Join us for 8 days as for our Iceland Aurora Borealis photography expedition of a lifetime as we explore Iceland from the amazing west coast to the spectacular northern fjords in our small group Iceland winter photography workshop.
This area of Iceland is a magical place. You will be photographing high mountains, deep fjords, waterfalls and sea cliffs teaming with birds. Because of distance from Reykjavik and harder travel, the westfjords are less travelled than most areas in Iceland, which is always a plus for photographers!
In this 8-day Iceland photography workshop, we work closely with you on your photography skills as we travel the west and Northern areas of Iceland. In the evenings, we will provide image critique and and Lightroom coaching when we are not out capturing the landscape.
Only 6-8 creative adventurous photographers will be joining us on this trip. A small group size ensures you will receive generous personal photographic coaching in the field from 3 full time working pros, providing an intimate outdoor adventure experience.
Iceland Aurora Borealis Photography Expedition
The West Coast and Northern Fjords
8 days in one of the most beautiful places on earth!
Only 2 Spots Remaining!
February 17 – 24, 2018
$5600 Per person
+ Single Supplement $1000
+ VAT Tax (Iceland)
A $2300 deposit holds your space
Final payments Due by December 1, 2017
Deposits are non-refundable
Please contact us if you have questions. You can call us at (805) 701-8807 or email us at [email protected]. All workshops are booked on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Be sure to be familiar with our Cancellation Policy before completing your registration. Price includes instruction materials and field guidance, lodging, food and transportation. (All nights except for night before workshop and night after workshop.) Can’t make this scheduled workshop? Contact us for a private or special group rate tour.
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We will be bringing you to outstanding rural locations in Iceland while exploring photographic waterscapes and geo thermal features. As our small group travels from Reykjavik to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the North Coast, we will experience stunning sea stacks, breathtaking cliffs, incredible fjords, glaciers, and small fishing villages.
Icelandic horses offer amazing photographic opportunities and are a breed apart. Noted for their small stature and beautiful coats, they roam the vibrant landscape.
We will be traveling as a small group (Maximum 8 people), allowing for a comfortable schedule filling our days with rewarding photography opportunities all around the region.
You will be escorted by three experienced landscape photography professionals, Mark and Holly Jansen and their Icelandic photography instructor and counterpart.
• Story telling in photography
• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure for the situation
• How to fine tune exposure and use of histograms
• Depth of field
• White balance settings for changing environments
• Learning how to create dynamic compositions
• Composition balance and flow
• Working with your creative vision from concept to post processing
Included in Workshop
• Quality one on one photographic instruction geared to your level of expertise
• Minimum 8 hours per day of in-field shooting experience and instruction
• Small class size, maximum of 8 students
• Interactive learning environment with three experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom editing optional sessions in the evenings as time allows
• Portfolio Review – Bring your 10 best shots on your laptop
• All transportation from the start to the end of workshop
• All meals and lodging included in price during workshop. Lodging is in clean comfortable guest lodges throughout the country.
• Food and lodging before and after the workshop dates are not included. Suitable hotels for the nights you would like to stay in Iceland outside of the workshop dates can be suggested at reasonable rates.
• Air fare and airport transfers are not included in the price
Iceland Aurora Borealis Photography Expedition
The West Coast and Northern Fjords
Here are the highlights of our trip.
Arrive in Reykjavik and we will assemble in the evening for our pre-workshop meet and great and orientation for the upcoming trip. Dinner is on your own this evening.
West Interior Iceland
West Iceland interior is one of the hidden gems of the country. Farmlands, lavafields and spectacular waterfalls are hidden in the landscape.
We will travel to Hvalfjörður and explore the unique beauty of Icelandic fjords,with its slopes, shores, canyons and waterfalls. Glymur, the highest waterfall of Iceland is in Hvalfjordur.
We will be shooting the waterfalls of Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, the two best-known natural features in Iceland. Hraunfossar (Lava Falls) are gentle cascades of bright, turquoise water, emerging from under the moss-covered lava tumbling down a series of rock steps into the river. We will then visit the beautiful river Geitá in West Iceland which runs through a narrow crevice in an ancient lavafield.
Snæfellsnes Peninsula is different from any place in Iceland, old volcanic fields, jagged cliffs along the coastline and white sand beaches make it a unique location. We will be exploring this area with its sparkling fjords, dramatic volcanic peaks, sheer sea cliffs, sweeping golden beaches and lava flows which make up this diverse and fascinating landscape. The area is crowned by the glistening ice cap Snæfellsjökull.
Some of the highlights include the Buðir black church, one of 3 black churches in Iceland and Arnarstapi, a small fishing village at the foot of Mt. Stapafell. This hamlet of summer cottages is nestled between the churning Arctic waters and the gnarled pillars of two neighboring lava fields.
Snæfellsnes Peninsula – Extended Exploration
We will continue our tour of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula as we visit Berserkjahraun, a dramatic, spiky lava field crowned by looming mountains.
We will visit Snæfellsnes Glacier located in Snæfellsjökull National Park. Considered by many to be the jewel of West Iceland, Snaefellsjokull is the most famous volcano in Iceland.
We will also visit Ólafsvík Fishing Village and the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall that channels the glacier melt water of the Snæfellsjökull. It is not a very large waterfall, but it has several levels where the water is channeled into three separate spouts offerring many opportunities for the photographer. Kirkjufell guardian of Grundarfjörður’s northern vista, is said to be one of the most photographed spots in Iceland.
We will be traveling through the northwest of Iceland, home to old farmlands rich in history. Basalt columns, strange sea stacks and the smallest village in Iceland will be our photographic subjects.
We will be visiting Kolugljúfur, a deep, rugged gorge containing a series of cascading waterfalls as well as another interesting lighthouse in Kálfhamarsvík.
We will continue our tour to Hvítserkur, a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula. The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon who is drinking. Weather permitting, we will be shooting the lighthouse in the late afternoon at Kálfhamarsvík.
North Iceland features some of the oldest geology compared to the rest of this volcanic island. It contains some of the biggest waterfalls in the country, and the only real forests in Iceland are located here.
We will visiting Akureyri Village, the largest town outside the capital region. It is a center for culture and education with strong historical roots and numerous tourist attractions.
The Goðafoss will be one of our sunset location, one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters.
Continued Exploration of The North
The north side of Iceland is rich in geothermal activity, with amazing colors and geology. The Mývatn basin sits squarely on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge and the violent geological character of the area has produced an astonishing landscape unlike anywhere else in the country.
Our tour takes us to Mývatn which is a shallow eutrophic lake situated in an area of active volcanism. The surrounding landscape is dominated by volcanic landforms, including lava pillars and rootless vents.
Dimmuborgir is a large area of unusually shaped lava fields east of Mývatn. The area is composed of various volcanic caves and rock formations, reminiscent of an ancient collapsed citadel offering numerous photographic compositions.
We will then continue to the dirt-brown crater of Víti which reveals a secret when you reach its rim – a dark blue pool of floodwater at its heart. The explosion crater was created as one of many vents along the Krafla volcano. Behind the crater are the ‘twin lakes’, boiling mud springs.
We will be shooting sunset at Mývatn Lake, weather permitting. It’s the undisputed gem of the northeast. Mývatn Lake and the surrounding area are starkly beautiful, an otherworldly landscape of spluttering mudpots, weird lava formations, steaming fumaroles and volcanic craters.
The North – Powerful Waterfalls
In-between the rugged landscapes, we will photograph Icelandic horses that dot the landscape.
We will be heading to Dettifoss, a waterfall in Vatnajökull National Park in Northeast Iceland, reputed to being the most powerful waterfall in Europe. With the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, this truly is nature at its most spectacular. On sunny days, brilliant double rainbows form above the churning milky-grey glacial waters.
We will then continue to the lush Ásbyrgi canyon. Near the centre of the canyon is the prominent outcrop Eyjan, and towards the south the sheer, dark walls rise up to 100m. The cliffs protect a birch forest from harsh winds and hungry sheep, and the trees here grow up to 8m in height.
We will then visit Hafragilsfoss, one of the three waterfalls of river Jokulsa a Fjollum. This crater is one of hundreds on the country’s longest eruptive fissure. The mighty waterfall Dettifoss in the North of the country is a must see. The power of this waterfall will leave you speachless .
We will then continue to Selfoss, another waterfall on the river Jökulsá á Fjöllum. The river drops over a number of waterfalls before flowing into Öxarfjörður, a bay of the Arctic Sea. The river originates as melt water from the glacier Vatnajökull and therefore the water flow varies depending on the season, the weather and volcanic activity.
We will be shooting the sunset at the waterfalls at Dettifoss East, weather permitting.
Suggested Gear List
– Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera and / or iPhone
– Wide-angle and Telephoto lenses are essential and whatever lenses you like (16mm-200mm)
– Memory cards. (Enough to meet your shooting demands)
– A Hot shoe bubble level. (unless your camera has this option built in)
– A Neutral Density Filter, to fit your widest lens. (3 stop, ND8 or Variable)
– A Polarizer filter.
– At least 3 fully charged batteries and battery charger.
– A Shutter cable release, if you don’t use live view.
– A good sturdy tripod that you can lower to the ground if necessary.( Adjustable Ball head preferred)
– A small headlamp with fresh batteries
– A small collapsible cheap umbrella
– A couple of small and large Zip-Loc bags