Dramatic Seascapes, Lighthouses, Icebergs, Fishing Villages, and Whales
July 9–19, 2023
It is here in Newfoundland where you have the opportunity to live the life of a lighthouse keeper overlooking the entrance to “Iceberg Alley.” Marvel at the miles of pristine coastline, dotted with beaches, sea stacks, walking trails, and photogenic fishing communities.
Photographic opportunities here are numerous and diverse, and wildlife and landscape photographers both will find a wealth of subjects here. Although we can’t predict nature, we expect to spot whales, abundant ice flowing down iceberg alley, and much more. From the island’s rugged south coast and maritime barrens to the Tablelands of Gros Morne National Park, the natural beauty of this wild place will surround you at every turn.
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. Our pros will 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 too. We’ll be daily traveling by spacious bus, staying in comfortable accommodations, and provided with fresh, locally-sourced cuisine.
Why don’t you come with us to listen to the whales’ calls echoing off massive icebergs from your own private cove in the North Atlantic!
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
July 9, 2023: Arrive at any time today into Deer Lake and transfer to the Marble Inn Resort. We will meet for a group dinner at 6:00 PM to get to know each other and to go over the itinerary for the week.
July 10, 2023: After breakfast we’ll head out to the various fishing villages, including Lark Harbour and York Harbour at Bay of Islands. By evening, we’ll make our way to the western tip of the peninsula to photograph sunset over the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
July 11–12, 2023: We’ll head south to Cape Anguille Lighthouse. The Inn at Cape Anguille is a restored century-old lighthouse keeper’s home, and is designated as a Registered Heritage Structure for Newfoundland and Labrador. The Atlantic Ocean provides backdrop here to a landscape dotted with horses and sheep. We’ll photograph the rugged shoreline and cliffs, and well as a variety of local and migratory birds. Semi-palmated plovers, black-bellied plovers, Arctic terns, bald eagles, American kestrels, great egrets, and ospreys all call the area home this time of year. This corner of Newfoundland is also a great place for spotting blue whales, the largest animals to have ever lived on earth.
July 13–14, 2023: These days we’ll head north to Gros Morne for a hike on the Green Garden Trail. Together we will wander the coast in search of sea stacks, pillow lava, wild meadows, sea caves, and semi-wild sheep. We will also make a visit to the picturesque lighthouses at Woody Point and Lobster Cove. Afterwards, we will head further north to photograph sweeping barrens dotted with reflection ponds and accented by blooming spring flowers.
July 15, 2023: Today we’ll move farther north into a more remote part of Newfoundland, where we’ll visit secluded fishing villages set along the shoreline. Look for icebergs that have been making their way down the Labrador coast from the Arctic!
July 16, 2023: We will begin the day at UNESCO World Heritage site L’Anse aux Meadows. At the tip of Newfoundland’s Great Northern Peninsula, L’Anse aux Meadows is a small encampment of timber-and-sod buildings built over 1000 years ago by Viking settlers. We’ll discover a wealth of archaeological finds, and watch as costumed interpreters bring early history to life at this internationally renowned archaeological site.
July 17–18, 2023: Our final days of the workshop will be spent on Quirpon (pronounced kar-poon) Island, where we’ll be staying at a 1922 lighthouse keeper’s home. Fully restored, Quirpon Lighthouse Inn features beautiful rooms at the base of a still-operating lighthouse and is a Registered Heritage Building. Located off the northernmost tip of Newfoundland, Quirpon is the province’s best location for viewing icebergs by land and by sea as they are carried south on the Labrador Current. We’ll explore the coastline for these massive wonders, as well as for the subtler beauty of the barren tundra and endless cliffs that surround this small private island.
July 19, 2023: We will depart Quirpon after breakfast. We will spend the day exploring before dropping you off at the St. Anthony airport by 3:00 PM for your flight back to St. Johns.
Moderate: You should be able to walk up to 2 miles with elevation gain of 500 feet in an uneven terrain
Arrive Deer Lake Regional Airport (YDF), Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador before 5:00 PM on July 9, 2023. Depart St. Anthony Airport (YAY), St. Anthony, Newfoundland and Labrador after 3:00 PM on July 19, 2023.
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.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,000 supplement. (Outfitters charge us $645 add’l.)
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- 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!
- Travel to Deer Lake, Newfoundland and Labrador and from St. Anthony, 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.
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,000 supplement. (Outfitters charge us $645 add’l.)
“I was nervous at first, not knowing what to expect, but that quickly disappeared within a day. Kevin goes out of his way to make sure that the entire group is happy. He is in constant contact with his local connections to make sure that we will not miss any great locations or shots. He takes the time to get to know what your photo bucket list items are and does his best to make it happen. I ended up with some fabulous photos and new friends. ”