In January 2018 Andy Biggs will lead a private group of photographers to Iceland in order to photograph the Northern Lights and winter landscapes. This landscape workshop combines some of the finest photography anywhere in the world. What makes Iceland ideal for the Northern Lights is if it is clouds on one side of the island it is usually clear in another area. We also have a variety of foreground objects, such as glaciers, waterfalls and lakes.

All attendees will be loaned state-of-the-art Phase One camera equipment to shoot with during the workshop. In addition we will have several sets of the full line of Phase One lenses available so you will always have the right lens for the location we visit.

To maximize our chances of seeing the aurora, we have 5 different plans, to the south, the north and west. It goes without saying that one cannot photograph the aurora if it’s cloudy, therefore it is essential to be flexible and go where we have the best chances of having clear skies.
If it‘s cloudy in the south, we will go north, or the other way around. This ensures we get the best possible light and the clearest skies – and you get great photographs.

This photographic tour is on a Super-Truck that can take you to the remote locations with local driverguide who’s a photo enthusiast.

Is This Photographic Tour For You?
Here are some key points to help you decide:

  • We welcome photographers of ALL levels. This trip will be conducive to learning from one another and include instruction that will suit everyone’s photographic needs. No question is off limits, no inquiry too basic.
  • We are BIG on photographing in the field. We spend most our time and effort on getting outside and making images.

The Rough Schedule

South Plan

We follow the best weather and light – so if the weather is more favorable in the south of Iceland we spend our days photographing which nature phenomenon’s that have the best light:

South East Iceland idea:
Day 1: Arrival and hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2: Jokulsarlong glacier lagoon. Hotel Hali or Gerdi Guesthouse
Day 3: Jokulsarlong glacier lagoon. Hotel Hali or Gerdi Guesthouse
Day 4: Reynisdrangar, Dyrholaey,  Vik. Hotel Vik or hotel Katla.
Day 5: Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Thorsmork. Hotel Smaratun
Day 6: An extra day at one of the locations listed above
Day 7: Sunrise shoot and as much as we can before ending the day in Reykjavik.
Day 8: Departure from KEF airport*

Photo places: Jokulsarlon, Fjallsarlon, ice beacy by Jokulsarlon, Vik, Reynisdrangar, Dyrholaey, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Thorsmork

South + Highland Iceland idea:
Day 1: Arrival and hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2: Thingvellir, Bruarfoss, Gullfoss. Hotel Geysir or Gullfoss.
Day 3: Hjalparfoss, Haifoss, Granni. Hrauneyjar Guesthouse
Day 4: Landmannalaugar. Hrauneyjar Guesthouse
Day 5: Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Thorsmork. Hotel Smaratun
Day 6:  An extra day at one of the locations listed above
Day 7: Sunrise shoot and as much as we can before ending the day in Reykjavik.
Day 8: Departure from KEF airport*

Photo places: Thingvellir, Bruarfoss, Gullfoss, Hjalparfoss, Haifoss, Landmannalaugar, Ljotipollur, Vik, Reynisdrangar, Dyrholaey, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Thorsmork, Sigoldugil

North Plan

We follow the best weather and light – so if the weather is more favorable in the north of Iceland we spend our days photographing which nature phenomenon’s that have the best light:

North Iceland idea:
Day 1: Arrival and hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2: Hvitserkur & Skagafjordur. Hotel Varmahlid or Hotel Tindastoll
Day 3: Kambsfoss í Austurdalur,. Hotel Varmahlid or Hotel Tindastoll
Day 4: Kálfshamarsvík and Spanskanof by  Skagastrond. Hotel Siglunes in Siglufjordur
Day 5: Olafsfjordur, Dalvik and Eyjafjordur, Hraundrangar in Oxnadalur. Hotel Varmahlid or Hotel Tindastoll
Day 6: An extra day at one of the locations listed above
Day 7: Sunrise shoot and as much as we can before ending the day in Reykjavik.
Day 8: Departure from KEF airport

Photo places: Hvitserkur, Glaumbær, Kambsfoss í Austurdalur, Hraundrangar in Oxnadalur, Kolugljufur canyon & waterfalls, Kálfshamarsvík, Spanskanof by  Skagastrond, Siglufjordur fishing town by the arctic circle, Eyjafjordur.

North East Iceland idea:
Day 1: Arrival and hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2: Hvitserkur & Skagafjordur. Hotel Varmahlid or Hotel Tindastoll
Day 3: Godafoss & Lake Myvatn. Hotel Reynihlid or Hotel Reykjahlid.
Day 4: Namaskard, Krafla, Dettifoss. Hotel Reynihlid or Hotel Reykjahlid.
Day 5: Hraunfossar, Barnafoss, Thingvellir. Hotel Reykholt
Day 6:  An extra day at one of the locations listed above
Day 7: Sunrise shoot and as much as we can before ending the day in Reykjavik.
Day 8: Departure from KEF airport

Photo places: Hvitserkur, Glaumbaer, Godafoss, Myvatn, Dettifoss, Krafla, Namaskard, Hraunfossar, Barnafoss

If your flight is in the afternoon, it’s ideal to enjoy a relaxing soak in the Blue Lagoon before flying back home.

West Plan

We follow the best weather and light – so if the weather is more favorable in the west of Iceland we spend our days photographing which nature phenomenon’s that have the best light:

West Iceland Idea:
Day 1: Arrival and hotel in Reykjavik
Day 2: Magnificent West Iceland and Glacier. Hotel Reykholt
Day 3: Snæfellsnes – south side. Hotel Olafsvik or Stykkisholmur
Day 4: Snæfellsjokull National Park. Hotel Olafsvik or Stykkisholmur
Day 5: Snæfellsnes – north side. Hotel Olafsvik or Stykkisholmur
Day 6: An extra day at one of the locations listed above
Day 7: Sunrise shoot and as much as we can before ending the day in Reykjavik.
Day 8: Departure from KEF airport

Photo places: Hraunfossar, Barnafoss, Budir, Arnarstapi, Hellnar, Djupalon, Vatnshellir, Snaefellsjokull, Kirkjufell, Kirkjufellsfoss

This will be a photographic workshop, and we focus on helping participants on an individual basis and at their own level. If you are an advanced photographer we are happy to help or we are happy to stay out of your way and just get you to the right locations. The most common topics that we teach during these trips are:

  • How to expose for the Northern Lights
  • Composition
  • Long exposure techniques
  • Metering for high dynamic range situations
  • Exposing for an optimal exposure
  • Adobe Lightroom post processing techniques

The Aurora Borealis

The Northern Lights exist in the outmost layer of the atmosphere. They are created by electrically charged particles that make the thin air shine, not unlike a fluorescent light. They can be seen in aurora belts that form 20-25 degrees around the geomagnetic poles, both the north and the south. The Northern Lights are also called Aurora Borealis. Named after the Roman goddess of the dawn, Aurora, and the Greek name for the north wind, Boreas. They are one of the most spectacular shows on this earth and can frequently be seen in Iceland from September through March on clear and crisp nights. Away from the glow of the city, we hunt for the elusive Northern Lights, but please note that the Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and sightings cannot be guaranteed. Photographing the Northern Lights is a worthy task best taken in winter.

The Northern Lights occur high above the surface of the earth where the atmosphere has become extremely thin, at an altitude of 100-250km. The source of the auroras are tiny particles, protons and electrons caused by electronic storms on the sun (solar wind), that are trapped in the earth’s magnetic field and they begin to spiral back and forth in a circle around the magnetic pole. While dancing around endlessly in their magnetic trap, some particles escape into the earth’s atmosphere. They hit molecules in the atmosphere which cause the molecules to glow, thus creating the auroras.

White and green are usually the dominant colors but sometimes there are considerable color variations, as the pressure and composition of the atmosphere varies at different altitudes. At extremely high altitudes where the pressure is low there tends to be a reddish glow produced by oxygen molecules when they are struck by the tiny particles of the solar wind. At lower altitudes, where there is higher pressure, their impact-irritated oxygen molecules may glow with a greenish tinge and sometimes there is a reddish lower border created by particles colliding with nitrogen molecules in the immediate vicinity.

The Cost

The cost of this workshop is $7,990 per person. The same rate applies for each participant regardless of whether they are doing photography and participating in the workshop, or not. This fee includes all in-country ground transportation as well as hotel accommodation (single occupancy) and all meals.

Please note: We will attempt to adhere to this itinerary as much as possible. However, certain conditions (political, climatic, environmental, cultural, or wildlife migrations) may necessitate changes in the itinerary. We reserves the right to alter any itinerary at any time, if necessary. We will attempt to notify participants of changes as far in advance as possible. Costs incurred by such changes will be the responsibility of the participant.

 

What Do I Do Next?
Our groups are small (maximum of 8 people on this trip), so space is limited. If this exciting trip has your name on it; if you're excited by the thought of becoming a member of this trip, then now is the time to register. Remember, there will be limited space available for this workshop. When they're spoken for, that's it. If you have any questions before registering, send us an e-mail with any inquiries to info@andybiggs.com.

 
 

Trip Details

Trip Leader: Andy Biggs

Dates: January 24-31, 2018

Cost: $7,990

 

What's Included?

  • Each attendee receives a Phase One Camera System to use during the workshop
  • A complete range of Schneider Kreuznach lenses will be available to suit any photographic situation
  • Accommodation on a single room basis
  • All meals
  • Group dinners every night
  • 2 x leaders leading the trip
  • All excursions
  • Relevant park fees
  • Lunch packs on tour (not arrival or departure day)

What is Not Included?

  • International airfare and/or other transportation between your home and Keflavik, Iceland
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Travel Insurance
  • Meal on arrival day
  • A tripod and ballhead