Photography Workshops & Photo Tours: Iceland Highlands + Autumn Color In Myvatn Region: Sept 2015

Dates: 09-16 September 2015  (7 full days, 7 nights)  Brand new trip for 2015!
status:  fully booked
$2600 USD or Euro equivalent,  all inclusive incl. domestic flight

Here's a unique 7 day/7 night photography tour and workshop in the quieter fall season in Iceland, when the colorful yellow birch scrub bushes starkly contrast against the black lava flows of the Myvatn region. Autumn color is also to be found among lush green mossy lava fields.  Dustings of snow on the peaks in the Highlands region may be seen, which is all but deserted at this time year, as we traverse the Kjolur Highlands route.  There's a strong probability of seeing the aurora borealis in the night sky, also;  Being in remote areas gives us unparralled chances and locations to view the Aurora Borealis.  Aurora Borealis viewing depends on 2 main factors: solar activity, and clear weather; a week-long trip like this gives you very good chances to be in Iceland during these periods of typically strong autumn equinox solar outbursts and in various parts of the country should cloudy weather persist over a part of Iceland.

The main emphasis of this workshop is the Icelandic autumn color of the scrub birch, in both southern and northern Iceland, set amidst unique backdrops of moss and lava.   Low-angle sun at these northern latititudes allows us to capture extended magic light periods. Of course we'll also photograph a plethora of other scenic and rural distinations including country churches, waterfalls, farms, and horses. We will also spend 2 days in the Highlands region of Iceland, experiencing the stark fall climate of this region, and hopfully being witness to an early fall snow dusting on the peaks which is very impressive.  Connecting from the south to the north of Iceland, we take the famous Kjolur Highlands route via 4x4 van.  

Then, we transition to northern Iceland - some say the best region in the country for viewing the Aurora Borealis, during the height of the fall soltice, which statistically has the most frequent occuring aurora borealis activity.  Also, northern Iceland's Myvatn region is undoubtedly most beautiful in the fall.  We will especially photograph the famous geothermal areas of Lake Myvatn Godafoss waterfall, as well as the Tröllskagi Peninsula mountains, based in Iceland's second largest town, Akureyri. The Akureyri region is ideal to view the Aurora Borealis due to it's more northerly latitudes perfectly situated under the Auroral Oval region of greatest auroral activitiy. We will be based out of cozy rural guesthouses in Akureyri and Myvatn regions, allowing a comfortable schedule yet filling our days and nights with rewarding photography opportunities all around the region.   Included in the trip price is an internal domestic flight back to Reykjavik at the end of the one-way itinerary. 

Photography Instruction: A maximum group size of 8 photographers ensures you will receive ample personal photographic coaching in the field from a full time working pro, and provide an intimate small group adventure experience. This photo workshop is all about in-the-field field photography and situational instruction working alongside your leader, although we can also do image critiquing on client's laptops in the guesthouse in the evenings. Each day the group will photograph diverse landscapes and natural wonders of Iceland, in the quiet and peaceful setting of the Icelandic wintertime. Then, each evening and night the group will enjoy good restaurant meals and a cozy guesthouse, while always being prepared to go out and photograph the Aurora Borealis should it occur. The chances of us photographing this phenomenon are very high, given that we're out for seven nights, and way away from the city of Reykjavik and the southern coast of Iceland. Photographic topics that will covered while shooting include nighttime and austral photography, Aurora Borealis photography, 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. Our full 8 days and 8 nights of photography potential, allow us to see a variety of well-known Icelandic natural wonders around Akureyri, Lake Myvatn, and the central Highlands, and combined with austral wonderment, enable each participant to get the most out this once-in-a-lifetime trip. In good daytime weather and clear night skies, September days can long; sometimes our groups are putting in 15+ hour days! 

Pro Leader: Johnathan Esper of Wildernesscapes Photography LLC in the USA will be leading the trip, his 27th in Iceland. Johnathan is a full time photographer and international photo trip leader

Trip Details: The cost of this tour is $2600 USD (or Euro equivalent), all inclusive, and begins in Reykjavik on the evening of 09 September 2015 and concludes in Akureyri with your return evening flight to Reykjavik on 16 Sept 2015.  The trip cost includes domestic airfare from Akureyri to Reykjavik at the end of the trip (to be booked on your behalf once your international flights are booked on our own). Also included is all photographic instruction and guiding, all ground and 4x4 transportation, all meals and food (breakfast served in our guesthouse, lunches sourced from local cafes or bagged lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accomodation and/or restaurants), and accommodation for 7 nights (in Icelandic guesthouses or country hotels; accommodation is based on double occupancy, single supplement fee may be added.  Most but not all rooms have in-room bathrooms). Accomodation and potential night aurora shooting starts on the evening of 09 Sept,  and the trip concludes with a evening flight on the 16th without accomodation for that night in Reykjavik. A $600 deposit is due at the time of registration, and the remaining balance is due by the trip start.  This tour is open to photographers of skill levels, with rural country and landscape and austral photography interests, and a detailed suggested packing list will be provided. There is a maximum group size of 8, and a minimum of 3. 

To Sign Up for this trip, and request deposit payment information, please contact the trip leader through the 'contact' page on this website.


day # date....... itinerary  ........................................................................ accomodation location
1 09 Sept 2015 Arrival to Iceland, (Dinner on your own.) Night/aurora shoot with Icelandic photographer Orvar weather permitting Reykjavik (included)
2 10 Sept 2015 Photography around the Reykjanes Peninsula, and the Golden Circle area including Thingvellir, Geysir, and Bruarfoss.  Fludir
3 11 Sept 2015 Gullfoss, then onto the Highlands Kjolur 4x4 route. Afternoon spent at Kerlingarfjoll geothermal area in the Highlands.  

Blonduos area

4 12 Sept 2015 daytime photography Trollaskagi Peninsula region of fjords and fishing villages. Evening in Iceland's main northern town Akureyri
5 13 Sept 2015  Myvatn lake and craters, Krafla,  Dimmuborgir, and other geothermal areas. Possible nighttime or aurora photography over Myvatn formations


6 14 Sept 2015  Dettifoss, and Jokusargljfur canyon, and Asbyrgi canon birch foliage. Possible nighttime or aurora photography over Myvatn formations Myvatn
7 15 Sept 2015 Myvatn lake and craters, Krafla,  Dimmuborgir, and other fall foliage areas among the lava. 


8  16 Sept 2015 Godafoss waterfall, Aldeyjarfoss.  Included evening domestic flight from Akureryi to Reykjavik. 

(Reykjavik) not included


Dates: 09-16 September 2015  (7 full days, 7 nights)  Brand new trip for 2015!
status:  fully booked
$2600 USD or Euro equivalent,  all inclusive incl. domestic flight