Iceland in May: Landscapes and Puffins
Join us in Iceland as we take you on the hunt for the perfect light, amazing landscapes and bird life at the most beautiful arctic paradise, Iceland. Muench Workshops Pro Randy Hanna is joined by Muench Workshops' very own Viking, Iceland pro photographer and guide, Skarpi Thrainsson. Over this ten-day workshop you’ll explore and photograph the surreal landscapes, seascapes, fjords, waterfalls, mountains, lakes, rivers, birdlife, wildlife and midnight sun that are the beauty of Iceland. We’ll travel by our private mini-bus. Expect to be among 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, because the days are so long. 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 May 9, 2016. We’ll overnight in Reykjavik and after breakfast next morning, we’ll head out on our journey. For the next 8 nights, we’ll guide you to the best shooting venues, each beautiful in their own unique way. Accommodations are based on double-occupancy (single rooming is available) and all of our hotels have en-suite facilities and wifi. We arrive back in Reykjavik late in the day on May 18, 2016 and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere anytime on or after May 19, 2016.
May 9 - 19, 2016
Itinerary and General Information
Keep in mind, this itinerary is flexible - we may adjust it based on weather conditions or other factors.
May 10-13: East Fjords and Djúpivogur
After an early breakfast in Reykjavik, we will head to the Reykjavik City Airport for our short flight (included) to Iceland’s East Fjords. We will base out of Djúpivogur, and will have beautiful drives through some dramatic coastal areas, and we’ll see and photograph the beautiful mountains of Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn. The small fishing village of Djúpivogur is very charming, and offers numerous photographic locations to capture volcanic mountain landscapes. We have a number of amazing photo opportunities each day, the beaches, the mountains, the fjords, and more.
May 13-16: Glacier Lagoon, Ice Beach and Puffins
From Djúpivogur, we now travel westward, to Iceland’s famous Glacier Lagoon and Ice Beach. Jökulsárlón is the Icelandic name, meaning glacial river lagoon. Here we will photograph the dramatic ice formations in the lagoon and also on the black sand beach, where the icebergs wash up after having traveled out to the sea. 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 we will also spend a whole morning photographing the Atlantic Puffins, at the Ingólfshöfði Nature Reserve. The 40 minute haycart ride across the tidal flats is an experience by itself, but then be prepared for more puffins than you can count - along with skua, duck and cormorants.
May 16-18: Glaciers, Central Highlands, Vik and the South Coast
Heading west again, if weather and conditions are good, we’ll explore some of Iceland’s most amazing glaciers and highlands - so remote that we can only get there by using super-Jeeps!
We’re based in the town of Vik, which features amazing sea stacks and black sand beaches for dramatic seascape photography.
Also here, and on our way back to Reykjavik, we will photograph more waterfalls, glaciers and surrounding farmland and Icelandic Horses. We plan to stop at Hofskirkja, a beautiful turf-covered church. In the village of Vík, we’ll be minutes away from the Reynisdrangar black sand beach, with its amazing towers of basalt columns on shore and sea stacks just off-shore, which make great subjects for the golden hours. We stay one night here in Vik, and after breakfast we have our last day, which is the drive back to Reykjavik. We will stop at and photograph two famous waterfalls: Skogáfoss and Seljalandsfoss. We plan on arriving back in Reykjavik at our hotel late in the afternoon on May 18th.
- All ground and air transportation within Iceland,
- Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
- All meals during the workshop
- Photographic guiding and instruction from three pros
- Image reviews, post-processing instruction
- Fun, inspiration and a great time!
What’s Not Included?
- Airfare from your home to and from Iceland.
- Travel and trip insurance (recommended).
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Anything else not specifically listed above in the "what's included" section.
Your deposit of $3,000 USD will guarantee your spot, and the final payment of $4,995 USD will be due not later than February 10, 2016.