Incredible Iceland 2015



Incredible Iceland 2015

March 1-7, 2015





March 1st – Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavík

Arrival at Keflavík airport. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

March 2nd – Reykjavík – Höfn – Vatnajökull glacier

We take an early morning flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the day exploring the region and if fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier. 

Dinner and overnight in the area.


March 3rd – Ice cave and Vatnajökull glcier
We start the day with an unforgettable ice cave tour which is an amazing experience and wonderful to photograph.  We continue exploring the Vatnajökull area

Dinner and overnight in the area.


March 4th – Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – Skaftafell

We visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs.  The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers).

Dinner and overnight in the area

March 5th – Vík – Reynisfjara – Geysir

We go to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey.  We continue to the spectacular waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. On we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters.

Dinner and overnight in the area


March 6th – Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Eyrabakki and Krisuvik

From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. We drive to Þingvellir national park a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island. We drive throught Eyrarbakki a friendly village that used to be the largest commercial community and the main harbour on the South Coast of Iceland.  Today a large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920 are situated in Eyrarbakki.  Continue to Krisuvik, a geothermal field with steam vents and mud pools. It is volatile even by Icelandic standards. The temperature below the surface is 392 F (200 C) and the water is boiling as it comes out of the earth. In Krisuvik we will also find the Kleifarvatn lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides. 

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík


March 7th – Departure

Pick up from the hotel for the transfer to Keflavik international airport.

This Adventure is limited to 6 (4 openings) photographers plus myself and our Iceland guide, Tim Vollmer

The cost will be $5750.00 which is inclusive of meals, lodging, the flight to Hohn, transportation around Iceland, plus our Iceland Guide Tim Vollmer and myself.  Not included would be flight to Iceland, drinks and any misc expenses such as entries to any sights not listed in the itinerary.  Contact laurie.excell@gmail to sign up or for more information.











Deadline Extended…Enter Now

Chasig the Light


The deadline for entering the Chasing the Light Photo Competition has been extended until July 31st!  Don’t miss out on the chance to win some Great prizes!!!


Chasing the Light Photo Competition

Chasig the Light


I am pleased to be the judge for the next Chasing the Light Juried Photo Competition. It is now open for submissions and you can enter for a chance to win some cash. CTL is an opportunity for photographers to have their photos seen by the photo community and photo buyers. The top 5 outstanding images will be promoted to over 1000 photo buyers.

Partnered with Pro Nature Photographer, Chasing the Light is open to all photographers and our next theme is OUR FOUR LEGGED FRIENDS which is of course wildlife. This includes any four legged wildlife captured in the wild. So upload your best images today for a chance to win. The deadline is July 15th, 2014.

I look forward to the exciting challenge of choosing a few images to represent the best of the best from what I’m sure will be an outstanding selection of images.


Where’s Laurie Lately?

First of all…Thank you so much to everyone for the messages, phone calls and notes wondering where I was and if I was ok.  I am overwhelmed at the number of people who reached out.  Thank you.

I haven’t been posting much lately but, I haven’t been sitting completely idle.  Here is a quick catch up on some of the many projects I have been working on lately…

I am proud to be featured in the current edition of the extraordinarily awesome online magazine “Extraordinary Vision” along with my friends Trey Ratclif and Peter Giordino who also have an awesome interview in this edition…

Extraordinary Vision


My friend and fellow photographer, Charlie Borland, recently featured an interview with me about Storm Chasing on his ProNature YouTube channel…

Pro Nature


I’m thrilled to announce the second edition of my Snapshots to Great Shots Composition book has been released and is available at a book store near you or on Amazon both in paperbook and for kindle…



2015 is shaping up to be another year of exciting Adventures with visits to Alaska to photograph Coastal Brown Bears, Iceland to photograph the northern lights, icebergs and horses (just to name a few subjects), Cuba for the wonderful people, the antique cars and the outstanding architecture, Florida for the birds ( a favorite among my many fellow adventurers which I haven’t visited for a few years), Storm Chasing (a annual, almost, quest to find and photograph severe weather), the Oregon Coast and Waterfalls to name a few of the many Adventures that I am finalizing now.  Contact Laurie for more information or to sign up…

Excellent Photo Adventures


And, finally, my most exciting news of all is that I have been invited to become a Master of The Arcanum: Magical Academy of Artistic Mastery!…

The Arcanum


I feel so honored to be joining this esteemed group of talented, sharing and simply awesome photographers in mentoring Apprentices in the quest to becoming the best photographer they can be so that their personal vision comes through in their photography.  Want to grow and learn with the best?  Check it out here.

Stay tuned for more…