Around Iceland – Puffins & Landscape Photo Workshop

In our Around Iceland – Puffins & Landscape Photo Workshop, we drive around Iceland and stop at many of the best Puffin Photography locations in Iceland. We will stop on the way and photograph many of the best landscapes locations on the island, both know and some hidden gems, with finally a few stops at selected areas ideal to photograph the Icelandic horse. With a mixture of wildlife & landscape, this workshop is ideal for the photographer who wants the best of both worlds.

Summer in Iceland offers a unique experience as the sun hardly sets most of the summer. In this Photo Workshop, you can expect long days as sunset & sunrise are only a few hours apart. Our main focus will be the Atlantic Puffin but we will, of course, enjoy the many beautiful landscapes of Iceland while we travel.

Join owner Skarpi Þráinsson for a Puffins & Landscape Photography Adventure. We offer photographers a personal experience with all-inclusive workshops and small groups of a maximum of nine participants. Included in the price is guiding, accommodation, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), transport in a 4×4 Super Truck & Flybus voucher from the airport and back, and post-processing tips.

Highlights of Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland

  • 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.
  • The Atlantic Puffin – We visit at least two different Puffin colonies during the Summer periods – The Atlantic Puffin is possible to photograph from May to Mid August.
  • We tackle the Summer crowds – We do our utmost to visit locations with fewer crowds and photograph popular locations in the late hours when the light is best. Photographing in the midnight sun does have its advantage as we are up and about while the basic tourist is asleep.
  • All-Inclusive Workshop – Our Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland 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 Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland 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

Reserve a spot on Arctic Exposure Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland
Total Price is USD 5.900.-
Deposit Payment USD 1.000.- 



2020 Dates
May 21 – 31, 2020 (Available)
July 17 – 27, 2020 (Available)

2021 Dates
June 11 – 21, 2021 (Available)
July 23 – August 2, 2021 (Available)

Duration: 11 days, 10 nights 

Puffins & Landscape Photo Workshop – Tour leader

2020 Dates

May 21 – 31, 2020 – Dúi Landmark 
July 17 – 27, 2020- Skarpi Thrainsson

2021 Dates

June 11 – 21, 2021 – Dúi Landmark 
July 23 – August 2, 2021 – Dúi Landmark 




The Around Iceland – Puffins & Landscape Photo Workshop will begin in Reykjavik with a group dinner on the first evening.

Flybus vouchers from Keflavik Airport & back after the workshop are included but you can upgrade to a private airport pick up or drop off if you prefer. All transport is done by specially modified 4×4 Super Truck. We will pick you up at the hotel the morning after group dinner and drop you off again at the hotel when the workshop is finished.

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 are included (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants) along with soft drinks & coffee or tea with meals. 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 includes 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 our Photo Workshop

Deposit payment USD 1.000.-
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.

Total price: $5.900 USD.-
Single room supplement adds $800.- USD

Maximum number of participants: 9

What´s Included
All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
All meals indicated
Guiding by an Icelandic Pro Photographer
Image Critique & Post Processing session
Super Truck transportation
Flybus transfer from Int. Airport and back after the tour
Puffin Photography (May-August)

What´s Not Included
International Flights
Cancellation Insurance
Alcoholic drinks
Dinner the last night in Reykjavik – workshop concludes at the hotel
Items of Personal nature
Gratuity for your Photography guide


Around Iceland – Puffins & Landscape Photo Workshop – Itinerary

In Arctic Exposures Puffins & Landscape Photo Workshop we need to be flexible and adjusted to weather, as always when travelling in Iceland

DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík

Arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. Group dinner and meeting will be on the first day and we will go over the itinerary and prepare our adventure in Iceland.

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland Reykjavik

 DAY 2 – South Coast & Puffins Around Vík

We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and travel down to the south coast and overnight in the Vik area, we’ll photograph seascapes and a few of the majestic waterfalls on the south coast. We’ll take a walk right behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall (hope you brought along a weather-sealed camera body!), and photograph Skógafoss.

Next, we’ll spend our time around the small town of Vík in Mýrdal (which has a beautiful country church surrounded by fields of lupine wildflowers), and focus on photographing the Dyrhólaey sea arches, sea stacks, and puffin colony.

Puffin and Reynisdrangar

DAY 3 – South Coast & Eastwards

We start early from our hotel just outside of Vik. We will check out Reynisdrangar and the puffins at Reynisfjall. After that, we head eastwards towards the Glacier Lagoon area. Our accommodation is nicely placed to visit many of the best photography locations in the area. We will make an attempt to visit puffins and the Great Skua at Cape Ingólfshöfði while we are in the area.

Puffin in Vik

DAY 4 – Glacier Lagoon, Ingólfshöfði & Vatnajökull National Park

We start the day again with a journey to a Puffin colony (if weather allows). We spend the morning photographing Atlantic Puffins and the great Skua; this is a beautiful and unique little cape with a fascinating history.

After lunch, the group will be visiting the marvels Glacier Lagoon and Glacier beach and the surrounding area. Numerous hours can easily be spent here photographing huge Icebergs in the Lagoon with the beautiful Breiðamerkurjökull in the background, a classic photograph from Iceland. We will be coming back to Glacier Lagoon for sunset and possibly sunset to get the best light.

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland South Coast Puffins
Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland Glacier Lagoon Skaftafell Ice Beach

DAY 5 – East Iceland, Stokksnes/Vestrahorn & Djúpivogur

The picturesque Eastfjords are calling us. We will stop at the more jagged coastal peaks of Vestrahorn and Eystrahorn, and we’ll stop in excellent locations to photograph sea stacks, the winding roads and cascading streams down the steep terraced mountains.

Perhaps Reindeer (the trademark of East Iceland) will cross the road on this summer tour. We make our way further East with some of the off-beaten track locations and spend the night at Djúpivogur.

DAY 6 – Borgarfjörður, Eastfjords, Puffins

We head out in the morning from the fishing town Djúpivogur and drive the Eastfjords. Our destination is the fantastic Borgarfjörður Eystri, a small village in an isolated fjord in East Iceland. We drive past some unique landscape on the way.

We spend the day at Borgarfjörður Eystri photographing Puffins and the amazing landscape this small little place has to offer. Spend the evening at a small Guesthouse in the area.


DAY 7 –  Mývatn & Geothermal Pools

Let’s see what the morning has to offer, if the weather is good we will spend the morning among puffins, if not, we head to Mývatn.

In Mývatn, we’ll photograph geothermal steam vents, bizarre volcanic formations, and fields of craters that will make you feel like you are on the moon. We will then visit and swim in Mývatn Nature Baths, a pool of geothermal water drawn from depths of up to 2.500 metres.

Summer photo Tour Dettifoss

DAY 8 – Mývatn, Waterfalls & Puffins

The Northern part of Iceland is known for three waterfalls that are often called  “The Majestic Waterfalls”. Dettifoss is one of them but we visit the second two on day seven. Both large in volume and surrounded by great landscape. First Aldeyjarfoss with its basalt column front, & second Goðafoss, nicknamed by one local as ‘The Beauty’ in comparison to ‘The Beast’ of Dettifoss, the name Goðafoss could be translated roughly as The Waterfall of The Gods. We then visit our favourite puffin spot up North.

Atlantic Puffin in flight.

DAY 9 – Mývatn, Skagafjörður & Waterfalls

After sunrise and our breakfast at the Myvatn hotel, we head back to the north-coastline and travel towards Reykjavik. We will stop at some less known locations on our way and spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

We have a few Puffin locations we can stop by on the Northern coastline that we will try to stop at to fill your Puffin photography quota. Who doesn’t want a picture of a puffin flying?

Atlantic Puffin / Lundi

DAY 10 – Hvítserkur, Borgarfjörður, Reykjavík

We start the day with sunrise at seascape Hvítserkur, a 15-meter high monolith or sea-stack. The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll but the if you don’t believe that the truth is that is a volcanic plug from the long time ago. Whatever is correct it is an impressive photo opportunity.

After lunch, we head towards Reykjavik and make a stop at a few waterfalls. West of Iceland is known for impressive waterfalls, salmon fishing and Viking Sagas. We will also make a stop to photograph Icelandic Horses before we arrive at our hotel in Reykjavik.

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

DAY 11 – Departure

Transfer to Keflavik International airport.


If Photographers would like to extend their stay in Iceland it is easy to arrange private day tours before or after the Workshop. Popular day trips include the Snæfellsnes Peninsula & the Highlands of Iceland.


If you cancel the Workshop and it 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.