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3 Day Photo Workshop in the Icelandic Highlands

3 Day Photo Workshop in the Icelandic Highlands
The Highlands of Iceland are considered to be paradise for photographers and hikers alike.
The Highlands region of Landmannalaugar is famous for its geothermal hot springs, rhyolite mountains and countless hiking trails.
Mystical peaks and glistening glaciers cover the Highlands of Iceland, only adding to the natural beauty of this enigmatic region.
Marvel at the serene and still landscapes around the Landmannaluagur region, famous for its geothermal hot spring and rhyolite mountains.
It's difficult not to become enamoured with the wealth of colours and natural features that characterise the Highlands of Iceland.
The beautiful waterfall Háifoss falls from great heights and, here, it can be seen cascading under a dark and moody sky.
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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.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Landmannalaugar, Háifoss, Ljótipollur, Bláhylur, Sigöldugljúfur / Valley of tears, Frostastaðavatn
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. Flexible,

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

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Hotel near Vatnajokull National Park, rooms with private bathrooms.

  • Breakfasts

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Hotel in Reykjavik

  • 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 - Into the Wild Icelandic Nature


The beautiful Bláhylur crater captured from above so you can marvel at its brilliant and beautiful blue waters in full.


This three-day photo tour starts early when you are collected from your pick-up point 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


The Highlands are home to many of Iceland's most dramatic waterfalls and canyons.


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


The stunning contrasts of colours across the Highlands will leave you spell-bound.


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.


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

25-27 Jul 2020
3-5 Aug 2020
14-16 Aug 2020
18-20 Aug 2020


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Iceland’s majestic landscapes left us all in awe of nature’s beauty. As expected we came home with unbelievable photos, but more than that I am grateful to have shared the experience with lifelong friends. Truly, Iceland is a place one should visit at least once in a lifetime! Thank you to Iceland Photo Tours!
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As semi-retired travel and nature photographers who led national and international workshops for thirty years, we are very selective in who we now recommend. Both Pat & I feel we can recommend Iceland Photo Workshops. They do a terrific job:even with many years of experience we learned a lot and had a great time. We’ll travel with them again.
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Thank you Iceland Photo Tours for guiding the best photo tour in Iceland. The photos we took and the memories we shared during the trip are irreplaceable, with that being said and done, these were only the photos we have. The best part was gaining a good friend and a great photographer up in Iceland! Hope to see you again soon in our future trips! Thanks!
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Thank you Iceland Photo Tours for showing me Iceland twice ! It was a privilege to be able to tour with the best Iceland photographers around today and with time I realize that most of the photos I display in my gallery I took them while shooting Iceland with you ! I also want to thank you for giving us unique access to fly over and photograph the Holuhraun volcano while it was erupting ! I plan to go back to Iceland many more times and hope to be able to go on tour with you again !
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I joined the workshop with 3 friends. This is the best Iceland photo workshop I’ve ever had. Everything is so well organized. Everybody had at least 2 seats while I had 7 :). We all enjoyed the workshop very much and were very happy with what we learnt from the field and from the class. Both our guides were super in leading and organising the workshop.
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