Experience Iceland’s surreal beauty. It’s as if this land was created for the photographer, to embrace and capture it's never ending beauty.
This workshop is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general.
Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity with our assistance. In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. And no photography workshop would be complete without discussing workflow and the editing process.
Our time together will include individual and group reviews, personal assignments and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the unique landscape of Iceland.
Photo Guides: Michael Chinnici and Tim Vollmer.
Departure: April 6 - 11, 2014 and 12 - 17. October, 2014
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Difficulty level: Beginners to Pro Photographers Welcome
Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 12.
Day 1, 6 April, 2014: Arrival - Reykjavík
Arrival at Keflavík International Airport. Transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. Meeting later that morning with our group, where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles of Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we will set out for a wonderful day of photography throughout this quaint and simple city. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favourite restaurants in Reykjavík.
Day 2, 7 April, 2014: Domestic Flight to Höfn - Vatnajökull Glacier
We take an early morning one-hour flight to Iceland's southeast hub, Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breath-taking, 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. We arrive in the evening to our hotel for a wonderful Icelandic dinner.
Day 3, 8 April, 2014: Vatnajökull Glacier - Jökulsárlón Lagoon - Skaftafell
On Tuesday we visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs were we can take a short boat tour and sail among the huge 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). After checking into our hotel near Vík village, we gather later in the evening for dinner.
Day 4, 9 April, 2014: Vík - Geysir - Gullfoss
We drive towards the coast to the basalt column caves of Reynisfjara where we take a short walk on the black sand beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey cliff. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it. We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it.
Furthermore 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.
Afterwards we check-in to our hotel in a nearby active thermal area, review some of our photos, and then enjoy another wonderful Icelandic dinner.
Day 5, 10 April, 2014: Þingvellir - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon
We drive to Þingvellir national park and UNESCO World Heritage Site. 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 than 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, for a relaxing dip in 38°C therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226. Upon our return to Reykjavík we check back into our hotel and settle in to enjoy our “Farewell Dinner”.
Day 6, 11 April, 2014: Reykjavík
During breakfast, we review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before your return transfer to the airport for our flight home.
We urge you to extend your stay in Reykjavík and make good use of everything you will learn on our Photo Workshop Adventure.
Price per person sharing a double room USD 4.895,-
Single supplement USD 205,-
Price per person sharing a double room USD 4.995,-
Single supplement USD 205,-
- 5 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day six.
- Domestic Flight from Reykjavík to Höfn, including airport taxes.
- Airport transfers.
- Private bus from Höfn to Reykjavík.
- Boat tour on the Glacier Lagoon.
- Workshops lead by the professional photography instructors (Michael Chinnici/Tim Vollmer).
- Entrance fee:
- Blue Lagoon including towel.
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
Michael Chinnici is a professional photographer, instructor and a guide. Michael also is the Founder and CEO of Photo Workshop Adventures.
Born in Brooklyn and raised on Long Island, Michael began taking photos and developing prints in his basement darkroom at the age of 11. Using his father’s Argus C-3, he learned the technical aspects of photography at an early age.
This early love of imagery influenced his other creative skills as an artist, musician, designer and visionary. As a photographer, Michael quickly grew to master the art of photography, including landscape, architecture, people, fashion and motor sports.
With a degree in Advertising and Design, Michael launched his first advertising agency in 1982, soon realizing the creative potential within the world of marketing and
In the 90‘s, Michael started traveling and photographing more extensively. Always embracing technology, in 1996 he launched New York’s first digital photography studio, “Icon Digital”, shooting for such clients as JP Morgan Chase, Clinique, Estee Lauder, L’Oreal, Hewlett Packard, Lacoste, Tommy Hilfiger, Smithsonian, Vivre and more.
After selling the ad agency in 2000, Michael focused more on photography, travel and special creative projects. As technology advanced and DSLR cameras became more main stream, he looked for ways to blend together his photography, travel, marketing and technology experience. So in 2008, “Photo Workshop Adventures” was born as he photographed on the Adriatic coast of Croatia.
When Michael isn’t teaching photography workshops around the world, he can be found at PWA’s basecamp in New York.