The Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

In the Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop, you will get the opportunity to travel and discover all of the best that the Highlands of Iceland offers. This Photo Workshop is comprehensive and focuses on all areas of the Highlands plus the Mývatn area in the northern part of Iceland. Our main focus is to get to locations that are closed for most of the year and photograph the highlands dynamic landscape.

The Highlands of Iceland are vast and are a combination of glaciers, moraines, red – yellow and black deserts, geothermal areas & hot springs, lava, lakes, rivers and waterfalls. In the Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop, you will get the opportunity to photograph and visit areas which offer all of the mentioned landscape. It is simply a photographers dream.

The Highlands are usually referred to as the area of Iceland located above 400m sea level and is approximately 76% of lands surface area. It is often referred to by Icelanders as óbyggðir – or an uninhabited country.

Roads often open in late June, and the area closes off at the beginning of October if the autumn is mild. This opening gives enthusiastic photographers only a few months a year to travel and enjoy the many breathtaking locations this area offers.

Dates of the Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

July 20 – 29, 2019 (Available)
July 27 – August 5, 2019 (Available)
September 7 – 16, 2019 (Available)

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights 

The Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop – Tour leaders

July 20 – 29, 2019  – Örvar Atli Þorgeirsson
July 27 – August 5, 2019 – TBA
September 7 – 16, 2019 – Skarphedinn Thrainsson


The Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop – Overview

The Workshop will begin in Reykjavik with a group dinner on the first evening.

We provide Flybus vouchers from Keflavik Airport & back after the workshop, but you can upgrade to a private airport pick up or drop off if you prefer. Specially modified 4×4 Super Truck does all transport on the Workshop. We will pick you up at the hotel the morning after group dinner and drop you off again at the hotel when the workshop concludes.

Accommodation: Double occupancy accommodation for nine nights at hotels, single room available upon request. We stay at the various hotels & guesthouses but as close as possible to our photography locations. All meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and restaurants).

Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels. While this is not a hiking tour, we will be as active as conditions allow and make short walks and potentially hike up small 100-200 meter hills.

The Workshop included Photographic tutoring and guidance by pro landscape photographers and tour operator. Arctic Exposure will provide you with a Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing.


Reserve a spot on The Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

Deposit payment USD 1.000.-
Payment in full 60 days prior to the tour starting date.

Total price: $5.000 USD.-
Single room supplement adds $800.- USD

Maximum number of participants: 10



Itinerary of The Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

As always in Iceland, we will be flexible and adjust to weather and conditions to make the most out of the tour.


You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. We meet at the centrally located hotel and go out for dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland.

If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.

Iceland Photo Tours Reykjavik The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
Iceland Photo Workshops Highlands of Iceland

DAY 2   

We start early in the morning from our Reykjavik hotel and drive into the Southern Highlands. There we explore the geothermal oasis of these parts of the highlands, such as Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjoll.

There are endless photography opportunities here, so we spend the first two days photographing this area. The numerous hot springs and rivulets in the area are evidence of the volcanic origin of these mountains.

The highlands of Iceland Lakes, lave, desert, rivers and craters
The Highlands of Iceland Rivers & lakes
The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

DAY 3, 4 & 5
After photographing the southern part of the highlands, we travel to North Iceland. We will drive to Mývatn and set up base there for the next three days exploring the north and the eastern Highlands of Iceland along with the many majestic waterfalls that you find in this area. The highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier are part of an active volcanic zone, with the last eruption Holuhraun ending in March 2015. A few of notable locations we will visit are Askja, a central volcano, Dettifoss, Goðafoss, and Aldeyjarfoss.

the Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
the Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop Hverarönd in the geothermal peninsula at Mývatn, north Iceland
The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

DAY 6, 7, 8, & 9

We travel from north to the central part of the Icelandic highlands, where we explore the area around Landmannalaugar for the next three days.

After driving through barren nature, we approach Landmannalaugar’s colourful mountains which were formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area, the picturesque natural landscape in this raw climate is simply breathtaking.

Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails and rhyolite mountains, with their multi-coloured shapes and sizes. Whilst there, we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural thermal pool outdoors which was created when many hot and cold springs in the area combined. The natural warm water pool here is quite unique and is an ideal bathing place all year around.

The last day we head into Reykjavik driving through Þingvellir National Park. Depending on the weather and the mood of the group we arrive either late or early at the hotel.

The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
Volcano The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

Check out and transfer to KEF airport.





If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 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.