LATEST NEWS - During the challenging times we are all facing in the UK, our first thoughts are for the health and wellbeing of our photographic community and staff. With this in mind, Nikon School at Margaret Street will be closed until further notice. In the meantime, Nikon School will be hosting a range of online workshops, talks and seminars.
Join Nikon School on a photographic adventure of a lifetime, photographing the stunning landscapes of Iceland. This workshop will be led by Neil Freeman and Landscape photographer and Mark Andreas Jones. Iceland is without doubt one of the most spectacular and dramatic photographic destinations, a landscape which has been sculpted by the extremes of nature; earthquakes, volcanoes and glaciers and as a result is a landscape photographer’s paradise.
On this workshop we will give you the opportunity to photograph some of the iconic Iceland landscapes as well as some of the more secret and lesser known locations.
Both Neil from Nikon and Mark, a representative of NiSi filters and Fotopro, are both experienced in leading photography workshops in Iceland and between them have extensive knowledge of photographing landscapes
They can show you the best setups for your camera, lenses, filters and tripod to ensure that you can come away from this workshop with some amazing images.
Neil will also be able to assist with any questions about your Nikon camera settings to help you get the best from your Nikon equipment
Arrival date 10th January 2021 at Keflavik Airport, Iceland.
Depart date 18th January 2021 from Keflavik Airport, Iceland.
You may arrive earlier and leave later but must be in Keflavik on the 10th January to meet Neil and Mark
We will be travelling around Iceland using a 4x4 minibus with full winter tyres. All hotels and guesthouses are ones that are known to us. They are all very clean of good standard with your own room and bathroom.
An outline itinerary is as follows - Please note this is weather dependent, so we may need to change the arrangements and locations on some of the days
Arrival at the Hotel in Keflavik, a 5 minute taxi ride from the airport. Evening briefing from Neil and Mark, with the possibility of a Sunset and Northern lights shoot, weather conditions permitting
Day 1 - 11th Jan
We will start heading south, stopping at the following destinations: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, kvernafoss, the sea stacks and church at Vik. We will then continue travelling further towards Hofn.
The first & second night we will be staying at a beautiful guesthouse with it's warm and friendly staff and stunning mountain backdrop, situated between Jokulsarlon and Eystrahorn.
Day 2 - 12th Jan
Depending on weather conditions sunrise will be at either Jokulsarlon or Vestrahorn. These are two of the most iconic locations in Iceland. There is plenty to do in this area with locations to visit that only a few locals know of. We may again visit the diamond beach and many more locations depending on the light and weather. We will of course be keeping a close eye on the cloud cover forecast for the chance of shooting the northern lights.
Day 3 - 13th Jan
We aim to revisit some of the locations from day 2 as the light and weather conditions change constantly in Iceland providing opportunities for many different images. Sunrise will be at either Jokulsarlon or Vestrahorn again. We may again visit the diamond beach and other locations depending on the light and weather. As ever we will be watching the weather for the chance of shooting the northern lights.
Day 4 - 14th Jan
Heading back past Jokulsarlon on the way to the west coast passing some of the locations already shot. if the weather conditions are different you will have the opportunity of shooting some highlights again as well as locations not yet visited. After sunset we will arrive at our hotel for the night
Day 5 - 15th Jan
As the Golden Circle is very popular with tourists we will try to keep one step ahead of the tour buses ensuring space for everyone so that your shots not littered with people. We will first visit the Geysir, then Gulfoss. After which, coffee and then on to Þingvellir national park where you can walk between and photograph the tectonic plates of Eurasia and North America. We will then go on to visit Oxarafoss and some of the clearest water on earth at Silfa Fissure. After sunset we will make our way to our Guesthouse which is set in the most stunning of locations and conveniently placed for our 2 nights on the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Day 6 - 16th Jan
A full day of locations on the Snaefellsnes peninsula including the iconic Kirkjufell. Even though Kirkjufell is a must see there are so many beautiful locations in this area including Arnarstapi harbour, sea stacks, sea arch, Londrangar, Hellnar, the ruggedly beautiful and secluded Djúpalónssandur with its red rocks, Wonderful moss covered lava fields, Svörtuloft Lighthouse with it's fantastic rugged cliffs and sea arches, The remote hut on top of the mountain that route 54 crosses and more! Way too many for one day. We will then finish the day back at the guesthouse, still keeping an eye on the cloud cover forecast for northern lights.
Day 7 - 17th Jan
We will visit all the places above that we didn't have time for on day 6. There are so many amazing locations here. After sunset we will head back to Keflavik. It's still not over yet, if there is a chance of the northern lights there is a great location not far from the hotel that makes for great photography
Please contact us at Nikon School to book your space on this amazing photography workshop. To secure your place on the workshop a non refundable deposit of £500 is payable with balance due around 3 months prior to the workshop starting
Please note that lunches and dinners will not be included in the tour, spending money of about £250 for a week in Iceland is usual for your food and day to day expenses.
You are responsible for your own flights to and from Iceland
Luggage is limited to one small suitcase and one camera bag per person. This gives you plenty of room for all you need
Average customer rating for this course:
"I loved this trip. The weather was perfect. We saw the lights almost every day. Neil and Mark Andreas Jones took us to superb locations, some of them less well known to other photographers. It was fantastic to have the expertise of someone who really understood how Iceland's weather moves and the micro-climates. This enabled us to swap locations and shoot in good light before revisiting the original plan in better weather. I have come away inspired by Iceland's rugged beauty and 6000 photos."
"We were very lucky to photograph the Northern Lights on the doorstep of the hotel. As these lights are usually elusive both Neil & Mark kept a nightly watch for us and we were rewarded with spectacular displays on 2 nights. Both Neil & Mark were on hand to give their advice on best camera settings to capture this phenomenon. The Icelandic landscape is monochromatic in winter during the day, so most of our shoots were of sunrises and sunsets. Neil & Mark were great in guiding us to locations."
"Any photographers bucket list should include a trip to magical Iceland. The trip was run by Neil Freeman & Mark Andreas Jones (local knowledge & Pro photographer). The course was run superbly, we ticked all the boxes of the most iconic places to visit. We were very lucky with the weather as we saw the Aurora Borealis in its full glory. Neil & Mark were excellent with their knowledge of camera settings and very helpful with editing at the end of the day. I would highly recommend this trip."
"Finally managed to visit Iceland and its all thanks to Nikon School UK. This destination is simply a photographers paradise and by far the best course the school has run, and I have attended pretty much every workshop. Neil Freeman's knowledge and experience really helped me and fellow photographers get a large portfolio of photographs which I shall treasure for a lifetime - this is the ultimate photography course and I highly recommend attending as you will not be disappointed"
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Hotel Keilir, Hafnargata 37 , 230 Keflavik , Iceland