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Highlights
  • Photograph fascinating formations from pseudocraters and dark lava formations to bubbling mud pools and brilliantly colored mountains.
  • Enjoy extended time to photograph icebergs and glaciers at the magnificent Jokulsarlon ice lagoon.
  • Capture images of Thingvellir National Park, where the Viking parliament once met in a setting of wide fields and stark, rocky ridges.

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Photograph Iceland under the midsummer sun, taking advantage of up to 21 hours of daylight that provide a wide array of beautiful lighting conditions. Capture images of mountains, glaciers, volcanic landscapes and harbors where innumerable seabirds glide and dive. Learn about light management, exposure and composition, and macro, landscape and wildlife photography techniques that will help you snap pictures that encompass the grandeur of Iceland.

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4.7 Guide
4.7 Activities
4.8 Lodging
4.5 Transportation
4.6 Meals
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Capturing Iceland: Digital Photography Under the Midsummer Sun

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Does Not Recommend

A BIG DISAPPOINTMENT August 2017

3.0
  • Value 3.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 3.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 2.0
  • Meals 3.0
I would have enjoyed this trip much more if I felt I was being treated as an adult, the educated, enthusiastic traveler that I am.
Unfortunately, I took a fall and broke my arm near the end of the trip. I was shocked at the very insolent, uncaring attitude of Road Scholar. I received two calls from the insurance program my husband was encouraged to pay for for the trip (we usually use Travel Guard who is great). Both calls were very negative. Neither expressed concern about my condition and both apparently had called to state that ROAD SCHOLAR
WOULD NOT PAY FOR ANYTHING! WOW! A WAKEUP CALL FROM HELL. I WILL BE SHOUTING THIS FROM THE ROOFTOPS SO NO ONE ELSE
HAS THIS EXPERIENCE. DO NOT PURCHASE ROAD SCHOLAR INSURANCE -- IT IS A BOONDOGGLE!
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LG

Does Not Recommend

Don't go! March 2017

2.0
  • Guide 1.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 1.0
  • Meals 1.0
  • Value 2.0
  • Transportation 2.0
I took a four day bridge class at Jekyll Island Club Hotel. The class was mediocre. And I came home with over 50 BED BUG BITES! Please beware.

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TCtssvawmc

Recommends

Excellent coverage of major cities and Guizhou Province January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 5.0
  • Lodging 5.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 5.0
Road Scholar (also known as Elderhostel) offers hundreds of tours worldwide, using local tour companies, sometimes universities. I have taken RS tours to Africa, China, and France and look forward to more. This was my first "tour" of China, but my 20th visit, with the rest on business. Our guide, Mei Mei, was one of the finest I've seen on tours. We started with Beijing and continued to Xian and then to Guizhou Province for a week in this fascinating area, which was new to me. We were able to meet the people in the villages, thanks to our guide, and enjoyed the chance to see and photograph such a variety of places in China. Hotels were excellent and appropriate to this type of tour (usually centrally located and very fine). Meals were family style and always good. Road Scholar makes its tours educational and doesn't push shopping as so many commercial ones do. Touring in China is very safe. You do have a lot of walking and RS tells you this in the tour, but it seems that a great deal of the walking is in those huge airports! I recommend Road Scholar and always turn to their catalogs to choose my next trip.
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WE

Recommends

A peaceful and green country with lots of history revealed by motor coach travel. January 2017

4.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 4.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 3.0
  • Transportation 3.0
  • Meals 3.0
The trip was a good overview of the country. The Road Scholar guide was very knowledgeable. The motorcoach was very comfortable. The accommodations and meals were fine. Couldn't ask for a better overview of the place.
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Old Cuba is fantastic and should be seen before it's spoiled by capitalism. January 2017

5.0
  • Value 5.0
  • Guide 5.0
  • Activities 4.0
  • Lodging 4.0
  • Transportation 5.0
  • Meals 3.0
This was my wife's and my first trip with Road Scholar. At the time (April, 2012), it was not possible for Americans to directly visit Cuba. You had to do it with a cultural/educational group, often associated with a university. Or, you could fly to Canada, Mexico, or Europe first and then get a flight to Cuba from there (while risking a ~$10,000 fine from the US Government). We opted for the legal route with Road Scholar.

It was a fantastic trip! We had a small-ish group of about 20 people and a wonderful guide, José Luis (who, like most Cubans, had never been off the island).
The trip began in Miami where we had an orientation and spent the night. Then we flew to Havana and stayed in the Hotel Nacional for four nights. It doesn't get more historic -- or fun -- than the Nacional:
https://vimeo.com/41612444

While in Havana, we enjoyed great history/culture lectures from experts, toured various parts of Havana (including Hemmingway's home in the hills nearby), and, on our own, had the opportunity to have dinner at a paladar -- a restaurant inside someone's home.

The Cuban people are friendly but the infrastructure of their country is in shambles. It's been a long time since Russia's deep pockets left the island (1991), and you see poverty everywhere. But not the begging-in-the-street kind. Cuba provides universal health care, education (including room and board all the way through grad/med school!), food staples, and a very modest income (~$30/month) to everyone. Most people add to that income by working on the side.

After Havana, we traveled to Cienfuegos. From there we saw the infamous Bay Of Pigs, but also the wonderful Benny Moré Art School where we learned of the fantastic support for the arts by the Cuban government. Children are identified in grade school as having artistic talent and then funneled into magnet schools like Benny Moré to study art for their entire scholastic career!

Don't go to Cuba for the food. It's edible (and won't make you sick) but rather boring. You mainly get the "three amigos": fish, pork, or chicken, along with rice and/or black beans. But the aged rum is superb and so are the cigars!

Probably my favorite thing on the island, though, was the music -- whether on the street or in a more formal setting:
https://vimeo.com/43273083

Cuba is fantastic. Go enjoy it!
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Itinerary

Day 1: In Transit        

In Transit: International overnight flight from US/Canada.

Day 2: Blue Lagoon / Program Orientation / Lava Field Ph... 

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Eldhestar

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Arrival at Iceland’s Keflavík International Airport (KEF). Participants will be greeted and transported to the Northern Light Inn for breakfast. Next we go for an invigorating swim in the Blue Lagoon, a geothermal spa said to have demonstrable healing powers, especially against skin diseases and arthritis.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Introductory meeting and thorough program orientation, encompassing where and how we will travel, what to expect at the different sites, as well as expected light and weather conditions. After our meeting we take a short photo trek in the lava field. We visit the Old Grindavik Lighthouse on the rugged coastline of the Atlantic Ocean with its dense population of Arctic terns. Drive to our hotel near Hveragerdi.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Day 3: Digital Camera Class / Geysir Gullfoss           

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Eldhestar

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Review the functions of the digital camera and the basic points in digital imaging. Learn to master the digital camera's settings and combine basic skills such as composition and point of view to improve your photos. Learn to apply filters and shutter speeds to capture spouting geysers and torrent waterfalls.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Excursion to the Geysir geothermal area and Gulfoss, the "Golden Waterfall." We try out techniques of capturing movement in the landscape.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Day 4: Digital Photography Class / South Coast          

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Katla - Höfðabrekka

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we review our photographic work to date. We will also learn about light and exposure and review optical points such as focal length, lenses, macro, perspective and subject distance.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Travel along the southern shore past spectacular mountain scenery into Iceland's southernmost village of Vik, where black sand beaches and picturesque rocks line the sea shore. Great photo opportunities include columnar basalt grottoes, sea stacks and bird cliffs. We visit the Dyrhólaey headland where thousands of birds nest during the summer including puffins, guillemots and fulmars.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Day 5: Skaftafell National Park           

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Skaftafell

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: This morning we explore Skaftafell National Park, a natural wonderland of powerful glaciers, turbulent waterfalls, lush birch woodlands, and vibrant wildflowers with fantastic views of the mountain and its sliding glaciers.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We have a special session in photographing plants and flowers and try out techniques in macro photography. Drive to Oraefi, where our accommodations are nestled between sliding glaciers at the foot of the Vatnajökull Glacier. This is Europe's largest icecap - larger than all other glaciers in Europe combined.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Evening: If weather permits, enjoy an evening excursion to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to capture the lagoon in the evening sun.

Day 6: Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Katla - Höfðabrekka

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Drive to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a favorite for many photographers and one of the highlights of the program. Enjoy a boat trip on the lagoon and spend some time testing out techniques of light and exposure as you photograph the icebergs and glaciers.

Lunch: Lunch at a local restaurant.

Afternoon: Drive back to Vik across a vast lava field nearby Kirkjubæjarklaustur. There will be photo stops along the way.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Day 7: Landmannalaugar   

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Eldhesta

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Excursion in Landmannalaugar, an oasis in the harsh interior of Iceland. The multi-colored mountains, the lava and the hot springs provide a magnificent landscape, and unique opportunities for nature photography. Spend 2-3 hours taking photos here.

Lunch: Picnic lunch at Landmannalaugar.

Afternoon: Arrive at our hotel in Hveragerdi.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Day 8: Digital Photography Class / Þingvellir National P...    

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Enjoy a photo review and lecture.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Excursion to Þingvellir National Park, an ancient parliament site situated on the Mid-Atlantic ridge, separating the Eurasian and North-American continental plates, to explore this UNESCO World Heritage Site. Arrive in Reykjavik in the late afternoon.

Dinner: Hotel dining room.

Day 9: Photoshop Session / Reykjavik / Farewell Dinner      

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Accommodation: Hotel Reykjavik Centrum

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: We have a morning Photoshop Lightroom session in the computer room.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: Short introduction to the capital of Iceland before enjoying a free afternoon to explore on your own.

Dinner: Farewell dinner at a local restaurant.

Day 10: Departures     

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch

Breakfast: Hotel dining room.

Morning: Morning at leisure and for last photographs. The hotel is located in the old city center, just a few minutes walk to the lake or the harbor.

Lunch: Hotel dining room.

Afternoon: We make our way to Keflavík Airport (KEF) for departures.

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Details
Trip Includes
  • 8 nights of accommodations
  • 26 meals: 9 breakfasts, 9 lunches, 8 dinners
  • 5 Expert-led lectures
  • 9 Field trips
  • Learning led by expert instructors who are authorities in the field of study.
  • An experienced Group Leader attuned to the needs of Road Scholar participants.
  • Customary gratuities throughout the program that you would normally pay yourself.
  • The Road Scholar Travel Assistance Plan, which is purchased on behalf of every participant and provides 24-hour-a-day emergency assistance services coverage.
  • Taxes
  • State-of-the-art QUIETVOX listening devices
Trip Excludes
  • International Flights
  • Passport and visa charges
  • Any kind of insurance
  • Personal Expenses
Meals Included:

9 Breakfasts, 9 Lunches and 8 Dinners

Flights & Transport
Only ground transport
Group Size:
Standard Group
Start City
Reykjavik
End City
Reykjavik

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