Iceland Travel Photography Workshop
Capture the dramatic landscapes of Iceland’s volcanoes, waterfalls, geysers, hot springs, and massive glaciers.
Capture dramatic landscapes in the land of the midnight sun!
Join us on an epic photographic adventure in our Iceland Travel Photography Workshop through one of the world’s most beautiful landscapes. A once-in-a-lifetime experience for landscape enthusiasts, immerse yourself in the beauty of Iceland while enhancing your photographic skills. Iceland in Autumn offers the richness of fall colors during the day and the spectacular Northern Lights at night.
Our goal in this workshop is to assist you in getting the best photographic images by getting you to the right locations at the right time. Our experienced local experts along with our travel photographer instructor will ensure a smooth journey and one-on-one guidance to help you achieve your bucket list of stunning images. Join the fun, the experience, and camaraderie in this Iceland Travel Photography Workshop!
Limited Space Available. We keep our group size small for your benefit.
Our goal is to take you to the right place at the right time to get your amazing shots!
ITINERARY AND GENERAL INFORMATION
Day 1: Hraunfossar Kolugljufur, Hvitseikur
- Meet and greet at Keflavík airport.
- Hraunfossar is actually a series of waterfalls formed by rivulets streaming out of a lava field
- Kolugljúfur is actually the gorges’ name and is located in front of the farm Víðidalstunga.
- The river drops into the gorge in two scenic waterfalls named Kolufossar falls.
- Hvítserkur is a 15 m high basalt stack along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes peninsula, in northwest Iceland. The rock has two holes at the base, which give it the appearance of a dragon or Dinosaur who is drinking.
- Dinner and Overnight Overnight Hotel Blanda.
Day 2-3: Akuryeri, Godafoss, Skutustadir, Hverir, Kraftla
- Located just 100 kilometers away from the Arctic Circle, Akureyri is Iceland’s Northern Capital and the fourth-most-populous town in Iceland.
- The Goðafoss waterfall is one of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 Meters. This waterfall named Waterfall of the Gods is one of the most impressive in the country
- An impressive chain of volcanic craters. The Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters are located in the Lake Mývatn area. The craters themselves are not magma-producing volcanic vents but were formed by gas explosions when boiling lava flowed over the cool, wet surfaces about 2,300 years.
- Hverir is a geothermal area At the foot of the Namafjall volcanic mountain, This geothermal area displays fumaroles, large mud pools, steam vents, and bare orangy-red landscapes.
- Krafla is a caldera, part of a greater volcanic system
- Dinner and Overnight Overnights Sel Myvatn (2-Nights)
Day 4: Dettifoss, Hengifoss or Stulagil Canyon
- Dettifoss waterfall has the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, 500 cubic meters of water per second plunges over the edge. Dettifoss is 45 m high and 100m wide.
- The third highest waterfall in Iceland, Hengifoss, is mainly eye-catching due to the striking red clay and black basalt patterns of the cliff face that make a pretty backdrop for the narrow ribbon of water cascading down.
- A favorite hidden gem is Stuðlagil, the Basalt Column Canyon, The basalt formations here are like no other – even in Iceland!
- Dinner and Overnight Lake Egilsstadir Hotel
Day 5-6: Eystrahorn, Vestrahorn, Jokulsarlon, Dimaond Beach, Fjallsarlon Ice Cave
- Some locations are so massive you can’t see the wood for the trees. Eystrahorn, the unknown twin location of Vestrahorn, is just such a location.
- Vestrahorn is a photographer’s paradise. Come here to photograph the dramatic landscape, or just sit and enjoy the vast beauty. A very beautiful unspoiled natural site.
- The shore features stunning lava dunes, that are constantly being shaped by the natural forces of water and wind. Down towards the sea, it is possible to get perfect reflections in the wet sand.
- Jökulsárlón is a glacial lagoon, bordering Vatnajökull National Park in southeastern Iceland. Its still, blue waters are dotted with icebergs from the surrounding Breiðamerkurjökull Glacier, part of larger Vatnajökull Glacier. The Glacier Lagoon flows through a short waterway into the Atlantic Ocean, leaving chunks of ice on a black sand “Diamond Beach”. In winter, the fish-filled lagoon hosts hundreds of seals.
- The ultimate ice cave experience. The crystal ice cave’s captivating shades of blue and brilliant ice formations create a magical winter wonderland unlike any other.
- Dinner and Overnight Hotel Skaftafell (2 nights)
Day 7: Svartifoss, Fjadragljufur, Eldhraun, Reynisfjara
- Svartifoss is a waterfall in Skaftafell in Vatnajökull National Park in Iceland, and is one of the most popular sights in the park. It is surrounded by dark lava columns, which gave rise to its name.
- Fjaðrárgljúfur is a magnificent and massive canyon, about 100 meters deep and about two kilometers long. The canyon has sheer walls and is somewhat serpentine and narrow.
- Featured in Game of Thrones
- The impressive Eldhraun lava field is the biggest lava flow in the world. … The Eldhraun lava field and the craters are covered with Woolly Fringe Moss and the landscape looks alien and unearthly.
- Reynisfjara is a world-famous black-sand beach found on the South Coast of Iceland, just beside the small fishing village of Vík
- Dinner and Overnight Hotel Kria, ViK
Day 8: Reynisfjara, Dyrholaey, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss
- Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful example of Iceland’s black sand beaches. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the Top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
- Dyrhólaey – The Arch with the Hole, Dyrhólaey Peninsula is a 120-metre promenade famed for its staggering views of Iceland’s South Coast, as well as its historic lighthouse and wealth of birdlife. It is home to a rock arch of the same name.
- Skógafoss is one of Iceland’s biggest and most beautiful waterfalls with an astounding width of 25 meters (82 feet) and a drop of 60 meters (197 feet). Due to the amount of spray the cascade produces, at least one rainbow is present any time the sun emerges from behind the clouds.
- Found on the South Coast of Iceland, Seljalandsfoss Waterfall is a unique experience that lets you walk behind the waterfall thanks to a secret path!
- Dinner and Overnight Litil Geysir
Day 9: Geysir, Gullfoss, Thingvellir
- Geysir, sometimes known as The Great Geysir, is a geyser in southwestern Iceland. It was the first geyser described in a printed source and the first known to modern Europeans. The English word geyser derives from Geysir.
- Gullfoss is the most popular waterfall in Iceland and one of its most iconic sights. The waterfalls drop a total of 32 meters in two stages as it flows through the rugged, at times 70 meters high, canyon. About a kilometer from Gullfoss the river turns very sharply to the right where it flows down through a dramatic, wide canyon before the vast volume of water is very powerfully forced into a narrower channel. Gullfoss plunges in two dramatic stages, the first cascade drops 11 meters and the second drops 21 meters.
- Situated between two continental plates, Thingvellir National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of Iceland’s most significant and beautiful places.
- Dinner and Overnight Skuggi Hotel
Day 10: Reykjavik
- ND Filters & Graduated ND Filters
- Leading Lines & Composition
- Exposure Compensation
- Reading Histograms
- HDR Bracketing
- Shooting SunStars / Lens flare
- Image Reviews & Critique
AFRICAN PHOTO SAFARI – WHAT TO EXPECT?
Our days will start early, before sunrise. After a quick cup of coffee or tea, we’ll be off for our first game drive of the day when the animals are just starting to stir in the best light of the day. We’ll stay out for several hours depending on the sightings. After a mid-drive coffee break, we’ll continue on until mid-to-late morning. We’ll typically have breakfast in the field to maximize our game-viewing and photographing time. We’ll explore different approaches to scene visualization, ground/sky/sea compositions, and how to manage complex highlight and shadow scenes using techniques such as dynamic bracketing, focus stacking, framing, and neutral density filters.
Back in camp, we’ll have time for off-loading memory cards, one-on-one instruction, or time to relax. We’ll spend time developing your post-production workflow – learning when Lightroom is enough and when you need to move your work into Photoshop – using techniques such as luminosity masks to create and solve contrast, color, and blending issues. Then, in the mid-to-late afternoon, we’ll head out again for another game drive, chasing the best sightings. After a full day of shooting, it will be time to enjoy a hot shower, share drinks with the group by a campfire, and have dinner.
We’ll have the same private guides, drivers, and vehicles throughout our entire safari. Each photographer will have their own “row” in the vehicle (a center aisle in between the two bucket seats by each window) so you’ll have plenty of personal space to stow your gear and shoot the action from any angle – both while seated inside the vehicle and when standing through the sky roof.
Our accommodations have been selected for comfort, knowledgeable and friendly staff, great food, and convenience to our locations for photographing animals in the African wild. We’ve also placed a major premium on exclusivity. You won’t find this workshop in areas where there are dozens of other vehicles at a sighting – you’ll feel like you own the reserves and that the animals are there just for you! Typical accommodations feature twin beds or queen bed, high thread-count linens, storage for clothing, sitting area, verandah, and en-suite bathrooms with toilets, hot water, and showers. Food in the camps is superb – you’ll enjoy both foods you are familiar with as well as local specialties. Special dietary needs can be accommodated.
TUITION & PAYMENT TERMS
What’s Included in Your Tuition:
- Double occupancy lodging (single available, just ask)
- All meals during the workshop including a formal celebration dinner our last evening
- Your ground transportation from and back to Keflavík International Airport upon your arrival/departure in Iceland
- All transportation during the workshop
- Workshop course materials
- In-the-field photographic guidance and instruction
- Image reviews and post-production classes
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required)
What’s Not Included in Your Tuition:
- Your (air) travel to and from Iceland
- Passport and visa fees
- Travel/Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended)
- Soft drinks and alcoholic beverages
- Anything not listed specifically as included
You may enroll and pay your tuition online or by phone. We accept checks, Paypal, and most credit cards.
The group size for this Iceland Travel Photography Workshop is limited to 9 to 12 participants to ensure a high level of personal interaction, planning, and guidance with your photographic leader.
- Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-serve basis. Your space in the workshop is not confirmed until your $2,000 deposit has been received.
- Half of the remaining balance is due 180 days (six months) before the start of your workshop.
- The remaining balance is due 90 days before the start of the workshop. Need special payment arrangements? No problem, just contact us.
- These payments for this workshop are non-refundable under any circumstances as noted in our Payment Terms for International Photography Workshops and our other standard Terms and Conditions which is why we recommend that you get trip cancellation insurance. Our workshops take place in international locations that require international travel and lodging arrangements, substantial planning, insurance, deposits, and permits. If you wish to protect your investment in the workshop and travel costs, you may wish to investigate travel insurance with a carrier such as Travelex.
- Registrations made within the 180-day and 90-day milestones or less are subject to the same payment and cancellation policies stated herein.
- Please do not make air travel arrangements for a workshop until checking with us first.
- If we need to cancel a workshop for some reason you will be given a 60-day notice and receive a full refund of all payments.
- If you are on a waiting list, you will not be charged a deposit fee or tuition until space becomes available for you and you confirm your desire to register.
All of our standard Payment Terms apply.