with Jacob & Alissa Hessler



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Úlfjótsskáli - The Golden Circle - close to  Thingvellir National Park, ICELAND

Join our workshop in mythical Iceland with the inspiring photographer/ art-director, editor team Jacob & Alissa Hessler. This workshop will inspire you to take minimal and contemporary approach to traditional landscape photography. To break the rules, look deeper and ignore the easy and overdone postcard shots. Our instructor team will help you define and refine your signature style. 







In the last decade, Iceland has become the “must visit” destination for travellers from all over. The diverse, other-worldly landscapes of Iceland’s Golden Circle region continue to siren call hobbyist and professional photographers alike. Capturing the awe inspiring beauty of the Icelandic countryside in a way that feels fresh and unique has become harder and harder to do.


This workshop will challenge students to break the rules, look deeper and ignore the easy and overdone postcard shots. Jacob and Alissa Hessler take a fresh, more minimal and contemporary approach to traditional landscape photography. In this workshop you will be challenged to remove the clutter, the obvious and the cliché from your frame to create powerful images with stopping power. Students will be taught how to subtract, abstract and distill the landscape down to its essence and hone their own distinct visual voice. Through daily shooting excursions we will challenge students will to change their perspective and see photographic possibilities in seemingly familiar scenes. Instead of shooting what is right in front of you, we will encourage you to look harder. 

This workshop will inspire existing landscape photographers, as well as those new to the field, to create distinctive imagery that embraces the minimal. This class is a balance of honing the artist’s eye and advancing technical skills. Jacob Hessler, a fine-art landscape photographer, will encourage students to capture their own interpretation of the modern landscape. Alissa Hessler, an art director and photo editor, will help students define and refine their developing signature style. She will work with students to edit and add the final polish to their completed images. In addition to the fieldwork, this class will explore the work of other contemporary photographers using the landscape as a subject.


This workshop will include ample time shooting and exploring the Icelandic countryside balanced with constructive class critiques, demonstrations and instructional slideshows. In addition, the Hesslers will schedule one-on-one meetings with each student. At the end of the workshop, you will feel confident to shoot, critique, and edit your photography in new ways.

We accept 10 participant in this class.


NOK 27.000,- incl single room

NOK 23.000,- incl shared room


INCLUDED IN THE TUITION: a two instructor workshop,  accommodation, welcome dinner Sunday, breakfast and lunch Monday - Thursday. 

NOT INCLUDED: Travel costs, transportation (rental car) and dinner Monday - Thursday. 

Shortly after registration for your workshop you will receive an invoice via e-mail for the deposit (to be paid within two weeks). You will also receive an invoice for the rest of the tuition at the same time as the deposit. This invoice is to be paid no later then one month before the workshop starts. All fees are to be paid in Norwegian Kroner.

International students: You can pay us via PayPal or transfer your payment directly to our account. Please let us know when registration for a workshop your preferred method of payment. For PayPal payments there is a handling fee of 4% of the amount paid. For bank transfer there is usually a transaction fee. Check with your bank for the amount.


Our accommodation in Iceland is Úlfjótsskáli luxury lodge, one of the most pristine accommodations Iceland has to offer. We have room for 9-10 participants, divided among single rooms and double rooms. The house has 7 bathrooms, an indoor fireplace, an outdoor fire-pit, a gym, a game room, a sauna and outdoor hot-tub with heated water 24/7. The house also has a kitchen with all the facilities you would need.


We have a chef on our workshops who will serve our welcome dinner, pluss breakfast and lunch to the participants.

Úlfjótsskáli luxury lodge is located in the Golden Circle and close to the major attractions in South Iceland such as Geysir, Gullfoss and Thingvellir National Park.



We do recommend that you rent a car while in Iceland, either together with your fellow participants or by yourself. We will open up a closed

Facebook group for this class before the workshop, so participants can coordinate their travel plans and transportation. 


Land at Keflavik International Airport in iceland. Our location is close to Selfoss, about 1,5 hour from the airport. 


Úlfljótsskáli Iceland


NOK 27.000,-  single room

NOK 23.000,- shared room

(currency converter)

Deposit: NOK 7.000,-


Se payment details in the workshop description.

Registration on our workshops are binding


Participants should arrive on the ________. Check in time at out house is 4PM. We start the workshop with a welcome dinner at our house around 7PM. 


Participants should depart on __________. Check out time at our house is 11AM. 


You need to bring your camera, your laptop, and your usual photo-gear to this workshop. 


Warm clothes and good shoes is essential. We will be spending a lot of time out in nature.

Students are expected to bring a small portfolio (max 10 images) of their work (print or digital) to the class. 



Jacob Hessler is a contemporary fine art photographer, known for his expansive and meditative landscapes. Hessler’s work has explored rising seas, industrialized farming, borders and boundaries, invasive species, extinction, and more broadly, mankind's relationship with, and impact on, the natural world. His keen eye and use of scale connects viewers with the vastness of the human experience. Jacob is a graduate of the Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, and pursued his master’s degree in graphic design at Parsons, The New School for Design. He worked in New York as a commercial photographer and art director from 2006-2011. In 2011, Hessler left New York and moved back to his childhood hometown in mid-coast Maine to focus on fine art landscape photography. Jacob’s work is widely collected and displayed throughout the world. He is a represented artist at Dowling Walsh Gallery, Corey Daniels Gallery and Soapbox Arts. 



With a diverse background in art direction, photography, and film production management, Alissa Hessler has worked as both the director for creative talent and as the creative talent. She has shot and produced content for international publications and brands, art directed and produced commercial shoots, managed global launch events, and orchestrated rebrands of international corporations. In her free time, she continues to champion young farmers and rural small business owners through her Urban Exodus project. Her first book Ditch the City and Go Country, was released in 2017, distributed by Macmillan Press.

Instructor Replacement:


It is the nature of our business that occasionally a listed instructor cannot participate because of unexpected events. If we are forced to replace an instructor we will do so with someone with equal or similar credentials. When time permits we will inform everyone who has registered.

Cancelation Rules:

We ask that you do not book your ticket until we have confirmed that the minimum number of participants have signed up.

For workshops to run we need a minimum of five participants, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. If we for some reason are not able to reach our minimum number, the workshop will be canceled and you will receive a full refund.

NORDphotography is not responsible for reimbursement of non-refundable airline / train tickets in the event of a program cancellation. Our line of liability is to return all monies paid to the workshops. Please check on your workshop status before making travel arrangements. There will be a maximum of 10 students in each workshop, unless otherwise noted in the workshop description. 

Withdrawal and refund policy: 

We highly recommend purchasing travel insurance.

Enrollment is limited in our workshops, so once you have registered for a class – we are counting on you to attend. The registration is binding. We do however understand that sometimes plans fall trough and offer the following cancellation policies:
Withdraw more than 60 days before the start of class and we will refund all monies paid, minus an administration fee of NOK 1500,-. Withdraw 60 days or less before the start of class and we will charge you with the full workshop tuition.

NORDphotography is not responsible for cancellations due to medical emergencies.