ICELAND PHOTO WORKSHOP – THE NORTH SEPTEMBER 2021October 19, 2015 12:16 pm
North Iceland and Snaefellsnes Photo Adventure Destination summary This fantastic North Iceland Photo Workshop commences in Reykjavik before heading north on the old road round dramatic Hvalfjordur. After a break in the town of Borganes, you’ll then continue a little further north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula accorded the title of Iceland in miniature. Snæfellsnes has rich pickings for the landscape photographer including the coast around Arnarstapi, and stunning Kirkjufell. From here you’ll head north east photographing several key places along the way before a nights stop over in beautiful and historic Sigulfjordur on the Trollaskagi Peninsula a good location to capture the Northern Lights in the north sky if they appear. From Siglufjordur you’ll travel the scenic route onto Lake Myvatn. It’s surrounded by amazing scenery and a convenient base for 3 nights while we photograph the north east highlights. These include Europe’s biggest waterfall, Dettifoss, it’s sister falls Selfoss and nearby Godafoss, all dramatic thundering waterfalls that deserve some time to both appreciate and photograph. During this Iceland photo workshop you’ll also have the opportunity to join a whale watching charter from Husavik and photograph these amazing wild creatures before the end of the season. You’ll explore the volcanic landscapes around Lake Myvtan including Dummuborgir, the volcanic rim of Hevrfell and the moonlike landscapes of Hverir. You’ll then take the shorter road trip back to experience the little Icelandic second city of Akureyri for a night before travelling back to Reykjavik. Iceland photo workshop – Extra information Start time 10:00 pick up in Reykjavik September 18th End time 15:00 – 16:00 drop off in Reykjavik September 25th Airport transfers Reykjavik is about 45 mins from Keflavik Airport. The Flybus and Flybus+ offer a transfer service to and from the centre bus terminus and most accommodation in the city ( Flybus+). This can be pre booked at https://www.re.is/flybus/. There are buses leaving every few minutes after a flight arrives. Getting there Both Iceland Air and Easyjet offer flights from UK and European cities. Iceland Air fly from North American cities. Tour Accommodation is based on twin share but a single room supplement is available. Vid Havid Guesthouse – simple cosy lodgings in the centre of Olasvik. Conveniently situated between our two main locations on the Snaefellsness peninsula – 2 nights Siglo Hotel – contemporary and excellent hotel right on the harbour side – our first stop along the northern coast and a great base for watching the night skies around Siglufjörður for the Northern Lights. – 1 night Laxa Hotel – fairly new hotel with a scenic position on the south shore of beautiful Lake Myvatn. It’s an ideal location to explore the lake, nearby waterfalls and volcanic features – 3 nights Kea Hotel – a stopover in Iceland’s second city Akureyri and a beautiful one at that. Here you’ll have the chance to explore the centre and photograph the eye catching Akureyrarkirkja before we make our way back to Reykjavik. – 1 night. Pre / post trip – There are several options before and after the trip, these include convenient Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel ( where I stay ), Center Hotel ( 3 of them ), Baron Foss Hotel and a range of convenient guesthouses. You will be picked up and dropped off from your preferred city centre hotel. Essential equipment Camera, lenses and good quality tripod. 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 waterproof camera bag. What to expect This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location in Iceland on the first day. This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode, reading histograms, using grads, the practicalities of shooting in Iceland and capturing Aurora Borealis. Participants will be invited to share 6 of their final images with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link. Weather Reliably fickle and wild weather can be a feature of Iceland from it’s frozen glaciers to it’s wind swept beaches. Conditions can be settled at times but it’s not unusual to turn cold and wintery from September to March. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing to stay dry and warm ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. All locations are weather dependant. Fitness and mobility Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy, snowy and boggy surfaces. This can involve short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to 30 mins one way, however participation is optional at every location. Whale watching from boat charter is included but optional too. 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.