Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: Iceland 2012 Photography Workshop - Westfjords And Highlands

 Iceland 2012 Westfjords and Highlands 4x4 Routes Photography Workshop and Photo Tour 

11 days, August 7-17, 2012
$3650 USD or € or ISK equivalents (all inclusive except airfare)
Fully booked!  

Led by pro photographer and workshop leader Johnathan Esper of Wildernesscapes Photography LLC, USA, with award-winning Icelandic special guest photographer Örvar Þorgeirsson for 3 days!

New for summer 2012, I'm offering an 11 day adventure photography tour and workshop exploring some of Iceland's most stunning, and remote locations, via 4x4 vehicle. We spend 1 week in the Westfjords region, photographing puffins, fjords, and sea cliffs, and 1 week in the Highlands of Iceland exploring the famous Kjolur route, geothermal wonders, Landmannalaguer area, and the ever-poplular Jokulsarlon and south coast highlights.   So many photo trips around Iceland skip the Westfjords altogether, and so this trip was specially designed to combine the Westfjords with a 4x4 Highland photography adventure, 2 of the most unique and unforgettable Icelandic geographical types.
Detailed itinerary:
Day 0 (August 6):  Arrive Keflavik airport, stay in Reykjavik city (accomodation included)
Day 1: Reykjavik --> Snaefellsness Peninsula south coast, Arnastapi sea arches, Sneafellsjokull mountain, Londrangur cliffs and lighthouses --> Grundarfjordur area evening shooting
Day 2: Beserksjraun green mossy lava fields --> Stykkisholmur ferry via Flatey Island to Westfjords --> Latrabjarg bird cliffs with puffins --> roadside stops along Westfjords coastline --> stay around Bíldudalur fishing village
Day 3: Westfjords coastline photography from Bíldudalur--> Dyjandi waterfall --> Pingeyri peninsula rough and raw 4x4 excursion, with possible hike up Kaldbakur Mt --> Ísafjörður --> evening drive up Bolafjall headland for views over the arctic ocean around Bolungarvik
Day 4: Small chartered boat trip (included) from Ísafjörður out to Hornstrandir Peninsula with hike up Hornbjarg cliffs, the premier wilderness hiking destination in Iceland, opporutunity to photograph friendly arctic foxes, the only native mammal to Iceland, possible night in wilderness cabin on Hornstrandir coast (with sleeping bag accomodation).
Day 5: Morning photography on Hornstrandir coastline --> boat taxi back to Ísafjörður --> Westfjord northern coastline photography of fjords and seascapes and waterfalls --> evening around charming village of Holmavik
Day 6: Vatnsnes Peninsula seal colonies and Hvitserkur rock --> Skagi peninsula --> 1 hour horse riding on Icelandic horses in Langidalur Valley (included) --> drive northern Kjölur Route (famous Highlands 4x4 route) in evening to Hveravellir, photograph amazing blue geothermal pools at midnight with the whole area to yourself, soak in geothermal hot pool all night (sleeping bag accomodation at Highland huts next 2 nights)
Day 7: Kjolur Route and Highland photography from Hveravellir --> Kerlingarfjöll geothermal area (walk among steaming vents with no boardwalks, signs, or people around) --> photograph the famous Golden Circle sights of Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir --> Fluðir, evening at a secret natural hotpool nearby the guesthouse
Day 8: Landmannalauger Highlands area full day, including hikes, colorful canyons, and bathing in geothermal pool;  stay in Highland hut
Day 9: 4x4 driving on Highlands roads from Landmannalauger area --> Langisjor glacier lake --> firey red Elgja canyon --> Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for sunset
Day 10: Jokulsarlon  --> Skaftafell area with Svinafell glacier walk and Svartifoss waterfall hike --> Laki road waterfall? --> Vik y Myrdal area evening photography including Dyrohley
Day 11 (August 17) Vik --> Skogafoss --> Seljalandsfoss --> Keflavik peninsula mossy lava --> drop-off in your choice of Reykjavik or Keflavik (accomodation not included). 

This incredible 11 day photography tour and workshop around Iceland, the legendary land of fire and ice, is meant for passionate outdoor photographers who desire to see and photograph Iceland in depth. The intensive itinerary is designed to help you photograph two of the most inaccessible, under-photographed, and most beautiful and rugged of all of Iceland’s diverse geographic areas, and also includes photo stops at many of the popular natural attractions that are considered must-sees.  We photograph hidden treasures and remote outposts many Icelanders have never even visited, by driving in a large loop over many famous and rough 4x4 tracks,  beginning and ending at Reykjavik. We will explore some of Iceland’s most photogenic Highlands regions for 6 days, that are inaccessible to most tourists, including 4x4 trips into the highland areas of Landmannalauger, and the southern glacial lakes of the great Vatnajökull icecap, and the geothermal wonders of the famous Kjölur Highlands Route. We’ll enjoy Iceland’s long summer daylight hours as we photograph highlights including erupting geysers and geothermal areas, nuzzle with Icelandic horses in idyllic green pastures, peer over sea cliffs alive with hundreds of thousands of birds including puffins, swim in warm volcanic springs, hike up mountains for panoramic vistas of Iceland’s green mountains, explore some of Iceland’s stark highland regions, and photograph and walk on Iceland’s glaciers.

Photography Instruction: A maximum group size of 5 photographers ensures you will receive ample personal photographic coaching in the field from a full time working pro, maximize the group’s flexibility and ability to shoot more places, more spontaneously based on light and weather, and provide an intimate small group adventure experience. This photo tour is all about in-the-field field photography and situational instruction working alongside your leader, and there will be no classroom workshops or presentations. Photographic topics that will covered while shooting include classic landscape photography composition and technique, HDR (High Dynamic Range) imagery, panoramic photography, adventure and travel photography, tilt/shift focusing, and slow shutter -speed effects. We will also be going on some shorter hikes (1-3 hrs) to truly experience Iceland, which was listed as one of the top 10 travel destinations in 2010 by leading guide books. Group participants may wander on their own occasionally if they wish to pursue individual photographic objectives, enabling each participant to get the most out this once-in-a-lifetime trip.

Pro Leader: Johnathan Esper of Wildernesscapes Photography LLC in the USA will be leading the trip. Johnathan has a unique background and an intimate knowledge of the land from living out of a car, exploring and photographing Iceland intensively for months at a time, and he specializes in wide panoramic landscapes and adventure photography. Johnathan is also very experienced in leading workshops, having led 2 very successful sold-out photography workshops around Iceland in 2011, with 18 clients and Icelandic co-leader and photographer Örvar Þorgeirsson. A Clients Quotes page is available. Award-winning Icelandic special guest photographer Örvar Þorgeirsson will also join us for 3 days in the Landmannalauger Highlands region for added instructional and cultural diversity.

Trip Details: The cost of this tour is $3650 USD (or Euro equivalent), all inclusive, and includes all photographic opportunites and professional instruction, all ground and 4x4 transportation, all accommodation for 11 nights including a night in Reykjavik before the trip starts (accomodation will be comfortable, clean, yet simple, and will and will vary including authentic some nights in Icelandic Highland wilderness huts with very basic sleeping bag accomodation (sleeping bags provided), and the majority of nights spent at Icelandic farmstays and guesthouses, and (often rooms are with shared bathroom facilites)(based on double occupancy (rarely triple) for singles, single supplement add $450); all meals and food (breakfasts provided by our guesthouses, picnic-style lunches and snacks including Icelandic smoked salmon, locally grown fruits, sandwiches, etc.), and hot dinners at our places of accomodation and/or restaurants, and occasional more-basic camp-cooked meal while at the Highlands huts) and all entry fees and activity fees listed in this itinerary. A $1000 deposit is due at the time of registration, and the remaining balance of $2990 is due by April 30th. Refund details are available on request, with a mix of cash refund and future trip credit, depending on cancellation date. This tour is open to photographers of all film and digital formats, although your leader shoots exclusively digitally. There is a maximum group size of 4-5, and a minimum of 2.  We'll be so immersed in the Icelandic countryside for our entire time as a group, that we have left no time to enjoy the sights of Reykjavik, so we encourage you to stay in Reykjavik for a couple days on your own, either before or after the tour. If you have additional questions, the trip leader will be happy to answer them over the phone or email.

To make a booking or request more information, contact: 

Johnathan A. Esper
Wildernesscapes Photography LLC
PO Box 326, Long Lake, NY
United States
phone: 001 518 624 6675