Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland

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From £1950 (8 days) excluding flights
Quality photography in S. Iceland's best locations. Icebergs in turquoise water, Northern Lights, seals, sea washed ice on black volcanic sand, waterfalls, sparkling ice caves, basalt column caves, glacier locations, sunrises and sunsets. Join small group for friendly 1:1 tuition inc. image development & return with a great portfolio of unusual images Price includes: photography tutor, accommodation, (single supplement £100) breakfast & lunch, transport, airport transfers, guide co-ordinator
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2014: 28 Sep, 5 Oct, 12 Oct, 19 Oct
2015: 31 Jan, 15 Feb, 1 Mar, 15 Mar, 5 Apr
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Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland

Responsible travel: Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland

Environment

We encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines:
- When out in wild places we encourage you to keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on or picking native flora, Iceland is especially fragile environmentally and the country is currently embarking of many projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion.
- We encourage you to use water sparingly and to avoid buying plastic bottles of water; use your own metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source as recommended. In Iceland water should never be bought from a shop as most water sources are exceptionally pure.
- River water could also be drinking water, do not contaminate water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free.
- Respect local customs religion and traditions.
- Carry out some research about Iceland and being able to speak a few words of Icelandic is always appreciated.
- Don’t take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission.
- Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do.
- Read the labels and buy local products such as food and souvenirs so that money directly benefits the community.
- Minimize pollution, and carry out all litter. Iceland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.

Wherever possible we work electronically, we are totally web based and our paper use is minimal. We work from a home based office reducing car travel to a minimum. Our preferred mode of getting around to locations is by foot thus reducing pollution, environmental noise and damage to what is often an especially delicate ecosystem.

We support the Environment Agency of Iceland through passing on information about its policy and encouraging people to join their volunteer scheme. Our company is currently setting up an itinerary for UK schools expeditions to visit Iceland to participate in the project.

We recommend that you visit our links page where you will find comprehensive information on travel, health, environmental concerns, preparing for your holiday, local cultures and how to support local projects.

Community

Iceland has been hit hard by their bankruptcy/crisis of October 2008. More than ever communities are having to return to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. Tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of helping to restore economic stability to the country and also giving a sense of dignity to Icelanders.

In particular communities away from the central hub of Reykjavik are relying on visitors to boost their economy. Since way before the current crisis we have been supporting these less visited areas and we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home-grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. Now it is cheaper for us to visit Iceland as we get an excellent exchange rate. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.

These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods.

All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website Local food can be obtained easily in Iceland, for example fish, lamb, dairy products, vegetables grown in geo-thermally heated green houses. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Icelandic fare for both breakfast and dinner.

On this South coast trip we always take time to visit and support the Skógar Folk Museum. The museum was founded in 1949 on the initiative of Þórður Tómasson born in 1921 at Vallnatún under the Vestur-Eyjafjöll mountains in south Iceland at an early age Þórður developed an interest in Icelandic culture and particularly its conservation, he still works daily in the museum. Now covering a large site the museum offers a rare insight into the cultural, architectural, agricultural and geographical development of Iceland. In the small shop attached to the museum participants are invited to purchase locally made handicrafts, jewellery, outdoor-clothing, woollen goods and books.

Our main base in South East Iceland is still a working farm but has now been developed to include good standard accommodation and a restaurant whose mene includes mainly farm products such as lamb, yogurts, jams, fish and homemade bread.

The story of the provider of Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland

This family run company specialises in small-group photographic tours and workshops in well researched locations including Iceland, India, Norway and Spain. The company is owned by photographers Geraldine and Martin who are based in Reykjavik, Iceland. Together they have over 30 years experience travelling and guiding throughout the world. Their aim is to design tours that are culturally sensitive, unique and whenever possible choosing ambient accommodation that is run by local people. Geraldine’s son Gary runs their North Shropshire UK office. He takes care of your enquires, bookings, and generally ensures that all goes smoothly before your departure. He can also be found on location gaining valuable first hand knowledge of the tours and workshops. The company is very sensitive to both customer needs and the enviromnments where they operate.

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Northern Lights, glaciers and ice photography holiday Iceland

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5 stars
I am reborn! Simply the best holiday I have ever been on
4 stars
Some great stories to tell the grandchildren. Would recommend to a friend
3 stars
Very enjoyable
2 stars
It was OK
1 star
A bit disappointing really

Reviewed 25 Apr 2014 by Suzanne de Pelsenaire5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Finally having the opportunity to see the northern Lights! We were so fortunate to have excellent viewing one night for a couple of hours in the beautiful setting of Jokulsarlon lagoon. Our wonderful WPH Photographer Jose gave us invaluable advice for obtaining the perfect photographic mementoes.
The camaraderie of our Group was a heart-warming bonus, everyone helping each other, and lots of laughter.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Be prepared for long days! Up at 4 am for Sunrise shoots on the beach in freezing katabatic winds, through an action-packed day shooting glaciers, to night quests for the Northern Lights, in bed around 2 am. Bring at LEAST 6 layers of thermal clothing, and the chemical hand-warmers were a salvation when standing around at night, just waiting for the Lights to appear.
Wind/waterproof jackets and over pants are essential, thermal fingerless gloves with 'hinged' end covers absolutely imperative for comfort, pay the money! Neck warmers and windproof close-fitting warm head covers/balaclavas all help to make this a warm and comfortable experience in the worst conditions Iceland can produce.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Tourism is a very significant employer of the local Icelanders.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Totally memorable, for all the best reasons! Wonderful Tour Leader, Jose, a great mentor and friend to all. The ice and snow scenery is stunning, bird life prolific, waterfalls breath-catching: a true Photographer's paradise. Locals all friendly and helpful, and accommodation more than equalled its rating.We would unhesitatingly recommend this Holiday to any keen photographer with an adventurous and inquiring disposition, and a reasonable level of fitness.

Reviewed 11 Apr 2014 by John Stork4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Being with an interesting group of great photographers. Martin and Geraldine, the leaders, were excellent, but so were all the other workshop participants.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Pick another time of the year to visit Iceland for photography, earlier or later, but not mid-April.
Stay longer if you want to see more of Iceland than the SE corner.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes - we stayed at a farm and ate local produce

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Good, but not for all the reasons I had expected when booking. We never saw the Northern Lights (too cloudy with some rain every day), and the ice was melting too quickly to visit ice caves. The sea and ice/glacier photo opportunities were excellent.

Reviewed 02 Mar 2014 by Isabel Lledo3 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many good moments. The highlight was the night we managed to see and photograph the northern lights.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Bring warm clothes (lots of layers), wind protection and the photo equipment of your choice. A wide angle comes in very handy to capture the Northern lights.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


It definitively benefits the local people through staying mostly in local hotels and accommodation and eating in local restaurants.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Reviewed 17 Nov 2013 by Kym Barlow5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Hard to pick one moment; there were so many. Seeing the Aurora was obviously a high point but the Ice was wonderful, the landscape ever-changing, it made an excellent subject for photography. The landscape is incredible, from ice lagoons & black beaches to glaciers and lava fields. A gift for photographers and artists.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure you take your thermals and good footwear! Remember, you're at the mercy of Mother Nature and Lady Luck.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


We stayed at Icelandic owned guest houses and hotels, ate at local cafes and restaurants and used an Icelandic guide for the Ice Caves. The sensitivity of the local environment and our treatment of it was always a consideration
We left nothing but footprints and took nothing but photographs . . . :0)

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really Excellent, Geraldine & Martin's local knowledge and goodwill with local people were invaluable. They knew the best places to go and generally avoided the tour busses. They were always willing to go the extra mile and worked really hard to make sure we all got as much out of the holiday as possible, willing to be out photographing the Northern Lights at 2am and still up for a pre-dawn shoot on the beach.

The 1:1 photographic tuition from Geraldine, Martin and guest tutor Jan was freely given and matched to the individual skill and knowledge of everyone. They were always ready to give advice and support in whatever form needed and they did it so effortlessly that it would be easy not to notice. A big thanks to you all.

When I booked the holiday I hoped to improve my camera skills, see new and interesting landscapes, meet some good people, have a great time and get some good shots, I'm pleased to say I achieved it all.

Reviewed 07 Nov 2013 by Arthur DAVID Forman4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


There were many highlights but probably early morning photography at Lake Ercina.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just book it if you are a photographer!

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I don't think it was that sort of trip.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Absolutely excellent.

Reviewed 18 Feb 2013 by sandra thomas4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


The beach and glacier with the huge ice cubes on it and the first glacier we visited

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Make sure the camera you is adequate for all different types of lighting

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Very much so

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Very well organized the leaders worked very hard to ensure we all had a good time and were very patient with all weird and wonderful queries that were asked

Reviewed 15 Oct 2012 by Shane Woods5 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon at sunset was breath taking.
Northern Lights, particularly the night it was stronger, more active and vibrant.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Just simple things you've already heard.
Remember replacement camera batteries, thermal gear, torch for nights looking at
the Northern Lights. Wellies could be useful for taking photos on the beach.
Be sure insurance covers camera and lenses in case of accidents on ice. Didn't
happen to us, but worth thinking of.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Stayed at family run guest houses, with meals prepared from the farm.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Excellent, well looked after. Unique and fascinating activities. Good conversation.

Reviewed 29 Apr 2012 by Mary Gledhill4 star rating

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?


Taking photos of ice on the black sand beach at Jokulsarlon.

2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?


Even if you are a photography beginner, go for it, Martin and Jose were great teachers and you'll learn very fast.

3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The main place where we stayed was a charming development on a farm and run by a lovely lady (an excellent cook) and her family.

4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?


Really enjoyed it - one of the best I've had in years. Very satisfying combination of time outdoors, fun company, comfortable accommodation and learning a new skill.
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