5th - 12th January 2015
Just south of the Arctic circle lies a magical island - the land of fire and ice, the ever mesmerizing Iceland.
Iceland in winter is a very different place to Iceland in summer. Sub-zero temperatures, bone-chilling winds and harsh conditions are prevalent, but the photographic rewards are accordingly immense. From ice fields as far as the eye can see, through glaciers and blue ice caves to the mind boggling northern lights, winter is THE season for photography in Iceland, for those who dare.
Join professional nature photographers Erez Marom and Iurie Belegurschi for the photographic journey of a lifetime.
This 8-day photo workshop is scheduled right next to the 'Winter Paradise' and 'Northern Spirits' workshops, to make it comfortable for participants to join two or even three workshops, while still getting some much-needed rest between them. The workshop will take you to the most fascinating locations in Iceland's south coast, including pitch-black volcanic beaches adorned with countless diamond-like glaciers, hidden crystal-blue ice caves, snow-covered volcanoes, frozen lakes and colorful lagoons. We'll cross icy rivers, explore the insides of immense glaciers, take a monster-truck ride into the depths of the frozen land and behold the incredible Aurora Borealis.
We will meet at the lobby of our centrally-located hotel at 17:30, to visit the local store for proper boots, ice-spikes and other winter equipment. After that, we'll head out for a meet and greet over a heart-warming Icelandic dinner, right by the hotel. During dinner, we will get acquainted with the guides and participants, and discuss the plans for the days ahead.
Early in the morning, about 2 hours before sunrise, we'll hop on our bus and head out to see two of Iceland's south coast's thundering waterfalls. For sunset we'll head east, shooting the renowned coastline of Reynisdrangar, later spending the night in a comfy hotel near the village of Vik. In the hotel we'll eat a delicious Icelandic dinner, to fill us after spending the day in the cold.
After having breakfast early in the morning, we'll hop on a monster truck (also known as a super-jeep) and start a full-day extreme journey on terrain impassable otherwise. Mýrdalsjökull Glacier is ever surprising with its diverse scenery, elusive ice caves and wintery atmosphere. When we return, a beautiful, filling dinner will be waiting at the hotel. By night, there is a chance of shooting the aurora borealis.
We'll head out early in the morning and shoot the sunrise in the beautiful Skaftafell national park, where immense ice fields, glaciers and ice caves await. After spending a few hours there, we'll drive to Jökulsárlón, the glacier lagoon, where we'll settle for 3 nights.
The Jökulsárlón area is one of the most scenic in Iceland, and perhaps in the world. Ever-changing ice, soft pink light, mountains, lagoons and much more. It's also is a fantastic spot for shooting the northern lights, so if there are good conditions, we'll drive back to the lagoon for an awesome night-time experience.
After a big breakfast, we'll head out to the glacier lagoon, perhaps Iceland's most iconic site. The lagoon holds endless photo opportunities, and we will be able to achieve fascinating results under various conditions. Every day here is something different, be it clear, cloudy, snowy or any other weather. Truly a magical place.
For sunset we'll head to the glacier beach. The beach is an amazing sight to behold, pitch-black sand with thousands of crystal-clear icebergs spread all over it. After shooting the sunset, we'll get back to the hotel for another satisfying dinner. Again, if there are good aurora conditions, we'll head to the lagoon and make another effort shooting this wonder of nature.
After breakfast, we'll head to the mountain lagoon, Fjallsárlón. This glacier lake is close to the glacier lagoon, but offers mountainous scenery and a closer view of the blue glacier. This lagoon is sometimes frozen solid, which will enable us to walk all the way to the glacier wall, experiencing its immensity from a very close range.
We'll shoot a few more locations in the area, and get another opportunity for the sunset in the ever-changing glacier beach.
After breakfast we'll return to the black beach close to Jökulsárlón for the sunrise. You'll be surprised to witness how different the conditions can be after just a day or two. After that, we'll continue our drive back west, stopping on the way to shoot more spots of interest and icy scapes. We'll stop at Vik for a meal and another angle for the sunset, and by night we'll be back in our lovely Reykjavík hotel.
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head out to shoot the sunrise in the beautiful Þingvellir (Thingvellir) national park. With its snow-covered peaks and remarkable red vegetation, Þingvellir, and especially lake þingvallavatn, are well known photo-sites, and for a good reason! An especially beautiful spot is Öxarárfoss Waterfall.
After that we'll drive to Keflavik Airport, for a goodbye and your flight home.
Total Price: €3190 (Euros) per person in double room for participants registering by August 1st, 2014. €3290 for participants registering afterwards.
If you're a large group (8-12 people), let me know for a special group price. I can also accommodate larger groups, but this has to be scheduled seperately. Contact me for details.
Single room supplement: €390
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Spaces Available: 3
Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. There will be no difficult climbing, but rarely there might be a short hike (up to 30 minutes) to get to a location. Winter conditions in Iceland are a bit harsh, so you must be prepared to withstand temperatues as low as -10 degrees centigrade in addition to strong winds. On average, the temperature is likely to be around zero degress centigrade.
Special offer: Sign up to both 'Land of Ice' and 'Winter Paradise' workshops, and receive a €300 discount!
Sign up to 'Land of Ice', 'Winter Paradise' and 'Northern Spirits' (Lofoten Islands) workshops, and receive a €500 discount!
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in wildlife and landscape photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations in Israel and overseas.
In addition, Erez publishes articles and instructional texts in leading magazines and websites, and dedicates a considerable amount of his time to sharing his experience and knowledge by lecturing worldwide and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops.
Iurie Belegurschi is a landscape photographer based in Iceland, where he runs photo tours and workshops. He was born in Moldova and has been living in Iceland for 7 years. He has a Bachelor's degree in Tourism and Hospitality. His photos have been published world wide in books, calendars, greeting cards, magazines and some of the most popular newspapers like: Daily Mail, The Independent, The Sun, The Huffington Post, The Telegraph etc. His photos have had good success in contests too.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of €490. This deposit will be refunded only in case the workshop gets cancelled for some reason. For your comfort, the deposit can be payed either through PayPal or via bank transfer (contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be payed via wire transfer 75 days prior to the workshop starting date.
In the case you need to cancel your participation, a 75% refund (not including deposit) will be given up to 45 days prior to the workshop starting date.
I reserve the right to increase the price of the workshop if costs rise due to unexpected changes in fees, taxes or exchange rates.
The tour plan above is subject to change. Weather in Iceland can be extremely unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else. There's always something to do though, wherever we are.
Visits to ice caves depend highly on weather conditions. If conditions are unfavorable we might not be able to enter some or all of the caves.
Important: In order to join the workshop, you will be required to sign a contract that establishes that the tour leaders are not responsible to physical or proprietary damages, and that you understand and accept several behavioral standards (including not taking excessive risk), necessary to ensure the workshop's success and your safe return.
Aurora is, of course, not guaranteed. We do promise to pray for it though!
5th - 12th January 2015