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

Centred on three key locations, this 12-day photography workshop explores Iceland in the summer. Travel with photographic tutors in a small group to Southeast and South Iceland, for photography against a backdrop of glaciers, icebergs, mountains and black sand beaches. Then it’s on to Snæfellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, a remarkable place renowned for its dramatic sea cliffs and pools, towered over by the glaciated volcano Snæfellsjökull, which is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful energy sources. Finally, we visit Flatey Island. Located in the very heart of Breiðafjörður, it’s a step back in time!

This trip runs in June, when Iceland is light all day, with the sun disappearing only briefly. There are several hours of ambient light and long sunrises and sunsets, so it’s a superb time to be photographing here. All our locations are carefully chosen and photographically rewarding. Cape Ingólfshöfði, for example, is a headland that’s home to thousands of nesting birds including puffins and great skuas. It’s only reached with the help of a local farmer! Other locations are more well known, such as the two magnificent waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Some locations we travel to are iconic, including Iceland’s vast Vatnajökull ice cap, Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. In addition, many of the places we head to are visually unusual, like the black beaches festooned with sparkling ice sculptures, and some are only accessed by boat. We travel with guides who know this landscape intimately and can lead us to locations secret to us. Expect to return from this workshop with an understanding of modern image processing techniques, a portfolio of remarkable, creative images and a lot of great memories!

Eleven nights’ accommodation in hotels is included, plus all meals, transport and internal flights.

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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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