Aurora & Ice Caves
November 15-22, 2019
Join Dani Lefrançois & Serena Ho for an immersive photography workshop in one of the most dramatic landscapes in the world.
During this eight day tour, we will explore all that the south coast of Iceland has to offer, from black sand beaches to volcanoes, geysers and more!
This winter photography adventure will take you to a variety of magnificent locations for photography in Iceland. You’ll have incredible opportunities to capture the Northern Lights as they dance over the snowy landscape, explore the glorious beauty of nature’s ice caves and to learn all there is to know about landscape photography in this wild and wonderful environment, translating stunning scenes into compelling photographs.
This workshop has a flexible itinerary, which will allow us to adapt to the conditions to help you make the most of your time in Iceland.
THIS TOUR IS:
Open to all skill levels
Led by Dani Lefrançois & Serena Ho and our local professional Icelandic photo guide Kaspars
Easy to moderate in difficulty
Total per person price: $4499 USD double occupancy
Single room supplement: $750 USD
Registration deposit:$500 USD
Maximum number of participants: 12 Particpants
*Minimum of 8 participants*
Payment in full: Required 90 days prior to the workshop start date
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP:
Ice caves of Vatnajökull National Park
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and the Diamond Ice Beach
Professional photography education and guidance from Dani Lefrançois & Serena Ho and our local Icelandic photo guide Kaspars.
Transportation in a spacious, comfortable vehicle offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
Accommodation in Iceland’s best available hotels. Rooms with private bathrooms. Breakfast included.
All entrance fees (ice caves, parks, etc) according to the itinerary.
Complimentary use of waterproof boots and crampons throughout the duration of the tour.
Lunches and dinners
Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
You’ll arrive in Iceland and make your way to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you’ll be able to rest or explore the city at your own leisure until the evening comes around. At 7pm, meet Dani and the rest of your group in the lobby of the hotel, before heading to one of Iceland’s best restaurants for dinner where you’ll get to know your fellow photographers and have a chance to go over the itinerary and logistics for the rest of the week.
Day 2 - Vík
After breakfast, we will begin our journey towards the stunning south coast of Iceland. Along the way, we’ll stop at two of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, where you’ll have a chance to practice your long exposure skills.
We’ll then make our way to Dyrhólaey, a small promontory located close to the southernmost point of Iceland – the fishing village of Vík. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the 120m high natural stone arch that has eroded away from the headland. Depending on the conditions, this area makes for a host of dramatic and moody shots.
Our sunset location will be at the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach, where tumultuous waves from the Atlantic Ocean crash furiously against the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
We’ll then retire for the night to our hotel in Vík.
Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park
After breakfast, we’ll continue on our way towards the Vatnajökull National Park, a vast area that contains some of Iceland’s most stunning landscapes for photography. We’ll spend several days in this area, capturing it in a variety of different conditions.
At Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot the brilliant blue icebergs after they have calved away from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, while they float around serenely in the tidal lagoon before cruising out to sea. This is also a good place to practice wildlife photography, as you’ll more than likely spot a few seals out and about!
Adjacent to the glacier lagoon is the famous Ice Beach, where large chunks of ice from the lagoon that have been reshaped by the sea wash back onto the black sandy shores, resembling diamonds in the sun.
After dinner, there may be the chance to photograph the Northern Lights at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, depending on aurora activity and weather conditions.
You’ll retire for the night to your hotel in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 4 - Vatnajökull National Park
Our sunrise shoot will be at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon: the charm of it is that this area changes under different lighting conditions, so you’ll be able to capture some truly unique images. You will also head back to the Ice Beach to practice your long exposure action skills further.
The focus of this day though will be ice cave photography. We’ll make our way to a spectacular ice cave in the heart of Europe’s biggest ice-cap, the Vatnajökull glacier. The deep tunnels, thick walls of ice shining with blue hues, and unusual formations within the cave will make for some awe-inspiring photographs.
After dinner, we’ll hunt for the Northern Lights once again before retiring to our hotel in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 5 - Vatnajökull National Park
On day five, you’ll have your final chance to practice your long exposure action skills with sunrise at the diamond ice beach. After that, we’ll head to the splendid Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula, where undulating black sand dunes, snow and the incoming waves of the Atlantic Ocean will make for a myriad of compositions to be captured. We’ll stay here for sunset before heading back to the Jökulsárlón area for dinner and trying our hand once again at shooting the Northern Lights.
Day 6 - Vík
On our sixth day, we’ll visit the fascinating Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where we’ll spend the day shooting waterfalls, glacier tongues, ice caps and rivers.
We’ll then make our way backwards on the south coast towards the fishing village of Vík, where you’ll shoot sunset at the Reynisfjara black sand beach from another viewpoint. If the Northern Lights make a show, then we’ll try to capture them but if not, you can retire to bed after a long day of shooting in accommodation in Vík.
Day 7 - Golden Circle
This will be your final day of photography. We’ll get up early and head towards the Golden Circle, on our way back to Reykjavík. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to photograph three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Located in a valley between two tectonic plates, Þingvellir is a UNESCO World Heritage site where the landscape is otherworldly and surreal. You’ll be able to photograph the walls that mark the edges of Eurasian and North American continents, the snow-covered lava fields and incredible ravines filled with crystal clear spring water that have been opened by earthquakes in the past.
At the Geysir Geothermal Area, you’ll have the chance to capture what makes Iceland the land of fire and ice! The site sports fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, as well as the erupting geyser Strokkur, which can reach heights of 20-40m!
Your final subject on this workshop will be Iceland’s golden waterfall, Gullfoss. Thundering forth across two tiers into a deep canyon, this waterfall is encrusted with ice and snow during the winter, making for an utterly stunning landscape. If the sun comes out to play, then you’ll be able to photograph rainbows in its mist.
When you’ve had your fill of photographing this mystical winter wonderland, we’ll head back to Reykjavík for the night.
Day 8 - Reykjavík
This will be the final day of the tour. We’ll have breakfast, then bid one another farewell as we make our transfers back to Keflavík airport.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. 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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
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.