The Diverse Landscapes of Iceland with Photo Tour Leader Betty Sederquist

Tour Intro

2018 rates estimated

 


Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, hike to stunning waterfalls, and languish in ancient geyser springs. From the capital city to remote farms and diverse landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and the Southern Coast, Iceland has some of the most picturesque landscape. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this exploratory adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

Join accomplished photographer and guide Betty Sederquist across Iceland. About 20 years ago, Betty was asked to teach photography at the local community college near where she lives in California east of Sacramento. Teaching, both in classrooms and via small workshops, has become her greatest calling, her way of giving back for the many opportunities she has had. Great light and composition continue to excite Betty. It is her passion and joy to share this enthusiasm. Many students have joked that she has “ruined their lives,” that they see things so differently now. Betty is grateful that she can help.

Tour Highlights

  • Ten days with accomplished photographer and tour leader Betty Sederquist.
  • Tour limited to 12 passengers.
  • Experience the diverse landscape of Iceland with fellow photographers.
  • Includes the breathtaking Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
  • Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon and an Ice Cave (if open).
  • Waterfalls of Skaftafell National Park.
  • Capture the photogenic landscapes of Iceland that have starred in many films and television programs.

Tour Itinerary

February 2: Home
Ice Cave

Photo By: Lance Keimig

Photo Location: Iceland

Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight to Keflavik Airport (KEF) an hour outside Reykjavik, Iceland.

February 3: Reykjavik

Photo By: Lance Keimig

Photo Location: Iceland


After a very early arrival in Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to the center of Reykjavik. The day will be free to rest and relax, or wander the city with Betty, photographing the iconic architectural sites of the city. There will be a welcome dinner with your local guide. Overnight Hotel Hilda (early check in is requested but can not be guaranteed) (D)

February 4-5: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Photographers Beach Ice

Photo By: Betty Sederquist

Photo Location: Iceland

Today start your tour driving to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This will be your first introduction to the vast landscape, yet intimate country, with several photographic stops planned along the way. Check into your harbor side hotel in the fishing village of Stykkisholmur. This is a full day of traveling and photography.

You will have another full day to explore further afield, on the coast of Breidafjordur (Broad Bay). Visiting beautiful places and small villages. Snaefellsjokull glacier is just a short drive away, it is mythically known as a seat of energy and was the fictional starting point for Jules Verne’s Journey to the Center of the Earth. Overnight Hotel Egilsen. (B, D both days) Please note there will be some picnic lunches during the tour so that we can enjoy full days of photography in the field.

February 7-8: Interior Farm Stay
Icelandic Horses

Photo By: Betty Sederquist

Photo Location: Iceland

Next travel east to the interior of Iceland where the group will spend two evenings on a traditional Icelandic farm. The family specializes in cattle farming and horse breeding, they will give you a warm welcome as you immerse yourself in learning about the traditions of their family and business. From this location the group can easily reach the beautiful waterfalls of Bruarfoss, Barnafoss & Hraunfossar, and capture the beautiful landscapes in this region. Hotel Efsti-Dalur Farm Hotel (B, D both days)

February 8-9: Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon
Iceland Beach Icebergs

Photo By: Betty Sederquist

Photo Location: Iceland

Spend the day exploring photographic stops along the way to south eastern Iceland, where you will stay as close as you can at the fantastic glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, where floating icebergs, all sizes and shapes, will blow you away. From Hotel Hali you can also reach the Vestrahorn Mountain region. Hotel Hali (B, D both days)

February 10-11: Skaftafell-Vik
Iceland Black Beach Vik

Photo By: Betty Sederquist

Photo Location: Iceland

If an ice cave is open during your time here, we can arrange access early this morning, as we travel west to Skaftafell National Park. The park is located by the roots of the Vatnajökull glacier. Europe’s largest icecap - larger than all other glaciers in Europe combined. The next day photograph the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Stop in Reynisfjara and Vík beach to look at the amazing coastal features. Vik, has black sand beaches and picturesque rocks line the seashore including columnar basalt grottoes, sea stacks, and bird cliffs.  Overnight Farmhouse or Steig Guesthouse (B, D both days)

February 12: Reykjanes Peninsula - Home
Iceland Church

Photo By: Betty Sederquist

Photo Location: Iceland

This morning you will work your way towards the airport, traveling west on the Reykjanes peninsula coastal road. Relax bathing in the Blue Lagoon and visit the geothermal area in Krýsuvík before you get back to the airport for your late afternoon early evening flights. (B)

Photo Leader

Betty Sederquist
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Betty Sederquist

Join accomplished photographer and guide Betty Sederquist. About 20 years ago, Betty was asked to teach photography at the local community college near where she lives in California east of Sacramento. Teaching, both in classrooms and via small workshops, has become her greatest calling, her way of giving back for the many opportunities she has had. Great light and composition continue to excite Betty. It is her passion and joy to share this enthusiasm. Many students have joked that she has “ruined their lives,” that they see things so differently now. Betty is grateful that she can help.

I really appreciate that I was able to take Betty's Iceland trip. This was quite an experience. Nohting but high praise for everything about this trip.

C Volpe

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 10 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $700 if 6-9 paying participants. All our program prices are based on double occupancy unless noted in exceptions.

Single rooms are subject to availability. We try to accommodate travelers who request single accommodations, as well as travelers who are looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

Testimonials

I really appreciate that I was able to take Betty's Iceland trip. This was quite an experience. Nohting but high praise for everything about this trip.

C Volpe

I have experienced “once in a life” experiences viewing and photographing wildlife in their natural habitats on her excursions to Alaska and East Africa. What wonderful memories! Thank you, Betty!
 

Laurie Edwards

Betty doesn't just love her art form of photography, she enthuses it through her teachings and it shines out from every cell of her being.
 

Javsir Samrai

Terms and Conditions

Unless otherwise noted, this information applies to all tours.

Airfare

Contact Strabo Tours if you would like rates on International Airfare. Please note on your trip application form if you would like us to assist you with your airfare needs, a charge is added for this service. If making your own arrangements, it is important to discuss flight times with Strabo Tours before booking any airline tickets. This will avoid you having to pay airline cancellation penalties. Please contact Strabo Tours for destination airfare estimates, specific flight time arrivals, and departures.

The land cost includes:
  • Group transportation for tour events in the tour van.
  • Accommodations based on two people sharing a room, singles are assigned on a first come, first served basis.
  • Services of driver, English speaking cultural guide (if applicable) and photographic leader, during the tour.
  • Meals as listed in itinerary (B=breakfast, L=lunch, D=dinner).
  • Park entrance fees, day tours and excursions as shown in the itinerary.
  • Extensive pre-departure information and services.
The land cost does not include:

Domestic or International air fare; other airfare if noted in exceptions; air fare tax; airport departure tax; airport transfers; additional transfers or accommodations that may be required by those not traveling with the group; excess baggage charges; meals not included in itinerary; activities taken on your own; passport/visa expenses; personal medical or travel insurance; any expenses of a personal nature, such as room service, laundry, beverages not included with meals, medical expenses, photographic equipment, any activities not specified in tour itinerary or listed as optional, or any items not listed in what is included; fuel surcharges; exchange rate surcharges; upon the completion of your trip, modest gratuities to the local guides and the drivers are customary; tips for meals not included in itinerary.

Fitness and Health

The majority of trips are not strenuous (see exceptions below for particular destinations) and anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. You may experience general fatigue due to the long flights and the change in time zones. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and be able to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators or air conditioners.

If you have any special needs or any physical condition that you feel might prevent you from fully participating, please contact Strabo Tours with your concerns (607-756-8676).

You should also be aware that medical services or facilities might not be readily available during all or part of your trip. This could include emergency medical care, presence of physicians, or adequate medication.

Exceptions:

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

The following destinations require more physical activity. Bhutan, China, Patagonia, Peru, Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, New Zealand, Scotland, Domestic tours. On the African Safari you will spend many hours in a vehicle on game drives, land travel will sometimes be over very bumpy and dusty roads. Galapagos Cruise accommodations are in upper and lower berths (bunk beds) only.

Deposits, Cancellations AND Refunds

A deposit of $750 ($500 on domestic tours) per person is required. Specific tours may require an additional deposit due to accommodation bookings or transportation requirements. If applicable these will be noted on your invoice. Payment in full is required when bookings are made less than 120 days before the departure date. Space is subject to cancellation by Strabo if payment is not received when due.

If a passenger wishes to cancel they must send notification in writing to: Strabo International Tour, Co., P.O. Box 580, Dryden, NY 13053; fax 208-545-4119. At the time we receive your notification, the following per person charges apply:

  • 91 days or more before departure: $300 cancellation fee ($150 fee on domestic tours), plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation.
  • 61-90 days before departure: $500 ($250 on domestic tours) minimum cancellation fee, plus Strabo’ costs, as well as fees that are charged by the suppliers providing the services included in your tour, and/or the airlines providing the air transportation. Fees may range from 25% to 100% of tour costs.
  • 60 days or less before departure or anytime after departure: NO REFUND.

Refunds for services that are voluntarily not used by you cannot be made.

Insurance

Each participant must be covered by medical insurance that is valid overseas.

We strongly urge you to evaluate your risk and to take out insurance on your trip. It is vital for you to realize that if you experience a delay or find it necessary to cancel or cut short your trip for any reason, you will lose part or the entire sum you’ve invested in it (see the section “Deposits, Cancellations and Refunds” in the trip brochure).

Travel insurance helps to minimize the risk of monetary losses you would incur in the event of a delay of your departure due to weather, airline strike, missed connection, etc., your inability to travel for reasons such as illness, injury, unforeseen financial complications and other personal circumstances, or if you were required to cut your trip short for medical or any other reasons.

There are restrictions and limitations on any insurance program. For this reason, please read carefully the enclosed pamphlet, which outlines their program of trip cancellation, baggage, and medical insurance. Trained agents are available to answer your questions, so don’t hesitate to call the toll free number in their brochure. It is to your advantage to apply for insurance at the earliest possible time, so don’t delay in making a decision.

Subject to Change

Itineraries have been carefully constructed to assure participants the best each destination has to offer; however, should events arise that are beyond our control, activities and hotel arrangements are subject to change without notice. The itineraries summarize typical areas you will explore. Since there is no possible way to visit all of them, your guides will plan each day considering the interests of the group and the weather at hand. Be assured that we will make substitutions that are as similar in quality and interest as possible.

Photo Release

Strabo International Tour Company, Inc. reserves the right and permission to use photographs of individuals on tour for use in promotional and publicity purposes. We also reserve the right to use clients photographs for promotional and publicity purposes, when submitted to Strabo International Tour Company, Inc.

Accommodations

As this is an active expedition with moderate hikes, you should be in good physical condition. The hotels selected are the best available, and closest to photographic locations, they are clean, comfortable, and provide excellent service and food.

Food & Drink

Dinner meals tend to be fish, lamb,chicken, and occasionally pork may be available.

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