In September 2016 Betty visited Iceland and utterly fell in love with this beautiful country. So, in February 2018 she is returning, leading a group with Strabo Tours. Emphasis will be on the fantastic winter light. Although Iceland is certainly cold at this time of year (we dress warmly), it is not as cold as one would think, with temperatures hovering around freezing. This trip will showcase the southern half of Iceland, including the fantastic Jokulsarlon Lagoon with its other-worldly icebergs, perhaps some ice caves (if any are available) and aurora (if conditions cooperate–not guaranteed). We’ll stay on a horse farm and learn about the rugged way of life of the people who live here. We’ll soak in hot springs and get close to Iceland’s innumerable waterfalls. The accommodations are great; food is excellent, with fresh fish, greenhouse-grown produce and high-quality lamb, although if you’re craving a hamburger the hotel restaurants can accommodate you.

The unique interplay of light and shadows in Iceland, together with the intensive colors of the rapidly changing nature, makes every photographer’s heart jump! The traditional theme and image of Iceland has been ice and fire, but it is much more than that. Mother nature has painted a magnificent tapestry of colors with geological phenomena unmatched elsewhere in the world. Inexorably intertwined with this exotic natural environment are the 280,000 Icelanders who along with their Nordic and Celtic ancestors have called this North Atlantic Island their home for over 1100 years. They live mostly along the coast; over one-third live within a 20-kilometer radius of Reykjavik, the capital city with its distinctive architecture. Experience the vast volcanic landscape, breathtaking glaciers, and hardy Viking hospitality that have been celebrated for centuries in Icelandic sagas. On this unique expedition, view towering volcanic pillars, hike to stunning waterfalls, and languish in ancient geyser springs. From the capital city to remote farms on the tips of exposed fjords, Iceland is picturesque, including some features of the moon surface. Volcanoes, hot springs, and glaciers influence the look and feel of the country. At every turn, the vistas will astound you. Join us on this exploratory adventure of one of our planet’s most fascinating and unique environments.

From the West Coast, you may want to get to Iceland a day early because of the long journey. If so, you will need to pay for an extra night’s accommodation and meals. We don’t have final pricing yet, but if you want to be part of this adventure (limited to 12 people and 10 is our optimum size), let me know.

 

PLEASE NOTE: PRICES ARE NOT FINAL AS WE’RE WAITING ON CURRENCY EXCHANGE RATES. We are also still waiting on final lodging costs. Final pricing will also depend on the number of people in our group. If we have 10 or more the cost will go down about $1000. If we end up with a very small group the costs will likely go up. If you do some comparison shopping you will find these prices less than many of the photo tour competitors. Single supplement: $895.

 

Travel with Strabo Photo Tour Collection
Iceland with Photo Tour Leader Betty Sederquist
Fire and Ice: February 2-12, 2018
Tour Highlights ~ A Photographic and Cultural Adventure
• Accomplished photographer and tour leader Betty Sederquist.
• Tour limited to 12 passengers.
• Experience the diverse landscape of Iceland with fellow photographers.
• Jokulsargljufur National Park.
• Icelandic horse farm
• Skaftafell National Park

• The Blue Lagoon near Reykjavik
For more information or to register, contact the Strabo Photo Tour Collection:
607-756-8676 www.phototc.com

IITINERARY
February 2 Home
Your journey to Iceland begins with an overnight flight to Keflavik Airport in Reykjavik,
Iceland.
February 3 Reykjavik
After a very early arrival in Keflavik Airport, you will be transferred to the center of
Reykjavik. The day will be free to rest and relax, or wander the city with Betty,
photographing the iconic architectural sites of the city. There will be a welcome dinner
with your local guide. Overnight Hotel Hilda (early check in is requested but can not be
guaranteed) (D)
February 4 & 5 Snaefellsness Peninsula
Today start your tour driving to
the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
This will be your first introduction
to the vast landscape, yet
intimate country, with several
photographic stops planned along
the way. Check into your harbor
side hotel in the fishing village of
Stykkisholmur. This is a full day
of traveling and photography.
You will have another full day to
explore further afield, on the
coast of Breidafjordur (Broad
Bay). Visiting beautiful places and small villages. Snaefellsjokull glacier is just a
short drive away, it is mythically known as a seat of energy and was the fictional
starting point for Jules Verne’s Journe to the Center of the Earth. Overnight Hotel
Egilsen. (B, L*, D both days) Please note there will be some picnic lunches during the
tour so that we can enjoy full days of photography in the field.
February 6 & 7 Interior Farm Stay
Next travel east to the interior of Iceland
where the group will spend two evenings on
a traditional Icelandic farm. The family
specializes in cattle farming and horse
breeding, they will give you a warm
welcome as you immerse yourself in
learning about the traditions of their family
and business. From this location the group
can easily reach the beautiful waterfalls of
Bruarfoss, Barnafoss & Hraunfossar,
and capture the beautiful landscapes in this region. Hotel Efsti-Dalur Farm Hotel (B, L, D
both days)
February 8 & 9 Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon
Spend the day exploring photographic stops along
the way to south eastern Iceland, where you will
stay as close as you can at the fantastic glacial
lagoon, Jökulsárlón, where floating icebergs, all
sizes and shapes, will blow you away. From Hotel
Hali you can also reach the Vestrahorn Mountain
region. Hotel Hali (B, L, D both days)
February 10 & 11 Skaftafell – Vik
If an ice cave is open during your time here, we
can arrange access early this morning, as we travel
west to Skaftafell National Park. The park is
located by the roots of the Vatnajökull glacier.
Europe’s largest icecap – larger than all other
glaciers in Europe combined. The next day
photograph the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and
Skógafoss. Stop in Reynisfjara and Vík beach to
look at the amazing coastal features. Vik, has black
sand beaches and picturesque rocks line the
seashore including columnar basalt grottoes, sea
stacks, and bird cliffs. Overnight Farmhouse or
Steig Guesthouse (B, L, D both days)
February 12 Reykjanes Peninsula – Departure
This morning you will work your
way towards the airport, traveling
west on the Reykjanes peninsula
coastal road. Relax bathing in the
Blue Lagoon and visit the
geothermal area in Krýsuvík
before you get back to the airport
for your late afternoon early
evening flights. (B, L)
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There will be moderate walks, those
wishing to hike further should be in
good physical condition. Terrain may
be uneven, wet, or frozen. While
hotels selected are the best available, accommodations are basic with a private bath in
each room.

One friend has labeled Iceland “the land of horizontal rain.” Winter temperatures are surprisingly warmer than much of northern Europe at this time of year and you can expect temperatures around freezing. Still, you’ll want to bring the right gear, as Iceland is notorious for nasty weather. Although we can have great weather, it’s best to be prepared for inclement weather, too. That means rain jacket and rain pants, and rubber boots if you want to wander among icebergs on the beach at Jokulsarlon Lagoon. A warm jacket, cozy snow boots (preferably with non slip soles and perhaps even removable cleats) hat and mittens are also a must. I like to bring my clothing in a rolling duffel, but the lighter you can pack, the better. Some of the hotels don’t have elevators, so you’ll be schlepping your own gear.

Of course, bring along any meds you need, and if you have special food needs/allergies or other health precautions, we should be aware of those.

As to photo gear, this is a great opportunity for landscapes and Icelandic horses Bring a camera, tripod and perhaps a laptop. Of course bring LOTS of cards, plus extra batteries and charger. (Carefully check all your gear, including batteries, well before the trip,j and practice with whatever camera(s) you’ll be bringing, as this is NOT the time to be having your nose in a camera manual.) Iceland electrical standards are 220 volts (standard European), so you’ll likely need to bring an adapter. As time permits in the evening we’ll try to do a few photo editing sessions, or perhaps we can do this en route during lunch stops or whatever. Realistically, folks are often too tired for this sort of thing unless we get pinned in by the weather and then we can do some detailed Photoshop/Lightroom sessions. Lenses depend on what you want to photograph. I like wide-angle lenses for landscapes, and of course telephoto lenses for wildlife. A spit neutral density filter is great for making skies darker. A 10-stop ND filter to slow the motion of water is great for creating a sense of blurry water and icebergs. A polarizing filter intensifies colors by cutting reflections. Bring whatever you need to protect your gear from the elements. A chamois cloth is great for wiping down wet gear.

As time goes on, I’ll be certainly adding to this list.