A photo workshop in Iceland with Gavriel Jecan & Jay Goodrich; 14 - 24 August 2013

Gavriel Jecan and Jay Goodrich are offering an relaxed and friendly  small group, Iceland photography workshop.

Gavriel Jecan & Jay Goodrich 14 - 24 August 2013

Gavriel Jecan and Jay Goodrich are offering an relaxed and friendly  small group, Iceland photography workshop.

MapBased on years of years of capturing the best possible image, Gavriel and Jay will instruct on a wide-range of  topics including composition, use of Adobe’s Lightroom software to maximize your creative strengths.

The mission of this workshop is to explore Iceland in search of artistic  colors, textures, patterns; shape, and form while assisting you to capture the most powerful landscape and abstract images which are often overlooked by others. Your vision and technique will be honed right alongside your knowledge.

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Day 1- Arrival Keflavik airport
Pick up participants at Keflavík airport and drive to our accommodations.
Overnight at a guesthouse in Reykjavík

Day 2– Borgafjörður – Húsafell – Reykholt
In the morning we will drive to Borganes. Then we’ll drive up to Húsafell, a unique natural area covered with forest and close the Langjökull glacier, stopping at Hraunfossar Lava falls and Barnafoss waterfall on the way.

Hraunfossar Lava Falls is a beautiful and unusual natural phenomenon. Clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava that runs in falls and rapids into the Hvítá River. Barnafoss – Children’s Falls – takes its name from two children who disappeared many, years ago from the nearby farm Hraunsas.

Reykholt is one of Iceland’s most notable historical sites. It houses a cultural centre and a church. Reykholt is most famous for being the home of Iceland’s best-known author, Snorri Sturluson, who lived during the years 1206-1241. An ancient geothermal-heated pool, Snorralaug, is named after him. It is one of the few things preserved from Iceland´s medieval period.
Overnight at a guesthouse in Reykjavík

Day 3- The Golden Circle
Thingvellir – Geysir hot spring – Gullfos waterfall – The Highlands
We leave Reykjavík and drive to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on 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 will visit the Gullfoss waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. A few minutes drive from Gullfoss is the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 20 meters.
Overnight at a guesthouse in the highlands

Day 4- Landmannalaugar
Landmannalaugar literally means people’s pools and is situated in the southern highlands, close to the Hekla volcano. The name refers to the natural geothermal pools travelers can bathe in. There are some unusual geological elements in the area such as multi-colored rhyolite mountains and lava fields. The mountains display a wide spectrum of colors including pink, green, brown, yellow, purple, blue, black and white.
Overnight at a guesthouse in the highlands

Day 5 – Fjallabaksleið nyrðri
Today we leave Landmannalaugar and make our way to Southeast Iceland. We will travel on Fjallabaksleið nyrðri or the Northern road behind the mountains. Among the sights is Eldgjá canyon (fire canyon). Eldgjá is the largest volcanic canyon in the world, 40km long, 270m deep and 600m wide at its greatest. The Ófærufoss waterfall is within the canyon.

Southeast Iceland is an ideal choice for photographers who want to be near the Jökulsárlón lagoon and Vatnajökull glacier in order to capture Iceland’s truly magical light.
Overnight in the area.

Day 6- Vatnajokul glacier national park
Vatnajökull glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. 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 volcanic eruptions and the glacial displacement.  We make a stop at the Jökulsárlón lagoon, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs for the evening light, but will also visit again in the morning.
Overnight in the area.

Day 7– Vatnajokull glacier national park
Today we travel back to the Jokulsárlón lagoon where we can take a short boat tour and sail among the huge icebergs, an unforgettable experience.  We will drive to the small fishing villeage Höfn where we can meet a local fisherman and get the opportunity to visit a fishing ship. Dinner will be at a lobster restaurant that specializes in courses made from local food including lobster/langoustine.
Overnight in the area.

Day 8 – Lónsöræfi
The Lónsöræfi wilderness is one of the largest nature reservation areas in Iceland. The area is famous for its colorful mountains and ravines, mostly made of rhyholite. In spite of the rugged landscape; the area is still abundant in vegetation.
Overnight in the area.

Day 9 – The South Coast
We leave the Southeast and head back to Reykjavík driving through Mýrdalur, a green and wide valley where farming is the main industry. On the way we will visit Reynisfjara beach and Reynisdrangar sea stacks, a very good location for working on our location photos. Reynisfjara Beach is a natural black sand and pebble beach with some larger boulders and basalt caves.

Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated very close to Reynisfjara and the village Vík in Mýrdal. According to legend, the Reynisdrangar needles were formed when two trolls were trying to drag a three-masted ship to land. When daylight broke, they turned to stone. The Needles can be seen clearly from the village of Vík and are 66 meters above the sea level at their highest.

Next stop is Dyrhólaey a 120-meter high promontory, not far from Vík and this is the southernmost part of the country. The place got its name from the massive arch that the sea has eroded from the headland. The headland is thought to have been made in an underwater volcanic eruption late in the glacial period. From the top you have a great photographic view of the surrounding coast.
Overnight in the Vík area

Day 10 – Southcoast
After Dyrhólaey we drive to Skógafoss which is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country with a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces a single or double rainbow on sunny days. According to legend, the first Viking settler in the area, Þrasi Þórólfsson, buried a treasure in a cave behind the waterfall. A local boy found the chest years later, but was only able to grasp the ring on the side of the chest before it disappeared again.

Next stop is Seljalandsfoss, another spectacular waterfall, and very picturesque. You can walk behind this waterfall and get a different photo angle.
Overnight in Reykjavík.

Day 11 – Departure from Iceland
Transfer to Keflavik airport for the return flight


    Transfer to and from Keflavik airport
    Private bus
    Accommodation for 10 nights
    Full board
    Boat trip on the glacier lagoon
    Lónsöræfi tour

Not included

    Optional tours
    International flights
    Beverages other than water
    Personal Shopping
    Airport Taxes
    International Travel Insurance

Price per person in a shared room – $6900
Single supplement – $600


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