Imaging The Land of Ice and Fire, Iceland
JUNE 28 – JULY 6, 2016
I didn’t think Iceland could get any better than our past September photo workshop, but it has! That’s why I am very happy to announce my new ICELAND: Land of Fire and Ice Photo Workshop for 2016! The dates are set for June 28 to July 6, the prime time in Iceland to provide us with long days of summer sunshine and magical light, as well as many wildflower and wildlife opportunities. Not only will the season be milder, but the tour itself will be almost twice as long as my previous tour! We have added two glorious days on the spectacular Snaefellsnes Peninsula, and one day in the Borgarfjordur Fjord region. Please see the complete itinerary below and mark the dates on your calendar. I can guarantee that you will not want to miss this incredible opportunity!
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Day 1 Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavik
Transfer from Keflavík airport to hotel in Reykjavik.
Group dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2 Snæfellsnes Peninsula
The peninsula is about 90km long and known for its diverse landscape and magical beauty with Snæfellsjökull Glacier towering over the national park at the far end. It is believed the glacier is one of seven main energy centers of the earth and served as the setting for the famous work of Jules Verne, Journey to the Centre of the Earth. The peninsula features a spectacular range of mountains, black and light sand beaches, craters, lava fields, fjords, fishing villages, geothermal areas, mineral springs, and cliffs teeming with rich bird life.
Day 3 Snæfellsnes Peninsula
Today we drive to the northern side of the peninsula to the town of Stykkishólmur, the first community in Europe to get the Earth Check environmental certification. Stykkishólmur lies in a beautiful setting, with historic, charming, and well-preserved old houses in the town centre. We continue to Bjarnarhöfn, an interesting shark museum where you can taste the shark product from their farm. The owner, Hildibrandur, welcomes us with his charm and gives us the grand tour. Kirkjufell is the well-known landmark for the town of Grundarfjörður, and is believed by many to be the most beautiful mountain in Iceland!
Day 4 – Borgarfjörður Fjord
– Hraunfossar Waterfalls – Húsafell
The Borgarfjörður region is regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas and the area’s landscape, nature, and culture reflect this heritage. Húsafell is a unique natural area covered with forest is and close to the Langjökull Glacier. We drive to Hraunfossar Lava Falls, a beautiful and unusual natural phenomenon. Clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava and runs in falls and rapids to the Hvítá River.
Day 5 Þingvellir National Park
– Geysir Hot Spring – Gullfoss Waterfall
Þingvellir National Park is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic region on the island. The Þingvellir area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is a magnificent showcase with all its faults and fissures and the beautiful mountains around it. Then we continue to the world-famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir, whose name has been given to hot springs all over the world. From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss, the Golden Waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here we see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down through a double-fall into a deep gorge.
Day 6 Vík – Waterfalls – Reynisfjara Black Beach
We drive to the spectacular waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. We continue towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara beach where we take a walk on the black beach and have a view looking towards Dyrhólaey. Reynisdrangar is made up of basalt sea stacks situated very near to Reynisfjara Beach and the village of Vík. According to legend, the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke they turned to stone. The needles can be seen clearly from the village of Vic and are 66 meters above sea level at their highest. Next stop is Dyrhólaey, a 120-meter high promontory not far from Vík, and is the southernmost part of Iceland. From the top you have a great photographic view.
Day 7 – 8 Skaftafell – Glacier Lagoon – Vatnajökull Glacier
The contrast in the nature of Southeast Iceland is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and the dominating icy-white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy, and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will explore the region, visit the stunning Skaftafell. This is Iceland’s second-largest national park where the landscape has been formed over thousands of years by the powerful influences of volcanic eruptions and glacial movement. There is also an eye-opening boat tour on the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs. Dinner and overnight in the area.
Day 9 Reykjanes peninsula – Þingvellir National Park
More than half of the Reykjanes peninsula is covered with lava flows and we will see lava cones and craters of various sizes and shapes. We will walk where the Mid-Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean before we head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. From there we will tour the small fishing village, Grindavík. In the afternoon we visit the Blue Lagoon, a unique natural pool of geothermal seawater (37-39°C) in the middle of a moss-covered lava field. You can walk in the spectacular surroundings, bathe in the milky blue-green water, relax in a geothermal steam bath, and release the stress from your shoulders under a Blue Lagoon waterfall.
Day 10 Departure
Transfer to Keflavík airport for the departure flight.
NOW 20% OFF!!!
Minimum 8 paying person USD $6,275 per person in a double room NOW $4,800
Single Room Supplement USD $745
- 2 nights in Reykjavík, 7 nights outside Reykjavík
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 10
- Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
- Private bus during tour according to itinerary
- Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon
- Entrance to the Blue Lagoon and rental of towel
- Guiding and Instruction by professional photographers Raymond Gehman and Tim Vollmer
I have had 30 years of experience
as a National Geographic photographer,
and now it’s your turn!
The photo workshops I teach are perfect for any photographer whether beginner or advanced.
I do not expect you to start at the level of a National Geographic photographer, but when you leave, you will feel like one! I am very good at seeing life in new and unusual ways, and I will be right there with you, ready to answer questions, offer technical advice, and suggest different artistic approaches. Also, the day is not over when the sun sets: the evenings will be devoted to a detailed critique of your images, working out technical bugs and offering ideas that will boost your photographs to a higher level.
“Raymond Gehman is awesome! I love working with him. He has such a great eye, brilliant post-editing skills ready to share, and not to mention he is so much fun to be in the field with! I loved my Iceland photography workshop with Raymond Gehman and Tim Vollmer. What a great combination of photographic masterminds. As a beginner in photography, I was so fortunate to start with these guys on the Iceland tour!”
– Marisa Marullin! –
Raymond Gehman will be partnering with Tim Vollmer for this Iceland workshop. Tim is an Iceland native and a first rate photographer. Many thanks to Tim for the use of his incredible images. View a portfolio of Tim Vollmer’s Iceland photographs.
For more information about this workshop, contact me at (717) 377-6721 or Raymondgehman@comcast.net, or Tim Vollmer at Timvollmer.de
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