Puffin Photography Workshop
In our Puffin Photography Workshop, we drive around Iceland and stop at many of the best Puffin Photography locations in Iceland. We will make stops on the way and photograph the many beautiful landscapes we pass on the way. If you want to photograph the Atlantic Puffin, amazing landscapes and the Icelandic horse this workshop will be perfect for you.
Summer in Iceland offers a unique experience as the sun hardly sets most of the summer. In this Photo Workshop, you can expect long days as sunset & sunrise are only a few hours apart. Our main focus will be the Atlantic Puffin but we will, of course, enjoy the many beautiful landscapes of Iceland while we travel.
Join owner Skarpi Þráinsson for a Puffin Photography Adventure. We offer photographers a personal experience with all-inclusive workshops and small groups of a maximum of nine participants. That means you only pay the Workshop fee and you get all services included while you travel with us. That is guiding, accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), transport in a 4×4 Super Truck & Flybus voucher from the airport and back, and post-processing tips.
Dates – Puffin Photography Workshop
May 4 – 14, 2019 (Available)
May 21 – 31, 2020 (Available)
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights
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Puffin Photography Workshop – Overview
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 Puffin Photography Workshop
Deposit payment USD 1.000.-
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $5.900 USD.-
Single room supplement adds $800.- USD
Maximum number of participants: 9
All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
All meals indicated
Guiding by an Icelandic Pro Photographer
Image Critique & Post Processing session
Super Truck transportation
Flybus transfer from Int. Airport and back after the tour
Puffin Photography (May-August)
What´s Not Included
Dinner the last night in Reykjavik – workshop concludes at the hotel
Items of Personal nature
Gratuity for your Photography guide
Puffin Photography Workshop – Itinerary
DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík
Arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. Group dinner and meeting will be on the first day and we will go over the itinerary and prepare our adventure in Iceland.
DAY 2 – South Coast & Puffins Around Vík
We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and travel down to the south coast and overnight in the Vik area, we’ll photograph seascapes and a few of the majestic waterfalls on the south coast. We’ll take a walk right behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall (hope you brought along a weather-sealed camera body!), and photograph Skógafoss.
Next, we’ll spend our time around the small town of Vík in Mýrdal (which has a beautiful country church surrounded by fields of lupine wildflowers), and focus on photographing the Dyrhólaey sea arches, sea stacks, and puffin colony.
DAY 3 – South Coast & Eastwards
We start early from our hotel just outside of Vik. We will check out Reynisdrangar and the puffins at Reynisfjall. After that, we head eastwards towards the Glacier Lagoon area. Our accommodation is nicely placed to visit many of the best photography locations in the area. We will make an attempt to visit puffins and the Great Skua at Cape Ingólfshöfði while we are in the area.
DAY 4 – Glacier Lagoon, Ingólfshöfði & Vatnajökull National Park
We start the day again with a journey to a Puffin colony (if weather allows). We spend the morning photographing Atlantic Puffins and the great Skua; this is a beautiful and unique little cape with a fascinating history.
After lunch, the group will be visiting the marvels Glacier Lagoon and Glacier beach and the surrounding area. Numerous hours can easily be spent here photographing huge Icebergs in the Lagoon with the beautiful Breiðamerkurjökull in the background, a classic photograph from Iceland. We will be coming back to Glacier Lagoon for sunset and possibly sunset to get the best light.
DAY 5 – East Iceland, Stokksnes/Vestrahorn & Djúpivogur
The picturesque Eastfjords are calling us. We will stop at the more jagged coastal peaks of Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn, and we’ll stop in excellent locations to photograph sea stacks, the winding roads and cascading streams down the steep terraced mountains.
Perhaps Reindeer (the trademark of East Iceland) will cross the road on this summer tour. We make our way further East with some of the off-beaten track locations and spend the night at Djúpivogur.
DAY 6 – Borgarfjörður, Eastfjords, Puffins
We head out in the morning from the fishing town Djúpivogur and drive the Eastfjords. Our destination is the fantastic Borgarfjörður Eystri, a small village in an isolated fjord in East Iceland. We drive past some unique landscape on the way.
We spend the day at Borgarfjörður Eystri photographing Puffins and the amazing landscape this small little place has to offer. Spend the evening at a small Guesthouse in the area.
DAY 7 – Mývatn & Geothermal Pools
Let’s see what the morning has to offer, if the weather is good we will spend the morning among puffins, if not, we head to Mývatn.
In Mývatn, we’ll photograph geothermal steam vents, bizarre volcanic formations, and fields of craters that will make you feel like you are on the moon. We will then visit and swim in Mývatn Nature Baths, a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 metres.
DAY 8 – Mývatn, Waterfalls & Puffins
The Northern part of Iceland is known for three waterfalls that are often called “The Majestic Waterfalls”. Dettifoss is one of them but we visit the second two on day seven. Both large in volume and surrounded by great landscape. First Aldeyjarfoss with its basalt column front, & second Goðafoss, nicknamed by one local as ‘The Beauty’ in comparison to ‘The Beast’ of Dettifoss, the name Goðafoss could be translated roughly as The Waterfall of The Gods. We then visit our favourite puffin spot up North.
DAY 9 – Mývatn, Skagafjörður & Waterfalls
After sunrise and our breakfast at the Myvatn hotel, we head back to the north-coastline and travel towards Reykjavik. We will stop at some less known locations on our way and spend the night in Northwest Iceland.
We have a few Puffin locations we can stop by on the Northern coastline that we will try to stop at to fill your Puffin photography quota. Who doesn’t want a picture of a puffin flying?
DAY 10 – Hvítserkur, Borgarfjörður, Reykjavík
We start the day with sunrise at seascape Hvítserkur, a 15-meter high monolith or sea-stack. The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll but the if you don’t believe that the truth is that is a volcanic plug from the long time ago. Whatever is correct it is an impressive photo opportunity.
After lunch, we head towards Reykjavik and make a stop at a few waterfalls. West of Iceland is known for impressive waterfalls, salmon fishing and Viking Sagas. We will also make a stop to photograph Icelandic Horses before we arrive at our hotel in Reykjavik.
When in Reykjavik we will check in our hotel and say farewell as the workshop concludes here.
DAY 11 – Departure
Transfer to Keflavik International airport.
If Photographers would like to extend their stay in Iceland it is easy to arrange private day tours before or after the Workshop. Popular day trips include the Snæfellsnes Peninsula & the Highlands of Iceland.
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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