Leica Photo Adventure: Iceland | Aug 23-Sep 1, 2022
$6,895 ($1,995 Deposit)
Join Leica Store Miami for a photographic adventure to the Highlands and the South Coast of Iceland. We'll head out in a modified 4x4 super-duty motor coach to the heart of Iceland’s remote Highlands and the majestic South Coast, where you’ll experience the very best that the land of ice and fire has to offer. Leica experts Kirsten Vignes and Colin McKinley, along with Icelandic photographer and expert guide Brynjar Ágústsson, will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph Iceland’s iconic landscapes.
Pack your camera and prepare for the journey of a lifetime, as we venture out into the wilderness to explore Landmannalaugar, the Vatnajokull glacier, Jökulsárlón and beyond!
Video from our August 2017 Leica Photo Adventure in Iceland
While other cameras are certainly allowed on this trip, the focus is on Leica camera systems and learning how to use them to their full potential. Current owners as well as those wanting to try Leica gear out for a week of real shooting are encouraged to attend. We’ll share our favorite tips and tricks so you can get the most out of this exceptional gear.
Why this trip is different
This is not a workshop where you spend most of your daylight shooting hours sitting in a classroom. Why travel to some of the most beautiful and picturesque locations just to be stuck indoors? Instead, we will focus on making the most of each and every day to capture as many great photo opportunities as we can. Weather permitting, we will shoot as many sunrises and sunsets as we can. We will be covering a fair amount of ground each day with many stops along the way to get out, explore and shoot.
What to Expect
- Capture images of epic Icelandic landscapes as we travel to the remote Highlands and the amazing South Coast.
- Search for the amazing Northern Lights.
- Chase the light and pack in as much photography as we can.
- Enjoy the camaraderie of like-minded Leica enthusiasts in a small group setting.
- Take a dip in Landmannalaugar’s natural hot spring (optional of course, but it's fantastic!).
- Receive in-field photography instruction, as well as 1-on-1 post-processing and critique sessions during downtime.
- Capture images of epic Icelandic landscapes as we travel to the remote Highlands and the amazing South Coast.
Tuesday, August 23 - Thursday, September 1, 2022
$6,895 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $900)
Limited to 10 attendees
Included in the cost of the trip:
- Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $900)
- Arrival and farewell dinners
- Daily breakfast
- Ground transportation in modified 4x4 motor coach
- In the field photography instruction
- 1-on-1 Adobe Lightroom and critique sessions
- Loaner Leica equipment (*limited availability)
To sign up for the photo adventure, just pay the deposit, and single room supplement if you so choose, here on our website, email us (firstname.lastname@example.org) or call 305-921-4433. We are happy to answer any questions you may have.
We look forward to seeing you in Iceland!
Tuesday, August 23rd: Arrival
After arriving at Iceland's Keflavik International Airport (KEF), you can take the Flybus or a taxi to our hotel in the city center. At 6:00pm, we'll have a meet and greet in the hotel lobby and then enjoy a welcome dinner. We’ll spend the evening getting to know each other, and will take a closer look at the itinerary and adventure to come. We will spend the night in Reykjavik and rest well for our morning departure. Accommodation: Hotel Midgardur
Wednesday, August 24th - Saturday, August 27th: Landmannalaugar, Veidivotn Area & the Valley of Tears
After breakfast on day two, we'll head towards Landmannalaugar, a stunning, mountainous area in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve only accessible via 4x4. There we’ll photograph rhyolite peaks, the area’s black lava fields and the mighty Hekla volcano that stands a little to the west. Although Hekla is an active volcano with a pretty ominous nickname (“Gateway to Hell”) the area’s multi-colored mountains and barren landscapes make it a photographer’s wonderland. Our professional photo guides will talk you through everything you need to perfectly capture the many contrasting shapes, colors and textures.
We will explore Landmannalaugar for a full three days, taking in sights such as the crater lake of Blahylur, the waterfalls of Haifoss and Hjalparfoss, and the lake of Frostastadavatn. The magical crater lakes of Blahylur and Ljotipollur in Veidivotn are easily two of Iceland’s best kept secrets. Despite translating as “The Blue Puddle“ and “The Ugly Puddle” respectively, they are both a whole lot more breathtaking than their names suggest! Especially impressive is Ljotipollur, with its red sand slopes giving way to a cool blue pool. We spend plenty of time photographing the Haifoss waterfall. It’s known as “The Tall Falls” and is Iceland’s second-highest, with a torrent of water cascading down from a height of 122 meters. Haifoss falls down into a deep gorge on the Thjorsa glacier river, so there are plenty of spectacular angles, along with a watery haze, that we can use to create a perfect composition.
Another waterfall to discover in this part of Iceland’s highlands is the Hjalparfoss on the river Fossa. The unique, twin basalt structure means that the river is split into two for a matter of seconds before falling into a calm oasis. The whitewash of the falls gives a fantastic splash effect for our photographs, with the (hopefully) blue sky and rolling hills offering a wonderful backdrop. We will also get the chance to visit the highland region of Landmannalaugar. This area is one of the most popular and photogenic resorts in Iceland, with hot springs, natural baths, glittering rhyolite mountains, rock formations, lava fields and rich vegetation. We will take our time photographing the vast array of scenes, and there will be two specific visits that we will make to some of the famous local sites. The first is the ridge over Frostastadavatn lake, which offers wondrous views of the water and surrounding landscape. The second is Sigoldugljufur canyon, where countless waterfalls meet and fall together down the cliffs and into the river below.
All that photography is hard work, so we’ll make sure there’s time for a visit to Landmannalaugar’s natural baths. Accommodation: Highland Center Hrauneyjar
Sunday, August 28th: South Fjallabak Highlands
On the sixth day of our Icelandic highlands adventure, the group will head along the South Fjallabak highland route to the north of Myrdalsjokull glacier. The ice cap covers the active volcano Katla, and as you might expect we will encounter a diverse volcanic landscape with plenty of opportunities for great photography.
Among our subjects will be the otherworldly black lava sands, the deformed lava statues that have stood for thousands of years, and the imposing mountain of Oldufell. With the right light and weather conditions, Oldufell’s cone-shape and the green valleys at its base look like something out of a fairytale.
Our next stop will be the Axlarfoss waterfall, which pours over basalt columns into the Holmsa river. A photogenic contrast here is provided by the vivid green landscape and the volcanic cliffs that jut to either side of the falls.
The final stop on day six will be a quick exploration of the world’s largest volcanic canyon, Eldgja. To gaze down the canyon is almost to see the world itself splitting into two pieces. The canyon is 600m wide and 270m deep, stretching from the Myrdalsjokull glacier to peak of Gjatindur. Accommodation: Kirkjubæjarklaustur.
Day seven will begin with another incredible Icelandic canyon: Fjadrargljufur may not be as deep or as wide as Eldgja, but the spectacular rock formations that run along its border make it an irresistible subject for landscape photography.
Then we'll head further east to the mystical Vatnajökull National Park. Here we will skirt the boundaries of volcanoes and glaciers, taking in the natural wonders of Skaftafell and visiting the Svartifoss Waterfall. Svartifoss is known as the “Black Falls”, which will make more sense as we get closer to the dark, foreboding stone columns that surround it. Accommodation: Vatnajökull National Park
Tuesday, August 30th: Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
On day eight we have one simple mission: to see and capture as much of the Vatnajökull National Park as possible. Unsurprisingly, the park is one of Iceland’s most photographed places. This is largely because of the interplay between ice and fire that has become the country’s trademark. On the one hand you have enormous glaciers and monumental mountains, while ground level is populated with slender blue rivers, ice caves, lush valleys, and black sand beaches.
Having said that, for the majority of today we will target the park’s most famous attraction: the glacier lagoon of Jokulsarlon. We will stroll along the beach famed for its black sand and the ice crystals that wash up on the shore, and capture the interplay between light, dark, ice and water. After a visit to the lagoon, the group will turn east to Stokksnes Beach. There we will photograph the rugged peaks of Mt. Vestrahorn, which appears to emerge from the Atlantic Ocean itself. Accommodation: Vatnajökull National Park.
Wednesday, August 31st: South Coast
Day nine will mark the beginning of our journey back toward the capital. You will drive along Iceland’s picturesque south coast, which is dotted with dramatic shorelines, impressive waterfalls and rock formations sculpted by time and the elements.
You will be able to capture the beautiful sea stacks Reynisdrangar from Reynisfjara black sand beach, a location that was once voted the most beautiful non-tropical beach in the world. Marvel at the hexagonal basalt columns and watch as the waves crash in on the shore.
You will also see the majestic waterfall Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, both of which fall from 60-metres from the Southern Highland interior but take very different forms. Skógafoss falls in a wide thunderous curtain whereas Seljalandsfoss cascades over a concave cavern, allowing visitors to walk behind it. Accommodation: Hotel Midgardur
Thursday, September 1st: Departure
On day ten we will wake in Reykjavik, have a final breakfast and say our goodbyes. You can take the FlyBus or a taxi to Keflavik International Airport, full of memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.
A $1995 deposit, along with the single supplement room fee if you choose it, is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due on June 15, 2022.
Withdrawal and Refund Policy
Enrollment is limited to 10 participants, and once you sign up, we are counting on your attendance. If you need to withdraw from this workshop, please notify us in writing (email is acceptable) as soon as possible. This is our refund policy:
If you cancel and we find someone to fill your seat, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $250 service charge. If you cancel and we cannot find someone to fill your seat, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule:
At least 90 days before the start of the workshop: Full refund minus $250 service fee.
Between 89 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 75% refund
Between 59 and 45 days before the start of the workshop: 50% refund
Less than 45 days from the start of the workshop: No refund
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In the event that this workshop must be canceled due to inadequate enrollment, all fees and deposits will be refunded in full or may be transferred to another workshop within 24 months.
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