Friday, 8 March 2013

Winter Wonderland in Iceland - February 2014

Due to an overwhelming response to our workshop in Iceland this fall, Tim Vollmer and I have decided to create a winter workshop in Iceland to focus on the glaciers, northern lights and incredible geological formations of Iceland.
Below is the information on the February, 2014 workshop...
Dates: February 5, 2014 to February 10, 2014
Locations: Reykjavík Höfn Vatnajökull glacier -  Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon – Skaftafell - Geysir – Gullfoss - Pingvellir – Reykjanes peninsula    
Attendees: Minimum of 4, maximum of 8
Fitness Level: Some medium level to higher intensity physical activity involved in this photo tour. Extended camel treks and longer walking excursions are involved in this workshop.
Price: $3895USD
Single Suppliment: $350USD
Deposit: a $500USD deposit is required and is non refundable. 50% of the balance due 120 days before we travel and 50% of the balance due 95 days before we travel.
Photo tour attendee to PRO Photographer ratio: 4-1 to 8-1
Pro Photographer Guides:  Kevin A Pepper and Tim Vollmer
Our goal is to answer all of your questions while we spend our time together in Iceland. But because of the nature of this photography tour, the key learning opportunities will be on:
Apertures & Shutter Speeds: We will discuss the different modes on your camera and the effect your aperture and shutter setting have on your images.
Using Flash to Fill in shadows: Part of our tour will encompass capturing the people in this area. Here you will learn how to use your flash to fill in shadows to produce higher quality images.
Composition: Learn how to improve your photography by applying ‘rules’ of composition while taking memorable photos of ancient ruins.
Metering: While in the various cities we will encounter various high contrast situations within the architecture of the buildings. Proper metering techniques will play an important role in creating the best images you can while in the countryside and cities.
Autofocus & Techniques: Here you learn how to keep the focus on your subject whether taking a landscape image or photographing action!
Night Photography: Spending multiple nights in the Iceland countryside surrounded by lunar illuminated snow and norther lights... the images are endless.
Digital Darkroom: A Photographers Lounge photo tour is the perfect opportunity for any photographer to refine their post processing skills. Tim and Kevin use the following software that will be used on this workshop. NIK, Photomatix, Adobe Creative Suite, Lightroom

February 5th - Arrival Keflavik airport 
At  Keflavík, Tim and Kevin, will meet the group. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to our guesthouse in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
February 6th - Reykjavík Höfn Vatnajökull glacier 
We start the morning by taking a one hour flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the day exploring the region and if we are fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.
Dinner and overnight in Smyrlabjörg guesthouse.

February 7th - Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón lagoon – Skaftafell 
Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs, an unforgettable experience. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers). Again the night skies present the possibility of northern lights.
Dinner and overnight at Icelandair Hótel Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
February 8th - Vík – Geysir – Gullfoss 
We leave Klaustur and drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it. On we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters. From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see
thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. Again the night skies present the possibility of northern lights.

Dinner and overnight at Hótel Geysir.
February 9th - Pingvellir – Reykjanes peninsula
We leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir national park. Þingvellir is a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930. We continue to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula.

More then half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes. We will walk where the mid Atlantic ridge rises from the ocean and head for the lighthouse on the westernmost tip of the peninsula. We continue to the small fishing village Grindavík and end in the Blue Lagoon, a unique man-made pool of geothermal water (37-39°C) in the middle of a moss-covered lava field. The Blue Lagoon is a combination of many factors, the most important being the origin of the geothermal seawater from 2.000 meters beneath the surface.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
February 10th - Departure from Keflavík airport 
Transfer to Keflavik airport.
Transfer from/to airport upon arrival and departure
3 nights in a hotel in the country
2 nights in a hotel in Reykjavik
Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day 6
Flight from Reykjavík to Höfn
Boat trip on the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon
Entrance to the Blue Lagoon and towel
Expert photographer guidance (Tim Vollmer/Kevin Pepper)
Not included:
International airfares
What is not mentioned as included