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Iceland

$500.00

October 16 to October 25, 2017

November 7 to November 16, 2018

PACKAGE PRICE: $ 4300 for 2017

PACKAGE PRICE: $ 4500 for 2018

Iceland is my favorite place in the world, not only because of its stunning landscapes, but also because of the warmth of its people and mysticism born from the ancient Viking Sagas. Every corner of this land is blessed by nature, and it is, without a doubt, God’s Masterpiece.

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The weather is unpredictable, magnificent and key in the creation of stunning imagery. Photography in this realm is about chasing the light and being able to react to nature’s whims. Sometime ago I wrote: “I love changing weather, as it shows nature’s ego,” and in Iceland, that ego is bigger than the universe.

It took three years of research, scouting and planning to design the perfect photography adventure. During the 10 days of driving around Iceland, we visit places rarely visited, where we photograph at the perfect time and under the best light. We shoot these key locations several times: dawn, dusk and at night seeking the optimal moments to create great images.

The ability to react to evolving situations and to stop any place at any time is one of the pluses of this adventure. This trip is designed to travel beyond the tourist spots of the Golden Circle as we explore and photograph the magnificent Icelandic countryside. It is our guarantee that you will go home with stunning imagery: the product of memorable and joyful experiences. It is fair to say that you will witness the majestic beauty of all of Iceland’s key sites.

Very few people have the opportunity to go to the places we go. Monitoring the sun, the moon, the stars and the magnificent Northern Lights are a few of the elements that go into our planning. You will have in-field coaching to make sure you get the best rendition of the moment evolving in front of you. During down time, we provide one on one critique sessions to make the most of your learning experience.

Around Iceland, A Photographic Saga is the best photographic experience available in the market, combining learning, with unparalleled access to the best image-making opportunities, all in a fun and creative environment.

WHAT’S INCLUDED:

Includes 10 days/9 nights of accommodation

All breakfasts

Welcome dinner on the first night 

Transfer to/from airport

Inland transportation

Tuition 

*Price is per person, single occupancy.  

Airfare from/to your home cities, meals not listed above, alcohol, personal expenses, visas if required are not included.

A deposit of $ 500 is required to reserve your space.

This workshop is limited to 8 participants

ITINERARY

Day 1

Reykjavik

Welcome to Iceland. After landing in Keflavik International Airport, you will be taken to the hotel in Reykjavik where you will have time to rest. At night, you will meet the group, receive a full brief of the days to come and have dinner at a local restaurant.

We will spend the night in Reykjavik.

Day 2

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

After an early pick up, we start travelling north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, which will be our home for the next two days. On our way there, we will stop to photograph Barnafoss, where hundreds of small waterfalls flow from within the lava plains into the mighty Hvítá River. Upon arrival into Snæfellsnes, we will photograph Budir with its iconic black church and sunset in the Arnarstapi coastal park, where the sea has carved arches and majestic cliffs into the lava flows. At Night, we will shoot at Kirkjufellsfoss and Mt. Kirkjufell one of the most recognizable mount/waterfall images in Iceland.

We will spend the night in Grundarfjordur.

Day 3

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

We start our day with a dawn shoot at Kirkjufellsfoss and Mt. Kirkjufell. We then drive to Londrangar, where there are impressive lava formations emerging from the ocean, providing a unique photo opportunity. In Djupalonssadur, we walk down to the lava flows covered in green moss down to the coastline for some interesting shots. We will then capture the sunset using the Snæfellsjokull Glacier as a background. Many fishing villages and small towns adorn Snæfellsnes, so expect many un-scheduled stops along the way, all depending on the photo opportunities arising. At night, we return to Kirkjufellsfoss and Mt. Kirkjufell for more night images.

We will spend the night in Grundarfjordur.

Day 4

Lake Myvatn Area

We start our day with another dawn shoot around Mt. Kirkjufell looking for reflections and the glorious morning light hitting the mountain. After that, we start our journey to the north as we migrate to Lake Myvatn, the epicenter of Iceland’s thermal activity. During the drive, we will look for photo opportunities that might arise during the transfer.

We will spend the night in Lake Myvatn Area.

Day 5

Lake Myvatn Area

We welcome a brand new day at Godafoss, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in all of Iceland. This is a site that yields many images as you can photograph from many different angles. The sunrise here is exquisite, and full of color. From there, we will drive up the Bárðardalur valley to the majestic waterfall Aldeyjarfoss, one of Iceland’s most photogenic waterfalls. Our next stop is the Hverir thermal area, where boiling mud pots and steam vents thrive. You will be confronted with colors galore on this Icelandic representation of hell. After a short drive, we climb the Viti crater with its stunning turquoise lake at the bottom. A night shoot might be at hand depending on weather conditions.

We will spend the night in Lake Myvatn Area.

Day 6

East Iceland-Djúpivogur

Rise and shine, off to Dettiffoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall, 100 meters wide and 45 meters deep. After a short hike, you will be able to capture amazing imagery of this wall of water. Right after this shoot, we head east over the mountains into the fjords that line up Iceland’s east coast. On our way, we will photograph around the Modrudalur Area, which is surrounded by magnificent peaks and we will stop to photograph the Rjukandi waterfall.

We will spend the night in Djúpivogur.

Day 7

Vatnajokull National Park

We travel to the Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier and national park. Many photographic opportunities will arise as we drive along the fjords. Stokksness is one such opportunity where you will be able to shoot the wonderful reflection of Vestrahorn Mountain on the wet black sand beach during sunrise. We will be spending three days nearby Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon. This is a great location for us to capture the phenomenal huge icebergs floating on the ice lagoon in a constant ballet of movement and amazing light. We photograph at sunset and night hoping for the majestic northern lights.

We will spend the night in Jokulsarlon.

Day 8

Vatnajokull National Park

We start our day before sunrise right across the street from the lagoon at the black sand beach where some of the icebergs float to shore. The stark contrast of the white and blue ice and the black sand sets the stage for some unique imagery. The constant pounding of the waves provides the perfect opportunity of slow shutter speed photos to capture the movement. After the sunrise shoot, we explore several of the glacier lagoons on our way to Skaftafell National Park to visit Svartifoss the magnificent basalt column studded waterfall. We head back to Jokulsarlon to photograph sunset at the black sand beach. A night shoot at the ice lagoon completes our day.

We will spend the night in Jokulsarlon.

Day 9

Vik Area

We catch the sunrise in the ice lagoon as hints of pink and orange adorn the floating ice. We then move to the two most famous waterfalls in Iceland. Skogafoss, one of the biggest falls in Iceland with a drop of 60 meters and then off to Seljalandsfoss to photograph the waterfall from behind. For sunset we have a treat, the black sand beach in Reynisfjara with massive basalt walls and a stunning view of Reynisdrangar; the basalt pillars that protrude from the ocean floor. Depending on the weather, a night shoot might be at hand.

We will spend the night in Vik.

Day 10

Keflavik International Airport

We start our last day by walking up the face of Solheimajokull Glacier. As we explore the exposed ice wall, you will be able to see and photograph millennia of ice layers as they melt into the nearby river. Because of its secluded location, you will feel like you are on another planet. It’s then time to head back to the airport to catch your afternoon flight.

PAYMENT

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Iceland Photography Workshop

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CANCELLATION POLICY

Client’s participation in the workshop is not guaranteed unless and until payment is received in full by Raul Touzon. Unless otherwise agreed below, workshops are non-transferable and non refundable.

If you cancel, you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the workshop.

REFUND POLICY

  • If requested more than 60 days from the start date of the workshop: full refund minus $250 fee.
  • 31 days – 60 days: 50% refund
  • Less than 30 days: no refund
  • Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
  • Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

TERMS & CONDITIONS

Photography workshop policies and general liability waiver

Please read the following document carefully. Each individual participating in a photography workshop conducted by Raul Touzon Photography must submit a signed copy of this form as part the registration process.

Participants under 18 years of age must also include the signature of a parent or guardian.

“The photographer” shall mean the organizer known as “Raul Touzon Photography”.

“The client(s)” shall be those who attend the workshop.

The information presented in this contract cannot be altered in any way by the client(s) unless such conditions are expressly agreed upon by Raul Touzon Photography and provided in writing prior to the commencement of the workshop.

  1. Health & safety: I am aware that the courses and activities related to the workshop in which I am participating present certain risks including, but not limited to, bodily injury, death, illness, loss or damage to personal property, and other safety-related dangers. I further understand that these outdoor photography courses in certain instances present inherent risks of personal injury or sickness, such as falling, falling rocks, getting lost, traveling in rough terrain, forces of nature such as lightning strikes, wild animals, absence of prompt medical attention, if needed, and travel by automobile or other conveyance. I understand these risks, recognize that these dangers cannot be eliminated, and acknowledge other dangers not mentioned may also exist. I understand the physical requirements of participation in these activities and affirm I meet these requirements, and that my physical and mental health is good, and that I am not under a doctor’s care for any condition that might endanger other participants or me. I understand that instructors may not possess the required training or equipment to handle incidents that may occur. In case of injury, accident, illness, or my inability to complete these activities, I will bear the full cost of any additional transportation or evacuation procedures performed by Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors or the national park services.
  1. Copyright & license: all photographs created by the client during the workshop remain the intellectual property of the client. The client retains full copyright of these images. Client images may be used to promote future workshops without compensation to Raul Touzon Photography or the client.
  1. Prices: prices for the workshops are available online and are non-negotiable. Amenities may vary for individual work- shops and it is the client’s responsibility to read the course details carefully. Airfare is not included in the workshop fees.
  1. Payments: you can make payments directly online or by check. We cannot guarantee your placement in a workshop unless we receive full payment. Unless specified, workshops are non-transferable.
  1. Refunds/cancellation by the client(s):

Cancellations will receive 100% refund minus a cancellation administration fee of $ 250.

Cancellations made within 31 days to 60 days prior to the start of workshop dates, are entitled to a 50% refund based on the full tuition fee of the workshop.

Cancellations made within a 30 days period prior to the start of a workshop will not be entitled to a refund.

In the unlikely event a workshop cannot be conducted for reasons defined in item (6), the client will receive a 100% refund, or the choice of an alternative workshop of equal value. No further compensation is required.

  1. Refunds/cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography due to an insufficient number of participants: if insufficient bookings are made, Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or postpone a workshop. Notice will be given to the client no less than 10 days prior to the workshop date. In this circumstance an alternate workshop of equal value, or 100% refund be offered to the client.

Force majeure: (typically, force majeure clauses cover natural disasters or other “acts of god”, or the failure of third-parties such as suppliers and subcontractors to perform their obligations to the contracting party.)

The due performance of the contract is subject to alteration or cancellation by Raul Touzon Photography owing to any cause beyond their reasonable control (e.g. sudden illness/injury/victim of crime).

Raul Touzon Photography may substitute another photographer in the event that the assigned instructor is unable to attend the workshop due to such factors. However, it may prove difficult or impossible to find a skilled replacement at short notice. As explained in item (6), 100% refund, or an alternate course will be offered if no workshop can be performed.

  1. Valuables: all valuables belonging to the client including camera equipment are the clients’ responsibility. Raul Touzon Photography and its instructors cannot be held liable for any lost or damaged equipment (camera or other) while participating in a workshop.
  1. Complaints: any complaints regarding the workshop or its instructors must be made in writing within seven days of the workshop. All complaints will be taken seriously and acted upon accordingly.
  1. Logistics and accomodation: whenever possible, our trip participants are lodged in comfortable, modern hotels. We select among the best available accommodations, but refrain from extravagance. Some interesting photographic destinations are far removed from modern amenities.
  1. Our itinerary is intended as an example only. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, natural history or cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary by tour leader.
  1. Governing law: the laws of the state of Montana shall govern this agreement. Any notices required or permitted under this agreement shall be in writing and shall be deemed given if (I) delivered in person, (ii) sent by registered or certified mail, return receipt requested, with proper postage affixed, or (iii) sent by overnight mail service with confirmation of delivery. In the case of (I), notice shall be deemed effective upon delivery; in the case of (ii) and (iii), notice shall be deemed effective upon confirmation of receipt or delivery.
  1. Concealed weapons: in February 2010 the federal government lifted the ban on loaded and concealed weapons in our national parks. While we respect the rights of those who wish to carry firearms, Wild West photos will not allow individuals who participate in our workshops to carry firearms of any kind. If you have questions or concerns regarding this policy please contact us by phone or email prior to registration.
  1. Participation: I certify that I am voluntarily participating in these activities and assume all risks, consequences, and potential liability for this participation. I hereby release Raul Touzon Photography, its instructors, any landowner, employee of the landowner in which we hold the workshop, the us forest service, the national park service, and other land managers where these activities occur from any and all liability claims, causes of action, debts, and demands that may arise as a result of my participation in these activities. This document shall also serve as a release and assumption of risk for my heirs, personal representatives, executors, administrators, and members of my family. Raul Touzon Photography reserves the right to cancel or change activities without prior notice, and reserves the right to cancel the registration of any participant it determines fails to meet the requirements of these activities.
  1. Responsibility: Raul Touzon Photography act only as agents for the passenger in regards to travel including, but not limited to, sightseeing, meals, lodging, transportation, and all other services whether by railroad, motorcar, motor coach, boat, ship or aircraft and they assume no liability for injury, damage, loss, accident, delay or irregularity which may be occasioned either by reason of defect in any vehicle or for any reason whatsoever, or through the acts or default of any company or person engaged in conveying the passenger or in carrying out the arrangements of the trip.

They can accept no responsibility for losses or additional expenses due to delay or changes in air or other services, sickness, weather, strike, war, quarantine or other causes. All such losses or expenses will have to be borne by the passenger, as trip fees provided are for arrangements only for the times and locations stated. Baggage is at the owner’s risk entirely.

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