Get ready to get off the beaten track and explore the heart of Iceland on this 10 day photography tour through the Land of Fire and Ice! Be whisked away on an incredible adventure through Iceland’s remote Highlands in a modified 4x4 vehicle, capturing otherworldly scenes that you’ve never seen before. Enhance your photography skills and expand your landscape photography portfolio with this very special workshop that will have you venturing out into Iceland’s true wilderness. Whether you are a beginner, amateur or professional photographer, this workshop through the Highlands and South Coast of Iceland is designed to expose you to the diverse landscapes that Iceland has to offer.
Total price: 5400 USD
New 2020 Dates
24 Jul-2 Aug 2020
7-16 Aug 2020
4-13 Sep 2020
Video taken during our Highlands Photo Workshop
Day 1 - Arrival
You’ll arrive at Keflavik International Airport and use the supplied Flybus voucher to reach our hotel in Iceland’s capital city, Reykjavik. After a long flight, you’ll be glad to have a bit of time to relax or to explore the city before meeting up with your professional photo guides and the rest of your group in the evening. Over dinner, you’ll get to know your fellow travellers a bit better and your guides will go over the itinerary for the next few days.
Day 2 - Hveravellir geothermals. Kerlingarfjoll mountains, Gygjarfoss
The adventure begins! We’ll leave Reykjavik and head towards the centre of Iceland, one of the largest unpopulated land masses in all of Europe. Full of glaciers, volcanoes and hot springs, the Highlands are brimming with a myriad of diverse and exciting photographic opportunities.
Your first shoot will be at the spectacular Kerlingarfjöll mountain range, in the proximity of Hofsjökull glacier – the largest active volcano in the country. These beautiful and colourful rhyolite mountains with their blue, green, yellow and orange hues make for haunting images packed full of steaming geothermal features. After driving through vast, barren landscapes, you’ll be excited to capture Kerlingarfjöll’s most revered site, Hveravellir, a Highland oasis where you’ll encounter natural hot springs, seething fumaroles and powdery, colourful sinters. There will be many compositions to shoot with the magical light of the Midnight Sun overhead.
We’ll finish the day at the nearby waterfall Gýgjarfoss, where you’ll have the chance to practice long exposure techniques, capturing the falls in all their glory with snow-capped mountains as a backdrop on the horizon.
Day 3,4,5 - Landmannalaugar, Veidivotn area,Valley of Tears
On day 3, we will make our way towards Landmannalaugar on the edge of the Laugahraun lava field in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. This stunning mountainous area may seem like a barren landscape though your photographer’s eye will find beauty in its glorious rhyolite peaks, rich mossy vegetation, hot springs, natural baths, rock formations and desolate black lava fields, as well as Iceland’s Gateway to Hell – otherwise known as the mighty Hekla volcano – standing off to the west.
The plan thereafter is to take our time exploring and photographing the vast array of scenes available in Landmannalaugar during the next 3 days. Our highlights include the crater lakes of Bláhylur and Ljótipollur in Veidivotn, with their gorgeous red sand slopes leading to crystal blue pools of water; Háifoss, Iceland’s second-highest waterfall and it’s neighbour Hjálparfoss – a waterfall that seems to be split in two; the ridge over the lake of Frostastaðavatn with its wondrous views of the surrounding landscape; as well as the hidden Sigöldugljúfur canyon in the Valley of Tears, where numerous small waterfalls meet and flow together down the cliffs into the river below.
Day 6 - South Fjallabak highlands
After 3 awe-inspiring days at Landmannalaugar, we’ll head along the South Fjallabak Highland route towards Mýrdalsjökull glacier, home to the active volcano of Katla. The diverse volcanic landscape is packed with plenty of opportunities for landscape photography, including stretches of black sand left over from volcano eruptions, thousand-year-old deformed formations within the lava fields, as well as Öldufell – an imposing 810 metre high mountain on the edge of the glacier itself.
There will be several river crossings which we will make in our 4x4 vehicle before we reach Axlarfoss waterfall in the Hólmsá river, tumbling over basalt columns and surrounded by intensely vegetated landscape.
Our final stop on this day will be at the world’s largest volcanic canyon, Eldgjá. This 40 kilometre fissure stretches from the Gjátindur Mountain in a southwest direction beneath the Mýrdalsjökull glacier, towards the the much-feared volcano of Katla. Within the chasm, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph Iceland’s ‘impassable waterfall’, otherwise known as Ófærufoss.
Day 7 - Vatnajökull National Park
We’ll begin day 7 with a shoot at the massive Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, which is about 100 metres deep and 2 kilometres long. Its sheer walls give way to spectacular rock formations, making for absolutely stunning photographic opportunities.
Thereafter, we’ll head further east towards the beautiful Vatnajökull National Park, taking in the natural wonders of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. Within the midst of volcanoes and glaciers, you’ll photograph the Svartifoss waterfall, surrounded by its dark lava columns.
Day 8 - Vatnajökull National Park
Having finally made it to Vatnajökull National Park, our aim is now to capture as much of it in photographs as possible!
This area is the real pearl of Iceland, home to the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun, this lagoon transforms into an ethereal scene, with large icebergs floating serenely above the surface of the deep blue water.
At the nearby ice beach, you’ll have the chance to practice your long exposure skills, as chunks of ice that have floated out of the lagoon into the sea wash back onto the black sandy shores. With the sun glistening overhead, you’ll be forgiven for easily mistaking the ice for diamonds!
Our final shooting location of the day will be at the magnificent Mountain Vestrahorn on the enchanting Stokksnes Peninsula. As the red and pink hues of the Midnight Sun take hold, this rugged mountain range takes on an almost soft and tranquil feel.
Day 9 - South Coast
Day 9 marks our slow return from the Vatnajökull National Park back to the city of Reykjavik. Along the way, we’ll be meandering through the magnificent south coast of Iceland, past the sleepy fishing village of Vik. The area houses the dramatic cliffs of the Dyrhólaey Peninsula and arch, where puffins make their nests in summer; as well as the looming sea stacks of Reynisdrangar and the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach. Where we shoot will depend on the preferences of the group, as well as the lighting conditions and the time that we have up our sleeves.
Day 10 - Departure
Sadly, this will be the final day of your Highlands and South Coast photography workshop. We’ll say our goodbyes and when the time comes, you will catch the Flybus back to Keflavik airport to depart to your next destination. With pockets of memory cards filled with photos that you’ve captured beneath the glory of the Midnight Sun in Iceland and a host of new skills under your belt, you’ll have many memories to show off once you get home from this unforgettable adventure!
Professional photo guide.
Transportation in a spacious, comfortable 4x4 truck offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 til breakfast on day 10.
FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.
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.