Mink Viking Portrait Studio

Mink Viking Portrait Studio, Reykjavik: Hours, Address, Mink Viking Portrait Studio Reviews: 5/5

Mink Viking Portrait Studio

Mink Viking Portrait Studio
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10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Monday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Changing you into an awesome viking and getting a cool portrait. Opening hours are from noon til 18:00 (can be flexible if booked in advance with opening hours). Best is to book a time on our homepage www.mink.is. The price are on our homepage. Inside you'll enter into a Viking setting where we you in a variety of handmade Viking costumes. And when you are all dressed up and ready for battle, then you'l pick your weapon of choice, and step in front of the camera. Located on Reykjavik main shopping street is MINK Viking Portrait. Entrance is on Smidjustigur, right around the corner on the 2nd floor. Parking garage is next door on Hverfisgata 20 (1 min walking from the studio).
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Elizabeth
Nebraska6 contributions
Custom portraits are a wonderful way to keep memories vivid and Gudmann is a skilled, knowledgeable photographer. Communication was wonderful, the session was great and Mink Studio is a welcoming environment filled with his confidence and skills. Our family of four recieved an amazing selection of portraits, a specific number of images was included with our session cost. We were able to purchase additional images at a very low price. It was difficult to decide, because there were so many great photos. The prices at Mink are very reasonable and the response time was very quick. Even with a tight budget, this experience was a great value. Skip the tourist knick knacks and have a skilled artist create portraits you will love forever! In thirty years, my sons will see the young men they were when we visited Iceland, which is significantly better than keychains, tshirts, stuffed toys or such.
In addition to the incredible assortment of clothing, accessories and items Gudmann uses to create your ensemble, he also pays close attention to the photography aspects. I am a graphic designer who has worked for a master portrait photographer for over 16 years, so my expectations are high. Within the first five minutes I was comfortable because I could see Gudmann's knowledge in action. He controlled lighting, knowingly posed clients, encouraged communication, refined the posture and adjusted or retook for any missed details. For example, I mistakingly placed my index finger above the arrow shaft while posed - the moment he noticed, he corrected it and retook the images. Mink portraits are genuine quality, not a tourist trap.
Gudmann also pays attention to the person he is photographing. My older son's images are in tune with who he is as a person, serious and methodical. My younger son's images are different - more the energetic, fun loving berserker. We hope to visit Iceland again in the future, and Mink portraits will be at the top of our list for more amazing photos! Thank you Gudmann!
Written August 10, 2022
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Paul C
Denver, CO31 contributions
Gudmann, the owner and key photographer was absolutely AWESOME! He is very passionate about his studio and the Viking culture during our photo session.

We had corresponded several times to settle on a date that worked for my group because we had a very full schedule. Because we needed to meet on a Saturday, he opened his studio for us and made our experience 10 times better than we expected. He was kind to us, taught us about Viking culture and lore, and made us look & feel like Viking warriors by the end of our session.

We highly recommend this studio if you want a unique experience and some terrific photos to show off to your friends......and your enemies! They will not want to meet you in a dark alley once they see your intense stares and weapons of choice!

Paul, Ellen, David, & Debra - USA
Written October 23, 2021
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Hunter F
Salem, VA24 contributions
Our family took the time to visit Mink Viking Portrait Studio, which was across the street from our Hilton Canopy hotel. We spent an hour wearing chainmail, posing with swords/bows/axes and getting a lot of great pictures. We learned about the various items, about armor-piercing arrows, shields, how to hold your neck so it doesn't get chopped. Gudmann was a great story teller. The pictures were wonderful and we had 205 to choose from, we selected a package where we each got 9 pictures. He did a great job using shadow and focus to generate some truly memorable photographs. This was a relatively expensive addition to our trip but it was worth it. We will cherish these pictures and use them to remember our time in Iceland. I found Gudmann to be very responsive via email and we had no problem scheduling or paying for our appointment.
Written August 29, 2021
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Sarah
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Out of everything we packed into our two week trip to Iceland (and we packed a LOT in, trust me!), this was our absolute favorite thing! Yes, it’s fun to dress up and take pictures - but this was sooooooo much more than that! Gudmann provided us with a rich cultural and history lesson, which made the experience so incredibly interesting and authentic. He is not only a skilled artist behind the lens, but is also a skilled artist with people, gently coaxing an incredible performance out of our children that resulted in some of the most amazing photos ever taken of them. We are so grateful for this opportunity - it’s definitely one you should not miss!
Written July 6, 2022
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Wonder Voyage
Corinth, TX51 contributions
As an owner of an adventure travel company, I look for experiences that are off the beaten path. I want to give my clients something to talk about, to remember. While wandering Reykjavik I came across Mink. I knew it was time to embody the Viking spirit. Not only did I come away with kick-ass Viking portraits, but a deeper knowledge and appreciation of Viking culture and history. Gudmann Thor, the owner and artist, wants to take you on a historical journey while pulling out your inner Viking. WIth years of experience in TV and film, including Game of Thrones and Vikings, Gudmann will leave you smiling, or growling, depending on how much you're willing to get into character.
Written June 16, 2022
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Candice D
Laurel, MD17 contributions
Gudmann is both a great portrait photographer and a fascinating source of info on Viking and Norse mythology.

He chose outfits for us that looked great, and really got us into the mood with all sorts of fascinating background info on the history of Vikings, the word 'Viking' and even the history of the weapons and shields that he used as props--some of which he'd made himself.

He was also very good at coaching us to get the best poses and expressions. We had fun shouting, putting on angry expressions, wielding our weapons, and all sorts of posing. Sometimes his coaching leaned a bit into gender stereotypes, but he did acknowledge that such things aren't universal.

The end results were absolutely fantastic! I was originally planning to just get a few of the photos, but we ended up deciding to get the full shoot as a package, since there were so many great ones. Between the costumes, the set, the lighting, and his coaching we truly look like Vikings, and the photos look like they could be used for a movie poster. We plan to get them printed very large and hang them up in our house, partly as a fun conversation piece and partly because they truly are amazing portraits of us.

The whole experience would have been unforgettable even without the pictures, but the pictures cement the memory, allow us to share with friends, and just plain look awesome!
Written March 20, 2022
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Carl N
Burgess Hill, UK14 contributions
Gudmann made us feel welcome and entertained with tales and information on Norse and Viking history. We had a blast and the whole experience left us with a buzz. Now the kids want to take a trip to Iceland and become Shield Maidens.

We highly recommend this, its the ultimate holiday memory.
Written March 31, 2022
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Meghan M
Las Vegas, Nevada, United States114 contributions
Family
This was one of the main things we were looking forward to doing in Reykjavik, and unfortunately he had to cancel do to being sick which is understandable. However he waited to about 20 to 15 minutes from our time slot to tell us he couldn’t make it. As we had already left our Airbnb with WiFi we had to go find some place with WiFi to call him. I suggest that in the future you try to contact people as soon as possible
Written August 23, 2021
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Katie T
3 contributions
Found this gem, when I was looking for unique things to do in Reykjavik. I loved the reviews and the photo gallery. I initially tried to convince the group I was traveling with that a photo shoot should be part of our itinerary. The group was not as enthusiastic as I was. With or without them I decided that i was going to be a "viking" for the day.
The studio was easy to find and Gudmann and Carla were so much fun. They asked questions to make sure that the experience was what I was looking for. They picked the perfect "outfit" for me and even incorporated some props that I had brought from home. (notice the tiaria)
The whole session was awesome and exceeded my expectations. Added bonus that the pictures were absolutely amazing. I cant say enough good things about Carla and Gudmann and the Mink Viking Potrraits experience!!!
Written May 11, 2020
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Chelsey P
Westminster, MA1 contribution
Do not miss this! This was like a guided meditation to tap into the ancestral memories written into our DNA and then having an artist capture the experience. The clothing, weapons, accessories are all authentic and feeling their weight and texture added to the immersive experience. Gudmann taught us about the function of each piece we put on or picked up and how to hold the weapons correctly. It was educational, fun, and created memories that we will treasure forever. We are so grateful that a friend recommended this. In a vacation filled with epic experiences, this stood out as one of the best.
Written May 10, 2022
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  • Mon - Fri 10:00 AM - 6:00 PM