Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop

Join Skarpi on the Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop to the remote west fjords of Iceland, where we photograph deep fjords, Puffins, unique waterfalls, seascapes and the fishing culture in some of the most remote towns in Iceland. One of our main focus is the Atlantic Puffin. Iceland is the perfect place to visit to photograph these magical birds. With 8 to 10 million puffins inhabiting the island, Iceland is home for more than 60% the world’s entire Atlantic puffin population.

We will visit Látrabjarg, the westernmost point of Iceland, and one of the most thrilling bird watching places in Iceland. The 14 kilometre-long (8.75 mi) bird cliffs rise to 441 meters (1,447 ft) in height – this place is truly awe-inspiring and provides amazing close-range opportunities for bird photographers. Látrabjarg is home to millions of birds, including puffins, gannets, guillemots, razorbills, white-tailed eagles, red-throated loons, arctic terns, redshanks, snipes, auks, murres, kittiwakes, fulmars, snow buntings, ringed plovers and more. These cliffs are vital for the survival of entire species since in some cases they host up to 40% of the entire world’s population for some species, such as the razorbill.

The endless landscape photography opportunities will be our other objective in this workshop. The majestic waterfall Dynjandi, the Westfjords pride waterfall along with the beautiful Hraunfossar & Barnafossar waterfall. Arctic Exposure Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop is truly a landscape and birdlife photography adventure.

DATES: June 19-29th 2020

Duration: 11 days / 10 nights

TOUR LEADER:

Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi) Pro Landscape Photographer, Native in Iceland. Authorized Tour Operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop – Tour Outline

The Workshop will begin in Reykjavik with a group dinner on the first evening.

Flybus vouchers from Keflavik Airport & back after the workshop are included but you can upgrade to a private airport pick up or drop off if you prefer. All transport is done by specially modified 4×4 Super Truck. We will pick you up at the hotel the morning after group dinner and drop you off again at the hotel when the workshop is finished.

Accommodation: Double occupancy accommodation for nine nights at hotels, single room available upon request. We stay at the various hotels & guesthouses but as close as possible to our photography locations. All meals are included (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants) along with soft drinks & coffee or tea with meals. The workshop concludes when we check into our last hotel night in Reykjavik – Participants will then have time to visit Reykjavik or rest for early flights.

Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels. While this is not a hiking tour, we will be as active as conditions allow and make short walks and potentially hike up small 100-200 meter hills.

The Workshop includes Photographic tutoring and guidance by pro landscape photographers and tour operator. Arctic Exposure will provide you with a Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing.

Reserve a spot on our Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop

Deposit: $1000 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $5.000 USD. Single room supplement adds $700 USD
Group size: max 10

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Highlights of Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop:

On our West Fjords tour in summer we stay out late to photograph the midnight sunset and sometimes the whole night to sunrise as this is the best time of the day for landscape photography, sometimes the sunset and sunrise merge together in a total of 5-6 hours of great soft light, when the mid-day light is pretty harsh for landscapes. We visit some of the best Puffin and seabird nesting locations in Iceland on this tour, such as Látrabjarg. Our hotels are located very close to the nesting locations and landscapes so after dinner, we go out and shoot the sunset in the quiet summer night.

  • Super Truck transport during the whole tour, takes us off the beaten track to remote and unique locations.
  • Látrabjarg Puffin photography
  • Boat tour to a remote island with Puffin and many other nesting birds
  • Hvitserkur (Dynasaur Rock) in Hunafloi.
  • Hraunfossar and Barnafossar
  • Remote locations and fishing towns where not many visit and photograph

Itinerary & Locations on our Iceland Westfjords Photo Workshop

As always in Iceland, we will be flexible and adjusted to weather and aurora activity to make the most out of the tour.

DAY 1 – Arrival day in Reykjavík

You arrive in Iceland and check in your hotel in Reykjavik, which will already be reserved by your tour operator and included in the price. We meet at the centrally located hotel at 18.00 and go out for a dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety share from your native Icelandic guide and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.

Reykjavik

 

DAY 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula & Kirkjufell 

We start early in the morning and travel from Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes peninsula. The whole peninsula is a photographers paradise, with many different seascapes, rock formations, glacier, lava field, birds and even whales.

Snæfellsnes is a 90- km long peninsula comprises a world of diversity. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, a multitude of bird species nesting on treacherous cliffs, beaches of sand and pebbles popular among horsemen and rock skimmers, remnants and relics scattered here and there of times and ways of life long past. The Snaefellsjokull National Park is at the westernmost part of the peninsula, including the mystical glacier Snaefellsjokull, as well as other unique sites such as Djupalonssandur, Thufubjarg and various Lighthouses and churches.

 

DAY 3 & 4 – Látrabjarg, Atlantic Puffins & Birdlife

We visit Látrabjarg and stay in the area for two nights, explore the coastline, lighthouses, stranded boat and ofcorse we’ll spend a lot of time on the famous sea cliff Látrabjarg which is perhaps the best location to photograph Puffin in Iceland.

Látrabjarg is One of Europes biggest bird cliffs, a home to birds in unfathomable numbers. This westernmost point of Iceland is really a line of several cliffs, 14 kilometres long and up to 441 m high. And it’s as steep as it gets, dizzyingly so. Safe from foxes, the birds are fearless and provide stunning photographic opportunities from close range. The puffins are particularly tame and are the ones frequenting the grassy, higher part of the cliffs.

Westfjords Iceland
Atlantic Puffin with a catch.
Atlantic Puffin / Lundi


DAY 5-6  – Dynjandi, Ketildalir & Korpudalur

We head on and now into the bay of Dynjandisvogur. The bay is known for the waterfall Dynjandi, which plummets over the edge of the cliff. Measuring 30 meters wide at the top and 60 meters at the bottom, Dynjandi is about 100 meters high, the most impressive waterfall in the Westfjords and one of the most beautiful in all of Iceland. Below it, a series of waterfalls cascade. Arnarfjordur is one of the most beautiful fjords in the Westfjords because of its diverse landscape, magnificent mountains and the natural masterpieces of Ketildalir and the Dynjandi waterfall.

Dynjandi

DAY 7, 8 & 9 – Strandir – The Remote fjords & a Puffin Island

We explore the remote area of Strandir for a couple of days, the area has a very unique landscape and rock formations in the sea, which is ideal for long exposure seascapes. We will take a boat tour to a fantastic island full of Puffin and other nesting birds. A whale or two is sometimes possible to spot on the boat ride.

Strandir, by the way, is the plural form of the Icelandic term for a coast, which describes the route perfectly, as it will take you along the coastline of the eastern part of the Westfjords of Iceland. Sparsely populated, magnificently peaceful and all but ignored by travellers, the Westfjords’ eastern spine is one of the most dramatic places in all of Iceland. Indented by a series of bristle-like fjords and lined with towering crags, the drive north of Hólmavík, the region’s only sizeable settlement, is rough, wild and incredibly rewarding. The end of the line in Iceland, Strandir was thought to be the home of the island’s great, persecuted sorcerers.

An Icelandic horse in colorfull summernight in Iceland
Puffin in flight

 

DAY 10 –  BORGARFJORDUR & HRAUNFOSSAR

A few hours drive and we in the heart of West Iceland, Borgarfjörður. Known for Viking Sagas, great salmon rivers and its Langjökull Glacier. Here we photograph the Icelandic Horse, the beautiful waterfall Hraunfossar and nearby waterfalls. We end the day in at a hotel in Reykjavik where the Workshop concludes. You will have the evening free to explore the capital.

 

DAY 11 – DEPARTURE

Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik international airport.

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CANCELLATION AND REFUND POLICY

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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