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Iceland Photo Tour - October 2019 – *SOLD OUT*


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Join Jeff Hirsch Photography for a 10 day, 9 night photographer's tour of Iceland and all of its amazing, otherworldly splendor.

We have partnered with Iceland Encounter tours to create a unique photographic experience that is sure to take your breath away.

From waterfalls and geothermal pools to black sand beaches and glacial lagoons, you will have an opportunity to make photographs and lasting memories.

We will stay in three and four star hotels, enjoy first class local meals, and travel the rugged countryside in style with our own vehicle, driver, and professional guide.

We have scheduled the trip for early October of next year to avoid the busy Icelandic tourist season while still offering you a chance to enjoy the spectacular and diverse landscape when the roads are still passable. You may even have a chance to catch the beauty of the Aurora Borealis with your own eyes and cameras!

This past July, our advance team spent nine days exploring the island, scouting photo locations, and working with vendors to craft a trip for you where every single day is packed with exquisite photographic opportunities.

We also sampled the local cuisine, discovered exotic natural wonders, and learned about Icelandic culture and history along the way so that your trip is more than just sight-seeing and getting on and off a bus. We want you to have some historical, cultural, and geological context to inform the photographs you are going to make.

Now that we have worked out every little detail of the tour, we are excited to open the trip up for registration.

It's going to be a very special expedition.

We are anticipating high demand for this trip so please This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. immediately to secure your place with a deposit.


 Trip Itinerary - October 2-11, 2019 (10 days, 9 nights)

Our day-by day itinerary outlines do not list all that you will see and discover. Under the expert guidance of your dedicated guide you will explore the rugged and beautiful nature from a unique vantage point and enjoy chance encounters with locals, animals and the elements.

The Northern Lights are visible from September to early April. Your guide will help you maximize your chances of seeing the Auroras. The hotels you stay at in the country side are optimally located for Northern Lights viewing.

Day 1: October 2, Welcome to Iceland!

  • The group arrives in the early morning. Your expert driver guide will pick you up at the airport. Drive in comfortable Mercedes-Benz Sprinter.
  • Start with breakfast at the nearby Viking World museum.
  • Continue to the Snæfellsnes peninsula which is sometimes called Iceland in a nutshell. The enchanting landscape has beautiful mountain ranges, numerous beaches, lava caves, waterfalls and mineral hot springs and at the end of the peninsula is the majestic Snæfellsjokull volcano made famous in Jules Verne´s Journey to the Center of Earth. We will arrive in Stykkisholmur town (pop. 1,100) on the north side of the Snæfellsnes peninsula around lunch time. Stykkisholmur is one of Iceland´s most picturesque fishing villages with beautiful 19th century architecture. Enjoy a short sightseeing tour of the town before we have lunch down by the harbor. The town has a great outdoor geothermal swimming pool in walking distance from your hotel. There are also museums, cafes and small boutiques in the center of the town.
  • Enjoy a free afternoon resting and exploring on your own.
  • At dinner time, the group will gather for a short walk to a charming, historic restaurant famous for its superb cuisine.

Suggested hotel: Hotel Fransiskus
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 2: Oct 3, Snæfellsnes Peninsula North Shore

  • Today we explore the north side of the peninsula. Areas of interest include:
    • Helgafell – an easy walk to the top gives us breathtaking views of the surroundings and three wishes if we think good thoughts and don´t look back on our way up.
    • Bjarnarhofn shark farm – the most famous shark farm in Iceland. Learn how Icelandic fermented shark is prepared and have a taste if you dare!
    • Mt Kirkjufell – one of the most iconic mountains in Iceland and loved by photographers. Nearby are the beautiful Kirkjufell waterfalls.
    • Small fishing villages of Grundarfjordur, Hellissandur, Rif
    • The golden sand beach at Skardsvik
    • Snæfellsjokull National Park
  • Return to Stykkisholmur in the late afternoon. Tonight´s dinner is on your own. The town has a variety of restaurants to choose from within short walking distance from your hotel.

Suggested hotel: Hotel Fransiskus
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 3, Oct 4, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, South Shore and Arrive in Borgarnes

  • Today we leave Stykkisholmur and travel to the south side of the peninsula and then onwards to the small town of Borgarnes in the Borgarfjord ara. Highlights today include:
    • The Dritvik and Djupalonssandur pebbled beaches and coves.
    • The scenic trail from Hellnar, the home of Bardur the guardian spirit of Snaefellsnes, to Arnarstapi. The trail includes a variety of geological formations.
    • The beautiful trails around Budir church.
    • Ytri-Tunga beach, favored by seals.
    • The impressive basalt columns at Gerduberg.
    • The perfectly shaped Eldborg volcanic crater.
  • Arrive in the small town of Borgarnes (pop. 2,000) in the late afternoon. The area offers a variety of restaurants, the fascinating Settlement Museum and a wonderful geothermal swimming pool. It´s the perfect base for exploring the historic Borgarfjord region.

Suggested hotel: B59
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 4, Oct 5, Borgarfjord

  • Today we explore the natural wonders and historic sites of the Borgarfjord region. The area is the setting of one of Iceland´s most beloved sagas, the Saga of Egill. Your guide will tell you stories of this famous Viking poet and other famous characters from the Viking age. Highlights today include:
    • The Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls
    • Visit and bathe in the Krauma geothermal baths which are located next to Deildartunguhver, the most voluminous hot spring in Europe.
    • Grabrok crater – hike to the top for breathtaking views.
    • Visit Glanni waterfall and the nearby aptly names Paradise cove.
    • Visit a ranch for an introduction to the beautiful Icelandic horse.
  • Return to your hotel in the late afternoon. Tonight, dinner is on your own.

Suggested hotel: B59
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 5, Oct 6, Thingvellir National Park, Geysir and Gullfoss Waterfall

  • Today we make our way to the south of Iceland. On the way we visit the popular sights of the Golden Circle which include Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Geysir hot springs area and Gullfoss waterfall. Highlights:
    • Thingvellir is located in the dramatic rift valley where the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates pull apart, clearly visible at the great Almannagjá or Everyman’s Gorge. There are many easy hiking possibilities at Thingvellir.
    • Geysir, the place giving its name to the phenomenon worldwide. There you will find Strokkur, the tireless erupting hot spring.
    • Gullfoss, or Gold Falls, Iceland’s most famous waterfall.
    • The Secret Lagoon, a natural hotel springs pool where the waters stay at 38-40C.
  • By dinner time, arrive in the small village of Fludir, famous for its greenhouses and horticulture. We will stay here for one night.

Suggested hotel: Icelandair Hotel Fludir
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 6, Oct 7, Waterfalls and Black Sand beaches of the South

  • Today we travel to the south coast of Iceland. Enjoy the dramatic landscape with glacier-tipped volcanoes and cascading waterfalls on one side and the black-sanded beaches on the other. Highlights today include:
    • The beautiful Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk behind the waterfall.
    • Skogafoss waterfall. Legend has it that a chest of gold is buried behind the falls.
  • Guided tour of Skogar museum. This wonderful museum includes the iconic turf houses that were the dwellings of Icelanders up until the 20th
  • The black sand beaches around Vik and Reynisfjara.
  • The impressive Eldhraun lava field – from the 1783 eruption in Laki.

In the late afternoon arrive in the small village of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. We will stay here for two nights. The area around the village includes beautiful nature spots including Systrafoss waterfall and Kirkjugolf a fascinating expanse of columnar basalt.

Suggested hotel: Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 7, Oct 8, Skaftafell National Park and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

  • Today we´ll explore the area beneath Vatnajökull glacier, Europe´s largest ice-cap. We´ll begin by heading to Skaftafell National Park, where we hike and enjoy the amazing alpine surroundings of waterfalls, glacier tongues, mountain peaks and the black desert sands stretching out to sea. After one or two other stops, we´ll head to the spectacular Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where icebergs drift out to sea. Two James Bond movies were filmed in this fantastic location and floating among the ice you may spot seals, eider ducks, and, even witness the glacier calving into the crystal turquoise waters. Go on a zodiac boat tour in the lagoon. Explore the nearby black sand beach where large chunks of ice cover the sands for a dramatic contrast. Return to your hotel in the late afternoon.

Suggested hotel: Hotel Klaustur
Meals: Breakfast, lunch, dinner

Day 8, Oct 9, Fjadrargljufur and Headlands of the South

  • Today we make our way to Reykjavik with many interesting stops along the way including:
    • Fjadrargljufur -- a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two km long.
    • The historic Hjorleifshofdi headland, an impressive tuff rock promontory formed in the latter part of the Last ice age, by an eruption under the glacier.
    • The nature reserve at Dyrholaey promontory.
  • Arrive in Reykjavik in the late afternoon and check into your hotel located in the center of town.

Suggested hotel: Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 9, Oct 10, Reykjavik

  • Today we explore Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland. The exploration will be a mix of driving and walking with focus on main landmarks such as the Parliament, Austurvollur main square, Hallgrimskirkja church, the Perla, Harpa concert hall, the old harbor, the lighthouse in Grotta and more.
  • In the afternoon enjoy some free time to yourself to explore on own.
  • Tonight we will gather for a farewell dinner in one of Reykjavik´s excellent restaurants located within short walking distance from your hotel.

Suggested hotel: Radisson Blu 1919 Hotel
Meals: Breakfast, lunch

Day 10, Oct 11, Seltun, Gunnuhver and Departure

  • On our last day we travel to the UNESCO Global Geopark on the Reykjanes peninsula where the close to the international airport. On the way we take time to explore the lunar-like and geothermal landscape. Stops include the colorful sputtering mudpots and fumaroles in Seltun high-temperature geothermal area and the steaming hot springs at Gunnuhver.
  • Arrive at the airport in time for your afternoon departure.

Meals: Breakfast, lunch


Price and payment details:

Price per person (double occupancy): $6,500 USD
Single Supplement: +$660 USD

To This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. on this trip, a deposit of 30% is required.
Please see terms and conditions below for detailed deposit and cancellation policies.

What´s included:

1.  Accommodations for nine nights.

2.  Ten breakfasts

3.  Ten lunches (beverages not included)

4.  Six three-course dinners (beverages not included)

5.  Expert driver-guide and vehicle for the duration of the tour.

6.  Entrance to Bjarnarhofn shark farm and museum.

7.  Entrance to Krauma natural baths.

8.  Visit to ranch in Borgarfjord.

9.  Entrance to Secret Lagoon.

10.  Entrance to Skogar Museum.

11. Zodiak Boat Tour in Jokulsarlon.

What´s not included:

1.  Airfare to Iceland.

2.  Personal expenses.

3.  Meals except noted.

4.  Gratuities for your private guide.

TERMS AND CONDITIONS
VALIDITY: Your quotation is valid for 7 days and is subject to availability of the quoted services at the time of booking.

DEPOSITS: If booking within 90 days of arrival, the full price of your trip needs to be paid to validate a booking. Otherwise, a 30% deposit is required within 7 days of confirmation and the remaining balance 90 days prior to the date of your arrival in Iceland.

PAYMENT METHODS: We accept bank transfers and credit cards. We charge a 4% service fee for use of American Express. 2% service fee for Visa or MasterCard. No fee for wire transfers.

CANCELLATION: More than 60 days prior to arrival will result in loss of 10% of trip price. Between 60 and 30 days prior to arrival will result in the loss of 50% of trip price. Within 30 days prior to arrival will result in the loss of 100% of trip price.

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