Photographic Tours > Snaefellsness: Iceland's 'Wild' West
Tuesday 25th February 2020 - Sunday 1st March 2020
Upon booking of this tour you will receive a free copy of Robert's ebook: Autumn in Finnish Lapland which includes a comprehensive 'how to' section on photographing the northern lights. Click here for a preview of the book.
Iceland is a relatively expensive country to visit, and appreciating this tour might be out of reach for some (while at the same time not wishing to make it 'exclusive'), I am very happy to offer a monthly payment plan. Please contact Robert to discuss this.
Please allow +/- 3 days until flights have been confirmed.
Only a few hours drive from Reykjavik lies the diverse and fascinating landscape of the 100km-long Snæfellsnes peninsula. Black sand beaches, sea stacks, fishing villages, lava fields, dramatic volcanic peaks and the famous Kirkjufell (or Wizard's Hat) Mountain make this region a truly spectacular place to visit and photograph.
Sea stacks and sea arches
Black sand beaches
Kirkjufell / Wizard's Hat Mountain
With overseas tours requiring a minibus, I don’t do the driving! I take care of the day to day running and dictate where we go, when we eat and what we photograph. This takes up enough energy without doing all the ferrying around, too! My driver (come helper) for this trip will be my good friend Dirk Van Uden. Dirk has twice previously accompanied me to Iceland, and is also my guide on the Lapland and Senja trips. An experienced winter-wilderness guide, based in Finnish Lapland, whatever the weather may throw at us you can be assured that you have a calm and experienced individual at the wheel.
As with all my workshops, the group size will be relatively small ensuring plenty of 'personal space' in which to work and as much individual tuition as you would like or need. It also means that since we will all be travelling as one, it makes for an extremely friendly group dynamic.
Understanding that the northern lights are high on many’s wish-list we will do our utmost to put you in the best possible position to photograph them. Our base is on the northern aspect of the peninsula and has been partly chosen with this in mind, and with a number of north-facing locations just 10 minutes away you can be sure that we will be in position in no time at all!
Arrive Keflavik International Airport. Travel by minibus to a nearby hotel just 10 minutes away where we'll have a meal and relax. If the skies are clear we'll head out for possible northern lights.
Following breakfast, we will drive to our accommodation on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula - a journey of around 3 hours though with a photo-stop it will more than likely take close to 4. Once settled in we'll head out and explore the Peninsula and come the evening, keep a keen eye-out for clear skies.
Days 3 and 4
By day we will explore and photograph all that the Highlights section mentions and at night we will be on the lookout for northern lights.
Sunrise shoot then following breakfast we will head back down to Reykjavik where we will spend the afternoon exploring the city. After lunch, we will make our way to our hotel in Keflavik which will be the same as the one we stayed at on our first night. Evening meal. As the first night, should we have clear skies we will head out for some northern lights photography.
Depart. During the same period in 2018, the flight to Gatwick and Heathrow left at 07.45 and 08.00 respectively so you can choose whichever flight suits you best. As the hotel is only 10 minutes away we will aim to leave at 05.45. Early breakfast will be served.
Most locations will be a relatively short walk from the vehicle but you must be able to walk for around 30 minutes, unaided, over uneven terrain and in the snow.
We will be working on exposed coastlines where very strong winds are likely so you should be prepared for lengthy periods in cold, windy conditions. This also includes at night where there is the possibility of photographing the northern lights.
If you are unsure whether you meet these requirements do contact me and I will be happy to advise.
Conditions throughout Iceland can be extreme. Speak to anyone who has visited Iceland during winter and you will receive various reports ranging from mild conditions to the ridiculous! The weather can be very unpredictable (not surprising given its location and that we will largely be working on or near the coast) with temperatures ranging from 5 degrees to -10c or below, especially at night. Alternatively, it could be mild and wet. Always best to assume, however, that it will be windy and cold. On previous occasions we have experienced the full gamut, from mild and still to blizzards. This just made it all the more exciting, and exhilarating!
Allergies and dietary requirements
Due to there being just the one restaurant in the area I’m afraid I cannot guarantee that they will be able to fully cater to your needs.
Our waterfront hotel on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula is superbly located for us to reach all the attractions as well as being on the northern aspect thereby making it an ideal base incase of aurora activity.
How To Book
In the first instance, please contact Robert to check that there are places still available as it may not have been possible to update numbers on the website. To book a place, simply download and fill out the booking form (see Downloads on the right) and return to Robert either by post or email. Your place will be confirmed upon receipt of both the booking form and deposit.
"As always, thank you for everything you did to ensure we could get the best out of our visit. Your quiet and calm approach towards supporting our photographic needs inspires confidence and is greatly appreciated. The daily planning of the trip ensured that we could visit a series of sites that had huge photographic potential. As always, your planning was exemplary and the choice of accommodation was ideal for our needs. You always adopted a flexible approach to each day's plans which ensured that we could advantage of weather conditions or natural phenomena. The awesome experience of photographing the Aurora Borealis on the last night exemplified your ability to steer us to record such a spectacular display. For all this and so much more, many thanks, Robert".
'Planning is crucial to the success of any photo-trip, and this is something that Robert is extremely good at. Throughout, Robert planned and adapted according to the weather conditions, culminating in some great shots of the Northern Lights".
Another very well organised and enjoyable trip to Iceland's Snaefellsnes Peninsula. Robert always finds great photo opportunities in a variety of settings and the best light. We were stunned by the amazing landscapes and an incredible northern lights display. He and Dirk are a great team who work well together to give us variety, challenges, and great memories.
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Tuesday 25th February 2020
to Sunday 1st March 2020
Price : £1865
Group size : 6
Payment plan: Please contact Robert to discuss this.
Group size: 6
Guides: Robert Canis and Dirk Van Uden.
Location: Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Cost includes: 5 nights hotel accommodation and breakfast in single/double en-suite rooms (no single-supplement required), airport transfers to and from Keflavik International Airport, transport throughout tour duration.
Cost excludes: Flights. Circa. £150 from London Gatwick, travel insurance, all meals not mentioned. This includes lunch and dinner. Expect to pay £35 upwards for a meal. Alcoholic beverages.
Experience level: Beginner upwards.
Equipment needed: 2-3 lenses will be sufficient which include a wide-angle and telephoto, in the region of 200-300mm. A fast (f/2.8) wide-angle (14mm on a full-frame camera) for the northern lights (worth hiring) will be useful. A tripod's essential for those dawn/dusk/aurora shoots. Polarising, neutral density and neutral-density grads will, also, be required. It is essential that you have a clear understanding of exposure. A full checklist will be given nearer the workshop date.