Iceland is a mecca for photographers worldwide, but with its popularity now eclipsing its photographic opportunities, I am opening up a tour of the quieter north to just six participants this December. I am running this trip with new workshop leader Mark Lakeman, an excellent and versatile professional with exemplary outdoor skills. It's a 4x4 orientated trip which gives superb access to some of the more remote locations which would otherwise be inaccessible to other vehicles at this time of year. This opens up new potential for photographers seeking something different from this incredible for volcanic island.
Based in Myvatn, the trip begins in Reykjavik with an internal flight to Akureyri. From here we pick up our vehicles and head and hour east to Myvatn. This superb lakeside location gives us access to some incredible vistas and frozen waterfalls like Godafoss, Detifoss, Sellfoss and Aldeyjarfoss, as well as some truly remarkable and quirky subjects like Krafla Geothermal Power Station. We will extend our visits both East and West as well as incorporating some of the lesser known north east coast line. There is a crashed plane, just like the south coast as well as some interesting farmland and coastal scenes to explore. It's an intimate landscape that we can discover in solitude, away from the workshop groups and tourists, and experience which puts the originality back into Iceland once more.
The light this time of year is absolutely sublime. With low sun angles giving what seems like an eternal sunrise and sunset combined, Expect the very best of shooting conditions at any time of day. Twilight will linger for what seems like hours, as the day gives way to night and the adventures continue beneath the stars. Our activities will also concentrate day and night-time with equal importance, the group seizing any opportunity to shoot Aurora and learn night photography skills.
For and Iceland trip with a difference, North Iceland is definitely the winter workshop to experience this year.
You need to be capable of walking for sustained periods, along footpaths and up moderate inclines. There will be no strenuous activity but it is advised that you take walks before the trips so you can cope with three days of photography.
Meeting place is Keflavik Arrivals lounge at 15:30 on Saturday 1st December 2018, or you are welcome to join the recommended group flight to Iceland from Heathrow to Keflavik. Here are the flight times from London > Iceland
Saturday 1st Dec LHR 12:20 > KEF 15:30
Sunday 9th Dec KEF 16:30 > LHR 19:30
Ensure you bring good quality and above all footwear. I use a combination of walking shoes for driving and everyday use alongside North Face Chillkats, which are snow boots with padding and warmth for the coldest of nights. Iceland does not get anywhere near as cold as mainland Sweden or Finland (up to -40c for example) but I suggest merino wool socks and insulated boots. Wind chill can be a massive factor, so ensure you have merino wool base layers / leggings as we will be standing around in exposed places often for reasonable lengths of time. Ski sallopettes are perfect, a down jacket can be hired if not bought. Pack a comfortable mid layer too. Ensure a quality hat and gloves are part of your wardrobe.
Northern Iceland can be cold indeed, with temperatures as low as -15 to -25 under clear skies, will never be far from a warm vehicle. Temperatures this low are certainly not the same as the damp cold we get in get UK.
Hopefully we will get some incredible images, but group safety is absolutely paramount. Both Mark and I are very experienced at judging conditions and safety so rest assured. We will not be shooting in driving rain, but all other conditions could yield some amazing opportunities.
It’s a primary photographic subject and we shall be headed out at every given opportunity to shoot aurora over mountains, waterfalls and amazing locations close to the vehicles.
An array of focal lengths will always benefit the Iceland photographer. A wide angle lens (16-35), medium zoom (24-70) and a longer zoom (70-300) will be ideal to cover most compositional eventualities.The most used will be in the 24-70 range as a super wide angle doesn’t always translate, so make sure this focal length is covered. It’s best not to weigh yourself down, so why not bring an airport style bag for all your kit and a smaller day bag, which you can decant equipment into throughout the day. For more information on specific kit, don’t hesitate to get in touch.
Although not essential, it’s a great idea to bring a laptop computer with you so you can discuss imagery with myself and others in the group. It really is a great learning experience, so I highly recommend bringing a laptop to learn and for personal entertainment.
I make a point of tutoring all my clients on digital photography to help complete the learning process. I am renowned as a leading digital professional and an Adobe Influencer and I will be screen recording my sessions so the learning continues. I have extensive knowledge to communicate on all levels and I spend time with all my clients helping them to process their images to a high standard. It really helps to have a computer session when tiredness takes hold, or inclement weather persists.
£2895 / Deposit of £200.00