Sunrise, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland

Southern Iceland & Northern Lights Photography Workshop

£2,495.00

11th-18th Oct 2018

Southern Iceland and northern light landscape photography workshop

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Description

Join me on this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the amazing landscape that is Iceland! I have been fortunate to visit many amazing places all across the globe, but there is nowhere quite like the ‘land of fire and Ice’.

You will start your journey after being collected at Keflavik airport at 3.30pm 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 tour 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.

To see my full portfolio of Iceland images CLICK HERE 


WORKSHOP INFO

Price £2495

Dates – Thurs 11th – Thurs 18th October 2018

Number of Participants – Five

Included

Seven nights accommodation (single occupancy, double rooms en-suite)
Breakfast
Professional 1-2-1 photography tuition
Collection and drop off at Keflavík International Airport
Transportation in a minibus offering comfort and plenty of space for us all, luggage, clothing and camera equipment

Excluded

Travel to and from Iceland
Travel/Camera Insurance
Lunch, snacks and evening meals
Drinks

 

 

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 – 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 3.30pm 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 – Budir Church, Arnarstapi, Ingjaldshólskirkja Church, Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellfoss

The day starts pre-dawn at Budir Church followed after breakfast at the hotel with 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. Before we take lunch in Olafsvik we shall visit the triangular emergency mountain shelter perched high up on the mountain road of Route 54 near Snaefellsnes.

The afternoon will see us visiting the beautiful wooden church of Ingjaldshólskirkja for an hour 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.

Búðir Church, Snæfellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Búðir Church, Snæfellsnes 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
Kirkjufellfoss and Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Kirkjufellfoss and Kirkjufell, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland

Day 3 – Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Gljúfrafoss

Today we head east to experience the majesty of two 200ft waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss with a quick visit to the hidden gem of Gljúfrafoss waterfall nearby.

We head east on the third day to take in the grandeur and majesty of the two 200ft waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss as well as an extra special visit to the hidden waterfall of Gljúfrafoss nearby. If the northern lights are visible, we will head out to photograph them tonight as we are staying at the luxury Icelandair Hotel in Vik this evening (only a 30 minute drive away from Skogafoss).

Sejlandsfoss, Iceland
Seljalandsfoss, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Skogafoss, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Skogafoss, Iceland

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

Day 4 – Myrdal Church Vik, Reynisfjara Sea Stacks Vik, Dyrhólaey, Vestrahorn

Today we will start by capturing the church at Vik (next door to the hotel) pre-dawn before driving to Reynisfjara Beach to photograph the stunning black volcanic sandy beach complete with sea stacks, the amazing rock formations and hopefully a stunning rising sun. Back to the hotel for breakfast and check out before spending a couple of hours at Dyrhólaey. Back in the minibus for an afternoon’s drive to one of my favourite parts of Iceland, Vestrahorn and Hofn. We will spend the last two hours of daylight photographing the magnificent 1,500ft mountain of Vestrahorn, which stands on the black volcanic beach of Stokksnes. You will find the iconic yellow marram grass interspersed in the black sand. Such a wonderful sight. To finish the day off, a meal at the wonderful Pakkhus restaurant in Hofn.

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 October 2017.

Pre-Dawn, Myrdal Church, Vik, Iceland
Pre-Dawn, Myrdal Church, Vik, Iceland
Sunrise, Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara, Vik, Iceland
Sunrise, Sea Stacks, Reynisfjara, Vik, Iceland
Marram Grass, Vestrahorn, Stokkhus
Marram Grass, Vestrahorn, Stokkhus
Aurora Borealis, Vestrahorn, Stokksnes, Hofn, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Vestrahorn, Stokksnes, Hofn, Iceland

Day 5 – Vestrahorn, Jökulsárlón Diamond Ice Beach and Lagoon

The day starts with a sunrise session at the truly breathtaking 1,500ft ocean mountain of Vestrahorn, made famous in the Game of Thrones. Back to the hotel for breakfast followed by check out and heading west to Iceland’s most popular 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.

 

Sunrise, Vestrahorn, Stokkhus
Sunrise, Vestrahorn, Stokkhus
Sunset, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland
Sunset and Icebergs, Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland
Icebergs, Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón, Iceland
Sunset, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland
Sunset, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland
Aurora Borealis, Jökulsárlón Lagoon, Iceland

Day 6 – Jökulsárlón Diamond Ice Beach and Lagoon, Svartifoss Vatnajökull National Park, Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, Golden Circle

Day six will be in part spent travelling from Jökulsárlón to the Golden Circle 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. Breakfast back at the hotel before checking out and heading west to the beautiful Svartifoss waterfall in the Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park. This waterfall drops down into a gorge with a backdrop of basalt rock columns. Stunning does not do the scene justice. Lunch follows then an hour’s drive to the stunning canyon of Fjaðrárgljúfur, in part made famous by Justin Bieber who featured it in his 2015 video ‘I’ll Show You’.

Fjaðrárgljúfur is a 2km long winding canyon in south east Iceland. It has steep walls and is up to 100 metres deep. The Fjaðrá river flows through it and it looks more impressive in the autumn months rather than the snow covered winter months. Late afternoon will see us venture to the Golden Circle to our hotel for the evening. The Gullfoss Hotel is isolated in a dark sky region of the Golden Circle and is the closest located hotel to the Gullfoss waterfall with just a three minute drive to the famous falls. The Strokkur geyser is only five minutes away too so the Gullfoss Hotel is perfectly positioned for the local attractions.

If the northern lights are visible, we will be perfectly placed to take the three minute drive to Gullfoss to capture it.

Sunrise, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland
Sunrise, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Ice Beach, Iceland
Svartifoss, Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park
Svartifoss, Skaftafell, Vatnajökull National Park

Day 7 – Bruarfoss, Strokkur Geyser, Gullfoss, Öxarárfoss, Keflavik

We start the day before sunrise at the nearby Bruarfoss waterfall which is so blue, you will not believe your eyes. A visit to Iceland’s most famous geyser after breakfast follows. Strokkur blows every eight minutes and is impressive to photograph and witness in person. We will be visiting a couple of gorgeous waterfalls in and around the area too including the hugely impressive and famous Gullfoss waterfall and the lesser visited Öxarárfoss ensuring that the Golden Circle will definitely leave an impression on you. We will head back into Keflavik for our final evening together before reliving some amazing memories from a wonderful trip.

Strokkur Geyser, Hvítá River, Golden Circle, Iceland
Strokkur Geyser, Hvítá River, Golden Circle, Iceland
Bruarfoss, Golden Circle, Iceland
Bruarfoss, Golden Circle, Iceland
Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Iceland
Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Iceland
Sunrise, Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Iceland
Sunrise, Gullfoss, Golden Circle, Iceland

Day 7 – 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.

 

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 room (not always the case as some Iceland workshops have you share a room) complete with a en-suite bathroom. See below for a list of the hotels we will be staying in. Click on them 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…..

Tour Details
Dates

Thurs 11th – Thurs 18th October 2018

Location

Southern Iceland

Tutor

Melvin Nicholson

Attendees

5

Exertion Level

Easy / Medium / Hard – All locations within half a mile from the car, some much closer. Some slippery rocks near waterfalls and the odd uphill section present. A good level of fitness and mobility is required.

Accommodation

Hotel Budir, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Icelandair Hotel, Vik
Milk Factory, Hofn
Hali Country Hotel nr Jokulsarlon
Hotel Gullfoss (in the Golden Circle)
Hotel Jazz, Keflavik

Included

Seven nights accommodation (single occupancy, double rooms en-suite)
Breakfast
Professional 1-2-1 tuition
Collection and drop off at Keflavík International Airport
Full transport between workshop locations

Excluded

Travel to and from Iceland
Travel / Camera Insurance
Lunch and evening meals
Drinks