Join us as we wander through ice caves and capture the Aurora Borealis in the land of fire and ice!
Join the Photography Workshop Company on an immersive photography adventure in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world. During this seven day tour, we will explore all that the south coast of Iceland has to offer, from black sand beaches to volcanoes, geysers and more!
This winter photography workshop will take you to a variety of magnificent locations for photography in Iceland. You’ll have incredible opportunities to capture the Northern Lights as they dance over the snowy landscape, explore the glorious beauty of nature’s ice caves and to learn all there is to know about landscape photography in this wild and wonderful environment, translating stunning scenes into compelling photographs.
Destination: Aurora & Ice Caves - Iceland
Workshop Dates: January 13 - 19, 2020
Instructors: Keith & Tiffany Briley
along with a local professional photo guide
Total Cost: $3990 USD
We will be lodging in multiple locations while exploring the south shore of Iceland. All lodging locations listed within the itinerary. On this trip, there is a single room supplement of $750 USD.
Northern Lights Ice caves of Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Ice Beach, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss Waterfalls, Black-Sand-Beach of Reynisfjara, Reynisdrangar Sea-Stacks, Lava Landscapes, Vestrahorn Mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, Gullfoss Waterfall and more!
Beginner - Advanced
Our excursions are beneficial for both the beginner and seasoned photographer. All guests will experience one-on-one instruction, with the emphasis being on the individual's strengths and desires.
Easy - Moderate
Most of the locations we have scheduled will be within the ability of anyone who is in moderate shape. Although a short hike will be necessary to arrive at some locations, the trails are not trecherous.
Aurora - Ice Caves - Water Scenes
Iceland is a volcanic island filled with glaciers, gushing geysers, natural hot springs, ice caves, massive cliffs and lava fields that are viewable as far as the eye can see. The Auroa Borealis is prevelent this time of year.
We believe group size is important for the ability to provide as much one-on-one instruction in the field as necessary. Due to the help from locals on this trip, our group size will be six guests per instructor.
All locations and times visited will be determined by the conditions given. All elements are watched closely for the best photographic and learning experience. This workshop has a flexible itinerary, which will allow us to adapt to the conditions to help you make the most of your time in Iceland.
We've listened to our guests and have implemented something that has been hugely beneficial in our time together. Each workshop group will be invited to a live, recorded, online critique and post processing session, a short time after the workshop. This makes way for more shooting in the field and the option to learn from the comfort of your home and the ability to refer to the recorded session for future reference.
You’ll arrive in Iceland and make your way to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you’ll be able to rest or explore the city at your own leisure until the evening comes around. At 7:00 pm, we'll all meet in the lobby of the hotel, before heading to one of Iceland’s best restaurants for dinner. Over a delicious meal, you’ll get to know your fellow photographers and have a chance to go over the itinerary and logistics for the rest of the week.
After breakfast, we will begin our journey towards the stunning south coast of Iceland. Along the way, we’ll stop at two of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, where you’ll have a chance to practice your long exposure skills. We’ll then make our way to Dyrhólaey, a small promontory located close to the southernmost point of Iceland, the fishing village of Vík. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the 120m high natural stone arch that has eroded away from the headland. Depending on the conditions, this area makes for a host of dramatic and moody shots. Our sunset location will be at the famous Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, where tumultuous waves from the Atlantic Ocean crash furiously against the Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks. We’ll then retire for the night to our hotel in Vík.
On day three, we’ll continue on our way towards the Vatnajökull National Park, a vast area that contains some of Iceland’s most stunning landscapes for photography. We’ll spend several days in this area, capturing it in a variety of different conditions. At Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot the brilliant blue icebergs after they have calved away from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, while they float around serenely in the tidal lagoon before cruising out to sea. This is also a good place to grab some wildlife shots, as you’ll more than likely spot a few seals out and about! Adjacent to the glacier lagoon is the famous Ice Beach, where large chunks of ice from the lagoon that have been reshaped by the sea wash back onto the black sandy shores, resembling diamonds in the sun. After dinner, there may be the chance to photograph the Northern Lights at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, depending on aurora activity and weather conditions. We'll then call it a night at our hotel in the Jökulsárlón area.
Our sunrise shoot will be at the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon: the charm of it is that this area changes under different lighting conditions, so you’ll be able to capture some truly unique images. We'll also head back to the Ice Beach to grab some additional long exposure captures. The focus of this day though will be ice cave photography. We’ll make our way to a spectacular ice cave in the heart of Europe’s biggest ice-cap, the Vatnajökull Glacier. The deep tunnels, thick walls of ice shining with blue hues, and unusual formations within the cave will make for some awe-inspiring photographs. In the evening, we’ll head to the splendid Vestrahorn Mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula, where undulating black sand dunes, snow and the incoming waves of the Atlantic Ocean will make for a myriad of compositions to be captured. We’ll stay here hunting for the Northern Lights once again before retiring to our hotel in the Jökulsárlón area.
On our fifth day, we’ll visit the fascinating Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where we’ll spend the day shooting waterfalls, glacier tongues, ice caps and rivers. We’ll then make our way backwards on the south coast towards the fishing village of Vík, where you’ll shoot sunset at the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach from another viewpoint. If the Northern Lights make a show, then we’ll try to capture them. Afterwards. we'll retire to bed after a long day of shooting at our accommodations in Vík.
This will be our final day of photography. We’ll get up early and head towards the Golden Circle, on our way back to Reykjavík. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to photograph three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area and Gullfoss Waterfall. Located in a valley between two tectonic plates, Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site where the landscape is otherworldly and surreal. You’ll be able to photograph the walls that mark the edges of Eurasian and North American continents, the snow-covered lava fields and incredible ravines filled with crystal clear spring water that have been opened by earthquakes in the past. At the Geysir Geothermal Area, you’ll have the chance to capture what makes Iceland the land of fire and ice! The site sports fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, as well as the erupting geyser Strokkur, which can reach heights of 20-40m! Your final subject on this workshop will be Iceland’s golden waterfall, Gullfoss. Thundering forth across two tiers into a deep canyon, this waterfall is encrusted with ice and snow during the winter, making for an utterly stunning landscape. If the sun comes out to play, then you’ll be able to photograph rainbows in its mist. When you’ve had your fill of photographing this mystical winter wonderland, we’ll head back to Reykjavík for the night.
As much as we dread this particular day, this will be the final day of the workshop. We’ll have breakfast and talk about the once in a lifetime experiences we just had for the week, exchange contact information, then bid one another farewell as we make our transfers back to Keflavík airport to head home.
• The secret to making an impact with your images
• How to set yourself up for success in the field
• From snapshots to fine art – making the most of the location
• The use of natural light
• Long exposure work with the use of filters
• Making full use of your histogram
• Getting past dynamic range.
• Manual bracketing
• Capturing water movement
• Proper exposure
• Getting the most out of your tools within your digital darkroom
• Sometimes, rules are meant to be broken
• Digital SLR Camera with Multiple Batteries & Memory Cards
• Standard to Wide Lens with Lens Hood (10 - 70mm)
• Telephoto Lens with Lens Hood (70 - 600mm)
• Sturdy Tripod
• Wireless Remote or Cable Release
• Circular Polarizer Filter
• Neutral Density Filters
• Micro-Fiber Cloths
• Your Favorite Gear Backpack
• Winter Coat, Possibly With Down For Lighter Weight
• Thick Waterproof Gloves
• Thick Wool Socks
• Hiking Boots With Grip
(Complimentary use of waterproof boots
and crampons will be available)
• Waterproof Jacket
• Headlamp or Flashlight
• Camera / Lens Rain Cover
• A Spirit of Adventure!
Lodging in Iceland’s best available hotels, rooms with private bathrooms, transportation in a spacious, comfortable vehicle offering ample room for you and your photography gear, all breakfasts and group dinner on days 1 and 6 (welcome and farewell dinners), all entrance fees (ice caves, parks, etc) according to the itinerary, professional one-on-one instruction in the field, expert digital darkroom instruction and critiquing, hours and hours of shooting, many amazing images and several new friends!
Airfare, airport fees and taxes, visa fees, lunches and dinners from days 2 to 6, alcohol, snacks, beverages and any incidental costs.
We encourage investing in trip insurance to cover your costs in the event an unforseen circumstance were to occur that requires you to cancel.
A non-refundable deposit of $500 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. Balance is due 120 days before the workshop starts. If you wish to cancel after final payment has been made, our cancellation and refund policy is stated below:
• 120 - 90 days prior to workshop start date will be 50% refundable (minus non refundable deposit)
• 90 days or less prior to workshop start date and no-shows will be 0% refundable