)
THIS IS A SMALL GROUP TOUR OF 13** + 2 (Mark & Layne)
Iceland is extremely popular and will fill quickly
Make your deposit early!! ($2950 PPDO / $3450 Single)
TRIP IS FIILED; ACCEPTING WAIT LIST POSITIONS
Cancelation: Full refund up to 01/31/18; 50% refund up to 05/31/18; No refund after 06/01/18
Full payment due 06/01/18 Pay by check (flat rate) or credit card (with surcharge)