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Iceland Winter Workshop
£1700 (€2050) pp single occupancy, £1450 (€1750) pp couple sharing
18th-25th November 2022
Iceland in Winter Photography Workshop visiting many iconic sites in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Southern Iceland, with landscape and seascape photography, astrophotography and Northern Lights photographic tuition (weather permitting).
Iceland is a geological wonderland of rumbling volcanoes, gushing geysers, pristine black-sand beaches, epic waterfalls, stunning mountains and picture-postcard glaciers. The dark winter skies are often filled with the luminous tendrils of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), and the weather is changeable and dramatic.
This otherworldly island has served as a film location for scores of Hollywood blockbusters including Prometheus, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, Interstellar and Lamb, as well as popular TV shows such as Game of Thrones, Katla, The Valhalla Murders, and Trapped. Little wonder that it is attracting ever-growing numbers of landscape photographers.
We are experienced and seasoned travellers in Iceland, both in winter and in summer, and have explored the length and breadth (including the interior) of the island in our Land Rover Defender. We know the country and its terrain well and will ensure that there are opportunities aplenty to photograph some of the most enchanting and unforgettable landscapes on earth.
Photographic tuition will be given along the way for all levels, both as a group and on a 1-2-1 basis. Our tours specialise in small groups to give each participant the time and space to learn, or to develop, existing skills.
Iceland Winter Workshop 2022
£1700 (€2050) pp single occupancy, £1450 (€1750) pp couple sharing
Easy to moderate. The trip will involve only short walks, sometimes over uneven ground or on beaches. But we recommend ice grips for your boots to enable safe passage over icy ground
4 Photographers Max; Min Group Size 2
18th-25th November 2022 Duration – 7 Nights
Private houses (single occupancy rooms guaranteed)
• Self catering or guesthouse accommodation (breakfast not included in all)
• Full professional photographic tuition throughout the course
• Airport/Hotel pick up/drop off as specified
• Transport during the workshop
• Landscape, Nightscape and Astrophotography field work tuition tailored to participant's skill level
• If schedule permits tuition in Lightroom and Photoshop, according to client's experience
X Workshop Excludes
• Meals, snacks and drinks
• Travel and camera equipment insurance
The trip commences and ends at Keflavik International Airport, Reykjavik, Iceland. Please arrange to arrive by 16:30 (4:30 PM) on 18th Nov. We will return to Keflavik by 4:00 (4:00 AM) on 25th Nov.
Where we will stay
We will be staying in self catering apartments or guesthouses in Grundarfjordur (2 nights), Vik (2 nights), Hofn (2 nights) and Reykjavik (1 night). Single and shared rooms available. All accommodation is close to shops, bars and restaurants and optimised for the best access to prime photo locations.
The photo tour is limited to only four participants to allow for freedom of movement and sufficient space per person at each location.
We have timed our visit to coincide with a new moon which will give higher tides at sunrise/sunset and also the opportunity to practice some astrophotography and catch the Northern Lights, conditions permitting. Our precise itinerary will be fluid and based on prevailing weather conditions etc., but we will endeavour to be in the ideal locations each night to have the best chance of seeing the Northern Lights.
We begin our tour in the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula. The Snæfellsjökull Glacier was the inspiration for Jules Verne's Journey to the Centre of the Earth, and the peninsula has some remarkably iconic locations, including Kirkjufell, a mountain that looks like a wizard's hat; the remote black church nestled amid the Búðahraun lava fields at Búðir; and a couple of captivating sea arches near Arnarstapi.
We then head for the remote seafront village of Vík on southern coast. En route, we will visit the incredible Geysir hydrothermal area and the huge waterfall at Selfoss. Vík sits in the shadow of the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the Katla volcano, and is famous for its black sand beaches and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Nearby is the Dyrhólaey peninsula with its large rock arch, and slightly further afield are the impressive waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
We will then be based at Hofn, an ideal base for viewing the incredible Vestrahorn mountain, where vertiginous cliffs meet a flat black sand beach, and also the nearby mountain of Eystrahorn which rises from a sweeping black sand bay. A short distance away are numerous glaciers with lagoons full of icebergs, and Diamond Beach with its gleaming chunks of ice.
Our final night will be spent in the capital, Reykjavík, which has some interesting architecture including the modernist HallGrímskirkja Church and the futuristic Harpa Concert Hall.
What level of photography is required?
Whether you are a beginner looking to improve your photography skills, or an advanced photographer wanting to be taken to prime locations, our photo tour is open to all. Our only criteria is that you have a great passion for landscape photography, don't mind braving the elements, and have the energy and motivation to be constantly ‘on the go'!
What camera equipment do I need to bring?
• DSLR camera with full manual mode
• Sturdy tripod
• A wide angle lens
• A neutral density filter (optional)
• A polarising filter (optional)
• Hard and soft graduated filters (optional)
• Laptop with Lightroom and Photoshop installed (optional but recommended)
• Shower cap or suitable covering to keep your camera dry
What clothing/footwear/equipment do I need to bring?
The weather in Iceland in winter is highly changeable and unpredictable. Temperatures in November hover at, or just above, freezing, and the wind chill factor will make it feel even colder. High winds, blizzards, rain, snow and sleet are common. You should be well-equipped for various weather conditions, and we recommend you bring the following:
• Sturdy, warm boots
• Wellies or waders for beach photography (especially useful at Diamond Beach)
• Waterproof jacket and trousers
• Down jacket or similar
• Warm hat and gloves
• Ice grips (for icy ground)
• Head torch (with red light setting) for night photography
• An insulated flask for a hot drink
The cost is £1700 (€2050) pp single occupancy, £1450 (€1750) pp couple sharing
A refundable deposit of £200 (€250) is required to secure your place. Stage payments of balance by arrangement.
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