8 Day Summer Photography Workshop in Iceland

8 Day Summer Photography Workshop in Iceland
Reynisfjara is considered the most famous black sand beach in Iceland.
Lupins cover much of the countryside during Iceland's summer.
Atlantic Puffins take flight over Iceland's South Coast.
You will witness incredible views of Iceland's South Coast throughout the journey.
Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon is approximately 100 metres deep.
Guests to Skógafoss can walk right up to the cascading water.
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Secure your place on this Midnight Sun & South Coast Photo Workshop, one of our most popular tours which will expose you and your camera to the very best sights that Iceland has to offer during the bright summer months!

Get ready to chase the glorious glow of the long golden hours created by the Midnight Sun, when sunset melts seamlessly into the sunrise. We will photograph Iceland during the midnight hour and into the early mornings when we are guaranteed to have the best light and the chance to avoid the crowds! 

We will explore the spectacular waterfalls of Iceland’s magnificent south coast, much of which is covered by purple lupine fields. You will tiptoe around cute puffins when they return to the cliffs of Dyrhólaey to nest and capture the magical glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón. No doubt, this summer photography tour has it all! 

Across eight memorable days, we will take in the magical landscapes and unusual lighting conditions that have made Iceland one of the world’s premier photography destinations. Led by award-winning professional photography guides, this is one of the most excellent opportunities for landscape photographers looking to bulk up their portfolio. 

Grab your gear; an Arctic summer paradise awaits! So join this brilliant photography workshop, and you too can capture the beauty of Iceland's South Coast, all under the Summer's Midnight Sun. Check availability by choosing a date.   

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 8 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Breiðamerkurjökull, Vík, Skaftafell , Vestrahorn, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir, Katla
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

We will email you the location of your hotel when booking is finished.
  • 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 7

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • All Lunches; Dinners from Day 2 to Day 6

  • 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 in Iceland

The Sun Voyager is one of the most famous sculptures in Iceland's capital.

Day one begins with your arrival at Keflavík International Airport. You will take a bus or taxi to transfer 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.

Day 2 - Waterfalls & Beaches on Iceland's South Coast

Reynisfjara is a stunning black sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland.

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 which are great for—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 small cavern. 

If the path is clear, you will be able to walk behind it and photograph the feature from a unique angle, framing the lush green surrounds with the falling water.

Meanwhile, Skógafoss will thrill you with its powerful cascades, thundering to the earth and emitting enormous 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 stunning and the power of the Atlantic ocean is incredible dramatic. Particularly of note are the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, which rise tall from the surface of the sea. 

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

Day 3 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon 

Golden Hour, the perfect photography time at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

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: 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.

Day 4 - Jokusarlon Glacier Lagoon II

Ice bergs wash ashore at Diamond Beach on Iceland's South Coast.

Your sunrise shoot on day four will be conducted back at Jökulsárlón, where the lighting conditions 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.

Day 5 - Diamond Beach & Vestrahorn Mountain 

Vestrahorn mountain, as seen in East Iceland.

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 the mountain 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 captivating.

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

Day 6 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve

Dyrhólaey is a promontory in South Iceland, offering incredible views of the surrounding area.

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 are found within Skaftafell's 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.

Day 7 - The Golden Circle & Return to Reykjavik 

Strokkur explodes at Haukadalur geothermal valley.

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 coloured 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 recognisable 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.

You will then return to Reykjavík for your final night.

Day 8 - Transfer to Keflavik Airport

We hope you've enjoyed your 8-day photo workshop this summer!

Sadly, this will be your final day in Iceland. When it is time, you will make your way back to the airport and depart home or to your next destination.

Until next time, revel in the photographs you have taken during your trip! We hope you enjoyed your time in Iceland. 


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

12-19 Jun 2020-Guided by Siggi the Viking
26 Jun - 3 Jul 2020-Guided by Siggi the Viking
24-31 Jul 2020-Guided by Siggi the Viking
7-14 Aug 2020

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Making the decision to participate in the photography workshop in Iceland was an EXCELLENT idea. I can not explain how much I enjoyed it, and apart from all the excellent service I received from the organizers. Very grateful to our guides for all their attention. They were all very professional and of great help to improve in the field of photography. The place itself is a paradise, but it was much better with the company of a good team and colleagues. Super recommended, so do not think about it too much and book the next one.
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Iceland Photo Tours has it all. Our guide was experienced. He knows “that” unique timing and point of view on every location. knows hidden locations. He has a solid knowledge about the art of photography, Brings crystal clear technical explanations and keeps at every moment an active sense of humour. The vehicle is perfect and allowed us to reach all the difficult places. After 8 days travelling with our guide and my wife at the south and east coast of Iceland, we enjoyed the country, learned tips and skills to improve as photographers, had the chance to get in touch with the Icelandic sensitivity and way of living and specially, we laughed a lot. Absolutely recommended !!!
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I have never been on a “photo tour” before. We travel a lot and I have to say it was one of the best experiences ever. Most importantly in my mind is that I thought it was well planned out – getting to the locations at the right times and I also liked that we got to go to some of the iconic locations that we see in photos (late at night when no one was there), as well as a few that we don’t normally see. I felt the amount of time that we had in most locations was great. It was nice that we could as a group be somewhat flexible to stay one place a bit longer and/or go to other places when the lighting wasn’t as good. I appreciated that you corralled people up when they weren’t on the bus on time… but always being super nice about it. I liked that we could get to a hotel location and some people could rest, but I usually had several hours to explore the town/area on my own. The accommodations and food were all good, if not excellent. Another thing that I thought was really great was having a bus twice as big as the number of people so we had room to put all of our stuff. Our guides were always there to answer questions and when we got to special places our guide was more than helpful in telling us how to get the best shots (especially on the ice beach – I would have taken much longer exposures and wouldn’t have gotten the cool foam lines). I really enjoyed the night a few of us went to the church with the lupines, because our guide looked at the shots we were composing and then showed us how to do it better with just a little repositioning. That was so insightful to me; I learn best by seeing things. I’ve always known to include stuff in the foreground, but generally never get it right. Seeing what he did is something that will certainly stay with me and hopefully affect my future images in a positive way. Along the lines of seeing things, I think it might be fun and helpful on future trips if you asked everyone on the first day to plan to share 1 or 2 photos each night (maybe before or after dinner) that they took that day or the previous day. It would be fun to see other people’s perspectives along the way and that might inspire us to try new techniques or look at things differently.
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Our most recent trip was to Iceland, the mysterious Land of Fire and Sun. We were most fortunate to have Iceland Photo Tours to mentor and guide us during the photo tour. We hate taking tours but when you venture into new weather conditions and new place with limited time, I guess it is best to get help from the experts with good local knowledge. Hence we did some research and have no regrets to go on such an adventure with this photo tour. It was an awesome winter photography workshop in a out-of-this-world kind of place. Our group consisted of 13 people from all over the world and we had two guides and a driver. Logistics were smooth, food and accommodation good, company and morale great and most importantly we were at the right place at the right lighting conditions. Both our guides were keen to impart their knowledge and very helpful with tips and guidance on equipment, alternative point of views in the extreme weather conditions. For those of you out there still thinking about making such a trip to Iceland, just do it and I strongly recommend to do it with Iceland Photo Tours.
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Fantastic photo tour! This was not my first participation in a photo tour, but this tour is certainly in the top 3! Tips and tricks, in the field instructions & workshops on landscape photography & post processing! All accommodation is TOP, the group was amazing and the food…yup very good…and one hell of a bus driver…:):):) Iceland is THE landscape photography country and I definitely go back.
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The 8 day photography workshop was wonderful and provided the unique opportunity to see a wide variety of Icelandic landscapes. The sites chosen were excellent and the photographic advice and assistance was very helpful and much appreciated. The accommodations were first class, as was the food and the motorcoach. I especially enjoyed having Siggi as our driver – he provided a lot of background and history for many of the sites we visited. I would do it all over again in a minute and probably actually will sometime in the future.
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Iceland Photo Tours truly cares about helping photographers discover Iceland (and other lands), because they're so passionate about it themselves. A photographic guide with a personal involvement in the process of creating great and strong images is what every photographer should seek in a photo tour. In addition to great photos, these guides really care about making their clients happy too, because in sometimes-intensive trips, positive group dynamics is key. As a result, they have many returning clients, and that’s the ultimate mark of a good trip.
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