Midnight sun photography holiday in Iceland

“Make the most of endless daylight and incredible landscapes on this small group summer photography workshop in Iceland. Travel between three regions, with a guide and photography tuition included.”

Highlights

Reykjavík| Höfn | Stokksnes | Vestrahorn | Jökulsárlón lagoon| black sand beach at Breiðamerkursandur | Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon | Cape Ingólfshöfði | Skaftafell National Park | Vik | Dyrhólaey | Snæfellsnes peninsula | Flatey Island | luminous icebergs floating in surreal turquoise lagoons | glacial landscapes up close | sea arches and sea stacks | sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations | lava fields | Alpine flowers

Description of Midnight sun photography holiday in Iceland

Highlights include…
Luminous icebergs floating in a turquoise lagoon
Game of Thrones locations
Stokksnes and Vestrahorn
Skaftafell
Vatnajökull glacial landscapes
Sea washed ice on black volcanic sand
Sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations
Hours of ambient light
Purple lupin fields
Vast lava fields and Grjótagjá
Peak time for birds in Iceland
Lake Mývatn
Colourful geothermal areas
Volcanic phenomena including Dimmuborgir
Waterfalls Dettifoss, Selfoss, Goðafoss & Gullfoss
Kerlingarfjöll and the Interior Highlands
Iceland’s Golden Circle including Þingvellir

Locations
This remarkable summer workshop concentrates on three main locations.
1. Southeast and South Iceland
An area of Iceland noted for its backdrop of mountains, waterfalls, glaciers, icebergs and black sand beaches.
2. Mývatn, North Iceland
A remarkable area renowned for its dramatic geothermal and volcanic landscape, fabulous waterfalls and amazing birdlife.
3. Kerlingarfjöll
A wild landscape located in the very heart of Iceland’s remote Highlands which are only accessible for a couple of months a year.

General Summary
During the month of June we enjoy the summer solstice. Essentially it is light all day with the sun disappearing only briefly. There are several hours of ambient light with endless sunrises and sunsets, a superb time to be in Iceland! For those who might be interested this trip takes in all of the locations that were used to film the latest Game of Thrones. Our locations are well chosen and photographically rewarding and they take us to three totally contrasting areas of Iceland. Down in the south east we will be central to some iconic locations such as Iceland’s huge Vatnajökull ice cap, Skaftafell National Park, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the black beaches festooned with sparkling sea washed ice sculptures. In the North of Iceland we are based in one of North Iceland’s premier photographic locations, Mývatn. From desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves, the area around Lake Mývatn is a microcosm of all the natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. It is also a fabulous location for bird enthusiasts. Our last base is in the remote interior Highlands of Iceland the geothermal area around Kerlingarfjöll; this is where ice and fire meets. The massif Kerlingarfjöll, ‘Ogress Mountains’ is part of the Kjölur area. During our explorations here we will encounter geothermal phenomena such as bubbling mud pools, fumaroles, hissing fissures, snow and a landscape that is truly Tolkien. Several locations on this Ultimate Landscape trip are secret to us, a real advantage when travelling with guides who know the landscape intimately. Expect to return from this workshop with an understanding of modern image processing techniques, a portfolio of remarkable, creative images and a bunch of great memories!

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Midnight sun photography holiday in Iceland

Environment

We encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines:

- When out in wild places, please keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on, or picking native flora. Iceland is fragile unstable environment. The country is currently embarking on many conservation and habitation projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion.

- When near wildlife or bird colony’s we minimise human disruption of the natural environment. We take considerable care during breeding seasons so as to not disturb nesting birds and wildlife.

- Take time to carry out some research about Iceland, being able to speak a few words of Icelandic is always appreciated.

- Water sources in Iceland are exceptionally pure and we discourage buying plastic bottled water. A metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source is recommended to all of our guests.

- River water could also be a supply drinking water, please do not contaminate river water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free

- Respect local customs religion and traditions.

- Don’t take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission.

- Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do.

- Read the labels and buy local products such as food and souvenirs so that money directly benefits the community.

- Reduce pollution and carry out all litter. Recycle wherever possible. Iceland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.

Our small group ethos, sharing of transport and preferred mode of exploring locations is by foot thus reducing pollution, environmental noise and damage to what is often an especially delicate ecosystem.

We support the Environment Agency and the National Parks of Iceland through passing on information about their policy and raising awareness of current issues and environmental sustainability. The Environment Agency hosts volunteers from all over the world and works closely with a variety of international organisations. The programme is organised in partnership with the British conservation volunteer organisation BTCV.

Wherever possible we work electronically and promote considerate use of digital resources. We are primarily web based for all administrative communications with minimal use of office paper.

If you decide to travel with us please ask for our links page where you will find comprehensive information on travel, health, environmental concerns, preparing for your holiday, local cultures and how to support local projects.

Community

Tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of helping to restore economic stability to the country and also giving a sense of dignity to Icelanders. More than ever communities have to return to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. We support local micro business by seeking out artisans and contemporary home made crafts during our stay. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.

In particular communities away from the central hub of Reykjavik are relying on visitors to boost their economy. We have been supporting these less visited areas for many years and we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. We seek out small family run hotels and support local tourism enterprises such as eating at the small fish soup 'shack' down on the beach in preference to the rather more up-market restaurants, knowing that the fish will be freshly caught that day by local fishermen.

These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods and in turn we have built mutually beneficial relationships with our all of our hosts and local guides. All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website. Local food can be obtained easily in Iceland, for example fish, lamb, dairy products, vegetables grown in geo-thermally heated green houses. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Icelandic fare for both breakfast and dinner.

Our holidays are immersive and are designed for photographers by photographers. We pride ourselves on our research, interest and appreciation of the historical and cultural context of each country we travel through.

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