Photography Trip Iceland is a unique experience. One of our private exclusive tours is the Snaefellsnes Photo Tour. There are so many extraordinary places to visit. One of the most popular places to photograph is on the south coast of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. You will find The Black Church or Búðakirkja there. Photographers from all over the world come to photograph it. On our private tours, we stay there as long as it takes to get the weather and light right. People come from all over the world to the Búðir church for their weddings, to celebrate anniversary or birthdays. A top class hotel is close to the church, with beautiful rooms and the food is excellent. It is not a big hotel but exclusive.
This 90-km long peninsula comprises a world of diversity for a successful Photography Trip Iceland. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past. Saga sites and hiking trails.
The Snaefellsjokull National Park is at the westernmost part of the peninsula, including the mystical glacier Snaefellsjokull, as well as other unique sites such as Djupalonssandur, Thufubjarg and more.
In 2008, the communities of Snaefellsnes Peninsula were the first in Europe to receive certification from Green Globe, an international benchmarking system for sustainable travel and tourism.
This photo was taken on a Photography Trip Iceland in the autumn as can be seen on the grass in front of the church. The sky had a dark color but as we waited it started to brighten up. In our opinion, the church is beautiful and simple. Nikon D850, Nikkor 70-200 f:2.8 at 170mm, f:8.0, ISO 100, shutter 1/8 sec, and a tripod.
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Looking at this picture from Víkurfjara shore, South Iceland made me think of how good last year was for us. Starting a new year is always something special. After holidays with friends and family, one is really looking forward and ready to start the new year. Maybe making some promises to yourself to be a better person, a better photographer, a better salesperson and other things you would like to improve. Not forgetting the promises to widen our horizon and visit other countries.
When this picture was taken we were doing a photography tour along the south coast of Iceland with an extremely nice couple from the USA. They were not young in years but they were so young in spirit and willing to explore and see new things. For us, it was so gratifying being with them. We were not that lucky with the weather as it rained a lot but the light was with us. That is really what counts when photographing. The beach Víkurfjara on the south coast of Iceland by the village of Vík is a sight to see. One always has to be careful though as the waves can be very strong and dangerous.
As the picture from Víkurfjara (FJARA in Icelandic means BEACH) shows, the waves were big and the sky was dark, but the light on the sand was unbelievable. I would say that the light in Iceland makes it so interesting for photography. Of course, it has also to with other things. On private tours as ours, we can take as much time as we like at each location. Anyway, here we started shooting and the outcome was rather good.
The weather was rather windy and the clouds were nice. It had been raining so we had been waiting for a while. But once it stopped we went out of the car and started shooting our photos of Iceland beaches. Nikon D850, Nikkor 24-70 mm f/2,8 lens at 24mm f/11, ISO 100, shutter speed 1/400 sec, and handheld.
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Happy Holidays and Happy New Year dear friends to you all around the world. This picture is taken in Akureyri which is the biggest city in northern Iceland. The church is a Protestant Lutheran church. The building is located in the center of the city and towers above it up on a hill. The steps leading up to its front door are about one hundred. The architect was Guðjón Samúelsson and the church was completed in 1940. The old stained glass window above the altar is a part of a set which was destroyed in an air raid on Coventry Cathedral in England.
The picture shows you how we celebrate the new year. It is a custom in Iceland to fire a lot of fireworks just before the beginning of the new year. We were with our family in Akureyri and just around midnight everything was in full swing. The sky was lit with fireworks, all in such beautiful colors. Afterward, we wished our family Happy Holidays and a Happy New Year, took a glass of champagne and made a toast (SKÁL in Icelandic) to the New Year.
At this time of the year, we tend to look back and think about all the things that have happened in the last twelve months. We also make promises to ourselves to make the next year more prosperous. We have a bottle that keeps written notes from the year before. Everybody has made him or herself a promise what to do in the coming year. So after breaking the bottle we read it aloud and see what we have done. Then we take a new bottle, write our promises and goals for the new year down and put them in the bottle. It is a nice tradition.
We have traveled a lot, met a lot of friends and also made new connections. We have been to places like Namibia, South Africa, new towns in Greenland, Sweden, Poland and a lot of new places as we bicycled from Key West, Florida to New York City in the USA. Last but not least we have taken tons of pictures that will preserve all these precious moments and memories. We now look forward to days that lie ahead of us with our family here in Iceland. Again we will all come together in the north during the last days of this year. Akureyri here we come with our skis and good humor.
We wish all of you our friends in our Social Media Cosmos and around the world a Happy Holidays Happy New Year. We hope we will see you in Iceland the year 2019.
The picture was taken with a Nikon D850 with a 17-35 mm f/2.8 Nikkor lens at 26 mm. ISO 125, Aperture f/22, 8 sec, with a Really Right Stuff tripod.0 Read More
Here you can see a beautiful picture of a waterfall on the south coast of Iceland. Additionally, you see the Seljalandsfoss waterfall Iceland surrounded by the magnificent northern lights. The Icelandic term for the waterfall is Foss.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall is very close to the Ring Road. Therefore it is possible to take a day tour to see the waterfall and others that are close by. The waterfall is very picturesque and fairly easy to get to. As this is a waterfall we advise you to have a raincoat on as the waterfall sprays a lot and people get wet. It can add to the fun if you are just looking, but for the cameras, it is not so good. Usually, we have a lot of people there, but if you are willing to wait you usually end up with a lot of fewer people. And in some cases, people add a lot to the picture.
We are a small company offering only private tours so we plan our tours just according to what we and our customers like to do, and also as long as we like.
The good thing about this waterfall is that it is lit up with two floodlights during the winter time. This photograph was made with Nikon D800 with a Nikkor 14-24 mm, f2.8 at 14mm exposure 4.o sec at f/2.8, ISO 8000 Read More
The Bridge between two continents is one of the sites you will see when visiting Iceland. When traveling and photographing with us the owners and operators of Photo Tours you will see a lot. You will see and discover a lot of amazing sites. The Bridge Between two Continents is one of them. You will find this attraction on the Reykjanes peninsula. It is not far from Keflavík international airport. The bridge is a short footbridge 15 meters long that crosses a sand-filled fissure and connects two tectonic plates i.e. The North American and the Eurasian tectonic plates. The bridge was built as a symbol of the connection between Europe and America. The fissure clearly shows how the Eurasian tectonic plate and the North American tectonic plate are gliding apart by two cm each year.
At a recent trip to the Reykjanes Peninsula, we sure had fun photographing. Can you imagine holding the bridge with your bare hands, and all the people on it, even if it is only symbolically?
Iceland is located right on top of the meeting point of these two tectonic plates The bridge between two continents. The country itself is full of large fissures and canyons that scar the country alongside the edges of the tectonic plates. The plates are constantly edging apart, creating both earthquakes as well as volcanic activity, and this increases Iceland’s size by about two cm each year.
We urge our visitors to cross the bridge between two continents and walk from Europe to North America in a matter of a few seconds. Only symbolically though, as the meeting point of the two tectonic plates is not that small in size.
This image was taken on a day tour to the Reykjanes Peninsula. The bridge between two continents was among other interesting places. Nikon D850, f/14, 1/200 sec, ISO 200, Nikkor 17-35 mm f/2,8 at 32 mm.
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Iceland fall colors glacier, and other things were very much in my thoughts yesterday. First of all the weather was so very cold and beautiful, therefore the air was clear and fresh. Iceland showed it best face. But Iceland was cold, and all the fall colors had disappeared. One could feel that winter has arrived. Actually, yesterday was “The First Day of Winter” according to the Icelandic calendar. I was thinking where we were about one month ago. We were at a glacier, Icelandic name “Virkisjökull”. People were walking with crampons on the glacier, looking at the beautiful fall colors all around them. We and our people were more at the bottom with all the beautiful Icelandic Flora. Our cameras were working overtime because where ever we looked there were more and more fall colors. And do not forget the glacier.
All around us were Iceland fall colors glacier are more spectacular than the one we were looking at. There were always more to photograph. The light was beautiful, the sun was shining on the glacier, not too much though. All the tourists that were going on a hike had a merry look on their faces.
Obviously, Iceland gets a lot of tourists, which is good. Everybody wants to have a nice holiday. On our t0urs, we try to include all the most interesting places there are to be found in Iceland. Fall colors fall into that category. To see a glacier up close, and even walk on it is a highlight not to be missed. At the same time, we should pay respect to nature. Iceland being up by the Arctic Circle has very sensitive flora. In Iceland, you are in the Tundra Zone. Therefore we must keep to marked trails and not leave footprints off trails as these take years to recuperate. “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints om trails. Do not go off trail. Kill nothing but time” Let us all bear that in mind and live up to it.
First of all our cameras were on a tripod. Nikon D850, Nikkor 17-35mm at 17mm, ISO 200, f/18, 1/100sec
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A successful Iceland private photography tour has ended so this was Special Sunday for us. It was our 46th wedding anniversary day. We had planned to be at a special location photographing the Northern Lights around 16:00 but as the day was a little lazy day we arrived there at 20:00. It was pitch dark and we could not see the waterfalls only hear the water running. No light from houses, street lamps or even from a car.
We took our camera gear out of the car, headlights on and walked ever so slowly to the place we had decided would be a good spot. It was a tricky photography challenge. There weren´t any strong dancing Northern Lights, and it was pitch dark. We decided to light paint the waterfalls if the slightest Northern Lights would show themselves. Slowly they appeared but there were clouds as well. In addition, there were trees in front of the viewing platform we were standing on. We were ready with the light to paint the waterfall. We were shooting a little bit in the blind. The end result was satisfying for us on this photography tour. A tour just for us.
We put on our wide-angle Nikkor 14-24 mm on our Nikon D810. Here are our settings: aperture priority, ISO 1600, aperture to 2.8, exposure compensation +4 and exposed for 15 to 30 seconds. Tripod RRS. In Iceland, they are good as we often have heavy wind.
We drove home only wishing that our customers on Iceland private photography tour had been with us so they also would have enjoyed this magnificent experience. But dealing with the northern lights you never know when or if they will show themselves at that particular spot we are in.0 Read More
Northern Lights in our Photography Tours Iceland is our baby these days www.phototoursiniceland.com of which we are very proud of. We love to show people around our country and point out interesting sites. We have a good knowledge of the best photography spots and also a good knowledge of our Sagas and history. On our private photography tours Iceland, we are always anxious if/or when the Northern Lights or Aurora Borealis as they are also called will show up. They are something like a “lifetime dream” as a friend of ours wrote this morning on Facebook when posting her first beautiful picture of the lights she has ever taken in her life. It is rewarding to be with people when the lights appear. The Lights are there but can be covered with clouds so nobody sees them.
Last night was extremely good for an hour or so. We were not expecting anything as the forecast was rather low. We checked them for the last time before going to bed. Actually, we had told our customers that we had it for the night. The lights were very poor only about 2 out of 9. So we almost ignored it. We called our people and told them to grasp their cameras and get in the car.
We as group leaders for private photography tours Iceland, could not stop smiling. They showed up and danced for us all over. Our people were very happy as well.
The picture of the Northern Lights you see here is taken at f:/2,8, shutter speed 13″, ISO 800 and exposure compensation +2.0, post processed in Lightroom. When taking pictures of the Northern Lights you always have your aperture at the smallest number, but it varies with the shutter speed and ISO.
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Ring Road Iceland or Route 1 goes all the way around Iceland. The total length is 1332 kilometers (828 mi). The road is a national road and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. There are so many people that think there is nothing like a good road trip. When driving or bicycling past volcanoes, icebergs, waterfalls and we are always looking for the right light. For photographers it is heaven. We have gone so often around Iceland by the Ring Road that we have lost count. We have done the Ring Road both by car and also a few times on our bicycles.
The Road was opened in the year 1974 and you could for the first time actually drive or bicycle around Iceland. Route 1 or the Ring Road, in Icelandic Hringvegur, is a national road that as I said before runs around the island and connects most of the inhabited parts of the country. Ring road or Route 1 was completed in 1974, coinciding with the 1,100th anniversary of the country’s settlement. It happened when the longest bridge in Iceland, crossing the Skeiðará river in the south-east was opened. In the year 2010, we bicycled the Ring road for the first time. It is an experience we will never forget.
You see some of the most popular tourist attraction on Ring Road Iceland. I can name a few like Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólaey and the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, all by Ring Road. These are in the south and south-east part of the country. The beautiful glacier lagoon is probably the place that most tourists want to visit. Hidden spots are everywhere. We as tour guides know many of them. Take a look at our tours and book with us.
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Namibia Photo Tour has been on our bucket list for a long time. The opportunity came to this summer and we decided to go with our daughter and son in law. What a pleasure and what a wildlife site. We packed our cameras and equipment and traveled there from Iceland. It is a long flight but airports are always nice because you can take a lot of pictures on your iPhone. Which by the way is always in your hand.
Photo Touring in Namibia is a box full of chocolate for your senses. Think of wildlife instead of the chocolate. Springbok, for example, is an amazing sight. Beautiful delicate creatures that move like ballerinas hardly touching the ground. The magnificent elephants that walk so gracefully into the sunset, the giraffes so tall and graceful biting the trees, the birds and all the other animals. Namibia sure is a heaven for us photographers.
Namibia is a landscape photographer’s paradise. Namibia’s allure is its vastness, the feeling that you can get away from it all in this enchanting, desolate landscape. You do not have the overcrowded feel that you sometimes in other places nowadays. There is something special about photographing in nature when there is no one else in sight. Namibia offers this unique experience. Namibia’s dedication to the conservation of its wildlife, its diversity in landscapes and that fact that it is one of the safest environments for travel of any African country, are a few of the great attributes that make Namibia an incredible playground for photographers.
Nikon D600, Nikkor 28-300mm at 300mm, ISO 400, f/5,6, shutter speed 1/2000 sec.0 Read More
The ultimate artist is nature. Iceland is famous for its hot springs and geothermal areas. In the central highlands of Iceland, you will find a beautiful geothermal area, called Hveravellir or the Hot Spring Fields. It is one of the pearls in Iceland, a nature reserve 650 meters above sea-level. We were with customers there on our fifth day of traveling. After driving through the vast, barren highlands it is so lovely to encounter such an oasis.
We always have our Drone with us in the car, and try to use every opportunity to use it. And being there we could not resist taking a picture. It came out very well as we had expected. The Drone was quite high but the weather was good slight wind. It is though surprising how much wind we can have when putting the Drone in the air.
Taken with a Phantom4 pro+ 7 meters above hot spring. ISO 100, Lens 8,8mm, f/5,6, Speed 1/640 sec
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We wish you all a Merry Christmas and happy new year.
We can really say Merry Christmas and happy new year as for us the year has been one more extraordinary year. Ordinary in one sense of the word i.e. a lot of routine but it has also been extra. It has been a special year to remember. First and foremost everyone in the family has been healthy and we have enjoyed a lot of time together. Our friends and customers have also been a rich source of joy. A big thank you to our customers for enriching our lives. Our customers tend to become our friends. On our long intensive photography tours we go through thick and thin, sweet and sour. We did a number of long photography tours with customers this year and a lot of one day tours.
We visited the Ukraine in January to help handing out Christmas packages to children in orphanages. In April we bicycled down the West Coast of North America from Vancouver Canada to San Diego, California close to the US-Mexican border. In July we were in Poland, August we were in Orlando, and in November we travelled to Germany and Czechia. For our bicycle travel logs this year and previous years go to facebook page IcelandAcrossAmerica
As one happy and eventful year comes to an end we ask ourselves if life can really go on like this. Can it really be this one big everlasting adventure? Yes it can if we have objectives and take good care of our body, soul, family and friends. It is a matter of how we allocate our time and energy. Take time to train your bodies, cultivate positive thinking, spend time with family and visit friends. Already we have a number of photography tours with customers being lined up. We plan to bicycle 4-6 weeks April/May in North America and visit South Africa in August/September.
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