Winter Aurora Photo Workshops in Iceland 2015-2016

Join us on a Winter Landscape – Photo Workshop as we take you on the hunt for the perfect light and amazing landscapes at the most beautiful arctic paradise, Iceland. The focus of the Workshop will be Ice and Night Photography.

During the winter workshops, we will be focusing on;

Aurora Hunting



Naturally, no trip to Iceland in winter would be complete without you bringing home some stunning images of the natural play of lights in the sky called the Aurora Borealis.

The name is derived from Aurora, who was in Roman Mythology, the goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind. Northern Lights are visible in Iceland, weather permitting, from September to March.

Ice Caves



Our Winter Photo Workshop also includes a trip to the Ice Caves – one of a kind patterns made entirely out of ice shaped by years and years of interaction between ice, snow, and air. Nature is the sole dictator of how these patterns form, which is why it’s always an amazing experience to see the different patterns of Iceland’s deep-ocean blue Ice Caves. To those who’re familiar with Superman’s arctic hideaway, this is as close as you’ll ever get to it in real life.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and famous Ice Beach



We will visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon several times during our workshop. The lagoon is filled with massive icebergs in different shapes and sizes. There are also a lot of seals who live in the lagoon itself. It’s also been the site of many Hollywood movies that have used the area’s majestic views to augment the background of the scene. The beach at Jokulsarlon is often littered with beautiful glacial ice which has been further sculpted by the Ocean. Winter mornings can offer unique opportunities to catch the first rays of sun behind the glacial ice chunks.

Our Winter Photo Workshops always have a flexible itinerary, so that participants can maximize the existing weather conditions.

Day 1, Arrival

You will land at Keflavik international airport and arrive at your hotel in central Reykjavík using the quick and efficient flyBus. We’ll meet at 7 PM in the lobby of your hotel and go out for dinner. There we will get to know each other and discuss our itinerary and the exciting days ahead of us. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2

Seljalandsfoss , Skogafoss , Dyrholaey , Reynisfjara
Our bus will pick us up from the hotel in the early morning and we will start our journey east by driving the mesmerising south coast. On the way we will shoot two the most iconic waterfalls in the area, Seljalandsfoss the one you can walk behind and the majestic Skogafoss that can be shot from above as well. We will stop at the black sandy beach where we will photograph the impressive beach along Reynisdrangar, basalt rock stacks rising from the sea. We will end our day in Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. Overnight in Vik

Day 3

Vatnajokull National Park
From Vik we will travel further east to the adventurous Vatnajokull National Park including the Skaftafell Park. We will spend the next 3 days in this area because there are countless opportunities in terms of photography. Vatnajokull glacier is Europe´s largest glacier and is a part of the Vatnajokull National Park including great amount of glacier outlets stretching down to the sandy lowland. We will focus on the southern part of the National park where you will witness high majestic mountain ridges, rugged glacier tongues, glacial rivers and breathtaking icy lagoons, waterfalls, wildlife and so much more. We will always keep an eye on the otherworldly Northern lights, hoping for bright nights and clear sky. Nothing is more impressive than photographing the Aurora Borealis amongst floating icebergs with glacial backdrop sceneries. In winter time the light in Iceland is extraordinary and soft giving great photography result. This time of year we can expect nature to be covered with snow adding extra artistry and light to our sceneries and photographs.

Day 4

Vatnajokull National Park
We will spend quite some time at the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon photographing floating icebergs and ice crystals on the black beach. Sometimes you can see seals swimming around or basking on the ice. We will wake up before sunrise and don’t leave the area until after sunset because the best photographs can be captured when the first or last rays of sun illuminates the ice. There are other interesting lagoons in the area as well as iconic glacier outlets that are worth exploring and photographing. The highlight of those 3 days will probably be our excursion to one of the uniquely shaped crystal blue ice caves located in Vatnajokull glacier. A moment where time stands still and you will feel quite small against nature´s creation. Be prepared with your wide-angle lens because this is a moment you want to photograph and capture well. The ice-caves are truly mesmerising with its icy blue colour and epic shape and texture.

Day 5

Vatnajokull National park
As always we will constantly be following and chasing the best possible light. We might head further east exploring the majestic mountain Vestrahorn located on the east corner of Iceland and towers over the black sand beach near Stokksnes. The mountain is quite steep and is made from gabbro. It has a very interesting shape and consists of several steep mountain peaks giving great results in terms of photography. During sunrise or sunset you can witness quite amazing light display over this epic mountain.

Day 6

Skaftafell, Vik
We will spend the day at Skaftafell, where wonderful glacial landscapes await. In Skaftafell you can find the exquisite waterfall Svartifoss or black fall which makes a unique scenery in the park with its basalt walls all around. Other sceneries such as the Svinafellsjokull glacier is there to be found among other glacier lagoons. Later, we will shoot the sunset at the famous volcanic beach of Vik with its spindly Reynisdrangar rock formations in the back Overnight in Vik.

Day 7

Geyser , Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, Reykjavik
We will spend the last day of shooting in the famous Golden Circle. It consist of the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss that is a total gem in its winter coat, the well known Geysir area where Strokkur erupts proudly every 5 minutes and finally Thingvellir national park where you will be standing between two continents amongst giant fissures and rifts some even filled with crystal clear water. Overnight in Reykjavik. 

Day 8

Transfer to Keflavik Airport
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take the FlyBus out the front door and drive to Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.
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Total Price : 4200 US $ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 650$
Registration deposit: 1000$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
Included:
  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 til breakfast on day 8.
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.
Not Included:
  • International flights
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

Cancellation and Refund Policy

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.

Disclaimer

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.

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