Chase and photograph aurora borealis at one of the best times at one of the world’s prime destinations for the northern lights. Aurora activity on Earth increases near both equinoxes (vernal equinox is on March 20-21).
The photo workshop is led by the National Geographic night sky photographer who takes you to some of his favorite locations, fills you with practical information on when to expect aurora, what to see in the night sky, and guides you in both aurora and general nightscape imaging, while also sharing tips on day-time photography during the day tours. The Iceland partner company which locally coordinates the trip also contributes with a tour leader who is both an aurora expert and a knowledgeable person about nature and history of the country.
Iceland has much more to offer than aurora. It’s a country like no others. Based on successful experiences of the previous programs (each March & September) we offer an improved plan each time. This tour takes you along the many landmarks of the southern coast all the way to the most amazing sites in the southeast. We will do aurora chasing and outdoor workshop sessions through the trip on every clear night.
Iceland’s attractions are on our way includes unearthly landscapes, massive waterfalls, volcanoes, glaciers, wildlife and coastal beauties, and cultural landmarks. We begin from the capital in the southwest and end in Keflavik near the airport. Iceland weather is very challenging but we depend on our mobility and excellent access to local weather information.
You may cancel with full refund until 2020 December 1. After this date the deposit won’t be returned.
9-day/8-night program $3850 +$950 single occupancy
– Day 1 Sun March 7: arrivals. We will meet at noon in our hotel in Reykjavik center and walk to the city’s landmarks. After our first group dinner, we begin the practical part of the workshop with aurora chasing near Grotta lighthouse (weather depending).
– Day 2 Mon March 8: On this busy touring day we will visit the most touristic icons of Iceland, Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. Then continue To the southern coast, visiting iconic Skogafoss waterfall on the way, and night imaging at Vik, with plenty of attraction including one of the world’s most beautiful volcanic beaches.
– Day 3 Tue March 9: Daytime visit to Vik. Continue along the south coast to the iconic Glacier Lagoon and its Diamond Beach where shiny ice crystals and little icebergs rest on a black volcanic beach. We will spend the night in the spectacular Skaftafell area, in Vatnajökull National Park.
– Day 4-6 Wed-Fri March 10-12: For three days we will explore the southern area of Vatnajokull National Park, the Northern Europe’s biggest wilderness. Not far from here is the rugged Vestrahorn mountain of Stokksnes stands at the oceanfront, providing a dramatic imagery, one of our potential night locations depending on the weather.
– Day 7 Sat March 13: We will take long drive in our bus back to Keflavik and Reykjanes peninsula in the southwest with a few site seeing stops.
– Day 8 Sun March 14: Exploring a beautiful lighthouse, geothermal area and other wonders of Reykjanes Peninsula and night imaging at the coast. Accommodation is 10-15 minutes drive to the airport for the next day’s departures.
– Day 9 Mon March 15: Babak will do a class between 10:00 to 13:00 on photo-editing tips for those with late departures. You also have the option to arrange your own visit to the nearby Blue Lagoon (for bathing) or consider staying an extra day for this popular tourist activity or to explore other oceanfront beauties of Reykjanes. Our hotel provides free airport shuttle from the morning to noon, otherwise it’s 5 to 10 minutes taxi drive.
Note that the itinerary details may slightly change with the aurora and weather forecast.