6 Days, 5 Nights

#36 Iceland Westfjord Photo Tour

A rugged, week long adventure with Andrew Kearns and Sonora MindWerl to Iceland’s most untouched corner. You’ll explore the Westfjords how Andrew explores...day hikes, local vibes, nature preserves, and the midnight sun...all while shooting once in a lifetime photos. You’ll even learn how to shoot with a model.

  • Places

    • Isafjordur
    • Patreksfjörður
    • Thingeyri
    • Hornstrandir
  • Guides

  • Activity Level

    • Level 3: Workout
  • Skill Level

    • Level 2: Good
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#36 Iceland Westfjord Photo Tour
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What we'll do

Explore the West Fjords of Iceland with Andrew Kearns (@andrewtkearns) and Sonora MindWerl (@sonoratmw).

This isn’t an ordinary photo tour. This is a week long adventure to travel as Kearns would travel. With a bag on your back and a camera in hand you’ll road trip to the Westfjords and take a boat to the Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. You’ll spend two nights in a basic backcountry lodge under the midnight sun and the rest in local spots. The food will be good and the sense of adventure will be high.

Andrew will take you on day hikes to shoot iconic gems like Dynjandi Waterfall. He’ll show you that yummy Iceland light and the red-sand shores of Raudisandur. You’ll shoot birds soaring over Latrabjarg Cliffs. And best of all you’ll get to explore the incredible Hornstrandir Nature Reserve, home to towering mountains, untouched rivers, and fearless wildlife. Andrew even found a local guide to show us the places in Hornstrandir not found on Tripadvisor.

Beyond the adventure Kearns will teach you his techniques to capturing incredible landscapes and editing them to have a natural look. Sonora will show you how to shoot with a model, developing candid portraits.

Expect the weather to be variable this time of year so make sure to bring your hiking boots, a warm layer, & a rain shell - this is all part of documenting the experience. This is the 2020 photo tour you don’t want to miss.

Your Guides

    Tour Preview

    Itinerary

    Itinerary

    Day 1: Meeting in Isafjordur and Exploring a Waterfall Valley

    • Summary:

      We’ll meet in Isafjördur in the morning and get to know each other before heading to Valagil Waterfall. Here, we’ll have our first photography session, getting familiar with our cameras and soaking in the stunning landscape. Next, we’ll head to Thingeyri for a delicious lunch at “the cafe at the end of the world” and check into our guesthouses. Then, we’ll have an easy afternoon hike to the peak of Sandafell mountain. After capturing the beautiful cliffs and fjords from the mountaintop, we’ll have a fantastic dinner in Thingeyri and return to our guesthouse for a well-deserved night’s sleep.

    • Photo Spots:

      Valagil Waterfall: A 2 km hike leads you to a waterfall that crashes through a ravine/canyon not seen from the road Sandafell Mountain: A small mountain behind Thingeyri that provides spectacular views of the town, the fjords, and surrounding mountains

    • Food:

      Lunch: Simbahollin Cafe in Thingeyri Dinner: Hotel Sandafell

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Hotel Sandafell

    Day 2: Dynjandi Waterfall and Latrabjarg Bird Cliff

    • Summary:

      After rising in the quiet fishing village of Thingeyri and eating breakfast, we’ll head to the iconic cascading Dynjandi waterfall, the largest waterfall in the Westfjords, for a photography session. Next we’ll head south to a cafe near Raudisandur for lunch. After lunch, we’ll explore the seemingly endless red sand beach of Raudisandur before making our way to one of the most famous cliffs in the Westfjords: Latrabjarg. We’ll spend the evening at Latrabjarg - one of Europe’s tallest and largest bird cliffs - taking in the dizzying heights and photographing wildlife. After our photo session, we’ll drive to Patreksfjordur for dinner and sleep.

    • Photo Spots:

      Dynjandi waterfall: This cascading series of waterfalls is the largest in the Westfjords, reaching nearly 100 meters high. Along the 15-minute walk to Dynjandi you’ll see six other waterfalls next to the trail. Raudisandur: One of Iceland’s only red sand beaches, Raudisandur’s shore is constantly changing in color with the weather and daylight. This is a perfect spot, not only for photographing unique colors and wildlife (including seals!), but also for a fresh breath of tranquility. Latrabjarg: The birds of Iceland’s most famous bird cliff are fearless - safe from predators, the birds provide a great opportunity for close-range wildlife shots.

    • Food:

      Breakfast: Hotel Sandafell in Thingeyri Lunch: Franska kaffihúsið near Raudisandur Beach Dinner: Heimsendi

    • Lodging:

      Standard: Radagerdi Guesthouse

    Day 3: Hot Springs and a Mountaintop Picnic

    • Summary:

      After a hearty breakfast at the guesthouse in Patreksfjörður, we’ll gather our bags and start heading back up north towards Isafjordur. Along the way, we’ll stop at Hellulaug hot spring for a soak in nature and lunch at a coffeehouse in Flateyri. Once we arrive in Isafjordur, we’ll explore town a bit and shop together for our picnic dinner. To end the day, we’ll hike Kubbi trail and have a picnic dinner on top of the mountain, enjoying panoramic views over the town and fjords. Finally, we’ll return to our lodging for a good night’s sleep before heading to Hornstrandir tomorrow.

    • Photo Spots:

      Hellulaug: In a land seemingly dotted with natural hot springs, this one stands out. Aside from it’s picture-perfect location by the sea, this hot spring is the ideal temperature: around 100 degrees Fahrenheit, and is still unknown to most travelers. Kubbi Mountain: A 2-3 hour out & back hike that affords stunning views of Isafjordur, the water, and water cascades.

    • Food:

      Breakfast: Breakfast at guesthouse in Patreksfjordur Lunch: Kaffi Sol in Flateyri Dinner: Picnic on top of Kubbi Mountain near Isafjordur

    • Lodging:

      Mánagisting Guesthouse

    Day 4: Sailing to Hornstrandir

    • Summary:

      We’ll rise early, eat breakfast in Isafjordur, and meet at Borea’s office for briefing at 8am. Then, we’ll set sail for a land that truly feels removed from time: Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. After about an hour scenic boat ride over fjords and along mountain cliffs, we will be dropped off at the head of Veiðileysufjörður fjord. We will begin by hiking along the valley to Hafnarskrað Pass to the breathtaking and iconic bay of Hornvík. We’ll hike along a path, lead by our guides, to photograph some of the most dramatic views in all of Iceland. After we descend down to our basecamp in the bay, we’ll enjoy Icelandic roasted lamb for dinner (or a vegetarian option). The night will be spent in a backcountry lodge with basic amenities

    • Photo Spots:

      Hornstrandir National Park: The nature reserve is the most isolated corner in all of Iceland. Here we can explore untouched valleys, mountains, and fjords.

    • Food:

      Breakfast: Guesthouse breakfast Lunch & Dinner: Hornstrandir Nature Preserve

    • Lodging:

      Basic: Shared accommodation at the backcountry Kviar Lodge

    Day 5: Hiking the Valleys of Hornvik Bay

    • Summary:

      Wake up early to the silence only found in the most rugged parts of nature. Hornstrandir is only accessible by boat or a multi-day hike, so you won’t have to worry about finding a bunch of other people here. You’re more likely to encounter an Arctic Fox than another group. We’ll spend the day with our guide, hiking in and around Hornvik Bay, learning the ins and outs of creating a story.

    • Photo Spots:

      Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

    • Food:

      All meals at Hornstrandir Nature Preserve

    • Lodging:

      Basic: Shared accommodation at the backcountry Kviar Lodge

    Day 6: Last Day in Hornstrandir and Farewells

    • Summary:

      Wake up in the untouched nature of Hornstrandir Nature Reserve. We will then make our way down to the beach for pickup around 1 pm. We then make the 2-3 hour boat ride back to Isafjordur, arriving back in town at approximately 4 pm. We’ll have a final briefing, say our farewells, and be dropped off at the airport in time for the afternoon flight back to Reykjavík.

    • Photo Spots:

      Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

    • Food:

      Breakfast and lunch provided by Borea

    Where we're going

    Dynjandi Waterfall ⁠— the largest in the Westfjords and one of the most iconic in all of Iceland. This powerful landmark makes for the perfect photo backdrop. We’ll also be visiting Valagil waterfall, one of a dozen falls in one magical valley.

    The Latrabjarg Bird Cliff ⁠— famous around the world for its wildlife. Unbelievable numbers of seabirds call this cliff home, spiralling and soaring at dizzying heights without fear of predators. These bold creatures make Latrabjarg a unique opportunity for close-up wildlife photography.

    Hornstrandir Nature Reserve ⁠— in the northern region of Iceland, Hornstrandir is one of the most inaccessible places in the country; only reachable by boat or a 2+ day hike. The perfect place for creating a story, directing a model, and incorporating unique (vast) surroundings into your work.

    Raudisandur ⁠— Quite literally “Red Sand,” this beach is a reddish-golden hue, but changes drastically with weather conditions and daylight. With fjords jutting up in the background, as well as multitudes of birds and seals, we’ll use this location to our advantage for composition, bracketing, and using natural light to our advantage.

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    What You Will Learn

    Kearns and Sonora will teach you how to shoot an adventure as it comes. Unscripted you’ll learn how to shoot the simplicity of nature, the unpredictability of the day, and natural portraits with your new friends. The photos you come back with will look like you’ve been traveling to Iceland all your life.

    • Natural Light - Learn how to use Iceland’s yummy light to your advantage. Whether it’s raining, sunny, or somewhere in between; we’ll study the best ways to capture light throughout the day.
    • Directing your Subject - You’ll learn how to direct (and shoot) a model from a photographer’s point of view and from a model’s point of view.
    • Finding Compositions - Objectively looking at your location, scouting out the best composition in the landscape and how to incorporate your subject
    • Finding Candids - Methods for capturing candids, and, if it’s a posed shot, how to make it “feel” candid and unplanned
    • “Bracketing” Method - You’ll have a chance to study and implement a simple and efficient method Andrew incorporates into almost every shot.
    • Narratives - Using this photo tour, you’ll discover how to create & share the narrative from your experience every step of the way.

    What's Included

    • CampingCreated with Sketch.

      6 days and 5 nights in the most remote region of Iceland

    • HotelCreated with Sketch.

      3 nights in guesthouses/Airbnbs (price per person, based on double occupancy)

    • HotelCreated with Sketch.

      2 nights exclusive use of Kviar Lodge in Hornstrandir (price per person, based on double occupancy)

    • MealsCreated with Sketch.

      3 fantastic meals per day (except for breakfast on Day 1 and dinner on Day 6)

    • Photography teacherCreated with Sketch.

      Photography, modeling, and editing lessons

    • TransportationCreated with Sketch.

      Transportation to and from Isafjordur airport

    • DiscountsCreated with Sketch.

      All camping and hiking gear (except your boots)

    • TransportationCreated with Sketch.

      Transportation around the Westfjords

    • DiscountsCreated with Sketch.

      20% off gear from the Moment Shop

    What's Not Included

    • Airfare to Isafjordur
    • Alcoholic beverages
    • Guide gratuities
    • Insurance of any kind, including travel insurance
    • Visas or visa processing fees
    • Breakfast on Day 1
    • Dinner on Day 6

    FAQs

    • When can I book my flight?

      Once we've got everything confirmed with our local partners, we'll send out an email confirming the arrival/departure airport, as well as the date & time you should arrive. We work hard to send this information out plenty of time before the trip, usually 3-4 months in advance.

    • When will I know if my departure is confirmed?

      Our departures require a minimum number of people, usually 6, to run. We'll confirm the trip before we send out the information about booking your flight.

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