Ice Caves by Helicopter – Iceland
16 - 22 Nov 2022 : Fully Booked
16 – 22 Nov 2022
Fancy an ice cave helicopter adventure on the South Coast of Iceland? 6 days of Icelandic adventure with 2 days being dropped onto the glacier by helicopter to impossible to reach ice caves plus the chance to shoot from the helicopter each day. River beds and patterns and so much more. Let’s also throw in 1 super jeep adventure to the caves plus the classics of the south coast. Its landscape photography heaven all from single occupancy deluxe hotels.
This is a truly unique workshop/tour and perfect for people that want to get access to some inaccessible locations. For a number of years now it’s become more difficult to access the stunning ice caves of Iceland as the caves at the foot of the accessible glaciers can be very busy. Nevertheless, we longed to get back to that amazing environment hence the idea to beat the crowds and hit the caves by helicopter. Adventure is in the air. Fancy joining us?
Helicopter Tour by Thor
The workshop will be based along the south coast so we will take in some other iconic locations such as Vik, the Glacial Lagoon, Diamond Beach, and Vesterhorn. However, the emphasis here is on a unique experience so our primary objective is ice caves without people plus helicopter shooting. With this in mind, we are taking only a small group of 7 people plus 2 guides. It’s going to be busy so we have also upgraded from standard to deluxe rooms to make sure everyone is really comfortable at the end of the day.
Unparalleled photography, adventure, access, and comfort.
We will have 2 days access by helicopter. A flight each day in and out plus the chance to shoot from the helicopter once each day. So that’s 4 helicopter flights in total plus 2 chances to capture truly unique images from the sky. We will also have one day where we visit by super jeep and arrive early to beat the crowds.
Day 1 Arrival – Hotel Keflavik
Arrival night. Get acclimatised and if the Northern Lights are possible we will be out for a night shoot. For those that arrive early in the day we will do a sunset on the Reykjanes Peninsula.
Day 2 Transit East – Foss Hotel Deluxe Rooms
We leave Keflavik early and head east to our first locations. The exact locations depend on weather conditions, but on our route are the two waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, plus other great locations like Dyrhólaey and Reynisfjara. There’s some great shooting en route. Also transiting all the way across means we stay in the Glacial Lagoon area for longer increasing our access to the helicopters and the caves.
Day 3, 4 and 5 – Glacial Lagoon Area – Foss Hotel Deluxe Rooms
The core part of the workshop will be so packed with epic shooting. We will take 2 helicopter rides up to the glacier plus a super jeep tour into a cave on the lower part. On top of this we will shoot the iconic diamond beach, glacial lagoon and Vesterhorn. It’s going to be insane.
Day 6 – Vik – Deluxe Hotel Room
Next stop is Vik on our way back to Reykjavik. We will transit across and shoot the iconic stacks plus more black beach action. This part of Iceland is just so damn photogenic.
Day 7 – Transit back to Reykjavik
The workshop will end on day 7 arriving back to Reykjavik in the afternoon. We will drop you to your hotel in Reykjavik itself or Keflavik if you prefer to stay here. You must make your own arrangements hotel wise here but we are happy to help if you let us know what you want to do.
The cost of the workshop is $7200 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive all tuition and location guide as described above. Accommodation for 6 Nights in Deluxe Upgrade Hotel Single Occupancy, 4 Helicopter Transports, 1 Super jeep Ice cave Tour, 7 Days Shooting, Transportation, Breakfast, Location Guide, Day and Night Shooting
Booking is in US Dollars as the tour is being co-hosted by our partner in Iceland Thor Photography.
In the unlikely event we cannot fly due to adverse weather we will refund $750 per helicopter day missed.
FLIGHTS to Iceland are not included.
It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate for flight costs.
- On Location Guidance
- Compositional Instruction
- Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
- Understanding Exposure Triangle
- Modes of Exposure
- RAW, White Balance and Filters
- Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
- Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
- Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
- Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
- The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
- Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details
- For equipment, we recommend at least a DSLR. Wide, fast lenses are more popular with night and aurora.
- We recommend an ND filter, grad filters and polariser. Sturdy tripod – think windy!
- An expected amount of gear would fill a camera backpack.Typically we will be shooting landscapes, so a quality wide angle is important… the lens needs to be fairly fast i.e. f/2.8 if possible
- Spare Batteries, European charger. Car charger
- Shutter Release
- As we will be shooting at night, it is important to have a headlamp.
- The correct way to dress is to have suitable layers of clothing, so that layers can be added or removed accordingly. Icelanders dress with 3 or 4 thin layers, starting with wool and ending with Goretex (or similar).
- You can expect temperatures between 12 c and -12 c
- Layers of clothing, for example, thermal-shirt, fleece, jacket, long-johns, Outdoor trousers (not jeans!!), rain jacket and rain trousers.
- Sturdy shoes for light hiking (waterproof is best), wool socks.
- Hat and gloves, scarf and balaclava.
- Spare gloves – spare shoes.
- One large suitcase, small personal bag, camera bag and tripod each.
EASY – There are no long walks on this workshop with locations typically within 5 minutes of the car. All workshops require walking on uneven ground on beaches or lake edges for example. Ice Caves vary each year of course so we cant be certain of the distance from the helicopter to cave. We envisage this being a 5 – 10 minute walk. There is also a 1 mile walk to the cave we will access by super jeep. This is not a strenuous walk.
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