"Nature is always true and never trivial.”

HANS STRAND

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Shooting the Aurora Borealis
  • Shooting the steep basalt cliffs of Arnarstapi shooting along of the beach of Djupalónsandur Beach with its black pebbles and cubistic basalt walls
  • Brúarfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world and many other amazing waterfalls
  • Volcanic landscapes and a unique oasis
  • Shoot between continental plates and see the clearest water on earth.
 

WHAT YOU WILL LEARN

Learn about how to approach the unique challenges of landscape photography and how to capture spaciousness, dynamic energy and the simplicity of natural landscape photography.

ON LOCATION

  • Teaching and training in the best techniques and personal hints and advise.
  • Composition and focus on lines, golden section, perspective, foreground, middleground and background.
  • 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.

IN CLASSROOM

  • 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.

ITINERARY

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: SNAEFELLSNES, BASALT CLIFFS AND BLACK PEBBLES

Departure for Snaefellsnes. Stay at our hotel on “the cliffs” overlooking the Northern Atlantic. Shooting the steep basalt cliffs of Arnarstapi and the motion of the sea. Just a few kilometers north are the huge sea stacks and lava formation of Lóndrangar. We’ll also be shooting along of the beach of Djupalónsandur Beach with its black pebbles and cubistic basalt walls.

DAY 3: SNAEFELLSNES AND AURORA BOREALIS

This day is set to explore one of the world’s most dramatic coastlines. We will photograph from selected viewpoints and work us down on the lava beach itself. In truth, a wonderful day with unmatched opportunities to capture the mighty coastline.

We have an almost – secret place – which we always visit when we are here. The lush and deep green lava fields that form a wonderful foreground to the surrounding snowy mountains. With a little bit of luck we may catch the northern lights when it dances around the mountain peaks.

After a nice dinner our expert review images shot during our workshop.

DAY 4: MAGICAL BRÚARFOSS AND MAJESTIC GULLFOSS

Departure from Snaefellsnes. A full day shooting waterfalls. First stop at the complex system of waterfalls at Hraunfossar. Where the water is coming straight out of lava field and enters a 1 km long canyon. Next stop is at Brúarfoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world. In the evening shoot aurora borealis at the gigantic waterfall Gullfoss. We stay at our hotel nearby Gullfoss.

DAY 5: HUNTING FOR AURORA BOREALIS

In the early morning, when the soft light hits the face of the majestic and mighty Gullfoss waterfalls, will we be there to capture this unique scenery. The rest of the day – until we hunt for the aurora borealis over Gullfoss – we explore the great landscape around us.

We all meet after dinner to work on our images. Our expert will support one to one with his point of view in regards to framing and basic photoshop workflow.

DAY 6: VOLCANIC LANDSCAPES AND UNIQUE OASIS

We will go into the fantastic volcanic landscape of Kerlingarfjöll with its memorable waterfalls and to Ásgarðsá river canyon with rolling hills of rhyolite. In the evening we scout for the aurora borealis at the unique oasis in the highlands, the hot spring area of Hveravellir.

DAY 7: BETWEEN CONTINENTAL PLATES AND CLEAREST WATER ON EARTH

In the evening we arrive at our hotel in Reykjavik.  But first we stop at Thingvellir to Shoot of the crack between the North-American and the European continental plates and the volcanic landscape. We’ll also shoot at the crystal clear waters of Silfrá. This dreamlike water area with its 200m visibility, has some of the clearest water on earth.

Farewell dinner and a thorough review of some of your best workshop photos.

DAY 8: DEPARTURE

Departure after checkout.

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ICELAND

THE BEAUTY OF AURORA BOREALIS

To be announced, 2019

8 days

Encounter the natural wonder of aurora borealis on one of the world’s most magical islands, together with Iceland veteran and Hasselblad Master Hans Strand.

HANS STRAND

TRAVEL WITH THE BEST

Hans Strand has traveled frequently to Iceland with his camera for the past 12 years. 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 to receive this prestigious award.

SEE ALL EXPERTS

OVERVIEW

Number of guests: 8-12

Local transport: 4X4
Exertion level: Easy
Accommodation: Hotels
Meals: All meals included
Type of photography: Landscape
Weather in October: -3°C – -7°C

PRICE

To be announced per person in shared double room.

To be announced per person in single room.

Groups
If you sign up a group of 4+ participants, you will receive a discount based on the size of your group.

Includes:
Hotel accommodation with private bath and toilet
All meals and non-alcoholic beverages
Ground transport
Coaching, teaching, workshops and seminars with Hans Strand

Excludes:
Transport to/from Reykjavik, Iceland
Travel insurance
Alcoholic beverages
Travel insurance

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Icebergs and volcanos

The trip was very well arranged – the helicopter flight and boat trip were timed with regard to the optimal conditions for the weather and light. The hotel was in the best location for the icefjord – it was a 30 minute hike over small snow covered hills to an amazing viewpoint with a 270 degree panoramic view over 800 foot high icebergs. Better Moments has enabled me to visit locations I would have never dreamed of visiting by myself. And Hans worked with us individually on the workshop to help develop our personal style of photography. Hans was able to use his experience to show us how to make the best out of the conditions and locations.

Ross Brown, from England participated in Iceland and Greenland.

QUICK GUIDE

GETTING THERE

There are several flights, many on a daily basis in the summer, from a number of major European and North American gateways to Keflavik International Airport in Iceland. Flight times are approximately 3 hours from London and about 5 hours from New York. Keflavik is 48 km to the west of Reykjavík. Domestic flights, flights to Greenland and the Faroe Islands operate mostly out of Reykjavík Airport, which is located in the city center.


VISA

Iceland is a member of the Schengen Agreement. Nationals of EU and EFTA (Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland) countries only need a valid national identity card or passport for entry. All other visitors are required to have a passport valid for at least three months beyond the intended stay, and some will need a visa. Please check with the local embassy.


WEATHER

Iceland enjoys a cool temperate maritime climate thanks to the Gulf Stream, but the weather is known to change quickly and often. The average daily temperature in Reykjavik ranges from -3°C in January to 11°C in July.
 


LANGUAGE

The official language is Icelandic, but most Icelanders speak English.


CURRENCY

The Icelandic monetary unit is the Krona (ISK).


QUICK GUIDE

  • The Blue Lagoon is a geothermal spa and the most famous sight in Iceland
  • The Gullfoss waterfall is spectacular
  • Geysir, the namesake of all geysers, and its neighbour Strokkur, which erupts every five minutes or so
  • Þingvellir National Park, a beautiful landscape of watercut lava fields, which is historically important as the site of Iceland’s parliament from 930 AD
  • Vatnajökull glacier is in Southeast Iceland and is Europe’s largest glacier
  • Jökulsarlon, the largest glacier lake in Iceland, is located off Route 1 and part of Vatnajökull glacier
  • In the colder months, one may frequently get stunning views of the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights), anywhere away from city lights
  • Whale watching available all year from Reykjavik and during the summer from Husavik
  • Iceland is one of the safest places in the world, and there is almost no risk of getting robbed or harassed
  • Emergency phone number: 112.