Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice

“A full-on workshop taking in the southeast and western regions of Iceland for a variety of landscapes - and with 9 nights, you'll increase your chance of aurora sightings.”

Highlights

Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Snæfellsjökull glacier | Kirkjufell Mountain | Fishing Villages | Lava fields | Sea arches and sea stacks | Volcanic craters and lakes | Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls | Vatnajökull glacier | Northern Lights | Ice caves (February and March) | Sunrise and sunset shoots

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Trip type:
Small group tour.
Activity level:
Moderate.
Accomm:
9 nights in comfortable hotels in coastal and rural settings.
Solos:
Solo travellers welcome, no single supplement.
Included:
Accommodation, transfers, transport inc. internal flight, all meals, photography tutor, listed activities.
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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice

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.
Both of our hotels in Snæfellsness are small and family run. In the Grundarfjörður hotel there is a very special emphasis upon involving the community in our activities. We often eat at a small fish soup 'shack' down on the beach in preference to the rather more up-market restaurant that is available: we know that the fish will be freshly caught that day by local fishermen.
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.

Reviews of Northern Lights photography holiday in Iceland, coast & ice

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

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2016 by

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


We saw endless landscapes with glaciers, icebergs, lagoons, waterfalls, black beaches, and mossy lava fields, The most exciting part is auroras.

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


It rains a lot. If you don't like the weather, just wait for 5 mins. The most important thing is to bring your rain jacket, rain trousers and rain boots to keep you dry.

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


Yes

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


It was terrific. From start to end, Iceland Northern Lights, Coast and Ice workshop was impeccably researched, planned and executed with a rich, full and unique itinerary. Thanks to Paul and Dave .

Reviewed on 28 Oct 2016 by

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


Early mornings...prowling black Icelandic beaches for ice chunks, glimmering like diamonds...following huge blue-hued icebergs in the lagoon as they shifted in the running waters...and an evening filled with floating, ghostly swirls of light, ethereal, the Northern Lights, Auroras slipping through the dark sky with tints of green or orange, and then revealing themselves in timed photos radiating green orange painted skies!

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


Weather can be inclement...be flexible because with different kinds of weather you will see Iceland in different ways. Pack to stay dry. Bring your patience because individual photographers have their own way of taking photos; some remain planted to tripods, some roam. Each person will see the experience differently, so a willingness to go with the flow will make your trip more pleasant. Food will be exceptional...but will also involve the option to eat puffin, whale, and horse meat: I didn't. Fish rule.

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


A tricky question because I believe that our group presence always attempted to be thoughtful about conservation and we supported preserving the gorgeous environment. For example, we did not walk on the moss-covered volcanic rock. We bought locally when we were on the road. What we observed, however, suggested that Iceland somehow needs to work on its tourism policy (now that I've come and gone) because it does not have the infrastructure to support the hundreds of thousands/millions of people now visiting this small blissful island.

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


Superb...it opened up a place to me that I only had an inkling about and revealed raw, spectacular other-worldly beauty. Humbling that such beauty still exists in the world...

Reviewed on 09 Mar 2016 by

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


Where do I start - glaciers, ice caves, ice beach, lava fields and of course the aurora. All fantastic - Iceland is an amazing country with such raw beauty.

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


Take note of the very good and comprehensive list of clothing. You will need it all - its very cold and there are times when you are standing around with your tripod composing that perfect shot!

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


Yes in that we stayed at local farms which had converted some parts to accommodation. Where ever possible the food was local.

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


Fantastic - the tutors were excellent, patient, helpful and very professional. I learnt a lot but realise that I still have a lot to learn

Reviewed on 11 Nov 2016 by

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


Lots of memories from the holiday it is difficult to pick one out in particular same great destinations.

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


Quite a busy and enjoyable agenda, I would suggest you confirm what software you should have for editing pictures which was not clear from the information received!

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


Yes we certainly stop at local hotels which were great.

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


Really good holiday which was throughly enjoyable.

Reviewed on 28 Apr 2014 by

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


Everything!

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


If you are from tropical area and going to the upper heminsphere like Iceland, Scotland or Alaska, please be warned to prepare the real winter clothes to protect yourself not only just the cold weather but also the wind. I thought that I brought enough, but I forgot about the wind. Next time I will bring more windproof jackets and pants.

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


It commercially benefits local people, but I am not sure about it on environmental aspect and conservation. I tried my best not to ruin any nature, but, as you know, every step human beings make, there will always more or less thing get destroyed.

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


Excellent!

Reviewed on 03 Apr 2014 by

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


Hard to name just one thing. Photographing ice at the beach and on the lagoon was unbelievable, it was really beautiful. Then the excitement of 'getting' the Northern Lights was really great. The way we were guided by Martin and Geraldine made the whole experience possible. They packed as much as possible into the time we had and they made our holiday a truly unforgettable experience.

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


Stay a few days extra at the ThingHolt CenterHotel. In Reykjavic, It is very central, very comfortable but modern with fabulous bedrooms, a good breakfast with some hot food for those who prefer it. They have just opened the restaurant in the evenings and give residents 20 o/o discount.

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


Yes. The main Farm/Hotel that we stayed at only used local food, mostly off the farm. Fresh trout which they farmed themselves.

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


Fabulous, never to be forgotten.

Reviewed on 28 Sep 2013 by

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


this was a real blur of a trip, the whole experience was excellent.

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


This is quite an intensive trip and whilst the organisers are brilliant, the
Iceland landscape needs a bit of care and suitable gear is essential- and the
weather changes a lot.

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


the bulk of accomodation was local and good use was made of local facilities.

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


I think everyone who went on this trip would return in the future given the
chance. I will certainly be back next year. Overall a great holiday and learning
experience.

Reviewed on 26 Sep 2013 by

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


There are too many highlights to mention on this extended trip. From chasing the Northern Lights to sunrise or sunset in stunning locations to the sheer scale of the glacier lagoons.

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


Make sure you get enough sleep before coming - the opportunity to capture fantastic landscapes will keep you busy!

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


The holiday made use of local family run businesses and respect was certainly paid to the local people and environment.

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


The holiday exceeded my expectations by a country mile. Martin and Geraldine are two of the loveliest people I have ever met and their knowledge and genuine passion for photography really left an impression. As it was my first photography workshop I was concerned it might not be for me; now my concern is how anyone else will be able to live up to what this operator has to offer, after a truly amazing 10 days.

Reviewed on 08 Oct 2013 by

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


Flying from south eastern Iceland back to Reykjavik - what a throw back 40 years, wish Martin would do a photo blog of this experience.
The different geology of Iceland and all the photo opportunities. The ice beaches were phenomenal.

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


Most of the walking is not flat or easy (rock piles, sand, pebbles, very deep moss, up/down) I am not complaining it was great.

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


I really do not care, I went to photograph not get into this idiocy of impact -I bet whoever asked this is sucking water out of a plastic bottle which will not disintegrate for 1,00 years - yeah there is a benefit!

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


My first photography holiday so I cannot compare but as a trip it was great with the added benefit of learning so much and seeing so much and enjoying the entire experience.

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