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ICELAND ULTIMATE SUMMER WORKSHOP JULY 13th – JULY 23rd 2014 – Lead by Joshua Holko and Daniel Bergmann

ICELAND ULTIMATE SUMMER WORKSHOP JULY 13th – JULY 23rd 2014  - Lead by Joshua Holko and Daniel Bergmann

Join Moab Master and X-Rite Coloratti photographer Joshua Holko and Iceland Pro Nature Photographer Daniel Bergmann on the ultimate summer photographic expedition to Iceland – ‘The land of Fire and Ice’.

Iceland is one of the most exciting and rewarding photography destinations in the world. We have custom tailored our 2014 expedition based on years of experience and local knowledge from our guide to provide the best possible opportunities in some of Iceland’s most amazing locations.Probably nowhere else in the world is there such a diversity of subject matter in such a relatively small area. Glaciers and geothermal areas, waterfalls and lush green valleys, majestic mountains and black volcanic beaches. Along with ever changing weather and spectacular light conditions. Iceland is geologically a very young country and very much a work in progress. It’s a photographer’s dream come true.WHEN:
13th – 23rd of July 2014 (Maximum of twelve participants + Leader and Guide) Positions are filled strictly on a first come, first served basis.
We officially start our expedition on the 13th of July 2014 in Iceland. You will be collected from the airport when your flight lands and transported to the capital city of Reykjavik. The day is yours and you are free to explore the city. There will be a group dinner and introduction in the evening.

We conclude our trip on the 23rd of July at Keflavik international airport for flights out. If you are staying on in Iceland transportation will be provided for you back to the capital city of Reykjavik. Most flights out of Keflavik are in the afternoon and we plan to be at the airport at 2 p.m.

This photography tour will last for 11 days (10 nights). We will be staying in good hotels that are functional and clean. Breakfast, lunch and dinner are all included and will generally be held at the hotels where we are staying. However, this workshop is all about photography and we will be putting in long hours in the field in order to ensure we get the best possible light for photography. We may take food and drink with us into the field to ensure we are in the right locations to get the best possible light. There will be some moderate hiking on uneven ground and a reasonable level of fitness is recommended. Should this be of concern please contact us to discuss. There is no obligation to participate in any hikes and every effort will be made to accommodate any requests.

This workshop is about photography and lots of it. There will be no formal classroom sessions or lectures and no formal instruction. Rather, participants and the group leaders will work side by side, sharing their knowledge, vision,

Philosophy and experience together in the field. We want you to make great photographs and therefore the emphasis is on being out in the field when the light is best. We are always on hand for any advice or instruction you may need and we will work together as a team.

A small group of participants (maximum of 12 plus leaders) guarantees a more personal and intimate experience than bigger tours can provide. This is a unique opportunity to travel and photograph with two experienced professionals who have a combined total of more than 40 years of photographic experience and can take you to the best locations that are off the beaten track, and at the right time – when the light is best. You’ll be spending 11 days with others who are just as passionate about photography as you are, and to ensure everyone gets plenty of individual attention, the maximum number of participants is capped at twelve. We will be travelling in large off road 4-wheel drives to give us plenty of space for camera equipment and gear. We will be travelling on some rough tracks in order to get to the best locations.


The itinerary is subject to change according to weather and other natural conditions. Our accommodation is the fixed part of the itinerary and from each hotel base we’ll explore the nearby landscape with an emphasis on the spectacular waterfalls, glacier lagoons and geothermal areas. Our main goal during the trip is to make landscape photographs in the most pleasing available light and to do so we’ll sometimes need to stay out in the field until midnight or leave the hotels before sunrise, which can be between 1.30–3 a.m, depending on the amount of driving to the chosen location.

Some of our target subjects are close to the hotels, even within 10-minute drives, but other require up to 2 hours of driving to reach. On some days we’ll utilize both sunrise and sunset, which are only a few hours apart, and will rest during the middle of the day. On other days we’ll make full day excursions leaving the hotel in the morning and not return until late evening or even after sunset. Although we make an effort to have dinners at the hotels we may need to carry packed dinner with us and most certainly will be having packed lunches in the field on some occasions. Sometimes our choice will be to have an early dinner at the hotel (around 5 p.m.) and then spend the whole evening photographing. After sunrise shoots we’ll return to the hotel for breakfast and then have time to rest afterwards. Although this will be an intensive photography experience we are not planning to drive ourselves to exhaustion and recognize the need to rest and recover. Therefore we plan our outings to strike a balance between photography and sleep. Being too tired affects our ability to focus and concentrate.

For this workshop we’ll be using 4 hotels (plus a hotel in Reykjavik City before the tour begins). Our first base will be at the Hrauneyjar highland center, where we’ll stay for two nights. Hrauneyjar is a clean and simple motel in the middle of nowhere but is ideally suited for an expedition such as this one. From this base we’ll have about 30 minute drives to some of the highland gems, such as Landmannalaugar and Veidivotn. Once we leave Hrauneyjar we’ll travel across the highland on the Northern Fjallabak route and eventually reach the Vatnajokull region in the southeast. We’ll stay there at Gerdi, which is less than 10 minutes away from the Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon. We have chosen Gerdi because it’s the closest accommodation to the lagoon, which saves us a lot of time driving back and forth. We’ll have three nights there and therefore some fantastic opportunities to photograph at the glacial lagoon and the nearby beach, where icebergs from the lagoon wash up and sit and melt on the black sand. After Gerdi we drive to the northeastern part of the country (5–6 hours), where we’ll be staying for 3 nights at Hotel Reynihlid by Lake Myvatn. After Myvatn we travel further west and spend the last night on the northern coast. From there it will be about a three hour drive to the Keflavik airport on our last day.


DAILY ITINERARY (subject to change)

page3image3320Day 1 – Arrival in Iceland and transport to a hotel in Reykjavik. The day is free to explore the city. There will be a group dinner and introduction in the evening. There are some wonderful photographic opportunities around the city of Reykjavic.

Day 2 & 3 – We’ll leave Reykjavik City after breakfast and drive for about two and a half hours to our motel at Hrauneyjar at the base of the highland. These two days will be devoted to exploring the Fjallabak Nature Reserve, which holds some of the finest highland locations, including Landmannalaugar. We plan to do a hike to Mt. Brennisteinsalda in Landmannalaugar and be on top of the mountain for sunset. The hike is through a beautiful valley and uneven lava before reaching the base of Brennisteinsalda. From there the hike to the top is short and steep but the view from the mountains is one of the best in the area

Day 4 – Our third day in the highland will be spent travelling the Northern Fjallabak track that crosses the highland to reach the southern coast. Once there we’ll make our way to Gerdi in Sudursveit, where we’ll stay for three nights

Day 5 & 6 – At Gerdi in Sudursveit. The Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon and the beach by the lagoon will be our primary locations but we’ll also aim to photograph Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell. Ideally we’ll have three sunset sessions and three sunrises at the lagoon but exactly when during each day we photograph there will depend upon weather, the tide and light

Day 7 – After our stay at Gerdi we have a long drive to get around the east of Iceland to Lake Myvatn in the northeast. There are certainly interesting landscape features along the way but we have set up the itinerary to have more time at the prime locations rather than photographing at more locations with time constrains. The drive to Myvatn will take us about 6 hours with lunch- and comfort stops and once there we’ll rest for a while and have dinner before going out to photograph sunset at one of the nearby geothermal areas, of which there are a few.

Day 8 & 9 – During these two days we’ll continue to explore the geothermal areas by Myvatn and make an excursion to photograph the magnificent waterfall trio of the Jokulsa river: Selfoss, Dettifoss and Hafragilsfoss. We’ll also photograph the Godafoss waterfall at sunrise and possibly Aldeyjarfoss, which is fed by the same river.

Day 10 –We’ll leave Myvatn and drive for about 3 hours west to the Vatnsnes Peninsula on the north coast, where we hope for good conditions to photograph the Hvitserkur sea stack. We’ll then spend the last night in a hotel in the north.

Day 11 – Our last day will be one of travel to the Keflavik airport, which will take about 2–3 hours. Most flights out of Iceland are in the afternoon and we plan to be at the airport around 2 p.m.


With this itinerary we will be using hotels as bases once we are on the road. By using a small number of hotels as bases we are able to minimize our time spent unpacking and re- packing as we move from location to location giving us more time for photography at each location we visit. This approach gives us the best possible chances for great light at each location we visit.

Note: The weather in Iceland can be fickle. We reserve the right to make last minute changes to the itinerary to both avoid bad weather and to take advantage of good weather and light as the elements permit.



Joshua Holko is an Australian born, internationally award winning Fine Art Photographer specializing in Landscape, Nature and Wilderness photography in the Polar and sub-Polar regions of the globe. He is Australia’s first and only Moab Master and X-Rite Coloratti photographer. He is a founding member of the Gura Gear Pro Team and has an unbridled passion for nature photography.

Joshua studied with distinction at the Australian Photography Studies College and the Australian College of Journalism. He is a fully accredited associate member of the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP). His work has been internationally recognized with Portfolio awards in B&W+Color magazine and the prestigious Silvershotz photography journal. He has won both Gold and Silver awards at the Australian Professional Photography Awards as well as winning the 2010 World Extreme Environment Photograph of the year People’s Choice Award.

Joshua is officially represented by Philip Kulpa and the Source Photographica gallery in Brighton Australia and by the Wilderness Gallery in Cradle Mountain Tasmania.


A nature photographer from Iceland with over 20 years of experience as a working Professional photographer. Daniel is Iceland’s most recognized and experienced nature photographer and a contributor to the prestigious Wild Wonders of Europe project. Daniel has been organizing and leading landscape photography tours and workshops in Iceland since 2004. He is widely published and his latest book is Iceland Landscapes. He brings to the tour an intimate knowledge of Iceland that is invaluable.


The cost for the tour is $7,450 US Dollars. This is an all-inclusive price, but excluding your airfare to and from Keflavik, Iceland. From the moment the workshop begins until its end, 11 days later, all costs are included — transportation, food, drinks (excluding alcoholic beverages), and accommodation, which is based on single rooms. There is no single supplement. If you have special dietary requirement you will be accommodated – please just be sure to let us know when you make your booking. Lunches will be taken on the road, either in café’s or as packed lunches / picnics. Internet access is available in most locations and there is good mobile phone coverage throughout most of Iceland.

Not Included: Airfare to and from Keflavik Airport in Iceland, alcoholic beverages, travel insurance and personal purchases such as souvenirs.


A deposit of $1000 must be paid at time of registration to secure your place with the balance due 90 DAYS prior to the workshop commencement date. Payments are made to Daniel Bergmann.

Deposit Methods Accepted: Credit Card or Direct Deposit (bank transfer)

No tipping is required.


We strongly recommend that you purchase travel insurance in the event of illness or any other emergency which delays or otherwise prevents you from travelling on the trip.



Our standard workshop payment policy requires an initial non-refundable deposit for reservation of your space and your payment balance in full 90 days prior to the commencement of the workshop date, unless otherwise noted. If we do not receive the balance on or before the due date, and we are unable to get in contact with you via the contact details you have provided, we will try to fill your spot off the waiting list. At our discretion we may apply your deposit to be used on another workshop within one year. Please note that price increases may apply in this instance.

If the workshop is cancelled for any reason, your deposit will be refunded in full. JJB Enterprises Pty Ltd. trading as Joshua Holko Photography and Joshua Holko are not responsible for any financial commitments that registered attendees have with any third parties such as airlines or other travel services. We recommend that you do not book any flights or accommodation until such time as your registration has been confirmed and your deposit paid.