Join Jack Graham for the annual "ULTIMATE ICELAND™" photo workshop, in a land of contrasts and a photographer’s paradise.
While with us, you will
-some of the largest waterfalls on earth
-geothermal areas and hot springs
-the multicolored mountains of Landmannalaugar
-magical light on beautiful lagoons
-wild horses and more
Iceland’s diverse makeup of fire and ice is unlike anywhere else. During our time here in Iceland we will immerse ourselves in this amazing culture. By limiting this workshop to a maximum of 10 attendees, you will receive personal instruction and guidance from Jack and Jack's long time assistant Greg Duncan as well as Icelandic resident and photograher Tim Vollmer.
We will be starting and ending our workshop in Reykjavik. We will head out to the Mountain Hengill geothermal area , then to the "Golden Circle", and over to Landmannalaugar close to the Hekla volcano to photograph the multi colored mountains. Will will then venture southeast to Fjallabaksleið Nyrðri, for some amazing photography in the beautiful canyons, waterfalls and lagoons filled with icebergs.. We will head south to Jokulsarlon, a glacial lagoon, and then east to the highlands behind the glaciers where we will see what Iceland is really about,.... fire and ice. Finally, we'll drive to the sea, and the basalt sea stacks and black sand beaches of the south coast. We will visit Seljalandsfoss waterfall, one of the largest in all of Europe.
Skill Level: Attendees should have a good understanding of their equipment. As outlined below, we’ll be working on both the creative aspect of photography as well as the techniques used to create outstanding images. If you have a laptop or iPad by all means bring it along.
What will we be working on?
We will take our time, and look for the inner beauty to capture in our photography. We’ll use the combination of water, mountains, green fields, glaciers, beaches, and the fire and ice landscape of Iceland to create some wonderful images. We will stress simplicity in the grand landscape, and use all aspects, including Depth of Field, proper exposure and more to improve your overall photography as well as come away with some wonderful images in excellent venues.
1) Improving your photography skills within these “hands-on” workshops
Making a strong photograph and to bring out the story within the image
3) Use of color combinations, how to use color make the image stronger
4) Other techniques including, learning about how tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, emotional impact and flaws affect your images.
5) Seeing an image, working a scene, making the image a strong image
6) Choosing the look of the final image in the field, not after the fact. Taking an image knowing how you will be processing.
7) Making Panorama’s, Helicon Focus and HDR techniques simple
8) Basic processing, workflow, how to use available programs together. Use of NIK Software.
The majority of instruction and nature photography tips and techniques will take place right there in the field. There’s no need to take notes. After the workshop you’ll receive a complete ( and updated) 55+ page syllabus containing everything we do in the field and more.
We will make time for many informal sessions to discuss information on photographing in the area, critique sessions of your work shot during the workshop as well as general photography information.
As with all our workshops, this is primarily a field workshop. We do not sit in a classroom during the daytime. We are out in the field & learning about photography in the field, not behind a desk. However, it is critical as well as being very informative, to take time to review your work, and discuss important aspects of making quality photographs
More info about the workshops here.
Day 1 - Arrival Keflavik airport
Transfer to a hotel in Reykjavík.
Day 2 – Reykjanes peninsula
The lava scarred Reykjanes peninsula lies on one of the world’s major plate boundaries, the Mid Atlantic Ridge. We will walk across a small footbridge between the two continents, see craters and an old lighthouse, Reykjanesviti.
We travel through lava fields to 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. After a refreshing bath in the lagoon, we continue to Reykjavik.
We drive back to Reykajvík in the afternoon and stay there overnight.
Day 3 – Mountain Hengill geothermal area
The mountain Hengill geothermal area is one of the largest high-temperature fields in Iceland situated on an active volcanic ridge in SW Iceland. We visit Hellisheidi the geothermal power plant and surroundings. The area is situated on Hellisheiði heath just outside of Reykjavik. It is rugged, colourful and full of interesting spots to capture photos.
Overnight in Reykjavik.
Day 4 - The Golden Circle
Thingvellir - Geysir hot spring - Gullfos waterfall – The Highlands
We head out of Reykjavík and make our first stop of the day near Nesjavellir geothermal power plant. Afterwards, we visit Þingvellir, Iceland’s first national park est. 1930. It is the site of the Viking Age parliament started in 930 AD and is located in a rift valley.
In the late morning, we visit Gullfoss waterfall and Geysir geothermal area. The waterfall is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, and Geysir geothermal area is known for its spouting springs. Strokkur (the Butter churn) spouts every 3–8 minutes up to a height of 25 metres. We continue to the guesthouse in the highlands. Overnight there for 2 nights.
Day 5 – Landmannalaugar
Landmannalaugar literally means people’s pools and is situated in the southern highlands close to the volcano Hekla. The name refers to the natural geothermal pools which travelers can bathe in. There are some unusual geological elements in the area such as multicoloured rhyolite mountains and lava fields. The mountains display a wide spectrum of colours including pink, green, brown, yellow, purple, blue, black and white.
Day 6 – Fjallabaksleið nyrðri
Today we leave Landmannalaugar and make our way to our guesthouse in Southeast Iceland. We will travel on Fjallabaksleið nyrðri which means 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. Ófærufoss waterfall is within the canyon, a magnificent waterfall.
We will stay at a gueshouse south of Vatnajökull glacier an ideal choice for photographers who want to be near Jökulsárlón lagoon and the glacier in order to capture Iceland’s truly magical light that makes already extraordinary landscapes even more striking.
Day 7-8 Vatnajökull glacier National Park
Vatnajökull glacier towers over this region and has immensely affected the landscape. We will visit many of Vatnajökull's outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón lagoon, 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).
Day 9 – Lónsöraefi tour
A tour to Lónsöræfi is a combination of nearly two hours drive and
then 45 minute walk to a mountain hut. Lónsöræfi, wilderness, are 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
Day 10 – Southcoast to Reykjavik
Today we head back along the south coast to Reykjavík.
We will stop at Kirkjubæjarklaustur village which became well known in Iceland during the Lakagígar volcanic eruption in 1783 were a huge lava flow streamed from the craters in what became known as the “Skafta Fires.” This is believed to have been one of the greatest lava flows in a single eruption in the history of the world.
Reynisdrangar are basalt sea stacks situated very near to Reynisfjara and the village Vík í 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 sea level at their highest.
Next stop is Dyrhólaey which is a 120-meter high promontory, not far from Vík and is the southernmost part of the country. From the top you have a great photographic view.
After Dyrhólaey we drive to Skógafoss which is one of the biggest and most beautiful waterfalls in the country with a width of 25 meters and a drop of 60 meters. Due to the amount of spray the waterfall consistently produces a single or double rainbow which is normally visible on sunny days. Next stop is Seljalandsfoss, another spectacular waterfall, one of the most famous one and very picturesque. You can walk behind this waterfall and get a different photo angle.
Overnight at a guesthouse in Reykjavik
Day 11 – Transfer to Keflavík airport.
Departure from Iceland.
-Accommodation 10 nights in hotels, guesthouses. 2 nights with shared bathroom
-Meeting facilities in the evening
-Tour from Höfn town to Lónsdalur valley
-Boat tour on Jökulsarlón glacier lagoon
-Entrance to The Blue Lagoon
Price per person sharing a double room USD 4990
Single Supplement USD 500