Iceland March: Northern Lights and Landscapes
Join us in Iceland as we take you on the hunt for the perfect light and amazing landscapes at this most beautiful arctic paradise. Led by Andy Williams and Skarpi Práinsson, we’ll explore the surreal landscapes, seascapes, fjords, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, rivers, northern lights, and stars that are the beauty of Iceland. 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.
From your home, fly to Reykjavik, Iceland to arrive on or before March 11, 2016. Our workshop begins the morning of March 12, 2016, 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 double occupancy with en-suite facilities (single rooming is available). We arrive back in Reykjavik late in the day on March 20, 2016 and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere anytime on March 21, 2016.
March 11 - 21, 2016
This itinerary is flexible - we may adjust it based on weather and light conditions or other factors.
Days 1,2,3: Our first night is in Reykjavik, and then following morning after breakfast we’ll head out and to Iceland´s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where dormant volcanoes and glaciers reside side by side on this narrow westward peninsula, full of coastline and mountains. Here at Snæfellsnes are some of Iceland’s 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.
Day 4: 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, Skógafoss, 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 5, 6, 7: We travel towards Vatnajökull National Park, the remote eastern landscape of Iceland and Jökulsárlón, a glacier lagoon full of icebergs. We arrive to the wild east where icebergs float out to the sea from Vatnajökull glacier, and then getting stranded back on the beautiful black sand 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. Here too, we will explore the beauty of Iceland’s glaciers, actually entering a glacier cave photographing and enjoying the crystalline beauty.
Day 8: On returning from Vatnajökull, we again stop in Vik, to get another chance at the black sand beach, the basalt columns, and the beautiful sea stacks that feature on this coastline.
Days 9,10: One more early morning shoot, and then from Snæfellsnes, 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 late afternoon on March 20, 2016, and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere on March 21st.
- All transportation within Iceland
- All meals during the workshop
- Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
- Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
- Image reviews, post processing instruction
- Inspiration, fun and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
Airfare from your home to and from Iceland. Travel and trip insurance (recommended). Alcoholic beverages. Tips for our guides. Anything else not specifically listed above in the “what's included” section.
Your deposit of $2,500 USD will guarantee your spot, and the final payment of $3,995 USD will be due not later than December 15, 2015. Please do not make air travel arrangements to Iceland until checking with us first.