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Geek Adventure and Precision Camera present:
Tue, Jan 07 - Sun, Jan 12, 2020 - $3,499

Iceland Northern Lights Photo Adventure

with Andrew Fritz & Mendel Kurland

Embark on a photo adventure like no other. Learn photography from a pro (in partnership with Precision Camera), and traverse Iceland like a local. We're setting out on an incredible 6 day adventure to capture auroras, ice caves, glaciers, mountains, black beaches, and other incredible terrain of Iceland. What can you expect of Iceland in the winter? Glaciers, ice caves, black sand beaches, northern lights, amazing stars, waterfalls, and a world of sunsets and sunrises as the sun makes a short appearance low in the sky for a few hours each day. We’ll explore this rugged, wild and beautiful land, camera in hand. In short, this trip is a landscape photographer’s dream.

Southern Iceland - Various Locations,
Trip length6 days
Ticket typeAll inclusive
Group size15-18
LodgingShared Double or Non-Shared Single Occupancy
Ticket price

$3,499

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single and shared occupancy available

512-953-3203
Mon-Fri, 9am - 6pm CST

$3,499

single and shared occupancy available

Itinerary

Pre Trip Photo Prep

Approximately 2 weeks prior to the trip, we will host a short online live event for everyone going. Andrew, our pro photography guide will help you make any last minute adjustments to your gear and plan what you will want in your bag. It will be a great opportunity to pre-game the trip.

Day 1 - Arrival and waterfalls

Get ready for great shots and plenty of adventure on the first day. Please meet near the car rental counters at Reykjavik International Airport by 8:30am on the day of arrival (you’ll see a Precision / Geek Adventures flag, so you’ll know you’re in the right spot). Upon arrival you’ll meet your driver-guide, pro photographer, and trip leader and we’ll do some quick introductions. Then it’s onto the first day of this incredible winter photo tour through Iceland.

We’ll follow the Ring Road towards Vík í Mýrdal. Along the way to our overnight stay in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area we’ll stop at locations to best take advantage of the weather, including some off the beaten path locations like Urriðafoss, Gljúfrabúi and Kvernufoss. Don’t worry about missing anything. We will stop at any we miss on day 4 and 6! 

With luck, the weather and solar conditions will be right to see and photograph the night sky and northern lights.

Day 2 - Glaciers and ice caves

Today’s focus is on shooting the Vatnajökull glacier and its crystal blue ice. In the morning we’ll meet up with an experienced ice cave guide who will take us to one or more ice caves in the Vatnajökull glacier. 

These crystal blue ice caves are sometimes difficult to reach but totally worth the journey. The surreal colours and beauty of the ice makes this a must-visit for our photo journey. After visiting the ice cave(s), we will try to capture the last light at the ice lagoon, Jökulsárlón, before we head to our accommodation for the evening in the area of Smyrlabjörg. 

Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights and the stars during the night.

Day 3 - Mountains and Beaches

Today is the last in the area of Vatnajökull glacier. The start of this day takes us all the way east to the Vestrahorn mountain at Stokksnes. At Stokksnes we will see and photograph the black sand beach in combination with one of Iceland’s most picturesque mountains. Afterwards we’ll head to the west with stops in the Skaftafell area and Svínafelljökull glacier. The day ends with sunset colors at  the Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón ice lagoons, as well as the famous Diamond Beach. Our overnight stay will also be in the area of Smyrlabjörg. 

Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights and the stars during the night.

Day 4 - Canyons and the Valley of Thor

Today we shift our focus again to the west. During this day we’ll make stops at locations such as Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon near Kirkjubæjarklaustu that we missed on our first day. Instead of driving back in the direction of Reykjavík, we take a right turn at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This F-road (4×4 tracks) takes us into the Þórsmörk valley, a hidden gem located on the north side of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano that erupted in 2010. The remote, desolate and unspoiled locations of Þórsmörk have a lot of photo opportunities. We might even encounter a few curious arctic foxes. 

Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we hope to see the Northern Lights and the stars during the night. Overnight stay at the Volcano Huts in Húsadalur.

Day 5 - Valley of Thor and Reykjavik

Today we will explore the area of Þórsmörk further. If everything is covered in snow, we will get the opportunity to snowshoe to some of the incredible lookout points. Þórsmörk has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and glaciers tower above the valley below. During this time, the valley does not get any direct sunlight which gives us the chance to capture the features of this valley in soft indirect light. Afterwards we head back to Reykjavík and meet up for a goodbye dinner – the perfect way to finish the tour and exchange our experiences.

Day 6 - Reykjavik and Departures

Morning at leisure photographing the city until your flight with a private transfer to the airport.

The Location

Southern Iceland plays host to some of the most photographed areas in Iceland (including glaciers and mesmerizing ice caves), and is an ideal region away from the city of Reykjavik to capture the Northern Lights. A tour like no other, this adventure will take us to, around, and through waterfalls, black sand beaches, mountains, and glaciers. Get your camera ready from the second you step off the plane because this trip is loaded with incredible things to capture.

Topics Covered

This trip is experiential and Andrew will help students with whatever aspects of their photography they need or the situation demands. 

Some likely topics include:

  • Photography Fundamentals (exposure triangle, how to choose settings, camera usage)
  • Landscape Photography
  • Photographic Composition and Artistic Vision
  • Night, Astro and Aurora Photography
  • Post Processing of Images (Capture One, Lightroom, Photoshop, Affinity, etc)
  • Self Critiquing and Creative Growth

What to Bring (Photography)

Meet Your Guides

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Andrew Fritz, Pro Photographer

Hi, I’m Andrew. I love taking people on adventures and helping them get the best pictures possible while growing as photographers.

From an early age, I fell in love with the wild places away from civilization. I’m rarely as happy as when hiking alone or with a small group out past the edge of the map. As an experienced camper, hiker and outdoorsman, I’m always ready to help students enjoy the seldom visited places I love. Eventually I discovered photography and realized the two were made for each other.

I’m a self taught photographer. I puzzled out every aspect of photography while hiking and exploring. Landscape and astrophotography were my first loves. In the last decade I’ve branched out into just about every genre of photography to some degree from studio portraits to cars to panoramas and time-lapses.

When I teach, I always want my students to have a hands on experience. My destination workshops center on experiences (the sort retold around campfires decades later) with attention on photography. Whether you are just starting out, or a season veteran, I will help you grow as a photographer.

Check Andrew out on Instagram

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Mendel Kurland, Adventure Guide

I’m the head geek here at Geek Adventures, and have been leading people of all ages through the wilderness for over a decade. Previously a climbing instructor and tripping director for a large summer camp, and more recently head group leader for Geek Adventures, I love helping people come together from different backgrounds to enjoy the great outdoors together. I live in Austin, TX and enjoy hiking the many trails (and swimming holes) in the Austin area.

What's Included

These parts of the experience are included

  1. Three meals a day and snacks
  2. Sleeping accommodations
  3. All transportation for the duration of the event
  4. Hiking guides
  5. Touring guides
  6. Gear for special activities (musical instruments, camping, snow shoes, etc)
  7. Event swag

What's not included

Your flight is not included in the ticket price. (We recommend using Kayak or Google Flights to search for your air ticket.) Plan to be at Hilton Nordica Reykjavik at 8:30 am CST on Jan 07, and depart no earlier than 5:00 pm CST on Jan 12. We will drop off on Jan 12 directly to KEF Airport.

Consider as you sign up

To protect your travel investment, we recommend the purchase of travel insurance.
Additional terms and conditions apply.
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"Mendel and his crew have created something special with this. It manages to be thrilling, adventurous, inclusive and safe all at the same time. I had a blast and I can't wait for my next geek adventure." - Cameron Cutler

Accommodations

Lodging

You’ll be living in luxury by remote Icelandic standards (hey, it’s not a tent!). Each room accommodates two people, and you’ll be matched with a roommate unless you’ve purchased a single ticket. All rooms are heated, and will vary from private rooms with ensuite shower/vanity to larger cabins with shared toilets in the hall of the building. Because we’ll be moving around southern Iceland, we’ll be staying in varying accommodations which will either have bunk beds or standard to bed setup. The rooms are small but comfortable and include made up beds.

At the Volcano Huts, you’ll also have access to an outdoor sauna to warm up, which has been popular in years past!

Food

All meals are included. Accommodations will be made for dietary restrictions (i.e. vegetarian, gluten, dairy, allergies, etc). Please fill out the relevant information in your welcome survey and we will do our best to accomodate your needs. Three meals and snacks will be provided each day.

Sample Menu

Breakfast: Details coming soon

Lunch: So we can get the most out of every day, lunches will be lunch packs (sandwich, fruit, candy bar, flatbread, skyr-drink)

Dinner: Soup of the day w/bread + Lamb/ Chicken / Arctic Cod / Salmon

Waving hello from the top of Iceland ;-)

"I never wanted this event to end because it felt like the beginnings of some really excellent friendships. Hiking, sitting around a bonfire, laughing and eating with everyone was amazing and inclusive." - Jackie M.

Packing List

Below is a list of suggested gear to bring with you on your trip. It’s not an exhaustive list, just a list that will help make sure you have the essentials.

As you pack, think about these two ideas:Assume there might be precipitation. Backpacks should have waterproof covers (some are built into backpacks, so check yours), hiking boots should be waterproof, and clothes should be made of quick drying material (denim is ok to bring for a night on the town, but won’t be comfortable during a hike if they get wet). Temperatures can vary between day and night, and from day to day. Think about dressing in layers (3-5 top layers that can be taken off and put on throughout the day).

Clothing

  1. Waterproof / windproof jacket
  2. Fleece or wool sweater
  3. Short sleeved t-shirts
  4. Long sleeved t-shirts
  5. Hiking pants
  6. Athletic shorts
  7. Woolen or thermal underwear
  8. Warm hiking socks

Shoes

  1. Waterproof hiking boots
  2. ‘Around camp’ shoe
  3. Flip flops

Accessories

  1. Hat
  2. Gloves
  3. Scarf
  4. Swimsuit
  5. Towel

Misc

  1. Small day backpack with rain cover
  2. Tote / bag for shower supplies
  3. Personal items / toiletries
  4. Sleep mask
  5. European electrical adapter
  6. Portable waterproof battery
  7. Charger for phone / camera / etc
  8. Water bottle
  9. Sunglasses
  10. Sunscreen
  11. Camera

Reserve Your Spot

Solo travelers are welcome and will be roomed in shared accommodations based on gender preferences (if you'd like to be roomed with a companion, select a shared ticket and let us know your friend's name after registration). If there are no shared accommodations available, no additional fee will be charged as a single supplement. If you are a solo traveler and prefer to guarantee accommodations without a roommate, please select 'single occupancy'.

Tickets

Shared Occupancy (Full Payment) - Iceland Northern Lights Photo Adventure
$3,499.00
$3,499 to reserve your spot. I'm willing to share a room, and understand a roommate will be assigned based on gender preferences.
15 available
Single Occupancy (Full Payment) - Iceland Northern Lights Photo Adventure
$3,799.00
$3,799 to reserve your spot. I'd like my own room.
15 available
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"I loved the atmosphere of professionals getting together to decompress. Even though we were from different backgrounds, we all share a love of nature and nerdom!" - Alicia from Phoenix, AZ

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

I only have my phone camera, can I still participate?

Absolutely! While a detachable lens kit makes things a bit easier, it’s a-ok if you come with only your phone in tow. If you’d like to rent a kit just for the trip, you can also rent camera gear at Precision Camera.

Can I bring a drone for photography?

Here’s a resource to check out before packing your drone https://www.uavsystemsinternational.com/drone-laws-by-country/iceland-drone-laws/.

Will my phone work in Iceland?

The short answer is yes, however you’ll need to check with your carrier on rates. If you’re planning on purchasing an Icelandic SIM card, our partners in Iceland recommend Síminn for 4G Internet in Þórsmörk, as Síminn has the best coverage throughout Iceland.

Is it true alcohol is expensive in Iceland?

Yep! Pro tip: If you’re planning on bringing your own alcohol on the adventure, a much cheaper option is to purchase at the Duty Free shop in the airport wherever you’re flying from.

Do I have to work in tech to feel comfortable attending?

No way! While there are many people in tech related industries that attend, people from academia, sciences, property management, and other industries also attend. Everyone has one thing in common, though -- they want to disconnect from the daily grind (and technology).

What is the gender distribution?

Geek Adventures trips are normally about 50/50 people identifying as female/male. No matter how you identify, you are always welcome.

Where do people travel from to attend these events?

We've had participants from all over North America and Europe and expect to see more geographical diversity from attendees in the future. International trips tend to see a larger international turnout than United States domestic trips.

How many years have you been in business?

Geek Adventures started operations in 2016 and has been creating experiences for geeks ever since.

I would like to room by myself, is that possible?

While all participants are encouraged to room with others during the trip, sometimes people prefer to room by themselves for a variety of reasons. If you're one of those people, please get in touch and we can work out an accommodation.

How does room / tent sharing work?

If you're a couple traveling together, we'll make sure you're bunking together. If you're a solo traveler, we make rooming assignments based on your preference, and then based on complementary interests from the intake survey. You will never be placed in a mixed gender sleeping arrangement unless you've indicated you're ok with it.

Why do people attend Geek Adventures events?

Here's a sample from previous attendee registration forms -- human connection, decompression, new friendships, inspiring conversations, networking, great conversations, awesome people disconnected from the world, explore new places.

Are children / families allowed at events?

Unless specifically noted, trips are designed for attendees 21+. Hiking with Geeks, the free local hiking groups around North America are designed for attendees 18+ or younger children when accompanied by a parent or guardian.

Does a digital detox mean no cell phones?

Not exactly... we realize mobile phones are needed for safety and picture taking, we just ask that during an event, you try to disconnect as much as possible from the other stuff. Example: If you normally read on your phone, bring a book instead. If you normally play games on your phone, pick up a game at the event and play in person! You'll be happy you did.

Is alcohol allowed?

All events are BYOB. Alcohol is allowed, and sharing is encouraged. We've found that cans are far easier to take on adventures than bottles, so please plan accordingly.

Have another question? Get in touch.

$3,499

single and shared occupancy available