15th - 22nd January 2016
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 workshop is scheduled right next to both 'Land of Ice' 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. In this part of the journey, we'll head to the wilder, less-visited western and northern parts of Iceland, where weather is more stable, chances of witnessing the Aurora are higher, killer whales and seals roam the waters hunting herring and towering mountains join frozen blue waterfalls to make some of Iceland's most amazing scenery.
Naturally, no Iceland workshop is complete without a super-jeep ride, so we'll take a monster-truck tour into the frozen highlands, to visit some incredible waterfalls and locations unreachable otherwise.
We will meet at the lobby of our centrally-located hotel at 19:30 and head out for a meet and greet over a heart-warming Icelandic dinner in a restaurant right by the hotel. During dinner, we will get acquainted with the guides and participants, and discuss the plans for the days ahead.
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head north early to arrive at Kirkjufell (the famous Pyramid Mountain) for a sunrise shoot. In this season, chances are the mountain will be beautifully covered with snow.
We'll spend the day traveling the peninsula, shooting at several locations before settling in our nice hotel in the town of Grundarfjörður. At night, if conditions are favorable, we'll attempt to shoot the northern lights at one of several locations near town.
After breakfast at the hotel, we'll head to Grundarfjörður's port and take a special whale-watching boat. We'll spend the next few hours shooting Orca whales, who gather in great numbers to feed on the plentiful herring in the fjord's waters. After returning, we'll eat lunch and spend the rest of the day shooting at other interesting locations in Snæfellsnes, such as the black church of Búðir.
We'll get up early to take a ride to the Dinosaur Rock, a courious, dinosaur (or yak, depends on who you ask!) shaped rock formation, to shoot the sunrise. After spending time discovering the area, we'll head east, shooting the beautiful basalt columns of Kálfshammarsvík, and later arrive at our hotel at dark, where a beautiful, filling dinner will await.
After a big breakfast at our hotel, we'll head a short way back west and visit the frozen waterfall of Goðafoss. With its horseshoe shape, crystal-blue water and sheer size and beauty, this waterfall is one of the most impressive in Iceland, especially during winter time. For sunset we'll head out to lake Mývatn. Under good weather, this lake can be truly magical.
First thing in the morning, we'll hop on Monster trucks and take a wild ride into the central highlands. While we'll visit several snowy locations, the pinnacle will be Aldeyjarfoss. This location is hard to access during winter, hence the need for super jeeps, but the photographic reward is a wonderful ice-covered waterfall with an amazing, circular, crystal clear blue pool at its feet, surrounded by hexagonal basalt columns. In other seasons, the water and the pool are brown, but we'll reap the rewards for coming at the right time.
Anothre magical waterfall we will see is Hrafnabjargafoss. Surrounded by snow and full of icy columns, this waterfall is pure magic.
During our stay in Mývatn we'll also take a short ride to one of the most curious locations in the area: the geothermal vents. Protruding from a sheet of snow, colorful vents spout never-ending steam clouds, rising high into the sky and serving as a perfect foreground. Other features in the area include frozen lagoons, mini-craters and more.
We'll shoot another sunrise in the wonderful Godafoss. After concluding the shoot around noon, we'll take the bus back to Reykjavik.
We'll have a last dinner together, to conclude the workshop and share contacts and images.
After breakfast at the hotel, we will say our goodbyes and depart to Keflavik airport for your flight home.
Total Price: US$4190 per person in double room for participants registering by August 1st, 2015. $4390 for participants registering afterwards. Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount each!
Single room supplement: $590
Maximum Number of Participants: 13
Spaces Available: 8
Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. There will be no difficult climbing, but on occasion there might be a short hike (up to 30 minutes) to get to a location.
Winter conditions in northern Iceland can be harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as -15 degrees centigrade in addition to strong winds.
Special offer: Sign up to any two workshops out of 'Land of Ice' (Southern Iceland), 'Winter Paradise' and 'Northern Spirits' (Lofoten Islands), and receive a $350 discount. Sign up to all three workshops, and receive a $600 discount!
Pills against sea-sickness for the boat sail (could be bumpy!)
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Specializing in landscape and wildlife photography, Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting 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 $990. 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 67% refund (excluding deposit) will be given up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 33% refund 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.
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, however, have the best possible conditions to see it in the north.
15th - 22nd January 2016