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Day 1 - 19th March 2017 - Pick up at Keflavik airport
We will pick you up at Keflavik airport at 8:00 am. Participants should therefore arrive on the day before. We recommend that you spend the previous night at a hotel near to the airport, for instance the Airport Hotel Smari, which has a very good quality price ratio and is within walking distance of the airport. We will leave early in the morning and leave towards our hotel in the peninsula of Snaefellsness (about three hours trip). We will have lunch together at the hotel and spend the evening photographing by the sea. Maybe the northern lights will visit us on our first night too?
Days 2 to 6
During 5 full days we will explore and photograph the most interesting and photogenic areas of Snaefellsness, truly an “Iceland in miniature”.
We will visit the whole peninsula, not only the iconic and must-see places, but also (and specially) all those hidden treasures out of the beaten track, from our ideally placed and remote hotel at Budir, which is in itself one of the most photogenic areas in Iceland.
During this period, sunrise happens at 7:30 am and sunset at around 19:30 pm, giving us plenty of hours of warm light due to a sun which stays low above the horizon for the whole day. It will also provide decent waking hours for sunrise photography and also the possibility of photographing night scenes of auroras without having to stay up too long.
Our daily schedule will vary depending on the locations we will visit and the nocturnal activity the auroras may have provided, but a typical day will combine photographic sessions on different places, image reviews on the computer, post-processing sessions and some time to rest.
Day 7 - 25th March 2017 - End of Photo Immersion trip
We will have breakfast together and have a morning photographic session, which will mark the end of the photo-immersion trip.
We will drive back to Reykjavik and Keflavik, where we will drop all participants at their hotels. We recommend booking an hotel in the airport area, for instance the Airport Hotel Smari, which has a very good quality price ratio and is within walking distance of the airport. The participants must book their flights for the 26th of March 2017.
Included and excluded
- Tour organised and led by Rafael Rojas and Anca Minican
- "In the field" photography advice, daily briefings, commentary sessions / image reviews, Photoshop - Lightroom tutorials
- Special workshop session on night photography
- Special workshop session on post-processing (Lightroom - Photoshop)
- Special workshop session on basic use of DSRL (for beginners)
- Accommodation in exclusive and remote hotel Budir - Single occupancy for all participants
- All meals and non alcoholic beverages
- Transport during the whole stay
- Transfers from and to airport of Keflavik
- Unforgettable experiences and a lot of fun!
- Photographic equipment
- International and domestic flights
- Any meals other than those stated in detailed itinerary
- Personal expenses: telephone, gifts,...
- Medical and Accident Insurance valid for Norway (compulsory for all participants)
- Cancellation insurance (strongly recommended)
- Hotel nights before and after workshop
All photographic levels, from beginners to advanced photographers are welcome. A certain familiarity with your camera will be very beneficial in order to get the most from this photographic trip.
Easy. Most walks will be very short as we will be photographing close to the car. Temperatures are not very cold (around 0°), and any person in average physical shape with good clothing and equipment such as that we recommend should not have any problems at all. Please contact us if you have any doubts about the difficulty level of this trip.
4,400 CHF (Swiss Francs) VAT incl.
Single Occupancy included for all participants
Accommodation in the exclusive and remote hotel Budir, with single occupancy for all participants included in the price.
Possibility of sharing a room for couples or friends who know each other, with a price reduction of 500 CHF per person.
Deposit of 1,500 CHF to secure your place at the time of booking.
Full payment of the photo-trip due 120 days (4 months) prior to the departure date.
Should you need to cancel this Photo Trip, the following fees apply:
- 90 days or more before the departure date:Your deposit fee
- 89 to 61 days before the departure date:50% cancellation fee
- 60 days or less before the departure date:100% cancellation fee
It is strongly recommended to acquire travel cancellation insurance. If you need any help, please contact us and we will be very glad to assist you.
Number of People
Very small group limited from 4 (minimum) to 6 (maximum). This number includes photographers and non-photographing partners / spouses.
Logistics and Transportation
Transportation will be in a 4x4 van seating 9 people. Accommodation will be at the remote, exclusive and ideally placed hotel Budir, with double rooms in single occupancy basis for all participants. Breakfasts will be served at the hotel, we will take packed lunches with us for greater flexibility and we will enjoy a great dinner menu at the restaurant every evening.
Non photographing spouses / partners
Non-photographing spouses and partners are welcome on this trip. Even though the dinner conversations will certainly revolve around photography, all locations visited will allow non-photographing partners and spouses to discover and fully enjoy the beauty of the landscapes we will visit. They can also stay at our lovely appartments by the sea during our early morning or evening photographic forays, taking full advantageof the facilities and the beauty of the area. Same rates apply.
The official languages for this photographic trip will be English and French. If you speak any of those languages, that will be enough! In the case whereby we have both languages represented, we will duplicate our group explanations and image critique session in order to cater for the two languages.
Personal explanations to each participant can be done either in English, French or Spanish. A certain international composition of the group should be expected, with all the fun and wonderful implications that brings!
1) That you have pre-arranged your entry visa if required
2) That your passport is valid to visit Iceland and does not expire in a critical date
No vaccinations are mandatory.
It is a condition of booking that you disclose any medical conditions you might have including allergies or special nutritional requirements. This is essential as it may affect both your own and other people’s enjoyment of the trip and will allow us to understand the implications in relation to the particular trip.
Please bear in mind the volume limitation for your photo-bag!
Even though we will be 8 people travelling in a van seating 9, we should be able to accommodate all the bags in the van that we normally take for our photographic sessions.
All participants must be in possession of Health and Accident Insurance (with repatriation cover).
Additionally, we strongly advise you to conclude a Cancellation Insurance. If you need any help with this, let us know and we will suggest some leading companies with which we normally work.
Informations about the Weather:
For a place as far north as Iceland, cold and unpredictable weather comes with the territory. Yet Iceland’s favourable location next to the Gulf Stream keeps the country’s climate milder than expected. Iceland has a relatively balmy average high of 2°C and a minimum average of -3°C in March. Temperatures below freezing during the night can be expected. The Gulf Stream brings moisture over Iceland. Snow and eventually rain is an unavoidable feature of the landscape.
Talking about Iceland means talking about weather...Strongly influenced by the Atlantic Ocean and the presence of inland mountains, weather in Iceland is variable, dynamic, and dramatic. It can be gloomy, too. Sun, hail, snow, rain, sun again, a rainbow…All this can occur in the course of an hour. This is particularly the case along the west coast, as we face the open ocean, unprotected from the winds and the fierce waves of the Atlantic, which become the shaping force of the landscape. Weather fronts roll in from the Atlantic, creating amazing cloud formations and dramatic light conditions like nowhere else on the planet. Photographing the landscape in Iceland is like photographing a living organism. Every minute, everything changes…
Wind is also an inseparable element of Iceland. Unobstructed, it blows in from the Atlantic Ocean, creating incredible and often fleeting moments of majestic light and incredible lenticular clouds in the sky. It can also provide great opportunities to photograph an orchestral landscape where everything seems to be alive and in movement; the sea, the clouds...
In March, Iceland dresses in a white cloak of snow covering the volcanic landscape, where the black lava seems to be the ink on a white canvas and the winter storms roll in from the Atlantic. For a few months, the white engulfs the moss, the bushes, and the sand, carpeting the slopes of the mountains and the deep valleys in a stark and minimalistic Zen character. During the night, the sky shows its own colours and the frequently strongest Northern Lights of the year are likely to be seen on the clear nights. In fact, it is around March that frequent aurora activity is seen, perhaps linked to a certain influence of the equinox. The night, ink black at this time of the year, allows for its visibility when the weather permits, offering one of the most magical, incredible, and photogenic experiences you will ever have. Winter offers a certain mystical, Zen, and at the same time energetic character to this ancient land. This is by far one of our favourite moments to visit the North.
One important aspect of the journey is the preparation. It is definitely true that bad weather for everything else means good weather for photography. However, nobody can appreciate the atmosphere, mystery, and drama of the north, let alone engage in creative photography, when cold, wet, or ill prepared. This is why it is very important that you bring a good layered system of clothing, which will keep you warm and dry. Please check out the frequently asked questions section where we make recommendations about clothing.