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Iceland's South Coast Photography Workshop


  • Reykjavik Iceland (map)

Join us for an unforgettable adventure in Iceland. This workshop takes us along the famous southern coastline. We'll see waterfalls, glacial lagoons, lava sand dunes and floating icebergs, sometimes all on the same day.

Click on the image above for the Iceland gallery

Click on the image above for the Iceland gallery

Iceland is not a destination, it’s an adventure. A land of many contrasts, Iceland has often been called the “land of fire and ice” with its active volcanoes and massive glaciers. It has awe-inspiring raw and wild landscape that is truly unique. The breathtaking vistas make it a photographers’ paradise. From glacier lagoons to waterfalls, striking coastlines to black volcanic beaches, there is no shortage of things to photograph. The quality of light in Iceland is also exceptional due to its northerly altitude. With its unpredictable weather, the conditions can change in a matter of minutes, making chasing the light a real thrill. In the fall, be prepared to tag on the magical Aurora Borealis (northern lights) to the long shoot list.
 

WORKSHOP HIGHLIGHTS

  • accompanied by 2 professional photographers
  • small group with personalized attention
  • daily critique of your photography
  • Vik's famous dark sand beach
  • Glacial lagoon in Jökulsárlón
  • Vestrahorn mountains at sunset

OVERVIEW

  • Dates: Sept 26-Oct 3, 2016
  • Cost: $4600.00 USD
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • Limit: 8 participants
  • Instructors: Louis Au & Ariel Estulin
     

REGISTRATION at Outdoor Photo Journey

 


ITINERARY

DAY 1: Keflavík to Reykjavik
Accommodations: Reykjavik

You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport and from there take the Flybus directly to your hotel in central Reykjavik. We will all meet in the evening in the hotel lobby and go out for dinner where we will get acquainted the other participants and review the itinerary of the journey that awaits us.


DAY 2: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisfjara
Accommodations: Vik

We’ll start our adventure early this morning. You will be picked up by bus and we’ll begin our journey eastwards along the southern coastline towards todays final destination of Vik. On your way we will stop to photograph two of Iceland’s most picturesque and popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.

Our first stop is Seljalandsfoss which has a 63 metres drop. A unique feature of this waterfall is that it allows visitors to walk behind the falls thus allowing one to shoot from all angles. Next we will head to Skógafoss, one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls. This is a massive waterfall with a 60 metre drop and a span of 25 metres. It is known for its thundering boom and rainbow yielding mist under sunny skies.

Travelling east again we arrive at the town of Vik. Here we’ll visit the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara. US Island Magazine voted this beach as one of the ten most beautiful beaches on Earth. Just offshore we’ll see towering sea stacks rising high above the surf. This area is one of the most impressive and beautiful locations in Iceland. The variety here is outstanding – sea stacks, basalt columnar pyramid and of course the black sand beach, continuously pounded by the North Atlantic surf. All-in-all an impressive first day to our adventure.


DAY 3: Vatnajökull National Park
Accommodations: Glacial Lagoon area

Today we continue eastward towards the magnificent area of Vatnajökull National Park and the famous Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Vatnajökull National Park is one of Iceland’s most photographed areas because of its exceptional light and many shooting locations. We’ll stop along the way to photograph Svartifoss Waterfall, better known as the Black Fall. The falls is surrounded by dark basalt columns, which gives rise to its name.


DAY 4: Vatnajökull National Park
Accommodations: Glacial Lagoon area

Today we’ll focus on exploring Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. We’ll be shooting the ever-changing blue icebergs at the lagoon and the collection of crystal-clear ice chunks on the black volcanic sand beach. The receding glacier above the lagoon sheds icebergs of various shapes and sizes. This procession of icebergs eventually get washed out to the ocean through a narrow channel ending up on the black sand beach. The ice chunks that wash up here daily are like crystal sculptures of different shapes and sizes. You will never see the same scene twice at Jökulsárlón. After dinner, we will come back again and see if the Northern Lights will be on display.


DAY 5: Vatnajökull National Park
Accommodations: Glacial Lagoon area

Continuing east we’ll drive to explore Mt. Vestrahorn. Rising 450 meters above the black lava beach on the Stokksnes peninsula, this impressive mountain makes an excellent backdrop for your photographs. Here you can truly appreciate the the power of the Atlantic Ocean as waves crash onto the black sand with a mighty force. Sunset is the best time for getting golden coloured sand dunes and we’ll sure to be here to capture it.


DAY 6: Vík
Accommodations: Vík

Today we drive back towards the town of Vik. On our way we will explore waterfalls falling from magnificent cliffs, mountain peaks and glacial outlets, big mossy lava fields, wild horses and more sights we couldn’t photograph earlier. The south coast is packed with incredible photographic wonders, so we will choose our locations accordingly.

Arriving in Vík again, we will be shooting our sunset at Dyrhólaey. Dyrhólaey is a grassy, sculpted headland with a volcanic-sand beach and a huge 120 metre sea arch. This is also Iceland’s most southerly tip.


DAY 7: Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavik
Accommodations: Reykjavik

Today we will visit Iceland’s “big three” natural attractions. Located along the famous Golden Circle route, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area are Iceland’s most popular attractions.

Þingvellir National Park is Iceland’s most important historical site and it’s here that Vikings established the world’s first democratic parliament. At the park, you can witness the fissure-ridden rift valley pulled apart by the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. The area features cliffs, grass-covered lava fields and the largest natural Lake Þingvallavatn at the southern end. This outstanding beauty offers excellent photographic opportunities. Within the park, there is a smaller waterfall named Öxarárfoss. It is a scenic spot with a unique geology.

Next we visit the geothermal area of the spouting hot spring Geysir. This is the original hot-water spout that all other spouting hot springs on earth are named after. Its neighbour Strokkur geyser erupts every 8-10 minutes and hurls boiling water up to 20 metres high.

And last but not least, the thunderous waterfall of Gullfoss. This powerful, two-tier waterfalls offer a stunning vista as the river plugs into a deep canyon. From afar, the river appears to vanish into the earth. Gullfoss is a unique waterfall geographically thus making it one of the most popular sights in Iceland.

After a full day of photography we will be heading to Reykjavik for the night.


DAY 8: Transfer to Keflavík Airport

We will be wrapping up our workshop at Reykjavík and depart to Keflavik airport for our flights home bringing with us fully loaded memory cards and unforgettable memories.

Snæfellsnes Peninsular, Iceland

Snæfellsnes Peninsular, Iceland

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