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The Arctic Fox in Winter Iceland

Dates:
April 3 - 7, 2025
Location:
Iceland
Activity Level:
Medium
Photography Level:
All
ice floating in the ocean in winter iceland

Embark on an extraordinary winter adventure. Join us on a captivating photography workshop in the remote Westfjords of Iceland: Hornstrandir. Our mission is to search for and capture the Arctic Fox through our lenses. A beautiful species perfectly adapted to thrive amidst the harshest conditions. We are going to observe, learn and spend plenty of time in the field to get the best shots, among a small group of photography enthusiasts. The workshop starts in Isafjördur and we will have a couple of days to hone our photography skills while visiting the various winter landscapes all around us. Next we are spending days in a location on the island only accessible by boat and we will be immersed in a different world: Iceland in winter time.

2025: April 3 – 7

The trip starts and finishes in the beautiful town of Ísafjördur.

Where we’re going

After arriving in the Westfjords of Iceland we’ll explore the winter surroundings of Isafjördur. Our driver will take us to the most iconic winter landscape spots. Beware that Icelandic winters can be harsh and that we might need to adjust our day-to-day itinerary accordingly. Then, we will go on an epic boat journey to our basecamp in the North of Hornstrandir to photograph the Arctic Fox. We will spend four days in this beautiful location, exploring the surroundings of a secluded place. There will be no one around us for miles, which is definitely an experience in itself.
Day 1, March 12th
isafjordur city in west fjords iceland in the evening and winter

Arrival in Isafjordur at 9 in the morning. We will have a get together and talk about our plans and expectations of the week ahead of us. Afterwards, we will have the whole day to explore the surroundings, looking for interesting landscapes to photograph. As it is winter we are handed down to the weather conditions in regard to what place we can and cannot reach.

Possible locations to explore: Dynjani Waterfall, Holt beach, Flateryri village, Myrafell Hill, Valagil Waterfall, Bolungarvik Lighthouse, Hvítanes Seal Colony

Accommodation: Gamla Guesthouse, Isafjordur
Food: Dinner of your own choosing, not included.

landscape with fjords in hornstrandir winter with snow and rocks

We will have the whole day to explore the surroundings, looking for interesting landscapes to photograph. As it is winter we are handed down to the weather conditions in regard to what place we can and cannot reach.

Possible locations to explore: Dynjani Waterfall, Holt beach, Flateryri village, Myrafell Hill, Valagil Waterfall, Bolungarvik Lighthouse, Hvítanes Seal Colony

Accommodation: Gamla Guesthouse, Isafjordur
Food: Breakfast included in the guesthouse. Dinner of your own choosing, not included.

silhouette of an arctic fox walking in the snow in a mountainous area

We take the boat from Ísafjörður all the way to Hornvik. Hornvik will be our base for the coming days to search for and photograph the arctic fox. After arrival we will settle and possibly use the remainder of the day for photography of the surroundings and if we are lucky we will already see the foxes.

Accommodation: Hornvik Farmhouse. An old house in an exclusive location far away from everything. Basic facilities, but a small sauna is included!

Food: Breakfast included in the house. Then, all food – three meals a day and snacks – will be prepared by our cook, included in the price of the trip.

arctic fox walking on pebbles crossing a river stream looking for food
hornvik guesthouse white house in snow

Photography of the foxes, post-processing in between.

Accommodation: Hornvik Farmhouse. An old house in an exclusive location far away from everything. Basic facilities, but a small sauna is included!

Food: all food – three meals a day andsnacks – will be prepared by our cook, included in the price of the trip.

rainbow on a rough ocean

Returning From Hornvik in the morning, by boat. We will arrive in the afternoon back in Ísafjörður with plenty of time left to catch our plane from Isafjördur Airport back to Reykjavik.

Accommodation for the coming night is not included. Upon request a list of recommendations can be sent.

Included

  • 4 nights in our basecamp on Hornstrandir
  • 2 nights guesthouse in Ísafjörður, based on double occupancy
  • caretaker/cook in our basecamp
  • Transportation to / from Ísafjörður airport.
  • Photography and editing lessons.
  • All meals in the basecamp on Hornstrandir, 3 times a day
  • Breakfast in our guesthouse in Ísafjörður

Not Included

  • Single supplement (€150), if available, 2 nights
  • 2x dinner in Ísafjörður
  • Airfare to and from Ísafjördur

Recommendation

  • Arrival in Iceland on March 11th. The tour starts March 12th in Ísafjörður and flights leave from Reykjavik in the early morning. 
  • Stay an extra night in Reykjavik after the tour to explore the capital, relax and prepare for the journey home.

A combination of wildlife and winter landscape photography against a stunning backdrop called Iceland. We’ll aim to get the best possible shot out of given conditions. You’ll receive group and 1:1 feedback during the trip with plenty of editing sessions to turn a solid photo into an iconic one.

What factors do you have to take into consideration when you’re working with landscape or wildlife photography? The weather is forever changing and each type of scenery adds new challenges — how do we adapt to these situations? We’ll capture stunning, but quickly moving animals. How to adjust for this? Also, we take an in-depth look into the technicalities of wildlife photography.

 

How will you make your photos more compelling as a visual storyboard? How do we successfully integrate Icelandic beauty as a background for our photo series?

Excellent composition and light are the secret sauce to taking the perfect photo. We’ll look at the light during various conditions and work on our compositions with different scenery. Iceland is known for heavy wind and snow — but how do we get the weather to work in our favor and make more unique photos because of it? Wildlife can behave differently than we expect and we will try our best to plan for it.

If the weather allows for it, we will try our hands on Northern Light photography. How do we prepare for shots taken at night? We’ll dive deep in the technical settings as well as practical details it takes to operate in the cold and dark.

We’ll run multiple editing sessions to perfect our photos even more. We’ll learn Lightroom/Capture One and how to balance colors, lights, and contrast to take your images to the next level.

We’ll be working, laughing, creating, and cultivating community in a photographer’s playground. We’ll wake up early to explore nearby destinations and have hours upon hours of practice with our camera. We learn by experience — by doing. We’ll immerse ourselves into our environments and capture stunning results you won’t be able to replicate anywhere else.

€ 3800

6/6 available

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€ 3800

6/6 available

Dates: April 3 - 7

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