Explore Iceland on a customized adventure with Instagram Photographer Michael Sidofsky

Travel to Iceland and delve into the ancient land of Vikings and volcanoes incredible Icelandic adventure. Travel through Iceland's desolate lands, so mysterious and ethereal that they have inspired artists, poets and photographers. The ancient, untamed beauty of Iceland will stay with you forever.

 

Meet your co-host

Michael Sidofsky is a professional photographer from Toronto, specializing in travel and commercial photography. Being an avid traveler and photographer, his goal is to capture the essence of a destination through the use of advanced techniques in photography and post-processing. This is what sets his images apart from other photographers. Michael’s images aim to portray a unique perspective of places or things that may seem commonplace to the everyday eye, but which trigger some sort of emotional reaction.  Whether I'm shooting landscapes, cityscapes, streets or architecture, his goal is to create a connection between the subject and the viewer.

 

Trip Details

Start & Finish Location

Reykjavik, Iceland

Travel Dates

April 11 -19, 2020

Trip Length

9 Days

Price

$4,700 CAD

Age 

18+

Group Size

Minimum 10, Maximum 16

Trip Style

Comfort

Trip Code

IC-GUSI200411

Physical Rating

2 out of 5

 

 

 

 

 

 

Itinerary

Meals included: None

Arrival Transfer

  • Included

Included Activities

  • Welcome meeting with tour leader

Accommodation

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Klettur or similar (superior rooms)

Hallo! Welcome to Iceland. The world's northernmost capital of Reykjavik lies just below the Arctic Circle. The city sees around four hours of sunlight a day in winter and 22 hours or more in summer. Surrounded by volcanic peaks and crystalline ocean, and boasting a vibrant arts and nightlife scene, Reykjavik's contrasts are utterly beguiling. On arrival take the Fly Bus to your hotel.

 

Special information

Your adventure begins with a Welcome Meeting at 6pm today – see reception for more details. If you can't arrange a flight that will arrive in time, you may wish to arrive a day early. We'll be happy to book additional accommodation for you (subject to availability). If you're going to be late, please inform the hotel reception. We'll be collecting your insurance details and next of kin information at this meeting, so please have these on hand. You can check in at the joining point hotel anytime after 2pm. While early check-in is not guaranteed, feel free to store your luggage until needed.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Intrepid Comfort: Guesthouse Langaholt or similar

On day two, the adventure truly starts. You will leave Reykjavík early in a comfortable, spacious minibus, and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often nicknamed ‘Little Iceland’ due to the wealth of diverse sites and landscapes to be found here.

Throughout the day, you will make stops to shoot many of them. You will focus, for example, on the dramatic, craggy coastlines around Arnarstapi, where you can find hexagonal basalt columns, and Lóndrangar, the site of two mighty sea-stacks which resemble a fortress. You will also capture the haunting Buðahraun lava field, contrasted with the quaint, historic hamlet of Buðir.

Of course, you will also have the chance to use the crown jewel of the Peninsula, Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano, as your subject throughout the day.

 

 

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Klettur or similar (superior rooms)

Today you will continue your exploration of Snæfellsnes; there is so much to see, it would not do the sites justice to rush through them all in one session.

Your focus today will be on the northern coastline of the Peninsula. The seascapes here of Breiðafjörður fjord are stunning, particularly in clear weather when you are able to see all the way across to the massive mountains of the Westfjords. If you are lucky, you might even spot orcas in the water; this area is where they are most commonly found.

The highlight, however, will be Mount Kirkjufell, a standalone peak that rising from the coastline by the charming waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss. You will spend a considerable amount of time finding the perfect angles to shoot it from, waiting for the opportunities that come with the golden hour. Hopefully, you will be able to capture it beneath the northern lights after.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Katla or similar

You will leave the Reykjavik again on the fourth day, and your memory cards, packed with diverse images, will no doubt reassure you that you’ve made the most of it. Your journey will now lead you away from west Iceland to the wonders of the South Coast.

This is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist routes due to the wealth of landmarks that line it, all within sight of the main road to the east. The region is especially beautiful in fall when the verdant landscape becomes crisp and stained with oranges and reds, and patches of snow and ice are just beginning to adorn the sites.

The first of subject you will reach is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This thin, narrow cascade falls in from a height of over sixty meters before a concave cliff, meaning that, in decent conditions, it can be fully encircled for some beautiful perspectives. Skógafoss is just another waterfall just a little further down the road from Seljalandsfoss, and though being the same height, is far more powerful. You cannot go behind the water here but can ascend an adjacent staircase for a unique angle.

After enjoying these waterfalls, you will head to the black-sand-beach of Reynisfjara. This stretch is as mysterious and haunting as it is spectacular. Your main subjects will be the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, two ‘trolls’ said to have been frozen in the light of the sun, standing tall from the choppy waves. As the golden hour rolls into nighttime, and you try to capture the sites beneath the aurora borealis, be sure to stay away from the water, as the sneaker waves here are notorious.

You will spend the night in the beautiful village of Vík.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Smyrlabjorg or similar

On your fifth day, you will leave Vík and finish journeying along the South Coast as you head to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park.

You will stop before reaching the lagoon, however, diverting to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This is a paradise for photographers; like at Snæfellsnes, there are a wealth of diverse sites all contained within a relatively small area. You will thus spend the majority of the day finding unique subjects to shoot, including glacial tongues, lakes, waterfalls, forests and lava landscapes.

After making the very most of this spectacular place, you will head over to Jökulsárlón, to catch it as the sun sets and hopefully have a chance to shoot it beneath the Northern Lights.

Jökulsárlón is often considered to be Iceland’s most beautiful location, and you will have no doubts as to why it is held in such high esteem when you begin your shoot. Here, vast icebergs break from a glacial tongue, then sail across an enormous lagoon towards the ocean. Their coloration is vivid, scale mesmerizing, and the fact you can practice your wildlife photography on the seals who live in the area only adds to the magical experience.

You will retire for the night in the south-east of Iceland.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Smyrlabjorg or similar

You will return to Jökulsárlón for a sunrise shoot on your sixth morning; under the many different lighting conditions you get throughout Iceland’s spring days, its appearance, color and beauty are forever changing. You will remain in this area for most of the day.

You will not only be shooting Jökulsárlón, however. You will also head to the adjacent Diamond Beach, where the icebergs are washed upon the shore and glitter in the surf and sun; this is one of the best places in the country for photographers to practice with exposure and light effects.

Your photoguides will also take you to a much lesser-known glacier lagoon, Fjallsárlón. Here, you will be able to take more time with your shots, as there will be far fewer crowds. Though not as vast as Jökulsárlón, Fjallsárlón is still a spectacular site, and you will, in fact, get a better few of the glacial tongue leading into the lake.

If the aurora borealis did not show last night, you and your guides will keep an extra keen eye out for them tonight; capturing them above the lagoons or beach is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You will spend another night in the Jökulsárlón area..

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation:

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Smyrlabjorg or similar

Your seventh day will be your final full day in south-east Iceland; you will, therefore, use it to shoot at the sites you have thus far missed.

The main one of these is Vestrahorn, on the Stokknes Peninsula. This is one of Iceland’s few gabbro mountains, and stark and dramatic as a result; it stands alone, surrounded by black sands and the seething waters of the North Atlantic, with barren, ashy slopes and jagged peaks. It is a fascinating subject, and you will be able to capture it from a variety of different angles.

Your photoguides will take you from here to some more unique destinations within Vatnajökull National Park, where you will attain excellent vantage points from which you can photograph the region’s incredible landscapes and Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull itself.

You will return to Jökulsárlón for your final sunset shoot in the area.

Meals included: Breakfast

Accommodation

Intrepid Comfort: Hotel Klettur or similar (superior rooms)

Day eight will largely consist of traveling from Vatnajökull National Park back to Reykjavík. You will, however, make multiple stops en route, where you can stretch your legs and continue to build your portfolio.

You will, for example, make stops back at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Reynisfjara Beach, and the waterfalls along the South Coast, time and conditions depending. At different times of the day and in different weather, these sites will all attain a distinct kind of beauty, and allow for some unique photographs.

Finally, you will return to Reykjavík, where you can have a well-deserved rest after a week of constant shooting. This will, however, be your last chance to catch the Northern Lights, so why not set out for your final shots of them?

Meals included: Breakfast

Departure Transfer:

  • Included

Sadly, today is your final day. You will need to take the Flybus back to the airport in time for your flight. If you have a few hours, however, you can use it to capture some urban landscapes around Reykjavík. Comparing them to those you took on your first day will no doubt show a marked improvement in your technique.

When on the plane back home or to your next destination, you will no doubt still be in awe of your new talents, your massive portfolio, and the amazing places you have seen in Iceland in Spring.

Trip details

Included meals

8 breakfasts

Transport

Private group transport & Complimentary Airport Transfers

Accommodation

Hotel (2 nights), Guesthouse (6 nights)

Exclusions

  • International flights and departure taxes, if applicable
  • Any visas required
  • Services not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Early check-in nor late check out at hotels, unless specified below
  • Meals and drinks not mentioned in the itinerary
  • Drinks with included lunches and dinners
  • Tips for leaders, guide and driver
  • Expenditure of personal nature
  • Personal Insurance
  • Optional activities

Learn to shoot amazing photographs like these in one of the most beautiful destinations on the planet

How to book your adventure 

Book your adventure by calling 1-855-394-3021 Ext. 2 or by emailing sean.sicard@intrepidtravel.com.

*All costs are per person in CAD, and based on indicated number of passengers travelling together in twin share occupancy In order to proceed, a deposit of CAD $400 per person is required by Jan 12th 2020 and the remaining balance will need to be supplied by Feb 11th 2020.

Joining point instructions 

Pre booked arrival transfer from Keflavik Airport (KEF): If you have pre booked an arrival transfer, your transfer driver will be waiting in the arrivals hall, holding a board with the Intrepid Logo or your name. In case of flight cancellations, changes, if you experience severe delays at immigration, baggage collection or customs, or if you are not able to find the driver, please contact the transfer operator directly on +354 497 8000 or go to the Airport Direct transfer counter where someone will assist you.

Passport and visas

Visas are the responsibility of the individual traveller. Entry requirements can change at any time, so it's important that you check for the latest information. Please visit the relevant consular website of the country or countries you’re visiting for detailed and up-to-date visa information specific to your nationality. Your consultant will also be happy to point you in the right direction with acquiring visas. Visas can take several weeks to process, so familiarise yourself with any requirements as soon as you have booked your trip to allow for processing time.

Visas for Iceland are not required for passport holders of the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, USA and Canada. All other nationalities should check with the relevant authorities.

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