Come mid-May through July, the days in Iceland are typically longer, which is characteristic of summer season. This is the time the locals and visitors are treated to a natural phenomenon known as "midnight sun" where the sunlight remains visible throughout the night, creating hours of golden light and lots of wonderful opportunities to capture the elements nature bathed in sublime lighting. And this is exactly what we plan to do in this 12-day photo workshop excursion — chase the light and explore Iceland's wondrous landscapes with our fellow photographers who are also passionate about landscapes and nature. Experience and techniques will be shared and we will emerge not only with great images, but also better skilled in capturing all the beauty Mother Nature can offer.
We'll usually start out early in the day and stay out late hunting and photographing otherworldly scenes in the arctic light. In addition, we'll also be seeking out opportunities to photograph puffins, as these cute and adorable seabirds have colonies in Iceland and are active and nesting during this time of year.
Our major destinations in this trip will be the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, the wild vast Vatnsnes Peninsula in North-west-North Iceland, partly the East and beautiful south coast. We'll be able to photograph the local wildlife, as well as several of Iceland's majestic and iconic waterfalls, glacier lagoons, black sand beaches, imposing cliffs and basalt formations, sea stacks and bird colonies, the largest glacier in Europe, mountain peaks, big lava fields, steamy craters, active volcanoes, and other interesting natural formations and scenes.
The wild and remote Vatnsnes Peninsula located in North Iceland will be our next destination. A large part of this area is uninhabited, but at the same time boasts some of the most picturesque natural scenes Iceland has to offer — craggy hills and deep green landscapes are a staple of the area, which become even more breathtaking when seen and photographed in golden light. Also if we're lucky, we'll also encounter wild horses, which would definitely add more color to our photographs and adventures thus far. We'll also be able to photograph seals and geese in their natural habitat.
And then there's Hvitserkur, a 15 meter high cliff rising from the sea. Local legend has it that it used to be a giant troll, turned into stone by the sunlight. While the legend is open to debate, the formation is by no means less striking and imposing. What's great about it is that it takes on different characters and looks, depending on the angle you're in, so it's a great opportunity for participants to bring home truly unique perspectives in their images. Accommodation: Vatnsnes Peninsula.
Hello Vatnajökull National Park! We'll be immersed in nature and we will have a lot of different opportunities to take home some absolutely stunning images of the park's varied and unique landscape, which will especially striking as we will also be photographing them while they're lit by the midnight sun's golden light.
The park itself encompasses not only all of Vatnajokull Glacier but also extends to the surrounding areas from the waterfall, Skaftafell in southwest to Jokulsargljufur Canyon in the north. Iceland has really made great effort to preserving and protecting the area's natural beauty and cultural significance, which is why this is a unique opportunity for us to see nature in its rawest form and purest beauty — evident in the glaciers and glacier outlets that descend to a black plateau, the floating white and blue icebergs on the glacier lagoon, and the ice crystals that dot the shore of the black beach, which lit by the midnight sun shine like precious gems. We'll also spend a significant amount of time at the glacial lagoon, as it is a pure display of natural art and a spectacular sight. There'll also be an opportunity to encounter seals as they bask on the ice or swim in the lagoon.
As we continue exploring the wonders of the Vatnajökull National Park and the surrounding areas, we're set to visit the impressive black dune beach at Stokksnes and the majestic peaks of Mt. Vestrahorn. Vestrahorn, which is southeast corner of Iceland, is one of Iceland's most photographed mountains, due to its majestic form — at 454 meters high and featuring dramatic summits and slopes made of gabbro rock, the midnight sun gives it a visual dimension you won't see during any other season.
More wildlife photography awaits us as we head to southeast area of Iceland, where puffins and other seabirds nest. We will make the most out of our flexible schedule and itinerary for this day and consider areas like Ingolfshofdi Cape where we can maximize the weather conditions and available light. Other destinations include Skaftafell Park on the west side of the glacier lagoon with its breathtaking collection of peaks and glaciers, waterfalls, rivers and wild protected flora and fauna, as well as the "Black Fall" Svartifoss Waterfall, a truly breathtaking sight as its powerful waters crash down from its basalt lava wall.
While this will be the day we return to Reykjavik, that is not to say that we won’t have a lot of interesting subjects to photograph along the way, such as the Dyrholaey Promontory. From its heights, you can get a unique perspective and view of the columns of Reynisdrangar and more epic cliffs and stacks in the ocean, as well as the gigantic black arch of lava reaching out to sea from which the promontory derives its name from. Dyrholaey is also home to puffins and other seabirds, so there'll also be opportunities to add to your collection of wildlife photographs.
But the highlights of the day will be our visit to two of Iceland's iconic waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Seljalandsfoss offers a unique viewpoint as we will be able to walk along the recess behind the waterfall while 60 feet high by 25 meters wide Skogafoss can be captured both from below and from the top — all you need to do will be to traverse a flight of stairs.
We will pass also pass by two active volcanoes, Hekla, a 1490m high snow-topped mountain whose powerful and devastating eruptions has given it the moniker "Gateway to Hell", and the famous Eyjafjallajokull whose explosions in 2010 was the stuff of international news. If time allows, we'll also add the beautiful and rugged Solheimajokull Glacier to our list of stop overs.
Raymond is an award-winning photographer with a worldwide reputation. Known for his magnificent landscape photos, his career took off in 2011, when he was voted as ‘Best Nature Photographer’ by one of Europe’s largest online photo communities. One of his photos was even elected as one of the best photos in the 10 years history of the organization. Raymond’s work has featured in various publications, from books to newspapers and magazines, and he actively takes on assignments for publishers and advertising agencies.
These days he works as a nature photographer, mostly leading expert tours across the stunning nordic nations. He is an ambassador for the Lucroit filter system, and has won awards in a range of international photography contests.
This 10 day photography tour around Iceland takes in the very best that the land of ice and fire has to offer. You’ll be whisked away in our modifiedRead more
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