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Overview of the Photo Tour

Faro, Iceland & Norway  Widely known as "Viking land" “The Land of Fire and Ice”, Iceland is home to some of the largest glaciers in Europe, and some of the world’s most active volcanoes.

Faroe is one of those countries which is yet to be explored. Iceland is also the land of light and darkness. Long summer days with near 24-hours of sunshine are offset by short winter days with only few hours of daylight. Iceland in the early fall is a very special time. The Moss and grasses are vibrant green; the days are fairly normal in length & darkness at night started to come in & we start to have the chance for Aurora Borealis. Iceland is known for its beautiful Waterfalls, Jagged mountain peaks, infinite Ocean, Glaciers, Icebergs of all sizes, beautiful Churches, Ancient ruins & more. It’s a paradise for photographers imagine photographing all these locations during golden light, with dancing Northern Lights during the nights. It’s so satisfying all your worries melt away as you escape to capture the exquisite beauty before you at every turn.

STRUCTURE:

Pre Tour Analysis:

Each registered participant will be requested to submit their landscape / portrait related images. Our panel will analyse each image to see how to guide each individual during the tour to help them enhance their skills. We will also provide individual feedback to their each submitted image and suggest improvement points.

During the Tour:

Based on the analytical data available with us post “Pre Tour Analysis” we will provide individualized attention to all and ensure they work on their weaknesses and enhance their skills. Evening Gup Shup / Chat sessions will be learning oriented and practical tips will be provided based on the mistakes committed by participants during the day.We shall also have at-least one evening session dedicated to post processing workflow to help them become a complete photographer.

After the tour:

Each participant will be required to submit 3 of his or her best images from the tour. Each image will be analysed and constructive feedback will be provided. Best of the lot will make it to our website and blog; and will be aggressively promoted on FB.

FAROE

Detailed Itinerary - DAY 01 

Arrive at Vagar Proceed with Immigration/Baggage Claim procedures. Private transfer directly from airport to hotel. Check into the hotel and get out to explore the city if time permits.

DAY 02 - GasaDalur

Gásadalur is a village located on the west side of Vágar, Faroe Islands, and enjoys a panoramic view over to the island of Mykines. The tiny village of Gásadalur in the Faroe Islands sits at the edge of a tall cliff overlooking the sea. It has immense potential with varied photography ops.

DAY 03 - Saksun

We will spend the day driving to Saksun and creating stunning landscapes on the way. Saksun is one of the most beautiful places in the Faroe Islands. The place is simply wonderful, with a beautiful lagoon surrounded by sand in the fjord. The tall mountains give the area an air of mystery, but not least unimaginable beauty.

DAY 04 - Gjov

Check out after breakfast and head to Gjogv. Its literal meaning is Gorge. It’s a small scenic town with scenery that will take your breath away and you will find it hard to put down your camera. Gjógv is a village located on the northeast tip of the island of Eysturoy, in the Faroe Islands and 63 km north by road from the capital of Tórshavn. The village was named after a 200-metre long sea-filled gorge that runs north to the sea from the village

DAY 05 - Sorvagsvatn

Check out after breakfast and head to explore Sorvagsvatn Lake. Sørvágsvatn or Leitisvatn is the largest lake in the Faroe Islands. It is situated on the island of Vágar between the municipalities of Sørvágur and Vágar. Its area is 3.4 km².

DAY 06 - Sorvagsvatn

Morning we spent time photographing the Mountain region. 

Those who have signed up only for Faroe, catch their flights home with fond memories of Faroe Islands and those who have also signed up for Iceland, travel with the mentors to explore Iceland.


ICELAND

Detailed Itinerary - DAY 01 

First day you arrive at Keflavik International Airport around afternoon time & you will be picked up by one of us & transferred to the hotel in Reykjavik City. Once everyone arrives we’ll meetup in the hotel lobby / designated area for a brief discussion to know each other & to discusses the upcoming days.

DAY 02

We move towards Thingvellir National park it’s a UNESCO World Heritage site & to the famous hot spring Geysir in Haukadalur Valley, once we are done shooting & admiring these 2 places we check into our next hotel for the night & after lunch we move towards our main destination for Sunset & known as the most beautiful waterfall Gulfoss, if we are lucky we might be able to see Aurora Borealis tonight.

DAY 03

We do sunrise shoot at Gullfoss & checkout to move towards South coast. We will be moving towards Iceland’s most picturesque waterfall Skogafoss. We check in first to our next hotel & if the weather is nice we start our journey to the famous WWII DC3 plane crash site, if weather is not good we might skip going to this place instead we shoot a nearby waterfall Seljalandsfoss.

DAY 04

Sunrise at Skogafoss & later on drive to Reynisfjara for sunset shoot later we come back to hotel & if we get lucky we might enjoy the dancing Northern Light.

DAY 05

We move for our long awaited & Unique Experience of shooting photos of Ice Cave situated below Vatnajokull Glacier. You will have ampel time to roam & take photos inside the cave.

DAY 06

Ice beach is our next destination & day time we spend time exploring Vik, we will visit the Black sand beach & for sunset we will be shooting majestic mountain of Vestrahorn.

DAY 07

Sunrise at Beautiful Stokksness & check out after Breakfast. We have long drive ahead & we shoot on the way evening we do Check in to our next hotel.

DAY 08 & 09

Akureyri – Godafoss Sunrise: Godafoss Also known as Gods waterfall. Sunset: Detifoss This is Location is also reputed to be the most powerful waterfall in Europe.

DAY 10

Morning we shoot the Spectacular cliffs of Arnarstapi then the famous Black Church, do proper Sunset at Krikjufell once again we will keep our eye open for the Northern Light & we might get lucky.

DAY 11

Sunrise shoot at Krikjufel, check out after breakfast & move to Reykjavik city.

DAY 12

We explore the beautiful Reyjkavik city. Its more of a relaxing and unwinding day after a long but enthralling tour & start our onward journey or journey back home depending upon whether we have opted for extension tour to Norway or not. Whatever be the case we take our journey with fond memories of dancing green lights and a satisfaction of having ticked the most important part of our bucket list – Iceland.


NORWAY

Detailed Itinerary - DAY 01

Early morning check out and take the flight to Norway for our Extension Tour. People not opting for this fly back home with fond memories of Iceland. We check-in hotel/famous cottages. spend rest of the day relaxing or exploring Fjord n Svolvaer city. If we are lucky we can even capture the dance of green at night.

DAY 02-03

Svolvaer – Reine:Sunrise at the Svolvaer famous Fjord. Checkout after breakfast and explore the Lofoten Island. Then we will head towards the most famous and most photographed location in the world – Reine. It’s also the World’s most beautiful island according to National Geographic. And we will check in one of the most popular destinations in Lofoten – “The Eliasson Rorbuer” We will explore Reine, Hamnoy, Ramberg, Fredvang for next 2 days

Day 04

The Sunrise will be at the waterfall and then we will head back for Lekness District We WILL CHECK IN ONE AT the fisherman Cottages And will cover the Vestavagoy island of lofoten the Most beautiful island of lofoten We will shoot at Uttakliev beach, Vik Beach and Haukland beach(for Sunset)

Day 05

We catch flight for Trondheim, Evening we spent photographing this small town.

Day 06-07

We travel to Storseisundet bridge & Trollstigen & capture the beauty of these places. Day – 7 We take our long journey back to our cozy Bed.. :)


Faroe, Iceland & Norway Trip Terms & Conditions.

Dates:

Faroe :    04th September - 09th September 2020

Iceland : 11th September - 22nd  September 2020

Norway : 23rd September - 29th September 2020


Participation Fee:

Faroe ;    $2000

Iceland : $3300

Norway: $2600

10% off on Early booking ( closes at 30th March)

Payment Schedule:

Booking Amount:  50% of total which includes $750 non refundable deposit.

Next Payment Remaining 25% 60 days before the trip date.

Final Payment Remaining 25% 30 days before the trip date.

** Payment through web channel will add 5% transfer charge.

**For bank transfer, Cash & Monthly payment options CONTACT US

Single Supplement:

Faroe -     $500

Iceland -  $750

Norway -  $500(added on the total amount)

Cancellation & Refund Policy:

→ If you cancel and the workshop greater than 120 days from the start date of the workshop, and the seats does not fill, we will refund you the full amount you have paid, minus a $750 non refundable deposit.

→ If you cancel and the workshop within 90 days or less from the start date of the workshop, and we can’t get a replacement of your seat, the fee is non-refundable.

→ No Cancelation possible 30 days prior the travel.

INCLUSIONS

All internal Air & land transport during the tour.

Full car insurance

Accommodation during the tour.

**Accommodation is on two/four people sharing basis, as few cottages have 2 bed rooms** **Each accommodation in hotel will have private bathroom. If it’s cottage 1 bathroom may be shared by more than one person (from our group only)

**Single room is available on request & it will cost extra as per listed fee and has to be paid along with Registration Fee

Breakfast.

**Breakfast is free if we are in the hotel during / mentioned breakfast time but if we decide to shoot outside each one have to take care of the breakfast by themselves.

Photography Guide & Tour Leader Services.

Park Fees.

EXCLUSIONS

•VISA Fee •Any airfare or airport tax •Lunch and Dinner on all tour days  •Other coach transport than specified in the itinerary •Other activities or entrance fees than specified above •Any tips/gratuities to hotel/restaurant staff •Personal Medical and Travel insurance •Additional costs due to flight cancellation, road blocks etc •Cost incidental to any change in the itinerary/stay on account of flight cancellation due to bad weather, ill health, roadblocks and/or any factors beyond control.

P.S: It’s our endeavor to make this the best possible trip that it can be, but we would not be liable for delays/cancellations due to bad weather or unforeseen circumstances. Limited seats on first come first serve basis. All prices and fares are in USD. 

Gear: 

– Professional Camera with tripod and remote shutter release.

– Wide angle lens. i.e. Sony 16-35, Nikkor 14-24 or equivalent. 

– A middle-zoom lens such as a 24-70 mm & telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 mm

Wear:

– Waterproof and windproof jacket (consider the average temperatures +5 –5  C)

– Waterproof pants

– Warm down-jacket and thermal pants

– Casual clothes. Detail list will be sent to participants after registration.

Physical difficulty:

The main tour is easy to moderate in terms of activity. Most of locations are just next to the car parking. Few locations require 10-15min walk & climbing steps, few locations require 30-40min. walk around 7-10 k.m. both way.   

Most locations are 30-40min. of driving distance from hotel but while changing hotels few require 4-5 hrs of drive but on plane road, people with back trouble needs to inform us in advance.

Weather:

Temperatures at night can go down below -5° / -7°. Normally all the cabins & hotels are equipped with Heaters & Blankets but feel free to bring a Slipping Bag.

Temperatures during day time can be between -2° / +2°

Payment Options

Participation Fee:

Faroe ;    $2000

Iceland : $3300

Norway: $2600

10% off on Early booking ( closes at 30th March)

Epic 3 Countries Bundle offer - $7000

Payment Schedule:

Booking Amount:  50% of total which includes $750 non refundable deposit.

Next Payment Remaining 25% 60 days before the trip date.

Final Payment Remaining 25% 30 days before the trip date.

** Payment through web channel will add 5% transfer charge.

**For bank transfer, Cash & Monthly payment options CONTACT US

2020 Faroe
5% Transfer charge included
2020 Iceland
5% Transfer charge included
2020 Norway
5% Transfer charge included
3 Countries Bundle Offer

Tour Mentors

  • Prakash Kumar Singh

    Prakash Kumar Singh

  • Jasminder Singh Oberai

    Jasminder Singh Oberai

  • Anushka Eranga

    Anushka Eranga

What People Are Saying About Us-

  • Naveen Kumar (Dubai)

    Been wanting to go to Iceland for a while and glad i did that with Jassi. He is a very humorous person, whom you get along more as a friend than a mentor. Shares the small nuances of photography and also his composition and other parameters to get that perfect shot. Looking forward to another trip with Jassi and Prakash.

  • Rajat Sethi (Noida)

    Even though I had been to Iceland before, I was motivated to visit this magical place again with a group of like minded photographers so that I can improve my landscape photography skills! This tour justified my faith in both my decision as well as in our mentors, Jassi and Prakash! The one thing that stood out was their passion and keenness to make us experience the magic that we had all signed on for! We were literally chasing the northern lights with Xploring Light and were not disappointed as we were able to have our fill of this magical spectacle and photograph it with diverse foregrounds of snow mountains, waterfalls and lakes! Jassi and Prakash were always there to mentor us on the right camera settings, locations and long exposures! While Iceland was a magical experience, Norway was a truly mystical experience and its beauty was far beyond our expectations. By the end of the trip we were all one big family singing, drinking and making merry together! We made friends for life and parted with fond memories! Thank you for a memorable tour and we can’t wait to go with you guys on our next adventure!

  • Dr. Vikram Prabhakar (Al Ain)

    “Space the final frontier” is the famous line from the epic Star Trek which we all grew up to. But with so much to see & experience on mother Earth, I won’t be bothered about space for now. Last month I had the opportunity to explore one of the earthly frontiers called Iceland. I have been to other destinations around the world & none have amazed me more than Iceland. It’s a photographer’s paradise, a tourist’s getaway & a revelation of the elements of the universe; earth, water, air, fire & space all in one place. Let me tell you it’s not the place for the weak hearted. The very thought of waking up early, sleeping late barely managing a few hours of rest, trekking up hills, through sand &, gravel & knee-deep water, marching through spray of water, crawling on all fours, braving the cold gusty winds & still be sane to compose & marvel the nature can be attributed to the adrenaline rush one gets from the place. This obsession is multiplied many a fold if you are in the august company of ten charged up passionate photographers. UAE Landscapers & Xploring Light under the keen eyes of Prakash Kumar Singh, Akhter from UAE & Jassi Oberai from India laid a platform for all of us to experience the marvel of Iceland in September 2017. The well organised itinerary was put to test by the unpredictable Icelandic weather which seemed to lead us on a hide & seek game for light through the thick clouds. We drove passionately through rain, across meadows, over mountainous terrain to get a glimpse of the sunlight & the dancing green lights of Aurora Borealis. Through the long drives we kept awake by generous helpings of chikki, khakras & pulse cookies, not to mention the lead car driving on the wrong side of the road or racing with the Optimus Prime lorries, leaving our sleeping eyes wide open with awe. Last minute detours to find waterfalls or landmarks to capture were the spirit of the tour. The numerous seasonal waterfalls, the cloud draped snow covered mountain peaks, the winding roads, the moss-covered lava rocks, the black sand beaches, the open fields with sheep grazing & horses running free captured the eye & imagination of the artist within. Though I had to leave the group 5 days short due to my professional commitments, I came back a learned man, with new friends & memory cards full of images to process. My gratitude & kudos to the organizers for tour well executed, my salute to the fellow photographers for their comradery. A piece of advice to the people still having Iceland on their bucket list……. Empty your bucket here, you will have a bucketful there.

  • Sandeep Mathur (New Delhi)

    Just when the idea of visiting Iceland was germinating in my mind, and started researching, I came across an advert by Xploring Light for a Photo tour of Iceland. This appeared to be a divine intervention to be able to visit my dream destination and at the same time to practice my craft alongside a great photographer like Jassi Oberai. The tour was complete – providing all the opportunities to the participants to photograph most of the epic destinations of Iceland. It was hectic, hard and adventurous and I wouldn’t have liked to be anything else. Add to this a great bunch of like minded participants who would not think twice about waking up for a sunrise shot at 5 am after going to be bed at 2:30 am after shooting northern lights. The focus was on photography, photography and photography! Jassi is a born mentor – he is non-invasive but at the same time will ensure that each and every individual is achieving his photographic goals from the trip. We shot non-stop for 12 days in extreme weather conditions, sometimes driving 5 hours for that one epic sunset shot but it didn’t seem hard because the organisers kept everyone in good humour and well fed! All in all a great experience and would love to be a part of future tours organised by Jassi & Prakash.

  • Dr. Poonam Singh (New Delhi)

    This must be the longest time I have taken in assimilating thoughts for writing testimonial for a tour and that too when Xploring Light and UAE Landscapers deserve it totally as it has truly been the trip of my life! The arctic wonders Iceland and Lofoten Islands are not routine touristy places neither for photography nor in terms of weather conditions,apparel and certain other emergency measures and it was pretty cool to use prior experience of mentors Jassi Oberai and Prakash Kumar Singh who seemed to know the places like the back of their hand.Prior meeting was called to gear up for know how of the region and every bit of nuance listed regarding camera equipment etc. which will be needed there taking participants from other towns in loop through WhatsApp chat board so we had become one cosy family even before the tour started. Iceland and Lofoten being close to North Pole have unanticipated weather variations. I really do not how our mentors managed their logistics financially and i still marvel at their passion how they tried every possible way to ensure that we all manage to shoot sunrise and sunsets on all falls -geysers-lagoons-glacier-beach-fjord and perfectionists that they are they wanted us to take images from all possible directions,east side,west side,from the base and what not.I remember we even revisited some locations to get a rainbow or a particular cloud texture and also covering the entire ring road in Iceland driving 3000 kms plus in as many days.They categorically knew every site on the map as to which is an ideal place for a perfect sunrise or a sunset shot also getting recent updates from mobile applications all the time so that we are bang there at the right hour. Jassi and Prakash complement each other perfectly almost like handling baton to the other in turns in whatever area they were managing.We saw northern lights so many times with every possible composition of mountain or a reflective lake in its full glory that it almost seemed like watching a routine sunrise/sunset and that was not sheer chance that we could sight it so often.I could see a lot of persistent meticulous planning in the background searching for those spots whether being abreast with the kpa of aurora or cloud coverage staying constantly in touch with native photographers with whom our mentors shared great rapport. I am a solo traveller and this being a self drive flexible fun trip I had the leverage of well organised arrangements but a lot of independence too whenever I willed it.I had expectations of just few decent images since the technicalities of long exposure photography using ND filters seemed cumbersome and needs a lot of patience but we got to practice so much of it there that I can really boast I am hooked to landscapes and LE now. I have beautiful memories of lovely hotel-guesthouse stays and I have noticed that Xploring Light and UAE Landscapers have a knack of assembling best people from all over the world as participants.So at the end of the day,we would all sing and make merry mixed with long and serious photography sessions or on other days hit the best restaurants with food so tasty I can still feel it on my palate. My paradigm of solo-travels and short-sweet travels seems to have shifted to group travels and longer stays after I have made friends from whom I learned so much photography and life!

  • Puja Bansal (Agra)

    Without doubt, the best holiday I ever had was this photo tour around Iceland with Xploring Light. Travel really opens up your perspective and make you see things and life from a different angle. Iceland was a total enigma. Every day unfolded its own mystery and experiences with breath taking sights , that were so different from anything I had ever encountered. I was an absolute first timer with my camera … but our mentor Jassiji and my fellow travellers never made me feel so.

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