Photograph the incredible south-east of Iceland in the shadow of Europe’s greatest glacier with this three-day summer workshop. Whether you are a novice or a professional, this tour will introduce you to incredible nature, widen your portfolio, and dramatically develop your skills, conducted entirely under the helpful eye of esteemed, experienced photoguides.
You will not only have opportunities to photograph the iconic sites that make this country famous, but also hidden gems that are much lesser known, such as the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon. Your portfolio, by the end of the tour, will, therefore, be full of unique, diverse images.
Your two nights of accommodation will be pre-organised before your arrival, as will all transfer to and from your shooting locations. Your photoguides will be with you throughout, guiding you towards the best vantage points and the most interesting lighting.
Do not miss this opportunity to photograph Iceland in summer, with a focus on its most beautiful region. Check availability by choosing a date.
The first two sites are the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, found just off the main road around the country, Route 1. Both fall from cliffs near the coast from heights of over sixty metres, but other than that, are nothing alike. Seljalandsfoss is narrow and picturesque, with a cavern behind it that allows you to fully encircle the water. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is wide and powerful, with many rainbows arching from its stormy spray.
Next, you will admire and photograph the coastline near the village of Vík. The Dyrhólaey cliffs and rock arch are spectacular feats of nature, made even more photogenic from May to August by the puffins nesting on them. They are not the only fascinating geological sites here, however; the Reynisdrangar sea stacks rise over sixty metres from the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic. Capturing them with the black sands of Reynisfjara makes for a haunting composition, no matter the weather conditions.
You will continue along the south until you reach Skaftafell, a Nature Reserve that was once its own National Park before the great Vatnajökull Park was created and engulfed it. Under the midnight sun, you have no time limit to your photography, and will be able to shoot its many features, from unique waterfalls, such as Svartifoss, to the many glacier tongues and lagoons. Often labelled Iceland’s paradise for hikers, it is just as much a haven for shutterbugs.
You will retire for your first night no doubt with new skills already, and a memory card full of incredible additions to your portfolio.
Adjacent to the lagoon is a stretch of coastline that has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach, for it is on the black sands here that the ice washes up as soon as it reaches the ocean. The contrasts make for some incredible compositions.
While both of these sites are amazing, they are also very popular. You will, therefore, take some time to head to the much lesser-known Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, where you will be able to get wider-angle shots without concern for tourists getting in the way. This lake is smaller, but its icebergs just as numerous.
You will shoot under the midnight sun until it is finally time to return to your nearby accommodation for the night.
On your return journey to the capital, you will, of course, make many stops to stretch your legs and photograph new landscapes and features, as well as those you have already shot under different lighting and conditions. Finally, you will reach Reykjavík, no doubt with a host of new skills, friends, and a portfolio you can be proud of.
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.