Escape to the North
Northern Iceland Expedition
Away From it All
Trip length11 Days
We wanted to create an Iceland tour that will take our guests to the furthest reaches of this wondrous country. A tour that brings our guests to the less traveled parts of Iceland, where photo opportunities are endless, and the crowds disappear over the horizon.
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 our team in Iceland and together we will capture the most breathtaking photographs in some of the most remote areas Iceland has to offer. Our loose itinerary will bring us to the northern reaches of the ring road, free to roam and explore the diverse landscapes, while our local expert, guide and driver makes traveling decisions based on the ever-changing weather patterns, insuring us the best shooting conditions possible.
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 will be exploring the remote parts of Iceland while working elbow-to-elbow with our professional photographers. With the freedom to explore and shoot what you want, you will learn new techniques and ways to approach your subject, all while mastering the technical aspects of your gear.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience will take our intimate group around the ring road of Iceland, delivering photographic opportunities reserved for only the truly diehards. No articles or photographs can prepare you for the range of experiences you will encounter during our tour. Ice caves and waterfalls, cliffs teaming with puffins, black volcanic beaches, Icelandic horses, hot springs, moss covered lava fields and so much more.
This tour, like each Discovery Photo Tour, is designed around intimate and exploratory experiences with guidance and lessons from our team. To insure our guests experience the magic we intend, we only allow 12 participants to join us. If you’re looking for the ultimate photography experience, reserve your seat before they are all gone.
What Sets Us Apart
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
Journey to the Undiscovered
Welcome to Reykjavik
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. 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. Our group will meet for dinner and kick off our journey with a celebratory feast.
The Golden Circle
We jump right into the heart and soul of Iceland on day one to bring you to Iceland’s famed Golden Circle and photograph the best of what that spectacular area has to offer. Flowing from the Hvita river, the majestic waterfall Gullfoss is the highlight of the day where the cascading water roars down thirty two meters on multiple levels into a rainbow topped canyon. Just a short drive from Gullfoss we arrive at Geysir to witness the Strokkur geyser which erupts into a steamy spire of turquoise water every six to ten minutes. Next on the itinerary is Thingvellir National Park and Öxarárfoss waterfall to wrap up the day before arriving at our overnight in Skagafjörður.
This is where we begin taking you to some of the lesser seen spots that make Iceland the never ending photo opportunity that it is. Even if you’ve been to Iceland before, these stunning scenes will become new memories of a lifetime. Our journey will take us to the Víðidalsá river as it meanders it’s way into the Kolugljúfur Gorge and Waterfalls. Onwards then to stunning seascapes and rock formations such as at Hvítserkur and the Kálfshamarsvík Cove with it’s breathtaking basalt columns. For the architectural photographer in you, we make stops at some of the beautiful modern Nordic designed churches such as Blönduóskirkja and the Skagaströnd church.
Surf & Turf
Get ready for something different as we continue our exploration of Northern Iceland and photograph the historic turf covered homes near Glaumbær. Homes like these were in use in Iceland by the early Viking settlers over a millenia ago. As we continue along the one Ring Road to rule them all we make a stop at Iceland’s second city, Akureyri, to explore the urban landscape and local seascapes. Winding down, we conclude our day at the well named waterfall of the gods… Góðafoss!
Nature's Hot Springs
Let’s treat ourselves to something special today and spend part of our time relaxing at the famous Mývatn Nature Baths. Let your troubles slip away as you enter the hot spring’s 38°c waters. If that isn’t enough heat for you, we have you covered as you can also partake in the steam baths powered by a geothermal vent that forces natural steam up through holes in the floor. Have no fear, we haven't forgotten about photography! Amongst the photo ops of the day are two more spectacular waterfalls—Dettifoss and Aldeyjarfoss—await along with other-worldly sulphur vents that will truly make you believe you have traveled to a distant planet.
As we arrive that the eastern shores of the island nation, we'll continue in our discovery of rugged seascapes, quaint villages and awe-inspiring canyons. On any of our nights in Iceland, be ready for a late night excursion if the ethereal Aurora Borealis decides to grace us with a heavenly fire dance in the sky. If you’ve not had the chance to witness the northern lights, this trip will offer you your best chance yet at seeing one of the most beautiful spectacles in nature.
Your voyage to Iceland is not complete unless you visit the famed Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Diamond Beach. Truly a photographer’s dream come true, this unique part of the country will never appear the same way twice as the ever changing ice formations clave from Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, into the frozen lagoon until they make their way to the Atlantic. The ferocious ocean is not the final destination for many of the icebergs of all sizes. Many end up littered on the black volcanic sand beaches nearby and those frosty sculptures make for incredible subject matter for our intrepid photographers.
Going South...part two
On these two days we let mother nature decide for us where we end up and we have some wonderful choices to select from. Glaciers, seascapes, and waterfalls are all on the list and the crowning moment is when we arrive at Vestrahorn. If mountains could be supermodels, this would be Iceland's top model for a mountain. No two days are alike in terms of the weather next to this sea side peak. Fog, mist, cloud, and clear blue skies are all possible here and all within the span of an hour.
Vík í Mýrdal
On our last full day of shooting, we will gaze upon endless fields of moss covered lava rock that span as far as the eye can see and get our closest look yet at the gargantuan glacier Vatnajökull. Next on our list is the intimidating Reynisfjara black stone beach at Vík í Mýrdal which makes for some dramatic imagery along with the basalt columns and spectacularly shaped basalt sea stacks, Reynisdrangar.
Return To Reykjavik
On our last day, we finish off the journey with two very iconic waterfalls and a possible surprise, time and weather permitting. It wouldn’t be much of a surprise if we told you now, would it?
After spending the last ten days with your new friends and a renewed thirst for adventure and passion for photography, we cap off our time with a final feast back in in heart of Iceland… Reykjavik. The French don’t say “goodbye” but rather Au Revoir (until we see each other again) and we prefer to say that as we part ways.
We say our goodbyes
After breakfast at our hotel our group will depart to the airport to catch their flights home or perhaps extend their stay in Reykjavik and explore the beautiful city. We hope you can join us again in another remote region of our beautiful planet.
Get To Know
Trip length11 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
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Around the Ring Road
Ken Kaminesky is a veteran commercial travel photographer, Fujifilm Global Ambassador, Zeiss lens Ambassador, writer, consultant, and entrepreneur with over twenty years of experience in the photography industry. Ken's iconic photography has featured in major publications including the New York Times, Condé Nast Traveler, and twice on the front cover of National Geographic magazine.
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."