8 Day Summer Photo Workshop in Iceland

8 Day summer photo workshop in Iceland


The Midnight Sun & South Coast Photo Workshop is one of our most popular tours, exposing you and your camera to the very best sights that Iceland has to offer during summer! Get ready to chase the glorious glow of the long golden hours created by the Midnight Sun, when sunset melts seamlessly into sunrise. We will photograph Iceland during the midnight hour and into the early mornings, when we are guaranteed to have the best light and to avoid the crowds who will invariably go to sleep! Explore the spectacular sights of Iceland’s magnificent south coast, tiptoe around cute puffins when they return to the island to nest, capture the magical glacier lagoon at Jökulsárlón and witness much more besides. This summer photography tour has it all. Across eight memorable days, we will take in the magical landscapes and wonderful lighting conditions that have made Iceland one of the world’s premier photography destinations. We’ve got professional photography guides, a crazy amount of local knowledge and a welcoming country ready to explore. So what are you waiting for? Grab your gear; an Arctic summer paradise awaits!

This winter photography tour in Iceland is:

  • Open to all skill levels
  • Led by award-winning instructors
  • Easy to moderate in difficulty






Total price: 4300 USD

Why book with us?

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  • We are a local tour operator and travel agency, authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.
  • All of our guests receive a free collection of post-processing videos from our award-winning photographers, worth over $1,500.
  • On our tours, we provide custom-built 4x4 super trucks to safely transport you to amazing locations, with 2 seats allocated for each photographer.
  • We use 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 of our guests for the duration of 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 on the field to make sure that you take home stunning photos of Iceland.

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The Highlights of the Summer Photo Workshop:

Midnight Sun Photography



Imagine yourself in a place where the sun never sets; the days are endless and the sky is ablaze with a magical, golden glow. Dramatic, elongated shadows are cast across sweeping fjords where wildflowers carpet the ground and flourish. The chance to capture dramatic and expressive photos here abounds.

Welcome to summer in Iceland, the Land of the Midnight Sun. When the snow melts away, a photographer’s paradise is unveiled, absolutely awash with an abundance of sensational colours, patterns and shapes. During summer in Iceland, the angle created by the Earth and the sun means that the latter never actually dips below the horizon during the night. The result is an extended sunset that eventually fades seamlessly into sunrise - a ‘golden hour’ that actually lasts for around five or six! With no time constraints and no need to rush before the light fades, the Midnight Sun makes Iceland the perfect place for photographers who are on the hunt to capture elusively breathtaking scenes.

Midnight Sun

Midnight Sun

Ice Beach Iceland

Ice Beach Iceland

The South Coast of Iceland



No trip to Iceland is complete without visiting the amazing south coast, home to the iconic Vatnajökull National Park, where we will have a great deal of chances to photograph the massive icebergs at Jökulsárlón lagoon and the chunks of ice that break away and drift towards the ice beach. The gorgeous glow of the Midnight Sun reflects off the icebergs in the water, making this a wonderful opportunity for stunning summer photography. Meanwhile, at the famous ice beach, you will experience a marvellous interplay of light, dark sands, glistening ice and movements of the waves which make this location a photographer’s playground, with every shot guaranteed to be magical and monumental. Be ready also to witness Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar under amazing light, and to photograph Vík – a beautiful, quiet village surrounded by seemingly endless stretches of purple lupine fields.

Puffins!



Considering that this is a summer photography workshop in Iceland, you will no doubt be hoping for a moment when you can photograph puffins. At Dyrhólaey, you will find plenty of opportunities. These adorable little birds nest here in the thousands and are surprisingly unafraid of people. They will allow you to get close enough to capture their charming faces and clumsy, endearing behaviour, and are perfect practice for the aspiring wildlife photographer.
Puffins in Iceland

Puffins in Iceland

Our Summer Photo Workshops have a flexible itinerary, which allows us to adapt to the conditions and help you make the most of your time in Iceland.

Itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland

Day one begins with your arrival at Keflavík International Airport. Using the ticket provided, you will take a Flybus to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you will be able to relax until 7pm. At this point, you will meet your guides and group in the lobby, and head to a distinguished restaurant for a delicious dinner. Over the meal, you’ll get to know the people you’ll be spending the next week with and run through the itinerary of the adventure ahead. When you are finally feeling full and satisfied, as well as eager to get on with the photography workshop, you’ll retire to your hotel for the night.
Reykjavik midnight sun

Reykjavik midnight sun

The Sun Voyager

The Sun Voyager

Day 2 - Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara

On your second day, the adventure truly begins! First thing in the morning, you will board a fully customised, comfortable bus, and set off on your journey along the South Coast. This stretch of coast is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist routes, lined with fascinating features, great for sightseeing but even better for photography.

Your first subjects will be two of the country’s most famous attractions, the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss stands at 63 meters tall, and falls in a narrow cascade in front of a cavern; if the path is clear, you will be able to walk behind it and photograph the water from a unique angle, framing the lush green surrounds.

Meanwhile, Skógafoss will thrill you with its powerful cascades, thundering to the earth and throwing off clouds of spray. If the sun is shining, rainbows will arch throughout the mist of this waterfall, allowing you to practice working with truly unusual lighting phenomena.

After capturing these waterfalls, you will continue along the South Coast to Reynisfjara. The endless stretches of black sands here are haunting, the power of the Atlantic ocean dramatic, and the surrounding geology fascinating. Particularly of note are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, which rise tall from the surface of the sea. Though this is a fantastic photography location in summer, Reynisfjara beach has notorious sneaker waves, so ensure that you don’t get so absorbed in the area’s beauty that you put yourself at risk.

At the end of the day, you will retire to accommodation in the nearby, charming village of Vík.

Dyrholaey

The arch Dyrholaey

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Seljalandsfoss waterfall

Day 3 - Vatnajokull National Park

On day three, you will continue along the South Coast until you reach Vatnajökull National Park, a vast area that contains many of Iceland’s greatest subjects for photography. You can expect a range of subjects throughout the first part of this day, including lava landscapes, glacier tongues, waterfalls and desert-like stretches of black sands. The second part of the day will be focused on one location in particular, however: the mesmerising Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Jökulsárlón is a truly beautiful place, where vivid blue icebergs break from the retreating glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull and slowly float across the lake towards the ocean. Each iceberg is unique and makes for fascinating photography. On warm summer days, many seals can be seen lounging around on the ice or swimming in the crystal blue water, so you’ll have an excellent chance to practice your wildlife photography!

Adjacent to Jökulsárlón is the famous Diamond Beach, a stretch of black-sand coastline where icebergs wash ashore after finally reaching the ocean. Here, you will have the chance to capture sun stars and the gorgeous golden glints hitting each iceberg.

You will retire for the day in the Jökulsárlón area.

Ice Beach Iceland

Ice Beach Iceland

Ice Beach Iceland

Ice Beach Iceland

Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park

Your sunrise shoot on day four will be conducted back at Jökulsárlón, where the lighting conditions can change dramatically, allowing you to produce completely different shots. You will also head back to the Diamond Beach for another shoot here. The beauty of this corner of Iceland could warrant days of shooting, but there is more to see in the region.

Your photo guides will use today to take you to lesser-known spots only they and very few others know about. These will largely be in Vatnajökull National Park, and tailored to allow you to capture the unbelievable panoramas of South Iceland as well as the largest glacier in all of Europe.

You will retire for the day in the Jökulsárlón area.

Ice Beach in Iceland

Ice Beach in Iceland

Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Glacier Lagoon in Iceland

Day 5 - Vatnajokull National Park

On day five of this summer photography expedition, you’ll have a sunrise shoot at the Diamond Beach. Following that, you will head even further east along Iceland’s South Coast, out of Vatnajökull National Park, to Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula.

Vestrahorn can appear ominous, even under the glow of the Midnight Sun. Beneath this steep 454 metre high mountain, you will find many photogenic peaks and slopes. Foreground is the key here and the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the beach can be used to frame the mountain in the background. You can photograph it against the surrounding black sands, over dunes, or with epic seascapes, so a large part of this day will be spent exploring the Stokksnes Peninsula to find the perfect composition.

You will stay here throughout the golden hours when Vestrahorn becomes shadowy and even more eerie.

After a day of shooting at Vestrahorn, you’ll return to your accommodation.

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Vestrahorn in Stokksnes

Day 6 - Skaftafell, Vik

On your sixth day, you will visit the spectacular Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This area is often deemed a hiker’s paradise, though it has just as much to offer the avid photographer. Many of the landscapes and features that make Iceland internationally famous as a natural haven can be found within its borders. Glacier tongues, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, rivers, volcanoes and lava landscapes will all present themselves to you, one subject after another.

You will spend the majority of the day shooting its many sites, continuing to practice your landscape photography; by this time in the tour, you will no doubt be able to notice a marked improvement in your skills.

After capturing the magic of this beautiful reserve, you will head back to the South Coast, returning to Reynisfjara beach for another golden hour shoot.

You’ll retire for the day at accommodation in Vík.

Sunrise Dyrholaey

Sunrise Dyrholaey

Sunrise Dyrholaey

Sunrise Dyrholaey

Day 7 - Geyser , Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, Reykjavik

Day seven is your final full day of photography, and you will spend it shooting three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, all on Golden Circle Route.

Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, being where the early residents formed their first parliament in 930 AD. While the history of this place is inspiring, it is the landscapes that you are likely to find most captivating.

Located in a valley between the tectonic plates, you can shoot the walls that mark the edges of the continents, the lava fields that fill the area from eruptions in centuries past, and the many ravines filled with crystal clear spring water, opened by earthquakes in the area. Iceland’s largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn, also makes for a beautiful subject with its surrounding mountains.

The Geysir Geothermal Area is the prime location on this photo workshop to photograph Iceland’s seething geothermal activity. The area is dotted with many fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, the earth is vividly colored by the elements rising from the crust, and, of course, there are geysers on site.

The largest of these, Geysir itself, is inactive, but you will have plenty of chances to shoot Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes to heights which exceed twenty meters.

Your final subject on this workshop will be one of Iceland’s most recognizable and renowned sites: Gullfoss waterfall. This incredible feature, the name of which translates to the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is immensely powerful, thundering in two tiers into a dramatic, ancient canyon. There are several platforms from which you can capture it.

In winter, the rocks around Gullfoss are caked in ice, and snow covers the surrounding landscapes. In cloudy weather, therefore, your photographs can tell the story of the waterfall’s ominous strength, whereas when the sun is shining, and rainbows are cutting through its spray, they will depict how much of a winter wonderland Iceland can be. With any luck, you will finish your shoot with the northern lights overhead. You will then return to Reykjavík for your final night.
Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Gullfoss waterfall in Iceland

Geyser

Geyser

Day 8 - Transfer to Keflavik Airport

Sadly, this will be your final day in Iceland. When it is time, you will hop on the Flybus back to the airport, and depart home or to your next destination. However, the bittersweetness of departing will hopefully be outweighed by the pride taken in your newly developed skills, having had the once-in-a-lifetime experience to tour and capture Iceland beneath the glow of the Midnight Sun.
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Icelandic Horses

Summer in Reykjavik

Summer in Reykjavik

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Total Price : 4300 US $ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 750$
Registration deposit:1000$
Maximum Number of Participants: 14
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the workshop starting date.

After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.
Included:
  • 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
Not Included:
  • Flight tickets
  • Lunches, Dinners from Day 2 to Day 6
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

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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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