Highlands & South Coast

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, 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, 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! 
Dates:
September 5th - 12th 2020
Group size: 10 
*We like to keep our groups small in order to maximize our attention to each student.
SOLD OUT
Price: $4250 USD

Bookings are made through Sif Travel, our Icelandic travel agent

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 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
  • International travel to and from Iceland

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

  • Extra batteries

  • Laptop

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

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.

 

In early September we have sunrise around 5:30 am and sunset around 8:30 pm so the days are long and wherever possible we’ll have a rest break around midday for feedback and post processing.

Physical requerments:

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. (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. (6th-7th September)
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.

Highlights:

  • Dyrhólaey 

  • Reynisdrangar 

  • Vík area 

  • Majestic waterfalls like Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss

  • Mælifell

While located in the south of Iceland we’ll also make our way to the interior of southern part of Icelandic highlands which holds green lush canyons and less visited locations.
Overnight in Vík area.

Day 4-5-6. (8th to 10th September)

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.

Overnight in highland area.

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.

Highlights:

  • Háifoss

  • Landmannalaugar

  • Hnausapollur 

  • Ljótipollur 

  • Sigöldugljúfur

  • Þjófafoss

  • Rauðufossar

  • Hekla

Along with less visited locations.

 

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.

Hnausapollur

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.


Day 7. ( 11th September)

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. (12th September)

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.

Payment information:
Tuition: $4250 USD per person double occupancy
Deposit: $1000 USD
Single supplement adds $800USD
 
To reserve a place a $1000 USD non-refundable deposit* must be paid upon registration and final payment by 1st June 2020.
 
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 90 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $150 fee
  • 60 to 90 days: 50% refund

  • Less than 60 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.
Registration:
To register for this workshop email thor@thor-photography.com. 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

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Icelandic Tourist Board, specializing in Photo Tours and Photography Workshops in Iceland

 

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