Experience the best of the Midnight Sun and South Coast of Iceland on this summer photography adventure! With hours of golden light, you’ll have all the time in the world to capture spectacular photographs of Iceland from the midnight hour into the early morning, when the rest of the crowds are invariably asleep. Seize this incredible opportunity to shoot the icebergs of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon bathed in warm hues as the Midnight Sun circles overhead. This is a time when the magical and wild landscapes of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve come alive, not to mention miles upon miles of pure raw nature along Iceland’s famous black sand beaches. Whether you are a novice, an aspiring amateur or a professional photographer, this summer photography workshop in Iceland is sure to advance your landscape photography skills and to expand your portfolio.
Total price: 4300 USD
28 Jul - 4 Aug 2019
5-12 Aug 2019
14-21 Aug 2019
Guided by Siggi the Viking
Guided by Iurie Belegurschi & Oli
Guided by Siggi
The Highlights of the Summer Photo Workshop:
Midnight Sun Photography
Summer is an amazing time in Iceland, when wildflowers bloom and the fjords once again teem with wildlife. The days will seem endless as the phenomenon of the Midnight Sun takes hold, bathing both the skies and the landscape in a warm, golden glow. Sunsets give way to sunrises with barely any darkness between. With so much time on our hands, hours of magical light and limitless compositions at our fingertips, this is the perfect time to visit Iceland to learn all there is to know about the intricacies of landscape photography.
The South Coast of Iceland
No doubt the most popular part of Iceland, the south coast is home to spectacular landscapes and a host of photographic opportunities that will excite any photographer. From thundering waterfalls, black sand beaches and stunning sea stacks in the heart of Vatnajökull National Park to the massive icebergs at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and its neighbouring ice beach, this is an area that overflows with natural beauty.
Is there any bird more charming than the Atlantic puffin? These adorable sea birds spend most of their time floating upon open water, returning to Iceland during the summer to nest. We’ll have great opportunities to photograph these cute and quirky characters along the cliffs of Dyrhólaey as well as the Reynisfjara black sand beach, where they build their homes in and around the tall basalt columns that make these landmarks so unique and striking.
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
The adventure begins! After you arrive in Iceland, you’ll be able to use the supplied Flybus ticket to transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you can catch up on some rest before meeting your photo guides and the rest of the group in the lobby at 7pm. From there, you’ll head to one of Iceland’s best restaurants for a welcome dinner, where you’ll be able to get to know your fellow photographers and get the low-down on the itinerary for the next few days. After you’ve had your fill of hearty Icelandic food, retire to your hotel for the night to get ready for several days of non-stop shooting.
Day 2 - Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara
We’ll get up bright and early to begin our journey to Iceland’s south coast. The first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss, a pretty waterfall made all the more splendid by the fact that there is a cavern behind it, allowing you to walk behind and all around in a 360° round track. This makes for many unique and interesting compositions, though be prepared to get a little bit wet! If you’ve managed to stay somewhat dry, then try your hand at the perfect self-portrait beneath the thundering roar of nearby Skógafoss. This waterfall plummets with sheer force from a height of 60m, making for dramatic photographs. It’s the perfect place to practice creating different moods by varying your shutter speeds for faster and longer exposures.
As the sun begins to get closer to the horizon, we’ll make our way to Dyrhólaey, a small promontory not far from the quaint fishing village of Vík. Its sweeping seascapes, impressive cliffs and breathtaking naturally-formed rock arch – not to mention puffins! – make for truly beautiful compositions with the Midnight Sun radiating overhead.
We’ll finish up the day at the famous black sand beach of Reynisfjara, where tall and imposing basalt columns face a raging, tumultuous sea. This beach is well-known for its basalt sea stacks, Reynisdrangar, which rise from the water like sharp pinnacles. Legend has it that these jagged rock formations are the remains of two trolls, who botched an attempt to tow a masted ship back to shore during the night, turning to stone when the sun rose. You will spend your second night at accommodation in the nearby, charming village of Vík.
Day 3 - Vatnajokull National Park
On day three, you will continue on your journey towards the Vatnajökull National Park, home to Europe’s largest ice cap and some of Iceland’s most stunning scenery. This area is brimming with photo opportunities, including long stretches of lava fields, hints of glacier tongues and remnants of Iceland’s volcanic past.
Much of the day will be focused on the beauty of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where vivid blue icebergs calve off a nearby glacier and cruise slowly through a narrow passageway from the lagoon to the sea. They make for sensational subjects, especially when they wash up ashore like glistening diamonds at the adjacent ice beach. You’ll be able to practice your long exposure techniques as you capture them with the waves curling around them like long tendrils, receding back to the sea.
After hours of shooting different compositions beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun, you will retire for the night in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park
There is no place in Iceland as beautiful as Vatnajökull National Park and the conditions here can change dramatically, so we will spend part of the day revisiting Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon and the diamond ice beach for you to capture its beauty beneath different light!
Later on in the day, our photo guides will whisk you away to hidden gems around the area that only a few people know about. Be prepared to get off the beaten track and to practice your landscape photography in the wild and pristine nature of Iceland as the Midnight Sun circles overhead. When you have filled up your memory cards for the day, retire to your accommodation in the Jökulsárlón area for some much-needed rest.
Day 5 - Vatnajokull National Park
On day five, you will have your final chance to perfect your long exposure technique on the volcanic black sand beach as the waves wash pieces of ice shaped like diamonds onto the shore. After the sunrise shoot, we will head to the east of Iceland, towards Mount Vestrahorn amidst the fascinating landscapes of Stokksnes Peninsula.
Vestrahorn is a location that is brimming with photo opportunities. There are compositions to be framed everywhere that you look, with the undulating sand dunes at the base of the mountain making for many interesting foregrounds. If the tide is low, then you will have the chance to capture the reflection of Vestrahorn, mirrored on the glassy sand of the volcanic beach. With the Midnight Sun overhead and glorious warm light, there will be enough to shoot here for the whole day!
After a long day of shooting, retire to your accommodation for the night in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 6 - Skaftafell, Vik
Day six will see you heading into the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a wilderness area within the Vatnajökull National Park. This is a veritable paradise for landscape photography, with opportunities to photograph glistening glacier tongues, spectacular waterfalls, wonderful forests, flowing rivers and other remnants of Iceland’s volcanic past.
Later in the day, you will travel back towards Vík for a sunset golden hour shoot at Reynisfjara black sand beach.
You will retire for the evening at accommodation in the fishing village of Vík.
Day 7 - Geyser , Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, Reykjavik
This will be your final day of shooting in Iceland. You will spend the day photographing some of the most amazing delights of the Golden Circle, including the Geysir Geothermal Area, Þingvellir National Park, and Gullfoss waterfall.
At the Geysir Geothermal Area, which bubbles and seethes with steaming fumaroles, mud-pots and hot springs, you’ll have plenty of chances to photograph the stunning geyser, Strokkur. This magnificent geyser erupts every few minutes or so, shooting water up to 20 metres into the air! Be sure to stand out of its way when it erupts, or you may find yourself getting a little bit wet.
As we head closer towards Reykjavík, we will come across Þingvellir, a UNESCO World Heritage site famous for its captivating landscapes. The national park sits in a valley located between two tectonic plates, making for breathtaking scenery all around. You’ll be able to photograph the rugged cliff walls of the continents, vast lava fields and incredible ravines filled with clear spring water from beneath the earth.
The final location that you will visit is one of the most iconic waterfalls in Iceland: Gullfoss. There is so much power and force behind the water that flows here. You’ll be able to capture it from several platforms, as this massive waterfall plummets down two tiers into a deep canyon below. There may even be rainbows in the spray if the sun is shining or when the golden hour takes hold.
You will then return to Reykjavík for your final night.
Day 8 - Transfer to Keflavik Airport
This will be your last day in Iceland, unless you have arranged to travel further onwards towards your next destination. After breakfast, you will transfer back to Keflavik airport via the Flybus, which will pick you up from the hotel. With countless photos on your memory cards, a host of newly developed landscape photography skills and many new friends, you’ll be able to reflect on your extraordinary experience shooting Iceland in summer, swathed by the golden light of the Midnight Sun.
Two Professional photo guides.
Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
All breakfasts and Group Dinner on day 1 and 7
Lunches, Dinners from Day 2 to Day 6
Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. 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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
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.