Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: Iceland Winter Classics Week, Co-lead With Iurie Belegurschi

Iceland photographers Johnathan Esper and Iurie Belegurschi are co-leading three winter photography workshops in Iceland over the 2014-15 winter season.  The focus of the workshops will be ice and night sky photography.

Dates:  

  • * 14-21   November 2014           12 of 12 spaces booked!
  • * 24 Nov - 1 December 2014      12 of 12 spaces booked!
  • * 16-23   December  2014         12 of 12 spaces booked!

Aurora Hunting:  We search and wait for the northern lights, and help you take amazing photos of the aurora displays, with careful attention to strong foregrounds. Their name is derived from Aurora, who was in Roman Mythology, the goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind. Northern Lights are visible in Iceland, weather and solar activity permitting, from September to April.

Ice Caves: Ice caves of Iceland are unique in the world, and change every season.  Our group does a trip to the Ice Caves with a local guide –  The faceted crystal blue chambers of ice are always changing and forming, under centuries old glaciers.  They are one of the most amazing natural phenomenoms I have ever photographed,  and make for some out-of-this-world images.   

Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and iceberg beach:  We will visit Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon several times during our workshop. The lagoon is filled with massive icebergs in different shapes and sizes, and we often see seals swiming in there also.  The black-sand beach at Jokulsarlon is often littered thousands of beautiful glacial icebergs, and are always one of photographers' favorite locations.  Winter mornings can offer better opportunities to catch sunrise and the first rays of sun behind the glacial ice chunks, than in the summer months.

 

Day 1, Arrival    

You will land at Keflavik international airport and arrive at your hotel in central Reykjavík using the quick and efficient flyBus. We’ll meet at 7 PM in the lobby of your hotel and go out for dinner. There we will get to know each other and discuss our itinerary and the exciting days ahead of us. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2,  Seljalandsfoss , Skogafoss , Dyrholaey , Reynisfjara 

Our bus will pick us up from the hotel in the early morning, and we will start our journey east. On the way, we will shoot some of the south coast’s most iconic waterfalls,black sand beaches and amazing coast line. Overnight in Vik.

Day 3 , 4 , 5  Vatnajökull National park

Vatnajokull National park is full of exciting photo opportunities of all sorts of ice (this is Iceland after all!) . Glaciers, Ice caves, black beaches with icebergs and much more. We will be as flexible as possible and plan our destinations according to the weather. The main shooting sites are the Glacier Lagoon, the beach next to it and other places of interest in the park. On one of the days, we will take an expert guide to take us to a hidden ice cave.Overnight near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Day 6, Skaftafell,  Vik 

We wil spend the day at Skaftafell, where wonderful glacial landscapes await. Later, we will shoot the sunset at the famous volcanic beach of Vik. Overnight in Vik. 

Day 7 Geyser , Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park,  Reykjavik

We will spend the last day of shooting in the famous Golden Circle, including the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, and the well-known Geysir, are all on our plan. Overnight in Reykjavik (included).  End of trip.   

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Total Price : 2700 € (Euros) / 3700 US $ per person double occupancy . Single room supplement: 390€ / 550$  

Registration deposit: 490€ / 680$   Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date. 

Discounts:  Sign up with a group of 3 or more friends  and receive a 150 €/200$ discount each !

Maximum Number of Participants: 12   

Included:

  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 til breakfast on day 8.
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.

Not included: 

  • International flights  
  • 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 $150 service charge. If 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 $150 fee.

  • 45 days: 75% refund
  • 30 days: 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:

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. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

Trip Signup and Policies:

For more information on these workshops and to book, please visit the seperate website iceland-photo-tours.com.   Johnathan Esper, one trip leader and owner of this website, Icelandphotography.com, will be happy to answer trip-related questions for you.   However, all payment procedures and policies for these trips, as seen above, are based on iceland-photo-tours.com, owned by Iurie Belegurschi.