Puffins, Gannets, Whales, Icebergs, and Lighthouses

July 8–15, 2024

Newfoundland is a large island off of North America’s Atlantic coast and is part of Canada’s easternmost province of Newfoundland and Labrador. Linked intimately on all sides with the ocean, Newfoundland has a windswept coastline, colorful fishing villages, abundant marine wildlife, and the blue icebergs that migrate from the Arctic down her northern and eastern shores. Photographic opportunities are numerous and diverse, and wildlife and landscape photographers will find a wealth of subjects here. Although we can’t predict nature, we expect to see whales, iconic seabirds, lighthouses, ice, and much more.

We’ll be photographing from sunrise (the first in America!) to sunset and everywhere in between. Our network of local guides will keep us advised of local photographic opportunities, and Muench pros will be on hand to help you make the most of every situation. Expect plenty of field instruction and—back at our hotel—plenty of post-processing instruction and our signature image reviews. We’ll travel daily by spacious bus, stay in comfortable accommodations, and eat fresh, locally-sourced cuisine.

Extend your Newfoundland journey by following this workshop with our Western Newfoundland workshop.


Newfoundland, Canada




July 8–15, 2024

Fitness Level



Open for Registration
Limited to 8 Guests


About the wildlife: This workshop offers significant opportunities for photographing wildlife, and while we do our best to maximize our wildlife encounters—based on past experiences, local knowledge, and the current conditions—we need to impress upon you that the wildlife really is wild and that we don’t control it.

This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.

July 9, 2024: This morning we’ll depart for our first photo shoots at Pouch Cove and Biscayne Cove, just outside St. John’s. We’ll spend the afternoon north of St. John’s visiting numerous fishing villages such as Heart’s Delight, New Perlican, and Heart’s Content. The day will end with a sunset photoshoot at Cavendish.

July 10, 2024: After a morning image review, we will head to Cape St. Mary’s, North America’s most accessible seabird rookery. Cape St. Mary’s is also the southernmost breeding area in the world for thick-billed murres and common murres in the northwest Atlantic Ocean. Bird Rock is the southernmost (third-largest) nesting site for northern gannets in North America. These sites are filled with perching, diving, and scrambling birds from edge to edge—a moving, breathing spectacle of color and sound.

July 11, 2024: After breakfast, we will depart from St. John’s for our hotel in Bonavista Bay, our base for the next three nights. Our drive will include stops to photograph the bays, coves, and tickles along the way, and we’ll be keeping an eye out for icebergs, eagles, and whales.

July 12, 2024: Today we’ll head out on a private boat tour early in the morning, where our focus will be on icebergs, puffins, bald eagles, and whales. Humpback whales are common in this area, and sperm, minke, pilot whales, and (rarely) orcas are sometimes present too. You may also see dolphins, porpoises, eagles, and various pelagic sea birds.

In the afternoon, we will head to Elliston to photograph Atlantic puffins—the only puffin species in the North Atlantic Ocean. Elliston Point is home to approximately 3000 nesting pairs of puffins, and the North and South Bird Islands are home to another 1200 pairs.

July 13, 2024: We’ll start the day with an image review session and then head out to “Iceberg Alley,” an ocean corridor that runs down from Greenland. We’ll focus our photographic efforts on Dungeons Provincial Park, Spillar’s Cove, and Bonavista Lighthouse (built in 1843 and one of the few in the world where you can still climb the stone tower and see the c1800s catoptric light apparatus).

July 14, 2024: This morning we’ll start our trip back to St. John’s, stopping for lunch and photography. Then, after one last dinner together, we’ll head out for a sunset shoot at Cape Spear Lighthouse. Perched on a craggy headland, this oldest surviving lighthouse in Newfoundland and Labrador offers a glimpse into the lives of 19th-century lighthouse keepers and their families. The skies above the lighthouse swirl with seabirds, and the ocean beyond offers icebergs, humpback whales, and pods of porpoise.

July 15, 2024: Flights home can be scheduled at any time on this day.



Easy: You are able to handle moderate walks from the vehicles of up to one mile.


Arrive St. John’s International Airport (YYT), St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador before 4:00 PM on July 8, 2024. Flights out can be made anytime on July 15, 2024.

What to Bring

Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $700 supplement.
  • All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
  • Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing instruction
  • Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!

Not Included

  • Travel to and from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador.
  • Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
  • Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
  • Items of a personal nature.
  • Alcoholic beverages.
  • Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
  • Anything else specifically not listed as included.
  • Single rooming available for $700 supplement.

Payment Terms

  • Your deposit of $3,495 will hold your space in this workshop.
  • The balance is due not later than April 1, 2024.
  • All of our standard Terms and Conditions apply.
  • Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just ask us.


“I learned a lot on the Newfoundland trip. Kevin Lisota and Kevin Pepper are top notch teachers and great people. ”

— Kathleen Matthews, Newfoundland '22

“Both Kevins did a great job pointing out locations, helping with some more esoteric techniques like ND and focus stacking. They did a great job of getting us to places when the light was right. ”

— Warren Capps, Newfoundland '22
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