SUMMER HIGHLAND

-Camping Workshop

with Thor & Thomas Heaton

Join Thor and Thomas Heaton on a unique camping, hiking and landscape photography workshop situated in the stunning Highlands of Iceland.
 
The Highlands are an exceptional place for photography. We will encounter lava fields, jet black volcanic sands stretching for miles, mountains covered with bright green moss and colourful craters filled with vibrant blue water. The Highlands are covered in geothermal hotspots and previous volcanic activity is often evident, a tell tale sign of the gigantic forces at work some few hundreds years ago and others only decades old.

Available dates:
July 10th - 14th 2017 - SOLD OUT.
July 16th - 21st 2017 - SOLD OUT.
Price: $2200 USD
An overview:
The destination is the unspoiled highlands of Iceland. At this time of year the sun rises at 3.30am and sets at 11:30pm and therefore we will be spending most of our time shooting early morning and late night to capture the best light. In between we will rest, eat, share our images and experiences, soak in the natural hot springs of Landmannalaugar campsite and enjoy our beautiful surroundings. Of course, if conditions are right we can take full advantage of this and enjoy even more photography.
The best known location in the highlands is Landmannalaugar where we will photograph colourful rhyolite mountains. This place is like nothing else you‘ve seen before. In Landmannalaugar we have the option of enjoying several short hikes, for example into the canyon Grænagil (green canyon) or we can hike up to Brennisteinsalda which is a Sulphur mountain offering unrivalled views of the surrounding volcanic Highlands. As well as hiking in to the wilderness, fantastic photo opportunities are available right outside of our tents.
This workshop is covering some of the best areas in the Icelandic interior, but since the weather can be changeable in Iceland we try our best to keep one step ahead and plan our locations accordingly.

In this workshop we will be travelling in two 4x4 jeeps and the group is limited to 6 clients, which gives us the freedom to be very flexible. If weather allows we will take to the Highland lakes in Kayaks, offering fun, adventure and the opportunity to shoot landscapes from a unique perspective. We will provide kayaks and all the gear you need, such as dry suits and life vests. We are using “Sit On Top“ kayaks which are very stable and easy to paddle.  

Food: We will provide you with food during the tour, that is breakfast, lunch and dinner. We will also provide you drinking water. 
You will be able to make yourself a sandwich or something to take with you over the day when we go hiking.
What´s included in the Workshop price:
  • Each participant will have his own tent
  • Sleeping bag and matt
  • All photography tuition and mentoring
  • Transport and camping fees.
  • Full board, we will have a communal tent where we will cook and eat.*
  • Water/drinks (no alcohol)
What´s NOT included in the Workshop:
  • Travel and equipment insurance
  • Visas
  • International travel to and from Iceland
  • Overweight and additional baggage
  • Your accommodation in Reykjavík

Itinerary:

We begin and end in Reykjavík and must keep our itinirary flexible since we will base exact location choices on weather and best conditions for photographing each time. 

Day 1 - July 10th.

We will start our day by collecting you from your accommodation in Reykjavík (you will provide us with the location) then we will start our journey. There is plenty to shoot on our way to the highlands, such as Háifoss (Second tallest waterfall in Iceland with a drop of 122m) and Granni (situated right next to Háifoss) which are situated in Fossá where they drop side by side in a deep gorge and Gjáin wich is a beautiful place with several waterfalls.
 
The plan will be to set up ‘Base Camp’ in Landmannalaugar, which we believe to be one of the best locations for landscape photography. From here we can bathe in the natural hotsprings, have immediate access to the volcanic mountains and geothermal hotspots as well as having all of the amenities that come with any good campsite such as showers, toilets and a small shop. Unfortunately one thing we can’t control is the weather, so if things don’t look good, we have the flexability to pack up and move to a different area or region.

Day 2-3-4.

From our base camp we will be travelling to several locations in the highlands, and as always we base our decicion on the weather forecast and conditions each time.
 
Locations we will be likeley to visit (but not limited to):
 
Hnausapollur
This crater is also known as The Blue pool because of the colour of the water. This 0.3 square kilometer crater was formed in an explosive eruption about 1130 years ago. The colours here are simply breathtaking with the red gravel in the crater shining against the bright green vegetation surrounding the crater.

Frostastaðavatn
This is the biggest lake in the area covering roughly 2,2 square kilometers. With lava fields coming at it at 3 sides this shows off the harsh forces at work in the eruptions forming tha landscape. 

Eldgjá which holds a beautiful waterfall calles Ófærufoss.
We will probably visit some of these places more than once.

Day 5 - July 14th.

After breakfast at our base camp, we will start making our way back to Reykjavík with various stops on the way.
We will drop you off at your staying in Reykjavík.

Arrival day - July 9th

When you arrive in Iceland at Keflavik International Airport we recommend you take the Flybus service, which will take you to Reykjavik central bus station, there you can take another bus to most of the bigger hotels in Reykjavík. The Flybus service from the airport is the most cost effective way to get to Reykjavík. Taxis are also available.

Note: Accommodation in Reykjavík is not included in the price, you'll need to take care of booking your accommodation during your stay in Reykjavík prior and post the workshop.

Fitness level:

This workshop will include some moderate to difficult hikes on uneven ground and loose gravel.
You need to be able to carry your own equipment during the hikes, which some are up steep hills.
Note: we do not aim for more than 1 - 2 hour hikes for each location.

Arieal shot of Langisjór lake where we will be kayaking if the conditions allow us to.
Payment information:
Tuition: $2200USD per person double occupancy
Deposit: $1100USD
 
To reserve a place a $1100USD non-refundable deposit* must be paid upon registration and final payment by 15th April.
 
Minimum 5 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.
*If we do not meet the minimum number of participants and must cancel the workshop, you will of course be fully refunded.
 
Cancellation 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.
Registration:
To register for this workshop email thor@thor-photography.com. Another possibility is to simply press the red button to the right.
 
This workshop is based upon a first come, first serve priority and available spots will be updated on this page.
 

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our partners at

Sif travel - travel agency

 

Thor Photography is an authorized

Tour Operator by the

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

 

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