Iceland with Jess Santos and Joshua Snow Photography

Reykjavik - Golden Circle - Skaftafell - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

2023: Feb 22 - Mar 1


Get ready for an epic adventure, this winter journey will highlight some of Iceland's most dramatic features! You'll cross glaciers and mountain vistas, explore lava fields, watch bubbling geysers and gaze in awe at some powerful waterfalls and if we're lucky some dancing Northern Lights. All while eating like a Viking on this adventure in the Land of Fire and Ice. Pack your camera and your warmest jacket and be ready for the trip of a lifetime! This trip is designed to really immerse yourself in, and explore all of what Iceland has to offer (plus get some really great photographs too!)

  • 8 days

  • 10 - 14 spots

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels (single rooms available)

  • 7 breakfasts and 6 dinners included

  • TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport (KEF), between 08:00 am and 05:00 pm

  • TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport (KEF), between 08:00 am and 01:00 pm

Activities Included

  • Informal Photography Workshop
  • Thingvellir National Park Tour
  • The Great Geysir and Strokkur Viewing
  • Gullfoss Waterfall Visit
  • Northern Lights Spotting (weather dependent)
  • Laki Lava Fields Drive
  • Skaftafell National Park Walk
  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Visit
  • South Coast Glacier and Waterfall Drive
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls Visit
  • Deildartunguhver Hot Spring Visit
  • Krauma Geothermal Baths
  • Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour
  • Arnarstapi Coastal Walk
  • Blue Lagoon Visit

Other Inclusions

  • Double occupancy in 3-star hotels
  • Local guide throughout trip
  • All city transfers
  • Arrival airport transfer (until 5 pm on first day)
  • Departure airport transfer (morning of last day)
  • 7 Breakfasts and 6 Dinners

Workshops

Informal Photography Workshop: Thoughout the trip will describe our creative process and the logistical breakdown of our photo sessions with focus on composition, light and telling a story through imagery. You'll get an insight into what influences both of us and our overall vision as well as shooting for the edit. You will then put this into action by photographing the stunning landscapes of Iceland.

Optional Activities

  • Ice Cave Tour

Exclusions

  • International flights
  • Food and alcohol (except as noted)
  • Visas and travel insurance
  • Airport transfers outside of designated times

Your Host

Jess Santos And Joshua Snow

Meet Jess:

Jess Santos is based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her passion for the desert long precedes her passion for photography. Yes, she calls the desert her home and first love but she is a wanderer at heart, constantly on the road to her next adventure. She spends sleepless nights chasing the vibrant colors of desert landscapes and the distant glow of the Milky Way. She is captivated by new and varying ecosystems, and especially fascinated with life in extreme environments.

Meet Joshua:

Joshua Snow is a Nomad, a traveling adventurer, artist and Landscape photographer who has gained notoriety for his highly technical approach to creating colorful, whimsical and thought provoking imagery. Even earning him a 2nd place finish overall in the 2020 international landscape photographer of the year awards, with 3 images also making the top 100! His work combines very calculated and meticulous compositions with vibrant colors and vivid imagination. Doing his best to convey a sense of experience, rather than a finite moment in time.

Itinerary

Day 1

Wednesday, Feb 22, 2023

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Day 1

Welcome to the ‘Land of Fire & Ice’ the Nordic island of Iceland! After clearing immigration and customs, you will be transferred to your hotel in Reykjavik where your adventure begins.

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Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 3 transfers from Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport (KEF) , between 8 AM and 5 PM

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dinner

Welcome dinner at a local restaurant is included.

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Hotel Klettur

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2

Thursday, Feb 23, 2023

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Day 2

Rise and shine to the first full day of your winter adventure in Iceland! Today you will go on an iconic road trip through the Golden Circle, a route that passes through Icelandic countryside to see spouting geysers, crashing waterfalls and stunning views all around.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Thingvellir National Park Tour

Your first stop will be in Thingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site. Here you will be able to look down a volcanic rift and straddle two tectonic plates, the only place where the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates meet and can be seen on dry land. Thingvellir is recognized as the place in which Iceland’s identity as a nation began.

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The Great Geysir and Strokkur Viewing

Visit the spouting hot springs of the Great Geysir and Strokkur where you’ll be able to walk around the geothermic area. The lively Strokkur spouts water 100 feet into the air every few minutes, so have your camera and enjoy the show.

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Gullfoss Waterfall Visit

Gullfoss, or the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is a magnificent two-tiered waterfall that drops 105 feet into a narrow canyon 230 feet deep and 1.5 miles long. Geologists believe that this canyon was formed by sudden releases of massive amounts of water from melted glaciers—pretty impressive!

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Northern Lights Spotting (weather dependent)

Experience the northern lights, aka aurora borealis. Nature will decide whether this Icelandic sight is yours to enjoy! These beautiful dancing waves of light are best viewed an hour or so before midnight, so cozy up with your group and witness this celestial phenomenon. Lucky you—your hotel is the perfect place to view the Northern Lights!

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dinner

Dinner at the hotel is included.

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Hotel Fljotshild

Overnight in Hvolsvöllur.

Day 3

Friday, Feb 24, 2023

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Day 3

After breakfast, you will journey out to Skaftafell National Park and in the evening, take advantage of another chance to view the northern lights.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Laki Lava Fields Drive

The Lakagigar (Laki craters) is a series of craters that were formed in one of the world’s largest mixed eruptions in recorded history. The eruption of 1783 spewed lava and volcanic ash, stretching almost 16 miles across the area, creating a lava field that’s larger than New York City.

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Skaftafell National Park Walk

A fairly easy hike will take you to Vatnajokull glacier (the largest glacier in Europe) which covers a whopping 8% of Iceland’s landmass. As you continue, you will encounter some of the country’s most striking scenery including glacier lagoons and Reynisdrangar, basalt sea stacks at the base of Reynisfjall mountain.

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dinner

Dinner at the hotel is included.

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Hotel Skaftafell

Overnight in Skaftafell.

Day 4

Saturday, Feb 25, 2023

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Day 4

Rise and shine, today is another full day of stunning sights and Icelandic topography.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon Visit

Jokulsarlon, one of Iceland’s natural crown jewels, is the deepest lake in Iceland with depths of 814 feet and a surface area of 11 square miles. The striking blue color of the icebergs in Jokulsarlon are made up of ice that is 1,000+ years old and the mixture of sea and freshwater gives the lagoon its unique turquoise color.

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South Coast Glacier and Waterfall Drive

Drive through the magnificent south shore, surrounded by mountains, thundering waterfalls and glaciers. From dramatic glaciers like Reynisdrangar and Solheimajokull to the power and strength of the Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss waterfalls, the natural beauty you will experience today is truly unforgettable.

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Ice Cave Tour (Optional)

A great experience is awaiting those who want to explore the unique atmosphere of a wondrous world of natural ice sculptures and formations.

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Hotel Klettur

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 5

Sunday, Feb 26, 2023

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Day 5

This morning after breakfast, you will head out of the city and south to the remote, Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Hraunfossar and Barnafoss Waterfalls Visit

Stop at the Borgarfjordur fjord to take in the Hraunfossar and Barnafoss waterfalls, whose countless creeks and cascades surge through the ground and tumble into the Hvita River.

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Deildartunguhver Hot Spring Visit

Deildartunguhver Hot Springs is the most powerful hot spring in Europe, known for its rapid flow rate of about 57 gallons per second! But don’t worry, there are a number of walkways and observation points to safely guide you around the spring.

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Krauma Geothermal Baths

No journey to Iceland is complete without a soak in the geothermal baths! The hot water from the Deildartunguhver spring is mixed with icy cold water from Okjökull glacier (the smallest in Iceland) to create the perfect temperature.

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dinner

Dinner at the hotel is included.

accommodation

Guesthouse Lysuholl

Overnight in Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 6

Monday, Feb 27, 2023

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Day 6

More fire and ice await you on day 6 of your trip as you explore the Snaefellsnes Peninsula with your fellow Travelers.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Snaefellsnes Peninsula Tour

Snæfellsjökull National Park, on the edge of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, is dominated by the Snæfellsjökull glacier which lies on top of a Volcano. The glacier’s peak reaches 4,744 feet and can be seen from Reykjavik on a clear day. Although the volcano is considered active, the last eruption occurred 1,900 years ago.

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Arnarstapi Coastal Walk

Visit the small fishing village of Arnarstapi for a coastal walk along jagged cliffs on the Atlantic. Then head to Djupalonssandur, an arched-shaped bay of dark cliffs and a black pebble beach with striking and strange lava-formed rock formations.

meal

dinner

Dinner at the hotel is included.

accommodation

Guesthouse Lysuholl

Overnight in Snaefellsnes Peninsula.

Day 7

Tuesday, Feb 28, 2023

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Day 7

You will have a free morning to relax and enjoy the surroundings before heading back to Reykjavik. On the way back you will stop at the Blue Lagoon for a dip. Upon arrival at Reykjavik, the afternoon is yours to do any last-minute sightseeing or shopping before joining your host for a workshop.

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breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

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Blue Lagoon Visit

The healing waters of Iceland’s Blue Lagoon along with its mystical atmosphere have made this geothermal spa one of Iceland's most popular attractions. The beautiful milky-blue water is a stark contrast to the surrounding black lava fields and gray moss. For the ultimate recharge of mind, body and spirit, dive in—the water is amazing!

meal

dinner

Farewell dinner at a local restaurant is included.

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Editing Workshop

The culmination of all your hard work during our travels come together in this post processing session. Both Jess and Joshua will walk you through their process in the digital darkroom. Focusing on creating dimension, color theory and crafting a visual pathway to draw your viewers in. We will be using both Photoshop and Lightroom to work through a variety of techniques including: how to blend multiple images together (blue hour blends, focal length blends, exposure blends and composites), Dodging and burning, Orton glow, sharpening and luminosity masking.

accommodation

Hotel Klettur

Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 8

Wednesday, Mar 01, 2023

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Day 8

All good things must come to an end but only until our next adventure. You will be transferred to the airport and wave a warm goodbye to Iceland.

meal

breakfast

Breakfast at the hotel is included.

transfer

Airport Transfer

TrovaTrip will provide 2 transfers to Reykjavík–Keflavík Airport (KEF) on the last day

Cancellation Policy

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*If you cancel when your spot is confirmed and outside of 60 days until departure, you can receive a trip credit for your down payment minus the $100 cancellation fee.

For our full cancellation policy, see our Terms & Conditions.

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