Journey With Us to Another Planet
All Inclusive Iceland Expedition
Like No Place On Earth
DateMar 5th-13th 2017
Trip length9 days
We wanted to create a tour that resonated with our most adventurous, most inspired, travelers, and we couldn’t think of a more bewitching destination than Iceland.
A rugged oasis of celestial waterfalls, hidden volcanoes, volcanic black-sand beaches, steaming geysers, ice-blue lagoons, glacial lakes and the famed Northern Lights, you go to Iceland not knowing what to expect, but always come back changed.
Join us, and we’ll get lost together; becoming one with the Nordic people as we hear their Viking chants, feel the earth crunch below our feet as we tread through lava fields, and of course, take unforgettable photographs along in the way. If you’re anything like us, there will be times on your journey when you’ll wonder if you’re even still on planet Earth at all. In Iceland, magic isn’t the question; it’s whether there’s ever enough time to soak it all in.
Of course, you’ll capture all this beauty while traveling side-by-side with our professional photographers. With their hands-on guidance, vast experience and professional tips, you’ll capture the intricate details, vivid colors and impressive landscapes of each place we visit.
Together we’ll explore ice caves, glaciers, a collection of waterfalls, cliffs teaming with puffins, black basalt beaches and so much more. And if we’re lucky, we may spot Icelandic horses galloping through the countryside. These are just some of many magical moments we’ll experience together on this Discovery Photo Tour. Because, like we said – in Iceland, the magic never ends.
On a tour this special, we like to save it for small, intimate groups. Read below to find out all of the wonderful experiences we’ll share together, and after you’ve reserved your spot, reach out to us. We’d love to help you book your flights.
A Complete Experience
Discovery Gold Standard
During our journey through Iceland, we’ll get a taste of the Nordic lifestyle and immerse ourselves in a country alive with everything from live music, and visual art, to traditional Icelandic cuisine like skyr, smoked lamb hangikjöt, kleinur, bollur and more. Fusing an eco-friendly mindset with the country’s decidedly eclectic style, Iceland pulls you in and doesn’t let you go. It’s a destination inspiration seekers have longed begged to see for centuries. If you have yet to see the ethereal Jökulsárlón lagoon in all its natural glory, this is when you will. In rugged Iceland, there are awe-inspiring vistas everywhere you turn; and each is as jaw-dropping as the next.
Photography locations are our bread and butter, it’s where our tours really shine. Join us on our Iceland adventure, and by our first photo op, you’ll see what we mean. In a mystical part of the world even the most avid travelers yearn to see, we’ve taken all the guesswork out of how and when to capture the magic. We’ll have an unforgettable photography experience from the moment the tour begins; capturing everything from the volcanic, black sand beaches of Jokulsarlon to Kirkjufell’s flowing waterfalls, Jökulsárlón’s breathtaking glaciers, adorable Vik and more.
Discovery Photo Tours works with some of the most talented and experienced professional photographers in the business. Our goal is to provide you the opportunity to travel alongside and work elbow to elbow with internationally acclaimed photographers who will help you capture the incredible beauty our destinations offer. Whether you’re new to photography or a professional looking to expand your portfolio, our tour leaders will share invaluable techniques, knowledge and experience gained over the course of their careers. Photography aside, we expect you’ll have the time of your life on our tours. Traveling the road with us means there will be lots of laughs, interesting stories and delicious meals where you’ll be treated like family and will leave with new life long friends.
Your Iceland Itinerary
Jaw Dropping Beauty
Little City, Big Soul
Take your time, today, if you have it. Our group will be flying into Reykjavik all day long – so if you’re one of the earlier arrivals, use your free day to explore the world’s most northern capital. There’s so much to see in Reykjavík. At this time of year, it’s usually cold enough for snow to be on the ground, but not so cold that you won’t still enjoy it. Spend an afternoon taking in the eclectic, colorful buildings, cool cafés and wayward vibes of quirky Reykjavík, catch one of its popular music festivals or concerts, explore Old Reykjavík, the historic center, or grab a pint with one of the locals – the conversations you’ll have with the creative souls who live there are sure to pique your interest.
Today, we head north to Snæfellsnes – and with enough photo opportunities to last us a lifetime, we’ll want to make sure we get up bright and early to give us plenty of time to see all it has to offer. In this part of the world, flowing waterfalls, volcanic remains and boiling geysers abound. During our two days here, we’ll capture Kirkjufell, a mystical mountain surrounded by waterfalls, creating a setting so enchanting that’s you’d think it was picked right out of Lord of the Rings. And as stunning as it is, let’s not forget Hraunfossar, where a long row of waterfalls formed by delicate rivulets stream right out of Hallmundarhraun, a lava field that formed years ago after a volcano –just under Langjökull glacier– erupted. Bring a range of lenses with you; you’ll want to catch the waterfalls pouring into the Hvítá River from less-porous lava rocks from all angles.
The Golden Circle
Over the course of these two days, we’ll visit rock pinnacles, discover lost volcanoes and their surrounding rock emulsion, and see a stunning seascape with waves crashing against towering cliffs. In this same area, we’ll stumble upon (and of course, photograph) Geysir: the first geyser known to modern Europeans, which is still active today. It has the power to shoot steaming, boiling water as high as 230 feet in the air. Before continue on our journey, our time exploring the Golden Circle wouldn’t be complete without a trip to Gullfoss. As one of the strongest and most iconic waterfalls in all of Iceland, you might recognize Gullfoss’ massive steps as they naturally descend into the Atlantic. Trust us – it’s a sight, and a photo opportunity, you don’t want to miss.
Vík í Mýrdal
Capture the Mighty Skógafoss
If we told you there was somewhere in the world where you were guaranteed a rainbow every single day, would you believe us? Maybe not – but head to Vik, or Vík í Mýrdal, as it’s formally known, and you’ll see what we mean. During our time in this slice of Icelandic paradise, we’ll start with a stop at Skógafoss, one of the country’s largest waterfalls, where the sheer force of its spray creates a single or double rainbow every single day. You’ll want to photograph this. In fact, you might not be able to stop photographing this. Sitting on the cliffs of what was once the Skógá River coast, Skógafoss is the clear divide between the Iceland’s lowlands and highlands, and believe us when we tell you the view is absolutely awe-inspiring. While we’re in the area, we’ll stop by Skaftafell National Park, winding through family-run farms and churches with sod-covered roofs as we immerse ourselves in an experience that is simultaneously alien and familiar.
Vík í Mýrdal
Black Sand and Puffins
Vik is a local village in the southern part of Iceland, and for many years, it has been known for having some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. This isn’t surprising when you see it for yourself; it’s wet, black basalt sand, bordered by cliffs, is nothing if not idyllic. As you stroll, as one often does on a beach this beautiful, you’ll find puffins burrowing their bodies into the soft sand, lava fields covered in moss, and what looks a lot like alien landscape. Walk as far as you’d like along this stretch of beach – it goes on for miles, and there’s just no other place in the world like it.
Let’s explore Jökulsárlón – one of Iceland’s true natural wonders. Sitting on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park, in southeast Iceland, this glacial lake is home to majestic icebergs and beautiful black-sand beaches, creating a scene that is truly beyond compare. As we wind our way through awe-inspiring landscapes, we’ll capture the beauty of sprawling Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, a sight that’s hard to ignore, and immerse ourselves in a landscape so miraculous that it has long been the backdrop of memorable Hollywood films.
Vatnajökull National Park
Not too far away, we’ll hike through Vatnajökull National Park, where we’ll discover a majestic waterfall, one with dark lava columns and sharp rocks, and visit Vesturhorn, a steep mountain range that dramatically tapers down into the Atlantic. From the bright blue sky all the way down to the deep blue Atlantic, which connects at the horizon, and the barren peaks, black-sand beaches and volcanic soil in between, the views will make it hard to put our cameras down. It’s a good thing you’ve brought a few different lenses, too. You won’t know what to photograph first.
"If you don't like the weather in Iceland,...wait fifteen minutes".
On Day 9, we begin retracing our steps and heading east back to Reykjavik. Because weather in Iceland can change so frequently, we will use this day to revisit some of our favorite locations, and possibly return to some we missed the first time due to uncooperative conditions. Highlights may include the lava Fields, Skogafoss, Selijalandsfoss, and Vatnoajokull. Once back in Reykjavik we can relax and will enjoy a sumptuous dinner, celebrating and discussing our favorite sites and photographs from this amazing tour.
We Say Goodbyes
Head home, or stay longer - It's up to you!
It’s hard to believe our trip with our new friends (one another!) is already over, but today, we’ll wake up and bid farewell. Thankfully, we’ll have tons of stunning photography to keep this experience fresh in our minds for years on end. If this is the last stop on your journey, you can head to the airport. If more of your adventure still awaits, even better; in Reykjavik, you’re in the perfect location to keep discovering the deepest corners of mystical Iceland, as you wish.
Get To Know
DateMar 5th-13th 2017
Trip length9 days
Max group size12
Overview of shooting locations
Photography skill level
Recommended photography equipment
- DSLR or Mirrorless camera(s)
- Carbon Fibre Tripod
- Super wide angle lens 15mm or less (full frame)
- Fast Wide angle lens f-2.8 or faster for photographing Auroras
- Zoom lens 24-70mm
- Zoom Lens 70-200mm
- Super telephoto lens (400mm+) is a nice option for birds, floating ice, etc
- Cable release
- ND & Polarizer filters
Join us in Iceland
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Across the Ice
Di Fruscia is a World Visionary Fine Art Nature & Landscape Photographer. His work has won many awards, has been published and displayed thru a multitude of Medias (books, calendars, magazines, travel guides etc.) and by many prestigious companies such as, National Geographic, Time Magazine and Wall Street Journal, just to name a few. Constantly searching for those rare magical moments when the Perfect Light embraces nature in all its glory, you can rest assured – that this is only the beginning of a long and dedicated quest to capture the breathtaking beauty of nature."
Brian is well traveled and has an abundance of hands on experience in the field as well as a wealth of knowledge in post processing and the technical aspects of photography. His images have been featured on Fstoppers and in post processing campaigns and Brian is quickly making his mark in travel photography.