Join photographer John Tunney and a small group of other photographers for a 8-day/7-night photo adventure in Iceland, the magical land of fire and ice. The journey begins in the mid-September shoulder season, a time when Autumn has started to warm the landscape colors and the weather is still mild. We’ll have plenty of daylight, plus dark nights and a chance to catch Northern Lights. We’ll travel from Reykjavik, Iceland’s capital, up to the Snaefellesness Peninsula and then down to Iceland’s famed southern coast to photograph majestic waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs, mountains, black sand beaches, mysterious rock formations, and the ice covered “diamond” beach. Along the way we’ll stay in country hotels where we can relax and recharge and dine on the local cuisine. Throughout the trip we’ll take advantage of opportunities to photograph the aurora borealis.
Arrive in Iceland. You’ll make your way to our hotel where you can store your luggage, and then have the day to explore Reykjavik on your own. We’ll gather that evening for our welcome dinner and to review plans.
After breakfast we hit the road and head north to the Snaefellesness Peninsula. The day will includes stops to photograph the dramatic coastline near Hellnar, Arnstapi and the rock formations at Lóndrangar (sometimes known as the Troll or Elf Church) the little black church of Búðir, and the Snæfellsjökull volcano looming over it all. The volcano is inactive, but rumored to contain a secret passage to the center of the Earth (according to Jules Verne anyway). We’ll end the day at the iconic mountain Kirkjufell and nearby waterfall Kirkjufellfoss. We’ll have two cracks Kirkjufell – at sunset and then again in the early morning the next day.
We’ll be up early to photograph Kirkjufell in the early morning light. We’re back on the road after a quick breakfast. Our destinations are Geysir, the famous geyser, and Gullfoss, one of the largest and most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. We’ll spend the night in the area.
Our destination is Vik, the southern most town in Iceland. Along the way we’ll stop to photograph Sejilandsfoss and Skogafoss, two of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. We’ll be back to shoot them again later in the trip – Seljalandsfoss at sunset and Skogafoss at sunrise and possibly at night under moonlight. Highlights of the Vik area are the cliffs of Dyrhólaey and the nearby lighthouse, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach and its rugged cliffs and giant basalt columns. The area is also the summer home of Atlantic puffins. Puffin season lasts into late August/early September so we may be in luck and be able to photograph them. We’ll spend the night in the Vik area.
After a sunrise shoot on the black sand beach and breakfast, we’re off to Skaftafell and the Vatnajökull National Park known for its glacier, mountains and Svartifoss, the “black” waterfall. From here we head for Jokusarlon, home to Iceland’s most famous glacier lagoon. From there we’ll head to Jokusarlon, home of the glacial lagoon and diamond beach. After dinner, we’ll return to the lagoon and/or beach for sunset. We’ll spend the night in Jokusarlon.
We’re up early for sunrise at the diamond beach. After breakfast we head west for Fjaðrárgljúfur, a majestic canyon and home to rock formations known as elf homes. We end the day in Skogar, near Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. We’ll head for Seljalandsfoss for sunset and then, if the moon cooperates, to Skogafoss for a night shoot.
We’ll photograph the mighty Skogafoss at sunrise and then make our way to the Reykjanes Peninsula, the southwest tip of iceland. Known for its dramatic coastline and seatacks, active geothermal and birds, the area offers a variety of great photographic opportunities. There’s also a geothermal plant in the area with pipes and tubes running here and there and steam billowing from stack. It’s a weird site and give you an idea of what the first moon base may look like. Also in the area is the Guadalajara volcano, which erupted in March. If it is still active while we’re there, we’ll try to arrange a visit to an area that is safe for us to photograph. From Reykjanes, we head back to Reykjavik for our last night.
We’ll have the morning to explore Reykjavik and then it’s off to Keflavik Airport for the flight home.
– Seven nights hotel. You will have a private room with your own bathroom.
– Welcome dinne in reykjavik and breakfast
– Transportation to our hotels and shooting locations
– Instruction (help with settings, landscape photography tips, long exposures, composition, etc.)
Lunches, dinners (except first night) and beverages
Travel and health insurance
You need to show proof of vaccination in order to enter Iceland. Your vaccination card should suffice. We’ll keep you apprised of any changes. We will follow all Covid guidelines while traveling through Iceland. This may include wearing masks while driving.
Getting to Iceland
Non-stop flights from Boston are five hours and cost approximately $450 (this may change depending on when you book). There’s an easy transfer to Reykjavik and area hotels. You will receive details after booking the trip.
Weather/What to Wear and Bring
The average temperature in September is 50 degrees, and ranges from the low 40s to upper 50s. You will receive a list of recommended clothing and photo gear after signing up.
Maximum of six people.
Hotel and car reservations are guaranteed by prepayment by Cape Cod Art Center. If you need to cancel your reservation and we are able to fill your spot, you will receive a full refund less a 5% service charge. If we are unable to fill your spot and you cancel at least 60 days before the workshop, you will receive a full refund less a 5% service charge. If you cancel less than 60 days before the workshop and we are unable to fill your spot you will receive a 25% refund. If you cancel 30 days or less before the workshop you will not receive a refund.
By registering for this workshop, you agree to assume all risks associated with international travel and hold Cape Cod Art Center and its agents blameless for all accidents, injury, illnesses and loss, or damage to persons or property, inconvenience, delay, or extra expense.
Cape Cod Art Center reserves the right to cancel the workshop due to low subscription.
The itinerary above is subject to change at the instructor’s discretion due to weather and unforeseen circumstances.