Icelandic Winter Photography Adventure Jan 18-22, 2013


THIS WORKSHOP IS SOLD OUT!!!  contact Jack for 2014 Winter Workshop in Iceland dates!!!

January 18-22, 2013                2995.00 INCLUDES LODGING, MEALS, TRANSPORTATION (international flight not included)


Greg  and I am pleased to announce this workshop. This workshop will be led by world class and Icelandic resident Orvar Thorgeirsson.

Greg Duncan   and Jack Graham will serve as co-leaders. Please red the detailed information about this workshop below. We are only taking 5 participants and I expect this to fill quickly. Spend time in Iceland during the winter offers endless photographic possibilities. Please consider joining us!

A PRINTABLE VERSION of the Workshop (found below) is HERE:  Icelandic+WinterOVERVIEW+v2 _REGINC


Ice Cave ©Orvar Thorgeirsson

We have all seen images of the amazing landscape of Iceland.  Capturing this location in winter is even more special. A truly unique and exciting workshop is now a reality. Yes, we are going on an Icelandic Winter Adventure Iceland for the winter landscape and aurora!

This workshop will be led by world class, award winning photographer, and Icelandic resident Orvar Thorgeirsson,  an Icelandic resident.  I,  along with my long time assistant Greg Duncan

an Iceland veteran, will be co-leaders, offering you 5 full days of personal attention in this pristine bucolic wilderness.  (Biographies are found below). Greg and I completed out last workshop in Iceland recently in July 2012 and will offer another in July 2013.

Not many photographers venture to Iceland during  the winter months, and we will experiene locations rarely photographed during the winter months. In addition, this time of year, is a good time to look for the famous aurora borealis, which in Iceland, is like nowhere else. The backdrop of the Icelandic landscape makes the aurora even more breathtaking. We will photograph the winter landscape including ice caves, frozen lakes bucholic villages, horses and the natural wonders of Iceland, all with the backdrop of the Icalandic winter. Few photographers will experience this land, during these conditions.

We will only be taking five participants on this workshop due to the logistics and challenges of winter photography. This offers the participant an exceptional amount of personal time with the three of us, as well as helping you in making many memorable images and  offering tips and information enabling you to grow as a photographer.  With three leaders for five participants, you will have access to our input 100% of the time. You’ll be able to interact with the three of us and gain insights and information at all times

Aurora, © Orvar Thorgeirsson


Other than for the experience of suspect matter and locations nor normally photographed,  we go for the long period of great light. The best light for photography during the day lasts for 6-7 hours ( this is something to experience!) most of which will produce extremely  soft low angle light. If conditions are good we will be shooting Aurora from 2000-2100 in the evening for a few hours.

We will supply you with specific information ( Orvar is an expert on photographing the Aurora! … and you will be too after this workshop).



 In a word, NO!. Yes it will be cold and can be stormy. We will be well taken care of. You will be supplied with information on clothing and special needs to keep warm while in the field.

Most of our shooting locations are within 15 minutes from the car and we will not be doing any long winter hikes. Access to some locations specially the ice caves although short might include rough terrain but we will be assisted by a professional mountain guide in this case. Complete safety equipment ( helmets etc) are supplied by our guides. Slippery surfaces can be expected throughout the trip but we will send you recommendations regarding footwear for this trip

Glacial Lagoon © Jack Graham

WEATHER CONSIDERATIONS______________________

Winter is a time of year to move with the light and conditions more so than summer in Iceland. We will visit specific locations according to conditions. The January winter season can be stormy in Iceland.  This makes for great imagery and is part of the allure and adventure of this trip. Temperatures are usually not that low as one may expect considering the latitude. Average temperatures are just below freezing.  Some days with thaw and rain can be expected as well.. The absolute minimum temperature will be -15°C (-5 f)  but a typical clear winter day is about -5°C (25 f ). The wind however makes the temperature feel colder.  Being dressed with wind protection is important. We will inform you on specific clothing to use. We will suggest the proper clothing to bring along.


  • Complete itineraries and details are already set and available for your review. Please email me ( ) for details. Here are just some of the locations we will visit depending on weather and light conditions. We will adjust our itinerary according to conditions and might skip some of these locations, and add others in order to be at the best locations possible.
    • Seljalandsfoss..
    • Skógarfoss.: Nice in winter locations. The low midday sun will light up the waterfall.
    • Pinnacles of Vík : Both in the afternoon and morning from different sides.
    • Fjaðurárglúfur river gorge: Nice winter location as the hopefully frozen river and walls are nicely lit in the soft midday sun.
    • Lómagnúpur : If conditions are good. Small ponds offer nice reflections.
    • Old snowed in farm villages if it is snowy.
    • Skaftafell. Svartifoss : waterfall frozen . 20min hike.
    • Svínafellsjökull:  Possible ice caves and a frozen lagoon.
    • Hof. Nice little church snowed in.
    • Breiðarmerkurjökull : ice caves if there is little snow.
    • Fjallsárjölull glacier lagoon. Nice background and offers possible walks on the ice amongst icebergs.
    • Jökulsárlón and the beach. Beach is especially nice in the soft winter light as it will light up the icebergs on the beach. Also the sun will set into the sea behind the icebergs.
    • Jökulsárlón in the morning. Alpine glow on the Öræfajökull volcano in the background.

Hoffelsjökull glacier lagoon. Possible to walk amongst the icebergs.

Blue Ice © Greg Duncan



Winter is off-season. Flights are far less expensive than in the summer. Direct flights from Seattle, New York, Washington D.C and Boston are available on Icelandic Air as well as other carriers.

You will be picked up at KEF (Reykjavik Airport).

We will head out from Reykjavik on January 18th in the morning. I would recommend coming in the day before if possible. We will return to Reykjavik on Jan 22nd. You can return on Jan 23rd if desired.

While in Iceland, you will be transported in well-equipped 4 wheel drive vehicles from location to location. We will be very safe.

Specific details will be provided upon completion of your registration.


Lodging is included in the workshop package from Jan 18th t0 Jan 22. Specific details will be provided upon completion of your registration The itinerary will be set just prior to the beginning of the workshop. This is due to weather concerns. We will adjust our itinerary according to the best opportunities available based on weather and light.

Black Sand Beach ©Orvar Thorgeirsson


We recommend this workshop for intermediate and advanced photographers. Having the proper equipment and skills are important for this type of photography.

Attendees should have a good understanding of their equipment, as well as technique  As outlined,, we’ll be working on both the creative aspect of photography as well as the techniques used to create outstanding images. In order to attain the best possible images in these conditions, it is recommended you have equipment that :

1)    Functions well in low light ( both cameras and lenses)

2)   Functions well in adverse conditions


We will take our time, and look for the inner beauty to capture in our photography. We’ll use the combination of water, mountains,glaciers, beaches, and the desolate frozen landscape of Iceland to create some wonderful images. We will stress simplicity in the grand landscape, and use all aspects, including Depth of Field, proper exposure and more to improve your overall photography as well as come away with some wonderful images in excellent venues.

1)      Improving your photography skills within these “hands-on” workshops

2)      Making a strong photograph and tell a story with every image

3)      Use of color combinations, how to use color make the image stronger

4)      Other techniques including, learning about how tonalities, negative space, balance, framing, emotional impact and flaws affect your images

5)      Learning to see an image and working a scene, thus making the image a strong image

6)      Choosing the look of the final image in the field, not after the fact. Taking an image knowing how you will be processing is also stressed

7)      Making Panorama’s, Helicon Focus and HDR techniques simple

8)      Basic processing, work flow, how to use available programs together. Use of NIK Software.

The majority of instruction and nature photography tips and techniques will take place right there in the field. There’s no need to take notes. Before the workshop you’ll receive a complete (and updated)  60+-page syllabus containing everything we do in the field and more.

We take time to review our images in informal get together during our time together  Special presentations concerning nature photography will also be made during these sessions.

My workshops are sponsored by NIK SOFTWARE, Singh-Ray, Nodal Ninja, Photograph America Newsletter, Think Tank Photo Bags,  Lensbaby , Hunt’s Photo and Video and the Really Right Stuff. Discounts and some freebies are included in your workshop “pack” that you’ll receive upon arrival.

Since this workshop is limited to only 5 participants, well have a lot of time together. This is primarily a field workshop. However, it is critical as well as being very informative, to take time to review your work, and discuss important aspects of making quality photographs.


Accommodation from 18th to 23rd January.

Airport pickup and return


4×4 transportation

Expert photographer guidance (Örvar Thorgeirsson/Jack Graham/Greg Duncan)

Professional mountain guide assistance and safety equipment for the ice caves.

Not included

International airfares

Alcoholic beverages


What is not mentioned as included

HOW CAN I REGISTER?    Deposit & Registration forms—click here    ICELAND_Jan 2013_DEP_REG

 Payments can be made using Check, or Credit Card ( master Card or Visa  ). Please red the deposit information. As well please sign and date the credit card  authorization form and Assumption of Risk Form.

They can be emailed back to me    r mailed back to me :  Jack Graham Photography, 17159 SW Lynnly Way, Sherwood, Oregon 9714         


Jack in Iceland, July 2012



Orvar has been a mountain adventurer since his teenage years. On his many trips to the Icelandic mountains and wilderness the photographer became obsessed with capturing the raw beauty of the places he visited. Over the years he has captured Iceland’s most wild places on his camera from the colorful and never-ending midsummer arctic sunset to the inspiring displays of northern lights in winter.

Awards and Publications:

International Conservation Photography Awards 2012 highly commended landscape.
National Geographic Traveler Photograph of the year 2008, Merrid Award.
Astro Photographer of the Year 2011 – Highly commended for the Category Earth and Space.
European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2011 – Highly commended in Natures Studio category.
Profile in Dutch Digi Magazine 2009.
Profile in Italian Alp Magazine 2010.
His photographs of the Eyjafjallajökull eruption where displayed in newspapers like the Daily Telegraph, The Sun, Daily Mail, Daily Express, Independent, Scottish Daily Record and other plus website publication in Fox News and the New York Times.


Flickr@Iceland charity exhibition in Reykjavík City Hall – 2009
Astro Photographer of the Year Award, The Royal Observatory in Greenwich – 2009 and 2011.
National Geographic Photographer of the Year Award, PhotoPlus Expo New York. – 2008.

Jack Graham

Jack Graham is a professional photographer with over 23 years of experience. Jack resides near Portland Oregon, in the heart of the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

For 18 years, Jack has led  photo workshops in California, Wyoming, Utah, Iceland, Canada, Arizona, the Midwest as well as the Pacific Northwest. as well workshops for the Pacific Northwest Art School on Whidbey Island, Washington. Jack also offers single day, workshops for extensive one on one instruction. Jack’s workshops are sponsored by Nikon, Really Right Stuff, NIK Software, Think Tank, Lensbaby,,, Nodal Ninja, and the Photograph America Newsletter.

Jack has been successful in fine art print sales, publication and stock photography as well. Photo and writing credits include Outdoor Photography, Landscape Photography Magazine (  Nature’s Best Photography, NANPA”S Expressions, California Wild, Current’s (NANPA) and many DNR publications,Audubon, The Luminous Landscape, The Nature Conservancy, Chicago Wilderness and Sierra Club publications as well as many calendar credits. Corporate work includes prints and stock applications for internal as well as publication use.

Jack is a member of NANPA( North American Nature Photographers Association), and serves as chairperson on NANPA’s Awards Committee;  Jack is also a member and supporter of FNAWS (Federation for North American Wild Sheep, Mono Lake Committee, & SUWA (Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance). Jack can be contacted for workshop as well as speaking engagements via E-Mail at


Greg began his photography career over 22 years ago as a photojournalist. He began working closely with Jack Graham 9 years ago. He is now Jacks full time assistant. Greg is an integral part of Jack’s field workshops as a logistical consultant and teaching assistant. Greg and Jack have recently teamed up by forming Ultimate Iceland Photography Workshops .

Greg is active in fine art print sales. His work can be seen on line and is represented by Metallography (gallery) in Temecula, California


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