Iceland in Miniature

Workshop Information:

Do you want to experience the natural wonders of Iceland but have limited time to spend at a photography workshop? Or are you wanting to explore the incredible Snæfellsnes Peninsula in-depth? Either way, this workshop is for you!

Join us on this 2 day summer adventure to explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula – an area fondly known as ‘Iceland in Miniature’.

From stunning waterfalls to volcanic craters, lava fields, majestic mountains and black sand beaches, this region provides a taste of all that Iceland has to offer. Capturing these sights under the glow of the Midnight Sun will be an unforgettable experience.

Aimed at photographers of all ability – beginner, amateur or professional – you’ll be sure to come away from this immersive adventure with a diverse portfolio of images.

Want to explore and capture more of Iceland? Package this together with our Iconic Iceland photography workshop for a reduced price. Contact us for details.

Highlights:

  • A focus on Landscape, Seascape and Golden Hour photography
  • Experiencing the diverse landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula under the midnight sun
  • Visiting Kirkjufell – the most famous mountain in Iceland
  • Capturing the wildlife of Iceland in summer – sea birds, Icelandic horses and seals
  • Learning new skills and advanced photography techniques to make the most of lighting and locations such as bracketing, focus stacking and long exposures
  • A small workshop so your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide and fellow photographers

Dates

26-27 June, 2021

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants

Level of fitness

Mild to moderate hiking is required to reach some locations

Price

$1190 Double Occupancy (USD)

Single supplement may be available upon request. Please contact us at info@vip-ehf.com for additional information. Payment plans available. Credit card required.

Included:

  • 2 day workshop with overnight accommodation (double occupancy)
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides who will provide a combination of instruction and in-field guidance
  • Transportation during the workshop in a comfortable vehicle with ample room for you and your photography gear
  • Breakfasts at the hotels during the workshop
  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partners

Excluded:

  • Travel to and from Iceland
  • Airport transfers
  • Single room supplement (contact us for price)
  • Food and beverages (other than breakfasts)
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides and/or drivers
Payment Options:
Please note that the full amount is due 60 days prior to tour start
A 3% charge is added using this service. Please contact us if you prefer other payment options.

Itinerary

Day 1 

The workshop starts early in the capital city of Reykjavik at the designated meeting point. Our 2 day exploration of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will begin by visiting some incredibly picturesque landscapes – iconic mountains, dazzling waterfalls, quaint fishing villages and rugged volcanic coastlines are all on the list!

IMPORTANT
This workshop has been timed to take advantage of the Midnight Sun – a phenomenon that occurs in far Northern countries where sunsets merge into sunrises with no darkness in between, and Golden Hour stretches from around 10 pm until 5 am. These Golden Hours are a fascinating time to be photographing Iceland, as the landscapes can be painted in an ethereal palette of soft pinks, warm yellows, deep oranges and dreamy purples from the rays of the low-lying sun. To capture this light, we will be checking into our hotel early in the afternoon and resting until dinner before heading out to shoot again until early in the morning.

A highlight of the evening shoot will be Kirkjufell Mountain – one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks. With its distinctive shape like a church steeple, it sits by itself on the edge of the sea, towering above its surroundings. Another will be the Black Church of Búðir. This picture-perfect building sits alone on an expansive lava field, framed by the incredible backdrop of the Snæfellsjökull glacier on one side and the sea on the other. We will spend our Golden Hours at these locations, exploring their many composition options.

Accommodations: Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Day 2

With everyone eager to head out we will continue our exploration of the peninsula, whose picturesque landscapes formed during the eruption of Snæfellsjökull.

Throughout the day we will stop at many of these volcanic vistas including impressive dormant volcanos and Lóndrangar – the remains of a crater that eroded into a magnificent pair of rock pinnacles towering 60 meters above the waves. 

Before we say goodbye to the peninsula we will also explore the quaint coastal area around Arnarstapi, where nature has carved magnificent arches and jagged rock formations from the black lava cliffs. These areas are home to many birds during summer – if wildlife photography is of interest, you may be able to capture Kittiwake, common Murre, Northern Fulmar and even Puffins! 

We will arrive in the city in the evening – with memories to last a lifetime, new friends and memory cards full of amazing images of Iceland.

Please ensure you have arranged accommodation for this evening as the workshop will not conclude in time for you to fly out of Iceland.

Want to explore and capture more of Iceland? Package this together with our Iconic Iceland photography workshop for a reduced price. Contact us for details.

We will be staying in clean, comfortable hotels throughout this workshop.

Hotel accommodations will include breakfast.

Workshop pricing is based on room sharing in double rooms. For an additional cost you may request a single room - please note this is subject to room availability, and at the discretion of Viking International Phototours based on workshop attendee numbers.

One of the major goals of this workshop is to take advantage of the Midnight Sun - a phenomenon where sunsets merge into sunrises with no darkness in between.

In order to capture this light, we will be aiming to reverse our sleep cycles – shooting from late in the afternoon until late morning and sleeping during the day where possible.

Iceland is extremely rugged and harsh. Strong winds, rain, mud and the terrain are real dangers when photographing on location. You will be expected to follow instructions to ensure you are kept safe and out of harm’s way.

You must also advise Viking International Phototours in advance and in writing of any illness, injury or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your attendance and participation during the workshop.

The itinerary for our workshop is subject to change at the discretion of our Photo Guides depending on the Icelandic weather, which can be highly unpredictable. We will check the weather forecasts and road conditions and plan our day to optimize shooting conditions. We cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary.

A recommended list of gear will be sent out as soon as you book to give you ample time to prepare for your adventure.

Iceland is absolutely stunning from the ground, and just as amazing with a birds-eye-view of the landscape. There are drone-friendly places, so if you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along to the workshop.

Please note that you are solely responsible for your equipment, and are expected to adhere to all rules and regulations as specified by the Icelandic Transport Authority (which can be accessed here). Viking International Phototours and our Photo Guides will not be liable for any injury or damage caused to equipment, environment or people caused by you operating your drone during our workshop.

Please also note that the wind and weather in Iceland can be sudden and hazardous, so use your judgement and be mindful of conditions.

Please refer to the Booking Terms and Conditions.

Booking with Viking International Phototours indicates acceptance of the Booking Terms and Conditions as outlined.

Meet the Guides

Sigurdur “Siggi” Brynjarsson
Samuel Scicluna
Samuel Scicluna