A Michael Chinnici photo workshop in Iceland 30 June - 5 July 2013

The summer sun never sets on this breathtakingly lush land of verdant hills, active volcanoes, fumaroles and mud-pots. Experience Iceland’s

Michael Chinnici 30 June - 5 July 2013

The summer sun never sets on this breathtakingly lush land of verdant hills, active volcanoes, fumaroles and mud-pots. Experience Iceland’s surreal 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.
Duration: 6 Days / 5 Nights

Minimum number of participants 6, max. 12.

Beginner to Pro Photographers welcome
Busy schedule
Travel by private car, minivan or mini bus, domestic flight
4 Hotels in 5 nights
Considerable to extreme elevation changes and lots of walking

July Temps - High 55° F / 12° C - Low 47° F / 8° C
July Sunrise 3:06 AM / Sunset 11:48 PM (23:48) - 21 hours of light each day

Travel, Landscape, Seascape, Nature and Wildlife Photography
Workshop, Photo Walks and Hikes
Day 1, 30 June 2013: Arrival
We meet on Sunday morning at our hotel, the Hotel Klettur in Reykjavik 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 favorite restaurants in Reykjavik.

Day 2, 1 July 2013:  Reykjavík - 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 breathtaking, 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 return in the evening to our hotel, the Guesthouse Smyrlabjörg for a wonderful Icelandic dinner.

Day 3, 2 July 2013:  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 the Icelandair Hotel Klaustur we gather later in the evening for dinner.

Day 4, 3 July 2013:  Vík - Geysir - Gullfoss
We leave Klaustur and drive towards the coast to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey.  We drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss and walk the path behind it. On 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. As we near closer to Reykjavik, we checkin to the Icelandair Hotel Flúðir, review some of our photos, and then enjoy another wonderful Icelandic dinner.

Day 5, 4 July 2013:  Þingvellir - Reykjanes Peninsula - Blue Lagoon

We leave the Geysir area and drive 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 continue to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the lava fields of Reykjanes peninsula. More then 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, the Hotel Klettur and settle in to enjoy our “Farewell Dinner”.

Day 6, 5 July 2013: Reykjavík
During breakfast, we review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before heading to the airport for our return home. We urge you to extend your stay in Reykjavik and make good use of everything you will learn on our Photo Workshop Adventure.

 Price per person sharing a double room USD 4,295
Single Supplement USD $700

- 5 nights in guesthouses/hotels with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day six.
- Airport transfers from/to Keflavík Airport.
- Airport transfer to Reykjavík Domestic Airport.
- Private bus during the tour.
- Domestic flight to Höfn, incl. airport taxex.
- Guidance from Michael Chinnici and Tim Vollmer.
- Boat trip on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
- Lodging tax.



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