Capture the stunning sights of south-east Iceland in the heart of Vatnajökull National Park beneath the golden glow of the Midnight Sun. This three day summer photography workshop will have you exploring the extensive areas surrounding Europe’s most majestic glacier, Vatnajökull. The largest ice cap in all of Iceland encompasses the serene wilderness of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the glorious ice beach where diamonds seemingly wash ashore, as well as the breathtaking beauty of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Get ready to be whisked away on the photography adventure of a lifetime, with two nights of pre-booked accommodation and all transfers between shooting locations included!
Total price: 1650 USD
26-28 Jul 2019
2-4 Aug 2019
23-25 Aug 2019
24-26 Aug 2019
31 Aug - 2 Sep 2019
Guided by Jon
Guided by Jon
Guided by Jon
Guided by Jon
Guided by Siggi the Viking
The adventure begins with pick-up in a comfortable and spacious 4x4 vehicle from your hotel in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavík. From there, you will head straight toward the south coast, where your shooting locations await. Although the scenic drive will be long, it will be made easier with several stops along the way, during which you will have the opportunity to photograph some of Iceland’s most magnificent wonders of nature.
Your first stop will be at the striking Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you will be able to roam within a cavern that stretches behind the plummeting cascade of water. Be sure to wear waterproof clothing, as you’ll be in for a bit of a shower! Next up will be what is likely Iceland’s most famous waterfall, Skógafoss. Standing before this remarkable gigantic downpour of water is like facing up to nature itself. Depending on the weather conditions, there may be rainbows forming in the mist as it drifts forth from the thundering waterfall itself.
From there, you will continue your drive towards Vík, a fishing village that sits in the shadow of Mýrdalsjökull glacier. Here, you will have the chance to photograph the staggering views along the Dyrhólaey coastline, including its massive rock arch that has eroded away from the headland. From May to August, this area also becomes the perfect puffin-watching spot, as the cute sea-birds come to land to nest. Nearby, you will be able to explore the basalt columns at the extraordinary Reynisfjara black sand beach, where the Reynisdrangar sea stacks rise from the powerful waves in a show of might. This beach is as captivating for photography as it is for admiring the true potential of nature’s force.
Finally, you will reach Skaftafell Nature Reserve, an area that offers up a diverse number of photographic opportunities. Leave no stone unturned as you delve into its impressive terrain, capturing the dark lava columns around one of Iceland’s most popular waterfalls, Svartifoss, bathed by the warmth of the Midnight Sun. Worn out from a long day of photographing, you’ll then be able to surrender yourself to sleep in your comfortable accommodation for the night.
On the second day of your adventure, you’ll have the opportunity to spend the morning sifting through an incredible number of compositions at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. This beautiful lagoon is quite a unique sight – it is where large icebergs calve off the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The ice floats in the water until it is taken out with the tide through a narrow waterway towards the sea. It then washes ashore onto the black sands of the ice beach, Breiðamerkursandur, resembling diamonds glittering on the sand in the sunshine. Master your long exposure skills as you capture the waves crashing in and receding around these icebergs.
Later on in the day, you will have the chance to explore one of Iceland’s most admired sights off the beaten track – the splendid Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon on the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph this gorgeous wonder of nature in peace as the golden hour stretches well into the night, bathing the icebergs in beautiful sunset hues.
With a memory card full of photos, you’ll be ready this evening to retire to your accommodation for the night.
The final day of your adventure will be bittersweet. Although you will have developed your photographic skills extensively through these long days of shooting, the adventure will inevitably come to an end. As you head back toward Reykjavík, you will make several stops along the way to photograph the fascinating landscapes surrounding Vatnajökull National Park, including some popular destinations along the Golden Circle route. You’ll also have the chance to photograph some sights you may have already shot, in different lighting conditions and with new compositions. By the time you return to Reykjavík, you’ll find yourself armed with friends to cherish, a host of new skills, as well as an incredible collection of landscape photos from Iceland to share with your family and to add to your growing portfolio.
Professional photo guide.
Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
Hotel near Vatnajokull National Park, rooms with private bathrooms.
Hotel in Reykjavik
Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Cancellation and Refund Policy
If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.