Photo by: Tom & Cree Bol
Location: Iceland
PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR

Iceland Westfjords

  • Nine days with accomplished photo tour leaders Tom and Cree Bol
  • Tour limited to 12 fellow photographers.
  • Local Icelandic guide, knowing the needs of a photography group.
  • The diverse birdlife and landscape of the Westfjords.
  • Photograph the famous for its Icelandic horses.
Region

Europe

Destination

Iceland

Dates

July 8-17, 2021

Duration

9 days

$0

per person, double occupancy*

*U.S. dollars based upon minimum of 0 participants.

Tour Overview

This nine-day tour exposes the adventurous traveler from the diverse landscape of the Westfjords with puffin colony region at the most western point of Iceland, Latrabjarg. Together with the intense colors of the rapidly changing landscape, and the varied wildlife, this beautiful land is certain to make every photographer’s heart jump! The traditional theme and image of Iceland has been ice and fire, but it is much more than that.

Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors...

This nine-day tour exposes the adventurous traveler from the diverse landscape of the Westfjords with puffin colony region at the most western point of Iceland, Latrabjarg. Together with the intense colors of the rapidly changing landscape, and the varied wildlife, this beautiful land is certain to make every photographer’s heart jump! The traditional theme and image of Iceland has been ice and fire, but it is much more than that.

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. While living mostly along the coast, over one-third of the residents live within a 20-kilometer radius of Reykjavik, the capital city.

Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers and waterfalls, 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 on the tips of exposed fjords, Iceland is picturesque, including some features of the moon surface. Volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers influence the look and feel of the country. 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.

Photo Leader

Tom & Cree Bol

Iceland was simply amazing. Strabo’s arrangements were great. We saw all the amazing well known sights in Iceland as well as some incredible ‘off road’ beautiful areas. Tom Bol as always is a great photography teacher. Offers suggestions and teaches every day. Helpful and friendly to all. 

— Cheryl Sackett

Tour Itinerary

July 8: Home-Keflavik, Iceland

Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight, arriving early morning on July 9, at Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik, Iceland.Iceland.

July 9-10: Snaefellsness Peninsula

After a very early arrival in Keflavik Airport, our local guide will meet us as we start our tour driving to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. This will be our first introduction to this vast, yet intimate country, with several photographic stops planned along the way. This is a full day of traveling and photography. If you would like to arrive early we can provide hotel recommendations near the airport or in Reykjavik City. (D; B)

July 11-12: Stykkisholmur – Flatey Island - Patreksfjordur

The best-kept secret of Iceland is the Westfjords. This part of Iceland is an unspoiled pearl, shaped of deep fjords and steep mountains. The Westfjords are Iceland’s most sparsely populated region apart from the highlands. There, life means seabirds on rugged cliffs, Arctic foxes in their lairs, and little fishing villages huddled against sheer mountains where for centuries, people have battled with the forces of nature to harvest the ocean’s riches.

This morning we will take a ferryboat across the beautiful Breidafjordur Bay, stopping en-route to photograph the beautiful and serene Flatey Island. Flatey is one of the thousands of islands on the bay and one of the largest. A monastery was founded there in 1172, and then moved to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We continue our ferry crossing to Vatnsfjordur, arriving in time for dinner, and settle into our lodge.

The next day we head west to Bjargtangar, where we can watch the Puffin and view the largest Razorbill colony in the country. An impressive mountain road leads us down to the wide-open golden-red beach of Raudasandur, deriving its name from the reddish looking scallop shells, where seals are often seen. Contrast abounds in the Westfjords, at Latrabjarg cliff; land meets sea head-on at the 400 meter sheer cliff, the westernmost point of Europe and one of the world’s biggest seabird colonies. (B, D; B)

July 13-14: Vatnsfjordur - Dynjandi

Another day in the Westfjords, an impressive mountain road leads us down to the wide open golden-red beach of Raudasandur, where seals are often seen. We will take time explore hidden treasures with impromptu stops as we make our way to Dynjandi Falls.

As Pat describes their visit in 2008 ~ our real destination, Dynjandi Waterfall. Wow! The top part was still in the mist, giving it a very ethereal appearance. The falls is also known as Fjallfoss (mountain falls).  The 100 meter high cascade fans out to 60 meters at the base. Below it are a series of cascades Hundafoss, Strokkur, Gongumannafoss, Hrisvadsfoss, and Baejarfoss. Each of these was worth the trip in its own right. (B, D; B)

July 15-16: Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon

Over the centuries, Icelanders relied on the horse for all transport and farm work, and Skagafjörður is especially famous for its horses and equestrian traditions. The local guide may be able to gain access for our private group to a local horse farm, providing us the opportunity to photograph these beautiful horses.

We will have two nights to explore the Vatnsnes and Skagi Peninsula’s. Our lodging is in Saudarkrokur, which occupies a triangle of suburban streets with brightly painted houses and views of the bustling harbor. Nearby is the historic turf-roofed farmstead of Glaumbaer, where the first Viking to be born in America lies buried, south of town. (B, D; B)

November 12: Vatnsfjordur – Dalir – Saudarkrokur

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. Overnight Kirkjubaejarklaustru Area(B, D)

July 17: Keflavik-Home

There will be various photographic stops along the way to Keflavik. We return to the airport today for flights home (flight time 4:30PM or after). (B)

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