Icebergs floating in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon Venkatramana Temple Blocks of ice on Breiðamerkursandur beach Erg Chebbi, Ziz Valley, Sahara

North Iceland’s Midsummer Birds and Landscapes Workshop

Highlights include…

  • Peak time for birds in Iceland
  • Lake Mývatn
  • Colourful geothermal areas
  • Volcanic phenomena
  • Alpine flowers
  • Remarkable landscapes
  • Boat trip to Flatey, Breiðafjörður
  • Flatey Island for two nights
  • Látrabjarg, Northwest Fjords
  • Puffins
  • Flight across Iceland
  • Snæfellsjökull
  • Twenty-four hours daylight
  • Sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations

Workshop Tutors

Our photographic tutor in 2017 will be Niall Benvie joined by Charlotte Benvie as host and organiser.

Introduction

Our creative workshop photographing birds in the Icelandic landscape will start in the beginning of June just before the summer solstice when the birdlife is at it’s most active and prolific. Our locations will concentrate on the North and Northwest of Iceland. They will include Lake Mývatn and it’s surroundings, the northwest fjords including Látrabjarg, two nights on the magical Island of Flatey, Breiðafjörður and a night on Snæfellsnes. June is the very best time for capturing the multitude of birds that congregate and breed in Iceland at this time of year. Migrants have arrived and all are very conspicuous defending their territories. It’s magical to photograph when most other folks are asleep. Whilst there is an emphasis on birds, we will not neglect the landscape, it’s the perfect time for capturing both. There are twenty-four hours of daylight, alpine flowers are in bloom, carpets of purple Lupine stretch as far as the eye can see and the striking features of the Icelandic landscape are enhanced by hours of soft ambient light. This workshop is definitely suitable for both serious bird and landscape photographers, or a combination of both.

Brief Itinerary

This page is only a brief summary but it is accurate. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our PDF dossier
This is currently being revised to include the new 12 day itinerary and extra night on Snæfellsnes. It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.

Day 1: Arrival and Transfers to Hotel

There is an included Flybus transfer from Keflavik, Iceland’s International airport to our first night hotel.
Hotel Reykjavík

Day 2: Reykjavík and Flight to Husavík

This morning we take the flight to Husavík in the North of Iceland. There are remarkable vistas if the weather is fine. We stay in a comfortable hotel right next to Mývatn, Iceland’s fourth largest lake. Myvatn is famed for its birdlife both on and around the lake. The River Laxa flowing from the lake is the prime habitat for Harlequin and Barrow’s Goldeneye in Iceland; these two ducks do not breed anywhere else in Europe. Our first evening will be spent investigating some of the locations where we will photograph over the next two full days. The landscape is superb.
Hotel by Lake Mývatn

Day 3-4: Birds and Landscapes of the Myvatn Area.

Over the next two days we will make the most of the long hours of daylight by exploring the best of what this area has to offer both in terms of birdlife and the unique landscape. The area is starkly beautiful, an otherworldly landscape of spluttering mud pots, weird lava formations, steaming fumaroles, volcanic craters, serene pools and breeding birds crazy with hormones. We will concentrate on photographing birds in the landscape; our tutors will be helping you to do this in a creative way.
Hotel Lake Mývatn

Day 5: To Látrabjarg

Today we make a journey through the fertile landscape of Northern Iceland to the fjords and western most point of Europe. This is a long journey and we will leave early to make the most of the drive with photographic stops en route. The West fjords are a true Icelandic wilderness; they are an ideal place for spotting birds, arctic fox and other unique fauna in their natural habitats. Our hotel is family-run and conveniently situated about 30 minutes drive from the magnificent Látrabjarg, Europe largest bird cliffs. We will spend the evening exploring the local coast and pools just a short walk from the hotel.
Hotel Near Látrabjarg

Day 6-7: Látrabjarg and the Northwest Fjords

We will spend our two full days here exploring the area making several excursions to Látrabjarg, These vast cliffs are home to millions of birds, including puffins, northern gannets, guillemots and razorbill. Great Northern Divers have often been photographed on the pools near to the cliffs. For many, the highlight of the cliff are the very tame Atlantic Puffins who actually breed at the lowest part of the cliff very close to where we park our vehicles. The landscape itself is wild and rich photographically. There are scenic remote churches, abandoned boats, pools, lakes and white sand beaches, a rarity in volcanic Iceland!
Hotel Near Látrabjarg

Day 8-9: To Flatey Island

Following lunch we take a ferryboat from Brjánslaekur across Breiðafjörður to the little Island of Flatey. The southern islands of Breidarfjordur Bay are teeming with a fantastic variety of bird life including the Common Shag, Glaucous Gull, White Tailed Eagle, Common Eider, Black Guillemot, Puffins and Grey Necked phalarope. Both the Common and Grey Seal have their main haul out on these islands and skerries. Our traditional, comfortable hotel is in the only small village on the island. The island has just one single track; it is a truly magical place to relax and make some wonderful images.
Hotel Flatey

Day 10: Afternoon Ferry to Grundarfjörður

After a final morning on Flatey, we have an early lunch before crossing the bay by ferry to Stykkishólmer. There is the chance of encountering some interesting birdlife en route. We will be passing very close to where Sea Eagles nest and will hopefully catch sight of these magnificent birds. Once in Stykkishólmer we drive along the northern coast of Snæfellsjökull to our waterfront hotel in Grundarfjörður. Hopefully we will catch some lovely evening light around this beautiful location. A main feature is Mount Kirkjufell and the waterfalls of Kirkjufellfoss.
Hotel Grundarfjörður

Day 11: Snæfellsness

An early hours sunrise shoot for the enthusiastic followed by breakfast. Today we will explore some of the best locations that Snæfellsness has to offer before leaving late afternoon for the two and half hour drive to Reykjavík. This evening we will go out for a celebratory dinner in the city.
Hotel Reykjavík

Day 12: Homeward Flights

Transfer to Reykjavík International airport and homeward flights.

What’s Included

  • 11 hotel nights
  • All meals
  • Transport and ferries
  • Transfers to and from Iceland’s International airport
  • Flight across Iceland Reykjavík to Husavik

What’s not Included

  • International Flights
  • Drinks and snacks between included meals
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Insurance

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary but it is accurate. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our PDF dossier
This is currently being revised to include the new 12 day itinerary and extra night on Snæfellsnes. It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.