Highlands & South Coast
In August and September 2019 you can join Thor and Mike Mezeul II on a photography workshops into the Icelandic Highlands.
This journey will take you to the pristine scenery of the unspoiled nature in the Icelandic Highlands, with the opportunity to see the Norhern Lights since this time of year we do have enough darkness during the night for them to appear.
It is a spectacular experience to witness the norhtern lights up there with not a single soul around you and no light pollution at all, that is if the conditions will allow us to see the lights.
Whether we see the northern lights or not, prepare yourself for an overdose of natural beauty. From waterfalls to multi-colored mountains, iceberg filled lagoons, glass reflections in tidal pools and more. You will need to get your rest now because once you are immersed in Iceland, you won't want to sleep a wink!
August 26th - September 4th 2019
Group size: 10
*We like to keep our groups small in order to maximize our attention to each student.
Price: $4800 USD
Bookings are made through Sif Travel, our Icelandic travel agent
What´s included in the Workshop:
9 Nights accommodation based upon double occupancy. Each room will have it's own private bathroom. Single Supplement is +$900 USD
All transport while on tour in a spacious 4x4 vehicle including entry into National parks and other locations.
All photography tuition and mentoring.
A welcome and farewell dinner.
What´s NOT included in the Workshop:
International travel to and from Iceland.
Meals ( except where indicated )
Drinks of any kind.
Travel and equipment insurance.
Overweight and additional baggage
Students will learn:
How to create compelling and enticing landscape compositions.
How to properly expose for an image throughout all variety of light invluding prime and non-prime lighting conditions.
How to photograph the night sky, create star trails and with some luck, capture the aurora borealis!
How to use their camera to it´s best capabilities.
How to utilize motion blur to capture dramatic seascapes and waterfall images.
Workflow techniques for Lightroom and Photoshop.
Much, much more!
What you need:
A DSLR camera
A variety of lenses - a wide angle lens will be your most used on this trip.
A sturdy tripod
An intervalometer (to create star trails... a cheap one will do just fine)
Multiple memory cards
Photoshop and Lightroom installed on your computer (at least the trial versions)
We start in Reykjavík, we must keep our itinirary flexible since we will base exact location choices on weather and best conditions for photographing each time. This tour covers some of the best parts in the Icelandic interior and on top of that we have included the South Coast area which is home to many of the most picturesque locations in Iceland like Vik, Dyrhólaey along with miles of black sandy beaches and a host of majestic waterfalls like Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.
And to top it all we'll also going to be spending 2 days at the Glacier lagoon area where we have floating icebergs and within only few hundred meters we have the infamous Ice beach where we'll be photographing icebergs on a black sandy beach.
This 10 day / 9 night photographic tour is designed purely with photographers in mind and at a time of the year when we should be experiencing amazing light. Thor knows his home country like no other, and this trip is shaping up to be one epic adventure.
This workshop will include some moderate hikes on uneven ground and loose gravel. We'll not take on any serious hikes but getting to a little bit elevated view in the highlands are often very rewarding and gives you a great perspective.
Day 1: Arrival day (26th August)
Upon arriving, we suggest using the FlyBus service from Keflavik Airport to the host hotel. Taxis are also available near the terminal building.
The FlyBus service is located right outside the terminal building and the cost is around $35USD each way.
Book online using the FlyBus Plus service which will drop you off at your hotel. You can book a round trip to take you back to the airport after the tour.
Book FlyBus online:
1. Visit https://www.re.is/flybus
2. Choose the FlyBus+ service which will ask for your hotel information.
3. Pay online.
We will meet as a group in the Hotel Bar at 6.00 pm to go for dinner where we can get to know each other and have a chat about what well be doing over the course of next 9 days. Overnight in Reykjavík.
Days 2, 3 and 4.
The destination on this leg of the tour is the unspoiled nature of The Highlands. Hrauneyjar Hotel will be our base camp for the time we spend up in the Highlands. From there we will be travelling to several locations in the area, and as always, we base our decision on the weather forecast and conditions at the time.
On our way from Reykjavík to the Highlands we will stop at a few places.... Háifoss (Fourth tallest waterfall in Iceland with a drop of 122m) and Granni (situated right next to Háifoss) These are situated in Fossá where they drop side by side in a deep gorge. This is an exceptional place for photography where we encounter lava fields, jet black volcanic sands stretching for miles, mountains covered with bright green moss and
colourful craters filled with water. The Highlands are covered in geothermal hotspots and previous volcanic activity is often evident.... A sure sign of the gigantic forces at work. Some are a few hundreds years ago and others only decades old.
The best known location in The Highlands is probably Landmannalaugar where we will photograph colourful rhyolite mountains. This place is like nothing else you have ever seen before. In Landmannalaugar we have the option of do several short hikes into the Grænagil Canyon (green canyon) or even hike up to Brennisteinsalda which is a Sulphur mountain / hill. Also, there are good photo opportunities right from the parking area.
This crater is also known as The Blue pool because of the colour of the water. This 0.3 square km crater was formed during an explosive eruption about 1130 years ago. The colours here are simply breathtaking, with the red iron gravel inside the crater shining against the bright green vegetation surrounding the outside.
Accommodation at hotel in the highland.
Day 5 -6
On our last day in The Highlands we will drive to a canyon called Eldgjá which holds a beautiful waterfall called Ófærufoss. We will photograph here before leaving the highlands and then we will set our course towards the Glacier lagoon. Along the way we have several stops to choose from based on time and conditions, places like: Fjaðrárgljúfur, Stjórnarfoss, Svínafellsjökull and more. We'll end our day in Glacier lagoon area.
Accommodation in Glacier lagoon area
Day 5 -6
Glacier lagoon will be our playground, this is probably one of the most famous place in Iceland with its floating icebergs and just below the lagoon is the mystical diamond beach.
On one of the days we are staying in this area we will go to Mt.Vestrahorn, a raw mountain with many composition options like sand dunes, reflection and waves.
Accommodation in Glacier lagoon area.
Day 7 & 8:
We'll shoot sunrise at the Glacier lagoon area and from the there we start heading our way west towards Vík where we will be photographing stunning seascapes, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar and majestic waterfalls like Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss among other things.
Accomodation in Vík area.
This is our last day on the road and locations we have left on our itinerary are all about waterfalls so have some lensclothes ready. The waterfalls are: the mighty Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Kvernufoss and Gljúfrabúi. As always we have to go by the conditions and we might have a chance of shooting sunrise at Skógafoss before we go back for breakfast and checkout, then we will start to head our way to Reykjavík with stops mentioned above. Once we arrive in Reykjavik, we will check into our hotel and then meet downstairs before heading out for our farewell dinner.
(no sunset shoot this time)
Accommodation in Reykjavík.
Day 10: Departure day.
We say our goodbyes and head homeward bound or to the next destination your adventure might take you.
Again we recommend you use the fly-bus to get to the ariport.
Tuition: $4800 USD per person double occupancy
Deposit: $1500 USD
To reserve a place a $1500 USD non-refundable deposit* must be paid upon registration and final payment by 1st June 2019.
Minimum 8 participants is needed for this workshop to take place so please do not book your flight until we have confirmed them minimum has been reached.
Cancelation and refund policy:
If you cancel and the workshop is otherwise full, we will refund you the full amount, minus a $150 service charge as follows:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $150 fee
60 days: 75% refund
45 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid in the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
To register for this workshop email firstname.lastname@example.org. Another possibility is to simply press the red button to the right, and shoot us a mail. Bookings are made through Sif Travel, our Icelandic travel agent.
This workshop is based upon a first come, first serve priority and available spots will be updated on this page.
Bookings are made through Sif Travel, our Icelandic travel agent