Photo by: Ron Rosenstock
Location: Iceland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Iceland Photo Tour: Ice Cave and Northern Lights

  • Accomplished photographer and tour leader Ron Rosenstock.
  • Tour limited to 12 passengers.
  • Every evening we will look out for the possibility of northern light photography.
  • Experience the diverse landscape of Iceland with fellow photographers.
  • Black sand beaches of Vik and iconic rock formations.
  • Jokullson Ice Lagoon and Ice Cave experience.
  • Skaftafell National Park and additional waterfalls.
  • Hofn and Vestra Horn with amazing landscape photography.
  • An evening in Reyjkavik with city photography and the Reykjanes Peninsula.
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Region

Europe

Destination

Iceland

Dates

March 26-Apr 2 2020

Duration

7 days

$4395

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 10 participants. There is a small group surcharge of $500 if 6-9 participants. 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 (subject to availability), or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, there is a single room surcharge of $595.

Tour Overview

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. Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars and hike to stunning...

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. Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars and hike to stunning waterfalls. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join accomplished photographer and guide Ron Rosenstock across Iceland. Ron started leading photo tours in 1967. In those years he has led more than 200 tours to many destinations worldwide. Ron retired from Clark University after teaching photography there for thirty years. His published books include his exquisite black and white photographs: The Light of Ireland, Chiostro (Cloister), and Hymn to the Earth; and color photographs in Journeys. Ron’s work has been featured in over one hundred exhibitions, both in the U.S. and abroad, and his photographs are to be found in the permanent collections of the Fogg Art Museum at Harvard University, the Worcester Art Museum in Worcester, Mass., The Polaroid Collection in Cambridge, Mass., and the International Center of Photography in New York City. Ron’s striking; one-of-a-kind photographs can be seen at www.ronrosenstock.com.

A note from your photo instructor Ron Rosenstock: You will be astounded by the magnificent landscapes of Iceland! Iceland is an incredible country, a land of waterfalls, rainbows, glaciers, ice floes, sea stacks, and very friendly people who all speak English. It is a MUST for landscape photographers. Imagine photographing a lagoon filled with ice floes, and the reflections of a glacier at sunrise in a perfectly still lake. One of the nicest aspects of travel to Iceland is the relatively short flying time from the east coast of the U.S — less time than traveling to Ireland. Keflavik Airport is the most, user-friendly one I’ve ever encountered. Iceland has the best of what New Zealand, Ireland, and Alaska have all wrapped up in a small country the size of Kentucky.

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

Ron Rosenstock

On this, our third trip with Ron and Strabo, I observed a dimension I hadn’t noticed before: flexibility. Ron (and Ingo) were able to dance with the weather. Then I got to thinking. Flexibility, yes, but against a background of careful planning: accommodations, meals, even catering to allergies. I have done enough “self-guided” tours to appreciate what that means.  As Strabo tourists, we simply sat back and watched the ever-changing scenery. And it was a big plus that both guides had visited sites many times before. Again, I thank you for your efforts. We have traveled with other tours. Strabo is by far the best for people like us.

— D.Wurtzel

This is my second photo tour with Ron and I will travel with him again. He is an experienced leader and teacher who is able to share with his group not only his knowledge of photography but his knowledge of the area being visited. I appreciated the addition of the local guide, his personable knowledge really added to the experience. It was fun to get to know a ‘real’ Icelander. I liked that we went all around the whole island. I feel like I have, indeed, seen it all, and that ‘all’ was overwhelming in its beauty and scope.

— Jeanne Procell

Ron – I did not get a chance to tell you that out of the four trips that I have taken with Strabo Tours, your trip has been the most significant in terms of photographic education, knowledge of the working subject and personal experience.  You shared your photographic knowledge and experience with the group and that makes a difference to me. Thank you.  I am looking forward to meeting you again in future travels!

— W.Diaz

Ron was very good and I would definitely go on another trip with him. I’d also like to thank Jacque for her patience with all of my questions. I had a really amazing time and wish it could have lasted longer! I hope to do another Strabo tour in the future.

— A. Gershin

Ron was great, as usual – very open, fair, positive, and inspiring. Local guide was wonderful – extremely knowledgable about Iceland and just about everything. Never stopped working. Iceland had a great balance, the pace was active but not overwhelming. The sights visited were all worthwhile, and I enjoyed the flexibility of stopping for interesting shoots.

— N. Taveras

Ron was delightful as a tour guide, he’s always careful to make sure everyone’s comfortable. Of course, I so enjoy seeing a new country with him. Iceland is so beautiful a country that you can’t do it justice. No one realized how a mazing a country Iceland is!!

— M. Russo

Trip score 20 out of 10!!!I guess the score tells it all. What an unbelievable asset your guides are.

— B. Hayes

Ron, the inspiring teacher, and our Iceland knowledgeable guide, collaborated to make this a trip of a lifetime. Iceland is a photographer’s and a geologist’s dream, the Earth undressed and at work. Constant photographic opportunities for unusual landscapes.

— K. Beausoleil

Tour Itinerary

March 26: Home

Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight to Keflavik Airport (KEF).

March 27: Vik - South Coast

Your flight will need to land prior to 7:30AM this morning. If your airline of choice lands later in the day you will need to depart one day earlier and Strabo Tours can recommend hotels close to the airport and the Keflavik Harbor. Your journey begins as your local driver guide follows the light to such photogenic stops as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls. Continue on to the picturesque black sand beach of Reynisfjara. It’s all about the light, water, motion and reflections. If the group has enough energy your guides will lead you on a walk to a quaint Icelandic Church. Overnight Vik (D)

March 28-30: Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon - Vestrahorn

Your home base for the next three evenings will be close to the Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon. Along the way or on your return from the lagoon (weather dependent) you will visit Skaftafell National Park, which is located, by the roots of Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest one in Europe. Skaftafell, a natural wonderland of powerful glaciers, turbulent waterfalls, lush birch woodlands, and vibrant wildflowers. Depending on the weather you can go on a glacial hike for unique photography inside an actual ice cave to capture a different world of ice. (photo courtesy Dan Anderson) Spend a day at the fantastic glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, where floating icebergs, all sizes and shapes, will blow you away. From your hotel you can also reach the Vestrahorn Mountain region. Vestrahorn is a photographer’s paradise for the dramatic landscape and vast beauty. The shore features stunning lava dunes, that are constantly being shaped by the natural forces of water and wind. It is possible to get perfect reflections in the wet sand. Seals also tend to hang out on the stretch of sand as well. (B, D each day)

March 31: Vik

Your home base for the next three evenings will be close to the Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon. Along the way or on your return from the lagoon (weather dependent) you will visit Skaftafell National Park, which is located, by the roots of Vatnajökull glacier, the biggest one in Europe. Skaftafell, a natural wonderland of powerful glaciers, turbulent waterfalls, lush birch woodlands, and vibrant wildflowers. Depending on the weather you can go on a glacial hike for unique photography inside an actual ice cave to capture a different world of ice. (photo courtesy Dan Anderson) Spend a day at the fantastic glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, where floating icebergs, all sizes and shapes, will blow you away. From your hotel you can also reach the Vestrahorn Mountain region. Vestrahorn is a photographer’s paradise for the dramatic landscape and vast beauty. The shore features stunning lava dunes, that are constantly being shaped by the natural forces of water and wind. It is possible to get perfect reflections in the wet sand. Seals also tend to hang out on the stretch of sand as well. (B, D each day)

April 1: Reykjavik

Depart after a leisurely morning toward Reykjavik. There will be photographic stops along the way that include favorites of Ron before reaching the city center this afternoon. After checking in to your hotel there will be a city walking tour, including photography and a farewell dinner. Overnight Reykjavik (B, D)

April 2: Reykjanes Peninsula - Home

Enjoy a walk with Ron this morning photographing the architecture, such as the iconic Hallgrimskirkja Church, the basalt inspired architecture of this amazing land. Return to the hotel for breakfast, then continue with your driver guide to the Reykjanes Peninsula. There will be additional landscape photography through early this afternoon, reaching the airport in time for your 4PM or after flight home. (B)