We’re going back to Iceland!

I’m so very excited that alongside Ivan Thor Olafsson, and Greg Snell, I’ll be heading back to Iceland.  This time, for a wild winter adventure in January 2019!

This is going to be an incredible adventure, and I can not wait to show off some of the wonders of this beautiful country.

Iceland Photo Tour and Workshop

Who’s ready for a winter adventure in Iceland?  The hope is for brilliant sunrises and sunsets (only 5 hours apart) mixed with beautiful light throughout the day.  At night, we’re hoping for northern lights and starry skies.

Of course, the reality is that Iceland is a total wildcard.  The weather could be perfect, or it can be wild.  And, often times, it can be both in the same hour.  Regardless of the weather, we’ll have a great photography adventure, and make the absolute most of the conditions.  It’s going to be brilliant.  There is a reason Iceland is one of the most photographed locations in the world; it is just unreal.

Dates: January 4-13, 2019
Start/End City: Reykjavik, Iceland
Price: €3300 (Deposit is €700)
Participants: 10 Participants
Skill Level: Any
Activity Level: No major hiking, only walks. Low fitness requirements.

The Itinerary

Even if you’ve been to Iceland before, you might not have been in the winter months. And, locations change greatly depending on the conditions.  So, in planning this trip, Ivan and I have blended a mix of classic locations and some things you likely haven’t done.  The brief itinerary is below.  The full itinerary will vary greatly due to the conditions. Essentially, in the winter in Iceland, we will play things by ear a bit to ensure everyone has the opportunity for as many amazing photos as possible.

  • Day 1: Participant arrival – Overnight in Reykjavik.
  • Day 2: Hraunfossar, and Kirkjufellsfoss – Overnight in Grundafjörður.
  • Day 3: Helgufoss, and Oxarárfoss – Overnight in Hella.
  • Day 4: Seljalandsfoss, Airplane on Skeiðarársandi, Skógarfoss – Overnight in Vík.
  • Day 5: Fjarðarárgljúfur, Svarti foss – Overnight in Skaftafelli.
  • Day 6: Ice Cave Excursion (conditions dependent) – Overnight in Skaftafelli.
  • Day 7: Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Vetrahorn – Overnight in Höfn.
  • Day 8: Vestrahorn, Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach – Overnight in Vík.
  • Day 9: Vik Black Beach, Dyrhólaey, Secret Waterfall – Overnight in Reykjavik
  • Day 10: Participant Departures

What’s Included/Not

  • What’s Included
    • Transportation within Iceland
    • Airport Transfers on dates of arrival/departure
    • Breakfasts
    • Full Instruction in the Field
    • Accommodation
    • 1-on-1 Sessions
    • 2 Clinics
  • What’s Not Included
    • Transport to/from Iceland
    • Lunch, Dinner, and Alcoholic Beverages
    • Visas for Iceland (if needed)

Ready to Book?

I’m sorry, Iceland has been sold out.  In fact, it sold out in less than an hour.

If you’d like to join the waiting list, please email me at brendan (at) brendanvanson (dot) com with the heading “wait list iceland”.

Payment/Refund Terms

  • A Deposit is required to hold your space.
    • The deposit is fully refundable up to 90 days before the start date.
  • Full Payment is due 90 days before the tour start date.
    • Full refund, minus the deposit can be given up to 60 days prior to the start date.
      • The deposit will be refunded as well if the vacated space is filled.
    • 50% refund can be given up to 30 days prior to the start date.
      • A full refund will be refunded as well if the vacated space is filled.
    • No refund will be given for cancellations within 30 days of start date.
      • Unless the vacated space is filled, in which case a full refund minus a €300 fee.

Single Supplement?

Please note that this trip is based on double occupancy.  What that means is that if you are booking the trip alone, you’ll be matched up with another participant of the same gender as your roommate.

If you would like private accommodation, you will need to pay a single supplement to cover the extra costs.

The single supplement price for this trip is €1000 (note: accommodation in Iceland is VERY expensive).

How is The Winter Iceland Photography Workshop Different?

It is worth noting that this workshop is slightly different than most photography tours simply due to the fact that there’s not a whole lot of daylight in Iceland in January.

Since we only have 5 hours of daylight, we’ll likely shoot most of those hours.  We’ll arrive before sunrise at a location and shoot until the light changes. Then, we’ll find another location to shoot.  We won’t spend a lot of time driving in the middle of the day as we don’t want to waste the light.

Moreover, since there will be so much time without daylight we’ll be doing more photography tutorials and classroom work.  We’ll have one-on-one time almost every day. And, there will be 2 classroom sessions: 1) on the business of photography, and 2) on building a presence as a photographer.

Of course, this could all change if we get clear skies and northern lights every night.  Which, is the other difference. This tour is set in where we spend the night, but we’ll shoot where/when/what the conditions allow.


Who is Ivan Thor Olafsson?

Ivan is an Icelandic photographer and a fantastic guy.  He worked with Jeff Bartlett and I on the last trip in Iceland. He’s a great teacher, and an even better person.  He’ll be our local source of knowledge and help with photography instruction.  You can follow Ivan and his work on Instagram.

Greg Snell?

I think you all know Greg Snell. He’s been with me in Patagonia (twice) as well as The Philippines.  Greg is a videographer and will be along on the trip to assist, drive, and shoot B-Roll for the vlogs so that I can give more of my attention to participants during the trip.  If you want to see Greg’s work, go find him on YouTube.

Can’t Join This Trip?

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