‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS WORKSHOP - THE FAR REACHES ANNEX

Price: $2590 pp (shared accommodations, price valid until February 28th, 2017) / Deposit: $990 pp

  • ‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS WORKSHOP - THE FAR REACHES ANNEX
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  • ‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS WORKSHOP - THE FAR REACHES ANNEX
  • ‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS WORKSHOP - THE FAR REACHES ANNEX
  • ‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS WORKSHOP - THE FAR REACHES ANNEX
  • ‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS WORKSHOP - THE FAR REACHES ANNEX
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AVAILABILITY

5th - 10th November 2017

This annex to the 'Saga of the Seas' Faroe Islands workshop includes visits to two further, less-visited islands: Mykines and Suðuroy, reachable by helicopter. We will be based in traditional Faroese houses and explore the far reaches of the archipelago by helicopter, by foot and by car.

This annex will not be extreme in any way and the hiking difficulty is similar to that of the main workshop. It is the perfect addendum for photographers eager to acheive a more complete, authentic and wild experience in the Faroe Islands.

Here is a short film by Daniel Haussmann from our scouting trip in the Faroes:

MAIN FEATURES

  • A country like no other: untouched, isolated and packed full of amazing nature. Stunning, rarely-photographed locations in Mykines and Suðuroy.
  • Off-season schedule means we'll have the place for ourselves plus ever-changing weather resulting in huge diversity in light and conditions
  • Just the right amount of hiking: not too tough and extremely rewarding
  • Very small group size (max 6) guarantees unparalelled personal attention and the best value for your money
  • Professional photo guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer
  • Traditional accommodations throughout the workshop

ITINERARY

Day 1 Meeting in Vágar

We will meet at the lobby of our hotel (situated 2 minutes away from the airport!) for a late dinner, during which we will get acquainted with the guide and participants and discuss the plans for the days ahead. 
 

Days 2-3 Mykines

Early next morning, after breakfast, we will drive to the airport and hop a short helicopter flight to the island of Mykines. Mykines (pronounced Mee-chee-ness) is the westernmost of the 18 main islands of the Faroe Archipelago. In this time of year it is populated by no more than 10 people, which means that once dropped off by the heli, we'll be utterly alone apart from the odd encounter with a shepherd - if you don't count the sheep, that is.

Sun shines on the wind-stricken grass fields of Mykines
Due to its exposed situation, Mykines experiences rapidly changing weather and amazing light

Since no hostel is open in Mykines this time of year, we'll share a beautiful, 100-year old traditional Faroese house. We will sleep in the same (large) room, but the house is clean, fully equipped, the beds are comfortable and most importantly - it has Wifi! 
We will bring our own food and I will cook for you on our stay in Mykines.

During our stay we will hike around the western side of the island. We'll venture all the way to the lighthouse on the far west, about an hour away from our house.

Weather in Mykines is extreme, and we can expect all kinds of light, strong winds, clouds rolling in and out and very unique photographic conditions. Rainbows happen often, appearing and disappearing as the sun peeks between the clouds and shine upon the rain. Get ready to get wet on occasion, but it's going to be very worth it!

Day 4-5 Suðuroy

Once we are finished in Mykines, we'll take the helicopter back to Vagar, and soon afterwards we'll take it again and fly (through several islands) to Suðuroy. Suðuroy is the southernmost of the Faroe Islands. Like its brothers, it is ruled by mountains, cliffs and fjords. It is the island which has the most islets and skerries around it, and the only one with active coal mines. For our two nights here, we'll reside in a wonderful little guesthouse. 

Suðuroy is full of wonderful photographic spots, some a short walk from the road and some a 3-hour hike away. We'll spend our time here exploring the islands and shooting from high vantage points scattered across it.

Suðuroy images by Daniel Haussmann, used with permission.

If weather agrees, we'll do the 2-3-hour hike to Hvannhagi, on which we'll be able to view and shoot a magnificent valley and lake, as well as the two islands of Stóra Dímun and Lítla Dímun.


Day 6 Back to Vágar

After a possible sunrise shoot, we'll pack our things and take a helicopter ride back to Vágar, where we'll settle back in the hotel and continue on the main workshop.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price:
US$2590 per person (single hotel rooms on the first night, shared accommodations on nights 2-3 and double rooms on nights 4-5) for participants registering by February 28th, 2017;
$2690 for participants registering between March 1st and July 31st, 2017;
$2790 for participants registering afterwards.

Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $100 discount* each!

Deposit: $990

Maximum Number of Participants: 6

Physical Difficulty: Intermediate. We will be hiking to some of the locations (the hike to Hvannhagi takes 2-3 hours), but the hikes are fairly easy if you're moderately fit. Weather conditions in the Faroes can be harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand strong winds. Temperatures will most likely revolve around 5 degrees centigrade.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Shared accommodation in traditional, local houses (WiFi included!)
  • Full board throughout the workshop. You will get to taste my world famous cooking! ;)
  • Professional photography guidance by an esteemed landscape photographer.
  • Post-processing assistance when and where possible.
  • Helicopter flights to Mykines and to Suðuroy.
  • Travels in comfortable cars (in Suðuroy).
  • Airport pickup in Vagar Airport
  • Entrance fees, road tolls and taxes on all services listed above.

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Vágar Airport (FAE).
  • Thermal clothing.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Non-meal-time snacks.
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks (the Faroe's tap water is fantastic and highly recommended).

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A stable tripod. 
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 16-35mm on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24mm on a crop sensor camera.
  • A mid-range zoom lens such as a 24-70mm.
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300 (the longer the better). Doesn't have to have a wide aperture but a stabilizer is recommended.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a thin thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Water resistant convertible trousers.
  • Thermal long-johns (in case you get cold easily)
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Good, water resistant hiking boots

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

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.


Disclaimer

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 the Faroe Islands 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.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

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AVAILABILITY

5th - 10th November 2017

‘SAGA OF THE SEAS’ - FAROE ISLANDS PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $4190 pp (single/double rooms, price valid until Dec 31, 2016 / Feb 28th, 2017) / Deposit: $1690 pp

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10th - 16th November 2017

6th - 12th January 2018

Isolated, untouched, incredible. Between the Atlantic Ocean and the Norwegian Sea lie the Faroe Islands, a well-hidden gem of unspoilt beauty, fascinating sights and untamed nature.
Some locations in the Faroes seemingly defy logic, such as the mind-bending Sørvágsvatn lake, just a few tens of meters away from a 100-meter cliff above the sea. Others are simply a feast for the eyes. Wherever you go, the air is fresh, the landscape surprising and nature the supreme ruler.

Join award-winning landscape photographer Erez Marom on a photographic journey packed full of excitement, nature and visual bliss. You will be taken to the right place at the right time and together we will experience and shoot towering cliffs, peaceful beaches, tiny villages, gushing waterfalls and much more. With just the right amount of rewarding hikes, breathtaking mountain vistas, secret spots and great company, this will undoubtedly be an epic trip.

Two different schedules are offered: Autumn (mid November), when the colors are still a bit green and mountaintops are sprinkled with a bit of snow - or winter (early January), when the landscape turns white. For those of you with a desire to venture further and experience more of the archipelago, there is an annex to the workshop (autumn schedule only) in which we'll cover the remote islands of Mykines and Suðuroy.

Here is a short film by Daniel Haussmann from our scouting trip in the Faroes:

MAIN FEATURES

  • A country like no other: untouched, isolated and packed full of amazing nature
  • Stunning locations such as Gásadalur, Sørvágsvatn lake, the lighthouse of Kallur, Heljardalsa waterfall, Tjørnuvík and other secret spots
  • Choice of autumn (November) or winter (January) weather. In any case, the off-season schedule means we'll have the place for ourselves plus ever-changing weather resulting in huge diversity in light and conditions
  • Just the right amount of hiking: not too tough and extremely rewarding
  • Very small group size (max 7) guarantees unparalelled personal attention and the best value for your money
  • Professional photo guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable van
  • Excellent accommodations and food throughout the workshop

ITINERARY

Day 1 Meeting in Vágar

We will meet at the lobby of our hotel (situated 2 minutes away from the airport!) in the early afternoon and immediately head out for a sunset shoot in Gásadalur. Gásadalur translate directly to English as “goose valley”, which is told to be named after the wild geese, which from ancient times have travelled to the valley. This tiny village is located on the edge of Mykinesfjørður, surrounded by the highest mountains on Vágar, and is also home to perhaps the most famous waterfall in the Faroe Islands, bearing the same name. We will shoot the waterfall and its surrounding landscape before heading back to the hotel for dinner, during which we will get acquainted with the guide and participants, and discuss the plans for the days ahead. 

 

Days 2-3 Vágar Island

Apart from Gásadalur, Vágar is home to some beautiful photography locations. One of the best know is Sørvágsvatn. It is by far the largest lake in the Faroe Islands, but that isn't why it's so famous. The lake is located very close to the ocean, but its surface is about 40 meters above the level of sea. It is surrounded by a higher cliff which prevents it from emptying fully into the ocean, the waterfall Bøsdalafossur being the outlet. We will hike to an outlook where the cliff, the sea and the lake can be seen and shot - a marvelous sight indeed.


The western edge of Vágar is also a good spot to shoot the tiny island of Mykines - the westernmost island in the archipelago.

Mykines as seen from Vágar

Another island which can be seen from Vágar is the tiny uninhabited, islet of Tindhólmur. Its jagged peak makes it a very interesting spectacle, but one best enjoyed from afar.
 

Days 3-6 Streymoy, Eysturoy and Kalsoy

On day 3 we will move into a more comfortable hotel in Tórshavn. From this new base, we will venture into 3 different islands and see what they have to offer. Chasing good conditions and light, we will maintain maximal flexibility and decide where to go on the spot.


Streymoy

Streymoy is the largest and most populated island of the Faroe Islands. The capital, Tórshavn, is located on its east coast. From a photographic point of view, the most interesting destinations are the villages of Tjørnuvík and Saksun. 

Tjørnuvík has multiple streams and several cascades for us to shoot
Lake Pollurin as seen from Saksun

Saksun is also home to Heljardalsa waterfall, where a panoramic view of the surroundings can be seen.


Eysturoy

Meaning 'East Island', Eysturoy is the second-largest of the Faroes, both in size and population. It, too, is home to some stunning vistas, such as this view over Funningsfjørður:


Kalsoy

Kalsoy is a narrow island on the north-east of the Faroes. The western coast has dramatically steep cliffs for the full length of the island, whereas idyllic valleys on the eastern slopes protect the four tiny settlements, Húsar, Mikladalur, Syðradalur and Trøllanes, whose combined populations total less than 150. We will travel to Kalsoy by ferry on one of the mornings and continue with our van to Trøllanes, where we'll park and start a relatively easy half hour hike to the lighthouse of Kallur. 


Additional Locations 

The Faroe Islands are packed full of incredible locations. Wherever you are, beautiful sights and shots await just around the corner. We will be flexible and if we see something happening, we'll take advantage and shoot it from the best possible vantage point.


Day 8 Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, we will depart to Vágar airport for goodbyes and your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price:
US$4190 per person (single rooms on nights 1-2 and double rooms on nights 3-6) for participants registering by December 31st, 2016 (autumn schedule) or February 28th, 2017 (winter schedule);
$4290 for participants registering between January 1st and May 31st, 2017 (autumn schedule) or March 1st and July 31st, 2017 (winter schedule);
$4390 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $150 discount* each!

Special offer on the Arctic workshops: 'Saga of the Seas' (Faroe Islands), '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;
Sign up to all four workshops and receive a $500 discount!*

Single room supplement for nights 3-6: $450

Deposit: $1690

Maximum Number of Participants: 7

Physical Difficulty: Intermediate. We will be hiking to some of the locations for up to an hour, but the hikes are fairly easy if you're moderately fit. Weather conditions in the Faroes can be a bit harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand strong winds. Temperatures will most likely revolve around 5 degrees centigrade (autumn schedule) or 2 degrees (winter schedule).

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodation. On nights 1-2 we'll be sleeping in single rooms in a 3-star hotel, and on nights 3-6 in double rooms in a 4-star hotel.
  • Dinner the first day; Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2-6; Breakfast on day 7. Since we'll be shooting in the field most of the day, lunch will be packed.
  • Professional photography guidance by an esteemed landscape photographer.
  • Post-processing assistance when and where possible.
  • Ferry sail to Kalsoy island.
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable van offering ample room for you and your photoraphy gear.
  • Airport pickup and dropoff.
  • Entrance fees, road tolls and taxes on all services listed above.

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Vagar Airport (FAE).
  • Thermal clothing.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Non-meal-time snacks.
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks (the Faroe's tap water is fantastic and highly recommended).
  • Single room supplement ($450).

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A stable tripod. 
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 16-35mm on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24mm on a crop sensor camera.
  • A mid-range zoom lens such as a 24-70mm.
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300 (the longer the better). Doesn't have to have a wide aperture but a stabilizer is recommended.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a thin/thick (autumn/winter respectfully) thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Water resistant hiking trousers.
  • Thermal long-johns.
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Good, water resistant hiking boots
  • Winter group only: Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces. Please consult me.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $1690. 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.


Disclaimer

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 the Faroe Islands 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.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

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AVAILABILITY

10th - 16th November 2017

6th - 12th January 2018

‘TALES OF ARCTIC NIGHTS’ - GREENLAND SUMMER PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $5190 pp (double rooms, price valid until November 30th, 2016) / Deposit: $1990 pp

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23rd - 29th July 2017

Greenland is a land of harshness and contrast. Dark and freezing-cold in winter, in summer it changes its face and bathes in sunshine for months. In the west of the huge island lies Disko Bay, a haven of still water and beautiful landscapes. The magnificent Sermeq Qujalek (Ilulissat Glacier), which connects to the bay through the 60km long Kangia Fjord, is one of the world's fastest moving glaciers, constantly producing enormous icebergs, which float along the fjord to be dispersed in the bay. 
After a long summer where the sun never sets, it first touches the horizon in late July, producing unbelievable light on the bay and its icebergs. This is the perfect timing to set sail among these giants, capturing the arctic night in all its glory. Join award-winning landscape photographer Erez Marom for a week of sailing and photography in this remote and wonderful part of our world. We will explore the bay every single night, shooting icebergs, mountains and whales under the midnight sun, and ocasionally getting off the boat to shoot the marvelous coastline in key points. Not to neglect the curious Arctic architecture, we will visit inuit settlements and experience the area in depth.

MAIN FEATURES

  • A week long workshop with 5 nights of sailing in the Disko Bay area, shooting spectacular icebergs and impressive landscapes in calm waters in a boat fit for 12 people and their equipment (weather permitting). Our boat is perfect for our causes, having a large area for ourselves and our equipment, allowing us to shoot comfortably - a considerable advantage.
  • Visits to several land locations and small Greenlandic settlements in Disko Bay
  • Perfect timing: the first night of the workshop is the first night the sun touches the horizon for the first time in summer. This guarantees the best probability of magical midnight-sun light, allowing us to shoot for hours in optimal conditions
  • Whale watching and photography
  • Professional photo guidance by an award-winning nature photographer
  • Superior accommodations in the best hotel in Ilulissat, gourmet food in Greenland's best restaurant

ITINERARY

Day 1 Meeting in Ilulissat

We will meet in the evening in our hotel in Ilulissat, after you've been picked up from the airport and rested in the hotel room. We will have a meet-and-greet over a beautiful dinner in the hotel's restaurant, and discuss the week ahead. After dinner we won't waste any time and start our boat sail around Disko Bay. 

Days 1-7 Shooting Disko Bay

During 5 of the 6 nights of the workshop, we will set out from Ilulissat harbor for several hours, beginning in the late evening (usually around 23:00!), sailing to locate curious and interesting icebergs to shoot, and shooting them under perfect light conditions during sunset and sunrise, which are between half an hour and two hours apart at this time of year.

When the sunrise ends and everyone has had their fill, we'll head back to the hotel, the best in Ilulissat and conclude the night. In the late morning or early afternoon, we'll rise to do some critique sessions and post-processing lessons and walk around the town of Ilulissat, which has a lot of landmarks, beautiful buildings and some interesting museums. After dinner, we'll take the boat for another sail to shoot the icebergs and other landscapes.

During our sails, there is a very high probability of encountering whales, which are particularly photogenic under soft arctic light, and with beautiful mountains and icebergs as a backdrop.

Shooting Land Locations and Inuit Settlements in Disko Bay

In addition to shooting from the boat, we will shoot several land locations, such as the inuit settlement Ilimanaq, a village just south of Ilulissat. We will also hike to the edge of the immense Kangia Fjord to view and shoot the gigantic icebergs as they float into the bay.

Another settlement we will visit is Rodebay, a Dutch, still active whalers' village.

Once we finish shooting on the morning of July 29th, we will head back to the harbor, have some breakfast and conclude the workshop. You will be transferred to Ilulissat airport for your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$5190 per person in superior double room for participants registering by November 30th, 2016,
$5340 per person in superior double room for participants registering by March 31st, 2017,
$5490 per person in superior double room for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount each!

Single room supplement: $1190

Deposit: $1990

Maximum Number of Participants: 11

Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. Very basic mobility is needed for the boat sail where we'll spend most of the shooting time. We will do some occasional hiking and perhaps climb some easy mountains, which might get strenuous, but you can refrain from that if you wish. Weather conditions are usually wonderful this time of year, and the bay is remarkably still, meaning the risk of motion sickness is minimal (I personally suffer from motion sickness, but never had any nausea, even without pills). Temperatures will probably range between 0 and 10 degrees Centigrade.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodation: superior rooms in the best hotel in Ilulissat - the world's northernmost 4-star hotel.
  • Airport pickup and dropoff.
  • Dinner the first evening; Breakfast, lunch, dinner and nighttime packed meals on days 2-6; Breakfast on day 7. All dinners in the hotel are 3-course, and the hotel's restaurant is considered the best in Greenland.
  • Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer.
  • 5 nights of boat sails, shooting icebergs and other landscapes in the Disko Bay area. Our boat is perfect for our causes, having a large area for ourselves and our equipment, allowing us to shoot comfortably - a considerable advantage.
  • Post-processing lectures and critique sessions in the hotel's conference center.
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Ilulissat Airport (JAV), Greenland. It's recommended to fly in through Copenhagen (CPH) if you're coming from the east (e.g. Europe), and through Reykjavik domestic airport (RKV) if you're coming from the west (e.g. USA). It is highly recommended to book flights as early as possible, otherwise they will get very expensive.
  • Thermal clothing and winter gear.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks
  • Single room supplement ($1190)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
    NOTE: I highly recommend bringing two camera bodies. It will make your life much easier when shooting with multiple lenses, which is often desired.
  • A light tripod for shooting on land.
  • An ultra wide angle lens (preferably stabilized). For example, a Canon 16-35mm IS on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A mid-range zoom lens such as a 24-70mm (preferably stabilized).
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-300mm or 100-400mm - the longer the better, preferably stabilized. I use a Canon 70-300mm in addition to a Sigma 150-600mm for telephoto shots.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography.


Clothing

  • Thermal gear is essential. I recommend bringing a few light thermal shirts, a fleece jacket and a down coat for the cold nights.
  • Warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Hiking shoes.


Other

  • Pills against motion sickness, if you're especially prone to it.
  • Sun glasses
  • Bug spray
  • Sun screen

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

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.


Disclaimer

The tour plan above is subject to change. If weather conditions are unfavorable we might not be able to fulfil some of the planned activities.
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. 
Whale sightings arean't guaranteed, but they are very likely.

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23rd - 29th July 2017

‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ PATAGONIA WORKSHOP - FITZ ROY HIKING ANNEX

Price: $3790 pp (sharing room/tent) / Deposit: $990 pp

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12th - 18th April 2017

This week-long annex to the 'Giants of the Andes' Patagonia workshop picks up right after the main workshop ends, and includes a visit to further and more difficult locations: Torres Del Paine base camp and the surroundings of Mount Fitz Roy. Two of the most iconic and photogenic mountain ranges in the world, words can hardly describe these mountains' regal appearences. Joined by professional nature photographer Erez Marom and photographer/trekking expert Jörg Bonner, you will camp on location and spend 6 days hiking to the very best photographic spots in Patagonia.

This Annex is only for people who are fit enough to trek and endure strenuous hikes and wild camping. It will not be extreme in any way but it will require a good deal of physical effort. It is the perfect addendum to the easier main workshop.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Spectacular vistas of the Torres Del Paine and mount Fitz Roy, some of the most iconic mountainous landscapes on the planet.
  • 6 days and 5 nights of trekking and camping in Torres Del Paine base camp and in Campo Poincenot, with food and accommodations taken care of by a professional trekking company
  • Professional photo guidance by esteemed landscape photographers. 
  • Constant supervision by a trekking expert and professional mountain guides.

ITINERARY

Days 1-3 Torres Base Camp

The hiking workshop will commence in Torres Del Paine, right when the main workshop ends. Details coming soon!

Days 4-6 Around Campo Poincenot

After a night in a comfy hotel in El Chalten, we will start the second part of the hiking annex. We will be hauled by car to the easiest point to begin our hike. From there, we'll be carrying our personal equipment - photo bags, sleeping bags and mats - on a 4-hour hike to Campo Poincenot. Upon arrival we'll settle in camp and start exploring the area.

During the next 3 days we'll be hiking to several shooting points with mount Fitz Roy as the majestic backdrop. Tranquil lakes and lagoons will reflect magical pink Alpenglow of the mountain, and beautiful autumn leaves will supply a fantastic color palette to complement the mountains. We will also shoot the mountain with waterfalls and streams in the foreground.

If conditions are favorable, we'll do additional hikes to shoot Glaciar Piedras Blancas, and make the extra effort to shoot Fitz Roy by night.

After a sunrise shoot on day 5 we'll hike back to El Chalten, where we'll eat lunch and take a bus back to El Calafate, where the workshop will conclude.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$3590 per person in double room for participants registering by May 31st, 2016.
$3690 for participants registering between June 1st and October 30th, 2016.
$3790 for participants registering afterwards.

Special offer: Join both 'Giants of the Andes' and the Fitz Roy Hiking workshop and receive a $200 discount!*

Deposit: $990

Single Room/Tent supplement: $690

Maximum Number of Participants: 10

Physical Difficulty: Advanced. There will be plenty of hikes and altitude gains, and your physical fitness is critical for your enjoyment of this workshop. The hike to Torres base camp is about 4 hours long, and the first part of it is a bit steep. The hike to the torres and lagoon is an additional 1-2 hours. The hike to Campo Poincenot is about 4 hours. The hike up to Laguna de los Tres is very strenuous and includes considerable altitude gain. There will be five nights of camping in the wild in tents and without running water or flush-toilets. Weather conditions in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and you should be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as -5 degrees centigrade (at night), in addition to strong winds, but conditions are usually on the calm side this time of year.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Tent accommodation in Torres Base Camp and in Campo Poincenot.
  • Hotel accommodation in day 3 (good 3-star hotel in El Chalten).
  • Dinner in a restaurant in day 3.
  • Field breakfast, lunch and dinner in days 1,2,4,5 and 6 (don't expect lobsters, but it will be well made, warm and satisfying). Field breakfast on day 7.
  • Professional photography guidance by two esteemed landscape photographers, one of them a trekking expert with years of experience hiking and shooting in Patagonia.
  • Professional mountain guides with us on location at all times, to keep us safe.
  • Constant radio communication with park rangers to keep us informed and safe.
  • Travels from Torres Del Paine to El Chalten on day 3 and to El Calafate on day 7.
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from El Calafate airport (Daily flights arrive from Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Pickup and dropoff at El Calafate airport (shuttle service is quick, efficient and inexpensive).
  • Reciprocity fee for citizens of Australia and Canada (must be paid online prior to arrival - see link).
  • Thermal clothing and gear. You're required to have all necessary gear, including thermal clothing and ice-spikes, prior to arrival.
  • Porters and horses to carry your bag  (up to 15kg) on the hike to Campamento Torre - not mandatory but recommended. Cost will be arround 150$, more info soon.
  • Porters to carry your bag  (up to 12kg) on the hike to Campamento Poincenot - not mandatory but recommended. Cost will be arround 200-250$, more info soon.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
    IMPORTANT: Hospitals in Patagonia are not up to western standards. In the rare case that something happens, you will strongly prefer to be evacuated to Buenos Aires or another major city for treatment. I highly recommend getting insurance that covers medical evacuation to a major city.
  • Accommodation on day 7.
  • Extra hotel accommodations and food in case we have to spend additional nights in El Chalten or in TDP (see below).
  • Alcoholic drinks.
  • Non-meal-time snacks.
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks.
  • Single Room/tent supplement ($690).

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A light, sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A midrange zoom lens such as a 24-70mm
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee and Heliopan filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a light thermal base layer, a fleece coat and sometimes a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Water resistant hiking pants.
  • Windbreaker / rain jacket.
  • Thermal long-johns or thermal pants (or both).
  • Thermal socks (2-3 pairs).
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Good quality hiking boots.


Other

  • A sleeping bag rated -10 to -15 degrees centigrade for maximal comfort.
  • An inflatable sleeping mat and an inflatable pillow (contact me for help).
  • Headlamp.
  • Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces (contact me for help). Without spikes you will not be allowed on the workshop.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Optional: trekking poles.
  • Optional: water filtration system in case you're not sure you'll be ok with drinking river water.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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 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.

Jörg Bonner

Jörg Bonner is an Austrian landscape photographer and keen traveler. Inspired by his grandfather’s love for the mountains he found his way towards a more adventurous life in his mid-twenties. Since then he has spent an ever increasing amount of time travelling the seven continents, looking for the perfect spot to set up his tripod. Mountains are by far his favourite subject and thus it comes as no surprise that he keeps coming back to Patagonia’s epic landscapes - and even after five consecutive years his fascination for the towering peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks is as strong as on the first day.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

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 paid either through PayPal or a wire-transfer (please contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be paid via wire-transfer no later than 90 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 75 days prior to the workshop starting date, a 50% refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 25% 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.


Disclaimer

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 Patagonia can be extremely unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Workshop cost will be partially refunded in case weather prevents us from doing any hikes. In case we are delayed in arrival to Poincenot or early in return to El Chalten due to weather or other conditions, you will be required to pay for your own accommodation and food in those nights.
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.
Important: The rules of Los Glaciares National Park prevent any sort of teaching on park grounds. Therefore, while in the park (3 days out of the trip), the workshop will oficially be a photo tour, with the guides acting as group leaders and not tutors. This is unfortunately unpreventable and is true for any person conducting a workshop in Patagonia. Rest assured - the guides will be there with you for the duration of the trip. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me and I'll explain everything.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

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12th - 18th April 2017

‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP / TOUR

Price: $5990 pp (double rooms) / Deposit: $1990 pp

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  • ‘GIANTS OF THE ANDES’ - PATAGONIA PHOTO WORKSHOP / TOUR
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4th - 12th April 2017 - Half Full

Spanning the southern parts of Argentina and Chile, Patagonia holds some of the most spectacular photographic treasures in South America, perhaps even the world. Towering mountains, shattering glaciers, lagoons, waterfalls and much more, all these can be found in this pristine location. 

The area we will explore was carved over time with monumental geological process which continues even today. The Andean mountain range spans the whole continent, from north to south, measuring some 7000 km. It was formed by the collision of two tectonic plates, a process that is still active in some regions as is evident by the seismic and volcanic activities. With time, the fierce winds and the constant advance of the glaciers carved the original formation into the shapes we can appreciate now, and it wasn’t so long ago that the valleys we will explore were occupied with enormous glaciers.

Join professional nature photographer Erez Marom and photographer/trekking expert Jörg Bonner on a comprehensive photo workshop in the most incredible locations Patagonia has to offer. For the dedicated hikers, there is a week-long hiking annex to this workshop during which we'll hike to shoot The Torres Del Paine and Mount Fitz Roy.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Stunning locations such as Torres Del Paine National Park, Laguna Torre, Perito Moreno Glacier and more.
  • The best season to ensure high probability of calm weather, autumn colors and low, magical light.
  • Boat sail to shoot glacial landscapes.
  • 2-night hassle-free camping experience near Laguna Torre, including all you need to make the best out of this wonderful location.
  • Professional photo guidance and mountain guidance.
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable bus during the long drives to make transportation enjoyable
  • Some of the best accommodations and conditions in Patagonia.

ITINERARY

Day 1 El Calafate

After arrival at El Calafate International Airport, the group will meet in the lobby of our El Calafate hotel in the afternoon. We will have a meet-and-greet over a delicious Argentinian dinner in one of the top restaurants in El Clafate, where we will meet each other and the guides, and discuss the plans for the days ahead.

Day 2 Glacial Landscapes

After breakfast in the hotel, we will hope on our spacious bus and head to the harbor from which a boat will take us to visit three glaciers: Upsala, Seco and Spegazzini. We'll take a fascinating trip to shoot the intricate patterns from various angles, exploring the northen side of the Argentino Lake.
When we return, the bus will take to the Perito Moreno, one of the last advancing glaciers in the world. Every few minutes, ice chunks, some of them the size of a house, detach and tumble into the water in a great display.
We'll spend the day shooting glacial landscapes and once we're done, we'll take a 3-hour drive to our next destination: El Chalten. After setting in our 4-star hotel, we'll eat a good dinner in a restaurant.

Day 3 El Chalten, Views of Mount Fitz Roy

We’ll shoot sunrise in Cañadon del Rio de las Vueltas, an iconic spot outside of the town with impressive views to the every mountain in the area. After shooting, we'll go back to Chalten to get ready for the hike into Laguna Torre.

Days 3-5 The Ultimate Camping Experience, Laguna Torre

After returning to the town, we'll be joined by our mountain guides and begin a 9 km hike to Laguna Torre (there is an option to have your bags carried for you by porters, extra charge applies).
The lagoon lies beneath one of the most spectacular peaks in existence: Cerro Torre, the serrated dark wonder. We will camp near the lagoon for 2 nights, shooting it at sunrise, sunset and even by night, to produce unique and spectacular mountain shots. The glacier feeding the lagoon keeps it teeming with icebergs, which complement the landscape amazingly, and if the weather is cold enough, the lagoon will have a fine icy crust.

While we will be in field conditions, all measures have been taken to make it comfortable and fun. We will be camping on private grounds, and supplied with all the necessary amenities. We'll be eating delicious hot meals, including picadas and regional wines, rather than regular "camping food". If you prefer, you can bring your own sleeping bag and inflatable mat for a more comfortable sleep (otherwise those will be supplied for you) but all the rest is taken care of in the best possible way. After shooting sunrise on day 5, we'll hike back to El Chalten, and sleep in a comfortable hotel there.

Our camp is also adjacent to a surprising number of cascades and waterfalls, which we will explore and shoot extensively in the long hours between sunrise and sunset.

Days 6-9 Torres Del Paine National Park, Chile

Home to some of the most spectacular mountains in the world, Torres Del Paine (TDP) is one of the leading photographic locations in South America. We will spend 3 days in TDP, during which we'll shoot from several amazing vantage points. Our main subject will be the Cuernos Del Paine, a mountain ridge of immense beauty and grandeur.

Due to the park's location and geographic conditions, there is a very high chance of beautiful pink sunrises on the mountains. We will shoot the Cuernos with a variety of foregrounds.

But that's not all there is to see in Torres Del Paine. Other beautiful mountains (such as the Torres themselves), winding rivers, lenga trees with autumn colors and many other beautiful attractions await us in this wonderful place.

During our stay in Torres Del Paine, we'll be accommodated in one of South America's most scenic hotels. It has its own island, no less, and there's plenty to shoot from the rocky banks.

Best hotel location in the world? Image courtesy of Hougaard Malan, used with the artist's permission.

After a sunrise shoot in day 9, the participants who are leaving will be driven back to El Calafate for their flight home. The hiking annex participants will start the hike to Torres Base Camp, from where we will continue to the Annex' first destination: the Torres Del Paine viewpoint.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$5690 per person in double room for participants registering by May 31st, 2016.
$5840 for participants registering between June 1st and October 31st, 2016.
$5990 for participants registering afterwards.
Join as a group of 3 or more and receive a $200 discount each!*

Special offer: Join both 'Giants of the Andes' and the Fitz Roy Hiking workshop right after and receive a 200$ discount!*

Deposit: $1990

Single Room supplement: $1190

Maximum Number of Participants: 13

Physical Difficulty: Beginner / Intermediate. There won't be any difficult climbing, but there will be hikes of up to 1 hour to get to certain locations, and a hike of 9km with 400m of elevation gain (3-4 hours in relaxed pace) to get to Laguna Torre. Your gear can be carried for you during this hike if you so choose (extra cost applies), so it shouldn't be difficult for people with good mobility. There will be two nights of camping in the wild in tents and without running water. Weather conditions in Patagonia can be unpredictable, and you should be prepared to withstand temperatures as low as -5 degrees centigrade (at night), in addition to strong winds, but conditions are usually on the calm side this time of year.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodations in some of the best hotels in Patagonia. These aren't 5-star hotels, but they are welcoming, clean, warm and comfortable.
  • Dinner the first day, Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2-8, breakfast and lunch on day 9
  • Professional photography guidance by two esteemed landscape photographers
  • Professional mountain guides with us on location at all times, to keep us safe.
  • Post-processing assistance where possible
  • Full-day boat sail to experience and shoot glacial landscapes
  • 2-night hassle-free camping experience in Laguna Torre, where you will share a 3-person tent with another participant. Sleeping bags and sleeping mats are included.
  • Constant radio communication with park rangers to keep us informed and safe
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photoraphy gear.
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from El Calafate airport (Daily flights arrive from Buenos Aires, Argentina).
  • Pickup and dropoff at El Calafate airport (shuttle service is quick, efficient and inexpensive).
  • Reciprocity fee for citizens of Australia and Canada (must be paid online prior to arrival - see link).
  • Thermal clothing and gear. You're required to have all necessary gear, including thermal clothing, prior to arrival.
  • Porters to take your bag (up to 12kg) to camp on the hike to Laguna Torre - not mandatory but recommended. Cost will be around $250$.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
    IMPORTANT: hospitals in Patagonia are not up to western standards. In the rare case that something happens, you will strongly prefer to be evacuated to Buenos Aires or another major city for treatment. I highly recommend getting insurance that covers medical evacuation to a major city.
  • Accommodation on day 9
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks
  • Single Room supplement ($1190)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A light, sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A midrange zoom lens such as a 24-70mm
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300 (recommended). Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee and Heliopan filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a light thermal base layer, a fleece coat and sometimes a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Water resistant hiking pants.
  • Windbreaker / rain jacket.
  • Thermal long-johns or thermal pants (or both).
  • Thermal socks (2-3 pairs).
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • A wide hat for sunny days
  • Good quality hiking boots.


Other

  • Optional: A sleeping bag rated -10 to -15 degrees centigrade for maximal comfort.
  • Optional: An inflatable sleeping mat and an inflatable pillow (contact me for help).
  • Headlamp.
  • Pills against motion-sickness for the boat sail, in case you're especially sensitive.
  • Sunglasses.
  • A small daypack for the hike to Laguna Torre.
  • Optional: trekking poles.

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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 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.

Jörg Bonner

Jörg Bonner is an austrian landscape photographer and keen traveler. Inspired by his grandfather’s love for the mountains he found his way towards a more adventurous life in his mid-twenties. Since then he has spent an ever increasing amount of time travelling the seven continents, looking for the perfect spot to set up his tripod. Mountains are by far his favourite subject and thus it comes as no surprise that he keeps coming back to Patagonia’s epic landscapes - and even after five consecutive years his fascination for the towering peaks and glaciers of Torres del Paine and Los Glaciares National Parks is as strong as on the first day.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

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 paid either through PayPal or a wire-transfer (please contact me for details).
The full amount (after discounts if applicable) must be paid via wire-transfer no later than 90 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 75 days prior to the workshop starting date, a 50% refund up to 60 days prior to the workshop starting date and a 25% 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.


Disclaimer

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 Patagonia can be unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
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. 
Important: The rules of Los Glaciares National Park prevent any sort of teaching on park grounds. Therefore, while in the park (3 days out of the trip), the workshop will oficially be a photo tour, with the guides acting as group leaders and not tutors. This is unfortunately unpreventable and is true for any person conducting a workshop in Patagonia. Rest assured - the guides will be there with you for the duration of the trip. If you have any questions regarding this issue, please feel free to contact me and I'll explain everything.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

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AVAILABILITY

4th - 12th April 2017 - Half Full

‘NORTHERN SPIRITS’ - LOFOTEN ISLANDS WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $3690 pp (Double rooms) / Deposit: $1790 pp

  • ‘NORTHERN SPIRITS’ - LOFOTEN ISLANDS WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘NORTHERN SPIRITS’ - LOFOTEN ISLANDS WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘NORTHERN SPIRITS’ - LOFOTEN ISLANDS WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘NORTHERN SPIRITS’ - LOFOTEN ISLANDS WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘NORTHERN SPIRITS’ - LOFOTEN ISLANDS WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
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24th - 30th January 2017 - Last Places

30th January - 5th February 2017 - Last Places

30th January - 5th February 2018

5th - 11th February 2018

The Lofoten archipelago is a photographer's dream. Sharp, pointy mountains tower over fjords; cracked, frozen lakes, legendary beaches, traditional red cabins and magical light - this pearl of the arctic has it all.
This winter workshop will take you on a wild ride through the most magical locations in the archipelago. We will focus on, and stay in, the absolute best spots for landscape photography, and we will take advantage of all its famous features. Aurora borealis is possible on clear nights, as well. To put the icing on the cake, each participant will have the option to go on an amazing open-window Cessna flight, to shoot everything from the air!
Guided by award-winning nature photographer Erez Marom, you will indeed feel the northern spirits in this wonderful, pristine location.

This workshop is scheduled just a few days after the conclusion of the 'Saga of the Seas' Faroe Islands workshop and the 'Land of Ice' and 'Winter Paradise' Iceland 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.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Stunning Arctic landscape, amazing locations such as Reine, Olstind mountain, Haukland, Skagsanden and Utakleiv beaches, Storvatnet lake and many more
  • Small group size (max 7 participants) guarantees unparalleled personal attention
  • January/February schedule increases the probability of amazing wintery conditions
  • High probability of shooting the Aurora Borealis above immense mountains and wonderful beaches
  • Magical low light throughout the day, enabling us to shoot for over 6 hours (weather permitting), in addition to night photography
  • Optional open-window Cessna flight to allow amazing aerial photography (weather permitting)
  • Professional photo guidance by an experienced, award-winning landscape photographer
  • Drives in a spacious, comfortable van
  • Comfortable accommodations in a single hotel along the workshop, excellent food including 3-course dinners throughout your stay

ITINERARY

Day 1 Meeting in Leknes Airport, Sunset Shoot 

The group will meet at 12:00 in Leknes airport, where you can fly from Oslo in a comfortable morning flight (see below for flight recommendation). After a quick introduction, we'll hop on our spacious van, leave our suitcases in the hotel and go straight to shoot the sunset in one of the spectacular beaches in the area. Make sure you can get ready to shoot quickly because the sunset is before 15:00!


The Reine Area

The Reine area is a paradise for winter photography, and a very typical Norwegian fishing area. Spectacular mountains such as the triangular Olstind and the towering Festhæltinden are accompanied by red and orange fishing cabins, to make up unique winter scenery.

Reine looks amazing in any weather conditions, but snow can add a lot to the winter atmosphere, and make everything even more magical. If we're lucky, we might catch some golden sunrise light or even pink Alpenglow on the mountains.

And with a bit more luck, we'll get a spectacular Aurora light show!

Reine to Leknes: Nusfjord, Skagsanden and more

On the way between Reine and Leknes we will pass through some fantastic landscapes, and stop to shoot in the (hopefully) frozen Storvatnet Lake. Storvatnet has a spectacularly cracked surface, and a whole day could be spent shooting its intricacies. With a clear sky, we'll also have beautiful pink Alpenglow on the mountains.

Another fantastic location between Reine and Leknes is Skagsanden beach. Skagsanden has a unique composition of black and white sand, and the streams flowing down the beach create spectacular textures. It also has hidden turquoise pools among incredibly photogenic rocks.

Due to its moderate incline, Skagsanden is an amazing Aurora shooting location. The green lights reflect in the beach's black and white patterns and dance above the beautiful mount Hustind.

Leknes Area, Cessna Flight

Leknes is surrounded by wonderful shooting locations. Several beaches are world famous for their beauty. Utakleiv and Haukland might be the most known.

Utakleiv is probably the most photographed beach in Norway, and for good reason. Amazing spherical rocks, red colors and of course, the curious 'eye'.

Utakleiv is a wonderful setting for Auroral shooting, so if the night is clear, we'll try our best to witness and shoot this spectacular phenomenon.

Haukland is less known, but just as beautiful and diverse.

From Leknes airport, we will arrange in pairs and take an amazing open-window Cessna flight (optional, not included in price). Aerial photography reveals a whole new world of shooting nature, and Lofoten is one of the best places for it, with spectacular vistas of fjords, mountains and fishing villages. Each pair will have an hour or more (depends on weather and availability) of aerial shooting in beautiful light.

Day 7 Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll drive to the airport for goodbyes and your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$3390 per person in double room for participants registering by February 29th, 2016;
$3540 for participants registering between March 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2016;
$3690 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $150 discount each!*

2018 prices: US$3790 per person in double room for participants registering by February 28th, 2017;
$3890 for participants registering between March 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2017;
$3990 for participants registering afterwards.
Sign up as a group of 3 or more and receive a $150 discount each!*

Special offer on the Arctic workshops: 'Saga of the Seas' (Faroe Islands), 'Land of Ice' (Southern Iceland), 'Winter Paradise' (Northern Iceland) and 'Northern Spirits' (Lofoten Islands) workshops:
Sign up to two workshops and receive a $200 discount;
Sign up to three workshops and receive a $350 discount;
Sign up to all four workshops and receive a $500 discount!*

Single room supplement: $590

Deposit: $1790

Maximum Number of Participants: 7

Physical Difficulty: Mostly Beginner. Good mobility is required, but there will be no difficult climbing or hikes. However, you need to be able to walk on rocks and icy surfaces (with ice spikes), and to be able to withstand incoming waves and maintain stability, should you want to shoot in the water. Winter conditions in northern Norway can be harsh, and you must be prepared to withstand temperatues as low as -10 degrees centigrade in addition to strong winds, snow, hail or rain, but conditions are usually far better than one would expect. Flying in the Cessna is not problematic unless you have an extremely delicate stomach.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Double room accommodation. Each 2 participants will share a room in a comfortable hotel in the town of Leknes, where we will stay throughout the workshop for maximal comfort.
  • Pickup and dropoff at Leknes airport (pickup at specified time, dropoff may vary according to group flight times).
  • 3-course dinner the first day; Buffet Breakfast, lunch and 3-course dinner on days 2-6; Breakfast on day 7. Since we'll be shooting in the field most of the light hours, lunch will be packed, but you will be free to make your own sandwiches according to your tastes.
  • Professional photography guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer
  • Post-processing assistance when possible (though emphasis is always on field shooting)
  • Travels in spacious, comfortable van
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Leknes airport. Recommended arrival flight: SAS SK4104 Oslo-Bodø, then Wideroe WF806 Bodø-Leknes (Departure from Oslo at 8:30, arrival in Leknes at 11:25. These flights can be booked together, contact me for help)
  • Airport pickup and dropoff outside of agreed-upon times
  • Winter clothing and winter gear. You're required to have all necessary gear, including thermal clothing, ice-spikes etc.
  • The optional open-window Cessna flight for aerial photography (weather dependent)
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leader/s will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Single room supplement ($590)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A sturdy tripod for shooting in windy conditions.
  • Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
  • Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee, Heliopan and Singh-Ray filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is essential. I typically wear a thick thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Water resistant trousers (preferably thermal)
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears.
  • Highly recommended: thermal, water-proof, knee-high rubber boots (contact me for help).
  • Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces. You are obligated to obtain the spikes before arrival, and they need to be proper spikes (with metal triangles rather then springs or metal dots at the bottom). Please do not bring crampons - they take ages to put on and they aren't needed.

 

Other

Pills against motion-sickness for the Cessna flight (if you'd like to do it and you're sensitive).

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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 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.

 

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $1790. 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.


Disclaimer

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 northern Norway can be unpredictable, and so in case of harsh weather, we may have to divert from our plan and do something else.
Cessna flights are highly weather dependent, and may also depend on the plane and pilot's availability. I cannot guarantee the realization of the flight, although the utmost efforts will be made to secure it.
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.

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AVAILABILITY

24th - 30th January 2017 - Last Places

30th January - 5th February 2017 - Last Places

30th January - 5th February 2018

5th - 11th February 2018

‘DESERT STORM’ - NAMIBIA PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $7190 pp (price valid until June 30th, 2017) / Deposit: $2490 pp

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9th - 19th May 2018

Far at the southern tip of Africa lies a fascinating, beautiful and truly bizarre place. The jewel of the south, the magical Namibia.
Namibia is a huge country with an equally monstrous variety of photographic potential. Join professional landscape photographer Erez Marom on this comprehensive 11-day workshop, where you will experience first hand its mind-boggling beauty, and be taken to the very best spots in this mesmerising, often perplexing land.
Immense red dunes rising over 300 meters above the earth in the world's oldest desert, sweeping thunderstorms, petrified trees left from another era centuries ago, a ghost town built, populated and then suddenly abandoned, you will see and shoot all off these and more, from the ground and from the air, under top professional assistance and dedicated guidance. Locations and phenomena that will make you doubt the world you know and simply watch in awe, as landscapes you never imagined unveil in front of your eyes.

MAIN FEATURES

  • 11 days in spectacular and very diverse locations: Quiver Tree Forest, Kolmanskop, Sossusvlei
  • Extremely small group size of just 6 participants guarantees unparalleled personal attention and the best value for your money
  • Optional open-door helicopter photography flight over the red dunes of Sossusvlei - nothing short of a spectacular experience!
  • Professional photo guidance by an award-winning landscape photographer
  • Comfortable 4X4 transfers throughout the trip

ITINERARY

Day 1 Windhoek 

The guesthouse shuttle will collect all arriving guests from the Windhoek International Airport during the day. At 18:00 we will head to the famous Joe’s Beer House for dinner where everyone is introduced and the guides will get you excited about the photo opportunities that lie ahead.


Days 2-3 Quiver Tree Forest

After Breakfast at the hotel, we'll board our spacious bus and journey 500km south to Quiver Tree Forest. Found in only in South-Western Africa, quiver “trees” are actually very large succulent plants. With their cracking golden-white bark and remarkable shape, they make great photographic subjects. We’ll arrive at our destination early afternoon, leaving plenty of time for everyone to familiarize themselves with the amazing trees. The group will be split in two and the other half will shoot sunset at Giant’s Playground, which is just around the corner and offers identical photo opportunities. After sunset we’ll have dinner at the lodge and get to bed early.

Sunrise at Quiver Tree Forest
Quiver Tree Forest is a great location for night photography


Days 4 Kolmanskop – The Ghostly Remains of  Diamond Rush

This morning will be the highlight of convenience on the workshop as we photograph a quiver tree on the cliff edge from the lodge’s pool deck. After breakfast we'll get back in our bus and make a 3-hour drive to the Coastal town of Luderitz. We’ll spend a long afternoon familiarizing ourselves with the many colorful, sand filled rooms of Kolmanskop. Situated just 5 minutes inland from Luderitz, it is the long forgotten site of one of the greatest diamond rushes in history. Just after the turn of the 19th century, German mining companies invested a fortune to build an entire town in the middle of nowhere. Everything from the door frames to the paint was imported from Germany and today the desert is reclaiming this once-glorious town. Despite being flooded with sand, the dry climate has done an amazing job of preserving the colorful rooms. There are well over 25 rooms worth photographing, so everyone can do their own thing. The guides will assist everyone to identify a room with an east-facing window for the next morning. After sunset we’ll have dinner at the Hotel.

Eerie symmetry and colors in Kolmanskop
The sun peeks in through the collapsed roof at a beautiful, less visited room
Can you hear the silence?


Days 5-6 Capturing the Ghost Town

We’ll get up for an early coffee and depart for the Ghost town in darkness. The guides will make sure that everyone is in place for a beam of orange light in the buildings as the sun crests the horizon in the East. After a quick morning shoot we'll head back to the hotel for breakfast. We'll return to Kolmanskop just before noon to make sure we capture the shadows of open roof slats under a 1 o'clock sun, and then have another relaxed afternoon exploring the Ghost town.

The desert drowns the town with sand, sometimes well over half the doors' height!
Exceptional light and compositions waiting to be found
High noon doesn't mean no shooting - on the contrary: the harsh sun creates unique patterns when penetrating through the slotted rooftops


Days 7, 8, 9, 10 -  Deadvlei, The World’s Highest Dunes, Aerial Photography

Our final destination is Sossusvlei; a one of a kind landscape created by an ancient river flowing into the desert. Like several other rivers in Namibia, the Tsauchab River used to flow from the mountains, through the desert, all the way to the coast. Thousands of years ago it was cut off from the ocean by the expanding desert and this created a seasonal wetland amongst the dunes. Over the millennia, this wetland has retreated inland as the Namib Desert slowly reclaims the valley that the river cuts through the dunes. As it stands today, Sossusvlei is about 60 kilometers from the coast, but still 40 kilometers into the towering red dunes of the Namib Desert. Although the river only flows all the way to Sossus a few times every decade, the valley still sustains a large population of wildlife amongst the dunes. There is always the chance that we may witness the river in flood and since it hasn’t flooded since 2012, the statistics are in our favor.

The amazing photos of snaking dune spines are all captured along the 40km drive into the Tsauchab Dune Valley. Thanks to this valley’s East-West orientation, the afternoon sun creates deep black shadows on the Eastern side and bright red colors on the Western side of the dunes. This offers great opportunities for telephoto shots of snaking dune spines. The afternoons can often go up to 45 degrees Celsius, in which case we’ll opt for this more convenient sunset shoot.

A towering dune casts a shadow on another. The full-sized trees can convey the immensity of these dunes, the tallest in the world
A lone tree dwarfed by the beautiful red dunes

At the end of the Tsauchab Dune Valley is the famous Deadvlei, which was cut off from Sossusvlei by a low dune an estimated 700-800 years ago. The lack of water, arid climate and hard wood of the Namibian Camel Thorn tree has kept the trees of Deadvlei from decomposing. The result is a collection ghostly trees rising from a cracked white clay surface. The pan is deceptively large and offers about 50 of the oddly shaped trees to photograph. The location can be overwhelming at first, but the guides know the location well and will assist everyone to find the best trees and photograph them adequately.

Please note: Reaching Deadvlei requires walking 1.1km on soft sand and over a dune that is about 50 meters high. The climb is very gradual and we'll tentatively only do it in the mornings when it is still cool. For a person in reasonable shape it won't be a problem. The guides will always be available to help carry heavy camera when the going gets tough.

There are many great lodges at Sossusvlei, but only one of them allows you to shoot in the ideal hours and thus it’s not always easy to get a booking there. We’ve been able to book out half of the lodge, which makes it unlikely that we’ll be sharing sunrises in Deadvlei with other photographic groups. Moreover, we will have the truly unique experience of shooting Deadvlei by night.

 
Aerial photography: The workshop offers an optional helicopter flight for aerial photography. Flying over this landscape and capturing it from above is a once in a lifetime experience. The operator has two Robinson Raven II R44’s, which can take 3 passengers at a time. Upon arrival at Sossusvlei we will draw up a roster to figure out who will go for aerials on which mornings/afternoon. The rest of the group will still go about the morning and afternoon shoots as usual, while the respective people take their turn to go for aerial photography.

Aerial photography is a truly fantastic experience, and when combined with some of the most impressive desert landscapes on earth, it's simply delightful!

Day 10 Back to Windhoek

After a last sunrise at Sossusvlei, we’ll say goodbye to the sands of the Namib and board our bus one last time. We’ll take a scenic drive back North, stopping at the famous solitaire restaurant for lunch and crossing over the scenic Spreetshoogte pass. After checking into the guesthouse in Windhoek we’ll go for a final dinner at Joe’s Beer House. The guesthouse will arrange all shuttles to the airport the next day. 

Day 11 Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, the shuttle will take you to Hosea Kutako International Airport for your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$7190 per person in double room for participants registering by June 30th, 2017;
$7340 for participants registering from July 1st until December 31st, 2017;
$7490 for participants registering afterwards.

Single room supplement: $990

Deposit: $2490

Maximum Number of Participants: 6

Physical Difficulty: Beginner-Intermediate. There will be some dune climbing, and the high temperatures and harsh sunlight can prove exhausting. There will be short hikes of up to 30 minutes, some on sand, to get to specific locations. To make things easier, you may choose to rest on occasion, and skip a shoot here or there. We have enough time in each location to make sure you make the most of it, even if you don't make it to all the shoots. The guides are always available to help with carrying the equipment and make your stay easier.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Lodging on days 1-10. On each location we will stay in the best accommodation possible. 
  • Private pickup and dropoff from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • Dinner on day 1, breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2-10, breakfast on day 11. Since we'll go out early to shoot sunrise most of the days, breakfast will be either packed or served after the morning shoot
  • Night access to Deadvlei
  • Professional photography guidance by an award-winning nature photographer
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable, custom 4X4 vehicles
  • All entrance and photography fees
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Windhoek Hosea Kutako International Airport
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Helicopter flight over Sossusvlei national park, offering the chance to do aerial photography of spectacular desert landscape (Heli flights are very cheap in Namibia at about $300 per person per hour!)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks other than in lodges which offer them freely
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks other than in lodges which offer them freely
  • Single room supplement ($990)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A tripod, as light and as stable as possible. I recommend a carbon fiber tripod.
  • An ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • A telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300.
  • Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee, Heliopan and Singh-Ray filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.


Clothing

  • Light, breatheable clothing. A long-sleeve breathing shirt and convertible hiking pants are important
  • A wide hat
  • A light, warm jacket for cold mornings and night shoots
  • Recommended: Hiking shoes
  • Recommended: sandals
     

Other

  • Sun screen
  • Sun glasses
  • Insect repellent

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

In order to secure your spot, you are required to transfer a deposit of $2490. 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.

Disclaimer

The tour plan above is subject to change in extreme cases.
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.

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AVAILABILITY

9th - 19th May 2018

‘WINTER PARADISE’ - NORTH ICELAND WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $4390 pp (double rooms) / Deposit: $1990 pp

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15th - 22nd January 2017 - Last Places

21st - 28th January 2018

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 workshop is scheduled right after the 'Sagaof the Seas' and 'Land of Ice' workshops, and right before the 'Northern Spirits' workshop, to make it comfortable for participants who wish to register to several workshops back to back, receive a discounted price and reduce flight costs.

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.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Stunning locations such as Kirkjufell (Pyramid Mountain), frozen waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss, Godafoss and Hrafnabjargafoss, Lake Myvatn, Crater Mountain (Hverfjall), geothermal areas and more.
  • Increased chances of witnessing and shooting the Aurora Borealis
  • Magical low light throughout the day, enabling us to shoot non-stop for over 6 hours (weather permitting)
  • High probability of amazing snowy conditions
  • Super-jeep ride into the central highlands, two otherwise-inaccessible ice-crusted waterfalls, some of the most beautiful in Iceland!
  • Professional photo guidance
  • Two seats per participant in the bus, to make access to your photo gear easy and safe
  • Very good hotels, superior rooms where possible, wonderful food throughout the workshop

ITINERARY

Day 1 Reykjavík area

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.

Late afternoon in Reykjavik

Day 2 Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Pyramid Mountain

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.

Mount Kirkjufell reflects on the calm waters of the lagoon below it
Kirkjufellfoss and Pyramid Mountain
Aurora over mount Kirkjufell

 

Day 3 Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After breakfast at the hotel, we'll spend the day shooting at other interesting locations in Snæfellsnes, such as the black church of Búðir and the natural arch in Arnarstapi.

Arnarstapi
Beautiful moonrise over mount Kirkjufell

 

Day 4 Hvitserkur, Kálfshammarsvík, Arrival in Mývatn

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.

Spectacular light over Dinosaur rock, Hvitserkur
Basalt columns in Kálfshammarsvík

 

Day 5 Goðafoss, Lake Mývatn

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.

A beautiful pink sunrise over Goðafoss
Lake Mývatn is a true winter wonderland!

Day 6 Super-Jeep ride, Aldeyjarfoss, Hrafnabjargafoss

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.

Harsh, snowy terrain is no match for our rugged monsters!
The ice-crusted Aldeyjarfoss
Astounding winter atmosphere in Hrafnabjargafoss

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.

The Mývatn geothermal vents
Amazing Aurora lightshow over lake Mývatn
A night scene close to our hotel in Myvatn

Day 7 Mývatn Area, back to Reykjavik

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.

Snow turns the trees into magical, snow-laden spectacles
A fiery sunset over Godafoss

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, we will say our goodbyes and depart to Keflavik airport for your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$4090 per person in double room for participants registering by February 29th, 2016;
$4240 for participants registering between April 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2016;
$4390 for participants registering afterwards.

2018 prices: US$4590 per person in double room for participants registering by February 28th, 2017;
$4690 for participants registering between April 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2017;
$4790 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: 'Saga of the Seas' (Faroe Islands), '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;
Sign up to all four workshops and receive a $500 discount!*

Single room supplement: $890

Deposit: $1990

Maximum Number of Participants: 13

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.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Lodging on days 1-7. We won't be sleeping in 5-star hotels, but they are high-level, welcoming, clean and comfortable, and the food is absolutely wonderful!
  • Dinner the first day
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2-7. Since we'll be shooting in the field most of the light hours, lunch will be served in the form of nutritious sandwiches and/or soup.
  • Breakfast on day 8
  • Professional photography guidance by two esteemed landscape photographers
  • Professional supervision by qualified mountaineers during the stay in locations which can be risky unless supervised
  • Post-processing assistance where possible
  • Super-jeep (monster-truck) tour to the central highlands
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photoraphy gear, and two seats per participant for maximal comfort
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Iceland
  • Airport pickup and dropoff (easy and fast using the Flybus system)
  • Winter clothing and winter gear. On the first day we'll have an opportunity to shop for high-quality winter gear. It is highly recommended to be ready in advance, though.
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks (Iceland's tap water is fantastic and highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement ($890)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A heavy, sturdy tripod. That is a definite must in Iceland's windy conditions. A flimsy tripod will simply prevent you from being able to shoot most of the time.
  • Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
  • Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee and Heliopan filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.

 

Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is absolutely essential. I typically wear a thick thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Water resistant trousers (preferably thermal)
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • An alpine mask to cover the face
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears. Otherwise, they'll simply fall off!
  • Water-proof, thermal, knee-high rubber boots.
  • Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces.
  • Bathing suit

 

Other

Pills against sea-sickness for the boat sail (could be bumpy!)

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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.

Arnar Bergur Guðjónsson

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 aswell. He is the father of two children and is a nature fanatic who loves to help others capture the beauty of Iceland.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

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.

Disclaimer

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.
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.

*Multiple discounts may or may not apply, please consult me.

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AVAILABILITY

15th - 22nd January 2017 - Last Places

21st - 28th January 2018

‘LAND OF ICE’ - SOUTH ICELAND WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP

Price: $4390 pp (double rooms) / Deposit: $1990 pp

  • ‘LAND OF ICE’ - SOUTH ICELAND WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘LAND OF ICE’ - SOUTH ICELAND WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘LAND OF ICE’ - SOUTH ICELAND WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
  • ‘LAND OF ICE’ - SOUTH ICELAND WINTER PHOTO WORKSHOP
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7th - 14th January 2017 - Last Places

14th - 21st January 2018

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 and right after the 'Saga of the Seas' workshop, 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.

MAIN FEATURES

  • Stunning locations such as Skaftafell national park, the glacier lagoon, waterfalls, ice caves and volcanic beaches
  • Magical low light throughout the day, enabling us to shoot non-stop for over 6 hours (weather permitting)
  • PRIVATE visits to ice caves - this is incredibly important as most ice caves are packed with tourists all winter long, making photography almost impossible. We will have the caves to ourselves.
  • Opportunity to witness and shoot the Aurora Borealis
  • Super-jeep ride into Mýrdalsjökull glacier
  • Professional photo guidance by two esteemed landscape photographers with vast experience shooting in Iceland
  • Two seats per participant in the bus, to make access to your photo gear easy and safe
  • Very good hotels, wonderful food throughout the workshop

ITINERARY

Day 1 Reykjavík area

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.

Late afternoon in Reykjavik

Day 2 Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Vík í Mýrdal

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.

The black beach in Vik after a snow storm
Skogafoss, dressed in white, topped with a beautiful rainbow. What more could you ask for?

Day 3 Super-Jeep Ride to Mýrdalsjökull Glacier

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.

An angel-shaped ice cave in the outskirts of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. This ice cave was accessible only through the use of super jeeps - but it was well worth it!
Mountains near the edge of Mýrdalsjökull, as seen from an elevated ice cave in the glacier

Day 4 Skaftafell - Jökulsárlón

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.

Can you spot the shark on ice beach?
A stunning, spiral-shaped ice cave in Vatnajökull
The first 2014 'Land of Ice' group shooting an amazing Aurora show over the Glacier Lagoon. Image courtesy of Lorenzo Riva

Day 5 The Glacier Lagoon - Jökulsárlón

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.

Beautiful Aurora Borealis above the Glacier Lagoon
The volcanic, pitch black iceberg beach at Jökulsárlón offers astonishing dynamics, allowing to capture mesmerizing motion in our shots
Shy in a beautiful ice cave in Svínafellsjökull glacier

Day 6 Jökulsárlón area, Fjallsárlón

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.

An amazing natural array of rainbows, ghost-rain, mountains and a glacier
Immense ice structures rise above the frozen surface of the Mountain Lagoon, softly lit by sunrise light
Spectacular Aurora above the Glacier Lagoon

Day 7 Jökulsárlón - Reykjavík

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.

Dawn in the Glacier Lagoon
Wonderful Alpenglow colors the snowy mountains over Fjallsárlón pink

Day 8 Departure

After breakfast at the hotel, we will say our goodbyes and depart to Keflavik airport for your flight home.

PRICING AND DETAILS

Total Price: US$4090 per person in double room for participants registering by February 29th, 2016;
$4240 for participants registering between April 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2016;
$4390 for participants registering afterwards.

2018 prices: US$4590 per person in double room for participants registering by February 28th, 2017;
$4690 for participants registering between April 1st, 2016 and July 31st, 2017;
$4790 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: 'Saga of the Seas' (Faroe Islands), '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;
Sign up to all four workshops and receive a $500 discount!*

Single room supplement: $890

Deposit: $1990

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.

WORKSHOP PRICE INCLUDES

  • Hotel accommodation. We won't be sleeping in 5-star hotels, but they are welcoming, clean and comfortable, and the food is great!
  • Dinner the first day
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner on days 2-7. Since we'll be shooting in the field most of the light hours, lunch will be served in the form of nutritious sandwiches, fruits and/or soup with bread and butter.
  • Breakfast on day 8
  • Professional photography guidance by two esteemed landscape photographers
  • PRIVATE visits to ice caves
  • Professional supervision by qualified mountaineers including full safety gear during any stay on glaciers and other locations which can be risky unless supervised. 
    NEVER VISIT GLACIERS WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL GUIDANCE, AS THIS CAN PROVE FATAL.
  • Post-processing assistance when and where possible.
  • Super-jeep (monster-truck) tour
  • Travels in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photoraphy gear, and two seats per participant
  • Entrance fees if applicable
  • Taxes on all services listed above

WORKSHOP PRICE DOES NOT INCLUDE

  • Airfare to and from Iceland
  • Airport pickup and dropoff (easy, quick and inexpensive using the FlyBus system).
  • Winter clothing and winter gear. 
  • Insurance. It is MANDATORY to insure yourself against physical injury, and highly recommended to insure your photo gear. Tour leaders will not be responsible in case of any personal injuries or damage to photographic gear as a result of an accident during the workshop. A good insurance policy can make a big difference should something happen, and ensure a safe return home.
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Non-meal-time snacks
  • Non-meal-time soft drinks (Iceland's tap water is fantastic and highly recommended)
  • Single room supplement ($890)

WHAT TO BRING

Photography Equipment

  • A digital camera, preferrably a DSLR camera with a full-frame sensor, since these cameras have better low-light capabilities. However, a crop-sensor DSLR will also completely suffice. A compact camera can be used, as long as you understand its limitations.
  • A heavy, sturdy tripod. That is a definite must in Iceland's windy conditions. A flimsy tripod will simply prevent you from being able to shoot most of the time.
  • Recommended: an ultra wide angle lens. For example, a Canon 17-40 on a FF sensor camera, or a Nikon 10-24 on a crop sensor camera.
  • Recommended: a wide aperture ultra-wide angle such as the Samyang 14mm f/2.8 for night photography.
  • Recommended: a telephoto zoom lens, such as a 70-200 or 70-300. Doesn't have to have a wide aperture or a stabilizer - an f/4 is more than enough.
  • Recommended: A filter set for landscape photography. I personally use Lee and Heliopan filters. A good filter set is worth its weight in gold for a landscape enthousiast. If you need to consult about buying a filter set, I'll be happy to help.
  • Recommended: A camera remote.

 

Clothing

  • Full thermal gear is absolutely essential. I typically wear a thick thermal base layer, a heavy fleece coat and a down coat.
  • Good quality warm gloves. It's important to use gloves which enable you to operate the camera while wearing them.
  • Thermal long-johns
  • Water resistant trousers (preferably thermal)
  • Thermal socks. I recommend bringing at least 2-3 pairs.
  • A neck-warmer or a scarf
  • An alpine mask to cover the face
  • A good warm hat which covers your ears. Otherwise, they'll simply fall off!
  • Water-proof, thermal, knee-high rubber boots.
  • Ice spikes are MANDATORY to protect yourself from slipping on icy surfaces. 
     
Shy modeling winter gear in Svínafellsjökull. Ponpons are optional!

WORKSHOP LEADERS

Erez Marom

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 Bergur Guðjónsson

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.

OTHER TERMS AND CONDITIONS

Payment Procedure

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.


Disclaimer

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.

BOOK NOW

AVAILABILITY

7th - 14th January 2017 - Last Places

14th - 21st January 2018