This Northern Lights Photography Tour gives you a splendid opportunity to photograph Iceland. In the book “1000 Places To Visit Before You Die” The Ring Road is said to be one of those 1000 places. Why? “America’s closest European neighbour, vast, volcanic Iceland is sadly misnamed. In fact it is about 89% ice free, and boasts one of the planet’s most incredible landscapes, full of contrast and extremes. Medieval Europeans popularly believed it to be the threshold of the underworld, and Jules Verne chose a volcano here as the entranceway for his Journey to the Center of the Earth. The word geyser was coined here, named after Geysir, the largest of the island’s many spouting hot springs.
There are also lava fields, bubbling mud pools, and steam vents, but look in another direction and you’ll see plenty of ice, including the dramatic glacial lagoon at Jokulsarlon lagoon, famous for icebergs that break off from the glacier face and form an ever-changing maze for chugging tour boats. In yet another direction, you’ll see pristine farms and extraordinarily green grasslands, mostly along the coast. The two-lane Ring Road (or Route 1 – the only show in town) runs in an 860-mile circuit around much of the island, taking in everything from ocean scenery to the empty, treeless tundra to the fire and ice of the interior. Motorists may feel as if they’ve returned from a trip to the moon when they return to Reykjavik, the world’s northernmost capital.”
And in winter we have the Northern Lights as an addition. A must tour during winter. The Northern Lights can be photographed from the middle of September until the end of March. We begin this tour with a short lecture on the technical and compositional aspects of Aurora photography. What equipment is necessary, how to configure your camera, composition, foregrounds, backgrounds etc.
Then we head out to hunt for the Northerns. The bright lights are actually collisions of electrically charged particles from the sun that enter the earth’s atmosphere. The lights are seen above the poles of the northern and southern hemispheres. They are known as ‘Aurora Borealis’ in the north and ‘Aurora Australis’ in the south. Aurora displays appear in many colors although pale green and pink is the most common. Shades of red, yellow, green, blue, and violet can also appear. The lights have many forms i.e. patches or scattered clouds, streamers, arcs, rippling curtains or shooting rays that light up the sky with an eerie glow. Remember to dress very warm. Bring all the warmest clothes you have.
Eight day private tour around Iceland. Scroll for more info about the tour. Bullets on what you will get and see on our tour: