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This workshop was one if the finest and best organized that I have participated in. A good workshop guides it’s participants to the subjects and to the light, makes useful suggestions based on the leader’s experiences, and stretches the participants to become better than when they started—and our guides did a superb job of all of that. The accommodations were excellent, we were VERY well fed, and we were guided to a wide variety of subjects and light. The REAL mark of a good workshop leader is how he handles changing conditions—and in a most rare situation, we were faced with the forecast of a winter hurricane, in Iceland, the likes of which had not been seen since the “Perfect Storm” in 1991. Our guides handled the situation masterfully, maintaining our safety and comfort as paramount, while still affording us some interesting shooting opportunities to round out a most excellent workshop.
I want to thank our workshop leaders for organizing such a inspiring, fun and educational workshop . The workshop was very well organized, the itinerary was well thought out that gave us great photographic opportunities. Our guides provided excellent leadership, from knowing best times and locations to giving great advice on composition and camera settings to capture the mood. It was a wonderful experience that truly exceeded my expectations! I highly recommend these guys to anyone considering a future photography workshop or tour.
I am so glad that I have joined the Oct Photography Workshop in Iceland. The two instructors have provided sufficient guidance to each of us and care about the photos that we are taking. Their field advice was very useful, helped me improve the photos in particular the way of compositions. The workshop was well organized and the places we went for shooting are spectacular. This workshop not just offered me a great trip to explore the beautiful Iceland, it was also a good learning opportunity in the path of photography. The whole journey was filled with happiness and satisfaction, we bought back with nice photos and unforgettable experience.
Before departure from HK, I was well informed already of what to bring and what to prepare. Indeed, it proved to be useful. Apart from the weather, all schedules were well controlled and monitored. Though I’m not the oldest, I could see all the seniors had sufficient rest, and prepared themselves perfectly for everyday’ expeditions. Food and accommodation were good. Person to person guidance of photo taking, to ensure that I had some good pics to shock my friends. The 2 sessions of lectures by the guides were most informative, something that I could be proud of to bring home. All and all, I would not hesitate to recommend these photo workshops to anyone, if you want to shoot good pics and learn photography. Thank you again.
Iceland’s majesty does not just exist at surface level. For explorers willing to brace the cold, this country boasts a number of hidden underwater treasures, some of which are heralded among the best snorkeling and dive sites in the world.
But snorkeling in Iceland is quite unlike what most world travellers are used to. Swap out the beach shorts for a drysuit, trade-in tropical fish for dark and mysterious canyons, and lower the temperature dramatically, and you’ve got yourself a closer impression.
Regardless of the differences, snorkeling in Iceland is one of the most exhilarating, unexpected and unique activities available to visitors. How often, after all, does one go snorkeling amidst the snow?
Silfra Fissure, while heralded as Iceland’s premier snorkeling site, is but one of many glacial rifts that exist within Þingvellir National Park. As the Eurasian and North American tectonic plates continue to separate little by little each year, the continental no man’s land between them bears the brunt of the tension, often forming deep cracks and ravines that are submerged by glacial water.
One day in the distant future, these plates will have split apart so much that the adjacent lake, Þingvallavatn, will come to flood the whole national park.
Silfra Fissure has a slight current, meaning there is little need to swim (though swimming ability is a prerequisite). As your drysuit keeps you buoyant in the water, you can merely float the gauntlet, breathing in slowly as your eyes fully take in this subaquatic paradise. With near 100 metres visibility, you’ll have a captivating bird’s eye view over the fissure, its rock laden bottom, domineering canyon walls and luminescent green algae.
As previously mentioned, Silfra Fissure is lacking in fish-life (though young and smaller fish are known to treat the ravine as a nursery), but more than trades off for its unbelievable aesthetic.