|Lofoten islands: chasing the Nothern Aurora
|26 february – 8 march
|Lofoten islands: chasing the Nothern Aurora
|9 march – 16 march
|Ireland: Giants trail
|1 – 11 may
|Tuscany: red carpets of poppies
|17 – 27 may
|Umbria: light on Grand Piano
|27 may – 3 june
|France: lavender fields and white horses of Camargue
|2 – 11 july
|22 july – 3 august
|Russia: Kamchatka photo-workshop
|23 august – 8 september
|Scotland: Hebrides and Skye
|5 – 16 october
|15 December – 15 January
Have you ever seen the “Brave heart” and dreamt to visit Scotland to see castles in fjords, lost forests and lakes with amazing monsters? Then this is a tour for you – it is split for 2 parts: white sands of Hebrides and Lost World of Skye islands. Keep it dreaming! Old Man of Storr awaits you.
I invite you to great photography expedition to Kamchatka. It is land of volcanoes, geysirs and unspoiled nature. If you are tired from icelandic pictures and landscapes – you are welcome to Kamchatka. It is very hard to organize a trip here, but we made it! We will move on our own truck Kamaz – it looks inside like a comfortable bus, but it is very powerful to drive through forest roads.The Kamchatka peninsula contains the volcanoes of Kamchatka, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. We will meet a lot of animals: brown bears, foxes, deers. They will not be aggressive: in the end of the summer bears eat a lot of salmon from rivers. We have almost 2 weeks to expole Kamchatka nature – it is quite unique expedition for photographers, where we can move mainly by our own bus
Positioned at 66 north latitude, the sun never fully sets in summer months. It will be possible to enjoy the beauty of a sunset as it fades into sunrise! This can mean up to four consecutive hours of great suset-sunrise light in august. Rugged mountains, geothermal valleys, terrific waterfalls, moss-covered valleys, lagoons with icebergs, black sand beaches… Iceland is a landscape photographer’s dream. As an option I provide opportunity to get to a short expedion into famous trekking landmannalaugar-thorsmork with all camping equipment. Accomodation for the main journey is in 3-4* hotels. Full board is included.
Fragrant lavender fields bloom from June to August in the Luberon, around the Mont-Ventoux, in the region of Sault and that of Valréas; such amazing scenery and atmosphere make the lavender fields one of the summer Must-Sees in Provence. Follow the lavender roads in Provence with me from Valensole fields to Arles. We will visit natural scenes at Valensole as well as small cozy villages near Arles and Aix-en-Provence to feel the unique atmosphere colored with violet and richly perfumed with beautifull summer flavors.
Italy’s green heart, Umbria is a land unto itself, it is slow and peaceful land of wine, mountains and small villages on hills. Removed from outside influences, it has kept alive many of Italy’s old-world traditions. Everchanging, untouched landscapes in the green of winding valleys make Umbria a region that will never fail to amaze. This region comprises mainly hills, mountains, hollows and plains and extends along the Tiber’s central basin. Together with you we will be catching the light in Gran Tasso and Abruzzo and then move to Norcia to take a look at Grand Piano and Castelluccio.
I am inviting you for the summer journey to take a look at red carpets of Tuscany – fields covered with elegant poppies. Tuscany hosts innumerable astounding localities, many of which are also named UNESCO World Heritage Sites; of course, we will begin with Florence. The charm of Florence is also evident along the Arno River, on the picturesque Ponte Vecchio, and in the workshops of artisans that liven up the lanes of the old town.
Of countless other Tuscan particularities, the Orcia Valley (UNESCO) deserves to be mentioned for the beauty of its fields and landscapes that have inspired many Renaissance artists. Now this valley is inspiring photographers to make beautiful pictures. Of course, we will not be focused only on Tuscany fields, but visit numerous of small villages at tops of hills and cliffs.
Pienza is the “ideal Renaissance town” that was wanted and created by Pope Pius II. The spectacular arrangement of the spaces and the richness of the buildings make this town an artistic treasure (an additional UNESCO insertion). Sorano and Pitigliano, tuff cities, originated with rise of etruscian culture. Volterra, San Giminiano, Siena – this names are not only poetic, but has absolutely magical atmospere.
During our journey we will live at our own villa Gaia villa Gaia – no other staff or tourists, just our little group at villa with its own restaurant and 2 swimming pools. At evenings we will sit together to sort out photograps and teach together PS and photography tricks.
Start in Dublin and travel right to the West coast and Connemara to experience diverse&scenic areas of Ireland over 11 nights. View the Giant’s Causeway, see the Cliffs of Moher, climb up on a good trail at Connemara to take a look at 12 Bens, take a jaunting car ride in Killarney, and much, much more! The long adventure around West, Central and Nord Ireland (UK).
It is my second Lofoten winter tour this year. The day is longer for one hour compared with the first group, so we may travel longer to see more beautiful places. But the night is shorter. Everything is the same as in the first tour except the second one is sorter: from sunday to sunday, for busy people.
The tour I love most of all. We will live in Reine the first part of our journey, the authentic village. It is most amazing place at Lofoten: several small islands are scattered in the sea at the feet of magnificent Olstinden peak. Our home is situated on one of this islands named Hamnoy: it is traditional Norwegian cabin, named “rorbu”. But it is perfect comfort inside: warm house with shower, large hall and dining room.
Reine itself is amazing because it is pure traditional village at the south edge of Lofoten: small red and yellow houses look like cherries on the winter cake.
We will get at the “end of the world”, at the village “Å” one day. It is truly the razor-sharp edge of the world: “Å” is the last letter of Norwegian alphabet, and this is the last village at Lofoten archipelago. To say it is purely amazing is nothing to say – you must look at it, feel this atmosphere. There is a walking path towards the severe sea from this village. We should take it to look at famous Maelstrom whirpool (or imagine it at horizon between Lofoten and Varoy island, according to famous novell by Edgar Allan Poe). Skies are colored with red here at sunrise.
There are a lot of other arctic beaches in the short-list: Eggum, Unstad, Myrland. These words are magic for photographers who visited Lofoten. We should try to visit them all and take a look at amazing lakes on our way. I call Unstad “the boulder beach” because of large polished stones on the shore. At Eggum there is nice small lighthouse and German fort, with a lake under mountains and long stormy coast.
Do you know what is the “ice flower”? I will show you. This is amazing phenomena: when high tide lowers in winter, the smooth ice cracks on stones in the fjord, so sharp ice petals appear. East coast of Lofoten has a small road, we will get by it at sunrise to catch reflection of the sun in these “Lofoten roses”.