Iceland Summer Westfjords Photography Workshop
Join us for 8 days for our Iceland Westfjords photography workshop.
Iceland’s best-kept secret.
This Iceland Westfjords photography workshop is created for those that would like to explore the less-traveled parts of Iceland. We explore Iceland from the amazing west coast to the spectacular Westfjords in our small group Iceland photography workshop!
Experience the area of Iceland known for it’s stunning waterfalls, endless fjords, and volcanic cliffs teaming with one of the largest bird colonies in the northern hemisphere. This is an area where there are endless photographic opportunities and the hustle of the city and other tourists are left far behind.
Join Mark and Holly Jansen in Iceland on this 8-day Iceland Westfjords photography workshop as they take you to breathtaking locations in some of the most remote areas Iceland has to offer. We will take you to the west coast and Westfjords of Iceland, accompanied by our native Icelandic partner who is familiar with the roads, weather, and driving conditions in this country.
You will be exploring Iceland accompanied by three professional landscape photographers who will help you if you need inspiration, or leave you to photographically discover each amazing area on your own. You will also learn new photographic techniques and master all aspects of your camera gear.
You’ll learn how to get that amazing landscape image from the perfect locations when the light is optimal!
This unique experience will take our group to the west coast and Westfjords areas of Iceland. We will be traveling in remote areas, sometimes on dirt roads to bring you to some of the most amazing scenery on earth. We will be shooting high mountains, stunning waterfalls, deep fjords, black volcanic beaches, Icelandic horses, incredible waterfalls, moss-covered lava fields and sea cliffs teeming with sea birds.
This Iceland photography workshop is designed to give you an intimate view of the west coast and Westfjords of Iceland with only 6 participants and 3 guides. If you are looking for an incredible experience in less-traveled areas of Iceland, reserve your seat before they are all gone.
Join our adventure and you will be shooting in the right place, at the right time, in the best light.
Iceland Westfjords Photography Expedition
June 20 – 27, 2020
$6810 per person
+ Single Supplement $1200
+ 11% VAT Tax (Iceland)
A $2450 deposit holds your space
Final payments due by May 1, 2020
Deposits are non-refundable
This workshop is limited to only 6 participants
This is our 6th year running small group Iceland photography workshops!
We are the Iceland Photography Workshop Experts!
Contact us for more information about this group workshop or to customize it specially for you as a private option. (805) 701-8807
We will be bringing you to outstanding rural locations in Iceland while exploring photographic waterscapes and geologic features during our Iceland photography workshop. As our small group travels from Reykjavik to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula to the Westfjords, we will experience stunning sea stacks, breathtaking cliffs, incredible fjords, glaciers, and small and medium-sized villages. You will be hiking on uneven dirt trails in some locations, sometimes walking 1 to 2 miles.
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 take advantage of the best roadside opportunities as they arise.
We will be traveling as a small group (Maximum 6 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 partner and driver.
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.
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.
This is where you will be photographing some of the lesser-seen spots that make Iceland a never-ending photo opportunity. Our journey takes us to the stunning rock formations of the Reiðskörð sea stacks and then on to beautiful expansive Rauðisandur beach.
As the photography expeditions continues, we will be shooting the wildlife at Latrabjarg Seacliff. It is the tallest sea cliff in Europe with large populations of various sea birds and has one of the oldest colony of puffins in Iceland.
It is the westernmost point of Iceland and is actually a line of several cliffs, 9 miles long and up to 1312 ft. high. Safe from predators, the birds are fearless and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. Other birds who nest here include razorbills, guillemots, cormorants, and gulls.
Dýrafjörður is narrow and long, accentuating the majesty of the surrounding mountains. The highland area between the fjords of Dýrafjörður and Arnarfjörður, to the south, is often referred to as the Alps of the Westfjords. High mountains surround the fjord, making it especially beautiful to photograph.
We will continue our exploration to Þingeyri, a small scenic village situated on a spit of land in this most scenic fjord. We will also be photographing some of the abandoned farms in the area. In-between the rugged landscapes, we will photograph Icelandic horses, sheep, and more elusive wildlife like the Icelandic Eagle and the Arctic fox.
Topics Covered in the Iceland Photography workshop
• Storytelling in photography
• Waiting for the right moment to shoot
• Aperture, shutter speed, and ISO
• How to get the most creative exposure
• Discussions on getting the correct exposure
• 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
Suggested Camera Gear List
• Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera
• Wide-angle and Telephoto lenses are essential and whatever lenses you like (16mm-300mm recommended)
• 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. (6-10 stop or Variable)
• A Polarizer filter.
• At least 3 fully charged batteries.
• 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 couple of small and large Zip-Loc bags
• A compact digital camera (Just for back-up)
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 6 students
• An interactive learning environment with three experienced instructors
• Photoshop and Lightroom editing optional sessions in the evenings as time allows
• All transportation from the start to the end of the workshop
• All meals and lodging included in price during the workshop. Lodging is in clean comfortable guest lodges throughout the country.
Not Included in Workshop
• 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.
• Airfare and airport transfers are not included in the price
When full, the maximum participants for this workshop is 6 people. We prefer small intimate workshops with personal attention to every attendee. Small group size ensures that every participant has ample opportunity to ask questions and discuss the exciting world of landscape photography with fellow photo enthusiasts.