Senja - Hidden Norway
It is without doubt that South Iceland has become a popular destination with photographers from all over the world. Recently it has been described as a place that has had all its good photographs taken and there is little more to do. We at aspect2i disagree entirely! Changing weather and light and snowfalls transform the landscape on every visit.
Iceland itself is bigger than the whole of Scotland, and the south coast of Iceland is only one small part with an unlimited array of photography to explore. On this workshop, we have decided not to just simply take you to the popular locations such as Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Jokulsarlon, but explore and photograph the many other places that people pass en-route to these classic locations. Iceland is massively transformed during its winter with the potential for snow and ice and dramatic skies with beautiful low light all day long. It goes without saying that the Aurora Borealis is never far away at this time of year!
The entire photography workshop will be based between Vik and Hofn on the edge of the mighty Atlantic. Of course, you will have the opportunity to explore the black volcanic beaches and clifftops of Dyrholaey and Reynisfjara, but we will explore the amazing lava flows and huge intertidal area of Dyrholar which are often ignored. Another often completely missed area are the vast glacial outflow riverbeds at Myrdalssandur, over which run a series of road bridges heading east.
Often overlooked are the huge open expanses of Volcanic ash lands which stretch from the inland cliffs (that were once the sea-edge) to the now open Atlantic. Crossing these areas are wonderful graphic lines of pylons, not to mention the big-sky that changes constantly with the weather coming in from the coast.
The Eldhaurn lava field is really something to behold in Iceland. Now covered in a thick and beautiful green layer of mosses, this landscape was created by one of the most violent eruptions that Iceland has ever witnessed between 1783 and 1784. The Laki volcano discharged 15 cubic kilometres of lava covering an area of 600 square kilometres and is the world’s third largest lava flow since the Ice Age. No visit to the south coast of Iceland in the winter would be complete without walking into the mighty Fjadrargljufur Canyon. The canyon has vertical walls and is 100 meters deep and cuts, snake-like through the mountain side. Created nine thousand years ago by glacial meltwater from a lake, it is unique to this part of Iceland.
The area surrounding Hofn changes again and is a photographer’s paradise. Crossing the huge open river deltas of Skeidararsandur you can see the mighty Hofsjokull and Vatnajokull glaciers above. Of course, we will plan a visit to get up close and personal with Svinafellsjokull. We drive right up to the car park that overlooks the snout of the glacier and take a short walk up the path to its’ side where the blue ice and intricate moraines can be seen in all their glory, thousands of years old. We will of course visit the world famous Jokulsarlon so you can experience first-hand the calving of icebergs and watch them pass through the lagoon channel making their journey into the Atlantic. We will take time to photograph the beached icebergs on the black sands of Jokulsarlon beach.
Further east we move to quieter places of Lonsfjordur, a huge black pebble bank that provides shelter to the tiny settlement of Svinholar, and we venture into the moon-like beach and cliffs of Vestrahorn.
Iceland is not ‘done’ at all and this workshop will show this. Winter here is something every photographer should experience. The uniqueness of south Iceland is waiting to be discovered and we are ready to show you!
During this photography workshop it is our aim to work with you to help you capture the very essence of this amazing landscape in the grip of the winter. We will of course enjoy visiting some of the classic locations in the south coast of Iceland, but there are so many other aspects of this landscape that can be explored with your camera. Iceland is understandably popular with landscape photographers, but we will be on hand to help you find your own unique perspective.
2 leaders with a maximum of 8 participants
Easy - underfoot can be slippery due to snow and ice so grippers of some description are advised.
The price includes extensive one to one tuition during the workshop, accommodation (on a bed and breakfast basis). No single occupancy supplement. Travel during the workshop. Entrance Fees where applicable. Transfers to and from Keflavic Airport.
Travel to and from the location and personal bills such as bar bills, meals not listed. Travel and camera Insurance.