The Icelandic North in February receives some of the softest light on the planet. On many days the sun never crests above the mountains, leaving seven hours of otherworldly ambiance, casting a muted glow on the unique landscape.
After sunset northern Iceland unveils some of the clearest night skies in the world, presenting the perfect setting for the Aurora Borealis.
Join Eleven Creative Director, Alex Fenlon, for a 6 day, 5 night journey to Deplar Farm, where guests will spend their days photographing the serene environment of the Troll Peninsula, and evenings soaking in the geothermal pool, watching for the Aurora Borealis to appear.
This retreat is suited to all levels of photographic skill. With a maximum of 6 participants the group will receive hands-on instruction from Alex and his assistant in not only technique, but philosophy and approach. Absorbing the surroundings, slowing down and observing the light move over the landscape will be emphasized. Instruction ranging from basic camera function to tripod-based long exposures, filter use and night photography will also be offered, as each participant's goals can be taken into account with such a small group.
Evening sessions will be devoted to post-processing, file management, workflow tips and general photography discussions. Of course, wellness treatments and locally-sourced dinners prepared by Iceland's top chef will be a highlight as well.
Guests will be based at Deplar Farm for the entirety of the photo retreat, allowing them to avoid the cumbersome logistics of photo tours while experiencing the finest lodging and hospitality that Iceland has to offer. Each day's itinerary will begin at Deplar Farm, journeying to unique and varied photography destinations only found in Iceland.
Every evening the group will return to Deplar Farm, where they can immerse themselves in the spa facilities, enjoy the culinary program created by Iceland's top chef, Gardar Gardarsson, and continue their photographic journey with group talks, photo review and lively discussions.