Iceland : Grímsey Island : Puffins and More
July 1-10, 2020
Join Shoot The Light host Michael Milicia for a field-intensive and bird-centric workshop based on Grímsey Island, a 2 square mile gem on the Arctic Circle which is home to about 70 people and a million seabirds including one of Iceland’s largest puffin colonies.
This is a "one stop shopping" location for the serious bird photographer with large numbers of nesting birds, including Atlantic puffins, razorbills, common murres, Arctic terns, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, golden plovers, snow buntings, red-necked phalaropes, common snipe, common redshank, Eurasian oystercatcher, ringed plovers, purple sandpipers, and more. There is also a picturesque lighthouse and church, distant snow-covered mountain backdrops, and a group of photogenic Icelandic horses.
Grímsey was a little known location among bird photographers before Mike offered the first bird photography workshop ever on the island in 2015. It has since become widely regarded as one of the best places in Iceland to photograph puffins, and the very best place in the world to photograph puffins in flight. This will be Mike’s 12th visit to Grimsey and he continues to discover new photo hot spots in the nooks and crannies of the island’s coastline on every trip.
Basing the workshop on the island for 6 days and 5 nights will give participants the freedom and flexibility to photograph wherever, whenever, and whatever they choose during the 21 hours of daylight that will be available each day. Time that might otherwise be spent traveling from place to place can instead be spent in the field and you will not be dependent on group transportation to get you to the optimum shooting locations at the time of your choosing. This extended field time will also allow for more instruction, including more opportunities for one-on-one sessions and individualized coaching as desired.
Of all the species on the island, the puffins tend to steal the show. This is an especially good location for photographing puffins in small and large groups and for photographing puffins in flight. At various times of day, you can have dozens of birds flying by every minute at near eye level. We have timed the workshop to take place after the puffin chicks have hatched so that the adults will be bringing mouthfuls of fish back to their burrows.
Accommodations on the island will be at a modern guest house that is only available to a few select groups. It features large private rooms, two shared baths, wi-fi, and puffins right outside your door! Most meals will be served family style at the guest house which will allow us to have even a bit more time in the field each day.
$6495Per Person Single Occupancy
$5995 Per Person Double Occupancy
ALL LODGING: Nine nights : July 1 - July 9.
ALL MEALS (excluding snacks and alcoholic drinks) starting with dinner on July 1 and ending with breakfast on July 10.
ALL LAND TRANSPORTATIONfrom Keflavik Airport.
ROUND TRIP FERRY to Grímsey Island.
PHOTOGRAPHIC INSTRUCTION AND IN-FIELD COACHINGthroughout.
Note : When comparing prices, be sure to check if meals are included which can be quite expensive in Iceland.
NOT INCLUDED :
Air fare to/from Keflavik International Airport in Iceland
REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT :
Participation only reserved on receipt of a non-refundable deposit of $1000.
Deposit methods accepted : check made payable to Shoot the Light, Pay Pal to firstname.lastname@example.org, or credit card via a phone call to our office.
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