Our first Iceland workshop was (I hope) a resounding success, with 13 photographers joining me at Reykjavik for a weeks photography in the land of fire and ice.
After convening in Reykjavik, a meal out on the town allowed everyone to get to know each other. The following morning we set off in out big green coach for the start of our tour round the southern part of Iceland.
Over the six days, we visited too many places to simply list here, but they included Geysir – where we were treated to sulphurous steam and geysers erupting a hundred feet in the air. From there we continued to Gulfoss waterfalls, the largest waterfalls in the European continent. It's hard to get across the scale of these in a photo, they are so huge, with such a volume of water coming over them, but I think we succeeded.
The next day saw a visit to the 200 foot high Seljalandfoss fall, where we could walk round the back; wet, but well worth it. More waterfalls through the day, before we ended up at Reynisfjara, on the beach, where there were amazing Basalt columns.
A more strenuous day followed, including a walk of about 5 miles and a climb of around 1000 feet to overlook the astonishing Skaftafellsjokul glacier. Although it was a fairly long walk, Bernie, one of our American guests, and an Octogenarian, managed it with a little effort. His comment "I'm so glad I did that!"
The following day saw what – for me – was the highlight of the trip; I was looking forward to seeing icebergs in a glacial lagoon, and was certainly not disappointed. Jokulsarlon beach of black volcanic sand, and the lagoon of floating icebergs was a true spectacle.
Thursday found the group travelling across a sandy inlet some miles wide to Ingolsfoli by tractor-pulled trailer, where we photographed Great Skuas and Puffins. The afternoon was spent photographing the largest field of lava flows in Europe.
The group spent Friday morning in Vik, photographing the town and the church, before the coch journey back to Reykjavik, in glorious sunshine. We spent a few hours walking round the city, photographing the Cathedral, traditional Icelandic buildings, and Graffitti covered courtyards. Even after dinner, we photographed the sunset (at 11.50) and continued shooting twilight shots until after 2 o'clock.
A very full week, but a wealth of subjects and a fantastic group of people. I'd like to thank everyone on the trip – especially our Icelandic guide, and driver, both great guys – for making the trip so special.