Join us for an awe-inspiring week in the Icelandic landscape focusing on low light photography, night skies -- auroras, the moon, stars and Milky Way. Iceland’s countryside offers clear night skies and dramatic glacial and volcanic landscapes. Actual locations will depend on weather, with travel plans optimized for the best night sky viewing. Guided by experienced Icelandic tour operator, Einar Erlendsson (Focus on Nature tours) and award-winning Icelandic photographer, Ragnar Sigurdsson, participants in this destination workshop will have the best of local knowledge, expertise and fun!
The workshop price of $6,995 includes all meals, single accommodations and local travel (does not include air fare to/from Iceland or alcoholic beverages). Non-shooting companions are welcome at a rate of $5245. Representatives of Focus on Nature will meet students at the airport and arrange for return. It is recommended that students purchase some form of travel insurance, Iceland has a national health and rescue service that covers everyone staying in Iceland.
Arrival date (day 1): Sunday, October 13
Departure date (day 7):Saturday, October 19
Day 1: Arrival early morning with flights from the US.
Early registration at the Grand Hotel Reykjavik (GHR). Rest for few hours.
Meet 2pm for workshop introduction in a lecture room at the hotel.View short image collections from participants. Lecture by Ragnar. Gear check.
Day 2: Leave for the countryside.
Country travel will be based on weather forecast, but we have our favorite locations in the south-east, west or north.
Where we go will depend on weather, optimized for clear sky during night.
Days 3-5: Spent in the countryside.
Focus on low light photography, auroras, moon, stars or long exposures of landscape and rural buildings in low light.
Work with ambient light, for example light up sites, icebergs, locations.
Arrive evening of day 5 back to the hotel
Day 6: Spend the day working in a lecture room at the hotel, image processing a portfolio, presentations. The workshop ends in the evening with a dinner at a restaurant in Reykjavik.
Day 7: Departure,, commonly in the afternoon.
This is a digital only workshop. Film processing is not available.
What to Bring
In addition to DSLR camera gear, or a high-end point & shoot, students should bring a laptop with some type of imaging software installed that they are familiar with. The course does not cover image manipulation.
Terms and Conditions for Destinations Workshops
1. Reservations & Payments
A deposit as indicated on the registration page is required to confirm your reservation for the workshop. Final payment in full is due 45 days prior to the date of departure for your workshop. Maine Media Workshops + College (“Maine Media”) reserves the right to cancel a reservation if full payment has not been received by the due date.
All cancellation notices must be received in writing and will become effective as of the date of the postmark, or upon receipt of an email providing notice of cancellation. If you provide written notice of cancellation 60 days or more prior to the departure date for your workshop, your deposit, and any additional payment, will be refunded in full, less an administration fee of $55.00. If you provide written notice of cancellation less than 60 days prior to the departure date for your workshop, your full deposit will be forfeited; any additional funds paid to Maine Media for the workshop will be refunded. No refunds of any amount will be made to persons who (i) fail to provide written notice of cancellation, or who (ii) begin a workshop, but fail to complete the workshop.
3. Basis of Rates
All prices are quoted in U.S. dollars; all payments must be made in U.S. dollars.
It is strongly advised that you purchase Trip Cancellation, Baggage, Emergency Medical Evacuation, and/or Accident and Sickness Insurance Protection. Camera equipment, computers, and baggage are carried entirely at the owner’s risk. Maine Media shall have no responsibility for any lost, damaged, or delayed property, or for an individual student’s medical needs, accidents, injuries or illnesses.
5. Itinerary Changes
The itinerary for your workshop is subject to change without prior notification.
6. Passports and Visas
A valid passport is required for all travel. You are required to notify Maine Media as to the nationality under which your passport is registered. If you are a U.S. citizen, Maine Media will notify you if your destination requires a visa. Non-U.S. citizens are required to contact the appropriate consular office for entry requirements for their workshop. Participants are responsible for obtaining their passports and visas. To participate in the workshop, you must have a passport that is valid until at least six months after the date on which your trip is scheduled to be completed.
7. Medical Issues
All participants must be in good health. You must advise Maine Media of any health condition, physical condition, or emotional or mental condition that may require special attention or that may adversely impact the other participants in your workshop. All students are required to complete a “Waiver of Liability” form and submit it at the time of registration. This document may be found on the course description page.
8. Liability Waiver
Every participant is required to sign Maine Media’s Waiver of Liability before departure for their workshop. Click here to download.
9. Responsibility & Photography
To ensure a safe photographic experience, you are required to obey local customs and be considerate when photographing people or sensitive locations. The faculty member for your workshop has the right to expel any person from the workshop for behavior that is in violation of the law; that is disruptive; or that compromises the group’s safety or enjoyment. No refunds will be made to any person expelled from a workshop. Maine Media shall have no obligation to pay any costs incurred by a person as a result of that person being expelled from a workshop.