Newfoundland island in eastern Canada offers incredible coastal landscapes, quaint fishing villages and wooden huts, wildlife such as puffins, salmon, and moose to easily photograph, lots of lighthouses, and Greenlandic icebergs offshore. It's a quiet country where people are still friendly and not overridden with tourists, safe, and yet it's extremely easy and close to travel to from other parts of North America. If you enjoy photographing coastal scenery such as that found in Maine, or are looking for the next destination that's still off most photographers' radar, then Newfoundland is for you. This is the second of two small-group, once-only tours with photographer Johnathan Esper to Newfoundland, and will have the feel of a small group of friends with a common shared passion in pursuit of the best photographs. We will have an uncompromising dedication to photography every day, and a comprehensive itinerary covering the entirety of Newfoundland from eastern all the way to western and southwestern portions, in a logistically efficient, 1-way itinerary, in order to provide an exceptional value and unforgettable photo trip. This trip is quite unique in that we plan to photograph ALL the different geographic regions and a variety of subject matter around Newfoundland (except the Northern Peninsula), which no other tours currently offer. Subject matter that we will photograph include coastlines and wave action, lighthouses, sea cliffs, puffins, spawning salmon, small fishing villages, coastal fishing sheds perched on rocks, abandoned villages, fjords and lakes, waterfalls, summer greenery, wind sculpted dwarf trees, beaches, historic areas, icebergs offshore, subarctic ponds icebergs, and more. Newfoundland is big - very close to the same size as Iceland actually, and we are covering alot of ground, and will be driving on average 300 kilometers a day, which we will plan to do during the midday hours, utilizing sunsets and sunrises at the most iconic locations.
Dates: 26 June - 07 July 2025 ( 12 days, 11 nights)
Cost: $5600 USD; $5400 alumni price
Availability: 3 of 6 spaces booked
Day 1 - Arrive to St. Johns. Sunset photography around St. John's colorful buildings and Signal Hill. Overnight St. Johns.
Day 2 - Avalon Peninsula and Cape Speer Lighthouse morning visit, then drive to Bonavista Peninsula for a late evening sunset and overnight.
Day 3 - Bonavista Peninsula, including Trinity Bay, Elliston, Cape Bonavista Lighthouse, and Spillars Cove. This is a great place to see puffins in season. Overnight Bonavista.
Day 4. Sunrise and morning photography around Bonavista. Terra Nova National Park, Newtown, and on to Barr'd Islands via ferry. Afternoon and sunset on Fogo Island. Fogo Island is known for it's red salt fishing shacks on wooden jetties into the water.
Day 5. Morning on Fogo Island and then ferry back to mainland, on to Twillingate and Cow Head sea cliffs. Longer drive to Baie Verte Peninsula region. Overnight around King's Point.
Day 6. Exploring very small fishing villages and some completely abandoned villages on the Baie Verte Peninsula. This region has many picturesque fishing shacks perched on cliffs or by the water's edge. Also depending on the season's winds, a good place to photograph drifting Greenlandic icebergs. We will likely do a boat tour here to get out closer to the icebergs. Overnight at King's Point.
Day 7. Sir Richard Squires Provincial Park to capture salmon jumping upstream. On to Gros Morne National Park for sunset, at Lobster Cove. Overnight Rocky Harbour.
Day 8. Gros Morne National Park sites, including boat trip on the famous landlocked fjord Western Brook Pond. Arches Park a little further north for rock formations. Overnight Rocky Harbour.
Day 9. Long drive to the southwestern tip of Newfoundland and end of the road at Rose Blanche, stopping along the way at Marble Mountain and Cape Anguille Lighthouse. Sunset at Rose Blanche stone lighthouse. Overnight Rose Blanche.
Day 10. Coastal and subarctic scenery along the road from Rose Blanche back north to Blow-Me-Down provincial Park where there are wind-sculpted and twisted bonsai-like trees. Overnight around Corner Brook.
Day 11. Bottle Cove and Bay of Islands coastal beaches. Return to the southern section of Gros Morne National Park and Trout River Pond. Short hikes possible. Overnight Trout River.
Day 12. Sunrise at Trout River Pond, then return to Deer Lake. Fly out of Deer Lake in afternoon. End of trip.
Group Size: Maximum size of 6
Start/End: The trip begins in St. Johns Newfoundland, and finishes in Deer Lake, Newfoundland. Our itinerary offers a balanced mix of sightseeing and serious photography all around Newfoundland, for a comprehensive overview of this island.
Difficulty Level: 2 out of 5 boots. General physical well being is required. Some of our days may be long, so good travel stamina and attitude are important! There are not any serious hikes planned, just short walks to scenic vistas. It is a 2 mile level each way walk to the Gros Morne fjords.
- All photographic opportunities and professional coaching
- Van for our group the entire time and connecting ferries to islands.
- 2 scenic boat tours - to see whales and icebergs around Baie Verte (conditions permitting) and in Gros Morne.
- Accommodation for 11 nights in single rooms. Accommodation will be chosen based on optimal locations to photograph, efficient itineraries, and quality. Accommodations will vary including Newfoundland guesthouses and country hotels. Prices already include SINGLE occupancy -- $800 discount available for those who wish to share a room.
- All Dinners and Breakfasts
- Trip insurance
- Lunches, alcoholic drinks and self-purchased snacks/coffee.
- Flight to St. Johns, and return flight from Deer Lake. (flights are only about $180 OW direct from Montreal to St. Johns!)
Experience Level: This tour is open to digital photographers of all skill levels. A packing list will be provided. If you have additional questions, the trip leader will be happy to answer them over the phone or by email.
This photo workshop is all about in-the-field field photography and situational instruction, and there will be no classroom workshops or presentations, unless there is extra downtime from rainy weather. Photographic topics that will be covered while shooting include classic landscape photography composition and technique, HDR imagery, panoramic photography, adventure and travel photography, slow shutter speed effects, and exhaustive use of filters. Group participants may wander on their own occasionally if they wish to pursue individual photographic objectives, enabling each participant to get the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime trip. A maximum group size of 6 photographers ensures you will receive ample personal photographic coaching in the field from a full time working pro, maximizing 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.
Johnathan Esper of Wildernesscapes Photography LLC, based in the USA, will be leading the trip. Johnathan is a full time photographer and experienced international photo trip leader, having led over a hundred tours and workshops throughout the world over the past decade since starting in 2010. Every trip so far has been an incredible experience for the participants. Johnathan has a unique background of being widely traveled around the world, and has a passion for photographically exploring in depth wherever he goes. Johnathan was taken by the scenery in Newfoundland over an extensive exploration and scouting trip in fall 2019, and this will be one of only two group trips here.
Deposit: A $1500 deposit is due at the time of registration. Until payment is sent, your place is not guaranteed. The deposit portion may be paid via personal or bank check for USA and Canadian clients (preferred) or bank transfer via Wise. Credit card is also accepted, processed by PayPal payment processor, by manually entering your payment of $1500 here. A 3% card fee surcharge will be added onto final amount, if deposit is paid with card or Paypal. Please contact me if you need any assistance in signing up!
Final Payment: The final payment for the balance due on the trip (after your paid deposit), is due 4 weeks prior to the trip start. Payment options are same as for deposit.
Cancellation Policy: In the unfortunate case if you need to cancel, cancellation policy is: Deposit payments are refundable as 80% future scheduled trip credit up to 120 days before trip start, 40% future scheduled trip credit if cancellation is 120-60 days before trip start, and non-refundable less than 60 days before start. Final payments for the full trip balance are 100% refundable as cash until the trip start, and non-refundable after the trip start. If I am able to fill your empty spot on the trip, half of what you'd lose will additionally be returned to you, for all the above situations. If I cancel the trip for some major reason, such as overwhelming volcanic activity, trip leader health crisis, etc, then I fully refund everything in cash or PayPal, or a pro-rated amount if the trip must end early for the same reasons. I am not responsible for reimbursing you for travel or other ancillary expenses you incur in prep for the trip.