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  • Learn new skills from a professional photographer
  • Geysers, waterfalls, icecaps and icebergs
  • Superb fauna and flora from alpine plants to whales and dolphins
  • A photo exploration of the land of fire and ice

Created by volcanic action, Iceland has one of the world's most amazing landscapes and this photo workshop has been designed to take full advantage of this. Incredible rock formations, both inland and on the coast, contrast with the unbelievably vivid greens of the mosses and lichens that grow at these northerly latitudes. There are geysers and hot springs and some of the most impressive waterfalls that you will ever see, as well as mountains, icecaps and even icebergs on the famous 'glacier lagoon' at Jokulsarlon. Expect also to see something of Iceland's distinctive flora and fauna. Alpine flowers will be at their best in early summer and these present a riot of macro-photographic colour. Birds, including the imposing giant skua and the curious puffin will also be in evidence during the trip. There may also be the opportunity on the penultimate afternoon, after returning to Reykjavik, to take a whale-watching excursion (at additional cost) in search of minke and humpback whales, as well as dolphins and seals. The influence of mankind on the island is also fascinating to witness, from the traditional farmsteads at Skaftafell, to the impressive 4WD vehicles that the local population need simply to get around. John Gravett, our guide, has for 20 years run the very successful Lakeland Photo Holidays near Keswick in the English Lake District. He has a passion for passing on the skills he has acquired over the course of his career and is very much looking forward to this workshop in Iceland. You will be blown away by the wealth of photographic opportunities that Iceland can offer!

Is this holiday for you?

This is a touring and sightseeing holiday with a professional photographer (John Gravett) and a local Icelandic guide. There will be the opportunity to undertake short walks in search of the best viewpoints. There are no long walks or unduly difficult underfoot conditions. There will be a couple of half-day transfers by minibus and the accommodation outside of Reykjavik will be in reasonably basic lodges.

Brief Itinerary

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  • Meet at the group's guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik. Evening briefing from the guide.
  • Drive eastwards to Kirkjubaejarklaustur via the waterfall of Skogafoss.
  • A day in the Skaftafell National Park, then on to Jokulsarlon.
  • Photographing the amazing Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon.
  • Drive back to Skogar via the puffin and giant skua nesting site at Ingolfshofdi and the south coast town of Vik.
  • Thingvellir, Geysir and Gulfoss - Iceland's `Golden Triangle'.
  • Black sand beaches, columnar basalt and return to Reykjavik. Free time in the afternoon.
  • Departure day.
We sell this holiday on a Land Only basis and recommend that you book your flights to Reykjavik (Keflavik) Airport Please refer to Joining Arrangements and Transfers in the trip notes for further details.

Flights SHOULD NOT be booked until you have received your booking confirmation and the trip is shown on our website as Guaranteed Limited Spaces.

If flying from the UK, there are a number of low cost airlines offering flights to Reykjavik. These include Easyjet, who have flights from Luton and from Manchester, WOW Air (and Iceland Express), who have flights from Gatwick & Bristol and Flybe who have flights from Birmingham.

Click on the Flight Information link below for further information on booking low cost airlines. Alternatively, if you would prefer to book a Flight Inclusive package using scheduled airlines from the UK please contact our flights department for a quote. Whilst flight prices are likely to be more expensive you will benefit from full financial protection.

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Map & Itinerary

The Route

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Holiday Itinerary

  • Meet at the group's guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik. Evening briefing from the guide.

    Rendezvous at the group's guesthouse accommodation in Reykjavik. KE Land Only package services begin with the overnight in the Icelandic capital. Reykjavik is a modern city that is home to 190,000 of Iceland's tiny total population of 280,000. Its centre is small and easy to walk around from our accommodation and there are several restaurants within walking distance for the evening meal. There will be an initial meeting with the local guide at the guesthouse at 6.30 pm. He or she will give a briefing about the trip and advise you on your choice of restaurant for your evening meal.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

  • Drive eastwards to Kirkjubaejarklaustur via the waterfall of Skogafoss.

    Today, we will head eastwards along the coast road towards the picturesque Skaftafell region. En route, we will stop off at the amazing waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Depending on the level of the rivers feeding these mighty falls, there can be a lot of spray about, which does add to the drama, as spectacular rainbows are often visible - but do take something to keep your camera dry, a plastic bag perhaps. At Seljalandsfoss you can actually walk right around underneath the falls. Our route continues, beneath the icecaps of Myrdalsjokull and Eyjafjallajokull (where the volcano erupted in 2010). Look out also for the impressive Icelandic superjeeps, 4WD vehicles on steroids, which make great photographic subjects. Our accommodation tonight is at a recently-built lodge beside a river that cuts through the lava fields on the south side of the coast road and in the vicinity of Kirkjubaejarklaustur. The road out to our lodge takes us across an open plain, with many farms and views back to the peaks and icecaps of the island's interior.

    • Accommodation Lodge

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  • A day in the Skaftafell National Park, then on to Jokulsarlon.

    After a reasonably early breakfast, we drive to Skaftafell and, as we cross the huge outwash plain beneath the Kristinartindar peaks, there are great views of Hvannadalshnukur (2119m), Iceland's highest peak and the icecap that it emerges from, Vatnajokul. There is a choice of hikes, including to the foot of the icecap or to a viewpoint on a hill (one of the lower Kristinartindar peaks) that sits above one of the glaciers flowing down from the icecap. At low level, there is a great walk to a very picturesque waterfall that is framed by perfect basalt columns. Also on this walk, there should be a range of lovely alpine flowers (depending on how well advanced the season is) and a couple of traditional and well preserved Icelandic timber houses. In the late afternoon, we will drive on to our accommodation in the vicinity of the amazing Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Photographing the amazing Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon.

    One of the highlights of the trip is the chance to spend a day at Glacier Lagoon at Jokulsarlon, where one of Iceland's biggest glaciers calves huge icebergs into a 5 kilometre-wide lagoon. The lagoon is almost 200 metres deep. The scenery is something you would expect to see in Greenland, the Antarctic, or maybe in a James Bond movie (at least 2 of them have been filmed here). There are some great photo opportunities here, from the blue ice of the icebergs to the curious terns that nest nearby and seem keen to get involved. There are regular boat tours onto the lagoon and these can be booked and paid for directly. Don't forget to check out the unusual ice sculptures that are washed up on the black volcanic sand of the nearby beach (icebergs washed out to sea, eroded, cleaned and returned to the beach). We spend a second night at our guesthouse close to Jokulsarlon.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Drive back to Skogar via the puffin and giant skua nesting site at Ingolfshofdi and the south coast town of Vik.

    Setting off to drive back towards the west, we will try to include a visit the rocky cape at Ingolfshofdi, home to tens of thousands of puffins and other seabirds. To get there we have to cross a tidal area on a haycart towed by a tractor and there is a charge for this of around £20 - which has to be paid directly. Access to this amazing spot is dependent on the tide (and on the reserve being open). Puffins are really approachable as they perch on the cliff-top and, with their colourful beaks, make great subjects. This is also the kingdom of the great skua, a huge and predatory seabird which nests on the top of the cape and which will dive-bomb you if you get too close to its young. Seals and minke whales can also be seen from the cape, feeding from the same source as the birds. Continuing our return drive through the scenic coastal strip of southern Iceland, we cross a level plain created by ash fall, lavas and river discharge over the last 10,000 years. We drive over the outwash area of the 1996 flood, which for half a day is estimated to have had a greater flow than the Amazon. North of the ancient sea cliffs (which are now far inland), the glacier-clad volcanoes rise over 1500 metres into the sky. Closer to the road, there are some pretty farms and churches that might also be too tempting to overlook. We pass through the coastal settlement of Vik and stop for the night at a hotel close to Skogafoss.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Thingvellir, Geysir and Gulfoss - Iceland's `Golden Triangle'.

    We have an early morning drive out to Thingvellir, a World Heritage Site and the place where Iceland's original parliament was established. It is located in the Almannagja fissure, where the European and Atlantic continental plates are separating. We will also visit the Geysir geo-thermal area where the name 'geyser' originates from. We will watch, and take pictures, as the 'butterchurn', Strokkur, shoots water 30 metres or more into the sky every few minutes. We will also spend time at the dramatic and powerful Gulfoss - 'golden waterfall' - where a deep channel has been eroded through basalt columns. Tiny flowers can be seen along the walk to the falls, and striking Icelandic horses live in the fields close to the viewing area. There are lots of opportunities for creative photography. Returning to our accommodation in Reykjavik, we will go out on the town in the evening to celebrate the end of a superb holiday.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Black sand beaches, columnar basalt and return to Reykjavik. Free time in the afternoon.

    One of the features of this stretch of coastline is its black sand beaches and there is one, close to our hotel, that we will want to visit before continuing our journey back to Reykjavik. Dominated by a cliff fashioned out of columnar basalt and a cave, this is a great place for some very dramatic photographs. On our drive this morning, we will also enjoy some final perspectives on the Myrdalsjokull Glacier. Returning to the Icelandic capital and our accommodation, we will have the afternoon free for independent photography in the centre. Old wooden houses, the stunning cathedral, outrageous graffiti and out-of-place, grime-covered 4WD vehicles are just the most obvious photo opportunities. Those who would like to take a whale watching trip this afternoon should make arrangements through the local guide during the course of the week. This will be paid for additionally and directly.

    • Accommodation Guesthouse

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  • Departure day.

    KE Land Only package services end with breakfast at the group's guesthouse.

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Holiday Information

  • John Gravett will provide photo tuition throughout the holiday
  • There will be a professional English speaking Icelandic guide
  • Private transport throughout
  • All accommodation as described
  • Meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Travel insurance
  • Airport transfers between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik are not included
  • Some meals as detailed in the Meal Plan
  • Miscellaneous expenses - drinks and souvenirs etc

All food is purchased in Reykjavik, with the emphasis on fresh produce and easily-prepared meals. The local tour guide will prepare the group’s evening meals. Local specialities predominate, including excellent sea-fish and Icelandic lamb, as well as the chance of fresh Arctic char. Breakfasts will consist of porridge, muesli, bread, jam, cheese, ham, plus tea and coffee. At breakfast, snack items and sandwich materials will be made available so that group members can make up their own packed lunches.

Meals are provided, with the exception of lunches and dinners when in Reykjavik.
Transfers between Keflavik Airport and Reykjavik are not provided. The Flybus provides the best airport transfer service. The Flybus ticket office is situated just inside the terminal and is clearly signposted. When you buy your ticket let them know which hotel you need to be dropped of at. The Flybus leaves the airport following each incoming flight, 30 - 40 minutes after each arrival. The Flybus will take you to the bus station in Reykjavik and you will need to ask the bus driver which bus takes you on to your hotel (the cost of this 'second' bus is included in the Flybus ticket). For the return journey to the airport, your guesthouse reception will assist with booking your ticket and advising you where you will board the bus. For more information please visit ( the cost is around £15.00 each way.
During this trip the group will spend 3 nights in basic hotel or guesthouse accommodation, situated within a short walk of central Reykjavik. The accommodation here will be based on twin room sharing although it may be possible to book a single room at an additional cost. We cannot guarantee en-suite facilities at any of the accommodation used on this trip. Whilst travelling outside of the Icelandic capital, we will use simple guesthouses, generally with twin-sharing rooms and shared facilities. There is also one night at a simple lodge. For hotel prices and single supplement costs please refer to the dates and prices page of the trip on our website. Hotels are subject to availability and prices may vary.

View the gallery below for images of the style of accommodation used

This is a photographic holiday and John Gravett will be keen to make best use of early morning and evening light, although it is fair to say that the light is pretty good throughout the day during the Icelandic summer. Meal times may be adjusted to take account of this.

John Gravett will be assisted by an expereinced English-speaking Icelandic guide who will also drive the support vehicle.

Approximately £150 - £200 (in local currency) should be allowed for miscellaneous expenses, including your meals in Reykjavik. You can withdraw cash from ATMs in most towns in Iceland using a credit or debit card. If you wish to bring your travel money in cash this can be changed into Icelandic Krona at the airport.

Tipping is not really expected in Iceland, but if your guide has done a good job, it would not be unreasonable for the group to invite him or her to your final meal, pay for their meal and offer a small token of your appreciation.

Your baggage will be carried in the support vehicle. There is no weight restriction other than that imposed by your international carrier. However, we do ask you to restrict your luggage to one main bag (Your KE trek bag) and camera-specific day pack that is small enough to travel with as hand baggage.

All KE clients will receive a FREE KE trek bag.  These have been specially made to stand up to the rigours of adventure travel.  Your KE bag will be posted to you when your trip is guaranteed to run or on receipt of your booking if the trip is already guaranteed.  If you have travelled with us before and already have a KE trek bag you can select an alternative free gift in the booking process.

The following checklist should help you with your packing. As a general rule, you should always try to keep the weight of your equipment to a minimum.

You must bring the following items:

  • Lightweight hiking boots or good walking shoes
  • Socks
  • Trekking trousers / pants
  • Lightweight gloves
  • Lightweight waterproof overtrousers / rain pants
  • Underwear
  • Baselayer shirts (2 short sleeve, 2 long sleeve)
  • T-shirts and/or casual shirts
  • Fleece jacket or warm jumper
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Torch / flashlight and batteries
  • Basic First Aid Kit
  • Sun protection (including total bloc for lips, nose etc.)
  • Water bottles 1 litre / 1 quart
  • Small daypack Washbag and toiletries
  • Small towel
  • Sunhat
  • Warm hat
  • Eyewear – Sunglasses
  • Small padlock (to lock trek bag)

The following items are optional:

  • Sleeping bag liner
  • Shorts Warm jacket (down)
  • Travel clothes
  • Trekking poles
  • Insect repellant
  • Antibacterial hand wash
  • Pen-knife (remember to put all sharp objects in hold baggage)

Camera Equipment checklist:

  • Camera body(s)
  • Lenses (wide-angle, telephoto, macro)
  • Filters
  • Flash unit
  • Media (film or memory cards)
  • Tripod Cable release
  • Batteries

For each holiday there is a minimum number of participants required to enable it to go ahead. Once the minimum number is reached, the trip status will change from 'Available' to 'Guaranteed to run'. You can check the trip status for each departure in ‘Dates and Prices’ table. Other than in exceptional circumstances, we will not cancel a trip once it has achieved this guaranteed to run status and so you are free to proceed with your international flight booking and other travel arrangements.

A passport with 6 months remaining validity at the end of your stay is generally required. The information that we provide is for UK passport holders. Please check the relevant embassy or consulate for other nationalities. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have the correct travel documents and visas for your holiday. Visa requirements and charges are subject to change without notice. If you are travelling outside the EU you should have at least 2 blank pages in your passport for each country that you visit.

Visa Iceland

UK and USA passport holders do not require a visa for short stays.

You should contact your doctor or travel clinic to check whether you require any specific vaccinations or other preventive measures. You should be up to date with routine courses and boosters as recommended in the UK e.g. diphtheria-tetanus-polio and measles-mumps-rubella, along with hepatitis A and typhoid. A good online resource is Travel Health Pro.

We recommend you check if you require an adaptor for your electrical items at:

It makes a lot of sense to spend some time before coming on an active holiday getting some additional exercise. The fitter you are, after all, the more enjoyable you will find the experience. The best training is to do some walking in hilly country with your camera gear.

As a reputable tour operator, KE supports the British Foreign & Commonwealth Offices ‘Know before you go’ campaign to enable British citizens to prepare for their journeys overseas, and we recommend that all KE travellers take a look at the FCO Travel Advice for their chosen destination on the official FCO website: North Americans can also check out the U.S. Department of State website: for essential travel advice and tips.

KE treat the safety and security of all clients as the most important aspect of any trip we organise. We would not run any trip that we did not consider reasonably safe.  Should the FCO advise against travel for any reason, we will contact everyone booked to travel to discuss the situation.  We receive regular updates direct from the FCO and are in constant touch with our contacts on the ground.  If you have any questions about government travel advice, please call our office.

The weather in Iceland in June is generally fairly good. We can expect daytime temperatures anywhere from 10 to 20 degrees centigrade, dropping to just above freezing in the evenings. At any time of year in Iceland, there is a chance of poor weather, with wind, rain and even snow. But, equally, we can also encounter good days that are clear and sunny. In short, you need to be prepared for English Lake District walking. Bring your waterproofs!

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