South Iceland & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop

A Winter Photography Workshop that focuses on the amazing winter landscape the South Coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula has to offer and the Northern Lights. You will find many of the more known locations of Iceland in this part of the islands along with Ice Caves around the glacier in the South East. We will visit at least one such cave in the workshop.

Known for dramatic landscape, an abundance of beautiful seascapes and of course Mount Kirkjufell, the Snæfellsnes Peninsula offers photographers many beautiful locations to visit and plenty of foreground for amazing Northern lights photography. We will spend the first two days here covering the major sights and at least one sunset and possibly Northern Lights show at Mount Kirkjufell.

The South Coast of Iceland is the most visited location of Iceland. This makes our job as photography Workshop organiser more difficult but we do our utmost to stay away from the crowds when we possible. We have plenty of local connections and sights so we can take you off the radar but still photograph the amazing location. Ice Caves are on our itinerary and hopefully, we will be fortunate and see some Northern Lights over Glacier Lagoon and Diamond Beach.

South Iceland & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop – Dates

November 10th to 17th, 2018 (Available)
January 5th to 12th, 2019 (Available)
March 2nd to 9th, 2019 (Available)
Duration: 9.days / 8.nights

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Photo Tour – Leaders

Skarpi Thrainsson – November 10th to 17th, 2018
Daniel Bergmann – January 5th to 12th, 2019
Skarpi Thrainsson – March 2nd to 9th, 2019

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

 

South Iceland & Snæfellsnes Winter Workshop  – Tour Outline

The Photo 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.

Accommodation & meals: We will stay in a comfortable Hotels/Guesthouses (Double occupancy) closes to the main photography locations. All meals included, that is breakfast, lunch (packed lunch or a stop at a restaurant) and dinner in the evening.

Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels, but please note that winter in Iceland generally involves snow and cold temperatures. We send you a recommended packing list

Getting to Reykjavik: There are numerous airlines that 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

Book our Photo Tour

Deposit: $1.000 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days before the tour starting date.
Total price: USD 5.500.-
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 Jeep tour into remote glaciers and ice caves.
  • Glacier Lagoon and The Ice Beach
  • Snaefellsnes 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 meet at the centrally located hotel at 17.00 and go out for a 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.

ReykjavikReykjavik view from Perlan.
HarpaHarpa Concert Hall


DAY 2 AND 3 – THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK AND VIK

We start early in the morning from the hotel in Reykjavik, and drive directly to our first shooting location in Thingvellir National Park and start our photography adventure. From Thingvellir we travel to the south coast at Vik. We will stay the next two nights in Vik area, which has many of the most iconic frozen waterfalls and dramatic seascapes in the country, such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey. On day 3 we will drive up into the glaciers and visit some unique and remote locations off the beaten track.

skarpi_IMG_1002_72dpiOxararfoss in Thingvellir
Reynisdrangar in Vik

DAY 4 AND 5 VATNAJOKULL NATIONAL PARK – GLACIER LAGOON, ICE BEACH AND ICE CAVES

After our breakfast at our hotel, we capture the sunrise on the famous Ice Beach on the south-east coastline. We’ll photograph the Glacier Lagoon area for the next two and a half day and have many great locations to choose from.  We lodge close to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) to be able to be in locations at the best light, and when sky is clear and aurora is active we shoot the Northern Lights dancing over the lagoon. We will go into at least two ice ceves on the tour, the best available ice caves, deep under the Vatnajökull glacier, for tha ice cave trip we’ll provide all safety gear such as helmets and crampons. Never enter ice caves without an Icelandic guide and safety equipment.

The Ice Beach
Shooting at the Ice Beach
The Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajokull
Exploring ice caves


DAY 6 – HÖFN – STOKKSNES, VESTRAHORN

The Horn area is below 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 sand dunes in the foreground and a shallow beach with reflections. In winter we can expect a spectacular light on the mountain.

skarpi_1H1B2956_72dpiShooting sunset at Vestrahorn
Aurora Borealis at the Glacier Lagoon Beach

DAY 7 – SKATFATELL AND VIK

We’ll pass through Skaftafell both on our way to south-east and on the way back. We’ll shoot some of the great landscape there at least for one sunset. All the Skaftafell area is surrounded with spectacular landscape such as the glaciers and highest mountains in Iceland, waterfalls such as Svartifoss (Black Falls) to name a few of the best locations.

IMG_4894Skaftafell
skarpi_IMG_4264Shooting at Svinafellsjokull

DAY 8 AND 9 – SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

From the south coast of Iceland we travel up to Snæfellsnes peninsula for two days and two nights in this unique compact landscape peninsula. As always we’ll lodge very close to the shooting locations to maximize the photography in the best light we get. Mountain Kirkjufell is perhaps the most picturesque mountain in Iceland, and with a unique composition of flowing river and waterfall in foreground. Snæfellsnes has all the landscape options that photographers can dream of, such as glacier, rock formations for seascapes, mountains and waterfalls.

KirkjufellThe famous Mountain Kirkjufell
skarpi_1H1B1486_72dpiSea Arch

DAY 10 – SNÆFELLSNES  BACK TO REYKJAVIK

After our breakfast and sunrise in Snæfellsnes, we travel back to Reykjavik. We will stop at some shooting locations on our way, and then have our last dinner of the tour together in Reykjavik.

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DAY 11 – TRANSFER TO KEFLAVIK INTERNATIONAL 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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