All our guides are photographers with extensive photographic experience in Iceland who can give you guidance and advice regarding photography as well as provide perspectives on Icelandic society, geology and history that can add depth and enhance your experience and make your photographs more meaningful.
To ensure safe and considerate driving all of our driver guides have taken advanced commercial driving lessons and are experienced in driving on narrow gravel roads and tracks, in winter driving and river crossings and have acquired a special advanced driver‘s license.
Iceland Photo Tour team
Haukur is a photographer and the owner of Iceland Photo Tours (Look North Travel). Haukur studied photography in Iceland 1989 – 1993 at the studio-lab Skyggna Myndverk. Since then he has been working as a freelance photographer and guiding photo tours since 2006. To expand his overall knowledge of Iceland he entered the Iceland Tourist Guide School in 2007-2008. Haukur has a private pilot license since 1990 and owns a part in a small airplane.
He has been travelling around Iceland (jeep driving, hiking, kayaking and flying) for the last 25 years.
Haukur has published two books about the Icelandic landscape and his photographs can be observed on his website: www.photos.is
Sigurdur Stefnisson specializes in photographing the Northern Lights, birds and landscapes. He has been travelling around Iceland for 25 years. Among those who have used his photographs are National Geographic, BBC, GEO, NASA and Merian. One of his photographs has been included in National Geographic’s 100 best pictures edition. Sigurdur has also published a book on Northern Lights.
Anna Fjola Gisladottir
Anna Fjola Gisladottir, a photographer for over 25 years, runs her own studio and also teaches photography at the Technical College in Reykjavik. Anna Fjola is a great lover of outdoor life and has published two photographic books about the Icelandic horse and the town of Akureyri. For further information visit Anna Fjola’s website: www.annafjola.is
Tryggvi Már Gunnarsson
Tryggvi has 15 years of experience as a tour guide in Iceland. He has been fortunate enough to travel to some of the country’s most scenic places in all sorts of weather conditions. He has seen erupting volcanoes and melting glaciers even under the Northern Lights. He has a deep passion for landscape and Aurora photography and is currently finishing his photography studies at New York Institute of Photography.
Language: English and French.
Tryggvi Már Gunnarsson a 15 ans d‘expérience comme guide touristique en Islande et il parle anglais et francais. Il a eu la chance de voyager dans les ultimes coins de son pays, les lieux les plus scéniques dans toutes sortes de conditions météoriques. Il a été témoin d’éruptions volcaniques, d’effondrement des glaciers, sous les lumières mêmes des aurores boréales. Il a une passion pour le paysages et la photographie des aurores boréales et activement il termine ses études de photographe au New York Institute of Photography.
Langue: Francaise et en Anglais
Sóla has been working as a tourguide, driverguide and mountainguide for thirty years in Iceland and abroad. She studied photography at Brooks Institute of California, worked for various photographersin SF and had her own studio in Reykjavík.
Language: English and German
Sola wurde als Tourguide, Driver und Bergfürer seit dreißig Jahren in Island und im Ausland arbeiten. Sie studiierte Fotografie am Brooks Institiue of California, arbeitete fur vershiedene Fotografen in SF un hatte ihr eigenes Studio in Reykjavik.
Sprache: English und Deutch
The “Around Iceland Photo Tour” from May 20-31, 2013 was my first trip abroad, and it turned out to be the trip of a life-time! I don’t know where to begin to describe how pleased, thrilled, and privileged I feel that I was able to participate in this magnificent tour around Iceland, which has to be the most beautiful, serene, pristine, and welcoming country in the world!
The tour far exceeded my expectations, in terms of the variety of spectacular landscapes, seascapes, and wild life (birds, horses) to which one could bear witness; the quality of light and voluminous opportunities for making life-time photos; the impeccable planning, organization, and implementation of the logistics of the tour; the impressive and seemingly smooth instantaneous adjustment of segments of the tour due to road and weather conditions; and finally, the professionalism, dedication, warmth, enthusiasm, altruism, good nature, and humor of Haukur Snorrason and Hadda Bjork Gisladottir, who could not have been more welcoming, kind, accommodating to the group and me.
The accommodations along the tour and our meals were excellent! I was very pleased with the comfort, cleanliness, cuisine, and warmth and of the various hotel/guesthouse staff. Well done!
From start to the finish, it was clear that Haukur and Hadda were seasoned professionals who took delight and personal commitment to ensure that the needs of the tour, the group, and individual participants were addressed and met. Haukur was in complete command of the tour. He is a perfect blend of explorer, outdoorsman, and astronaut – the consummate leader. Haukur knew the roads, the detours, the geography, the terrain, and the road and weather conditions like the back of his hand. Even on the days where we were met with bad weather, Haukur was patient, skilled, and maybe even clairvoyant to know where and when the weather might break, and it seemed like we always had a handful of great shots when the weather did not want to cooperate, which I found impressive and remarkable. Haukur is a knowledgeable leader in every sense of the word. He was even kind enough to provide historical and geological perspectives along the way, which I found very educational and helped put factual context to our voyage.
But, most of all, despite the hefty responsibility for safely and competently navigating the roads and weather, ensuring that the tour was on schedule, and going out of his way to bring us to the most beautiful and stunning reaches of Iceland, Haukur was “one of the gang.” He marveled with us over the scenery, as if it was also his first time seeing the breathtaking scenery. He joked and laughed with us. And he shared hearty meals and good wine with us. And he made me laugh very hard, too. He has a great sense of humor, which made the trip that much more enjoyable for all of us.
Hadda was equally a joy and a pleasure to know. She welcomed us into their guesthouse, Hrifunes, in open arms and made us feel welcome and at home. Without question, she is the best chef in the world, and her cooking is second in quality and variety only to my beloved mother. Hadda went out of her way to accommodate us and partake in the joy and celebratory nature of the tour. And at the finale of the tour, I felt a warm sense of friendship, maybe even family, with Haukur and Hadda.
All in all, joining this tour was one of the best decisions I have made in my life! It has been less than a week since the tour was complete, and as I write this testimonial, I am already looking forward to booking my next tour with Iceland Photo Tours, maybe even again this summer! Yes, the Around Iceland Photo Tour was that good!
Takk fyrir, Haukur and Hadda, for making my dream come true! The world needs more great people like you!
Haukur. Thank you for your wonderful sense of humor + your expert knowledge of this area. You have been a wonderful guide taking us to some beautiful and memorable places. This has been a wonderful + memorable trip.
Thank you very much for your hospitality. Enjoyed very much of your warm home atmosphere and great cooking. Phtototour was great! All this causes to dream to come again