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Iceland Light in the Wild Photography Tours

A week-long tour of West Iceland's spectacular Snæfellsness Peninsula, photographing dramatic seascapes, volcanic landscapes and exciting wildlife – with the added bonus of the northern lights on autumn and winter departures, and nesting seabirds during spring

Departures

• May 2021

• October 2021

• March 2022

Exact dates to be confirmed.

Please register your interest now.

Duration

7 days/6 nights

Group size

Maximum six people

Cost

£xxx per person based on xxxx

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Flights

Heathrow-Keflavik return

Included

International return flights Heathrow-Keflavik; transport by private 9-seater vehicle (driven by your guide); hotel accommodation in an en suite room with private facilities; 6 breakfasts and 3 dinners; a 2-3hr whale-watching boat trip and all photography tuition. This tour is fully guided by Will Gray

Not included

Lunch on days 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6 (we will stop at local cafés or purchase pack lunches); Dinner on days 4 and 5 (we will eat at a local restaurant in Grundafjördur) and day 6 (dinner at Northern Light Inn payable locally); travel and photographic insurance

Photography level

This tour is suitable for beginners to enthusiasts

Capture the beauty of Iceland’s extraordinary Snæfellsnes Peninsula, photographing its Atlantic-gnawed coastline, brooding volcanic scenery, Vienetta-striped mountains and captivating wildlife – from orcas and white-beaked dolphins to gannets and sea eagles. Led by Iceland specialist and award-winning photographer Will Gray, this special seven-day photography holiday has three departures: May 2021, October 2021 and March 2022. Each one is designed to coincide with outstanding opportunities for taking pictures.

 

May 2021 trip highlights

Long, long days characterise late May in Iceland, which means we can maximise our time taking photographs. Although this isn't the season for northern lights watching, it does herald the arrival of nesting seabirds, as well as the start of summer whale watching. Photographic opportunities – both on land and during our boat trip – range from orcas, humpbacks and sperm whales to puffins, guillemots and white-tailed eagles. Exploring the diverse scenery of this magical peninsula – often referred to as 'Iceland in miniature' – we'll also set out to photograph the famous mountain of Kirkjufell, the wild coast at Lóndrangar, the stunning pebble beach of Djúpalónssandur and the atmospheric wooden church at Búdir.

October 2021 trip highlights

Autumn is a particularly rewarding time to visit Iceland's Snæfellsnes Peninsula – the lava fields and tundra are burnished gold and yellow, while the nights are drawing in, just waiting to be lit up by the northern lights. There's still plenty of daylight, however, to explore the coasts and mountains of this gnarled finger of land jutting into the Atlantic. We'll visit iconic sites like Kirkjufell mountain and Arnarstapi, as well as lesser known spots where you can hone your skills in landscape and seascape photography.

March 2022 trip highlights

Facing west, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is often bathed in sublime winter light. Choose the March departure and you'll not only capture atmospheric seascapes, but also stand an excellent chance of photographing the aurora borealis. March is also the time when large pods of orca move into the area, hunting shoals of overwintering herring. A boat trip into Grundafjördur can be rewarded with amazing opportunities to photograph these charismatic cetaceans, along with white-beaked dolphins and gannets. 

Why this trip?

• The small group size of up to six not only allows me to maximise individual photography tuition, but also gives us the freedom and flexibility to chase the best light across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

• I've visited Iceland on numerous occasions and will aim to enhance your trip with local knowledge as well as advice on how to take great photographs.

• Concentrated time on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula allows you to get to know the place, visiting locations when the light is just right – and ultimately getting the best photographs.

• Our hotels and guesthouses are in prime locations. 

• On day 6 when we leave the Snæfellsnes, we'll visit the natural wonders of the Golden Circle, photographing iconic sites like Gullfoss, Geysir and Thingvellir.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Keflavik, drive to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula | Overnight Fosshotel Hellnar DBB

Day 2: Snæfellsnes | Overnight Fosshotel Hellnar DBB

Day 3: Snæfellsnes | Whale watching boat trip | Overnight Fosshotel Hellnar DBB

Day 4: Snæfellsnes | Overnight Guesthouse Grundafjördur BB

Day 5: Snæfellsnes | Overnight Guesthouse Grundafjördur BB

Day 6:  Drive south, via the Golden Circle | Overnight at Northern Light Inn BB (dinner at hotel, payable locally)

Day 7: Return flight to Heathrow

Please register your interest in one of my Iceland Light in the Wild Photography Tours by completing the form below. I'll be in touch to confirm dates and reserve your place.

By completing this form, you are simply registering your interest in this workshop. You don't need to pay anything yet and there's no obligation for you to go ahead with the booking if you change your mind. When I get back to you to confirm dates and reserve your place, I will also send you a full trip dossier and details of how to make you payment. You can then confirm your booking, pay the deposit for the tour and start looking forward to an incredible trip to Iceland.

Please select which departure you are interested in

Accommodation

 

Please see below for details of the accommodation we'll stay in during the Iceland Light in the Wild Photography Tour. Click on the links for more details of each property.

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I just wanted to let you know that I had an amazing time. You were very patient and informative and I feel much more confident about my camera and taking better pictures. The workshop was a birthday present from a dear friend and I will be giving her the most positive feedback and thanks, which is very much down to your expertise and warm teaching manner. 

SALLY | ONE-TO-ONE WORKSHOP

Iceland Photography Portfolio

Click on the gallery below to browse a selection of my favourite Iceland photographs. You'll be able to view them at full-screen size and read details of the camera and lens used for each one – as well as information on exposure.

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WILL GRAY PHOTOGRAPHY

Email: will.gray@me.comTel: 01295 780102 | Mobile: 07511 035563

An award-winning journalist, photographer and author, Will has 30 years' experience working for magazine publishers, conservation organisations and as a widely-published freelancer. A zoologist and passionate advocate of responsible tourism, he is a former BGTW Travel Photographer of the Year and AITO Travel Writer of the Year. Will’s books include the bestselling Travel with Kids, Cornwall with KidsWildlife Travel and Coral Reefs & Islands. His photographs are represented by leading picture library AWL Images and he is a Contributing Editor for Wanderlust and Travel Africa magazines. An experienced speaker, he was a presenter on the BBC Holiday programme and has given talks to numerous organisations and photography clubs. His new programme of photography workshops, initially covering some of his favourite UK destinations, was launched in 2018. Find out more about Will at www.william-gray.co.uk or explore his nature travel blog www.wildlifewishlist.com

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