WINTER LIGHTS PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR WITH TOM ARCHER & WAHYU MAHENDRA

FROM USD $3,790 (405,000 ISK)

Together with Tom Archer and Wahyu Mahendra, Hidden Iceland is bringing you a seven day photography tour in Iceland from December 4th – 10th 2018. We have sculpted a route to catch the light at it’s prime during the short winter days and capture optimal weather conditions for different styles of imagery. Not to mention making sure we get the best chance of seeing the Aurora Borealis light up the sky over some of Iceland’s most iconic locations.

We will photograph the key sights within the magical Snæfellsnes Peninsula, witness the thunderous Gullfoss waterfall, travel along the entire South Coast of Iceland and even explore the highlands of Iceland. We will get to photograph a variety of incredible Icelandic landscapes. Glacial valleys, coastal cliffs, waterfalls, black sand beaches, glaciers and mountains will leave you with photos and an experience you will never forget. Winter in Iceland is made up of short days that have that perfect golden light for the entire day, with the long, dark nights giving us the chance to hunt for the Aurora Borealis. All whilst learning and improving on your photography and post production skills. Join us for the trip of a lifetime!

ABOUT THE WORKSHOP MENTORS

TOM ARCHER
INSTAGRAM / WEBSITE

Tom Archer is a London based award winning freelance photographer, writer and teacher. His love for photography began in his early 20s and he has worked as a freelance photographer for 6 years. His style incorporates epic and dramatic landscapes, showcasing the scale and beauty of the world. Visiting Iceland frequently over nearly a decade, he has come to love this country, and the immense photography opportunities of it’s endless dramatic landscapes.

WAHYU MAHENDRA
INSTAGRAM

Wahyu Mahendra is a lifestyle & travel photographer based in Bali, Indonesia. He started photography in early 2011 and loves capturing various landscapes and portraits. He has a unique style, using vibrant and moody pastels, which makes him stand out from most other landscape photographers.

Dates: Tuesday, December 4th – Monday, December 10th 2018
Number of people: Minimum of 6 people, maximum of 10
Minimum age: 16+
Price: US $3990 (425,000 ISK) if single rooms.
US $3790 (405,000 ISK) if sharing double rooms. (sharing rooms only done with travelling partners or upon prior agreement. If travelling solo you must book single room).

Payment:
25% of the trip is to be paid when booking to confirm your spot on the photography tour. Please book and pay the deposit using the booking engine below.
The balance is to be paid in full before September 14th 2018. You will be sent a payment link to complete full payment before this date.

Included:
Accommodation with breakfast for 6 nights from December 4th, transportation throughout the workshop and entry fees to sights/national parks, glacier hike with all safety gear, photography tuition, in field photography and exposure guidance, editing and post production advice. Choose from single room or double rooms if travelling with a friend/partner.

Exclusions:
Flights to and from Iceland, miscellaneous photography gear and other equipment, lunches and dinners. Accomodation is not included on the 3rd December in Reykjavik (it is included at Fosshotel Lind on December 9th).

As per all travel in Iceland, particularly in winter, all aspects of this trip are weather dependent. We will do our best, as always, to follow our planned itinerary. However we must be flexible and change this according to the weather. Whatever the weather, this will be the trip of a lifetime and you won’t regret coming along for the ride.

See below for detailed daily itinerary.

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DAY TO DAY ITINERARY

Monday, December 3rd
MEET & GREET

Dinner in Reykjavik with the group, photographers and guide who you’ll embark on a 7 day journey with the following morning. We will meet, greet, eat and drink whilst going over the plan for the coming days. Let the excitement build!

Accomodation is not included in Reykjavik this night, before the tour starts proper on December 4th.

Tuesday, December 4th
ENCHANTING SNÆFELLSNES PENINSULA

Today we embark early on our trip before the sunrises, heading north to Snæfellsnes Peninsula to shoot some amazing locations with the rising sun.The Snæfellsnes peninsula has some of Iceland’s best sights, with the beauty and mystique inspiring world famous novels and enchanting all of its visitors. We stop by the charming black church of Búðarkirkja, Arnarstapi village and the iconic volcanic plugs of Lóndrangar.

Next it is on to the iconic Kirkjufell, or Church mountain, which rises nearly 500m up right above the seaside town of Grundafjörður. This arrow shaped mountain was famously depicted in more recent episodes of the hit TV show Game of Thrones. The views and vantage point from the picturesque Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls makes for one iconic photo. If the aurora activity is promosing we will visit Kirkjufell for a northern lights photoshoot after dinner.

We rest at Hótel Framnes in Grundarfjörður for the night.

Northern Lights over Kirkjufell | Winter Lights photo workshop with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer
Northern Lights over Kirkjufell | Winter Lights photo workshop with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Wednesday, December 5th
FROM SUNRISE TO SUNSET

We visit Kirkjufell once more for a sunrise photoshoot by the mountain before making our way south and into the Golden Circle region. Here we head straight to Gullfoss waterfall to photograph this majestic waterfall in the golden hours as the sun sets. The pure power and volume of water astounds everyone who visits this waterfall, with the ice and snow in winter making this waterfall even more beautiful. After the sun has set on todays adventure we head to the south coast where we will stay for the night.

We stay at Hótel VOS near Hella, with their comfortable rooms and great restaurant the perfect place to unwind after a big day. This is a great spot for seeing and getting photos of the Northern Lights if the conditions are favourable.

Golden Hour over Gullfoss waterfall | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer
Golden Hour over Gullfoss waterfall | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Thursday, December 6th
WONDERS OF THE SOUTH

After breakfast at Hotel VOS we start the journey along the South Coast of Iceland all the way to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. We begin with a sunrise photoshoot of the mighty Skógarfoss waterfall before all the crowds arrive, then on to explore and photograph one of our favourite hidden waterfalls. We make our way further east to the black sand beaches by Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara before driving through the endless lava fields on our way to Fjaðrárgljúfur gorge. This impossible to pronounce gorge becomes even more beautiful in the afternoon winter sunlight, and when dusted with snow. From here we come into Skaftafell where glaciers and mountains dominate the landscape. We will head to our accomodation at the modern Lilja Guesthouse and have dinner. After dinner we can head out for a northern lights photoshoot over Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon or Stokksnes (subject to aurora activity and cloud cover).

Northern Lights over Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer
Northern Lights over Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Friday, December 7th
MOUNTAINS, OCEAN & ICE

We depart Lilja Guesthouse early to photograph sunrise over Stokksnes and Vestrahorn, which just seem to rise out of the cold Arctic waters and black sands of the south east coast.  If we are lucky we may even spot the reindeer that are residents in these parts. After lunch we will make our way west to photograph the icebergs on Diamond Beach and in Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon that glow in the evening sun. If aurora activity is promising we will stay out for a northern lights photoshoot over the glacier lagoon.

We will be staying not far from the glacier lagoon, at the always comfortable and perfectly located Hali Country Hotel.

Stokksnes | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer
Stokksnes | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Saturday, December 8th
GLACIER BLUES

Today we set off from Hali and head back west, not before stopping by the glaciers of Skaftafell National Park. With your guide from Hidden Iceland you will be taken up onto the one of the glaciers to photograph the amazingly blue ice, crevasses and features of these icy giants. Hiking on a glacier is a highlight of any trip in Iceland. Your glacier trained guide from Hidden Iceland will provide you with all the safety equipment you will need for the ice. Once off the glacier we start to make our way further west to overnight at the base of the iconic Skógafoss waterfall, staying at Hotel Skógafoss. With luck we will get to photograph the northern lights over one of Iceland’s most iconic locations.

Sunday, December 9th
EXPLORING THE HIGHLANDS

We meet our friends from Activity Iceland who take us into Þórsmörk, or Thors Valley, in their amazing modified Super Jeep. Here glacier carved valleys, canyons, waterfalls, peaks and glacial rivers await in the inner workings of Iceland, which will be in full winter dress. There is scenery that will leave you in awe around every corner here, and the photos you’ll capture in this remote winter wonderland will have you planning your next trip to the highlands of Iceland.

Before heading into Þórsmörk we will arrive early at Seljalandsfoss waterfall, to get a sunrise photo session here before the crowds arrive from Reykjavik.

We return to Reykjavík that evening, having completed an action packed 6 days visiting some of Icelands stunning sights. Accommodation is included at Fosshotel Lind, perfectly located in the centre of downtown Reykjavik.

Iceland Highlands in Winter | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer
Iceland Highlands in Winter | Winter Lights photo tour with Tom Archer & Wahyu Mahendra | Hidden Iceland | Photo by Tom Archer

Monday, December 10th
THAT’S A WRAP!

We will allow a little sleep in after a massive trip, but we are not done yet. We all meet up for one last time at The Space in Reykjavik to really work on our post production and editing skills. Tom and Wahyu will pass on their extensive knowledge of how to make all your hard work in the field really stand out. We wrap up this trip of a lifetime, with memories and friendships made that we are sure you will never forget.

A FEW QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS

  • WHAT LEVEL OF PHOTOGRAPHY SKILLS ARE REQUIRED?
    We welcome all photography levels, beginners to advanced, although a basic understanding of manual photography is expected. We want you to take your photography to the next level and get you to these amazing locations at the best times.

  • HOW FIT DO I NEED TO BE?
    We will do a small amount of hiking and a glacier hike to get to the best locations for those epic shots, even so only a moderate fitness level is required. It is more important that you are prepared for cold weather, and are dressed accordingly. Winter in Iceland can be harsh!

  • SHOULD I BRING A DRONE?
    Iceland can be even more incredible from the air. There are many locations we are visiting that have restrictions on drone use. Although some we can. If you have a drone then definitely bring it along. Your guides and mentors will advise when you can and cannot use the drone.

  • WHAT AND HOW MUCH CAMERA GEAR DO I NEED?
    You’ll need a fully manual camera, preferably SLR with detachable lens(es) and a tripod. But bring whatever you have and think you’ll need! Ideally you’d want to bring a range of focal lengths; wide angle, standard and a telephoto. Bring what you have and Tom and Wahyu will help you improve the use of what you have!

  • OTHER EQUIPMENT OR GEAR?
    • Good sturdy, above the ankle hiking boots
    • Waterproof coat (GORE-TEX)
    • Winter coat to stay warm whilst photographing the northern lights
    • Layers; base layer and mid layer (fleece or wool is best).
    • Hat and Gloves
    • Backpack to carry your gear and other bits throughout the day.

  • WHAT KIND OF WEATHER CAN BE EXPECTED?
    The weather in Iceland changes considerably from day to day, it’s not uncommon to experience all four seasons within the span of one day! In winter the temperatures hover around 0°C (30°F), normally being within a few degrees either side of this. Although the wind in Iceland can be harsh, which can often make it feel much colder.  Precipitation is to be expected, hopefully some snow, but it can often rain in winter too so be prepared with waterproof clothing.

  • WHAT HAPPENS IF THE 6 PERSON MINIMUM ISN’T MET?
    The tour requires 6 people to run. If the minimum of 6 isn’t met then we will have to cancel the tour and give you a full refund of the amount you had paid. If you want to know current numbers or likelihood of the tour running then feel free to email Hidden Iceland at info@hiddeniceland.is.

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