3 Day Summer Photo Workshop on the South Coast of Iceland

3 Day Summer Photo Workshop on the South Coast of Iceland
Stunning canyons and luscious flora can be found all over Iceland in the summer.
South Coast's Dyrhólaey peninsula under the Midnight Sun.
The thunderous Skógafoss waterfall can be found in Iceland's South Coast.
The midnight sun shining above a traditional Icelandic turf house.
Blue lupine flowers in the village of Vík on Iceland's South Coast.
Puffins flying near Reynisfjara black sand beach.
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Explore the South Coast of Iceland in depth on this 3-day photography tour. You'll have the chance to photograph some of Iceland's most beautiful sights, including glittering waterfalls, mighty glaciers and stretches of black sand beaches, while the midnight sun shines above. 

Conducted by award-winning, professional photoguides, this tour promises to improve your photography skills and build your portfolio whether you are an experienced or a novice shutterbug. 

The South Coast is one of Iceland’s most popular regions, and for great reason. The entire stretch of road is lined with spectacular features such as the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, the glacier Mýrdalsjökull, and Reynisfjara black sand beach. With three days of constant shooting, you will be able to take home images of them all.

Your accommodation in the village of Vík will be organised before you arrive, and you need not worry about driving; your guides will take full control. All you have to do is to capture the best pictures possible and make the most of this marvellous opportunity. With the midnight sun overhead, you will have plenty of time to do both.

Photograph Iceland’s spectacular South Coast and return home with a portfolio of memories by booking this tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Jul.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vík, Katla, Mýrdalsjökull, Eyjafjallajökull
Pickup information:
    • Professional photo guide

    • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

    • 2 nights of accommodations in Vik, rooms with private bathrooms

    • Breakfasts

    • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

    • Lunches and dinners

    • Accommodations 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 - Leaving Reykjavik

    The gorgeous Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast in the summer.

    On your first day, you will meet your guides and group early, hop into a minibus, and start your journey along the scenic South Coast. Your first subjects for the day will be the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

    Seljalandsfoss is very picturesque, falling in a thin cascade from over sixty metres. In the summer, you can enter a cave behind the falling springwater to fully encircle the waterfall. It is the perfect spot for photographers seeking a unique perspective.

    Skógafoss is as tall as Seljalandsfoss but is much wider and more powerful. Photographers seeking to play with the effects of light will enjoy the rainbows that spring from the cloud of mist as this waterfall comes crashing to the earth. Many birds nest around the feature, meaning wildlife photographers can incorporate them in their pictures as well.

    However, wildlife photographers will surely find the next destination a dream come true. Dyrhólaey rock arch is very impressive in itself, but in summer, it becomes packed with puffins. These adorable little creatures are not afraid of people, meaning you can get close to them for some stunning shots.

    Your final destination today is the black sand beach Reynisfjara, one of the most iconic destinations in Iceland. From the shore, you can shoot the haunting sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, which, according to folklore, are all that remain of two trolls that were frozen by the sun.

    You will retire for the evening in the nearby village of Vík.

    Day 2 - South Coast In Depth

    South Coast's Þakgil canyon in the summer.

    You will start day two by returning to Reynisfjara to shoot it in different lighting conditions. Your photo guide will be on hand to ensure you will be able to make the most of the light changes. After capturing the beach in all its majesty, you will head on to your next destination, the little-visited hiking region of Þakgil.

    Þakgil is a stunning canyon that blends dramatic geology and verdant flora. Hidden waterfalls and crystal clear streams define the region as much as its surroundings. It is located right between the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the notorious Katla volcano, and the seemingly endless black sand desert, Mýrdalssandur.

    Your professional guide will show you the many beautiful features you can take unique images of, including a little cave. There is enough to see at Þakgil for you to stay all day, hiking the incredible landscape and capturing the many sites as the Midnight Sun circles overhead.

    When you have a full memory card, you will return to Vík where you can spend some more time photographing the picturesque settlement and adjacent beach during the sunset.

    Day 3 - Dyrholaey & Glaciers

    Adorable puffins on the South Coast.

    On day three, you will return to Reykjavík but not before visiting a few more sites. You will start the day by returning to Dyrhólaey to capture the puffins and seascapes here once more.

    On your way back, you can photograph the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, as well as the glacier tongue of Sólheimajökull. There, the contrasts between the white snow, blue ice and black ash from past volcanic eruptions make for some incredible compositions.

    If the weather conditions are different than on your first day on the road, you will stop again at the waterfalls Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss to capture them under a new light. 

    Once back in Reykjavík, you will no doubt be in awe by your new skills and can set off, camera in hand, to utilise them in building your portfolio further.

    Dates and Guides

    2-4 Jun 2019 - Guided by Kaspars Dzenis
    22-24 Jun 2019 - Guided by Kaspars Dzenis
    20-22 Jul 2019 - Guided by Kaspars Dzenis
    27-29 Jul 2019 - Guided by Kaspars Dzenis


    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.

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    Well organised, friendly accommodation and lots of excellent tutoring at some superb locations. Highly recommended! We shall return next year in Iceland! See you again soon!
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