Iceland Photo Tour: Northern Lights and South Coast With Eileen Muldoon

Tour Intro

Why Iceland in October?

We will tell you why


Cheaper airfares
Better odds of seeing Northern Lights
Sunset is earlier-Northern Lights will be earlier…
Smaller crowds, more enjoyable
Weather not as cold as you imagine, average low & high 25 – 53
Winter photography can be magical
Last but not least – Eileen will be there

Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, seek out the Northern Lights, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. We can’t predict the weather, however, this is one of the most opportune times of year to capture the Northern Lights. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, and hike to stunning waterfalls. From the remote farms, diverse landscape of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Southern Coast, and the Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon, Iceland has some of the most picturesque landscapes. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments. Join accomplished photographer and guide Eileen McCarney Muidoon across Iceland.

The unique interplay of light, shadows, and intense colors make every photographer’s heart jump! Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. Inexorably intertwined with this exotic natural environment are the 280,000 Icelanders who along with their Nordic and Celtic ancestors have called this North Atlantic Island their home for over 1100 years. Join Eileen on this adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

A note from Eileen ~

I've been told my teaching style is very fluid ~ it changes with each individual student.  Everyone has their own method of learning, so I adapt to you, rather than you having to adapt to different instructors. That is one of the reasons I enjoy leading workshops. It allows me the opportunity to spend individual time with each student.  Travel workshops attract beginner to advanced photographers and it is equally as exciting to see the beginner learn to master the controls of their camera as it is to see the proficient photographer leap to new creative heights. I have seen photography enhance the lives of many students, so I look for ways that each student can apply photography to enrich their life. ~ Eileen

Tour Highlights

• Every evening we will look out for the possibility of northern light photography.
• Travel to Iceland in the off season – fewer tourists and
• Eight days with accomplished photographer and tour leader.
• Tour limited to twelve passengers.
• Experience the diverse landscape of Iceland with fellow photographers.
• Meet and enjoy the people of Iceland on a traditional farm setting.
• Includes the breathtaking Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
• Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon is a highlight of your photography locations.
• Waterfalls of Skaftafell National Park.

Tour Itinerary

October 11: Home

Photo By: Dan Anderson

Photo Location: Iceland

Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.

Please Note:  This itinerary concentrates on being in the field and photographing the vast landscape/icescapes. It does not spend any time in the city of Reykjavik or at the Blue Lagoon near Keflavik airport. If you wish to incorporate those locations please contact Strabo Tours for booking or we can make recommendations.

October 12-13: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Puffin

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Iceland

The majority of flights arrive very early in the morning in to Keflavik Airport. If your flight arrives in the afternoon or evening, you will need to leave home a day earlier and overnight in Iceland (Strabo can recommend various accommodations to your liking). Depart the airport and 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 Snaefellsnes Peninsula. (D; B, D) *Please note there will be some picnic lunches during the tour so that we can enjoy full days of photography in the field.

October 14: Interior Farm Stay
Iceland Church

Photo By: Lance Keimig

Photo Location: Iceland

Next travel east to the interior of Iceland where the group will spend an evening 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, or Barnafoss & Hraunfossar, and capture the beautiful landscapes in this region. Overnight farm stay (B, D)

October 15: Skaftafell National Park

Photo By: Tom Bol

Photo Location: Iceland

The Skaftafell National 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. Overnight Skaftafell or Vik (B, D)

October 16-17: Jokulslaron Glacier Lagoon

Photo By: Ron Rosenstock

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. Overnight Jokulslaron Glacier Lagoon (B, D both days)

October 18: Skaftafell - Vik
Icelandic Horses

Photo By: Betty Sederquist

Photo Location: Iceland

Vik is famous for amazing coastal features of black sand beaches and picturesque rocks that line the seashore including columnar basalt grottoes, sea stacks, and bird cliffs.  Overnight Skaftafell or Vik (B, D)

October 19: Reykjanes Peninsula – Home
Snow Bunting

Photo By: Kathy Adams Clark

Photo Location: Iceland

This morning there will be an early photography shoot. Return to the hotel for breakfast, and depart along the coast, traveling west toward the Reykjanes peninsula. There will be additional photographic stops along the Southern Coast as you get back to the airport for your late afternoon early evening flights. If your flight departs KEF in the morning please contact Strabo Tours and we can recommend airport hotels. (B)

As this is an active expedition with moderate hikes, you should be in good physical condition. While hotels selected are the best available, accommodations are basic with a private bath in each room.

Photo Leader

Eileen McCarney Muldoon
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Eileen McCarney Muldoon

I've been told my teaching style is very fluid ~ it changes with each individual student.  Everyone has their own method of learning, so I adapt to you, rather than you having to adapt to differen intructors.  That is one of the reasons I enjoy leading workshops.  It allows me the opportunity to spend individual time with each student.  Travel workshops attract beginner to advanced photographers and it is equally as exciting  to see the beginner learn to master the controls of their camera as it is to see the proficient photographer leap to new creative heights.  I have seen photography enhance the lives of many students, so I look for ways that each student can apply photography to enrich their life. ~ Eileen

As a fine arts photographer and photo instructor, Eileen has lead international photo/travel tours with Profundo Journeys and creative photographic workshops with Olaf Willoughby.  This past year they taught at Maine Media Workshops, exhibited in Providence and led a Street Photography Workshop in Brooklyn, NY.

She has two distinct portfolios. One, in color, is more contemplative work whilst the other reflects a personal way of seeing the environment. These images are quiet observations of the world and those who inhabit its space. Eileen uses natural and ambient light as a means to express emotion. 'My "decisive moment" is when I lose myself to my subject & know there is a complete union.'

Eileen's work has been exhibited at Newport Art Museum, The Providence Art Club, Mystic Arts Center and numerous galleries throughout New England and New York. She also looks forward to an upcoming solo show at Leica Soho in New York in 2016. Eileen has recently been accepted to exhibit at the Fine Art & Documentary Photography Show in Berlin for Women Photographers.  The show in August 2016 will be the largest European Photography Exhibit of the year. Additionally, she has had two books published and is working on number three.

Eileen McCarney Muldoon continues to learn by being a member of The Leica Meet Admin team.

 

Traveling with Eileen McCarney Muldoon over these last six years has changed my life in so many ways.  I have been to Cuba, Peru and Italy with her as well as partaking in other photography workshops in the United States.

I was in the middle of my second year  in the Rhode Island School  of Design Continuing Education Photography program when the notice for her first trip to Cuba arrived.  Within ten minutes, i made the decision to go. That first trip was life changing  with my photography, travel, instruction and learning and forming life long friendships.  Eileen is an extremely knowledgeable and professional teacher as well as an accomplished photographer and learning from her has been a gift.  She is very patient yet challenges her students to do their best work.

Whether traveling single within the group or with a partner, one feels very welcome and comfortable traveling with Eileen.  Cuba was so amazing that i have been every year since she has done this workshop followed by Peru in ’15 and just returned from an amazing trip in Italy.  I not only would like to but would plan on traveling with Eileen as often as possible in the future to places that i intend on visiting.

K F Whittemore

Pricing and Details

US Dollars based upon minimum of 8 paying participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 6-7 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

The trip was AMAZING!!. Definitely goes in the trip of a lifetime category. Thanks for arranging all of the details for the trip! Great Job!!

C Martin

This was the trip of a lifetime for me. I was challenging myself to learn all sorts of new things, photography, a new culture, and was immersed in it. It surpassed my expectations and I met so many beautiful souls along the way. Kathy was fantastic, I give her a 10++!!!

D. Whitney

I learned a lot of new things about photography and details of better camera use that I will put into practice. Judy spent a lot of time with a video camera, but Kathy was very helpful to her when she did use her SLR.

D & J Lund

The trip was amazing and seamless!!!

D. Pando

Kathy is a remarkable photographer and is soooo willing  to share her knowledge with the traveling companions.  She provided a wealth of guidance on what might be good to shoot but was not in your way if you wanted to do things differently.  I would travel with her again in a heartbeat and will if I get the chance!

B. Adams

I am pulling together some amazing prints to show to friends this Saturday at a breakfast get-togther about our trip. I just want to comment on how your guidance from the start about what lenses to bring, your comments about camera settings the first few days in the boats, and your leadership every step of the way led to my bringing home just awesome photos. I know I took them, but you had a hand in this and I continue to learn from you. Thank you and bravo!!

HS

HS

Additional Notes

FITNESS AND HEALTH

The trip is not strenuous, yet there will be various walks/hikes to scenic locations (waterfalls etc.). Anyone who is reasonably fit should be able to take part in most of the activities. If you are experience fatigue due to walks or recovering from jet lag, inform your guides, they may be able to make suggestions or alternate plans for you. You will need to be sufficiently agile to climb in and out of the tour van and need to carry and manage your own equipment. We will frequently hike trails ranging from easy to moderate. Some hotels do not have elevators.

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).

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.

Food & Drink

Dinners tend to be fish, lamb, and occasionally pork may be available.

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