In this nine-day winter photo workshop, you‘ll join professional landscape photographer Iurie Belegurschi for an adventure to West- and North Iceland. You‘ll be travelling off the beaten track, towards the wild nature of Iceland, experiencing majestic mountains, mighty waterfalls, amazing rock formations and have a chance capturing the blazing Northern Lights, illuminating the Arctic sky. This is an opportunity to witness and photograph some of the greatest scenery that Iceland has to offer.
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.
Our bus will pick us up from the hotel in the early morning, and we will start our journey to the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland where we will spend two nights. Snaefellsnes is a home to countless wonders such as majestic Kirkjufell , black church Budir surrounded by the Budarhraun lava field, fishing village Arnarstapi , beautiful coast line, amazing mountain range and much more. In the nights we will try to hunt some Northern Lights over Kirkjufell mountain. Overnight in Grundarfjordur
After shooting sunrise at Kirkjufell we will head towards the northwest part of Iceland and witness the peculiarly shaped and highly scenic Hvitserkur. This majestic monolith rises from the sea, almost resembling a prehistoric creature. Afterwards you‘ll head further north and eastward, we will spend the night in Akureyri.
After an early breakfast we will drive to photograph sunrise at Godafoss which is likely to be clad in ice around this time of year, making for a truly impressive sight. This is one of Iceland‘s most famous and beautiful falls, and according to the Icelandic sagas it was there that law speaker Thorgeir ljosvetningagodi, who settled the religious strife in Iceland at the time, threw the old idols of the Nordic gods, symbolizing the end of paganism as an officially accepted religious custom. It is said that the fall takes it‘s name. “The fall of the gods“, from this act, but one can just as well agree with the name simply by witnessing the fall‘s sheer beauty.
Afterwards you‘ll head towards the famous lake Myvatn which is set with many small islands and pseudo craters. Close by is the dramatic, indeed chaotic lava field Dimmuborgir, from which a Norwegian symphonic metal band takes its name. Another testimony to how inspiring the scenery is, is the fact that the producers of the TV series Game of Thrones shot many of the scenes beyond the wall at the Myvatn area. Overnight at Myvatn.
Two more of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfalls await you. On this day you‘ll travel by a super jeep towards the central highlands, where the highlights will be the waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss, both located in the mighty Skjalfandafljot river. Of note is the contrast between the huge black bent basalt columns at the 20 meter high Aldeyjarfoss and the whiteness of the fall. Hrafnabjargafoss similarly offers an impressive sight, immersed with snow and set with icy columns. These falls are a challenge to reach in winter but being clad in ice and snow, coupled with the contrast of the aforementioned colors at Aldeyjarfoss and a clear blue pool at its feet, they make for a photographing opportunity which is certainly worth the effort. Overnight in Myvatn.
You will get to explore the colorful geothermal area by Namaskard mountain, an area that is alternatively known as Hverarond or Hverir. There you can photograph the many solfataras and boiling mud pots, which are themselves surrounded by sulfur crystals. As the area gives off a lot of hot steam, caution is advised. Afterwards if you wish you will get to climb Hverfell, one of the world‘s largest explosion craters, and have a great view of the wild snow-clad landscape. Altogether, this is a perfect day to explore and photograph stunning evidence of earth‘s inner powers.
You have further opportunities for photographing Godafoss at sunrise before returning to Reykjavik, concluding your adventure with a shared dinner with your traveling companions.
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.
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If 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 $300 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.