Join Jim Caldwell and Tim Vollmer on this unique workshop to witness and photograph the amazing display of the Northern Lights along with the amazing fire and ice scenery and glaciers of Iceland. The workshop leader is Jim Caldwell, an award winning photographer and former motion picture cameraman. His images have appeared in many national and international publications such as Popular Photography, Audubon Magazine, and The London Times in addition to hundreds of textbooks, calendars and travel brochures. Jim is also OPW’s “international man of mystery”, having travelled, photographed, and conducted workshops all over the world, including China, Tibet, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others. Now it‘s turn for Iceland. Don’t miss this opportunity to visit this incredible scenic land to photograph!
Departure: 11-16 March, 2014
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights
Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 8.
Day 1, 11 March, 2014: Arrival
At Kef lavík, the professional photographer Tim Vollmer, will meet the group. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula to our accommodation in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2, 12 March, 2014: Domestic Flight to 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 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.
Dinner and overnight at a Guesthouse in the vicinity.
Days 3, 13 March, 2014: Vatnajökull glacier – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon – Skaftafell
Today we will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of majestic icebergs.
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).
Dinner and overnight near Vík village.
Day 4, 14 March, 2014: Vík – Geysir - Gullfoss
We drive towards the coast to the basalt column caves of Reynisfjara were 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.
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.
Dinner and overnight in the area.
Day 5, 15 March, 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.
Afterwards we continue to the small fishing village Grindavík and end in the Blue Lagoon, for a relaxing dip in 38°C (100°F) therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226.
Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 6, 16 March, 2014: Departure
Transfer to Keflavík airport, check in and departure
Price available on request.
- 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.
- 2 professional photography instructors (Jim Caldwell and Tim Vollmer).
- Entrance fee:
- Blue Lagoon including towel.
- Evening meetings.
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.
Jim Caldwell has been interested in photography since high school many decades ago. After graduating college from the University of South Florida in Language/Literature Broadcasting Sequence, he opened a camera store and studio in western Florida and also freelanced for many years as a cinematographer. Between 1977 and 1987, he worked on films and commercials for many major corporations and private groups.
Jim has also has a passion for teaching photography and sharing his many years of experience. He has arranged photo tours and travelled and photographed many parts of the world such as China, Tibet, Turkey, Ecuador, Peru, Costa Rica and many others – and now Iceland as well. He grew up camping, photographing and exploring the Florida countryside and is currently pursuing his Florida Master Naturalist Certification. Jim has been an active member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) for over 35 years as well as National Association of Photoshop Professionals (NAPP), and the North American Nature Photographer’s Association (NANPA).