Volcanic Landscapes workshop – Islas Canarias, Tenerife

Destination Summary

In 2012 I made my first visit to the Canary Islands after being shown a book of landscapes by a local photographer, I was instantly blown away. This was not the image of Tenerife that I had in my head.

Since then I’ve been back around 15 times and photographed 6 out of 7 Islands with only little El Hierro remaining. So with a host of dramatic locations, colour, culture  and warm sunshine in the winter months, it makes for the ideal photography retreat.

Tenerife is the the first of the Islas Canaries  winter retreat workshops that I hope to offer. So shake off those preconceptions  and prepare to create your own canvas of colour and drama on this Lightstalkers Volcanic Landscape Photo Workshop featuring  the Island of Eternal Spring.

Mount Teide and Roques de Garcia*

Villaflor & El Tiede , a soaring volcano and  Spain’s highest mountain at over 12000ft with lava landscapes, rocky columns and ravines to explore.

Anaga Mountains and Roques de Anaga

The lush verdant hillsides  of Anaga with twisting mountain roads plunge over mountain passes down to wild coastlines littered with volcanic rock seastacks and remote Canarian villages.

La Orotava 

Picturesque and classic Canarian town in the lush north with colourful architecture  and local cuisine to match.

Teno Mountains, Masca and Los Gigantes

In the Teno mountains to the west we’ll catch  a sunset at the Punta del Teno  before venturing over its twisting roads and peaks.

During the day we start early  for an exhilarating  3 – 4 hr hike, decending deep into Masca Gorge**  and returning via Los Gigantes  and its huge sea cliffs by boat.  Our base in Santiago del Teide is famous for spring flowers and almond blossom that may be in flower, and ideal base for this part of the Island.

**subject to local authorities review and conditions.

Santa Cruze De Tenerife 

An architectural marvel – the Auditorio de Tenerife

Islas Canaries  winter retreat workshop

You’ll be one of only 5 participants on this Canarian Volcano Photo Workshop. You’ll be a million miles away from the tourist resorts  staying in mountain villages and small towns.

We’ll be sampling local tapas, mountain staples and authentic Spanish cuisine with a Canarian twist.

The Learning

Your guide Glen has 16 years experience as a photo educator. You’ll be immersed into the process of camera control, shot selection, composition, light quality, use of filters,  long exposures and final execution of image capture at a variety of handpicked destinations.

Tenerife Photo Workshop compositions – Seascapes, culture , mountain scenery , abstract, night sky, architecture.

The Accommodation

Venues TBC –  a mixture of  small guest houses and small hotels – single occupancy and breakfast* where available

Villaflor – 2 nights – Volcanic landscapes around El Tiede

Anaga – 2 nights – Lush forest peaks and seascapes**

Santiago del Teide – 2 nights – Mountains , Gorges, Almond Blossoms and seascapes

**single occupancy dependant on availability.

Extra information

Start time Monday  7th March 2021 1400 – 1630

Pick up / meet up location – In El Medano a pleasant Canarian coastal town 10 mins from Tenerife South Airport between 14:00 and 16:30 * Once we are together we will drive up to the mountain village of Villaflor.

*depending on participant arrival time.

If arriving the night before I recommend staying at the Hotel El Medano a short taxi ride from the airport.

End time 12:30 drop off in El Medano or Tenerife South airport Sunday 13th March 2022. You may wish to extend your trip and stay a further night in this pleasant laid back town which attracts locals and surfers.

Getting there Tenerife – by air from major UK and European airports 3.5 – 4.5 hr flight.

Essential camera equipment – A lightweight kit is preferable for portability with medium camera backpack SLR or Mirrorless camera systems that can take a filter system are ideal. Lenses – ultra wide angle to telephoto lenses – 16 mm full frame to 200mm ( or DX equivalent) , good quality solid tripod that is easy to use and a waterproof camera bag. Lens clothes and lens issue.

Clothing Good quality lightweight and wind proof down  jacket for cooler times. Light gloves for dawn shoots around Teide as it can be cold.  T shirts / shorts and long pants .  Lightweight hiking boots or shoes that are waterproof and maybe Teva type sandals for standing sea water.

Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A Laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality lightweight and waterproof camera bag.

Average 21 degrees C during the day with cooler evenings and the chance of odd rain shower too.

Fitness and mobility

A reasonable degree of fitness and agility is required for one or two of the walks.

Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on uneven surfaces . This can involve  short walks across rocky and uneven terrain.

*Roques de Garcia a circular 2 hour walk (for photography) with descents and slight uphill section

**Masca Gorge This is optional – walking times down Masca Gorge can be 3 – 4hrs with boat pick up at the end.  Some clambering over rocks and boulders is required with awkward steps at times, there are rest periods and time for photography.

All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

 ** accommodation options will vary depending on availability.

Volcano Landscapes - Tenerife
7th - 13th March 2022 - 6 nights 7 days
Places available: ( max 5 ) 1 left
Trip fee: £1895.00
Booking deposit: £200.00
Starts / ends: El Medano - Tenerife


  • 7 nights accommodation with breakfast*
  • Guiding and itinerary
  • Transport / pick up & drop off
  • Boat ticket and Masca gorge walk

Not Included

  • Meals or drinks
  • Flights
  • Travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Volcanic Landscapes
  • Seascapes and mountain scenery
  • Wild locations
  • Canarian culture and cuisine
  • Detailed itinerary
  • Hands on tuition and guidance
  • Lightstalkers Beanie
Lightstalker Adventures photo tours are meticulously researched and planned yet Glen’s easy and friendly manner makes them more like outings with a friend. The teaching is clear and targeted to each individual by a tutor who not only knows his subject but can pass on that knowledge with generous enthusiasm. If you are willing to pull on your hiking boots and a Lightstalker’s beanie you will be guided to special places nobody else takes their clients Cathyrn Bell Wild Tenerife 2014