Iceland July 2016 report

Well what a difference from the recent February trip, not least of which was no snow and ice on the roads!!
I was really surprised by how green lots of the island was - I guess I should have worked it out given that it has lots of rain, and in the autumn there is wonderful colour on the tundra, but somehow it never entered my head! It only serves to emphasise just what the different seasons bring photographically.

Alongside an amazing array of different grasses and wild flowers, we also had lots of lovely black sand and lava of course - and they all looked startlingly beautiful set against each other. Oh yes, and there were the amazing red volcanic craters as well.

The icebergs on Jokulsarlon lagoon and beach continue to astound me, and I'm not sure I will ever get over how magnificient they are no matter how many times I go. We were very privilidged to spend an extended evening there from sunset through to about 3 a.m. and although the sunrise didn't really happen particularly colourfully, it was still an amazing experience. The broken sheets of ice tinkle gently as they lap backward and forwards against the shore, bouyed by a current caused by the huge chunks of ice 'birthing' from the end of the glacier tongue. It's a very meditative and tranquil experience and one I will never forget.

Last but certainly not least, we had a really lovely group of people who enjoyed every minute, got along wonderfully well, and did a lot of laughing along the way.
What more can you ask for really?!

So a selection of their photographs will appear here over the coming weeks. We've only been back a few days, so more to come as they get to grips with their shots. (Also a few by me of the group.) In the meantime there are a few of mine - which hopefully I'll add to over the next few weeks as well.

Also some of their comments below (again more to come as they send things through to me) :-

Helen
Thanks again Cheryl for wonderful teaching, views and the whole exxperience. Definitely keen to do more. Hope you've booked yourself a few days rest now as you really deserve it. Don't think you could have done more for us. Thanks so much, had a brilliant week and so much down to you.

Miriam and Ian St
I have just landed back home and switched on the computer and wanted to say what a great week both Ian and myself had, great fun with the company and great tuition, really well organised, saw far more than expected, I do not think either of us will forget midnight by the lagoon, the light and creaking of the icebergs.
Well done and thanks

Sue
It was a terrific trip, the scenery wonderful, and great organisation. I have a few pictures that I feel really happy with, which is great. It was such a different experience for me. Thank You.

Ian Se
Just to say a really big thank you again for an excellent photo trip to Iceland.
All aspects of the trip (sites visited,hotels,tuition, other participants etc) were great and combined to make a most worthwhile trip.
It really encourages me to focus on an activity, photography, which I really enjoy when often I let other interests take over.
Now to the task of reviewing and processing all my Iceland photographs.
I look forward to future trips (in particular the Blue Ridge Mountains if that goes ahead).

Ray
Great week, well organised, and learnt loads of know how to use my new camera. Still tired but happy!

John
Many thanks for a really great experience in Iceland.
Firstly, Cheryl, just to say again what a really great trip we had to Iceland. Your hard work before and during the trip paid off, and you have every reason to feel very pleased although you must also be very tired.

Judi
Just a quick note to say a very big thank you for a wonderful week. The organisation, the locations, the tips and tuition and your company were all first class; I would certainly recommend one of your holidays to anyone.