Photo Workshop in South Iceland
Sept. 4-12, 2018 with Andy Cook of Rocky Mt. Reflections Photography
Highlights of south Iceland for landscape photographers with Andy Cook of Rocky Mountains Reflections Photography as an instructor – and with an Icelandic photo guide from Nature Explorer. The tour includes: Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, tectonic plates at Thingvellir NP, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Landmannalaugar, many waterfalls, black sand beach – and hopefully the Northern Lights.
Classic shots and other frames you would not find on your own on a guided tour for nature and landscape photographers of all levels.
This tour is on a Super-Truck that can take you to the remote locations with local driverguides who are photo enthusiasts and also know Iceland as landscape photographers.
Our aim is to let you take your photographs and help you get to the best and most unique locations.
Itinerary for South Iceland Photography Workshop
September 6: Arrival in Iceland (flights to Iceland not included)
Transfer to Reykjavik is not included but you can either take the Flybus to Reykjavik or we can arrange for a private taxi transfer (40 min. drive).
Since most people arrive in the morning, after an overnight flight from the US, there will be a introductory photo tour around Reykjavik. Those who are also joining us on the North Iceland Photo Tour will be staying at this same hotel.
Hotel: Hotel in Reykjavik
Sept. 7: Hjalparfoss, Gjain and Haifoss Waterfall
We drive out of Reykjavik and on the way to the highlands we stop at Hjalparfoss, Gjain and Haifoss, Iceland’s third highest waterfall.
For sunset we go to Sigalda canyon for a photography session.
In the evening, we photograph the Northern lights (aurora borealis) if the skies are clear. This applies to all nights.
Hotel: Hotel Highland
Sept. 8: Veidivotn Crater Lakes or Hrafntinnusker in Fjallabak
Today’s plan will depend on the weather. We will either go to Veidivotn, a series of crater lakes with amazing reflections against the neon green mossy lava but it also has black sand deserts, red lava, river deltas and mountains. If the weather is cloudy and moody, we will probably select this option.
If the weather is bright, we will probably go into Fjallabak, to Hrafntinnusker to photograph the black obsidian against a small ice cap with streaks of ash and all the colorful geothermal areas of Fjallabak.
Aurora photography at night if weather permits.
Accommodation: Hotel Highland
Sept. 9: Fjallabak to Landmannalaugar
It is said that every nature photographer in Iceland goes through a Landmannalaugar-phase, the colours of the mountains, the lava and hot springs provide endless opportunities for a great landscape and nature photography. Of course we need to stop there for at least a couple of hours. We then drive through highlands, to an area known as Fjallabak („Behind the Mountains”). The landscape and scenery changes with every turn and on every hill on this winding mountain track. We will stop at your request and shoot – but there are so many amazing landscape photos to be taken that we almost certainly need to be a bit selective – just so that we reach our hotel before dinner. The Fjallabak route takes us to the south shore, to the ring road and then we drive through the Laki lava field which is among the largest lava fields in the world before reaching Skaftafell National Park. Our hotel is at the edge of the glacier so you can take an evening or morning walk to the edge of the glacier on your own – you can even photograph the glacier from your hotel room window.
Enjoy and photograph Northern lights (aurora borealis) if the skies are clear.
Accommodation: Hotel Skaftafell
Sept. 10: Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajokull National Park
Sunrise photography session: Glaciers at Skaftafell
Easy morning with breakfast and then after check out you have the option to take a boat cruise on Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon which is one of the most spectacular places in Iceland and a location for numerous films and ads. We also visit another glacier lagoon which is much less frequently visited, Fjallsarlon and dramatic glacier tongues of Vatnajokull glacier. We will also visit the black sand beach where the icebergs from the glacier lagoon drift ashore. This is a must see location for photographers and you will hardly find a photo book that does not include many photos from Jokulsarlon.
Sunset photography session: Icy beach by Jokulsarlon
Hopefully we will photograph the Northern lights (aurora borealis) over the glacier lagoon
Accommodation: Gerdi Guesthouse
Sept. 11: South Shore & Black Sand Beach
Sunrise photography session: Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
After breakfast you will have some down time to relax and the guides will be available to assist with image processing.
Later we drive to Stokksnes for the the afternoon and sunset photography, perhaps with a short scenic detour to Skalafellsjokull glacier on Vatnajokull ice cap.
Sunset photography session: Stokksnes
Accommodation: Gerdi Guesthouse
Sept. 12: South Shore & Black Sand Beach
Sunrise photography session: Icy Beach by Jokulsarlon
After breakfast and check out we drive to Laki Craters, a series of volcanic craters that created the largest lava flow that has flowed on earth in historical times. We also stop at Fjadrargljufur canyon before we drive to Iceland’s south shore at Vik and stop at all the classic sights; black sand beach and lava pillars at Vik and Reynisfjara.
Sunset shots of Reynisdrangar – and hopefully auroras in the evening.
Accommodation: Hotel Edda Vik
Sept. 13: South Shore to Reykjavik
Morning shot of Reynisdrangar and the black sand beach.
On our way to Reykjavik we stop at all the classic sights; hexagon basalt columns at Dyrholaey, Eyjafjallajokull volcano, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls.
Accommodation: Hotel in Reykjavik
Sept. 14: Departure
If your flight is in the afternoon, it’s ideal to enjoy a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon on your way to the airport (not incl.)
Note: You can easily extend your stay in Iceland and we will gladly help.
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To book a tour, please send us an email to info@NatureExplorer.is with which tour(s) and options you wish to book, on which dates and for how many people and we will calculate the total cost, send you a booking number and a link to our secure booking page.
Price: USD 6890 per person
Dates: Sept. 4-12, 2018
Max: 8 participants
Single room accommodation* in the best locations, hotels with breakfast, lunches, group dinners for 8 nights, guided tour with a local English speaking guide with solid knowledge of photography and Iceland – led by the photographer and instructor, Andy Cook.
* Dbl room discount of USD 600 if 2 participants sign up together and share a room.
Excluded: Flights to and from Iceland, drinks, optional boat tour on Jokulsarlon
Book Tour: info@NatureExplorer.is
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