Aurora & Ice Cave Photo Workshop – Winter 2017/2018

AURORA AND ICE CAVE PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP

On this winter adventure, we focus on aurora borealis and ice on the southern part of Iceland. We will photograph some of the unique ice caves, glaciers and winter landscapes Iceland has to offer.

DATES:
November 22 – 29, 2017 (4.spots) – Guided by Skarpi Þráinsson
November 4 – 11, 2018 (Available) – Guided by Skarpi Þráinsson

TOUR LEADER:
Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi)
Pro Landscape Photographer, Native in Iceland.
Authorized Tour Operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.

TOUR OUTLINE:
Double occupancy accommodation for 7 nights, single room available upon request.
All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants). Transportation with spacious and modified 4×4 super truck.
Photographic tutoring and guidance by a native landscape photographer and tour operator.
Safety gear provided when needed, such as helmets and crampons.
Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing.

RESERVATIONS
For reservations following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000 on booking
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $4.200 USD.
Single room supplement adds $650 USD
Maximum number of participants: 12
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

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On the South Iceland Winter Photography Workshop we focus on Northern lights in some of the most unique locations in Iceland, frozen waterfalls, glaciers and ice caves. South Iceland has amazing soft light in the winter, glaciers and ice turn into magical sculptures. For first time visitors to Iceland, this is an ideal workshop to explore the stunning glaciers in winter in contrast with the black volcanic sand.

THE HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS WORKSHOP:

  • Aurora Borealis nights in Glacier Lagoon and other unique locations
  • Ice Caves and ice formations.
  • Super Jeep tour into remote glaciers and ice caves.
  • Glacier Lagoon and The Ice Beach
  • Major waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Svartifoss.

ITINERARY AND LOCATIONS:
As always in Iceland, we will be flexible and adjusted to weather and aurora activity to make the most out of the tour.

DAY 1
You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. We meet at the centrally located hotel at 18.00 and go out for a dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.

ReykjavikReykjavik view from Perlan.
Our Super Sprinter transport on this tour


DAY 2  THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK AND VIK

We start early in the morning from Reykjavik, and drive directly to our first shooting location in Thingvellir National Park and start our photography adventure. From Thingvellir, we travel to the south coast at Vik. We will stay one night in Vik area, which has many of the most iconic frozen waterfalls and dramatic seascapes in the country, such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey.

skarpi_IMG_1002_72dpiOxarfoss in Thingvellir
Reynisdrangar in Vik

 

DAY 3 AND 4 GLACIER LAGOON, ICE BEACH AND ICE CAVES
After our breakfast at our hotel, we capture the sunrise on the famous Ice Beach on the south-east coastline. We’ll photograph the Glacier Lagoon area for the next two and a half day and have many great locations to choose from. We lodge close to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) to be able to be in locations at the best light, and when the sky is clear and aurora is active we shoot the Northern Lights dancing over the lagoon. We will go into at least two ice caves on the tour, the best available ice caves, deep under the Vatnajökull glacier, for the ice cave trip we’ll provide all safety gear such as helmets and crampons. Never enter ice caves without an Icelandic guide and safety equipment.

The Ice Beach
Shooting at the Ice Beach
The Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajokull
Ice Cave in Solheimajokull


DAY 5 – HÖFN – STOKKSNES, VESTRAHORN
The Horn area is below Vestrahorn, a 454-meter high mountain and an interesting geology site composing of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro but with some granophyre. East of the mountain is a strange-shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that stretches out to sea. Vestrahorn is a very picturesque mountain with black sand dunes in the foreground and a shallow beach with reflections. In winter we can expect a spectacular light on the mountain.

Mountain Vestrahorn
Aurora Borealis at the Glacier Beach

 

DAY 6 – SKATFATELL AND VIK
We’ll pass through Skaftafell both on our way to the south-east and on the way back. We’ll shoot some of the great landscape there at least for one sunset. All the Skaftafell area is surrounded by spectacular landscape such as the glaciers and highest mountains in Iceland, waterfalls such as Svartifoss (Black Falls) to name a few of the best locations.

IMG_4894Skaftafell
skarpi_IMG_4264Shooting at Svinafellsjokull

 

DAY 7 – VIK – GOLDEN CIRCLE – REYKJAVIK
After our breakfast and sunrise in Vík, we take the Golden Circle and travel back to Reykjavik. We will stop at some shooting locations on our way, and then have our last dinner of the tour in Reykjavik.

Geysir
Þingvellir National Park

 

DAY 8 – DEPARTURE
Transfer to Keflavik international airport

 

VIEW MORE OF THE LOCATIONS ON THE AURORA AND ICE CAVE WORKSHOP

The Ice Beach
Skaftafell
Glacier Lagoon / Jokulsarlon
Dyrholaey
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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 $150 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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 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.

 

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