Highlands Camping Photo Workshop in Iceland - Iurie Belegurschi

This six day camping and photography adventure will begin on the very first day, when we pick you up from your own accommodation in Reykjavík using our custom-built 4x4 trucks.

We will follow the midnight sun, hunting for the best photographic opportunities that this country has to offer. Rather than sticking to a set itinerary, we will work with the available conditions to ensure that you will be in the right place and the right time to capture stunning photos within the moment. Due to the fact it will never get dark, your shooting opportunities will be endless.

Total price: 2900 USD


New 2018/2019 Dates

4-9 July 2018 Guided by Marco Grassi and Brynjar

12-17 July 2018 Guided by Brynjar Agustsson and Kaspars

20-25 July 2018 Guided by Marco Grassi and Brynjar

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12-17 July 2019

20-25 July 2019

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Video taken during our Highlands Photo Workshop


Workshop Overview

The entire tour will be conducted under the helpful eye of our experienced photoguides, who are both experts in landscape photography and shooting in Iceland’s diverse and splendid lighting conditions. Having travelled extensively in the Icelandic Highlands, they will be on hand to ensure your safety and to help you develop your skills throughout the workshop.

There will be no need to burden yourself, as every participant will be provided with their own Expedition tent, sleeping pad and sleeping bag for use throughout the trip. Delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner will be cooked and served for you in a big kitchen tent with a BBQ grill, though we will also dine in some huts in the Highlands. Don’t fret about thirst, as we will ensure that clean drinking water is provided.

The Highlands are mostly rugged and uninhabitable, covering a large part of the interior of Iceland. The area that we will explore was carved over a long period of time by volcanic activity and can only be crossed during the Icelandic summer. It is a raw and powerful place, where deserts of black sand, steaming hot springs and barren glacial moraine are interspersed with lush fields of vegetation like a paradise.

With such an abundance of photographic opportunities, the Highlands of Iceland provides avid photographers, both aspiring amateurs and established professionals, with countless subjects upon which to improve their landscape photography skills. Make sure you do not miss this excellent opportunity to explore the Highlands on this unique camping photo workshop, which will take you off the beaten path and into the very heart of Iceland itself. Choose a date and check the availability of our upcoming Highlands Camping Photo Workshop tours.

Fitness Requirements

Beginner / Intermediate. There won’t be any long hikes, but there will be short hikes to get to certain locations. There will always be two photo guides on hand, so groups may be split into two to accommodate different fitness levels across shorter and longer hikes if required. Weather conditions in the Icelandic Highlands can be unpredictable, so you should be prepared to withstand low temperatures at night, in addition to strong winds, though conditions are usually calm during this time of the year.

Accommodation and Food

While we will be shooting in-field, all measures will be taken to make the workshop comfortable for all. We will be camping on registered campsite areas with access to showers and toilets whilst we are at these sites. We will also provide every person with their own Expedition tent, pad and sleeping bag though if you prefer, you can bring your own sleeping bag and inflatable mat.

All food is included in the price of this tour. We will be eating delicious meals for breakfast, lunch and dinner, which will be cooked and served for you in a big kitchen tent with a BBQ grill. There are times though where we will dine in huts in the Highlands. Drinking water will also be available


Shooting Locations

As mentioned, this tour does not have a set itinerary; because of the ever-changing light and weather in Iceland, you will head to wherever the best conditions for photography are. In spite of this, there are many places you are more than likely to get to.

One almost guaranteed is Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, due to the fact that the mountains and glaciers that enclose it provide it with a relatively stable climate. The landscapes in this forested valley are so grand and beautiful that they seem otherworldly; this was noted by early settlers, who named it after the Norse God of Thunder, Þór (or Thor). Þórsmörk is well-renowned for its landscapes, being at one end of the most popular trekking route in the country, the Laugavegur Trail.

On the other end of this trail is Landmannalaugar, another region you are more than likely to have plenty of shooting opportunities at. This highland site is beloved for its bubbling geothermal pools, steaming rivers, and brightly coloured rhyolite mountains, and is a paradise for hikers and photographers alike.

On the topic of geothermal areas, the hot-spring-region of Hveravellir is also on the agenda. Located between the mighty glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull, deep in Iceland’s interior, it is a hot-spot of bubbling pools, steaming cinders, and hills brightly dyed by the elements rising from the center of the earth.

Another geothermal region can be found at Kerlingarfjöll; in fact, it is the third largest area of its kind in the country. While this provides spectacular opportunities for photography you can only find in Iceland, the subterranean forces are not the only appeal of the site; it is also surrounded by dramatic, colourful, rhyolite mountains, which boast incredible views of the barren, desert-like regions of the Highlands.

While Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjöll are deep within the Iceland's interior, you will also explore verdant areas on its cusp. Þakgil is one such location, a beautiful and dramatic valley of shimmering green vistas and trickling waterfalls. This is one of the country’s favourite camping destinations.

If conditions allow, you will also see South Fjallabak, where all of the above features can be found together, along with a few new ones; forests, valleys, waterfalls, hot-spring areas, volcanoes, glaciers, meadows and iceberg-filled lagoons can all be photographed here.

You will get through as many diverse sites as possible over the course of the nine days; while ticking off these locations is the primary objective, they are but few places where you will immerse yourself in spectacular nature and build your portfolio. If any of them are not reached, no doubt the destinations you replace them with will be just as incredible.

Iceland from the Air

Some locations from our camping photo workshop


Included:

Two Professional photo guides.

Transportation in a spacious, comfortable 4x4 truck.

Expedition strength tent, sleeping pad and Sleeping bag. One pers. per tent.

All camping fees

Food and drinks.

Not included:

Flight Tickets

Hotel in Reykjavik

Alcoholic 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.


Disclaimer

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.

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