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3 Days
Iceland

Vatnajokull National Park Photo Workshop

  • 7-9 Jun 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 14-16 Jun 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 21-23 Jun 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 28-30 Jun 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 6-8 Jul 2019
  • 20-22 Jul 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 26-28 Jul 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 2-4 Aug 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 9-11 Aug 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 16-18 Aug 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 23-25 Aug 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking
  • 24-26 Aug 2019
  • 31 Aug – 2 Sep 2019 — Guided by Siggi The Viking

Photograph the incredible south-east of Iceland in the shadow of Europe’s greatest glacier with this three-day summer workshop. Whether you are a novice or a professional, this tour will introduce you to incredible nature, widen your portfolio, and dramatically develop your skills, conducted entirely under the helpful eye of esteemed, experienced photoguides.

  • Open to all skill levels
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Led by award-winning instructors

Overview

This photography workshop focuses on capturing what many argue is Iceland’s most beautiful corner. You will be able to immerse yourself in Vatnajökull National Park, the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Diamond Beach and the iconic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and shoot their many wonders beneath the light of the midnight sun.
You will not only have opportunities to photograph the iconic sites that make this country famous, but also hidden gems that are much lesser known, such as the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon. Your portfolio, by the end of the tour, will, therefore, be full of unique, diverse images.

Your two nights of accommodation will be pre-organised before your arrival, as will all transfer to and from your shooting locations. Your photoguides will be with you throughout, guiding you towards the best vantage points and the most interesting lighting.

Do not miss this opportunity to photograph Iceland in summer, with a focus on its most beautiful region. Check availability by choosing a date.

Itinerary

Day 1- South Coast and Vatnajokull National Park

On your first morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavik and start your way immediately along the South Coast. To reach your accommodation on the other side of the island requires almost five hours of driving, but you will make many stops at different subjects to break up the journey.
The first two sites are the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, found just off the main road around the country, Route 1. Both fall from cliffs near the coast from heights of over sixty metres, but other than that, are nothing alike. Seljalandsfoss is narrow and picturesque, with a cavern behind it that allows you to fully encircle the water. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is wide and powerful, with many rainbows arching from its stormy spray.

Next, you will admire and photograph the coastline near the village of Vík. The Dyrhólaey cliffs and rock arch are spectacular feats of nature, made even more photogenic from May to August by the puffins nesting on them. They are not the only fascinating geological sites here, however; the Reynisdrangar sea stacks rise over sixty metres from the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic. Capturing them with the black sands of Reynisfjara makes for a haunting composition, no matter the weather conditions.

You will continue along the south until you reach Skaftafell, a Nature Reserve that was once its own National Park before the great Vatnajökull Park was created and engulfed it. Under the midnight sun, you have no time limit to your photography, and will be able to shoot its many features, from unique waterfalls, such as Svartifoss, to the many glacier tongues and lagoons. Often labelled Iceland’s paradise for hikers, it is just as much a haven for shutterbugs.

You will retire for your first night no doubt with new skills already, and a memory card full of incredible additions to your portfolio.

Day 2 – Vatnajokull National Park

On day two, you will photograph one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved sites: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It is here where mighty icebergs break away from the glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull, and fill a vast lake, slowly making their way to the ocean. The site makes for incredible landscape photography, but you will find the ice up close is quite as fascinating a subject. You should also keep your eyes peeled out for seals, as many call the waters home.
Adjacent to the lagoon is a stretch of coastline that has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach, for it is on the black sands here that the ice washes up as soon as it reaches the ocean. The contrasts make for some incredible compositions.

While both of these sites are amazing, they are also very popular. You will, therefore, take some time to head to the much lesser-known Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, where you will be able to get wider-angle shots without concern for tourists getting in the way. This lake is smaller, but its icebergs just as numerous.

You will shoot under the midnight sun until it is finally time to return to your nearby accommodation for the night.

Day 3 – Vatnajokull National Park – Back to Reykjavik

Day three is sadly your final day, in which you will need to return to Reykjavík. Before heading off, however, your photoguides will take you to several new destinations in Vatnajökull National Park, where you will be able to capture some fascinating landscapes, including Vatnajökull itself, Europe’s largest ice cap.
On your return journey to the capital, you will, of course, make many stops to stretch your legs and photograph new landscapes and features, as well as those you have already shot under different lighting and conditions. Finally, you will reach Reykjavík, no doubt with a host of new skills, friends, and a portfolio you can be proud of.

Total price : $1490 US per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: 375$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12

Included:
  • Professional photo guide.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Hotel near Vatnajokull National Park, rooms with private bathrooms.
Not included:
  • Flight tickets
  • Hotel in Reykjavik
  • Food
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Disclaimer

We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.