THE LAND OF FIRE & ICE

WITH PHOTOGRAPHER HANS STRAND

THE LAND OF FIRE & ICE

WITH PHOTOGRAPHER HANS STRAND

COUNTRY: Iceland PHOTO TYPE: Landscape  TRIP LENGHT: 6 days  DATES: Aug 20-25, 2020  PRICE:  USD 3 300


Take the opportunity to join one of the world’s foremost and award-winning landscape photographer, Hans Strand to his favourite place, Iceland.

Hans Strand has photographed in Iceland for over twenty years, and on this unique photo tour, he will take you to some of his absolute favourite places where you can photograph everything from deep dramatic valleys to gushing waterfalls and sleeping volcanoes. You will also get the chance to practice your aerial photography during a spectacular helicopter ride over one of Iceland’s most beautiful and dramatic landscapes.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capture the Icelandic landscape together with Hans Strand.
  • Visit many of his favourite places and secret locations.
  • Aerial photography with a helicopter over Landmannalaugar.
  • Veiðivötn with its volcanic landscape, lakes and wetlands.
  • Explore the world’s largest lava field, Eldhraun.
  • Discover Iceland’s third highest waterfall, Háifoss.
  • Photograph the fairytale-like landscape of Gjáin.
  • Lectures and personal tutoring by Hans Strand.

COUNTRY: Iceland

PHOTO TYPE: Landscape

TRIP LENGHT: 6 days

DATES: August 20-25, 2020

PRICE: USD 3 300

 

 

 

Take the opportunity to join one of the world’s foremost and award-winning landscape photographer, Hans Strand to his favourite place, Iceland.

Hans Strand has photographed in Iceland for over twenty years, and on this unique photo tour, he will take you to some of his absolute favourite places where you can photograph everything from deep dramatic valleys to gushing waterfalls and sleeping volcanoes. You will also get the chance to practice your aerial photography during a spectacular helicopter ride over one of Iceland’s most beautiful and dramatic landscapes.

TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Capture the Icelandic landscape together with Hans Strand.
  • Visit many of his favourite places and secret locations.
  • Aerial photography with a helicopter over Landmannalaugar.
  • Veiðivötn with its volcanic landscape, lakes and wetlands.
  • Explore the world’s largest lava field, Eldhraun.
  • Discover Iceland’s third highest waterfall, Háifoss
  • Photograph the fairytale-like landscape of Gjáin.
  • Lectures and personal tutoring by Hans Strand.

DESTINATION INFO

DESTINATION INFO

ICELAND

Iceland means spouting geysers, hot springs, beautiful glaciers, mighty volcanoes, and thundering waterfalls. The wild and extraordinary nature is the major tourist attraction in Iceland and a dream come true for any landscape photographer. The reason behind this is Iceland’s location right above the mid-Atlantic ridge, a long fracture zone in the ocean where glowing lava easily emerges from deep inside of the earth. In Iceland, there are no less than about 30 active volcanoes and several hundred that are no longer active. These have created hot springs where the water is heated by the volcanic activity from underneath the Earth’s surface. Many of Iceland’s volcanoes are very active, and from time to time have large and devastating eruptions. Together with a huge amount of glaciers and many spectacular waterfalls, this makes Iceland not only beautiful but thrilling and fascinating as well. In short, Iceland may be the best country in Europe for a landscape photographer.

TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR ITINERARY

TOUR ITINERARY • August 20 – 25, 2020

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO ICELAND – VISIT TO GJÁIN AND HÁIFOSS

We’ll meet at lunchtime at the airport where we’ll be greeted by Hans Strand and a travel guide from Zoom Photo Tours. We’ll start our journey from the stunning landscape at Gjáin. In this picturesque ravine, we get the opportunity to take pictures of small cascades running through the green foliage. There, in front of the streaming water, we experiment and try out different shutters to create stunning pictures. We move on, leaving this small landscape behind and continue our photography adventure to Iceland’s third-biggest waterfall, Háifoss, situated in a formidable ravine. Under the guidance of Hans, we try out different photography cutouts and compositions on the 122-meter high waterfall. We end our first day together, having a welcome dinner together at the hotel. (D)

DAY 2 – LANDMANNALAUGAR

Today we travel south to Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and its dramatic landscape, dominated by colourful mountains shaded in grey, orange, yellow, and green. As we walk through the lava fields to the fumaroles at the foot of the Brennisteinsalda volcano, it feels like we have reached another planet, with steams rising from the ground and sweeping over the stone-covered landscape. We also find a small lake in the area, and if we’re lucky, we may take some pictures of the surrounding mountains, reflecting in the glassy water surface. Landmannalaugar is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland and a paradise for any landscape photographer. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – VEIÐIVÖTN AND HÁIFOSS

On the third day of our journey, we go north to Veiðivötn. During the morning, we explore this scenic area with its varied landscape, with a mix of unique volcanoes surrounded by lakes and wetlands and black volcanic sand, amazingly contrasting the green grass rising from the sand. During our sessions out in the field, Hans will pause and give us ”hands-on” inspiration by telling us about his thoughts on his creative photography. At sundown, later in the afternoon, we’ll try to catch the soft evening light of the volcanic landscape. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – HELICOPTER RIDE AT LANDMANNALAUGAR

After we’ve checked out from the hotel, we return to Landmannalaugar to take pictures of this astonishing landscape from above. From the helicopter, we will get a completely different view of the volcanic landscape, and in every direction, there are new opportunities for photography. Hans, who has taken many of his most famous and memorable aerial photographs in this area, will guide us through the photographing. We fly over Fjallabak and its incredible Rhyolite mountains, and at the end of the tour, we fly low through the valley Jökulgil where we’ll see a mosaic of various colours and forms. Once back on the ground after this majestic experience, we take a bath in the hot springs at Landmanalagur before turning south through the volcanic landscapes and further to the south coast where we stay during the night. After dinner, we review the pictures we’ve taken and get some constructive criticism from Hans. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR, ELDHRAUN AND REYNISFJARA

Our last day out in the fields starts at the picturesque canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur, where we’ll get an opportunity photographing the waterfalls and dramatic cliffs covered in verdant moss and dropping steeply to the river. The landscape changes drastically as we continue driving east along the coast side, passing through Eldhraun, the world’s largest lava field, created in the eruption at Laki in 1783. We photograph what seems to be endless lava covered in moss, stretching out towards the mountains in the horizon. We end this day with a photograph session along the coastline, the basalt cliffs and the black sand lava beach in Reynisfjara, where we get to photograph the fascinating rocky outcrops surrounding the beach. In the evening we’ll have a closing dinner together. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – DYRHÓLAEY AND BACK TO THE AIRPORT

On our last day in Iceland, we’ll experience cliffs, steep gorges, and a six miles long lava beach at Dyrhólaey, a perfect place for shooting captivating pictures. From here we continue to Keflavik where we’ll arrive around noon. This day, after some amazing days spent together, we leave Iceland and Keflavik and continue our journey back home on our own. (B)

TOUR ITINERARY • August 20 – 25, 2020

DAY 1 – ARRIVAL TO ICELAND – VISIT TO GJÁIN AND HÁIFOSS

We’ll meet at lunchtime at the airport where we’ll be greeted by Hans Strand and a travel guide from Zoom Photo Tours. We’ll start our journey from the stunning landscape at Gjáin. In this picturesque ravine, we get the opportunity to take pictures of small cascades running through the green foliage. There, in front of the streaming water, we experiment and try out different shutters to create stunning pictures. We move on, leaving this small landscape behind and continue our photography adventure to Iceland’s third-biggest waterfall, Háifoss, situated in a formidable ravine. Under the guidance of Hans, we try out different photography cutouts and compositions on the 122-meter high waterfall. We end our first day together, having a welcome dinner together at the hotel. (D)

DAY 2 – LANDMANNALAUGAR

Today we travel south to Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve and its dramatic landscape, dominated by colourful mountains shaded in grey, orange, yellow, and green. As we walk through the lava fields to the fumaroles at the foot of the Brennisteinsalda volcano, it feels like we have reached another planet, with steams rising from the ground and sweeping over the stone-covered landscape. We also find a small lake in the area, and if we’re lucky, we may take some pictures of the surrounding mountains, reflecting in the glassy water surface. Landmannalaugar is one of the most beautiful places in Iceland and a paradise for any landscape photographer. (B, L, D)

DAY 3 – VEIÐIVÖTN AND HÁIFOSS

On the third day of our journey, we go north to Veiðivötn. During the morning, we explore this scenic area with its varied landscape, with a mix of unique volcanoes surrounded by lakes and wetlands and black volcanic sand, amazingly contrasting the green grass rising from the sand. During our sessions out in the field, Hans will pause and give us ”hands-on” inspiration by telling us about his thoughts on his creative photography. At sundown, later in the afternoon, we’ll try to catch the soft evening light of the volcanic landscape. (B, L, D)

DAY 4 – HELICOPTER RIDE AT LANDMANNALAUGAR

After we’ve checked out from the hotel, we return to Landmannalaugar to take pictures of this astonishing landscape from above. From the helicopter, we will get a completely different view of the volcanic landscape, and in every direction, there are new opportunities for photography. Hans, who has taken many of his most famous and memorable aerial photographs in this area, will guide us through the photographing. We fly over Fjallabak and its incredible Rhyolite mountains, and at the end of the tour, we fly low through the valley Jökulgil where we’ll see a mosaic of various colours and forms. Once back on the ground after this majestic experience, we take a bath in the hot springs at Landmanalagur before turning south through the volcanic landscapes and further to the south coast where we stay during the night. After dinner, we review the pictures we’ve taken and get some constructive criticism from Hans. (B, L, D)

DAY 5 – FJAÐRÁRGLJÚFUR, ELDHRAUN AND REYNISFJARA

Our last day out in the fields starts at the picturesque canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur, where we’ll get an opportunity photographing the waterfalls and dramatic cliffs covered in verdant moss and dropping steeply to the river. The landscape changes drastically as we continue driving east along the coast side, passing through Eldhraun, the world’s largest lava field, created in the eruption at Laki in 1783. We photograph what seems to be endless lava covered in moss, stretching out towards the mountains in the horizon. We end this day with a photograph session along the coastline, the basalt cliffs and the black sand lava beach in Reynisfjara, where we get to photograph the fascinating rocky outcrops surrounding the beach. In the evening we’ll have a closing dinner together. (B, L, D)

DAY 6 – DYRHÓLAEY AND BACK TO THE AIRPORT

On our last day in Iceland, we’ll experience cliffs, steep gorges, and a six miles long lava beach at Dyrhólaey, a perfect place for shooting captivating pictures. From here we continue to Keflavik where we’ll arrive around noon. This day, after some amazing days spent together, we leave Iceland and Keflavik and continue our journey back home on our own. (B)

PHOTOGRAPHER

PHOTOTGRAPHER

HANS STRAND • Landscape Photographer

Hans Strand is Sweden’s most internationally famous and successful landscape photographer. Over the years he has won many prizes and earned many awards, such as Hasselblad Master Award and BBC Photographer of the Year Award. His characteristic photographs, showing razor sharp, peacefully well-composed landscape sceneries and more narrow concentrated cutouts, reveals his personal and elaborate ways of describing both the beauty and complexity of nature. He explains what photographing means to him with these words: ”I’m never as much alive as when I’m photographing.” Among other things Hans has published two books about Iceland: ”Iceland Above & Below” 2014 and the magnificent volume ”Island” 2018.

PORTFOLIO: hansstrand.se

 

ACCOMODATION

ACCOMODATION

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICES AND FACTS

PRICE

Price per person: USD 3 300

Included:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room.

  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All activities according to the program.
  • Helicopter ride by Landmannalaugar.
  • Participation and workshops by Hans Strand during the trip.
  • English speaking travel host from Zoom.
  • All taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Return flight to Iceland.
  • Single room supplement USD 650
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance. For details, see our website.

  • Any other item not mentioned as included.

 

FLIGHTS

International airfare to Iceland is not included in the price. You should arrive at Keflavik airport no later than 10:00 AM and depart home no earlier than 2:00 PM. If you wish, we are more than happy to help you arrange your flights. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com, and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

 

GROUP SIZE

In order for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer, our groups are always small. On this tour, the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 14.

 

LANGUAGE

English and  Swedish

 

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR camera.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses up to a 200 mm.
  • Wide angle lenses, at least 24 mm.
  • Sturdy tripod.
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

 

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters and make sure you’re having the best possible experience in Iceland.

 

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

 

PRICE

Price per person: USD 3 300

Included:

  • All ground transfers according to the itinerary.
  • Accommodation in a shared twin room.

  • Meals according to itinerary (B = Breakfast, L = Lunch, D = Dinner).
  • All activities according to the program.
  • Helicopter ride by Landmannalaugar.
  • Participation and workshops by Hans Strand during the trip.
  • English speaking travel host from Zoom.
  • All taxes and other local fees.
  • Travel documents and other travel information.

Excluded:

  • Return flight to Iceland.
  • Single room supplement USD 650
  • All expenses of personal nature like drinks, laundry etc.
  • Travel insurance. For details, see our website.

  • Any other item not mentioned as included.

FLIGHTS

International airfare to Iceland is not included in the price. You should arrive at Keflavik airport no later than 10:00 AM and depart home no earlier than 2:00 PM. If you wish, we are more than happy to help you arrange your flights. Just send an email to info@zoomphototours.com, and we will respond with flight suggestions and prices.

GROUP SIZE

In order for you to get personal photo guidance and the best experience with our photographer, our groups are always small. On this tour, the minimum and maximum number of guests are 8 / 12.

LANGUAGE

English and  Swedish

PHOTO GEAR

  • A DSLR camera.
  • Telephoto zoom lenses up to a 200 mm.
  • Wide angle lenses, at least 24 mm.
  • Sturdy tripod.
  • A laptop computer with any of the Photoshop or Lightroom software.

TOUR LEADER

Apart from an award winning photographer, our tours are always accompanied by a tour leader from Zoom with good photo knowledge. Our tour leader will handle all logistics and general matters and make sure you’re having the best possible experience in Iceland.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

For more information about Terms & Conditions click here.

 
 
 

BOOKING

BOOKING

BOOKING CONTACT

If you want to book a Zoom Photo Tour you can either give us a call, send an e-mail or use the on-line booking form and you will receive a booking confirmation right away.

BOOK THE TOUR BY PHONE:  EUROPE +46 470-466 49  // USA +1(212) 203-0375

BOOK THE TOUR BY E-MAIL:  info@zoomphototours.com