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Please join me in September for my 2020 Fall in Iceland Photography Workshop and Tour - The land of fire and ice. This 9 day tour will have our group traversing up into the central highlands, along the southern coast, out to the Westmann Islands via ferry, and then east towards Vik and Hali. Along the way I have three special events for you including photographing one of the annual sheep round ups, known as the réttir, a ferry trip and stay on Vestmannaeyjar Island, and an amazing day of hiking and photography out on the Breidamerkurjökull Glacier.
Along the route of our journey we will also stop to capture waterfalls, highland landscapes, mountains, churches, the famous Icelandic horses, and given the time of year and seasonal night sky, we will have an opportunity to capture the amazing aurora borealis. Our goal is to always put you on the best locations, with the right light to capture the wonder and beauty of this special place.
This workshop is limited to only 6 participants to maximize my time with each member of the group. Joining with me to help out in instruction and logistics will be Adam Holston. Our goal is to help you focus on your image making during our time together. Adam and I have multiple years of experience traveling in Iceland with location knowledge on shooting conditions and look forward to helping you craft images from this beautiful country.
This workshop will follow a basic itinerary but is adaptable based on weather and the potential for beautiful sunrises/sunsets, or of course the chance for aurora photography. Weather in Iceland can change hourly, literally, and we will be monitoring those conditions to try to put us in the best locations. As we move about the country we will attempt to limit our between location travel to just a few hours so we can have amble opportunity to explore, and stop, if the light is right. In some instances we might visit a location twice to view it in different light or conditions. And I am always interested in finding new locations and we may include a bit of exploration along the way.
With those basic thoughts in mind our trip will begin on September the 10th, 2020. We will meet at 8:00 am at Keflavik Airport for group introductions and an overall orientation before we load up the vehicles and head east to our first location destination at MidGard. We will be traveling in two 4x4’s to give everyone a seat and spread out for more comfort.
Note: You will need to time your arrival to Keflavik to align with our 8:00 am meeting time on the 11th. Many of the flights arrive by 6:00 am and in some cases you may need to arrive the day before which will give you an opportunity to explore Reykjavik.
We will use the Hotel at MidGard as a basecamp for three nights with opportunities to explore and photograph some beautiful highland waterfalls before experiencing the réttir. The réttir - sheep round up - will be a special treat for our group and will allow you to see one of the great cultural events in Iceland, as the local farmers bring in their sheep from highland grazing areas, and sort them into individual paddocks. This is done every year around Iceland to bring in the sheep before the arrival of winter. Their will be ample opportunity to photograph the event as well as the amazing Icelandic horses that are part of the round up. We will also make a shooting trip up in the Highlands along one of the most scenic roads in Iceland.
After our days at MidGard we will travel by ferry from the South Coast to the beautiful Westmann Islands and stay overnight. We will have ample time in the field exploring this small and amazing landscape with rocky coasts, cliffs, stave churches, and a volcanic landscape. On the next day we will take the ferry back to the mainland and move down to the coastal town of Vik for the night.
From Vik we will travel further east to Hali which will be our jumping off point for a special guided trip out onto the Breidarmerkurjökull Glacier. We will spend three nights in the vicinity of Hali and will be out shooting the Jolkusarlön Glacial Lagoon and the Black Sand Beach, Fjallsarlon, Vestrahorn, and Eystrahorn. The trip out to Breidarmerkurjökull will be guided by my friend, and local guide, Haukur Ingi Einarsson, and will give you the opportunity to see and walk on the exit glacier that feeds ice into the Jolkusarlön Lagoon. This will be an amazing day to see, and photograph the incredible geology of the glaciers. And if the ice is stable we may have the opportunity to photograph inside one of the ice caves.
Note: I will stop here and talk about the physical requirements for this trip. Most of the shooting locations require some moderate hiking and some down climbing to waterfall locations. Many locations are accessible within an easy walk from our vehicles. The glacier hike however is different and you must be able to navigate the hike wearing crampons and ice gear. (All gear provided by our guide). If you have knee or back issues, or are unsure about your balance, then this may not be for you. Haukur will walk everyone through glacier safety and the techniques of walking in crampons, and there may be a simple rappel to move us into different locations while out on the ice. This is a singular adventure designed just for us but you must be able to handle the physical requirements for 5 to 6 hours out on the ice and photographing the landscape. If you are in reasonable condition and comfortable hiking on generally flat, or gently sloped, conditions, then you will be just fine.
Though moderately strenuous, the glacier hike will provide you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to see and a photograph the other-worldly glacial landscape.
From our glacier adventure and explorations in and around Hali we will head back west for one more night at MidGard and will continue more explorations of the landscape
We will deliver our group back to Keflavik/Reykjavik on September the 19th, the end of our journey together. We would recommend that you book a hotel in Reykjavik for the night of the 19th and plan your return flight home for the 20th.
Who is this Trip For
Participants must be in good physical condition (see glacier hike info above), and must have control over the operation of their camera systems. This workshop is not geared for beginning photographers. We will discuss opportunities for composition, reading the light, filter use, long-exposure techniques, aurora photography, and conceptual execution of the shot while out in the field.
What the Trip Includes
This trip includes all guiding and instruction, vehicles and fuel, hotel/rooms for nine nights, the ferry fees to the Westmann Islands, and the special guided glacier trip. The trip does NOT include airfare to Iceland, food, snacks, travel insurance, or other incidentals. We will attempt to have one great dinner or lunch together during each day. The rest of the time we will be on the go, and will stop as necessary for our group to pick up snacks and drinks at some of the local grocery stores.
Our rooms will be in excellent hotels, and all will be centrally located to areas we will be photographing. Rooms are based on double occupancy and usually feature two twin beds and shared bathroom facilities. In some instances breakfast is included in the room rates.
If you want a single room, we will do what we can to accommodate the request but please understand that rooms at our destination points can fill up quickly and we may not be able to do this. Additionally, a request for a single accommodation will incur and up-charge of the total cost of a single room which would be added to your final invoice. Total additional cost will be approximately $1800.00. The actual total is calculated after the various arrangements are made at each of our stop locations.
What to Bring and Other Details
About 3 months prior to the start of the workshop I will distribute a welcome kit, via email, with a list of recommended camera gear and clothes, and the typical trip waiver document. The average temperature during the Fall does not get much higher than about 45 degrees, and it is Iceland, so you can expect, and should expect anything from sunshine to rain, to moody and foggy, and wind. Being dressed and prepared for the variety of conditions is important for your comfort while shooting in the field.
Safety is of paramount importance for us and we will not put you in risky or perilous conditions. With two instructors we will have ample one-on-one time with each of you and work to keep you safe while we are out shooting.
Workshop Pricing, Registration, and Cancellation Policy
Total cost for this workshop is $5,475.00. We require an initial deposit of $1,500.00 to hold your slot. Full payment is required 90 days before the start of the workshop. We will send out an invoice prior to this date.
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Our cancellation policy is as follows:
If you cancel within 30 days of making your initial deposit, you will receive 100% of your money back (including transaction charges).
If you cancel beyond 120 days of the workshop beginning then you will be refunded all of your tuition fees (minus 10% transaction charges).
If you cancel within 120 days of the start of the workshop, you will only be refunded your workshop tuition (minus 10% transaction fees), if your spot can be filled by another individual.
If you cancel within 90 days of the start of the workshop, you will be given the option to roll your tuition fees into another workshop ONLY if your spot can be filled.