Midnight Sun Photography Workshop | 11-Days in the Westfjords

Midnight Sun Photography Workshop | 11-Days in the Westfjords
A traditional turf house in the Westfjords in the golden hours of sunset.
The clouds only add to the surreal feeling these mountainscapes conjure.
The summertime brings the Westfjords alive in bright greens.
The coastline at Arnarstapi is undeniably rugged and beautiful.
The shadows in the Westfjords can be long and all-encompassing.
Waterfalls make for excellent subjects and luckily in Iceland, there are too many to count!

Join this fantastic photography workshop where you'll set out to explore the stunning Snæfellsnes peninsula as well as the wild and remote Westfjords. The midnight sun stretches for hours in the Icelandic summer, presenting endless opportunities to capture that perfect picture rendering this tour great for both amateur and experienced photographers alike.

Throughout the 11-days, you will be privy to a wealth of natural attractions; cascading waterfalls, dramatic fjords and glittering seascapes, all within your grasp as you take to Iceland’s roads in a comfortable bus and modified jeep.

From the beginning, you will be led by your professional photography guide who will help to bring your skills behind the lens to the next level. All accommodations and as well as transportation will be taken care of prior to your arrival, so all you have to do is focus on capturing the beautiful Icelandic nature on film.

Don’t miss out on your chance to partake on this epic voyage within the world’s most photogenic country, Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Aug. - Dec.
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Super Jeep, Sightseeing, Cultural Activity, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Westfjords, Reykjavík, Vatnsnes, Grimsey, Dynjandi, Snæfellsjökull, Hraunfossar, Ísafjörður, Arnarfjörður, Bolungarvík, Arnarstapi, Rauðasandur, Keflavik International Airport, Drangsnes, Kirkjufell, Búðir, Hvítserkur, Grundarfjörður, Þingeyri, Lóndrangar, Djúpalónssandur, Gatklettur
Pickup information:
  • Pickup time : 00:00.

Please be ready for your pick up in good time for tour start.

Included:
  • Professional photo guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms, breakfast included

  • Dinner on day 1 and day 10

  • Meals apart from those mentioned above

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • International flights


What to bring:
  • Warm and waterproof clothing

  • Photography gear

  • Good hiking boots


Good to know:

This tour is led by award-winning instructor Raymond Hoffmann.

Please note that the tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.

Please note that solo travellers must choose a single room supplement. If an odd number of travellers are travelling together and want the odd number individual in a single room, please choose the option as well.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Welcome to Iceland


The Mindnight-Sun bathes all it touches in a warm amber glow.


You'll land at Keflavík International Airport. After collecting your bags, hop on a bus and make your way through enchanting lava fields to the capital city of Iceland, Reykjavík.

Check-in and drop off your bags at your hotel. If you arrive early, you can explore the city for a while before meeting you fellow photographers and guide in the evening for a meal in the heart of downtown Reykjavík.

Over a nice dinner, you'll get to know your fellow travellers and discuss the days that lie ahead. 


Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Kirkjufell mountain on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula captured in the middle of a beautiful sunset.


It is time for your photography adventure to begin. Starting with a hotel pick up in the morning, you will be heading west in a specially modified jeep towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. The area is often referred to as “Iceland in Miniature” due to its eclectic and exciting collection of natural attractions.

You will have the opportunity to capture one of the best sights in Iceland, the extraordinary Kirkjufell mountain which has a unique and fascinating shape making for the perfect photography subject. Explore your surroundings through your camera lens and indulge in the dramatic landscapes Iceland is so famous for.

Kirkjufell is just one feature amongst many that you will be able to capture, as the midnight sun allows flexibility and longer hours to explore features such as sea stacks, dramatic cliffs and basalt columns.

Another notable stop is the black church at Búðir, a 19th-century building which draws into stark contrast human-made structures alongside striking natural beauty.

You'll spend the night at accommodations on the peninsula. 


Day 3 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula in Depth


The dramatic coastlines of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula will surely leave you speechless.


Your first subject of the day will be the dramatic and aptly named sea cliffs at Svörtuloft which translates to ‘black ceiling’, where you can photograph the Atlantic Ocean pounding against the cliff face. 

Moving on, you will be transported to one of Iceland's countless waterfalls, Klukkufoss. Under the supervision of your expert guide, you'll be advised in the arts of capturing such natural wonders in preparation for many more to come.

Rumoured to be haunted, your next stop is the captivating beach Djúpalónssandur. Littered with pieces of a historical shipwreck, you will inevitably be inspired by the smooth black pebble beach contradicted by the sharp, shadowy nature of the surrounding lava fields.

After an exploration of the peninsula, passing through cozy villages and wild landscapes, you will return to the multi-faceted Kirkjufell mountain with a new and perhaps more experienced eye. 

Contrast and compare your photos from yesterday before retiring to your comfortable accommodation for the night.


Day 4 - Golden Sand, Shipwrecks and Puffins


The charming puffins will have you bewitched.


From the charming and quintessential harbour town of Stykkishólmur, you will be ferried across the fjord Breiðafjörður to reach the enigmatic and remote Westfjords. The boat, Baldur, will make a quick stop on the island of Flatey during this voyage revealing an otherworldy far-flung community where birds outnumber people. Keep an eye open for puffins!

Upon reaching the Westfjords, your first destination will be the Garðar BA 64 shipwreck, a vessel originally built in Norway in 1912, making it the oldest steel ship in Iceland. This antique makes for a fantastic subject, the first of many in the Westfjords.

Next, you’ll be driven up the craggy mountainous route to Látrabjarg, the most western point of Europe. This infamous cliffside is a renowned puffin gazing hotspot, just be careful on the cliff's edge as the burrowing habits of the puffins render the ground unstable.

After honing your wildlife photography skills, you will then descend to admire the infinite beauty that is Rauðissandur beach (the Red Sand).  The mind boggles how you are still in Iceland as you admire a vast expanse of golden sands shimmering in the glow of the low set midnight sun. You will spend the evening in the idyllic town Breiðavík.


Day 5 - Arnarfjordur Fjord & the Jewel of the Westfjords


Dynjandi waterfall is captivating from all angles and luckily for you, it has many!


Anrnarfjörður fjord is the second largest of the Westfjords and makes a legitimate claim for being one of the most beautiful in the region. The epic inlets and towering mountainscapes cannot help but spark a wonder unparalleled by anything you may have encountered before. Rich in historical and cultural landmarks, your passage through this dramatic landscape will not cease to inspire you and your camera.

There will be some historical and cultural stops along the way, visiting the home of famous Icelanders as well as a small idyllic farm. In Icelandic folklore, Arnarfjörður is said to be home of many monsters and sorcerers from the sea.

The highlight of the day is the magnificent, cascading spectacle that is Dynjandi. This waterfall thunders down many shelves collectively measuring 100-metres and it promises to leave you truly dumbstruck. Not to worry, your guide will oversee your progress and technique to make sure you are able to immortalise this majestic force of nature whose name literally means 'thunderous'.

You will stay in the town of Þingeyri for the night.


Day 6 - Kaldbakur Mountain


The Westfjords have countless abandoned buildings which make for excellent photo fodder.


It is time to ascend the highest peak in the Westfjords, the incredible Kaldbakur mountain. On this route, your photography skills will be focused around abandoned farmhouses; their weathered and time-beaten rustic character pair romantically with their wild and rugged surroundings.

Another valley that you will want to immortalise on camera is the Keldudalur valley which is characterised by glacial ponds and towering mountains. This rocky terrain is reflected in the rough road conditions but you won’t have to worry as your driver will expertly navigate you through the winding landscape. You will return to Þingeyri for the evening.


Day 7 - The Capital of the Westfjords


The Westfjords are characterised by deep inlets and steep mountainsides.


Ísafjörður is the capital of the Westfjords and boasts the largest population in the region of 2600 people. You will spend the day exploring the town and photographing interesting locations found nearby. 

You will then move to Bolungarvík, the second largest town in the Westfjords, where you will have the opportunity to climb as well as photograph the impressive 638-metre high mountain, Bolafjall.

The evening will be spent in the beautiful valleys Korpudalur and Ingjaldssandur to capture the beautiful warm sunrays. You will then head back to Ísafjörður where you will spend the night.


Day 8 - Wildlife & Nature


Although sparsely populated with people, the Westfjords is home to a large amount of wildlife.


Today you will set off to explore the remote landscapes of your surrounding fjords, providing no end to photo opportunities. There are many abandoned buildings in the area, reflecting the harsh nature that one has to cope with to survive in the remote Westfjords,

Travelling around, you will come to a place highly populated with birdlife and seals, presenting the perfect chance for you to practise your wildlife photography skills. There is very little human activity in these parts which make for an immersive experience in the quiet nature of untouched beauty.

A favourite subject of photographers in the Westfjords is the Arnarnesviti lighthouse which is marvellously symmetrical and striking in its bold yellow and red against the dramatic backdrop of the wilderness surrounding it.

The evening will be spent in Hólmavík where it is highly recommended you go visit the Museum of Icelandic Sorcery and Witchcraft which hosts a fascinating exhibit on the occult.


Day 9 - Grimsey & Hvitserkur


Hvítserkur rock stack is often said to look like a rocky elephant rising from the sea.


Today you will be off to sea again! Board a boat and head to the beautiful island of Grímsey, home to a huge puffin population in case you had begun to miss the ‘Clowns of the Sea’.

Once back on the mainland, you will have the opportunity to photograph the rocky monolith Hvítserkur which resembles an elephant especially in the warm amber glow of summer. Not only is Hvítserkur bathed in the midnight sun but it is also steeped in folklore.

You will spend the evening at accommodations in the area.


Day 10 - Back to Reykjavik


One of the most charming waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar is quite the treat.


Waterfalls will be your main subjects for today and firstly you’ll be taken to the Koluglúfur canyon featuring the Kolufossar waterfalls where you can exercise your now well-honed nature photography skills.

Next, you will stop at the magnificent Hraunfossar waterfalls which are made up of many different rivulets running out of the water basin of the surrounding lava fields. These gently flowing falls are contrasted by the powerful churning waters of the adjacent waterfall Barnafoss.

As you make your way back to Reykjavík you can roll over your collective experiences from the last 10-days and maybe review some of your pictures. Dinner will be with the group once more at a restaurant in Reykjavík where you can say your goodbyes to your fellow photographers and guide.


Day 11 - Departure Day


The Sun Voyager in Reykjavík at sunset, creating a brilliant silhouette .


Time to leave already! You will make your way back to Keflavík International Airport to continue your adventures or go back home with a stack of memories and a full memory card. Consider coming back in the winter for an entirely new, yet still mesmerising, adventure on this fascinating island.


Guide

Raymond Hoffman

A skilled landscape photographer, Raymond has won many awards for his photography around the world. His photos have been featured in many different mediums and he is an experienced photo guide across many Nordic countries.


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