An Iceland photography workshop and tour is the ultimate destination to improve your photos or make the photos you have always dreamed of. Join professional photographer Loren Fisher for an exciting trip to Iceland, the land of photographic wonders at the perfect time of year.
In eight memorable days we will chase the northern lights, explore incredible ice caves, visit the spectacular lagoon at Jokulsarlon, shoot fabulous waterfalls and much more.
March is a great time of year to visit Iceland, the aurora is still glowing in the northern sky, the temperature is about the same as New York City, the short days are long gone, the ice caves are spectacular and the waterfalls are flowing. Plus most tourists wait until summer!
Loren has teamed with one of Iceland’s premier photography guide companies that is a fully licensed tour operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board. Our local guide will take us to unique locations that tourists don’t find on their own along with some of Iceland’s most famous sites. We’ll make sure you make sure you come home with stunning photos and memories that will last a lifetime.
We will be transported on a custom 4X4 super truck that offers two seats per photographer and plenty of room for your equipment. We even provide crampons and rubber boots to use during the entire trip.
Like all of Loren’s trips, we are there to make great photos, which means our itinerary is full and flexible. We will put you in the locations that give you the best opportunity for tremendous photos and offer any assistance you need. Hopefully we’ll have clear skies and have multiple occasions to see the northern lights dance across the sky!
There’s many reasons why Iceland has become one of the world’s premier photography locations: the people are friendly, the scenery is unmatched and the locations are unique.
• Two professional photo guides.
• Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
• Double occupancy in some of Iceland’s finest hotels. All rooms have private bathrooms.
• All meals, yes breakfast, lunch and dinner!
• FlyBus tickets to get from and to the airport.
• Use of rubber boots and crampons
• Flight to Iceland
• Alcohol, snacks and beverages
March 9-16, 2018
Deadline for registration is Dec. 1, 2017
Who should attend
If you want to see the beauty and splendor of one of the world’s most spectacular places, this trip is for you – your photographic experience doesn’t matter. Loren will be working with you to help you improve your photography, no matter your level. If you need it, Loren will help with mastering your camera settings, using the proper lens, composition and how to capture what you are seeing with your camera. We’ll show you how to photograph the northern lights and we’ll be helping you make sure you are getting a great shot. Most of our shooting locations will near our van, some walking will be required, including wandering on sand beaches and glaciers (rubber boots and crampons are included!). There won’t be long, strenuous hiking.
Registration is $4,379. Previous clients and Premium Members: $4,179. Single occupancy rooms are available for an extra $750. Registration fee includes lodging (double occupancy), ground transportation and all meals (food is expensive in Iceland). It does not include airfare to Iceland, alcohol, snacks and beverages. Rates are net, per person, in U.S. dollars. Final payment is due Dec. 1, 2017.
Maximum group size: 12
You’ll want to have a wide angle, telephoto and possibly a macro lens. Make sure you have lots of memory cards, spare batteries and charger and maybe a polarizer filter and neutral density filter. You’ll need a sturdy tripod, don’t skimp here either on quality or size. I suggest staying away from light “travel tripods” since we are going be shooting things you probably won’t see again in your lifetime and getting a fuzzy photo because of shaky tripod would be criminal. I also suggest bringing a laptop to download your photos and a way to have a backup, either on the original cards or an external hard drive. If you aren’t absolutely sure of everything that your camera does, bring your instruction manual so we can help you fix any problems.
The Ice Caves of Vatnajokull
The skies of Iceland are incredible but there’s magic to be found underground. We’ll visit unique caves filled with ocean blue ice crystals that make for colorful images. The cave systems shift with the changing glacier every year, so it’s up to the creative forces of nature to dictate our underground experience.
Glacial Lagoon at Jokulsarlon
We will make a few stops at the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon. Deep in Vatnajokull National Park, the lagoon has become a must-visit photography spot. We will also visit Iceland’s very own diamond beach, which sits on the bank of the lagoon and is littered with magnificent ice crystals. The interplay between sunlight, dark sands and glistening ice makes this a breathtaking place to shoot as the sun comes up or goes down. We might get lucky and have the Aurora glowing overhead!
Day 1, March 9, 2018 – Arrival in Iceland
The first day of this winter photo tour will begin with your arrival at Keflavik International Airport. From there you’ll take the Flybus to our hotel in central Reykjavik. The group will meet in the hotel’s lobby at 7pm and head out to a local restaurant for a delicious meal and we’ll get to know each other. We will also run through the itinerary and discuss the adventure to come. The night will be spent at our hotel in Reykjavik.
Day 2 – Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara
The tour will start for real on the morning of day two. The group will be collected with our specialized bus and set off early in the morning. The plan is to travel east along Iceland’s south coast. On the road are a number of opportunities for some typically enchanting Iceland photography, including the black sands at the beach near Vik and two of Iceland‘s picturesque waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.
Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most photographed sights. The 206-foot drop is impressive by anyone’s standards, but there’s an added bonus of a cavern inside the mountain the falls that gives you a panorama out from right behind the falling water.
The second waterfall we will visit along the south coast is Skogafoss. It’s perhaps not as magical as Seljalandsfoss, but what it lacks in subtlety it makes up for in imposing power. Tumbling down from a height of 196 feet, Skogafoss also offers several perspectives and has paths above and below that we can shoot from. During sunny days the spray Skogafoss may even produce a double rainbow.
After our encounters with two of Iceland’s most famous ‘falls, the group will head to the stunning beach of Reynisfjara. It’s close to the fishing village of Vik and renowned for its dramatic scenery. Black sand lines the water’s edge and an imperious collection of basalt columns offer a perfect subject for landscape photography. Further out to sea is another collection of rugged basalt stacks, Reynisdrangar, which stand up to the angry waves in what is one of Iceland’s most mesmerising locations. We will spend the night in Vik.
Day 3 – Vatnajokull National Park
It would be a crime to visit this area of Iceland without taking the time to explore the Vatnajokull National Park. At its core is Vatnajokull, Europe’s largest glacier, and dotted around are sights and locations that are well deserving of our time and attention. On day three we plan to focus on the southern and eastern parts of the park, stopping by at yet more Icelandic waterfalls, including Svartifoss and Hundafos.
We will also fit in trips to expansive glacier tongues, the famous lagoon of Jokulsarlon and much more. Our great hope is that all of this spectacular scenery will be topped off by an appearance or two from the northern lights. With soft light, a touch of snow and otherworldly aurora high above, this will be landscape photography like you’ve never experienced before.
Day 4 – Vatnajokull National Park
On day four we’ll have more time to explore the glacial lagoon of Jokulsarlon. As a group we will turn our focus toward the natural ice carvings breaking free from the glacier, and watch in awe as they float out into the open ocean. We will also capture the serene ice crystals that wash up along the black sands of the shore. The plan is to set out before sunrise and catch the first rays of the day as they illuminate this perfect winter scene. Despite all the incredible sights to see above the ground, the highlight of day four will probably be our visit to the ice caves. These unique cavities are true wonders of nature; otherworldly tunnels that lead deep into the Vatnajokull glacier. Time literally freezes here, and it will be an inspiring experience that will stay with you forever – bring plenty of spare batteries!
Day 5 – Vestrahorn
The fifth day of this winter photography expedition will take us further east, away from the sights of Vatnajokull and on towards Vestrahorn, an imposing mountain that rises from the black lava beach of the Stokksnes peninsula.
We will look to capture the mountain at sunrise and sunset, just as the light conditions begin to soften and this breathtaking landscape is illuminated.
Day 6 – Skaftafell, Vik
On day six our focus will be the varied landscapes of the Skaftafell preservation area. This section of the Vatnajokull National Park has plenty of photogenic sights, but the most popular is probably the Svartifoss waterfall. It’s framed on both sides by dark basalt columns, and in the winter fresh snow adds another layer of intrigue to an already magical setting.
And there’s lots more to see nearby. Another waterfall, Hundafoss, is on the way up to Svartifoss, and offers impressive views of the mountain of Kristinartindar in the background. The area is also home to picturesque glacier lagoons and the glacier outlet of Svinafellsjokull; an ideal spot for a hike on the ice.
For our evening shoot the group can head back to the beach at Reynisfjara. This battered piece of coastline is without doubt one of the world’s most beautiful. Instead of white sand and palm trees we can expect plenty of wind, black sand and eerie basalt rock formations – ideal subjects in the fading light. The scenery is made all the more dramatic by angry waves. Just make sure you’re not too close when they break! We will spend the night in Vik.
Day 7 – Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir National Park, Reykjavik
The last full day of our photography adventure in Iceland focuses on the world-famous Golden Circle, a trio of natural attractions that manages to encompass all that this country has to offer. The Golden Circle, which includes Thingvellir National Park, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and the geothermal area home to Geyser, is all within a short drive of Reykjavik.
In many ways this trio of sights is the perfect way to end our trip. Thingvellir National Park offers incredible scenery, yet another display of the awesome power of nature and huge cultural significance to the Icelandic people. As well as sitting on the border of two tectonic plates, this area was the site of Iceland’s first ever parliament back in the 10th century. Today the landscape is carved open by a rift between two continental plates – a chasm that goes through the park’s lake, which you can walk through and scuba dive between.
Next is the geothermal valley of Haukadalur, home to several sites of Iceland’s geothermal power. There we can witness Geysir, a once-spouting pool of boiling water that has given its name to geysers all over the world. Fortunately for our cameras, its neighbour Strokkur is much more obliging, and we can watch as it fires water high into the sky every ten minutes or so. There are also plenty of bubbling mud pools and fumaroles to keep us entertained.
The final part of the Golden Circle is the thunderous waterfall of Gullfoss. The ‘Golden Falls’ are one of Iceland’s most iconic sights, and it won’t take long for you to understand why. Downstream from the Hvita glacier, Gullfoss has two separate drops that end in a deafening roar of water and foam. For any landscape photographer this kind of scene is the pinnacle: capturing the power of nature up close and from multiple angles. With any luck there will be fresh snow and the northern lights glowing above to illuminate this most Icelandic of scenes.
After an epic photography tour ending with Iceland’s Golden Circle of attractions, we will head back to Reykjavik for our overnight stay.
Day 8 – Transfer to Keflavik Airport
The last day is always the hardest! After making a bunch of new friends and capturing plenty of magical moments on camera, you will hop on the FlyBus from your hotel and head to Keflavik international airport for your flight home.
The full fee is required by Dec. 1, 2017
Deposits and Cancellations
A $750 deposit must be paid in order to secure your space in the workshop. Full payment must be received by Dec. 1, 2017.
Notice of your cancellation must be made in writing, at which time the following refunds are offered:
120 days or more before workshop: Full workshop refund minus the deposit.
119 to 90 days before workshop: 50% of workshop cost. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
90 or fewer days before workshop: no refund. Your payment, minus the deposit, will be refunded if your spot can be filled.
No partial refunds are made for unused portions or services of a workshop. Workshops are sold as a package only.
If a workshop is cancelled, you will receive a full refund of any money paid, but I’d have to be on my deathbed before I’d cancel. But if I’m on my deathbed and need to cancel the workshop, I will not be held responsible for your other expenses, such as airline ticket, that may be associated with the canceled workshop. I suggest you purchase trip insurance to be safe, but I’ve never cancelled a destination workshop and it would take a major catastrophe before I cancel.
About Loren Fisher
This workshop is being led by Loren Fisher, who has been a professional photographer since 1978. He worked at seven newspapers including USA Today, is a past president of the New Jersey chapter of ASMP, is an adjunct professor at Rutgers University and sells his fine art photography at juried art shows from Florida to Vermont. He has lead dozens of workshops in places like Italy, France, Guatemala, Florida, New York, Vermont, Maine, Maryland, New Jersey, Boston and Washington, D.C. He has published two photography books “Pope John Paul II: An American Celebration” and “Branson Backstage.” Loren has been to 50 states and nearly 20 countries.
What else you need to know
Once you register, you will receive a packet of information about the trip. It includes a Liability Release Form that needs to be immediately returned, an Emergency Contact and Medical Information Form and more suggestions for equipment and clothing.
Questions? Email Loren at [masked] or call[masked].
Like all of Loren’s destination workshops, this will sell out fast.
To register, you must go to http://lorenphotos.com/workshops/iceland-photography-workshop-and-tour/ . Your RSVP on Meetup will not get you registered for this trip. People not members of this Meetup group will be in attendance.