Iceland Photo Workshop
February 13 - 22, 2014
Join us in Iceland as we take you on the hunt for the perfect light and amazing landscapes at the most beautiful arctic paradise, Iceland. Marc and Andy are joined by Iceland pro photographer and guide Iurie Belegurschi, and together we'll explore the surreal landscapes, seascapes, fjords, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, rivers, northern lights and stars that are the beauty of Iceland. The photos on this page are courtesy of Iurie. Over 9 days and 8 nights we'll cover a tremendous amount of this country - expect to be amongst a group of like-minded photographers who will work hard to learn new techniques and get amazing imagery - we'll be up early and up late, shooting sunrise, sunset, and northern lights. This workshop is all-inclusive and will feature plenty of instruction in the field and in the digital darkroom.
UPDATE: As of December 29, 2013, this workshop is sold out. Contact us if you'd like to be put on a waiting list in case of cancellation. We also have another Iceland workshop in May 2014 with openings.
From your home, fly to Reykjavik, Iceland to arrive late day on February 12, 2014. Our workshop begins the morning of February 13, 2014, when we'll board our private mini-bus and head out immediately. For the next 8 nights, we'll guide you around Iceland to the best shooting venues, each beautiful in their own unique way. Accommodations will be small inns where you will have en-suite facilities, and some accommodations will be in guest houses where we may have shared facilities. We arrive back in Reykjavik late in the day on February 21, 2014 and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere on the February 22, 2014.
This itinerary is flexible - we may adjust it based on weather conditions or other factors.
Days 1 - 3 (February 13-15): We will visit Iceland´s Snaefellsness Peninsula, where dormant volcanoes and glaciers reside side by side on this narrow westward peninsula, full of coastline and mountains. Here at Snaefellsness peninsula are some of Icelands oldest volcanoes, inactive for thousands of years, but their vast lava flows are still visible in the landscape. The dramatic backdrop of a beautiful mountain range keeps us perfectly positioned between them and the sea, where the coastline varies between cliffs, beaches, marsh, and farmland. Volcanic craters and Snaefellsjökull glacier are some of our highlights on this day, and we stop at the small fishing village Grundafjörður for lunch. We photograph the famous Kirkjufell (Church mountain), a series of volcanic cliffs and rock islets constantly being crashed by waves.
Days 4 and 5 (February 16-17): We visit Iceland's south coast, filled with waterfalls, glaciers and surrounding farmland. We pass Hekla volcano; a 1490m high snowtopped mountain where devastating eruptions throughout Iceland´s history have led this volcano to be called the gateway to hell. We also see Iceland´s Eyjafjallajokull, the flight stopping volcano we all loved to hate in 2010. We stop at two of Iceland´s most impressive waterfalls, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. We explore the area around them, being able to hike to the top of Skogafoss and walk behind the waterfall at Seljalandsfoss. We also visit the amazing glacier of Solheimajökull. We will wander around the incredible coast to photograph basalt columns, black sand beaches, and rock pillar islets. We also will shoot the lighthouse at Dyrholaey sea-cliff, an amazing photography destination.
Days 6 - 8 (February 18-20): We travel towards Vatnajokull National Park, the remote eastern landscape of Iceland and Jokulsarslon, a glacier lagoon full of icebergs. We arrive to the wild east where icebergs float out to the sea from Vatnajokull glacier, sometimes getting stranded on the beach. The glacial lagoon where they float before being taken out by the river changes every day, as the icebergs shift, melt, and drift away. The blue ice and dark lake underneath the glacier provide some of the most spectacular landscape you´ll ever see, not just in Iceland, but anywhere in the world.
Day 9 (February 21): From the east, we make our way back to Reykjavik, stopping along the way to shoot more landscapes, Icelandic horses and waterfalls. We expect to arrive in Reykjavik in the evening, and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere on February 22.
Details, Registration and Payment
What's Included: All transportation within Iceland, meals, snacks, soft drinks, lodging (single occupancy may be available, extra surcharge, just ask us), and photographic guiding and instruction from three pros, from the time we meet on February 13th in Reykjavik until the time we say goodbye late day on February 21st.
What's Not Included: Airfare from your home to and from Iceland. Travel and trip insurance (recommended). Hotel room and dinner in Reykjavik for nights of February 12th and 21st (this will vary by individual travel needs - but we will have a hotel and rate ready for you). Alcoholic beverages. Tips for our guides. Anything else not specifically listed above in the "what's included" section.
Payment, Terms and Conditions: All of Muench Workshops Terms and Conditions apply. A deposit of $2500 USD will guarantee your spot, and the final payment of $2995 USD will be due not later than December 1, 2013. Payment is by your personal check or credit card. While we don't expect this, Muench Workshops reserves the right to adjust the tuition of this workshop due to factors beyond our control, such as currency fluctuations, political action, governmental issues or the like. Additional terms and conditions specific to this workshop: Your deposit is a firm commitment, and is non-refundable, which is why we recommend trip insurance. If you need to cancel, Muench Workshops will try and fill your spot, but no guarantees are made on this and no refunds are promised. Please do not make air travel arrangements to Iceland until checking with us first.