Leica Photo Adventure: Iceland | Feb 27 - Mar 6, 2022

$5,595 ($1,000 Deposit)

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  • Join Leica Store Miami for a photographic adventure to Southern Iceland in Winter. We've been taking our Leicas to Iceland since our owner David Farkas went in 2015 to review the Leica S (Typ 007), and we've offered many workshops since. On this eight-day photography trip, we'll search for the Northern Lights as we travel to iconic landscapes like Reynisfjara beach, Vatnajokull National Park, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, Stokksnes Peninsula, Diamond beach, ice caves, waterfalls and more.

    Leica experts David Farkas and Peter Dooling from Leica Store Miami along with Icelandic photographer and guide Brynjar Ágústsson, will be on hand to give assistance and advice as you photograph this amazing landscape.


    photo by Brynjar Ágústsson

    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 one of the most beautiful and picturesque locations in the world 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.

    To balance out all this shooting and help you get the most out of your images, we will spend some time showing you the secrets of processing Leica DNG files in Adobe Lightroom. Each participant will also receive one-on-one Lightroom instruction with his or her own images to see how much of a difference good post-processing technique can make in your photography.


    What to Expect

    We will focus on photographing the Northern Lights. Several locations in Iceland offer fantastic light conditions for Aurora hunting and photography, especially during the winter months when the darkness lingers for longer than usual. When the Northern Lights appear in the clear skies, we will watch and photograph them as they illuminate the Arctic landscapes below. 

    We will be covering a fair amount of ground each day with many stops along the way to get out, explore and shoot. 

  • Dates:

    Sunday, February 27 - Sunday, March 6, 2022

    Cost: 

    $5,595 - Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $850)

    Size:

    Limited to 12 attendees

    Included in the cost of the trip:

    • Double occupancy lodging (Single room available for $850)
    • Arrival and farewell dinners
    • Daily breakfast
    • Ground transportation in modified super-duty motor coach
    • Crampons and rubber boots to use when necessary
    • In the field photography instruction
    • Adobe Lightroom post processing instruction
    • Use of loaner Leica S, SL and M equipment
    • A 30"x40" Giclee custom print from Dale Laboratories

    Signing Up

    To sign up for this photo adventure, pay your deposit here on our website, email us (workshops@leicastoremiami.com), or call 305-921-4433. The balance will be due on November 27, 2021. We are happy to answer any questions you may have and we look forward to seeing you in Iceland!

  • Itinerary

    Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
    On your first day in Iceland, you will arrive at Keflavik International Airport and take a bus or taxi transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. Feel free to unwind or explore the city, but be ready to meet at 6:00pm in the hotel lobby for introductions and 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. 


    Day 2: The South Coast's Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches

    On your second day, the adventure truly begins. You’ll gather in a specialized, comfortable bus, and set off on your journey along the South Coast.

    This stretch is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist routes because the main road is lined with fascinating features, great for sightseeing but even better for photography.


    Your first subjects will be two of the country’s most famous attractions, the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. The former stands at 63 meters tall and falls in a narrow cascade in front of a cavern; if the path is clear, you will be able to walk behind it and photograph the water from a unique angle.

    Skógafoss has no cavern behind it (outside of legend, where there is said to be a trove of hidden treasure), but is much more dramatic than Seljalandsfoss. Though the same height, it is broader and more powerful, thundering to the earth and creating an enormous plume of mist.

    If the sun is shining, rainbows arch throughout the mist, allowing you to practice working with unusual lighting phenomena; this will come in handy for your northern lights photography throughout the tour.



    After capturing these waterfalls, you will continue along the South Coast to the black-sand-beach Reynisfjara for your sunset shoot. This magical stretch of coastline was once voted amongst the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world, and your photographs will tell the story as to why.

    The main subjects from Reynisfjara beach are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks. These two basalt columns rise from the tumultuous ocean, 66 meters tall at the highest point, and are, according to folklore, the petrified remains of two trolls caught in the morning sun trying to pull a ship into shore.

    You will spend your second night at accommodation in the nearby, charming village of Vík.

    *Please note that the waves of the sea at Reynisfjara are highly unpredictable and we thus urge uttermost caution and following safety instructions to the fullest.

    Day 3: Vatnajokull National Park & Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

    On day three, you will continue along the South Coast until you reach Vatnajökull National Park, a vast area that contains many of Iceland’s greatest subjects for photography. You’ll spend several days in this diverse region.


    You can expect a range of subjects throughout the first part of this day, including lava landscapes, glacier tongues, waterfalls and desert-like stretches of black sands. The second part of the day will be focused on one location in particular, however: the mesmerising Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.Seljalandsfoss

    Jökulsárlón is often spoken of as ‘the crown jewel of Iceland’s nature’, due to its unreal beauty. Here, vividly blue icebergs break from the retreating glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull, some towering high above the water, and slowly cruise across the lake towards the ocean. Each one is unique and makes for a fascinating subject.

    Other than capturing the icebergs and surrounding landscapes, you can use your time at Jökulsárlón to practice wildlife photography. Many seals call the lagoon home, and can be captured either swimming in the azure water or else hauling out on the ice.

    Adjacent to Jökulsárlón is Diamond Beach, named as such for the fact the icebergs, when they finally free themselves from the lagoon, tend to wash up on the black sands here. Photographing the contrasts between the ice, sands, and surf will result in some beautiful images.

    You will retire for the night in the Jökulsárlón area, but will hopefully be able to enjoy a northern lights photography session over the lagoon or beach, conditions allowing. If not, do not worry, as there will be more opportunities to do so over the next two days.

    Day 4: Sunrise at Jokulsarlon & Ice Caves
    Your sunrise shoot on day four will be conducted back at Jökulsárlón; this beautiful area changes under different lighting conditions, so you’ll be able to capture some unique images while working on your landscape photography. You will also head back to the Diamond Beach for another shoot here.



    Your main focus for the day, however, will be ice cave photography. Ice caves are only accessible from very few places in the world, and even then only at certain times of the year under specific conditions. The chance to explore one is an incredibly rare opportunity.


    The ice cave you will explore is found beneath Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull glacier. The otherworldly blues, deep tunnels and unusual formations within the cave will help make for some awe-inspiring photographs, no doubt which tell the story of the wonders to be found here.

    You’ll spend another night in the Jökulsárlón area, with the hopes that you will get a chance to practice your northern lights photography.

    Day 5: Vestrahorn Mountain
    On day five of this winter photography expedition, you’ll have a sunrise shoot at the Diamond Beach. Following that, you will head even further east along Iceland’s South Coast, out of Vatnajökull National Park, to Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula.


    This feature is often called ‘the Batman mountain’ due to its ‘horned’ twin peaks, and it is a favourite subject amongst landscape photographers.

    The dramatic, imposing mountain is surrounded by dark black sands, allowing you to take pictures that reveal the stark, barren and often haunting nature of Iceland’s landscapes. There are several angles you can picture it from which may also include the churning Atlantic Ocean.

    You will stay here throughout the sunset when Vestrahorn becomes shadowy and even more atmospheric. As night falls, you can hope once more to capture the northern lights, this time with the mountain as your foreground.

    After a day of shooting at Vestrahorn, you’ll return to your accommodation. If the auroras are dancing when you return, you’ll visit Jökulsárlón to capture them.


    Day 6: Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Vik Village
    On your sixth day, you will visit the spectacular Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This area is so beautiful that it was once a National Park in its own right... that is before the newly formed Vatnajökull National Park absorbed it.


    You will spend the majority of the day shooting its many sites including glacier tongues and lagoons, mountains, ice caps, forests, river systems and waterfalls.

    After capturing the magic of this beautiful reserve, you will head back to the South Coast, returning to Reynisfjara beach for another sunset shoot. If the Northern Lights did not show the first time you were here, you could hope they will tonight. You’ll retire at accommodation in Vík.


    Day 7: The Golden Circle & Back To Reykjavik
    Day seven is your final full day of photography, and you will spend it shooting three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss waterfall, all found the on Golden Circle Route.


    Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland and is where the early residents formed their first parliament in 930 AD. While the history of this place is inspiring, it is the landscapes that you are likely to find most captivating.

    Located in a valley between the tectonic plates, you can shoot the walls that mark the edges of the continents, the lava fields that fill the area from eruptions in centuries past, and the many ravines filled with crystal clear spring water, opened by earthquakes in the area. Iceland’s largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn, also makes for a beautiful subject with its surrounding mountains.

    The Geysir geothermal area is the best location on this workshop to photograph Iceland’s seething geothermal activity. The area is dotted with many fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, the earth is vividly colored by the elements rising from the crust, and there are mighty geysers on site. You will have plenty of chances to shoot Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes to heights which exceed twenty meters.

    Your final subject will be one of Iceland’s most recognisable and renowned sites: Gullfoss waterfall. This incredible feature, the name of which translates to the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is immensely powerful, thundering in two tiers into a dramatic, ancient canyon. There are several platforms from which you can capture it.

    In winter, the rocks around Gullfoss are caked in ice, and snow covers the surrounding landscapes. In cloudy weather, therefore, your photographs will tell the story of the waterfall’s ominous strength. When the sun is shining, and rainbows are cutting through the waterfall's spray, they will depict how much of a winter wonderland Iceland can be. 

    With any luck, you will finish your shoot with the northern lights overhead. You will then return to Reykjavík for your final night.

    Day 8: Departure

    On day eight we will wake in Reykjavik and say our goodbyes. You will take a bus or taxi from your hotel to Keflavik International Airport and head home with memories from an amazing adventure.

     

  • Payment

    A $1000 deposit is due at the time of registration. The balance will be due on November 27, 2021.

    Withdrawal and Refund Policy

    Enrollment is limited to 12 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


    Course Cancellation and Other Terms

    Leica Store Miami reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by 90 days prior to the start of the workshop.
    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.
    In the unlikely event of illness, accident or injury to one of the instructors, Leica Store Miami reserves the right to replace that instructor with a comparable instructor.

    Covid-19 Protocols

    Our main priority during our workshops is customer safety. To that end, we will follow all CDC and NIH guidelines (i.e. mask wearing, social distancing, hand hygiene, etc.) for Covid-19 safety during our trips. We will continue to monitor these guidelines as conditions may change over time. 

    Please be aware that some destinations may require proof of a vaccine and/or negative Covid-19 test upon arrival. 

    If a participant exhibits Covid-19 symptoms during the trip, we will isolate them from the group and get them medical attention. In this event, we reserve the right to cancel the rest of the workshop.

    In the event that the CDC or other government agencies have restricted travel at the time of this workshop, we will allow participants to transfer their workshop fee to another workshop or to store credit, or receive a full refund.

    Travel Insurance

    Leica Store Miami is not responsible for cancellations due to medical  or personal emergencies so we highly recommend purchasing travel Insurance. Companies like Travelex and Allianz Global Assistance are reputable but you can choose any vendor you like. Just make sure that they have an A+ rating from the BBB. Travel insurance generally costs 5-7% of your total trip cost. Leica Store Miami is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline tickets in the event of a workshop cancellation.

    Transfers

    If for any reason you wish to transfer your deposit or workshop fee, please notify us by email. You must register and complete a new workshop within 24 months of the withdrawal. We reserve the right to accept or deny any transfer.

    There are no exceptions to our Cancellation and Transfer Policy.



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