Project Description

Iceland Photography Trip

Chase the Northern Lights across the land of fire and ice.
Capture the breathtaking natural beauty of Iceland’s southern coast, with glittering ice caves, frozen black sand beaches, and so much more.

Home to stunning natural beauty year-round, Iceland transforms into a breathtaking dreamscape each winter. With so much to see and so much to shoot, you’ll take incredible photos of a trip you’ll never forget.

Staying at comfortable lodging along the way, we will travel as a group across Iceland’s southern coast and back in a 9-passenger van. Together with our French- and English-speaking photography instructor, we will take in some of Iceland’s most magnificent sights, both above and below ground. If we are lucky, we will have the chance to see and shoot the Northern Lights.

February 2020
Trip Dates: From Saturday, February 8th until February 15th.

LOCATION

Iceland’s volcanic origins have produced some of Earth’s most stunning natural landscapes. Whether you are a novice or a professional, you will develop your skills as a photographer while practicing on glittering ice caves, monumental waterfalls, expansive glaciers, and even the streets of downtown Reykjavik. This tour has it all.

On this trip, you will expand your skills in taking beautiful photos even in challenging light conditions. Take magnificent photos from dawn to dusk: from the sun shining on sparkling “Diamond Beach” to the underground beauty of the ocean-blue ice caves, to aurora-hunting in the early darkness.

You will have the chance to master the skill of composition by practicing on beautiful landscapes with fascinating histories. Apply your creativity to the basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, which legend says was formed when two trolls failed to land their ship on the black sand beaches and found it turned to stone by morning.

Not only will you go home with images to be proud of, but you will also be able to use your new skills to improve and expand your photographic technique when you return home. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.

TRIP HIGHLIGHTS

The program in a glance:  

  • Travel from Reykjavik to Vik to Skaftafell to Höfn and back in a 9-passenger van with a small group of other enthusiastic photographers
  • See and shoot a variety of stunning landscapes, including ice caves, black sand beaches, and more
  • An itinerary hand-picked by your photography instructor to show you the most photogenic sites in southern Iceland
  • Breakfasts and lunch included
SEE THE FULL ITINERARY HERE

We will be accommodated at four selected locations:

Guesthouse Sunna: Right at the center of Reykjavik, faceing the famous Hallgrimskirkja church.

The Barn Hostel – Vik: The Barn is located near the village of Vík between the Mýrdalsjölill Glacier and the southern coast of Iceland. The double rooms come with a shared bathroom, some present a view over the nearby mountains.

Hotel Skaftafell: The amazing location of Hotel Skaftafell provides guests with stunning views of Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjukur and the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull. All rooms have a work desk, satellite TV and a private bathroom with a shower.

Hotel Höfn: Located in south-eastern Iceland, in the coastal town of Höfn, this hotel offers local cuisine and modern rooms with private bathrooms with a flat-screen TV. All of Hotel Höfn’s guest rooms feature a work desk and cable TV access, and some also include a tea/coffee maker. Guests can enjoy glacier and sea views from most rooms.

ABOUT YOUR INSTRUCTOR

Languages: French & English

David Rouge is a widely renowned travel & landscape photographer. Drawn to the sense of vulnerability he feels when challenged by Earth’s most powerful elements, he favors extreme ecosystems, from sun-baked deserts to arctic forests. This sense of vulnerability and emotion shows through in his photos. Having already spent two months in Iceland on a 2016 photography tour, David is an extremely knowledgeable guide who will take you to his tried-and-true photography hot spots on this tour.

David’s style of travel photography captures the emotions of casual encounters and the power and majesty of nature.  You can see more of his work in his books and on his website.

The best way to improve your photography is to practice, and we intend to give you many opportunities during this trip to do just that, from the best viewpoints in the region. We will provide different challenges for all levels, give personal feedback on your work and show you how you can do better.

On this photography trip, expect to practice and improve:

  • Landscape photography – how to handle high dynamic range situations, apply composition rules, manage colors and contrasts, using filters
  • Outdoor & indoor portraits in different environments and light conditions
  • Capturing stars and borealis
  • Using reflectors, flashes on and off camera
  • Night p