3 Day South Coast Photo Workshop in Iceland - Iurie Belegurschi

Capture the incredible beauty of the South Coast of Iceland on this 3 day photography workshop! Make the most of the ethereal golden light afforded by the Midnight Sun – a natural phenomenon that occurs in the Arctic during summer, whereby the sun never really dips below the horizon. This means hours upon hours of endless shooting for the landscape photography enthusiast. Whether you are an amateur, aspiring or professional photographer, this workshop will expand your portfolio immensely!


Be whisked away on an adventure of a lifetime by our experienced photo guides, who will take you to only the best locations that Iceland has to offer. Over the course of 3 days, you will have the opportunity to photograph Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls and geologically diverse landscapes on the backdrop of massive volcanoes, pristine black sand beaches and blue-studded glaciers. With your photo guides at the wheel, 2 nights of pre-organised accommodation in the beautiful fishing village of Vík and the Midnight Sun radiating gloriously overhead, you’ll have all the time to concentrate on developing your photography skills. What more could you wish for?

Total price: 1500 USD


New 2018 Dates

12-14 Jun 2018

23-25 Jun 2018

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Itinerary

Day 1

Meet your photo guides and group of fellow photographers bright and early in the morning, before jumping aboard the minibus to begin your journey to Iceland’s magnificent south coast. Your first destination will be the illustrious Seljalandsfoss waterfall, sparkling and bright in the golden light. This is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls, replete with splendour and a cavern that stretches behind it, allowing you to photograph it from 360°. Surrounding the waterfall is lush vegetation – if you’re lucky, there may even be a bloom of wildflowers to add a splash of romance and colour to every long exposure shot.


Nearby is the stunning Skógafoss waterfall, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. At a height of 60m, this thundering cascade is perfect for capturing the power of nature. Test your photography skills here with a range of different shutter speeds, resulting in different moods and effects. Freeze-frame the water as it plummets down from above, or snare it in a slow fall; let your creativity take hold. Depending on the light and conditions, rainbows may even appear in the water’s mist!


Although the next part of the drive will be long, you will be rewarded by an abundance of photographic opportunities beneath the golden glow of the Midnight Sun at your next destination – Dyrhólaey. This small promontory on Iceland’s south coast is home to a beautiful natural rock arch formation, sweeping cliffs and fascinating wildlife… not to mention puffins!


Finally, finish off the day with the sun dipping low near the horizon at the breathtaking black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Marvel at the powerful waves of the Atlantic Ocean as they crash tremendously against the shore, with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks rising dramatically out of the water. When you have got your fill of photos on your memory cards, retire to your accommodation in Vík for some much-needed rest before the excitement of the next day.

Glow of the Midnight Sun

Day 2

After breakfast, you will head once again to the Reynisfjara black sand beach to photograph its gorgeous basalt columns and enormous cave mouth. This location drips with beauty and it is worthwhile capturing it in different lighting and conditions.


The rest of the day will be spent shooting at Þakgil, an area located in a valley between the Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the vast sandy outwash plains of Mýrdalssandur. Surrounded by mountains, the terrain is wildly dramatic in its geology, featuring impressive canyons, hidden waterfalls and a large cave with sandstone walls. There is enough to keep you busy shooting at Þakgil for hours, with the Midnight Sun emanating with golden light overhead.


On your return to Vík, there will be a chance to photograph the wonderful little church that sits high up on the hill, overlooking the village as the sun’s rays bathe the houses in a luminous warmth.

Day 3

Although this will be your final day, there will still be much to shoot! Get your telephoto lens ready, as there may be a chance of sighting puffins at the magnificent sea-cliffs of Dyrhólaey, while you line up your camera for those magnificent seascapes.


As you make your way back to Reykjavík, there will be the opportunity to photograph the astonishing ice-cap of Mýrdalsjökull glacier as well as the glacier volcano of Eyjafjallajökull, which wreaked havoc on international air travel in 2010 when it erupted. You’ll also have the chance to photograph the breathtaking blue hues of the Sólheimajökull glacier tongue. Sadly, like other glaciers in Iceland, Sólheimajökull is shrinking rapidly so be sure to capture its beauty while you still can.


By the time you reach Reykjavík, there is no doubt that you’ll be weary from your travels, though enriched and excited to head home with pockets full of memory cards brimming with photos of the spectacular landscape in Iceland.

The Greatest Happiness

Included:

Professional photo guide.

Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.

Hotel in Vik, rooms with private bathrooms.

Not included:

Flight tickets

Hotel in Reykjavik

Food

Alcohol, snacks and beverages



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 $300 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 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.

45 days or more: 75% refund

30 days or more: 50% refund

Less than 30 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.


Disclaimer

We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.


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