South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop

Our South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop focuses on the fantastic winter landscape the South Coast and the Snæfellsnes Peninsula have to offer. The Northern Lights will hopefully grace us with its presence, but as with all our winter workshops, we will do our utmost to get an opportunity to photograph them. You will find many of the more known locations of Iceland on the South Coast along with Ice Caves. We will visit at least one Ice Cave in the workshop.

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is probably best known by photographers for Mount Kirkjufell and its waterfall but offers much more with moving landscapes and an abundance of beautiful seascapes. The Snæfellsnes Glaciers is mentioned as the gateway to the centre of the earth in Jules Verne’s science fiction novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth, but the peninsula is also one of three National Parks in Iceland. The first two days of the workshop will spend here covering the major sights, and at least one sunset and perhaps a Northern Lights show at Mount Kirkjufell.

The South Coast of Iceland is the most visited location of Iceland. Luckily during winter, there are less tourist visiting, but we will always try our best to stay away from the crowds when we possible. We have plenty of local connections and locations to visit so we can take you off the radar but still photograph amazing sites. Ice Caves are on our itinerary, and hopefully, we will be fortunate and see some Northern Lights over Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach.

South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop – Dates

November 10th to 17th, 2019 (Available)
January 5th to 12th, 2020 (Available)
March 2nd to 9th, 2020 (Available)

Duration: 9.days / 8.nights

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Photo Workshop Leaders

Skarpi Thrainsson – November 10th to 17th, 2019
Skarpi Thrainsson  – January 5th to 12th, 2020
Skarpi Thrainsson – March 2nd to 9th, 2020

All of our guides are Pro Photographers with a wealth of experience leading photography workshops

 

South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop – Tour Outline

The South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop will officially begin in Reykjavik on the first date with dinner in the evening. The final date is the recommended departure date as the last night you spend on the workshop is in Reykjavik.

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 seven 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. Arctic Exposure will provide you with a Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing. Safety gear provided when needed, such as helmets and crampons.

Getting to Reykjavik: Numerous airlines fly to Iceland, most notably the two Icelandic Airlines Wow Air & Icelandair. Please contact Arctic Exposure for questions or assistance booking international flights (flights not included) at info@arcticexposure.is

How to book South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop

Deposit: $1.000 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days before the tour starting date.
Total price: USD 4.900.-

Single room supplement adds USD 700.-
Group size: Limited to 8 participants

Included in the price:
Photography guiding by professional photographer
Transport by specially modified Super Truck
Accommodation in comfortable Hotels/Guesthouses (Double occupancy)
Flybus Vouchers that take you to the hotel in Reykjavik before the Workshop & back after the workshop.
All meals included
Photography instructions and critique

Not Included:
International flights
Insurance – we recommend participants have individual travel insurance.
Alcoholic drinks

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Ice Caves and ice formations.
  • Full day Super Truck tour into remote glaciers and ice caves.
  • Glacier Lagoon and The Ice Beach
  • Snæfellsnes peninsula with the famous mountain Kirkjufell, the Black church at Budir and dramatic seascapes.
  • Major waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Svartifoss.
  • Aurora Borealis hunting at night in Glacier Lagoon and other unique locations.

ITINERARY AND LOCATIONS:

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

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 go out for dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety 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 AND 3 – THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK AND Snæfellsnes

We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and drive straight to the great autumn landscape in Þingvellir National Park; we capture the autumn colours in the soft light at sunrise, then we keep on further west to more great autumn colours at some remote waterfalls and farm areas. We overnight in Snæfellsnes for the next two nights.

We visit the famous mountain Kirkjufell and other spectacular locations when we circle the Snæfellsnes peninsula, such as Lóndrangar, Arnarstapi, the Black church at Búðir to name a few locations. Capturing the aurora over mountain Kirkjufell is “The Dream Shot” for many photographers.

Kirkjufell

DAY 4 AND 5 – South Coast & Vík

After sunrise in Snæfellsnes, we travel to the South Coast to capture some of the more known waterfalls in Iceland, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The next two nights we’ll stay in Vik, surrounded by great landscape and seascape.

We spend the two days exploring the area around Vík í Mýrdal. Glaciers, Ice Caves and some of the magnificent seascapes and rock formations in the southernmost part of Iceland can be found here. Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar and Vík to name a few of the locations.

From Vík we travel further east to Vatnajökull National Park and Glacier Lagoon area, on the way we’ll stop at some mysterious locations such as the moss-covered lava fields in Eldhraun, turf roof churches, Skaftafell and hike up to the Black Falls and glaciers.

South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop


DAY 6 AND 7 – Glacier Lagoon – HÖFN – STOKKSNES, VESTRAHORN

After our drive further East on day five get settled at our hotel. The morning after we start the day with sunrise photography on the famous Diamond Beach by Glacier Lagoon. We’ll photograph the area around Glacier Lagoon for the next two days and have many great locations to choose from.

This part of Iceland offers opportunities to photography Ice Caves, glacier lagoons, glaciers, and waterfalls. Hopefully, we get lucky, and the Northern Lights show themselves at least one night.

Further east from the Glacier Lagoon is Mount Vestrahorn, a 454-meter high mountain and an interesting geology site forming of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro but with some granophyre. East of the mountain is a strange-shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that stretches out to sea. Vestrahorn is a very picturesque mountain with black dunes in the foreground and a shallow beach with reflections. In winter we can expect a spectacular light on the mountain.

DAY 8 – Drive back to Reykjavik

After our breakfast and sunrise photography, we travel back to Reykjavik. We will try to photograph good locations on our way to the capital. We check in our hotel and say farewell; The workshop concludes when we arrive at the hotel in Reykjavik.

DAY 9 – Transfer to Keflavik Int. Airport

 

 

VIEW MORE OF THE LOCATIONS ON THE SOUTH ICELAND WORKSHOP

The Ice Beach
Skaftafell
Glacier Lagoon / Jokulsarlon
Dyrholaey
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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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