Solstaðir: A workshop in honour of the midnight sun
Have you ever experienced never-ending light? Its quite a trip; imagine, it's 2 o' clock in the morning, and its bright outside. Not just any kind of bright, either: the softest, most gorgeous orange and magenta light diffuses through the night. Are you seeing the photography potential? We are willing to bet that you can! If not, keep scrolling.
this is A 5-DAY PHOTOGRAPHY adventure IN ICELAND BETWEEN THE
HIGHLAND GEM OF THORSMORK AND THE SOUTHERN ARCHIPELAGO OF THE WESTMAN ISLands
Iceland: The Playground of light
This is a workshop in honour of the glorious midnight summer light within which Iceland is bathed. And, just as Iceland is bathed in glorious, never-ending light, we will be too. This will be a journey through dramatic landscapes, soaring peaks, majestic glaciers and lonely islands. Unbelievable over the Highlands await!
our Destinations in iceland
Retkjavik, the capital.
Our meeting place.
thorsmork: Thor's Woods
A valley, carved by glaciers, wrought by volcanoes and shaped by light, Thorsmork is a Highland oasis hidden behind two great glaciers and volcanos, including Eyfjallajökull, of 2010 eruption infamy. Canyons, waterfalls, peaks and immense networks of glacial rivers await in this highland wonderland.
This is without a shadow of a doubt some of the greatest hiking in the world. Add this dramatic, ever-changing landscape the eternal light of the midnight sun, and you have a match made in heaven.
Vestmannaeyjar: Islands of Wonder
An archipelago, forced up from the North Atlantic; a volcanic landscape with towering cliffs, raging coastline, active volcanoes and of course Icelands famous Puffins.
Watch the sun rise on the eastern side of the island, and then set on the western side. The Westman Islands are a photographic wonderland, and it will be ours for the taking. Our journey on the ferry to the Westman Islands will mark the second part of the workshop, and we will make our way out of Thorsmork and a short drive to the ferry port from the mouth of The Valley.
Who are you?
Solstaðir is open to 12 photography enthusiasts, where we will focus on capturing the immense landscapes as well as dramatic, situational portraiture that surround us in here in these remarkable locations.
We will be providing a very small group experience. With three instructors, our ratio of 1:4 is very low. This means that we will be able to focus our attention and expertise on technique and locations, thereby making sure that our participants get the right shots.
The shots that you came out here to get
Your photography team
A Londoner by birth, Joe originally came to Iceland in for University, without really knowing what he was getting himself in for. He then discovered Iceland's remarkable landscape, and developed very curious eyes. Through the lens and many years of exploration all over Iceland, Joe connected with the landscape in a profound way, and seeks to show others this remarkable land.
- Dates: June 13th-17nd 2018
- Price: €3450
- Places: 12 (4: Joe Shutter/ 4: Icelandic Explorer/ 4: Charlotte Little Wolf)
- 10% of profits going to the Arctic Fox Center in the Westfjords, a center for education about and preservation of the Arctic Fox.
Whats not included?
- Your flights to- and from- Iceland
- Provision of photography equipment
- Miscellaneous gear that you might need for the workshop
- Make sure you are well-equipped for the Icelandic climate, it can be very temperamental. See below for more queries and questions.
Icelandic by birth but raised in Denmark, Gunnar threw in the towel on the corporate life in Denmark to pursue his dream of being a photographer. Two years later, he has resolutely achieved that dream, embarking on a life-long mission, exploring Iceland ever since. He places adventure at the heart of his lifestyle, and his expertise will be invaluable over the coarse of the workshop.
- Eldfell (Westman Islands)
- Tonnes of other sweet secret spots
- All meals (breakfast on day 1 through to lunch an day 5)
- All Accommodation (Volcano Huts in Thorsmork and hotel accommodation in the Westman Islands based on shared accomodation)
- All transfers and transport in our Land Rover Defenders throughout the entire workshop, mainland and on the Islands.
- Return ferry journey to- and from- the Westman Islands.
- Side Zodiac Excursion with local tour operator
- Photography tuition
- Dramatic/situational portraiture
- Wildlife Photography (Puffins, Arctic Foxes, sheep and Icelandic Horses)
- Image & exposure analysis in-the-field, as-we-shoot
- Editing and post-production workflow advice from beginning to end
- Social media advice and assistance
- Ice cream, where logistics permit
- Access to the hidden gems of Iceland.
Charlotte Little Wolf
Coming straight out of the Pacific North West, Charlotte is a British/American Photographer that has been blazing her way through the world of photography and social media for years. She is enormously talented and will bring some fresh eyes to the landscape with on this workshop. She's a seriously rad chick that loves hiking, climbing, tattoos, toast & feathers as some of her favourite things. Certainly an incredible co-host!
- AM pickup from BSI bus station in Reykjavik
- Group meet-up Kex Hostel where we will get a nice breakfast and a group chat where we will get to know each other before we hit the road.
- Jump in the Land Rovers and head for Volcano Huts, the warm heart of Thorsmork.
- Smash out some bangers along the way through the Highland roads and in Thorsmork.
- Potential Arctic Fox photoshoot at Volcano Huts.
- Evening editing session and tutorial
- A whole days of exploration in Thorsmork.
- Epic sunset views over the glaciers and down the valley
- Basking in the glory of the endless light.
- Climb into the Land Rovers and head to the ferry port for our journey to the Westman Islands.
- Sea crossing to the Westman Islands.
- Full day of explorion in the Westman Islands
- Hike up to the famous Eldfell, of 1973 eruption infamy.
- Full day of exploration on the Westman Islands
- Incredible Zodiac excursion around some of the outer islands
- More awesome spots in and around the islands.
- Ferry and road transfer from the Westman Islands back to the mainland.
- Transfer back to Reykjavik, via a lesser known scenic route - including some epic photography stops.
- Ending with a debrief and editing session that evening and a farewell to the group.
Some Questions, answered...
What level of photography do we require?
- We welcome all levels of photography expertise. What we want to see is that you love photography, want to learn more, push it, take it to the next level, and take in the atmosphere and experience of working with other creatives in an epic context.
How fit do I need to be?
- Since there we be some hiking and some moderately inclined ascents up to some of the peaks in Thorsmork, we advise a good level of fitness in order to participate in the workshop.
Should I bring a drone?
- If you have one, absolutely! If you don't, consider getting one! Iceland is a fantastic location to drone, especially through the valleys and around the Ilands!
How much camera gear can I bring?
- Bring what you have. In general, consider bringing a range of focal lengths: wide-angle (e.g, 24mm) standard (e.g, 50mm) and a telephoto (e.g, 85mm or above). Having said that, a large part of the workshop will be about making the most out of the equipment that you already have, and making the most out of that.
- DSLR recomended.
- Remote trigger.
- Neutral Density filter (5/10 stop).
What other equipment do I need no bring?
- Good, sturdy, ankle-or-above hiking boots.
- Waterproof coat (GORE-TEX or similar).
- Base layer.
- Backpack to carry your gear and other things you might need during the day.
What and where will we eat?
- Volcano Huts is a full-board venue which provides plentiful meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
- In the Westman Islands, we will sample a range of local staples and delicacies.
I'm a vegetarian, what should I do?
- Let us know! I't won't be a problem at all, but it is something that we need to know in advance.
Will I see the Northern Lights?
- The Northern Lights last from mid-august to early April. In the Icelandic summer time, it is simply not dark enough to see the northern lights, there is too much light! Strictly speaking, they ARE there, but we cannot see them.
How will the weather be?
- The Icelandic climate varies considerably, an a season-to-seasonand a year-to-year basis. Having said that, the temperatures will range betweenfrom 5-12 celcius throughout the day and nights. Wind and precipitation is to be expected.