Iceland: Land of the Midnight Sun Full Circle Tour
(8 days exploring and circumnavigating Iceland)
Iceland has earned it’s reputation as the premiere landscape photography destination on the planet. With jagged mountain peaks, infinite ocean vistas, massive glaciers, geothermal geysers, fascinating ice formations, deep winding canyons, and staggering waterfalls, these are just a few of the many geographic features that make Iceland so beloved by photographers. Now picture yourself photographing all these locations in prolonged hours of golden light, with two seasoned instructors with geographic knowledge to get you to the best spots. You’re on a beautiful island, thousands of miles from home; all your worries melt away as you escape to capture the exquisite beauty before you at every turn. Welcome to Iceland. Join Nick Page and Majeed Badizadegan on a highly exclusive Summer tour of the stunning countryside of Iceland.
In this tour we are going to circumnavigate the entire island of Iceland, and photograph its most amazing sights. This will be a very small, intimate group; we’re limiting the workshop to only eight participants, giving a 4:1 ratio of students to guides. This means there will be plenty of one-on-one time with expert field instructors Nick Page and Majeed Badizadegan, as we guide you around some of the most photogenic places on the planet. We’ll visit the photogenic Kirkjufell and Godafoss, including the highlands of the country. We’ll make our way to the iconic Vestrahorn and Jökulsárlón, the stunning geographic feature of iceberg lagoon and the black sand beach.
Iceland is like a Nature photography heaven. During this time of year, daylight lasts nearly 24 hours and the nights are short. The light will linger all night long, giving us opportunities to shoot late into the night in the beautiful late sunset conditions. Given the low position of the sun on the horizon, this means an extended golden hour: a photographer's dream!
Dates/Itinerary 8 Days ( Saturday July 1st - Saturday July 8th 2017 )
You should schedule your flight to arrive the day before the start of the tour to give yourself time to rest and get acquainted with the new time zone. We are all going to need a little sleep and rest before getting our start.
Important note: To make the most of this workshop we will be closely monitoring and evaluating weather patterns. The weather will likely play a role in our locations for each sunrise and sunset. The Itinerary is a tentative schedule and subject to change.
Day 1 ( Saturday, July 1st )
Breakfast in Reykjavik (pronounced RAY-ka-vik) and meet and greet. This is where we will set our game plan for the week and set goals for our time in Iceland. After we are all fed and road worthy, we will be heading north to photograph the famous Kirkjufellfoss, as well as sea arches, Black Churches, coastal formations, and ruins.
Day 2 (Sunday, July 2nd)
We will be photographing the massive waterfalls of the north Iceland including Godafoss and Dettifoss,
Day 3 ( Monday July 3rd)
We will spend the day traveling down and exploring the little visited Eastern side of the island, photographing waterfalls, landscapes and ending the day at the amazing Vesturhorn.
Day 4-5 (Tuesday, July 4th and 5th)
We will be spending this time focusing our efforts on the Iceberg Lagoons, an area known as Jökulsárlón. We’ll photograph massive floating icebergs and crystal-like ice washed up on the black sand beaches.
Day 6-8th(Thursday, July 6th - Saturday, July 8th)
Days 6 and 7 will be spent exploring the black sand beaches of Vik, and the interior sections of Iceland that are only accessible in the summer months working our way back towards Reykjavik, and stopping along the way to photograph anything we feel we wanted a second shot at.
Like all of our tours, the Weather will play a big role in our plans and locations, we have to go where we have the best shot of getting good light and photos. This includes 1 am wake up calls for aurora, or last minute audibles to catch a gap in the storm. We want everyone to go home with good photos, and for that reason we have to pay attention to, and react to the weather Iceland Gives us.
All prices in US Dollars. The initial payment of $1250 is a non-refundable initial payment toward the total of $2750. The payment is to reserve your spot in the workshop. The balance is due 60 days prior to the first day of the workshop, May 2nd, 2017. If you need to cancel your attendance to the workshop, Majeed Badizadegan Photography (hereafter referred to as MBP) and Nick Page Photography (hereafter referred to as NPP) may advertise the opening to others. If someone else signs up to fill your spot, we may refund you your deposit, but only if the spot sells to another participant.
What is included:
* Guiding and Instruction for 8 days
* LODGING: 7 night's lodging during the tour (based on double occupancy)
* TRANSPORTATION: during the tour and back to the airport
*Note, transportation begins on the first day of tour only. If you fly in a day early, as we recommend, you will need to make your own arrangements for hotel and travel to your hotel. We will pick you up on the first day of the tour, Sunday, July 2nd. Transportation begins on Saturday, July 1st and ends on Saturday, July 8th. We will drop you off at the airport or Reykjavik area hotel.
* One on One instruction with Nick and Majeed, and a 4:1 instructor to participant ratio!
* Group post-processing sessions and instruction
What is NOT included:
- Meals ( we will have snacks and drinks available on location, but the meals will be up to the workshop participants)
- Travel to and from the Iceland
- Lodging before and after
- Single occupancy can be purchased for those that don't want to share a room but is subject for hotel room availability.
- Meals ( we will have snacks and drinks available on location, but the meals will be up to the workshop participants) Please note and budget for the high prices of Icelandic restaurants. Hot meals can cost upwards of $20USD.
- Hotels before and after the tour will be the responsibility of the participant
- Flights are NOT INCLUDED to get to Iceland. But we highly recommend Iceland Air.
- WE ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED in how many people we can take on this trip, so if you’re considering the trip, do NOT delay booking. I expect this trip to go quickly.
- Your payment of $1,250 is NON-REFUNDABLE! The payment is not a deposit, but is a payment to reserve our time in leading your workshop. If you need to cancel your attendance at the workshop, we may advertise the opening to others. IF someone else signs up to take your spot, we may refund you your $1,250, but only if the spot sells to another in time.
WE ARE EXTREMELY LIMITED in how many people we can take on this trip, so if you’re considering the trip, do NOT delay booking. I expect this trip to go quickly.
Your down payment is NON-REFUNDABLE should you not be able to make the trip, but will be refunded should we have to cancel the tour for any reason. The payment is not a deposit, but is a payment to reserve our time in leading your workshop. If you need to cancel your attendance at the workshop, Majeed Badizadegan Photography and Nick Page Photography may advertise the opening to others. If someone else signs up to take your spot, we may refund you your payment, but only if the spot sells to another in time.
We will have a student to instructor ratio of 4:1. This will be a very small intimate group, where everyone will get plenty of instruction and one on one time with either Majeed and Nick. The instructors are myself (Nick Page) and my good friend and incredible photographer Majeed Badizadegan. I really feel like having two workshop instructors for a trip like this is a huge benefit because you get to see two very different opinions of photography and techniques, so you can learn different styles and have the opportunity to pick up what you like.
What the trip is like
Before the trip, we’ll start a new Facebook group just for attendees. You’ll meet everyone in the group (virtually) before we leave and be able to ask questions and prepare. This will be where you can find someone to split a car/room with, etc. This is not a lazy vacation. This is serious sleep-when-you’re-dead style photography.
Physical abilities/Skill Level/Equipment
From a physical standpoint, if you feel comfortable walking 1 mile on uneven terrain, you should be in fine shape for this trip. The rocky ground in Iceland is very uneven, but we won’t need to go on any hikes over 2 miles. There will be some rugged hikes where we are scrambling over boulders and rough terrain, this tour isnt recommended for those with bad knees or bad hearts. If any location is out of your comfort zone, you’re more than welcome to shoot another location, stay at the hotel and rest, or wait in the van until we get to another more comfortable location for you.
From a photography skill level point of view, anyone is welcome. There is no need to be an advanced photographer by any means. We usually have a good mix of mostly intermediate photographers, a few advanced, and a few beginners.
You definitely don’t need fancy photography gear to shoot in Iceland. If you have any camera capable of shooting in manual mode, a tripod, and a wide angle lens, you’re good. If you don’t have that, then just rent it for a week.
Our winter clothing will be very important for this trip. We are going to be very very far north, and its going to be very very windy wet and cold. We will put together a recommended gear for you all before the trip!
Important Legal Information
By attending this workshop, you agree to hold Majeed Badizadegan of Majeed Badizadegan Photography and Nick Page of Nick Page Photography and its employees and owners harmless for all personal injury or loss that may occur during or in connection with this trip. This is a self-led travel trip. You are responsible for your safety. Do not push your physical abilities past what you are healthy enough to do. You are in charge of deciding if a location is safe for you to travel to.
Travel insurance as well as insurance for your photo gear are both highly recommended. All it takes is one rouge wave to ruin your day or even trip, so insurance while shooting the coast is highly recommended.
Majeed Badizadegan of Majeed Badizadegan Photography and Nick Page of Nick Page Photography role in this workshop is to teach photography and guide you to great locations. You are responsible for your safety as you travel. Majeed Badizadegan of Majeed Badizadegan Photography and Nick Page of Nick Page Photography makes no effort to vet the other attendees of the trip and you need to make sure you are safe in their companionship.
In the event of extraordinary events, governmental instability, extreme weather, or other condition, Majeed Badizadegan of Majeed Badizadegan Photography and Nick Page of Nick Page Photography reserves the right to cancel this trip and return all workshop fees to participants.