|Aurora Borealis Photo
ICELAND Northern Lights
January 21st - 28th, 2017 - Workshop Full!
Biennial Workshop - Our next Northern Lights in Iceland Workshop will be held in Winter, 2019.
Iceland is an ideal destination for photographing The Northern Lights.
Why? Because if it's cloudy in one part of the country, it's usually
clear in another, the leeward side of the island usually has clear
weather. Also, while it
is cold and often windy, typically it does not have the bitter cold
of other aurora locations such as Alaska and Canada.
It goes without saying that one cannot photograph the auroras if it's
cloudy. Therefore, it's essential to be flexible and go where there is
the best chance for having clear skies. In order to maximize our chances
of seeing the auroras, we have created 5 different photo location
scenarios that we can exercise depending upon the weather. This ensures
we'll get the best possible light and the clearest skies at amazing
Andy Cook will be the instructor on this photo workshop for Nature
Explorer in Iceland. Nature Explorer is a top rated, off road, adventure
company staffed by photo enthusiast Icelanders with extensive local
knowledge and the ability to access locations not available to other
This is a guided photo workshop for
nature and landscape photographers above beginner level. Andy will be
to help participants create the most appealing compositions of each
location we visit and he will discuss equipment, exposure, metering,
filters and post processing with participants as needed. This is a
workshop environment, the instructor is present to aid in the
teach his techniques for landscape photography. If you're an advanced
photographer he is happy to help or stay out of the way. On this
workshop we anticipate having some time to provide post processing
assistance. If you desire post processing aid, please bring your laptop
with Photoshop installed. This workshop is different from our others in
that Andy will also be
photographing. Many of these locations Andy may be seeing for the
first time, the best way for him to make compositional recommendations
is to also photograph the scene.
Not only will we be photographing The Northern Lights, we will be
photographing during the 7-8 hours of daylight.
Most flights (Icelandair) from the US are overnight
flights that land in Iceland about 6:30 AM. NOTE: To rapidly adjust to
the time zone change with as little issue as possible we recommend
sleeping on the plane and staying awake on the arrival day (Saturday).
Saturday, January 21st,
2017: Usually participants arrive in the morning and head to the hotel.
We can't check-in early to our rooms, but we can meet at the hotel and
leave our luggage there while we take an introductory photo tour around
Reykjavik. Helpful Idea: It is somewhat difficult to find breakfast
early on Saturday morning. If your flight lands in the 6 - 7:30 A.M.
range and you are hungry, consider heading to the hotel, drop off your
luggage and eat breakfast at the hotel (charge it to your room; part of
On Sunday morning, January 22nd, we'll
have breakfast, then we're off to our first shooting
During the week we will
continue to shoot and relocate to new hotels (several times). We will
remain flexible to follow the weather. This means that it's possible
our first choice for a hotel may not have space to accommodate our
group so we'll stay in our 2nd or 3rd choice, participants will have to
be open to a variety of possible hotel accommodations.
a detailed itinerary with specifics on Nature Explorer's website.
Small groups - Big adventure
Our final hotel on Friday evening will be back in Reykjavik or the
Northern Lights Inn adjacent to the Blue Lagoon. On Saturday, January
28th, 2017 shuttle to airport and fly home.
Please note: This itinerary is based on Icelandair's 2016 winter flight
schedule. If the winter flight schedule changes in 2017 it may
necessitate a small change to our workshop dates. If it is more convenient
or affordable for you to arrive or depart on a different day, then
please contact Nature Explorer and they will help you with hotel and
other necessary arrangements.
|COST: Approx. $4,450.00 per
participant. (non photographer, significant others may attend
at same price.)
hotels*, breakfast, lunch, group dinners**, and ground
with private facilities, breakfast, lunch and group dinners. Price is
dbl/twin occupancy. Single supplement available; about $610.00. Price
excludes flights to and from Iceland, other food & drinks (non-alcoholic and alcoholic).
**We stay at hotels in quite remote locations; hours to a market. It is
normal for these hotels to offer a very limited menu. Because we will
be there during the slow season it is customary for groups
like ours to make a dinner choice for the entire group.
***Participants are responsible for getting themselves from the airport
to our 1st hotel in Reykjavik and then back to the airport upon departure. The Flybus
is a very
popular and affordable way to travel the 45 minutes from the airport to
the Reykjavik bus depot and then to the hotel. To find the Flybus, use
the main airport exit and look to the right; the large buses that
usually say Reykjavik Excursions are the Flybus.
is a workshop being held by Nature Explorer, a highly rated, off road,
adventure, photo tour company, please click on the logo below to
visit their website and register for the workshop.
Small groups - Big adventure
Normally Nature Explorer tours are
confirmed with a 25% deposit but they will not charge anything until
the workshop has filled (8 participants); for now, enter 1 in
the field for the amount and they will contact you when the min. number
has been reached.
How to Create a Nature Explorer Booking #: The booking numbers are made
with the initials of the client and the starting date of the tour - so
Andy Cook's booking number would be AC210117 (Andy Cook on the tour
starting 21 of January, 2017)
Feel free to contact Nature Explorer via
e-mail to ask Iceland specific questions or for registration
Note: You can easily extend your stay in Iceland and Nature Explorer
will gladly help with this.
Registration Process: Send an email to
email@example.com with your name, billing address and
phone number. Andy will place your registration with Nature Explorer,
they will contact you when a payment is required.
During this workshop we'll be traveling by
very capable off road vehicles, however, some hiking and
exploring locations on foot may be part of this workshop.
Be prepared for possible
temperature extremes and sudden changes in weather. Be aware that
it can be very cold and rain is a possibility. We will be out in
sunrise and after sunset, please bring a flashlight. Also, please be
prepared for very cold weather. We strongly advise that participants
have winter and waterproof clothing including pants and boots.
Batteries tend to drain
faster in cold weather, please make sure you bring plenty of camera
Sunrise: Approximately 10:00 A.M.
Sunset: Approximately 5:00 P.M.
We wish to provide about 8 hours of sleep per night (about 10 hours of
rest). If we get lucky with the auroras during an evening we may adjust
our wake up time the following morning, this may impact how much
daylight shooting we have on that day.
Driving Conditions: We will be driven by
experienced off road drivers during this workshop in enclosed vehicles.
Luggage: Nature Explorer does not have luggage quantity or weight
Power: To use US electrical products liken a hair dryer in Iceland
requires two small pieces of equipment. 1st is a converter for 230V,
2nd a 2-plug adapter. To charge items such as camera battery, laptop or
cell phone the 2-plug adapter may be all that is required. Please check
the fine print on the transformer for each device to see if it
indicates an input range such as 120v - 250v is allowed. It is easiest
to buy the 2-plug adapter in the huge duty free store at the airport
upon arrival in Iceland, The duty free store is the last room walked
through before leaving the secure area.
Bring all camera equipment including the camera's manual. We recommend
using a polarizing filter with some photographs on this workshop. Andy
images of various exposures in post processing. Andy will be happy to
teach participants his field and post processing techniques for doing
so (requires a cable release with some cameras).
A lens range from 17mm to 300mm after the lens multiplication factor is
participants should bring their entire range of lenses.
One should shoot with a sturdy outdoor tripod that can adjust from
standing height without cranking up a center post, to very close to the
ground. This type of tripod does not have attachments connecting the
the center post; i.e. the legs can move independently. Please use a
cable release or know how to work the camera's timer delay to avoid
camera shake. Unless your camera has a built-in level, we recommend
having a 2 axis flash shoe bubble level, it is the easiest way to make
sure photos are level.
Please buy these at a reputable dealer; they run
Group size is limited to 8 participants.
Please be wary of making airline reservations until the minimum is
achieved. Nature Explorer will notify participants when the minimum has
been reached. Minimum has been reached, workshop will proceed.
Our itinerary does fluctuate year to year. We may not visit every
location visited in previous years.
In the event Rocky Mountain
Reflections Photography, Inc. (RMRPI) cancels a workshop due to
unforeseen circumstances such as inability to obtain permits,
instructor injury, death... Then, RMRPI will refund fees collected by
RMRPI for the affected workshop. In the event of a natural disaster,
government closure or other happening of this nature that causes a
workshop to be canceled, RMRPI may be unable to refund workshop fees.
If this happens then funds collected by RMRPI will be applied as credit
toward a future workshop of the participant's choosing. RMRPI will not
be held responsible for other expenses (airline tickets, hotel
deposits, rental car...) that may be associated with any canceled
Spare Camera Batteries
Lots of Memory
Extra Shoes and Socks
Very Warm Boots
Very Warm Clothes
videos & photos.
Membership not required.
"I wanted to say thanks for such a wonderful workshop and an
"over-the-top" adventure. As we all said, it was above all
expectations..." Debbie Milburn, Colorado
"Thank you all for making this trip such an awesome experience. It was fantastic!" Kerry H. Colorado
Northern Lights 2016 Group Photo