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 Arnar Bergur Guðjónsson for the photographic journey of a lifetime.
This photo workshop is scheduled right before the 'Winter Paradise' and 'Northern Spirits' workshops, to make it comfortable for participants who wish to register to several workshops back to back, receive a discounted price and reduce flight costs.
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 icebergs, 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 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.
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 will say our goodbyes and depart to Keflavik airport for your flight home.
Total Price: US$4290 per person in double room for participants registering by February 28th, 2017;
$4390 for participants registering between March 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2017;
$4490 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount* each!
Special offer on the Arctic workshops: 'Land of Ice' (Southern Iceland), 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' (Lofoten Islands):
Sign up to two workshops and receive a $200 discount;
Sign up to three workshops and receive a $350 discount!*
Single room supplement: $990
Maximum Number of Participants: 13
Physical Difficulty: Beginner. Decent mobility is required, but there will be no difficult hiking or climbing. There might be short hikes of up to 30 minutes to get to a location. Winter conditions in Iceland can be a bit harsh, so you must be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as -10 degrees centigrade in addition to strong winds. On average, the temperature is likely to be around zero degress centigrade.
Born in 1980, Erez Marom is a full-time nature photographer, photography guide, writer and traveler-adventurer based in Israel. Erez spends much of his time in the field shooting the wildlife and scenery of his favorite locations worldwide.
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 and traveling several times a year to guide his unique photography workshops. His images have adorned the covers and pages of numerous magazines and books.
Arnar Guðjónsson is an Icelandic photographer, born 1979 and raised in the Westfjords of Iceland. He is a passionate landscape photographer and a outdoor enthusiast, who knows nothing better then staying out on cold winternights and photographing the northern lights.
Arnar has been also performing exceptionally well in photography competitions in Iceland and overseas and for now he is an grand prize winner of the Arctic Biodiversity "through the lens" competition, where he also got the Runner-up for the landscape category.
Arnar has held one private exhibition and have been in several collective exhibition as well. He is the father of two children and is a nature fanatic who loves to help others capture the beauty of Iceland.
In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $1990. 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.
Though very improbable, workshop dates might shift a few days here or there, up to 6 months prior to start date. Please contact me if you have schedule limitations.
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.
*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.