Film/Photo Workshop
With Bowen

  • Each day, participants will be given a list of “objectives” or “missions” for each location, specially tailored to their personal levels of experience. This will allow individuals to branch off and exorcise their creativity on their own, while still actively engaging in group activities. I will also be giving an in-depth and comprehensive discussion about the history of each location, its significance to Icelandic culture, as well as folklore and myths surrounding the specific area; it is my hope that each individual leaves my seminar with not only a bigger understanding of photography and cinematography, but of Iceland and Icelandic culture and music, as a whole.

    Enrollment: Small: 6-10 persons. Medium: 10-14 persons. Large: 14-18 persons.
    Length: 7 days
    Locations: 3-4 per day (weather depending)
    Location Map: South Coast, Upper East Coast & Reykjavík

    Day One

    • Pick guests up from Keflavík Airport
    • Day One is a “grace day” in Reykjavík, allowing guests to rest and acclimate themselves to Iceland’s time difference, purchase food for the trip, etc.

    Day Two

    • Raufarhólshellir lava caves, near Þorlákshöfn
    • Seljalandsfoss waterfall & surrounding area
    • Þórsmörk National Park
    • Stay at guesthouse in Vík

    Day Three

    • Breathtaking Viking huts in the hills near Vík
    • Skógafoss waterfall & surrounding area
    • Sólheimasandúr & the spectacular wreckage of a crashed DC-3 aircraft
    • Return to Vík for the night

    Day Four

    • Sólheimajökull glacier & surrounding area
    • Dyrhólaey & cliffs overlooking southern coastline
    • Hidden lava tunnels near Dyrhólaey
    • Reynisfjara
    • Return to Vík

    Day Five

    • Various locations in the mountains above Vík & Mýradalur
    • Skaftafell & Fellsjökull glaciers
    • Svartifoss (1hr walk from Skaftafell visitor centre)
    • Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon & ice beach
    • Drive 1 hour back towards Vík, stay near Kirkjubæjarklaustur

    Day Six

    • Systrafoss in Kirkjubæjarklaustur
    • Lakagigar (need 4×4)
    • Begin the drive back to Reykjavík, stay at guesthouse in Hella or Hvolsvöllur.

    Day Seven

    • Return to Reykjavík
    • Urban shoot around town
    • Meet bands/artists that night for practice or private show (dependent on artist’s availability at the time. Feel free to contact for more information.)

  • Dates:

    • 15-20 May 2014
    • 15-20 June 2014
    • 7-13 July 2014
    • 20-25 July 2014
    • 17-22 August 2014
    • 9-15 November 2014

    Price: 4,500 USD

    Contact Bowen about spots left in each group at

    *Booking: A deposit of 1.000 USD is required to secure a space on this workshop. We will only issue a refund of the deposit if we can fill your spot.

    *Final payment is due 60 days before the workshop start. There is no refund after the final payment has been made.

  • Bowen Staines has substantial experience in the fields of photography and filmmaking for over fifteen years, and has worked closely with National Geographic as a videographer and still photographer for the last six years. Bowen is also the owner of the Iceland-based film production company, Don’t Panic Films (, his recent projects being music videos for Sólstafir’s ‘Fjara’, Skálmöld’s ‘Gleipnir’, and The Vintage Caravan’s ‘Expand Your Mind’. Bowen has directed videos for clients ranging from Dolly Parton and Ólafur Arnalds, to Alan Rickman and Leonard Cohen. Having worked on countless projects in Iceland, Bowen has extensive knowledge of the Icelandic countryside, the history of the island, and the intricacies of leading professional photography workshops.