Behind The Lens
Iceland

Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Hofn, Dyrholaey, Akureyri

8 Nights

Starting at $5,199 /person
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2 Home bases
5 Destinations
Activity level
Moderate
Service level
Casual
Group size
Max
12
Journey designed by
Mikael Audebert
2 Home bases
5 Destinations
Group size : 12

Led by Orlando based photojournalist Gary Bogdon, our expedition to endlessly ethereal Iceland will captivate you.

Encounter icy waterfalls, fly over glaciers, and revel in the authentic Iceland cuisine, such as Arctic char, trout, free-range lamb, and reindeer. You will also enhance your knowledge of portraying landscapes, utilizing and approaching your environment, and photographing people indigenous to the region. Expect individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas, and an abundance of good times. Express yourself artistically, in surroundings destined to be photographed.

Led by Orlando based photojournalist Gary Bogdon, our expedition to endlessly ethereal Iceland will captivate you.

Encounter icy waterfalls, fly over glaciers, and revel in the authentic Iceland cuisine, such as Arctic char, trout, free-range lamb, and reindeer. You will also enhance your knowledge

What is Included

Nights
4 nights in the Golden Circle

1 night in the eastern fjordlands

3 nights in the North
Meals
7 breakfasts

3 lunches

4 dinners (with wine pairings)
Activities
All tours as listed on the itinerary, to include:

Scenic flight (weather permitting)

Whale watching excursion

3-hour ATV (Volcano and Springs) excursion

Photography workshops
And More
Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Services of two journey hosts

Creative instruction by a professional photographer and art director

All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)

Highlights

Iceland, Through Your Lens

This adventure guides you to photogenic locations that inspire the visualization of epic scenes, before capturing these unforgettable moments. Our aim is to ignite creativity and capture moments that reflect and encapsulate your interpretation of each moment.

Raising Awareness and Sparking Creativity

Through the lens of your camera, appreciate the splendor of your surroundings and the importance of nurturing and conserving this beauty. Capture Icelandic landscapes, and share your remarkable discoveries with the world, and more importantly, with yourself.

A Well-Balanced Program

Our hosts are exceptionally intuitive and will adapt the program spontaneously. If what you desire is more rest and relaxation, the schedule will be adjusted accordingly, so as to accommodate your needs. After all, flexibility is at the heart of our journeys.

Luxurious, Warm Hospitality

We have carefully selected properties that offer luxury, comfort, and authenticity. Both properties that we call home on this journey are operated by local families who show true Icelandic hospitality and are happy to share tales rich in history and folklore.

Itinerary

B = Breakfast
L = Lunch
D = Dinner
|The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
The itinerary as presented may need to be modified from time to time to address possible logistical and weather challenges.
 Welcome to Iceland

Day 1- Welcome to Iceland

Day 1 : Welcome to Iceland

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Upon arrival in Reykjavik, you will be warmly greeted by our team, and accompanied to the Blue Lagoon for a sensory experience. We depart to your impeccable abode for the next 4 nights and after settling in and an orientation lunch, we embark on our first photographic adventure to Thingvellir National Park, home to Alþing, the site of Iceland's parliament from the 10th to 18th century, as well as Þingvellir Church and the ruins of old stone shelters. In the evening, our welcome dinner is served at the property, where we will feel most at home.

 Gullfoss & Geysers

Day 2- Gullfoss & Geysers

Day 2 : Gullfoss & Geysers

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Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, is one of the most spectacular of its kind, where tons of water thunder into a deep gorge, dancing its way into your soul. A lovely lunch will be served along the way and you will have the opportunity to photograph the Icelandic horses that run free and wild across the magical expanses. Afterward, we make our way to Strokkur Geysir, to capture the water that spouts up to 100 ft into the air. The enormous shot of water is sure to surprise and tantalize. In the evening a leisurely dinner will be served.

 Seljalandsfoss & Dyrholaey

Day 3- Seljalandsfoss & Dyrholaey

Day 3 : Seljalandsfoss & Dyrholaey

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Today, we visit the Seljalandsfoss Waterfalls, followed by the Solheimasandur Plane Wreck. In 1973, a United States Navy DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and plummeted to its demise. The weathered fuselage will make for dramatic images. We then explore Reynisfjara Beac, boasting basalt stacks, mighty waves, and moody views of Dyrhólaey. Reynisfjara is known as the most aesthetic black sand beach in Iceland and National Geographic voted it one of the top 10 non-tropical beaches on the planet. Dinner will be served at the property.

 ATV Experience & Reykjavik

Day 4- ATV Experience & Reykjavik

Day 4 : ATV Experience & Reykjavik

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En route to Iceland's largest city, Reykjavik, we will leave our luxury vehicle for a short while to take an exhilarating ride in an ATV across the Hellisheidi Geothermal Plant, Hengill Mountain Range, and down into the iconic Instidalur valley, where you can brave a dip in one of its geothermal pools. In the afternoon and evening, you will experience Reykjavik, where a leisurely dinner will be served.

 Jokulsarlon, Glacier & Caves

Day 5- Jokulsarlon, Glacier & Caves

Day 5 : Jokulsarlon, Glacier & Caves

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Departing from the Hotel Grimsborgir, we embark on a driving adventure to Jokulsarlon Lagoon, before heading into the Vatnajökull Glacier ice caves. Expect sheer wonder and utter delight! After a visually exciting and astonishing afternoon, we travel to the lovely eastern fjordlands for an overnight stay. Dinner will be served at our accommodation.

 Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

Day 6- Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

Day 6 : Lake Myvatn & Godafoss

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Today, we make our way to Lake Mývatn, world-famous for its numerous species of rare water birds. Other sites we visit on this day trip include, Dimmuborgir Nature Reserve and Hverfjall Volcano, the pseudo-craters and nature baths in Mývatn, and Krafla volcano which last erupted in 1984. In the evening, enjoy dinner at an eatery in the quaint coastal town of Siglufjörður.

 Siglufjörður

Day 7- Siglufjörður

Day 7 : Siglufjörður

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It has been an eventful journey, so take some time to relax with spa treatments, shopping, and fine dining. If you feel adventurous, your hosts will be happy to oblige you with a drive to the surrounding areas for further exploration and exhilaration. After a restful day, expect a riveting evening where, if the weather permits, we will be hunting for the spectacular Northern Lights. Envisage beauty far beyond your wildest imaginings and a sense of ethereal inspiration, many can only dream of experiencing.

 Whale Watching

Day 8- Whale Watching

Day 8 : Whale Watching

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Weather permitting, we will embark on a whale-watching expedition. Brimming with wildlife, the fjord offers sublime mountain scenery, lush valleys and a unique coastal landscape, peppered with small farms and villages. On the tour, you could spot Humpback and Minke whales, White Beaked Dolphins, and Harbor porpoises. Afterwards, we take to the Icelandic skies, and fly over the Diamond Circle where you have a unique view of the surrounds. In the evening, we will host a farewell dinner.

 Fly Home, or Discover More

Day 9- Fly Home, or Discover More

Day 9 : Fly Home, or Discover More

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Today we say farewell to Iceland and take a quick domestic flight from Akureyri to Reykjavik, where you could connect to your international flights home, or if you wish, extend your stay for 3 days in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. A testament to the beauty of the peninsulas, Kirkjufell Mountain, was a filming location for Game of Thrones season 7 and includes Eldborg, Berserk lava, Grundarfjordur, Djupalonssandur black beach, Arnarsstapi fishing village, Londrangar, and the Snaefells jokull Glacier.

Accommodations

Hotel Grimsborgir

Hotel Grimsborgir

Asborgir, Iceland

Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and located on the banks of the beautiful River Sog, Iceland's largest freshwater river, Hotel Grimsborgir offers comfortable and stylish 4-star accommodation with an incredibly warm welcome. Sitting on the famous Golden Circle route, it makes a fantastic base from which to explore the highlights of Southern Iceland such as the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot water fountain Geysir and the historic site of Thingvellir National Park. Located in Grímsnes, about 45 minutes outside Reykjavik, the setting is both peaceful and beautiful; and due to its setting on the River Sog, it is famous for fishing...

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Surrounded by stunning mountain vistas and located on the banks of the beautiful River Sog, Iceland's largest freshwater river, Hotel Grimsborgir offers comfortable and stylish 4-star accommodation with an incredibly warm welcome. Sitting on the famous Golden Circle route, it makes a fantastic base from which to explore the highlights of Southern Iceland such as the waterfall Gullfoss, the hot water fountain Geysir and the historic site of Thingvellir National Park. Located in Grímsnes, about 45 minutes outside Reykjavik, the setting is both peaceful and beautiful; and due to its setting on the River Sog, it is famous for fishing Arctic char, Atlantic salmon and brown trout.

Accommodation is in ten comfortable apartments dotted around the property, most with their own private hot tub overlooking the river, fields and mountains beyond. The owners, Kristin and Olafur, have taken great care in the décor which has a stylish home-from-home feel and the welcome here is as warm as the cozy firesides in each apartment. The charming Grimsborgir Restaurant offers traditional Icelandic meals as well as other delicious, home-cooked dishes, all prepared from fresh, local products.

Far from the bright lights of the city and surrounded by open countryside, Grimsborgir is a great place from which to try and see the Northern Lights during the winter months. In summer, guests can choose to fish in the river that runs adjacent to the hotel.

Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

Lake Hotel Egilsstadir

Egilsstöðum, Iceland

Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is an established and renowned, family run, hotel in a farming district. It meets all modern requirements as to standards of services and amenities, quality, sophistication and comfort. Yet it faithfully maintains its ethnic origins as the hotel was founded in 1903 which provides its unique atmosphere. Guests can choose between residing in rooms decorated in a romantic style with antiques in the older part of the hotel or ones furnished in a contemporary stylish way located in the more recent part.

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Gistihúsið – Lake Hotel Egilsstadir is an established and renowned, family run, hotel in a farming district. It meets all modern requirements as to standards of services and amenities, quality, sophistication and comfort. Yet it faithfully maintains its ethnic origins as the hotel was founded in 1903 which provides its unique atmosphere. Guests can choose between residing in rooms decorated in a romantic style with antiques in the older part of the hotel or ones furnished in a contemporary stylish way located in the more recent part.

Siglo Hotel

Siglo Hotel

Siglufjörður, Iceland

The Siglo hotel is located on the fairly remote northern coast of Iceland. More specifically, it’s tucked into the harbor of former fishing town Siglufjörður, which was once proudly known as the 'herring capital of the world'. Today the village has a cute, friendly air with a few charming distractions including a local brewery, a chocolate shop and a herring museum. The surrounding scenery is the main allure – a compelling mix of coastline, lava fields and mountains.

The hotel is a long and low two-story building with a yellow-colored, wood-clad exterior that’s in keeping with Iceland’s traditional cutesy housing aesthetic....

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The Siglo hotel is located on the fairly remote northern coast of Iceland. More specifically, it’s tucked into the harbor of former fishing town Siglufjörður, which was once proudly known as the 'herring capital of the world'. Today the village has a cute, friendly air with a few charming distractions including a local brewery, a chocolate shop and a herring museum. The surrounding scenery is the main allure – a compelling mix of coastline, lava fields and mountains.

The hotel is a long and low two-story building with a yellow-colored, wood-clad exterior that’s in keeping with Iceland’s traditional cutesy housing aesthetic. The interiors are impressively stylish, with eye-catching purple sofas and chairs surrounding the fireplace in the lobby, and minimal but cheerful blue and white color themes in the lobby area and rooms. Family run, the service is correspondingly warm and friendly. The small reception area, open around the clock, is manned by young and efficient staff who are happy to help with all kinds of queries and offer recommendations on local activities and attractions, such as hiking in the nearby forest or skiing at Skardsdalur. There is a bar on site, and a charming lounge area with a fire and board games; the hotel also offers an outdoor spa with a hot tub (open all year round) and a sauna with stunning views of the mountains and sea.

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What is Included

Nights
4 nights in the Golden Circle

1 night in the eastern fjordlands

3 nights in the North
Meals
7 breakfasts

3 lunches

4 dinners (with wine pairings)
Activities
All tours as listed on the itinerary, to include:

Scenic flight (weather permitting)

Whale watching excursion

3-hour ATV (Volcano and Springs) excursion

Photography workshops
And More
Luxury air-conditioned transportation throughout

Services of two journey hosts

Creative instruction by a professional photographer and art director

All taxes (sales, tourists and city taxes)

Important Information

Good to know
All listed activities are optional in attendance

Photographic equipment is the responsibility of our guests. However, an orientation will take place prior to departure and you will be advised on the best equipment to achieve greatness.

Additional daily trips and excursions may be arranged for a small supplement.

Smallprint

Our day-to-day itinerary may, from time to time and prior to departure, need to be altered or slightly modified to address possible unforeseen logistical and weather challenges. In such rare instances, Art In Voyage guarantees delivery of the content of the itinerary yet, in a different order.

All listed retreats (hotels, villas, and barges) are, at times, subject to changes. In such rare instances, similar or higher standards will be upheld.

In case of a cancelation at more than 60 days prior to departure, your deposit will be returned minus a $250 per person administrative fee.

In case of a cancelation within the penalty period: Find a replacement at least 30 days prior to departure and your journey will be fully refunded, minus a $250 per person administrative fee.
How about extending?
We would be happy to assist you in making this journey a small part of a bigger picture. Consider adding a few days in the western part of Iceland, or somewhere else in Europe
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