3 Day Photo Workshop in the Icelandic Highlands
Capture the raw beauty of the incredible Highlands of Iceland beneath the Midnight Sun on this three-day photography tour. Whether you are a novice looking to learn some new skills, or a professional seeking to widen your portfolio, this tour will hone your craft while exposing you to mind-blowing landscapes.
This workshop will focus on the spectacular Landmannalaugar region in Iceland’s southern Highlands and its surroundings. This is an otherworldly place, of brightly coloured rhyolite mountains, steaming river systems, bubbling hot springs, azure lakes and massive waterfalls, surrounded by mighty glaciers and ominous volcanoes.
Many of Iceland’s hidden gems and places of unbelievable raw beauty are nestled in the remote Highlands, far from the crowds, making for perfect, unique subjects in your shots.
This tour will be conducted under the watchful eyes of experienced and award-winning photo guides who are intimately familiar with the Icelandic landscape and how to capture it perfectly in this country’s ever-changing light and weather conditions. They will be on hand throughout to help you find the best subjects and create the best compositions.
This tour includes two nights of accommodation in the highlands and all transportation in a comfortable, spacious minibus.
Explore one of the most far-flung and fascinating landscapes Iceland has to offer on this photo expedition of the Highlands. Check availability by choosing a date.
13-15 August 2023
Maximum of 11 participants
$2,490 (Double Occupancy)
90 days prior to the workshop starting date.
Visas (if applicable)
Professional photo guide.
Transportation in a comfortable vehicle
Hotel near the Highland area, rooms with private bathrooms.
Day 1 - Into the Wild Icelandic Nature
This three-day photo tour starts early when you will be picked up in Reykjavík; you will get to know your group and guides as you make your way along the South Coast towards the highlands. The drive promises to be just as thrilling as the destination as you pass waterfalls, glaciers and stunning rock formations. Although weather and road conditions will dictate the route a little, you are likely to start by visiting two stunning crater lakes: Bláhylur and Ljótipollur. Bláhylur translates to ‘the blue lake’, and it is named for its vivid azure colouration, whereas Ljótipolur means ‘the Ugly Puddle’, in spite of its unreal beauty and impressive contrasts between its red slopes and sapphire waters. After making the most of these unique, fascinating subjects, you will head to a hotel in the Highlands. With the Midnight Sun overhead, however, you can continue shooting long into the night; just make sure you will be refreshed for another full day of shooting tomorrow.
Day 2 - Landmannalaugar
On day two, you will head into the Landmannalaugar region. This awe-inspiring highland oasis is packed full of amazing subjects, so you will have countless photo opportunities throughout the day. You’ll shoot geological and geothermal wonders, vividly coloured mountain ranges, and the area’s surrounding glaciers and volcanoes. While you could spend all day wandering around, snapping at whatever inspires you, your guides will make sure that you get to the highlights of the area where you are sure to acquire some unique pictures. The first of these is the Frostastaðaháls ridge, where you will attain otherworldly panoramas of Iceland’s interior. This pass will also grant you great views over the serene crater lake of the same name. Secondly, you will head to the valley of Sigöldugljúfur, which is lined with many unique and beautiful waterfalls. Before retiring for the night, you will be able to bathe in natural hot pools beneath the Midnight Sun at Landmannalaugur which literally translates to 'People's Pools'.
Day 3 - Highland Waterfalls & Desert
In spite of day three being your final day, it will still be packed with adventure as you visit new, incredible subjects. You will, for example, head to the third tallest falls in Iceland, Háifoss, which plummets from a height of over 120 meters into a dramatic ravine. ` Nearby you will find the charming waterfall, Granni, before arriving at Hjálparfoss waterfall. This feature tumbles in two tiers, and it is surrounded by rare basalt columns, so perfectly formed that they hardly seem natural. The darkness of these columns contrasts beautifully with the verdant moss, blue waters and white spray. Hjálparfoss translates to 'Help Falls', and it was named so as it is the first water feature after the treacherous Sprengissandur desert, a barren and inhospitable stretch of lands known for laying waste to many a horse and traveller brave or stupid enough to try to cross it. After shooting these sites, you will return to the minibus, and head back to Reykjavík, arriving late in the evening. By the end of this tour, you’ll have made new friends, learnt a wealth of new skills, extended your portfolio dramatically, and seen some of Iceland’s unique and incredible sites.
Good to know
- This tour is licensed and operated by our partners at Iceland Photo Tours, We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.
- We offer small group tours with a maximum group size of 10-12. This way, you’ll get to know your photography guide and we can take you to shoot in unique places that aren’t suitable for larger groups.
- All our guests get a free collection of post-processing videos from our award-winning photographers worth over $1,500.
- On our tours, we use comfortable vehicles to transport you to amazing locations safely.
- We are using only the best hotels available in Iceland.
- Our photo tours and workshops are guided by award-winning professional landscape photographers.
- We provide crampons and rubber boots for free to all our guests throughout the tour.
- During the tour, we give highly informative and easy-to-follow photography and post-processing lectures.
- Our photo guides will always help you in the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour will always dependent on weather, as the weather can be highly unpredictable.
We always try to help travellers fulfil their dream vacation. If you need to change the details of your trip you are always welcome to contact us and we will make the necessary arrangements.
Please bear in mind that photo tours in Iceland are in high demand. The earlier you reserve your trip the better availability. Please note that Iceland Photo Tours does not include international flights in photo workshops, nor do we handle such bookings.
Terms of Payment
When you reserve online a full payment is charged to your credit card. You can also contact us by email and make a partial down payment to secure your reservation.
We always charge in U.S. Dollar (USD). On our website, you can view an estimate of prices in a number of currencies. This is only to help you understand the approximate price in your preferred currency. Final payment is always conducted in USD. We also refund in USD. As Iceland Photo Tours does not charge any booking or transaction fees we can not be held liable to any loss in currency exchange during transactions.
Tours and workshops that take place in Iceland are charged with 11% VAT. Unless otherwise specified, prices do not include any local taxes or use-fees, including foreign departure, security, port charges, park fees, customs, immigration, agricultural, passenger-facility charges or international transportation tax.
Iceland Photo Tours cannot be liable to any loss, damage, accidents, injuries or sickness during your tour. The same applies for any changes in tour schedule due to weather, strikes or any other force majeure. Iceland Photo Tours reserve the right to change routes, schedules and itineraries if needed because of weather, road, boat route conditions or should the necessity arise because of unforeseen reasons. We advise all travelers to purchase a comprehensive travel insurance to minimize possible loses due to unforeseeable situations during your travel.
Iceland Photo Tours is a trading name of Iceland Photo Workshops ehf., a company incorporated and registered in Reykjavik, Iceland. These terms are governed by the laws of Iceland.
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.