It is the ‘Land of Ice and Fire.’ A place of natural contrast.
Iceland sits directly on the Mid-Atlantic Rift, which separates the Eurasian and the North American plates. Because of this location, the tiny island is one of the most geologically restless areas on earth.
As the two plates at this junction split, the intensity of Iceland’s volatility increases. All of the Active volcanoes, geysers, hot springs, fumaroles, faults, black-sand beaches, snow-capped mountains and huge waterfalls litter the landscape here.
Join Backcountry Journeys this September as we explore this dazzling geologic anomaly. Our trip is timed when vegetation will be in peak autumn splendor, and when the tourists from the busy summer are gone.
The landscape photography here is world-class, but is especially wonderful in autumn when fall colors soften the harsh edges of this volcanic terrain. The beautiful, yet rugged, arctic character here is due to the island’s northerly latitude.
On our “Best of Iceland – Autumn” photography adventure we’ll explore the famous Ring Road as well as spend a few days in the central highlands.
This Ring Road travels for 828 miles around the island, connecting the majority of the populated areas and passing by many of Iceland’s most popular attractions. The highlands encompass a vast part of the island and contain some of the country’s best natural scenery, with some mountain peaks reaching heights between 3,000 and 6,500 feet!
Snow and glaciers here make for some nicely contrasting landscape images, and the Northern Lights are often visible in autumn when clear skies and dark nights combine to allow for the otherworldly lights to present themselves.
We will make stops at various glaciers, glacier lagoons, black sand beaches, geothermal areas, lava fields, seascapes and several of Iceland’s 10,000 waterfalls while on our journey around this arctic island nation. In the evenings we’ll focus our attention on searching for the Aurora that we can compose along with beautiful landscapes.
This is a fantastic photography tour & workshop for landscape photographers who desire a great introduction to the diverse landscape Iceland has to offer – and in one of its most colorful seasons.
If Iceland hasn’t been on your radar – it should be!