Capture the raw beauty of the Highlands beneath the warm glimmer of the Midnight Sun! Get off the beaten track in Iceland, away from the crowds, the noise, the hustle and the bustle of the Golden Circle. This photo workshop will take you to one of Europe’s largest unpopulated areas, full of glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs. Whether you are a novice, an aspiring amateur or professional photographer, this tour is sure to enhance your landscape photography skills, expand your portfolio and expose you to some of Iceland’s most hidden wonders.
Take a walk on the wild side with our photo guides to Landmannalaugar in the southern Highlands, at the edge of the dusky black Laugahraun lava field in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. This phenomenal region is overflowing with the unbridled beauty of colourful rhyolite mountains, sparkling cerulean lakes, a steaming river system and bubbling hot springs, all on the background of extraordinary glaciers and imposing volcanoes. Our photo guides will be with you throughout this workshop, sharing their knowledge on the Icelandic landscape and how to capture it at its best, finding stunning compositions amidst the everchanging lighting and conditions. With two nights of pre-booked accommodation in the Highlands and transportation in a comfortable, spacious mini-bus, you’ll be able to let your creativity unfurl with little to worry about during three days of non-stop shooting!
Total price: 1650 USD
2-4 Aug 2019
9-11 Aug 2019
16-18 Aug 2019
23-25 Aug 2019
Guided by Oli
Guided by Oli
Guided by Oli
Guided by Oli
Be prepared for an early pick-up from your hotel in Reykjavík. From there, you will begin the journey along Iceland’s south coast towards the Highlands, past the majestic waterfalls and stunning black sand beaches that the area is well-known for. The Highlands are not easy to access, so the route your guides choose to take will depend on the weather and road conditions. The effort will pay off though, when you arrive at two stunning crater lakes, Bláhylur and Ljótipoluur. You’ll have more than enough time to photograph the beauty of Bláhylur with its shimmering turquoise blue water beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun. There is even more to photograph around Ljótipoluur, with its layers of red lava rocks at the brim and surrounding green vegetation.
From there, you will head to your hotel in the Highlands, where you’ll be able to find some much-needed rest. Don’t get too comfortable though, as there is much to photograph in the area around the hotel while the Midnight Sun circles overhead!
After breakfast, you’ll make your way to the Highland oasis of Landmannalaugar. This region is a geothermal paradise, flush with geological wonders, massive mountain ranges, magnificent volcanoes and thousand year old glaciers. There is so much to photograph and explore in an area of this magnitude that you might just find yourself captivated for hours.
On this day, we will travel along the Frostastaðaháls ridge, photographing its beauty as it overlooks the Frostastadavatn lake. Next up is the stunning Sigöldugljúfur canyon, which is quite exceptional with its many waterfalls and precarious cliff edges, lit up by the Midnight Sun.
Before retiring for the night, you’ll have the opportunity to unwind your muscles after a long day of shooting by bathing in the natural hot pools near the hotel.
This will be your final day of the workshop, though there won’t be any rest until you return to Reykjavík! On the way, you will have the chance to photograph Háifoss, the third highest waterfall in Iceland that is fed by Iceland’s longest glacial river, Þjórsá. This waterfall is as tall as it is spectacular, plummeting from a height of 120m into a dramatic ravine. Next to it is another waterfall, Granni. Capturing both of these waterfalls together makes for an intriguing panorama.
As you make your way through the lava fields, you’ll come across Hjálparfoss – a gorgeous two-tiered waterfall with a large plunge pool at its base, surrounded by wildflowers. This is your final chance to test-drive your long exposure skills, before returning by minibus to Reykjavík and arriving late in the evening – no doubt weary but with memory cards full of photos that you’ll be able to cherish for a lifetime.
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.