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Iceland Summer Photo Tour
To register for this photo tour you must go to ( You don't register on Meetup. Join professional photographer Loren Fisher on his third trip to Iceland this year. We’ll have six days of glorious photography as we explore the beauty of Iceland in the summer. There are many reasons why Iceland has become one of the world’s premier photography locations: the people are friendly (most speak English!), the scenery is unmatched and the locations are unique. We will explore well known and little known parts of the country, getting the most out of the long summer days. We’ll shoot as many sunsets and sunrises as we can and grab naps when we need to during the day! We will cover a lot of territory, see lots of sites and make many memorable photos. We will start on the Reykjanes peninsula where we’ll photograph historic sod roof houses, rugged coastline, a unique lighthouse, thermal spray, black lava fields and even walk from North America to Europe and back in a few steps. Then we head to the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula for a special waterfalls and mountain scene, rock formations, black stone beach, rock bridge, a black church and quaint villages. Next are more spectacular waterfalls, Europe’s largest glacier up close, black sand beaches reaching out to haunting sea stacks, glacial lagoons and the amazing diamond beach where chucks of ice float up on the black sand making for amazing compositions. Even if you aren’t a wildlife photographer you’ll have fun shooting puffins, those crazily cute birds that have a permanent frown. Sunrise and sunset on black beach make for special photos. We’ll see so many spectacular things that even the worst photographer ever would make great photos! There is a limit of six participants so you won’t be crowded as we drive or shoot. We will be in a nine passenger Ford Transit, so we’ll have plenty of space for you and your equipment. Who should attend If you want to see the beauty and splendor of one of the world’s most spectacular places, this trip is for you – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. Loren will be working with you to help you improve your photography, no matter your level. If you need it, Loren will help with mastering your camera settings, using the proper lens, composition and how to capture what you are seeing with your camera. Most of our shooting locations will near our van, some walking will be required, including wandering on sand beaches and glaciers. There won’t be long, strenuous hiking but you could be walking over rough and narrow paths. One waterfall requires hiking about 1/2 mile but great shots can be made on the way if you don’t want to walk that far. What’s included: Professional photography instruction Transportation in a spacious van offering ample room for you and your photography gear Double occupancy in some of Iceland’s nicest hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms Breakfast each dayLoren’s Guide to Iceland detailing what to bring and what to expect Not included: Flight to Iceland Meals, other than breakfast Dates August 18-23, 2018 Most flights from the U.S. arrive before 7 a.m. and we’ll be shooting around 9 a.m. RatesRegistration is $2900. Previous clients and Premium Members: $2600. Single occupancy rooms may be available for an extra $950 but many hotels are filled already. Registration fee includes professional photography instruction, Loren’s Guide to Iceland, lodging (double occupancy), ground transportation and breakfast. It does not include airfare to Iceland, other meals, alcohol, snacks and beverages. Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars. Final payment is due June. 1, 2018. Maximum group size: 6 Photo EquipmentYou’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter and neutral density filter. You’ll need a sturdy tripod, don’t skimp here either on quality or size. I suggest staying away from light “travel tripods” since we are going be shooting things you probably won’t see again in your lifetime and getting a fuzzy photo because of shaky tripod would be criminal. I also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos and a way to have a backup, either on the original cards or an external hard drive. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you fix any problems. Our itinerary (subject to change) Saturday, Aug. 18 Meet at Keflavik Airport at 8 a.m., most flights from the U.S. arrive before 7 a.m. We’ll be making photos right away starting in the nearby town of Kaflavik at some historic sod roof houses. We’ll drive though the unique lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula stopping at the bridge between the continents where you can stand in Europe and North America at the same time. Then we’ll go to Reykjanes Lighthouse and see stream from hot springs filling the air. We’ll make several other stops as we drive along the coast including the Brimketill lava rock pool and photograph unique rock formations along the rocky shore. It will be a full day as we make a long drive up to the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula and settle into our hotel in Olafsvik. Since the sun doesn’t set until 9:40 p.m. we will catch the end of the day light along the coast. Sunday, Aug. 19 We’ll be up bright and early to catch sunrise at Kirkjufellsfoss, one of the most scenic waterfalls anywhere. The falls sits in front of a mountain and is a spectacular sight. We’ll explore the area and then head across the peninsula to Budir and the unique church painted black. After a break at the hotel, we’ll go to Arnarstapi to photograph a natural stone bridge, rugged black cliffs, a black stone beach and the quaint town. In the evening we will be awed by the beauty of the coast near Hellissandur and then we spend the night again in Olafsvik. Monday, Aug. 20 We bid the Snaefellsjokull Peninsula goodbye and make our long drive south. We will be dazzled when we stop at three amazing waterfalls (foss means waterfalls in Icelandic). Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most photographed. The 206-foot drop is impressive but there’s an added thrill of a cavern inside the mountain that has an amazing view across the valley through the waterfalls. You better have water protection for yourself and your camera because you’ll probably get wet from the mist. The next waterfall we will visit is Skogafoss. Falling from a height of 196 feet, Skogafoss has several views and if we are lucky to be there on a sunny day we may catch a beautiful rainbow in the mist. We’ll then walk back to another nearby waterfall that has cut a beautiful small canyon. Then we are back in the van and heading farther south along the coast and stopping at the splendid beach of Reynisfjara. We are nearly to our destination, the fishing village of Vik. Reynisfjara is a black sand beach with basalt columns that make for great photos. We’ll also photograph a group of rock sea stacks, Reynisdrangar, before going to our hotel in Vik. As the sun gets low, we’ll go out on a beach in Vik and shoot the sea stacks from another angle. Tuesday, Aug. 21 Today we get an up close view of the Svinafellsjökull Glacier and photograph right beside one of the tongues. Then we go to a couple of glacial lagoons where large chunks of ice break off and float in the water. You can’t go to Iceland without a visit to Diamond Beach, where smaller pieces of glacier float up on the black sand beach and glisten in the sun. It makes for dramatic photos and is quite the sight, clear and blue ice against the dark black backdrop of sand. We’ll go farther east to Eystrahorn, the eastern horn of south Iceland. The black sand beach with waves rolling in leads your eye back to the mountains towering in the background and makes for unnaturally beautiful images. We’ll check out some Icelandic horses before going back to Vic for the night. Wednesday, Aug. 22 Our last full day of photography starts at the Dyrhólaey cliffs where we will be able to get close to puffins, those cute and colorful birds. We then start our trek back to Reykjavik but there is plenty to shoot on the way. We’ll go to the Golden Circle, home to one of the most wondrous of Iceland’s waterfalls, Gullfoss, and Geysir, an area that gave the name to geysers around the world. The geyser Strokkur shoots its hot water in the air every 10 minutes or so, so we’ll have several opportunities to shoot. Gullfoss, the “Golden Falls” is one of the most magnificent falls you’ll ever see and a great place to wind down our tour. We’ll drive on to Reykjavik and check into our hotel in the heart of the city. Thursday, Aug. 23 From our central location there is plenty to photograph in Reykjavik before our tour ends at noon. We’ll go to Hallgrimskirkja, an inspiring cathedral and the tallest building in Iceland. You’ll can go to the top for an incredible view of the city. We can also go Harpa Concert Hall with its unique geometric shapes that make for wonderful architectural photos and take a short walk to the Sun Voyager, a beautiful sculpture on the coastline. For more info and to register go to You don't register here on Meetup.

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