Last September, I joined seven others on a BlueHour tour of southern Iceland, with Paul and Allie. Waterfalls, glaciers, diamond-like icebergs, sunrises, sunsets and, yes, Northern Lights. The promise of yet another spectacular photograph took priority over sleep on some occasions, but we were never disappointed. BlueHour is the best!
— Jane V.
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The Tour

September 6-13, 2019

ICELAND IS A PHOTOGRAPHER'S DREAM AND BOASTS SOME OF THE WORLD'S MOST STUNNING AND UNIQUE SCENERY. JOIN US FOR THIS WEEK-LONG Photo TOUR INTO THE LAND OF FIRE AND ICE.

In the span of one week, this tour will take us from the capital city of Reykjavík, through the Snaefellsnes peninsula and the Westfjords, and into Vatnsnes. We will experience incredible waterfalls, towering coastal lava formations, hot steam vents and thermal pools! Marvel at the glory of the land of fire and ice with us and learn to capture it's otherworldly beauty.

Itinerary
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Vik

Southern Iceland

September 6-13, 2019

Day 1/2: Arrive, The Golden Circle
Day 3: Reykjanes Peninsula, The Blue Lagoon
Day 4: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss & Vik
Day 5: Dyrholaey & Reynisfjara Beach
Day 6: Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon, Svartifoss
Day 7: Vatnajokull Glacier Adventure, Vestrahorn
Day 8: Additional sights, Depart


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What's Included
  • All overnight accommodations

  • All ground transportation

  • Photo Instruction

  • Exclusive, small group experience

  • All Breakfasts

  • 4 Dinners

  • Admission to:

    • The Blue Lagoon (Includes Silica & Algae Mud Masks, Slippers, Bathrobe, Towel, 1 drink at Lagoon bar)

    • Fridheimar Tomato Farm with Tomato soup lunch

    • Kerið crater

    • Vatnajokull Glacier Adventure

  • Parking fees

  • Sun Surveyor free download

  • Flight booking & coordination (flights not included)

Details

AVERAGE CLIMATE

43 - 52° F
Be prepared for wind and rapidly changing conditions.
Experiencing all four seasons in a single day is possible - bring layers.

Physical Difficulty

Standing and walking on a combination of paved surfaces, gravel trails, and sandy beaches. Windy conditions are common throughout Iceland and may make standing and walking more difficult than normal. Hiking is not required, but you may opt to venture further in some areas. You can walk behind the falls at Seljalandsfoss (be careful of wet rocks), and walk to the top of Skogafoss (many stairs). We may allow time for a 1 mile, uphill walk to Svartifoss. This trip also includes a glacier adventure, where we will walk onto the glacier supervised by professionals who will outfit us with appropriate equipment. This trip is rated as easy and accessible to most people.

Sunrise/Sunset

Because this is a photo tour, the priority of this trip will be focused on making the best photographs you can possibly make. This means we’ve structured the itinerary to coincide with the best lighting, i.e., sunrise or sunset shooting. For this tour and time of year, sunrise is around 6:30 AM and sunset is around 8 PM. If we choose to shoot at sunrise, we will be eating breakfast after the shoot.

Cost

$4035 Double per person, or $4820 Single

 
Instructors

PAUL NGUYEN

Paul is a professional fine art photographer, specializing in nature and landscapes from around the world. Paul founded BlueHour in 2014 and designs and instructs all curriculum and course material, and is a tour leader. He works tirelessly making sure the business runs smoothly and is an incredible resource to his students. 

In April 2017, he served in the prestigious National Parks Artist in Residence program, at Petrified Forest, Arizona. His work also includes an exclusive assignment as the photographer for the Gallery on the Charles River at the Museum of Science, Boston.  His images have been licensed by organizations such as the Nature Conservancy, Tamron USA, Amazing New England Artworks, and numerous local and international publications, and his outstanding image-making and teaching have gained him an equipment sponsorship from Tamron USA.

Paul lives and works out of Hanson, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling his work at art shows and fairs in New England throughout the year, and is also a lecturer and contest judge for local camera clubs. The Boston Camera Club awarded him Judge of the Year honors for 2015-2016.

Visit his website and portfolio at www.paulnguyenphoto.com

ALLIE RICHARDS

Allie is a professional photographer specializing in landscape, travel and portrait photography. Allie is Paul's partner in BlueHour, an instructor and tour leader. She is the administrative workhorse behind the BlueHour brand, webmaster, and design specialist. 

She has been photographing since age 13, and her trade has taken her to places like Iceland, Norway, The Faroe Islands, across Europe and the United States. She was awarded the Student Image Award in 2013 from the Photographic Resource Center in Boston, MA. 

Her approach focuses on 'telling the story' of a place by capturing subtleties and minor details that when viewed together, create a more complete whole.

Allie lives and works out of Marlborough, MA, and can be seen promoting and selling her work at art shows and fairs around New England. She also regularly shoots portraiture, weddings and events.

Visit her website and portfolio at www.allierichards.com

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Flights

Flights are not included in the cost of this tour. Please use this search to estimate your flight costs.
We will be flying out of Boston on Iceland Air late in the evening on September 6 and arrive in Reykjavik between 6 and 7 AM the next day.
For the return, we fly out of Reykjavik on Iceland Air in the evening on September 13 and arrive in Boston the same night.
We will book flights for the group. Please do not purchase flight tickets for yourself.

Register

If you're interested in attending this tour, please email us using the contact form.