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6 Day Photo Workshop Camping in the Icelandic Highlands

6 Day Photo Workshop Camping in the Icelandic Highlands
Iceland is a land of staggering valleys and tumbling waterfalls.
Maelifell, a volcano in South Iceland.
Háifoss is the second tallest waterfall in Iceland.
The Icelandic Highlands is only available to visit during the summer, with limited exceptions.
The Icelandic Highlands, as seen from an aerial perspective.
The Highlands of Iceland are known for their captivating and unforgettable landscapes.
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Join this six-day camping and photography adventure in the Icelandic Highlands, which will see you following the Midnight Sun and hunting for the best photographic opportunities that Iceland has to offer.

Rather than sticking to a set itinerary, we will work with the available conditions to ensure that you will be in the right place at the right time to capture stunning photos within the moment. Due to the fact it will never get dark, your shooting opportunities will be endless.

The entire tour will be conducted under the helpful eye of our experienced photo guides, who are experts at shooting in Iceland’s diverse and splendid lighting conditions. Having travelled extensively in the Icelandic Highlands, they will be on hand to ensure your safety and to help you develop your skills throughout the workshop.

The Highlands are mostly rugged and uninhabitable, covering a large part of the interior of Iceland. The area that we will explore was carved over a long period of time by volcanic activity and can largely be crossed only during the Icelandic summer.

It is a raw and powerful place, where deserts of black sand, steaming hot springs and barren glacial moraine are interspersed with lush fields of vegetation. The Highlands truly are a paradise.

With such an abundance of photographic opportunities, the Highlands of Iceland provide avid photographers—both aspiring amateurs and established professionals—with countless subjects upon which to improve their landscape photography skills.

Make sure you do not miss this excellent opportunity to explore the Highlands on this unique camping photo workshop, which will take you off the beaten path and into the very heart of Iceland itself. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jul. - Dec.
  • Duration: 6 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop, Camping
  • Difficulty: Moderate
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Fjaðrárgljúfur, Hveravellir, Kerlingafjöll, Landmannalaugar, Háifoss, Sigöldugljúfur / Valley of tears
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.


Included:
  • Professional photo guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Expedition strength tent, sleeping pad and Sleeping bag. One pers. per tent.

  • All camping fees

  • Food and drinks.

  • Alcoholic beverages

  • 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 - 6: A Highlands Camping Photo Adventure


Þórsmörk is one of the most beautiful and popular valleys in the Icelandic highlands.


On the first day, you will set off into the wild and wonderful Icelandic Highlands, hungry for the stunning secrets and attractions that rest within its borders.

Please note that you will get through as many of the following sites as possible over the course of the six days, though the itinerary may mix days and attractions depending on weather conditions. Your photography guide will work with the available conditions to ensure that you will be in the right place at all the right times to capture stunning photos within the moment. Due to the fact it will never get dark, your shooting opportunities will be endless.

One possible location is Þórsmörk Nature Reserve, surrounded by mountains and glaciers. Stepping into this lush and ethereal habitat, you'll be in shock at the beauty and vast expanse that surrounds you. The landscapes in this forested valley are so grand and beautiful that they seem otherworldly. But then, is this surprising for a valley named after the Norse God of Thunder, Thor? 

Landmannalaugar is another region which you may visit for plenty of shooting opportunities. If you happen to visit the area, then you will be immersed in a dazzling landscape that defies imagination. The hillsides of Landmannalaugar are comprised of rhyolite, a mineral which shimmies in colour as the light moves across it, creating a stunning kaleidoscopic effect. It is beloved for its bubbling geothermal pools, steaming rivers, and brightly coloured rhyolite mountains, and is a paradise for hikers and photographers alike.

Another possible location for photography is the bubbling region of Hveravellir, best known for its steaming hot springs, cracked earth and immense geothermal power. Located between the mighty glaciers of Hofsjökull and Langjökull, deep in Iceland’s interior, photographers at Hveravellir will capture a martian-like landscape typical of the Icelandic wilderness. Steaming cinders caught alongside bright-coloured hills, dyed by the elements rising from the centre of the earth, makes for a fascinating composition! 

Nearby is the geothermal region of Kerlingarfjöll, the third largest site of its kind in the country. Kerlingarfjöll is a mountain range, standing at 1,477 m tall, meaning you will have epic scenery to complement your shots of Iceland's geothermal activity. Surrounded by dramatic, colourful, rhyolite mountains, the mountain range boasts incredible views of the barren, desert-like regions of the Highlands. Half-disguised by thick pillars of steam, it is a must-see for visitors looking to experience the very best of Iceland's landscapes. 

While Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjöll are deep within the Iceland's interior, it is possible that you will also explore verdant areas on its cusp. Þakgil is one such location, a beautiful and dramatic valley of shimmering green vistas and trickling waterfalls. Found between Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the dark outwash plain, Mýrdalssandur, this area boasts some of the most incredible and vivid scenery in the country.

Finally, if conditions allow, your photo guide may take you to South Fjallabak, an area of dark forests, moss-layered valley, trickling waterfalls and rumbling hot springs. Guests to the area will also have the opportunity to experience rarer sides of Iceland's nature, including volcanoes, glaciers and iceberg-filled lagoons. In other words, South Fjallabak is everything one could desire as a landscape photographer, one of those rare regions that collates the best of this planet's natural wonders.

By the end of your tour, you will have added an enormous number of new pictures to your portfolio—captured memories that are sure to last a lifetime. 


Dates and Guides

4-9 July 2020 – Guided by Brynjar Agustsson + second guide
12-17 July 2020 – Guided by Brynjar Agustsson + second guide
20-25 July 2020 – Guided by Brynjar Agustsson + second guide


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.


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The photography workshop in Iceland was simply epic! For sure one of the best experiences of my life.
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Dear Iceland Photo Tours, You are world-class photographers who put a marathon effort into chasing the best light and Icelandic landscapes. Your technical help added immeasurably to my own photographic skills. Looking forward to another tour with you in the future.
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Both guides were excellent mentors, Both more than willing to answer any questions, no matter how simple the answers were, they both made everybody feel relaxed and at easy.An excellent tour nonetheless. Their depth of knowledge is amazing and helped me produce some of the best photos I have ever taken, I would highly recommend this trip to anybody, Iceland is a stunning scenic wonderland.
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I feel that this was a very experienced group! I was really in awe of what shots were being shared on the trip! It was a great balance of fun people who were well traveled based on their love for landscape photography. I also felt I could gain a lot not having the same level of experience which I truly did. Thanks for the life experience, I have had a great response to my images so far from this trip! I will look for the dropbox link cause I need to learn more about post processing too!
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I just came back from my first photo trip. I always wanted to be part of a photo-workshop, but I was not really sure on who to book the workshop with. After I discovered Iceland Photo Tours, I booked a trip, because I REALLY liked the style of their pictures. The trip was VERY WELL ORGANIZED by both guides of this tour. They provided an incredible and useful input on all aspects of photography (e.g. composition, filter-knowledge, camera-settings, post-processing, etc.). I also learned a lot from the other participants about photography, during this trip and beside of that, we JUST had a REALLY GOOD time together.It was an amazing experience.Thanks to everybody!
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I have been in many tours but this particular tour was really made for photographers. With ample time to photograph the scenes and also the proper timing in shooting these wonderful landscapes will make the experience worth it. The guides are very knowledgeable and assist us in shooting the location at the best possible conditions. Transportation and lodging is also pleasant and decent.
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