JACK PASHT, CANADA
“It was my first opportunity to do aerial photography - and I could not wish for a more beautiful place as the one we flew over.”
This is the land of fire and ice. A land of spurting geysers, glaciers, boiling mud pools and waterfalls. Its mysterious landscapes is an inspiration for many artists and photographers, who have a great pas-
sion for landscape photography.
The land is densely populated, pure, unpolluted and hold truly magical stories and is an adventurous playground for curious travellers and passionate photographer.
- Exploring the basalt cliffs of Reynisfjara and doing an evening shoot off the vast cliff Dyrhólaey.
- Evening and long exposure shooting of the shimmering icebergs floating in the glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon.
- 4X4 drive on the south coast and turn north on the winding mountain road to the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. This will be a very scenic drive through a spectacular volcanic landscape.
- LANDMANNALAUGAR is the pearl of the interior Iceland and is situated in a valley between colourful mountains at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field Laugahraun.
- Highlands Aerial photography by helicopter.
- Get close to Háifoss, which plunges 122 meters into a deep gorge.
WHAT YOU WILL LEARN
You will learn how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.
- Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advise.
- Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground.
- Work in different lighting and with short/long exposure times and aperture.
- How to handle equipment with care on location.
- Private hands-on lessons that can help taking your photography skills to the next level.
- Expert review and constructive criticism of the images taken during the day.
- Workflow in Photoshop and/or Light Room, and printing.
- Portfolio Review.
- A Better Moments Certified Photo Instructor is available during the entire workshop to offer assistance with camera settings, the basics of composition, guide and help in general.
DAY 1: ARRIVAL IN ICELAND
Better Moments will meet you in Reykjavik at our hotel for dinner and present a detailed briefing on the coming week and workshop.
DAY 2: THE DOOR-HOLE
Photo shoots at the mighty waterfalls of the south coast, Skógafoss and Seljalandfoss. We will spend the afternoon exploring the basalt cliffs of Reynisfjara and doing an evening shoot off the vast cliff Dyrhólaey. This is one of our favorite spots in Iceland and the view is stunning: to the north, the impressive glacier Mýrdalsjökull is visible. To the east, the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar peak out of the sea and finally to the west the whole coastline stretches out. In front of the peninsula, there is a gigantic black arch of lava towering in the sea, which gives the peninsula its name (meaning: the hill-island with the door-hole).
DAY 3: JÖKULSÁRLÓN
The extraordinary glacier lagoon Jokulsarlon is the largest glacial lake in Iceland. It is situated at the south end of the glacier Vatnajokull between the Skaftafell preservation area in Vatnajokull National Park and the town of Hofn. Here we will spend the day along the coast where the mighty and photogenic icebergs are foaming in the fjord. We will organize our photography depending on the light in order to optimize if it is gritty or if the weather is overcast with dramatic skies. After dinner – evening shooting of the shimmering icebergs floating in the lagoon and along the coastline.
DAY 4: FJALLABAK , SVARTIFOSS AND LANDMANNALAUGAR
In the morning we will drive back on the south coast and turn north on the winding mountain road to the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. This will be a very scenic drive through a spectacular volcanic landscape.
The land is mountainous, sculptured by volcanoes and geothermal activity, covered by lava, sands, rivers and lakes. During the drive we will make frequent stops for shooting, before arriving at our hotel.
In the evening, we will run a slide show workshop on how to optimize the great landscape photography of the following days.
DAY 5: LANDMANNALAUGAR
This pearl of the interior Iceland is situated in a valley between colourful mountains at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field Laugahraun. The banks of the brook are boggy and vegetated with lush and the surroundings are colourful and magnificently encased in clouds of steam from the many hot springs. This area is one of the most distinctive locations in the world. The mountains are split with gullies and gorges, one of which, the Jokulgil, is about 13 km long.
We will spend the day in the area, where we will explore the most scenic locations for our shooting, including hot springs and viewpoints overlooking the stunning volcanic landscape. After lunch, we will make an easy hike through the dramatic landscape to one of the hot springs and into the wild.
In the evening, as a preparation for the aerial photography of the next days, we will offer you a workshop on how to shoot great aerials.
DAY 6: HIGHLANDS AERIAL PHOTOGRAPHY
Aerial photography over the highlands near Landmannalaugar. We will take off by helicopter from a landing spot near Landmannalaugar and shoot this fantastic landscape from above. A unique opportunity to get images you have only dreamt of and it will be a moment you will remember as long as you live.
In the evening we will look through our images from the aerial shoot and give you feedback on your photography.
DAY 7: GJÁIN – HÁIFOSS – REYKJAVIK
In the morning, we will drive through the scenic landscape of the Hrauneyjar center on our way to Háifoss. We start off in the Highland but we will quickly move on to dirt roads and eventually barely discernable tracks across the pitted lava and ash plains in the shadow of Hekla, one of Iceland’s more active volcanoes.
We will enjoy our picnic lunch around the Háifoss area. Háifoss is one of the most impressive waterfalls of Iceland, which plunges 122 meters into a deep gorge. After lunch and shooting, we will drive through the scenic landscape to Gjain, a picturesque canyon in Tjorsardalur.
Farewell dinner with the best view – dinner at the world-famous opera and culture house.
DAY 8: DEPARTURE
Transport to Keflavik International Airport for return flights.
TRAVEL ON VOLCANOES
June 30 – 07July, 2017
Encounter the incomparable treasures of Iceland’s wild nature, by 4×4 and helicopter.
TRAVEL WITH THE BEST
Hans Strand has travelled frequently to Greenland. Hans was awarded the title of “Hasselblad Master Landscape Photographer” based on his landscape and aerial photographs of Iceland. In fact, Hans Strand is the first Scandinavian photographer who received this prestigious award.
Number of guests: 8-12
Local transport: 4×4, helicopter
Exertion level: Easy
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape
Weather in May: Min 8°C , Max 13°C .
€4,995 per person in shared double room.
€5,295 per person in single room.
If you sign-up a group of 4+ participants you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.
Hotel accommodation and all meals.
Ground transport and aerial photography with helicopter.
Coaching, teaching, workshops and seminars with Hans Strand.
Transportation to/from Reykjavik, Iceland Travel insurance, alcoholic beverages.
Globetrotter with a camera
I have visited more than 50 countries. But no country is more amazing than Iceland. Here you have everything you could dream about, as a landscape photographer, waterfalls, volcanoes, caves, mountains, rivers – I could go on. I have traveled with Better Moments many times, Iceland three times, Greenland, Svalbard, Söderåsen national park, Abisko and next year I plan to join in for the Faroe Islands workshop.
Sasha Gentsis, from Russia participated in Greenland, Iceland, Abisko and Söderåsen.