Alps Photography Workshop 2024
France & Switzerland Glacier Tour
From September 29th, 2024 to October 10th, 2024
Alps Photography Workshop France - Switzerland 2024
Take the opportunity to join the 2024 Alps Photography Tour in France and Switzerland. Experience among Europe's most impressive landscape and glacier during this photography workshop. From waterfalls, impressive mountains, glaciers and stunning nature, this photography workshop will create unforgettable memories.
This 2024 Switzerland and France Photography Workshop will be a great opportunity to visit incredible areas hidden in the French and Swiss Alps. Creating once in a lifetime experiences is my goal, that is why I will bring you to the best photography spots in the French and Swiss Alps.
And that's not it, teaching you as much as I can about photography including composition, long exposures and post-processing is also part of my mission. Let's not forget the opportunity to exchange and network with other fellow photographers and hopefully create some great friendship.
Day 4 to 6
During the second part of the Senja workshop 2024, will be dedicated to exploring the southern part of Senja Island where beautiful mountains, fjords and vast areas of snow will keep appearing in front of us.
As for the first 3 days, we will keep our schedule flexible and adapt to the weather. We will nonetheless ensure to visit the nicest areas of the island including Gryllefjord, Silfjord, Ham, etc.
After a last sunset on Senja Islands we will head back towards Tromsø and make stops along the road as we are passing next to amazing locations (and trust me there will be!)
We will have diner in Tromsø, and depending on the weather we will take a last chance to see the Auroras to one of the best view point close to Tromsø.
All good things have an end and this photography workshop is no exception. After breakfast, the group will be brought to Tromsø Airport where it will be time to leave each other after a warm goodbye.
During this France and Switzerland Alps Photography Tour, we will be driving through scenic roads, hiking in incredible and unique areas, and sleeping in the mountains close to some of the most impressive locations. This tour is not suited for people with limited mobility. It requires a decent level of fitness as we will regularly hike in the mountain. The longest hike will be to the Lac Blanc which is a 5kms hike that can be done in about 2 hours (more details in the below description). We will drive daily for about 1 to 3 hours maximum. At this period of the year, it can be fairly cold higher up in the mountains and therefore being ready for the cold will be important.
Day 1 - Sunday 29th September
This will be the first day of our Switzerland and France Photography Workshop. All participants should arrive before noon at Geneva Airport. We will start driving immediately from Genva Airport to our first Location: Sixt-Fer-A-Cheval, one of the most iconic spots in the French Alps. After arriving at our hotel, we will head to our first sunset location which will require a hike of about 1h. We will then head for a traditional diner.
In the evening, we will do a briefing of the tour so that everyone can get to know the group and ask any questions.
Diner: the group will be dining at a local restaurant close to our accommodation
Day 2 - Monday 30th September
We will wake up early to catch the sunrise at an amazing waterfall: la cascade du Rouget. There, we will practice long exposure and panoramas. After shooting the waterfall, we will head for breakfast and then go for a few hours walk in the crater of Sixt Fer à Cheval. Numerous cascades, fall colored trees, and picturesque peaks will complete this walk.
We will drive for about an hour after lunch to head to le Lac Blanc in Chamonix, home to the famous Mont Blanc, the highest peak in Europe (4'871m).
We will take a funicular and then walk for about 2 hours to reach the mountain refuge, where we'll spend the night. Once there, we will have the opportunity to capture the amazing reflection of the opposite valley over the Lac Blanc.
Breakfast: at our hotel
Lunch: stop on the way to Chamonix
Diner: dining at the Mountain refuge
Day 3 - Tuesday 1st October
After a good night rest, we will wake up for sunrise and shoot close to the refuge. After breakfast, our group will continue this Alps Photography Workshop with a hike to reach the cable car back to Chamonix. This hike will be easy as mostly downward. There are many opportunities for great pictures on the way. Once back in Chamonix, we will head for lunch and then take the train up towards one of the highlights of our trip, La Mer De Glace. This is the biggest glacier in the French Alps. Once up there we will let our luggage at the mountain refuge and start exploring the surrounding area until sunset. This may require hiking a bit, depending from where you wish to photograph.
Breakfast: at the Refuge of the Lac Blanc
Lunch: in a typical restaurant in Chamonix
Diner: at our accommodation at la Mer de Glace
Day 4 - Wednesday 2nd October
We will wake up for sunrise and photograph the area around la Mer de Glace with the calm and relaxing morning light. Since we will know the location from the day before, looking for a nice spot should not be difficult. After sunrise, we will have breakfast and then head down and get back to our vehicle. Depending on the time, we will either have lunch in Chamonix or on the way to our next location.
We will continue this Alps Photography Workshop by heading to our next and first location in Switzerland. The drive will take about 2 hours. This location is still a relatively unknown location that has a lot to offer. Once there, we will check in at our hotel and then head immediately to our sunset location. This place will hopefully deliver on promises and offer us a moody atmosphere. And if not, it will still be amazing. We will head to the village right after sunset and have diner at a local restaurant.
Breakfast: at our accommodation at la Mer de Glace
Lunch: in Chamonix or on our way
Diner: in local restaurant close to our accommodation
Day 5 - Thursday 3rd October
We will head early to our sunrise location which should offer great atmosphere, playing with long exposures and frames while face a gigantic mountain and glacier. To avoid any time pressure with our accommodation, we will have a takeaway breakfast.
We will head after that to one of the highlights of this tour Swiss Photography Tour: Zermatt. After a 2 hours drive, we will reach the beautiful village of Zermatt and take a cable car to reach our accommodation up in the mountains with an incredible view over the Matterhorn. Once checked in and after a 20 minutes walk we will reach one of the most beautiful lake in the area for sunset. We will get back promptly for diner to the refuge and head for a good night sleep. If the sky is clear, we migh head for some interesting astrophotography.
Breakfast: takeaway breakfast from our hotel
Lunch: on the way to Zermatt
Diner: at the mountain refuge
Day 6 - Friday 4th October
After an early wake up, we will head to our evening locaiton for sunrise and wait patiently for the amazing lighting of the Matterhorn. After sunrise, we will head back to our accommodation for breakfast. Once ready, we will go for a 2 hours hike crossing lakes and admiring the Matterhorn from variou angles. After being back to Zermatt, we will then drop our luggage at our accommodation for our second night in the area. Everyone will then get some free time, and have the opportunity to visit this lovely village. We will meet again for lunch and head in the afternoon towards the Matterhorn Glacier with the famous Gornegrat funicular. A our arrival we will enoy the beautiful views of the glacier. And end the day beautifully, we will hike downhill for 30 minutes to reach Riffelalpsee, another famous lake with a perfect reflection of the Matterhorn. This will e our sunset spot. We will then get back to Zermatt for diner, and well deserved restful evening.
Breakfast: at the refuge
Lunch: lunch in Zermatt.
Diner: diner in a local restaurant in Zermatt
Day 7 - Saturday 5th October
We will start the day of this Switzerland Photography Tour with a sunrise at a viewpoint above the beautiful Zermatt with the Matterhorn on its background. After sunrise, we will get back to our hotel for breakfast and then have a post-processing session. We will eat lunch in Zermatt and then head back to our vehicle and hit the road to our next spot: the Aletsch Glacier, the largest glacier in continental Europe. After taking a funicular ride to the top of the mountain, we will enjoy a nice photography session in the area. Dramatic atmospheres are common over the glacier. After enjoying the view, we will take the funicular back to our vehicle and go to our sunset location, the Rhone Glacier where I will bring to an amazing spot right above the glacier. After sunset, we will drive about an hour more and head to our hotel for the night and have diner there.
Breakfast: breakfast at our hotel.
Lunch: early lunch in Zermatt
Diner: diner at the restaurant of our hotel
Day 8 - Sunday 6th October
This Alps Photography Workshop will continue with an early wake up. After picking up a takeaway breakfast, we will drive about 15 minutes to our sunrise location. We will spend a good part of the day shooting a pass with many great views including some iconic, yet not well too known spots. Later during the day, we will drive to our next location: Rosenlaui, another Swiss Gem. This is a very iconic spot in Switzerland. After checking in, we will spend the evening photographing the famous Wellhorn in various locations.
Breakfast: takeaway breakfast
Lunch: Lunch on the way in a local restaurant
Diner: diner at our hotel
Day 9 - Monday 7th October
The day will start early with a sunrise over the Wellhorn at a location close to our accommodation. After sunrise, we will head for breakfast, and then go to a hidden spot full of opportunities. However, this will require to hike for about 45 minutes. This hike will be optional, but very rewarding.
The day will continue by heading towards our next location, Grindelwald. After lunch, we will take a cable car to the top of a mountain, unveiling incredible views over Jungfrau Hoch, another iconic mountain in Switzerland. After taking a gondola, we will reach our accommodation which will be right on top of the mountain for that night. After checking in, we will start a one-hour easy hike to our sunset location, where lake reflection should deliver outstanding views and obviously wonderful photographs. After sunset, we will head back to our accommodation for diner.
Breakfast: at our hotel
Lunch: lunch in a local restaurant in Grindelwald
Diner: at our accommodation
Day 10 - Tuesday 8th October
We will hike to the same location as evening beofre in order to take advantage of the incredible morning sunlight slowly highlighting the valley as the sun rises. After getting back to our accommodation, we will take the cable car down to Grindelwald and drive for about 30 minutes to one of the most beautiful valleys in Switzerland, Lauterbrunnen. After lunch, we will stroll through the village and spend time shooting this it from various angles before going to our sunset location. After a quick ftrain ride, we will check-in at our accommodation, and then walk to our sunset location. After sunset we will have a relax diner and evening.
Breakfast: takeaway breakfast from our accommodation
Lunch: in a local restaurant in Grindelwald or Lauterbrunnen depending on our timing
Diner: at our hotel
Day 11 - Wednesday 19th October
We will start the day of this Switzerland and France Alps Photograhy tour with an optional sunrise. We will get back to the same location as the previous evening and enjoy different light conditions. After breakfast at our hotel, we will then do a photography review group session. We will then get down the mountain with the local train and have lunch in Lauterbrunnen. We will then drive early afternoon for about an hour to reach Oeschinensee, certainly the most beautiful lake in Switzerland, and perhaps in the world. After taking a Gondola and a short walk, we will spend a night right next to this Unesco World Heritage lake. Sunset will take place at some great locations offering incredible view of the lake.
Breakfast: breakfast at our accommodation
Lunch: in a local restaurant in Lauterbrunnen or on our way to Oeschniensee
Diner: at our accommodation
Day 12 - Friday 20th September
This will be the last sunrise of our Switzerland Photography Tour. It will be spent near the lake ,or at the simiilar locations as the evening before. After sunrise, we will have breakfast at our acommodation and then take the cable car down to pick up our vehicle. We will then drive back to Geneva. If time and weather allow, we will make a quick stop to a secret location.
After an incredible trip hopefully full of good memories, each participants will be dropped either in the city center of Geneva close to the train station, or at Geneva Airport. That will be time to say goodbye, and remember all the beautiful things we saw and the great moments spent together with our group.
Techniques and skills learnt during the workshop
Participating in this Namibia photography workshop does not stop to your guide organizing your stay around the place, but also includes teaching of various photography techniques and knowledge.
Among these, the following techniques will be included either onsite, computer or both:
Planning and scouting
Nightscape and Astrophotography (depending on weather conditions)
and so much more.
Accommodations & Transportations
When staying at hotels, we will be accommodated in 3-4* stars hotels.
During this France and Switzerland Photography Tour, five nights will be spent in refuges at outstanding locations (Chamonix, Zermatt, etc.) each easily reachable, with only moderate hikes.
Most accommodations are booked in twin rooms (2 separate beds) or sometimes in dormitories when our group is staying at some mountain refuge.
The group will be driving around in a 9 seater van. All participants should have a window seat.
All cable cars, gondolas, trains, car parks, tolls, etc. are included in the tour price.
Good to know about France & Switzerland
Currency: in France the currenty is the Euro while in Switzerland in the Swiss Franc
Means of payment: Most places accept credit card and therefore the need of cash is likely not to be necessary. Having an international credit card such as Revolut can be helpful to limit bank fees and enjoy a decent exchange rate.
Electricity: France uses type C plug which has two round pins, and type E which has two round pins and a hole for the socket. Switzerland uses plugs type J which has three round pins, and do not have any alternative. Adapters are mandatory. Do not forget one in order to charge your devices.
Internet: 4G and 5G are widely available in most places, although in the mountains, there are many locations without any network. We will never be far away from a city and therefore network will be mostly available. Wifi will also be present in most hotels where we'll stay.
Although appreciated, tipping in France and Switzerland is not mandatory.
Meals & Food
This Alps Photography Workshop will be a great opportunity to try the traditional, and mouthwatering alpine food from France and Switzerland, such as fondue or raclette.
Welcome and goodbye diner are included.
During the four nights where we will be sleeping at refuges, diners will be included.
Lunches are not included. In general, they will mostly consist of picnic or quick seats in restaurants, in order to maximize our time dedicated to photography.
All breakfasts are included during the tour, they will be either eaten at our accommodation or takeaway.
Switzerland being an expensive country, food is not cheap, therefore expect to spend between 60€ to 80€ on food per day (equivalent in $ or CHF).
Meals included recap'
I am Rémi Bergougnoux, a French landscape photographer with extensive knowledge over various topics in landscape photography.
I left behind my 9 to 5 corporate job in the course of 2021 before heading for a year in Latin America, exploring and photographing this beautiful continent. While being back in Europe, I decided to bring my photography to the next level, and take the chance to share my knowledge with other passionate photographer. Offering workshops came naturally to me given my knowledge of travelling, photography and desire to share my passion.
Besides workshops, I am also writing articles for magazines, writing photography guides, and creating YouTube video tutorials about landscape photography across Europe.
As a French born and after leaving for about 8 years in Switzerland, I can say that I know fairly well the two places. Therefore, I will be able to guide you thoroughly in both countries without any problems.
Moderate, hikes up to 2 hours
Not suited for people with limited mobility.
beginner, enthusiast and semi-pro.
12 Days/ 11Nights
Number of participants
(1000€ deposit, see conditions below)
Private transportation in a minivan
Fuel, tolls and car parks
All cable cars and funiculars
Accommodation in double occupancy (single possible upon availability - please contact us)
Meals as mentioned in the description
Welcome & Goodbye diners
2 nights at the incredible village of Zermatt
5 nights in mountain refuges or hotels
Geneva airport pick-up and drop off
Park entry fees
Flight to/from Geneva
Meals as mentioned in the descritpion
Beverages and Alcoholic beverages
Snacks between meals
Lunches on the first and last day of the trip
Workshop price and payment conditions
The workshop price is 4'190 EUR per person
Upon registration to the workshop, a full list of gear and clothing recommended will be provided to ease the participant organization.
1'000 EUR deposit at time of booking
The remaining to be paid up to 60 days before the start of the tour
Payment in full also possible at time of booking
Payment links from Stripe will be received alongside the registration documents
Terms and Conditions apply (received alongside the registration form).