Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi) is a pro-Landscape Photographer native to Iceland, a licenced tour operator and owner of Arctic Exposure Photography Workshops. Born 1972 in Egilsstadir, East Iceland. Living his passion for outdoors travelling, photographing, fishing and exploring the nature of Iceland since childhood. He’s specialising his exquisite photography work on the Arctic and subarctic nature including volcanoes, ice caves, wildlife, auroras and classic landscapes. Skarpis’ images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, books, and calendars, including National Geographic, Discover Magazine and Digital Photo Magazine, to name a few.
The workshop is All-Inclusive, and we offer double occupancy accommodation for ten nights at hotels during the tour (single room also available if required). Centrally located hotel in Reykjavik before and after the workshop is included. (Day 1 and 10).
All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and restaurants) during the tour. We offer transportation in spacious and specially modified 4×4 vehicle. Photographic tutoring and guidance by a Pro Native Tour Operator in Iceland.
Safety gear will be provided at all times, such as crampons for your boots and helmets when needed. We submit a Complete Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing to bring on the workshop.
You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik, which will already be reserved by your tour operator and included in the price.
We meet at the centrally located hotel and go out for dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety share from your native Icelandic guide and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland.
If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.
We start early in the morning and travel from Reykjavik to the south coast of Iceland; we start our photography with a one hour drive to Thingvellir National Park.
From Thingvellir, we travel to the southernmost point of Iceland, Vik. We will stay one night in Vik area, which has many of the most iconic frozen waterfalls and dramatic seascapes in the country, such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey, we explore the black volcanic beach Reynisfjara which offers brilliant opportunities for seascape photography with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and Dyrholaey rock arch.
After our sunrise at the coastline of Vik, we continue east to the glacier area of Vatnajokull. We will stay in a comfortable hotel with a glacier view and just a few kilometres from the famous Glacier lagoon.
For the next two days, we explore and capture glaciers from all angles, even from under the glacier, inside a crystal ice cave. We visit Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon, Vestrahorn mountain & many different shooting locations. The many quality locations allow us to move around as the weather dictates and we can find an excellent photography opportunity in any direction.
Should the Northern Lights decide to make an appearance, our options for foregrounds are truly endless.
The picturesque east fjords are calling us. Now we will stop at the more jagged coastal peak of Eystrahorn. As we make our way further eastwards, we’ll visit unique and less known locations until we get to our hotel, located in a small & charming fishing village.
We will photograph sea stacks, the winding roads and cascading streams down the steep terraced mountains. The East fjords are very quiet and isolated in winter, so for this part of the tour, we will feel like alone on the island, except meeting some local farmers and possibly a few reindeer.
From the East fjords, we travel to Lake Myvatn, the winter paradise in the north of Iceland. We capture interesting winter scenes such as horses and turf houses on our way north. We head to the majestic waterfall Dettifoss, where we’ll photograph sunset before we check in our hotel in Myvatn.
For the next three nights we’ll stay at the same hotel in Myvatn, and each day/night we go to new locations. If we have downtime in the Myvatn area, between sunrise and sunset, we can visit the Myvatn Nature Baths to relax and charge our batteries for the next shooting session.
We will photograph and visit many of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, such as Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss. These waterfalls are fantastic in the winter mood, and quite remote.
This area in the North of Iceland is the perfect location for Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) photography as there is no light pollution and the options of the reflecting lake and other interesting foregrounds.
After breakfast at the Myvatn hotel, we head back to the north-coastline and make our way towards Reykjavik. Depending on how the weather is we make a few stops in less known areas.
From there we travel into Skagafjörður, a fjord that offers interesting photo opportunities, such as seascapes, basalts columns and beautiful waterfalls.
Conveniently Our hotel for the night is located as it is only a half an hour drive from Hvítserkur cape, a well-known landmark of the area.
We start the day with sunrise at seascape Hvítserkur, a 15-meter high monolith or sea-stack. The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll but the if you don’t believe that the truth is that is a volcanic plug from the long time ago. Whatever is correct it is an impressive photo opportunity.
After lunch, we head towards Reykjavik and make a stop at a few waterfalls. West of Iceland is known for impressive waterfalls, salmon fishing and Viking Sagas. We will also make a stop to photograph Icelandic Horses before we arrive at our hotel in Reykjavik.
Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik international airport.
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