Iceland Northern Lights Photography Workshop, Jan/Feb 2019

£2,495.00

26th Jan – 2nd Feb 2019

5 available



Join me on this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the amazing landscape that is Iceland. I am so fortunate to have visited many amazing places in the world, but there is nowhere quite like the ‘land of fire and ice’.

You will start your journey after being collected at Keflavik airport at 4pm before visiting many of the most iconic locations Iceland has to offer including the stunning sea stacks at Vik, the iconic glacial lagoon and the black volcanic beach of Jökulsárlón, the impressive mountains of Kirkjufell and Vestrahorn, and the beautiful churches of Budir, Hellnar, Ingjaldshólskirkja and Vik. Then there is the mighty 200ft waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss which will also be visited.

There will also be a couple of opportunities to stop en-route to capture those wonderful fleeting moments of magic as and when they happen, be it a herd of reindeer walking in isolation across the grassy fields or the truly stunning aurora borealis dancing above your head. This photography workshop will leave you with long lasting memories.

There are just five places in total ensuring a small, informal group with plenty of personalised 1-2-1 tuition on offer.

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ITINERARY

Here is a brief itinerary detailing our schedule. For a more detailed itinerary, please email me at info@melvinnicholson.co.uk and I will email it to you. While the itinerary looks fixed, it is really only an indication of the locations we will be visiting and the decision to alter our plans depending on the weather and light will be taken if needed.

 

Day 1 – Saturday 26th January 2019
Keflavik Airport, Hotel Budir
I land into Keflavik airport at 2.50pm, collect the nine seater minibus (so plenty of space for luggage, clothing and camera equipment) and collect the five workshop attendees at 4pm from the airport before heading to our luxurious accommodation for the first two evenings, the Hotel Budir on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (2 hrs, 45 minute journey). After we have dropped off our belongings, settled in, we will enjoy our ‘get to know each other’ meal in the hotel’s restaurant. The food is just amazing, especially the lamb. If the northern lights happen to show, we are perfectly placed to take the five minute walk to the iconic black and white Búðir Church and capture it with the magical colours behind it.

Aurora Borealis, Budir Church, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Budir Church, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Day 2 – Sunday 27th January 2019
Budir Church, Arnarstapi, , Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellfoss
The day starts with breakfast at the hotel before heading out pre-dawn to photograph the Budir Church followed by a short drive westwards to the little fishing village of Arnarstapi. The harbour, fishing boats, sea cliffs, the huge sea arch and the lone white house with the 1,500ft Mt Stapafell volcanic mountain behind it are all on offer. We will take lunch in Hellnar before venturing off to the iconic and world famous Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellfoss waterfalls (‘foss ‘ meaning waterfall) for a sunset session.

This mountain’s nickname is the ‘Witch’s Hat’ owing to its shape. Kirkjufell is best known for its starring role in the Game of Thrones (season six). The waterfalls in the foreground with the mountain in the background provide one of the most memorable images you’ll capture on this workshop. Back to the hotel for our evening meal and good conversation about the day’s experiences.

Budir Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Budir Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Sunrise, Arnarstapi, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Sunrise, Arnarstapi, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Arnarstapi and Mt Stapafell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Arnarstapi and Mt Stapafell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Kirkjufellfoss and Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Kirkjufellfoss and Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Day 3 – Monday 28th January 2019
Londrangar, Ingjaldshólskirkja Church, Emergency Mountain Hut
Today will see us visit four locations before heading eastwards to Hella for the evening. Our first location is the lovely old red and white wooden church at Hellnar. Wooden churches are so photogenice in Iceland with each one looking different to the next. Then just a couple of minutes down the road we visit Londrangar which is an impressive pair of volcanic basalt rock pinnacles by the sea.

Early afternoon and Ingjaldshólskirkja Church is next on our list. With high mountains behind it and a long road leading up to it, it makes a wonderful scene to photograph. Our fourth destination is the emergency mountain hut positioned high up on a mountain pass. This red roofed triangular hut stands proud among the snow covered mountains. We then move onto Hella for the evening.

Ingjaldshólskirkja Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Ingjaldshólskirkja Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Emergency Hut, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Emergency Hut, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Day 4 – Tuesday 29th January 2019
Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfrafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar
Today we head east to experience the majesty of the 200ft waterfall, Seljalandsfoss and its neighbour and hidden gem, Gljúfrafoss waterfall which is hidden in an open roofed cave. Lunch at Skogafoss cafe to follow before moving onto the towering cliffs of Dyrhólaey near Vik. From here you will be photographing sea stacks on the beach from high up on the edge of the cliff faces. This really is a spectacular place to spend an hour or so. The black volcanic sandy beach of Reynisdrangar is our final destination for the day where we will be photographing the sea stacks up close and this is an excellent location to shoot some long exposure images as the tide rolls in and out.

If the northern lights are visible, we will head out to photograph them over the 200ft waterfall of Skogafoss tonight as we are staying at the luxurious Icelandair Hotel in Vik this evening (only a 30 minute drive away from Skogafoss).

Below is a short slow motion video capture of the 200ft Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Sunset, Dyrhólaey, Iceland
Sunset, Dyrhólaey, Iceland
Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, Black Beach, Vik, Iceland
Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, Black Beach, Vik, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Skogafoss, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Skogafoss, Iceland

Day 5 – Wednesday 30th January 2019
Myrdal Church Vik, Reynisfjara Sea Stacks Vik, Diamond Ice Beach Jökulsárlón
After breakfast in the hotel, we will start the day by capturing the church at Vik (next door to the hotel) pre-dawn. The church is lit up and set against a stunning mountain backdrop. A visit to the beautiful black sandy volcanic beach of Reynisfjara is a must, where we will be photographing the stunning black volcanic sandy beach complete with sea stacks, the amazing rock formations and hopefully a stunning rising sun. Late morning and we’re on the road again to visit the world famous and iconic Jökulsárlón Diamond Ice Beach.

Lunch first before exploring the black beach for icebergs that have been washed up onto the beach from having glided their way out of the huge ice lagoon across the road. The sight of dozens of huge icebergs occupying the black beach is a wonderful sight and there is so much scope for composition and short and long exposure images. Once the sun has set, we take the hour’s journey east to Hofn where a meal at the fantastic PAKKHUS Restaurant awaits.

If the northern lights happen to show, we are perfectly placed to take the fifteen minute drive to Vestrahorn and capture it with the magical colours behind it like I had the pleasure of doing so in October 2017.

Snowstorm, Myrdal Church, Vik, Iceland
Snowstorm, Myrdal Church, Vik, Iceland
Sunrise, Myrdal Church, Vik, Iceland
Sunrise, Myrdal Church, Vik, Iceland
Sunrise, Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara, Vik, Iceland
Sunrise, Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara, Vik, Iceland
Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara Black Beach, Vik, Iceland
Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara Black Beach, Vik, Iceland
Icebergs, Diamond Ice Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Icebergs, Diamond Ice Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Sunset, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland
Sunset, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Vestrahorn, Stokksnes, Hofn, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Vestrahorn, Stokksnes, Hofn, Iceland

Day 6 – Thursday 31st January 2019
Vestrahorn, Diamond Ice Beach and Lagoon Jökulsárlón
The day starts with breakfast before heading out to the truly breathtaking 1,500ft ocean mountain of Vestrahorn, made famous in the Game of Thrones. We will spend three hours here this morning photographing the magnificent mountain, which stands on the black volcanic beach of Stokksnes. You will find the iconic yellow marram grass interspersed in the black sand. It really is such a wonderful sight. We aim to capture sunrise here before heading west to Iceland’s most iconic location, the glacial ice lagoon and the ice beach of Jökulsárlón where we will stay until sunset before making our way to our nearby hotel for the evening.

Below is a short video of me on location at Vestrahorn to give you an idea of what this location offers you.

Vestrahorn, Hofn, Iceland
Vestrahorn, Hofn, Iceland
Marram Grass, Vestrahorn, Stokkhus
Marram Grass, Vestrahorn, Stokkhus, Iceland
Sunset, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland
Sunset, Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon, Iceland

Day 7 – Friday 1st February 2019
Diamond Ice Beach and Lagoon Jökulsárlón, Skogafoss
Day seven will be in part spent travelling from Jökulsárlón to Keflavik but not before we take in a 90 minute sunrise visit to the black diamond ice beach in the hope of capturing a glorious sunrise over the beached icebergs. Watching the sun rise and illuminate the ice from behind while the sky turns orange is a memory from my workshop in October 2017, that will stay with me forever.

Our final location of the workshop will be the magnificent 200ft waterfall of Skogafoss.

We will head back into Keflavik for our final evening together before reliving some amazing memories from a wonderful trip.

Sunrise and an Iceberg, Diamond Ice Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Sunrise and an Iceberg, Diamond Ice Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Skogafoss, Iceland
Skogafoss, Iceland
Skogafoss, Iceland
Skogafoss, Iceland

Day 7 – Saturday 2nd February 2019
Departure Keflavik Airport
It is an early flight home to reflect on what will be a trip of a lifetime. If you have always promised yourself a photography holiday of a lifetime, this one will take some beating. I hope you can join me.


FLIGHT ARRANGEMENTS
Flights are not included in the workshop price and cost is around £200/£250 from Manchester to Keflavik including a 10kg cabin and 23kg hold luggage allowance.

I am flying with Icelandair. My flight details are below.

MY FLIGHT TIMES
Saturday 26th January 2019
Flight Manchester to Keflavik (Economy)
F1441 Depart 13:05 Arrive 14:50

Saturday 2nd February 2019
Flight Keflavik to Manchester (Economy)
F1440 Depart 08:00 Arrive 11:45

I will collect all five workshop participants at 4pm from Keflavik airport on Saturday 26th January 2019

TRANSPORT
Our mode of transport for this tour is a nine seater minibus. This will ensure that there is plenty of space for us all including luggage, clothing and camera equipment.

 

ACCOMMODATION
There are a total of six quality hotels during our seven night stay in Iceland. This ensures that we are as close to the locations that we will be photographing meaning less time spent travelling in the minibus. You will each have your own double en-suite room (not always the case as some Iceland workshops have you share a room). See below for a list of the hotels we will be staying in. Click on the hotel name to be directed to their website.

 

TRIPADVISOR REVIEWS

Iceland Workshop February 2018 Workshop – Anne Robinson Strickland (USA)
The Iceland Workshop was both exciting and disappointing but not due to Melvin’s fault. We had extremely difficult weather conditions resulting in white-out blizzards, high winds, road closures and deep snow. Melvin handled the rough weather conditions like a pro. He provided a comfortable, safe Mercedes 4WD vehicle for our group and while we drove through some scary weather conditions, I never once felt unsafe. Melvin was always cheerful and confident. Read more here…..

Workshop to Iceland with Melvin October 2017  Workshop – Ivy May McIntosh (UK)
I joined Melvin for his workshop to Iceland during October 2017. Had a great time on the trip visiting glaciers, waterfalls, black sand beaches, beautiful churches and mountains to name a few locations. Melvin was excellent at sharing his knowledge and kept his sense of humour throughout the journey. Read more here…..

Iceland Workshop March 2017 Workshop – Shirley Hollis (UK)
A photographic workshop to Iceland is always going to be a considered trip. I booked on Melvin’s workshop after I had been let down by another organiser who cancelled a week before the start of the trip. I believe things happen for a reason and this was no exception, we had a wonderful trip. Read more here…..