Midnight sun photography holiday in Iceland
Description of Midnight sun photography holiday in Iceland
Centred on three key locations that take you well away from the beaten tourist track, this 12-day Midnight Sun photography holiday in Iceland explores this dramatically beautiful country in summer.
Travel with highly experienced photographic tutors in a small group to Southeast and South Iceland, for photography against a backdrop of glaciers, icebergs, mountains and black sand beaches. Then it’s on to Northern Iceland, a remarkable place renowned for its stark, lunar-like landscapes. Between bubbling mudpots, steaming fumaroles and wandering volcanic craters, you'll stay on the scenic shores of Lake Mývatn, where you can relax in a natural geothermal pool that's nowhere near as busy as the Blue Lagoon.
Finally, head into the remote and almost deserted Highlands via the Kjölur route, a Tolkien-esque wilderness where ice and fire meet to form terrain like nowhere else on the planet. For the photographer, this is an incredibly inspiring place. After a few nights at a Kerlingarfjöll hotel you'll join up with the iconic Golden Circle route, and via must-sees such as the Gulfoss Waterfall, return to Reykjavik.
This trip runs in early July, when Iceland is light all day, with the sun disappearing only briefly and then only in the south. All locations are carefully chosen and photographically rewarding.
Regular peer-review sessions are held in the evenings, which are a highlight of the tour, boosting creativity in narrative, aesthetic and technical qualities.
Expect to return from this workshop with an understanding of modern image processing techniques, a portfolio of remarkable, creative images and a lot of great memories.
Eleven nights’ accommodation in hotels is included, plus all meals, transport and internal flights.
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1 Reviews of Midnight sun photography holiday in Iceland
Reviewed on 25 Jul 2019 by Lynne Wilson
1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your holiday?
Visiting the glacial lagoons and ice beach in South Iceland. The Lake at Myvatn - utterly serene and beautiful
2. What tips would you give other travellers booking this holiday?
Be prepared for all weather conditions; be ready for some long journeys between some stopovers. Also toilets can be hard to find once off the beaten track.
3. Did you feel that your holiday benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?
We stayed mainly in small, local guest houses /accommodations with local produce. It was an education it itself to see how carefully Iceland was trying to protect and look after the environment, and not to bow to too much commercialisation around key sights . Even the Golden Circle, busy as it was, was trying to conserve impact on the environment (eg. small spread out car parks).
4. Finally, how would you rate your holiday overall?
This was a great holiday. I travelled with a small group (5 + 2 leaders). They looked after us incredibly well and the cost of the holiday included literally everything bar alcoholic drinks - one couple commented at the end that they hadn't had to spend any extra money at all. There were plenty of stops on long journeys, and whilst the weather sometimes interfered with photographic opportunities, overall we had much better weather than expected. I saw everything I wanted to, and more!
PlanetWe encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines:
- When out in wild places, please keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on, or picking native flora. Iceland is fragile unstable environment. The country is currently embarking on many conservation and habitation projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion.
- When near wildlife or bird colony’s we minimise human disruption of the natural environment. We take considerable care during breeding seasons so as to not disturb nesting birds and wildlife.
- Take time to carry out some research about Iceland, being able to speak a few words of Icelandic is always appreciated.
- Water sources in Iceland are exceptionally pure and we discourage buying plastic bottled water. A metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source is recommended to all of our guests.
- River water could also be a supply drinking water, please do not contaminate river water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free
- Respect local customs religion and traditions.
- 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.
- Reduce pollution and carry out all litter. Recycle wherever possible. Iceland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.
Our small group ethos, sharing of transport and preferred mode of exploring locations is by foot thus reducing pollution, environmental noise and damage to what is often an especially delicate ecosystem.
We support the Environment Agency and the National Parks of Iceland through passing on information about their policy and raising awareness of current issues and environmental sustainability. The Environment Agency hosts volunteers from all over the world and works closely with a variety of international organisations. The programme is organised in partnership with the British conservation volunteer organisation BTCV.
Wherever possible we work electronically and promote considerate use of digital resources. We are primarily web based for all administrative communications with minimal use of office paper.
If you decide to travel with us please ask for 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.
PeopleTourism, 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. More than ever communities have to return to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. We support local micro business by seeking out artisans and contemporary home made crafts during our stay. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.
In particular communities away from the central hub of Reykjavik are relying on visitors to boost their economy. We have been supporting these less visited areas for many years 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. We seek out small family run hotels and support local tourism enterprises such as eating at the small fish soup 'shack' down on the beach in preference to the rather more up-market restaurants, knowing that the fish will be freshly caught that day by local fishermen.
These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods and in turn we have built mutually beneficial relationships with our all of our hosts and local guides. 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.
Our holidays are immersive and are designed for photographers by photographers. We pride ourselves on our research, interest and appreciation of the historical and cultural context of each country we travel through.
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