The blazing northern lights, a.k.a. the Aurora Borealis that grace the Arctic sky are a natural phenomenon caused by solar activity. The lights formed as atoms and energetically shaped particles collide, as the earth‘s magnetic field directs the solar wind into the atmosphere. There are several factors which determine whether you will witness the aurora and which strengthen the chances of getting the best experience. These include dark skies, a favorable season, good weather conditions, taking your time and finding a good location.The Northern Lights are some of the most attractive sights you‘ll find in nature and thus we‘ll keep a keen eye out for them during the workshop, as we want to offer you the chance of top quality aurora photography.
These stunning ice caves made entirely out of ice, which have opened within a glacier. They are formed by an interaction of ice, snow and air. Water may thus originate from the surface of the glacier, run through icy tunnels or on the ground beneath the glacier and the transfer of heat may be sufficient to create a cavity filled with air. Air can in turn affect the size and shape through melting in summer and sublimation in winter. The result of this interplay in nature is a vast variety of differently shaped patterns of glistening blue ice, offering amazing chances in photography. Some of the greatest caves may be found at Vatnajokull, and it is indeed there where all my own ice cave photos where shot. The most extreme of these caves measures as much as 2.8 kilometres (1.7 mi) in length with a vertical range of 525 metres (1,722 ft). To stand within such a cave and photograph the icy patterns is awe-inspiring, to say the least.
Please bear in mind that the caves are not permanent and differ in solidness, as the glacier keeps moving. There should therefore always be entered with utmost caution, accompanied by a professional glacier guide. When you do, you will certainly be rewarded by the experience.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.