Interview With Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is an award winning fine art nature and landscape photographer. He was born in Moldova, but moved to Reykjavik in Iceland in 2006 to study tourism and hospitality

Hey Iurie! It’s so nice to meet you! Frankly, we wish we were able to travel to Iceland and spend the day with you, but a virtual interview will have to do. We have so many questions for you, so let’s kick this off! Iceland is currently a very popular photo destination for photographers. What is one thing that is not commonly known about Iceland that visitors should know before arriving?

I guess everyone knows how beautiful Iceland is. But the weather can be unpredictable and it is not always like a fairy tale on this island. It is important to do a lot of research about weather conditions, road conditions, etc before coming here. If you have no patience for studying every location, get a local tour operator who knows the ins and outs of this island.

Speaking of which, you are the lead photography guide in a very well known company, Iceland Photo Tours. What does a typical day look like for you?  

Well, it depends. When I am on tour and as soon as I open my eyes, I check the sky and weather forecast to gauge where will we shoot a sunrise. Then, I meet the group based on the agreed call time and we start driving. When we are on location I help everyone with good composition and camera settings. When everyone is settled and enjoying their shooting I again start organizing the itinerary for the day based on weather conditions, including restaurant reservations. We usually shoot until night time, with of course some breaks along the way before the next location. This is the reason I make sure that I have a really spacious bus to let our guests relax and unwind after every shoot.

You are also the co-founder of the popular platform, Guide to Iceland.  Where did the idea come from and what inspired you to create this?

The idea came from our passion to share the best of Iceland. It’s the same as what also drove me to be a photographer. We are very proud of the beauty of Iceland and we would like others to also experience what Iceland can offer. This is why we provide many tips, articles and itineraries. We also filter the best tours. We were nominated as the Best Start Up in Iceland since we launched this platform and now, we are ...

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