Highlands & South Coast

With Thor and Mike Browne

Dates

 5th - 12th Sept 2020

Destination

Iceland

Group Size

10 People.

Transportation

Incl. during the

    workshop

Price

  $4250 USD 
Deposit $1000

Hotel based

Hotles included.

Difficulty level​

Easy

Flights

Not inlcuded.

Guides/Tutors

Thorarinn Jonsson

Mike Browne

Meals

Welcome and farewell    dinner included. 

*Single supplement adds $800 USD

In September 2020 you can join Thor and Mike Browne on a photography workshops into the

Icelandic Highlands and South Coast.

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.

Whether we see the northern lights or not, prepare yourself for an overdose of natural beauty. From waterfalls to multi-colored mountains, 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! 

Bookings are made through Sif Travel, our Icelandic travel agent.

*Minimum number of participants 8.

In a nutshell.

Overview.

This workshop is covering some of the best parts in the Icelandic interior like Landmannalaugar and the southern part of the highlands which holds the green pointy mountain Mælifell. On top of that we have included the South Coast which holds byfar many of Iceland's most picturesque locations like Vik and the surrounding area, black sandy beaches, majestics waterfalls and more.
This time of year also marks the beginning of the Aurora season and we will be hunting them whenever the conditions will be favourable.
Since the weather can be quite changeable in Iceland we always take the weather into account when we decide what location we choose to shoot at any given time.

Travelling to Iceland:

You will want to fly into Keflavík ariport. From there we recommend using the flybus to get to the capitol, Reykjavík (about 40km). 

We recommend Flybus+ which will drop you off at the doorstep of our hotel in Reykjavík.

Physical Requirements:

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 is very rewarding and gives you a great and unique perspective.

Where are we staying?

We will be lodging at a variety of hotels throughout our stay, we begin and end in Reykjavík but we'll be staying at a great hotels while both on the south coast and in the highlands. These accommodations are beautiful and conveniently located for our shooting locations.

Highlights:

  • Vik area.

  • Reynisdrangar.

  • Seljalandsfoss.

  • Skógafoss.

  • Maelifell.

  • Landmannalaugar.

  • Haifoss.

  • Northern lights.

  • Black beaches.

  • lesser known locations.

  • ....and the list goes on and on.

Workshop itinerary:
*More detailed info will be provided upon registration along with packing list.

Day 1: Arrival Day (5th September)

Arrival day. When you arrive in Iceland at Keflavik International Airport we recommend you take the Flybus service, which will take you quickly to your hotel in Reykjavik: Fosshotel Reykjavík. The Flybus service from the airport is the most cost effective way to get to the hotel. Taxis are also available. We will meet at the Hotel Bar at 6.00 pm and go for a welcome dinner where we can get to know each other and have a chat about what we’ll be doing during the coming 6 days.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

 

Day 2-3:

We leave Reykjavík early and head east to our first locations which will include majestic waterfalls, black sandy beaches and seascapes scenes.
Not only will we cover some of the most popular locations but we also have a few hand picked lesser known locations we want to bring you to.

We will be staying here for 2 nights and one of the days we plan to go up to the southern part of the Icelandic highlands where we plan to photograph for example the famous Mt. Mælifell which is kind of like Kirkjufell of the highlands due to it’s cone shaped form.

Where we go exactly will depend on weather conditions.
Overnight in Vík area. 


Days 4-6:

After sunrise shoot and breakfast we head to our next hotel in the highlands, Hotel Hrauneyjar will be our base camp for the time we spend up there.

From there we will be travelling to several locations in the highlands, and as always we base our decision on the weather forecast and conditions each time.
 

The destination on this leg of the tour is the unspoiled highland nature.

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 highland is covered in geothermal hotspots and previous volcanic activity is often evident, a tell tale sign of the gigantic forces at work, some a few hundred years ago and others only decades old.

Overnight in highland area.

 

 

Day 7:

We’ll shoot sunrise before heading for breakfast and check out. This is our last day on the road and depending on the conditions we might visit the famous Golden Circle or head to Reykjanes peninsula before we go and check into our hotel in the afternoon.

Overnight in Reykjavík.

 

Day 8: Departure Day

All good things have to come to an end and so must this adventure. With memory cards full of great images it’s time to leave, but the memories will last a lifetime.

Say goodbye to the land of fire and ice, or if you want to extend your stay and seek more adventures, it’s up to you.

Again we do recommend using the Fly bus to get to Keflavík international airport.

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 or equivalent

  • 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

  • Extra batteries

  • Laptop

  • Photoshop and Lightroom installed on your computer (at least the trial versions)

 

What´s included in the Workshop:

  •  Accommodation and breakfast (all rooms have a private bathroom)
      Single supplement will add $800 USD

  • All photography tuition and mentoring

  • Transport during the tour and entry fees to national parks and other location.

  • Welcome and farwell dinner

  • Breakfast daily​

What´s NOT included in the Workshop:

  • International travel to and from Iceland.

  • Meals ( except where indicated )

  • Beverages

  • Visas

  • Travel and equipment insurance.

  • Overweight and additional baggage

Payment information:

Tuition: $4250 USD

Deposit: $1000 USD

A $1000 USD non-refundable deposit is required to reserve your space for this workshop, or you may pay in full. The remaining balance is due on June 1st, 2020. If the remaining balance is not paid in full, your space will be forfeited. 

Please read through our Cancelation and refund policy.

 

Registration: 

To register for this workshop, press the red button below and fill out

our registration form. 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.

By registering you are committing yourself to your deposit. An invoice will be sent to you shortly after your email for your deposit payment.

Bookings are made through Sif Travel, our Icelandic travel agent.

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