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.

Highlights of the Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

  • Small Groups – Our focus is small groups so each participant gets plenty of time with their photography guide.
  • Transportation – We offer specially modified and spacious 4×4 Super Trucks so you can travel in comfort around the gravel roads of the highlands.
  • We stay away from the Summer crowds – The highlands offer plenty of photography locations away from the crowds. As in all summer workshops, we work hard to offer our clients visit locations with fewer crowds and photograph popular locations in the late hours when the light is best.
  • All-Inclusive Workshop – Our Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop is all-inclusive. You just need to fly to Iceland and we take care of the rest. Included in the workshop price is all accommodation, all meals, Guiding, Transportation and fees.
  • Professional Photography Leaders – In our Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop only Icelandic Photographers lead the workshops. These are experienced guides that can take you to the best known and unknown locations!
  • Guiding – Technical assistance & instructions at all locations
  • Post-Processing – Image critique and post-processing session at a convenient time during the workshop

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Total Price is USD 5.000.-
Deposit Payment USD 1.000.- 

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Dates of the Complete Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

Summer 2019
July 20 – 29, 2019 (4.spots left)
July 27 – August 5, 2019 (Sold Out)
September 7 – 16, 2019 (3.spots left)

Summer 2020
August 7-16, 2020 (Available)
September 11 – 20, 2020 (Available)

Duration: 10 days, 9 nights 

Tour leaders

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

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).  The workshop concludes when we check into our last hotel night in Reykjavik – Participants will then have time to visit Reykjavik or rest for early flights.

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 90 days prior to the tour starting date.

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

Maximum number of participants: 10

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Itinerary of the Photography Workshop

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

DAY 1

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 Western part of the central Highlands. There we explore the geothermal oasis of these parts of the highlands, such as Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjoll.

Kerlingarfjöll area is a 70.000 to 320.000 years old rhyolite mountain cluster, residing on the main Kjölur plateau in the western part of the Central Highlands of Iceland. Due to its young age and origin, the mountains, with their sharp and un-eroded lines and endless variety in colours, are probably one of the most picturesque areas of the highlands.

Extending up to the foothills of Langjökull glacier Hveravellir is a geothermal hotspot with smoking fumaroles and bubbling water holes. It is a special experience to have a look around, whether it is in the summer or winter. The surroundings are spectacular. Fenced in by glaciers mountains craters and lava fields wherever you look the scenery is breathtaking.

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
Arial view of Landmannalaugar, central highlands Iceland
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.

Goðafoss (Waterfall of the Gods) rips straight through the Bárðardalur lava field. Although smaller and less powerful than some of Iceland’s other chutes, it’s definitely one of the most beautiful. The water of the river Skjálfandafljót falls from a height of 12 meters over a width of 30 meters. The falls play an important part in Icelandic history. At the Alþingi (National Assembly) in the year 1000, the lögsögumaður (law speaker), Þorgeir, was forced to make a decision on Iceland’s religion. After 24 hours’ meditation, he declared the country a Christian nation. On his way home he passed the waterfall near his farm, and tossed in his pagan carvings of the Norse gods, thus bestowing the falls’ present name.

Although Dettifoss is ‘only’ 45m high and 100m wide, a massive 400 cubic metres of water thunders over its edge every second in summer, creating a plume of spray that can be seen 1km away. With the greatest volume of any waterfall in Europe, this truly is nature at its most spectacular. On sunny days, brilliant double rainbows form above the churning milky-grey glacial waters.

Lake Myvatn is one of the highlights of the north Mývatn, a beautiful lake with many small islands in the north of Iceland, the fourth largest lake in the country. Due to its serenity, birdlife and volcanism, the lake, including its surrounding area, is one of the most amazing natural attractions in the country.

 

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. Notable sights are Landmannalaugar, Ljótipollur and Hnausapollur but really the photography opportunities are endless.

Landmannalaugar is the pearl of the Icelandic Highlands and is only accessible with a 4WD vehicle. Landmannalaugar is a part of a larger Fjallabak Nature Reserve and the surrounding area is dotted with unbelievably beautiful hiking trails, both short and long. The mountains are literally split with gullies and gorges in multiple colours. Landmannalaugar is located at the dark edge of the rhyolite lava field Laugahraun, close to a few hot springs which create excellent bathing conditions in a natural brook. We can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural thermal pool which was created when many hot and cold springs in the area combined. The naturally warm water pool here is quite unique and is an ideal bathing place all year around.

Ljótipollur is an explosion crater and crater lake in the south Highlands. Its name means ‘Ugly Puddle’, despite the fact it is an incredibly beautiful site. The crater is a beautiful feature, with blue waters, green vegetations growing up and down its slopes, and vividly coloured red lava rock surrounding it.

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. When in Reykjavik we will check in our hotel and say farewell as the workshop concludes here.

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

DAY 10 – REYKJAVIK – DEPARTURE
Check out and transfer to KEF airport.

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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 $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.

 

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