Landscapes and Puffins

Join us in Iceland to capture the perfect light, amazing landscapes and bird life in an arctic paradise during the midnight sun. Muench Workshops Pro Kevin Pepper is joined by our 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. This is a very small group, only 8 guests, and we’ll travel by our private 4x4 Sprinter we call the "Viking Mobile" with plenty of room for you and your camera gear. We have planned two very exciting ventures to different puffin colonies, and this is a great time to photograph these colorful and comedic sea birds. 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 out late, because the days are long. This workshop is all-inclusive and will feature plenty of instruction in the field as well as in our image reviews. 

From your home, fly to Reykjavik, Iceland to arrive on or before May 2, 2018. We’ll overnight in Reykjavik and after breakfast next morning, we’ll fly to the Eastern edge of Iceland to the town of Eglisdottir. From there we'll explore the eastern fjords, coastlines and islands. We'll make our way back west along the southern coast of Iceland, visiting the best locations for landscape images. Accommodations are based on double-occupancy (single rooming is available, just ask) and all of our hotels have en-suite facilities and Wi-Fi.  We arrive back in Reykjavik late on May 12, 2018 and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere anytime on or after May 13, 2018.

Location:

Iceland

Tuition:

$8,995

Dates:

May 3–13, 2018

Fitness Level:

Easy

Availability:

Limited to 8 guests

I loved that every detail of the trip was taken care of and there were no hidden costs. The trip was run very professionally but not by a bunch of “stuffy” photographers! Skarpi is amazing!
— Diane Hemingway, Iceland '16

Itinerary

May 3, 2018: Arrive in Reykjavik (KEF airport code) anytime this day. Meet in Reykjavik hotel for dinner at 6 pm. 

May 4, 2018: After breakfast, Kevin will take the group to the regional airport in Reykjavik, where we'll fly as a group to Eglisdottir, (cost of flights are included in tuition and we will book them). Skarpi will meet everyone in Eglisdottir with the "Viking Mobile", where we'll all begin our photographic journey. 

May 5–6, 2018: We'll stay in Djupivogur and explore the group of small islands just off shore to photograph the bird life. We'll also explore the amazing waterfalls and scenic coastline of the Eastern Fiordland. 

May 7–9, 2018: We continue westward on the south coast to Vatnajökull area for 3 nights and explore the amazing Vestrahorn, ice beach and Jökulsárlón glacial 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 10–11, 2018: We'll continue our journey west to the small town of Vik, where we'll visit a few of the iconic locations on the south shore of Iceland. We will photograph more waterfalls, glaciers and surrounding farmland and of course, 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 two nights here in Vik.

May 12, 2018: Following a long day of photography beginning in Vik and moving west, we'll make our final drive along the beautiful south coast of Iceland 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 12th.

May 13, 2018: Departing flights can be arranged anytime this day.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation within Iceland, including regional flight
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from two pros
  • Image reviews, post-processing instruction
  • Fun, inspiration and a great time!

Whats Not Included?

Transportation from your home to Reykjavik (KEF airport code) and back to your home.  Travel medical and trip cancellation insurance. Alcoholic beverages. Items of a personal nature. Anything not specifically mentioned in “what's included”, above.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,500 will hold your place on this workshop. The balance of $5,495 will be due not later than February 1, 2018. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

Internal flight to Eglisdottir is included in tuition. For an amazing small group photo experience during the midnight sun in Iceland, click the “Sign Me Up!” button, and we‘ll see you in Iceland! Got questions?