10 Day Circle of Iceland Photo Workshop in the Summer

10 Day Circle of Iceland Photo Workshop in the Summer
In the summertime, lupines dominate the landscape especially on the South Coast.
Watch puffins in their natural habitat and try to capture a shot of one or two!
This verdant gorge is named Fjaðrárgljúfur.
The land leading up to Skógafoss waterfall is very flat, allowing you to walk right up to it.
Reynisfjara black sand beach is bursting with natural features that you can capture on your camera.
The sea stacks Reynisdrangar are said to be petrified trolls, caught in the sunlight by their greed.
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Capture the spectacular sights of Iceland beneath the Midnight Sun on this 10-day summer photography workshop. This is the perfect choice for those keen to discover the country's magnificent landscapes and features while developing your skills as a photographer and dramatically adding to your portfolio.

Few corners of Iceland will be left unexplored and uncaptured during this awe-inspiring adventure. You will visit the iconic sites of the South Coast, the Eastfjords and the North, including Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, Lake Mývatn, and the far-flung Highlands. You will also be taken to secretive corners of Iceland few know about, to take your pictures far from the crowds.

This tour is conducted by esteemed, professional photoguides, who will not only ensure your comfort and enjoyment on the trip but will work tirelessly to help you make the most out of every image. All of your transfers and accommodation will be sorted prior to your arrival, allowing you to relax and focus entirely on your pictures.

Do not let yourself miss out on this photo workshop in Iceland’s summer, where your opportunities for incredible compositions will be endless beneath the Midnight Sun. Whether you are an amateur, aspiring or professional photographer, this tour will provide you with nothing but rewards. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Vík, Skaftafell , Vestrahorn, Mývatn, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss, Námaskarð, Hverarönd, Dimmuborgir
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

We will email you the location of your hotel when booking is finished.
Included:
  • Professional Photo Guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.

  • All Breakfasts; Group dinner on Day 1 and Day 9

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • All lunches; Dinners from Day 2 to 8

  • Flight tickets


What to bring:
  • After you sign up, we'll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list


Why book with us?

- 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 safely transport you to amazing locations.

- 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.



Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival


The glorious colours of Midnight Sun in Iceland, here, captured in Reykjavík.


Your first day will be relaxed to help ease you from your journey and prepare you for your travels ahead. You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport where you will take an airport transfer to your hotel in the capital of Reykjavík.

Once there, you can unwind until the evening (or else check out the culture of the city), before meeting your group and guides for a delicious meal.

Over dinner, you will get to know each other a little, as well as learn more about the itinerary of the photo workshop. Once you are full, satisfied, and eager for the journey ahead, you will retire for the night.


Day 2 - South Coast Waterfalls


There is a large cavern behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall allowing visitors to walk the whole way around it.


On day two, your adventure begins as you depart Reykjavík for Iceland's South Coast, a stretch of land rich in natural beauty and iconic sights that Iceland for which is so well known.

Your first subjects will be two beautiful waterfalls. First up is Seljalandsfoss, a narrow cascade that tumbles from a height of over 60-metres. What is particularly unique about this feature is that it falls off of a concave cliff, meaning it is possible to walk behind it for some breathtaking perspectives.

Its neighbour, Skógafoss, is less unusual, but equally as mesmerising; it falls from the same height as Seljalandsfoss and is much wider, measuring up to 20-metres across after heavy rainfall. If the sun is shining, it is common to see many rainbows arching from the clouds of thick spray, which rises from where the waterfall thunders against the earth. A staircase beside the falls will let you approach it from a unique angle.

Thereafter, you will head to the black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Reynisfjara was once voted one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world and it is an eerie and spectacular place. The endless stretches of black sands 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, said to be ancient trolls petrified by the rising sun.They make for excellent subjects; just remember to keep a good distance from the water’s edge, as the sneaker waves here are dangerous even in still weather.

Considering that this is a summer photography workshop in Iceland, you will no doubt be hoping for a moment where you can shoot puffins, and at Dyrhólaey, you will find plenty. 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, making for the perfect subjects for any aspiring wildlife photographer.

You will also have an opportunity to photograph Vík, a beautiful, quiet village surrounded by nature, including seemingly endless stretches of purple lupine fields. With your memory card no doubt much fuller than it was in the morning, you will retire in comfortable accommodation here at the end of the day.


Day 3 - Vatnajokull National Park


Black sands meet the powerful Atlantic ocean on Iceland's South Coast.


Today, you will head to two of the most spectacular sites in all of Iceland, located right beside each other on the eastern side of the South Coast, both within the Vatnajökull National Park: the Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jökulsárón glacier lagoon.

Skaftafell has often been referred to as 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 a considerable amount of the day here, before continuing onto Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon to photograph the massive icebergs that fill the great lake under the midnight sun.

The opportunities to capture great images here are endless; each berg is different, each ray of light will change the composition of your pictures, and the ice is ever on the move. It is not just landscape photographers who will find this site a delight; wildlife photographers will, more than likely, have plenty of chances to capture the lagoon’s resident seals.

You will also head to the Diamond Beach, a stretch of black-sand coastline adjacent to Jökulsárlón where the bergs wash ashore after finally reaching the ocean. The contrasts between the blue ice, white surf, dark sands and vivid summer sky will make for some excellent additions to your portfolio.

You will retire to your accommodation in the surrounding area.


Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park


The Diamond Beach is a haven for landscape photographers.


Day four will be your final day in Iceland’s south-east, and you will use it to return to any sites your group wants to photograph better. No doubt this will still include Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach, as the opportunities here are so numerous and unique.

Your photo guides, however, will also 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 capture unbelievable panoramas of South Iceland and of the largest glacier in all of Europe.


Day 5 - Vestrahorn Mountain & Eastfjords


Mount Vestrahorn rises up over the Stokksnes peninsula, here you can see it reflected in the shiny black sands.


On your fifth day, you will leave the south-east of Iceland, and head North. This journey will take you through the little-travelled, breathtaking Eastfjords, where you will stop for many photo opportunities to capture its beautiful seascapes, its peaceful villages, and its abundant wildlife. After all, seabirds, seals and even reindeer can all be found in this region.

Early in your journey, you'll visit the mighty peaks of Mount Vestrahorn as you make your way to the east. Jagged, barren and grey, it is one of the few gabbro mountains in Iceland and stands out dramatically because of it. It can be pictured against the surrounding black sands, over dunes, or with epic seascapes, so you will spend a chunk of your day travelling around the Stokksnes Peninsula, finding the perfect spot to capture it from.

Thereafter, you will head into the magical Eastfjords, where you will have some time to explore the splendid coastlines, black beaches and stunning mountains before retiring for the night.


Day 6 - Mývatn Region


The chunks of ice at Iceland's Diamon Beach are guaranteed to impress whatever the time of day.


On your sixth day, you will leave the south-east of Iceland, and head North. This journey will take you further into the little-travelled, breathtaking Eastfjords, where you will stop for many photo opportunities to capture its beautiful seascapes, its peaceful villages, and its abundant wildlife. After all, seabirds, seals and even reindeer can all be found in this region.

The drive will be rather long, but the surrounding scenery will be ever-changing and impressive, and your destination, Lake Mývatn, is well worth the hours on the road.

The Mývatn region has a wealth of incredible sites for you to photograph beneath the Midnight Sun; there are geothermal areas, geological wonders, notorious volcanoes and beautiful stretches of water, to name a few, but worry not that you won’t be able to get through them all this evening; you will have all day here tomorrow as well.


Day 7 - Mývatn Region


The unbelievable Mývatn region can be found in North Iceland.


Day seven will be spent better exploring all of the wonders that the Mývatn region has to offer.

The lake itself is both serene and unusual; basalt pillars rise tall from its waters, and you never need to look far before you discover a new geological subject to shoot, making for some unique landscape photographs. Wildlife photographers will also find themselves catered for, as dozens of bird species frequent the lake in summer.

Pseudo-craters and lava fields dot the landscape, as do impressive structures of lava, none greater than those at the Dimmuborgir fortress. This dramatic site was used in the HBO Series Game of Thrones, and it has quite the same appeal to photographers as cinematographers. 

Not far from the lake, you will find the steaming geothermal areas of the Námaskarð Pass. Here you will have the chance to capture churning mud pools, seething fumaroles and colourful contrasts in the earth. There are also many incredible waterfalls in the surrounding area, such as the historic Goðafoss and the tumultuous Dettifoss, the most powerful falls in all of Europe.

Today will be packed with shoots beneath the midnight sun, and no doubt by this time in the workshop, you will be noticing a marked development in the quality of your photographs.


Day 8 - Mývatn Region


The mighty Dettifoss waterfall is often considered the most powerful in the whole of Europe.


On day eight, you'll have the opportunity to return to any sites that you may want to capture beneath different light, such as Goðafoss waterfall or Dettifoss.

Your photo guides will also use this day to take you to some lesser-known locations in the region, as you capture the beauty of Mývatn beneath the Midnight Sun. This is also a great place to practice aerial photography, so if you have a drone, be sure to bring it along to capture extraordinary craters from above!


Day 9 - To Reykjavik


The most remote region in the whole of Iceland is arguably, the Highlands.


This will be your final full day of shooting on this Midnight Sun photography workshop in Iceland. You will leave Mývatn after an early shoot and slowly make your way back to your hotel Reykjavík, no doubt exhausted but invigorated by the events of the last week. Although the drive will take approximately six hours, there will be many stops along the way to stretch your legs and to capture the surrounding scenery.


Day 10 - Departure


Even in the urban capital of Reykjavík there are still plenty of photo opportunities.


Sadly, this will be your final day in Iceland. If you have time in the morning, you could use it to utilise your new skills with some urban landscape photography; Reykjavík has a fascinating culture, a long history, and unique architecture, so you will find many last subjects to fill whatever is left on your memory cards.

When it is time, you will take an airport transfer back to the airport, and depart home or onto your next destination, having had a once in the lifetime experience touring and capturing Iceland beneath the Midnight Sun.


Disclaimer

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 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.


Cancellation and Refund Policy

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.


Dates and Guides

5-14 Jun 2020 - Guided by Raymond Hoffmann
12-21 Jun 2020 - Guided by Iurie Belegurschi
3-12 Jul 2020-Guided by Siggi the Viking
17-26 Jul 2020 - Guided by Iurie Belegurschi
7-16 Aug 2020 - Guided by Iurie Belegurschi


Photo Guides

Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is an award-winning fine art nature and landscape photographer, as well as the founder of Iceland Photo Tours. Born in Moldova, Iurie developed an interest in photography from an early age after his uncle converted the...

Siggi the Viking

Siggi was born in Iceland and has spent most of his photography career in this paradise.During his time as a photographer, he early on found that his passion lies with photographing the beautiful landscapes and nightscapes of Iceland....


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I just finished a wonderful one of your tours, Our guide is full of energy, is very positive and takes care of everyone’s needs. He is the best trip leader I’ve had, and I have been on four photo tours ( with other companies) besides the Midnight Sun I just did with him. He was efficient, used the time well, is a good driver, and inspires confidence. Most important for me is that I learned so much about photography from him. He was a generous teacher and gave freely of his information.
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We had a a fantastic ten-day workshop on Island! The landscapes were an unexpected treasure. Thank you so much for your fabulousguidance and assistance! You made our workshop so easy and smooth, we had a full service all the time. And I have learned a lot about taking excellent pictures! I loved my time here, can’t wait to come again in winter!
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What an amazing 10 days in Iceland. To summarize the experience in a few words will not do it justice. Both our guides gave me an experience that will stay with me forever. Both of them combined talent and knowledge about landscape photography and finding wonderful places to shoot. The local arrangements were good and the organization well done. We had plenty of time to set up, to experience and to share. This hand-on experience was good for al level of photographers. We visited some far remote places and some fun places. Shooting pieces of washed away chuck of ice from the glacier was one of the most fun highlight of the trip. Thank you to both of you for sharing your expertise and for making this a safe and fun photo tour. The group was made up of wonderful people, by the end of the trip, our group was really tight. Thank you Guys for this amazing trip. Looking forward at shooting the Northern lights in winter.
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Great photography workshop and tour of Iceland. Our guides n did all that they could control to help us get get great images of many waterfalls, Ice on Ice Beach, ice on the lagoon as well as sea stacks. They chased the magic hours of light for the iconic images and more. They took care of 99% of the details, i.e. large bus with 2.5 seats per photographer, a well rounded variety of snacks on the bus, topped off by good accommodations and meals. I would recommend this workshop to seasoned (advanced and intermediate photographers), but not beginners. Get in good physical condition and know your camera equipment, before taking any workshop. There were four of us from the Wilmington, NC cape fear camera club and we are now talking about other workshops with these guys.
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I would like express my deep appreciation and gratitude to Iceland Photo Tours for making my first photo workshop a memorable one. The various useful tips, dos and don’t in the world of landscape photography, especially for the beginner like me makes the entire experience worthwhile enough to consider participating in the workshop conducted by Iceland Photo Tours again in the future. The flexibility in the workshop schedules and the practical hands- on approach have allow the participants to get the best of photography experience (even in the famous unpredictable Icelandic weather).
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Dear Iceland Photo Tours, I would like to thank you for the wonderful and fruitful photography trip to Iceland last week. The places that you took us to were amazingly beautiful! I still consider myself to be quite a novice in photography but i’m seeing myself bringing home a set of beautiful photographs! You have been such a wonderful guide and instructor. I truly appreciate your guidance, helpfulness and all your valuable advices given to us to make us capture better pictures! Everything was well organised, accommodation was good and food was excellent. Also thanks to the bus driver who has been keeping us safe throughout the journey..! I am truly impressed with the trip, it was stress free, i had a really good time, you have led us to see the most amazing sights and beautiful Iceland, thank you!
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I can’t thank our guides enough for leading such a wonderful photo workshop in Iceland! Everything from arrival on day 1 to our departure was perfectly planned and went so smoothly! The accommodations were great and the food was delicious. I actually miss the arctic char and all that delicious bread! It was such a rare opportunity to be able to travel with such accomplished photographers who truly cared that everyone got “the shot” at each location we went to. Our guides both provided me great tips and instruction that were really helpful, both in the lectures and in the field. Our guides knew all the right places to go at exactly the right times, which was invaluable. Our trip was entirely stress free and having everything planned out allowed us to just have a wonderful time together and take amazing photographs! Iceland is breathtakingly beautiful and I will cherish all the memories I made on this trip with you guys. I hope to book another photo workshop with Iceland Photo Tours again soon!
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After researching a photo trip to Iceland for about a year I came across Iceland Photo Tours. All communications and transactions with them were timely and most professional. As most people would a little apprehensive traveling to another country and not knowing what to expect, I have to say I don’t believe I could have been in better hands. I thought the price was very reasonable considering they saw to every detail from transportation to food and lodging from beginning to end. Not to mention the incredible photo locations! A one word summation “Quality”.
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We have been on many photo tours through the years and thought we had seen to best. Wrong! Iceland Photo Tours set up a tour which far exceeded any expectations we might have had. Everything was meticulously planned…lodging, food, transportation, and locations were all first rate. The bus was even large enough for us all to have 2 seats each! The level of attention that our guides provided was outstanding. All in all this was a very memorable trip, and we certainly would recommend Iceland Photo Tours for any Icelandic photo trip you may be contemplating.
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