Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland

In our Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland, we cover the best of Iceland in one workshop. Summer in Iceland offers a unique experience as the sun hardly sets most of the summer. In our Photo Workshop, you can expect long days as sunset & sunrise are only a few hours apart. Then, from May to August the Atlantic Puffin will be one of our focus points, as we make time for at least two stops at Puffin colonies.

Accompanying with the midnight sun and puffins, we will make stops at various glaciers, glacier lagoons, black beaches, numerous waterfalls, geothermal areas, lava fields and seascapes on our journey around Iceland. This is a fantastic Photo Workshop for landscape photographers who want a great introduction to the diverse landscape Iceland has to offer.

Our Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland is for photographers who want a more personal experience. We only offer small groups of max nine photographers and our workshop is all-inclusive. That means you only pay the Workshop fee and you get all services included while you travel with us. That 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.- 




Dates – Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland

2020 Dates
May 21 – 31, 2020 (Available)
July 17 – 27, 2020 (2 spots left)
July 27 – August 5, 2020 (Available)

2021 Dates
May 21 – 31, 2021 (Available)
June 11 – 21, 2021 (Available)
July 23 – August 2, 2021 (Available)


Duration: 11 days, 10 nights 

Looking for Winter Dates or Autumn dates?

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland – Tour leaders

2020 Dates

May 21 – 31, 2020 – Dúi Landmark
July 17 – 27, 2020 – Skarphéðinn Þráinsson (Skarpi)
July 27 – August 5, 2020 – Dúi Landmark

2021 Dates

May 21 – 31, 2021 – Skarphéðinn Þráinsson (Skarpi)
June 11 – 21, 2021 – Dúi Landmark
July 23 – August 2, 2021 – Dúi Landmark

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland – Tour Outline

The 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 Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland

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: 10

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

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland – Itinerary

In Arctic Exposures Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland we need to be flexible and adjusted to the 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
Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland Reykjavik

 DAY 2 – Þingvellir & the Highlands of Iceland

We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and start our tour by travelling to Þingvellir National Park, known for Alþing (Althing), the site of Iceland’s parliament from the 10th to 18th centuries. The park sits in a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates, with rocky cliffs and fissures like the huge Almannagjá fault.

We travel onwards to the Highlands of Iceland and make a stop at the 122m high Háifoss, the fourth highest waterfall in Iceland. We then continue to Landmannalaugar in the Nature Reserve Fjallabak. Hopefully, we have time to take a dip in the natural pools but this area of the Highlands of Iceland has endless photography opportunities.

Around Iceland Summer Photo Workshop

Around Iceland Summer Photo Workshop

DAY 3 – South Coast, Seascapes, Waterfalls & Birds

We start early from our hotel in the Highlands and travel down to the south coast and overnight in the Vik area, we’ll photograph seascapes and 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 evening around the small town of Vík in Mýrdal (which has a beautiful country church surrounded by fields of lupine wildflowers), and photograph the Dyrhólaey sea arches, sea stacks, and puffin colony.

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland Seljalandsfoss South Coast

DAY 4 – Vík, Black Beach & Vatnajökull National Park

We start the day shooting some of the unique landscape in the Vik area and then head eastwards. We drive through beautiful Lava and moss-covered areas and pass a few glaciers on our way to Skaftafell National Park. In Skaftefell we will photograph more glaciers, Hvannadalshnjúkur (the highest mountain in Iceland). We spend the day around the Vatnajökull area and spend the next two nights at a nice hotel in the centre of Vatnajökull area.

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland South Coast Puffins

DAY 5 – Puffins, Glaciers, Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Beach

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 Glacier Lagoon Skaftafell Ice Beach

DAY 6 – Mountain Lagoon, Stokksnes, Vestrahorn

The picturesque east fjords are calling us. More glacier lagoons as we will visit the off the beaten track Heinabergslón before heading further east to Stokknes.

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 7 – Dettifoss, Mývatn & Geothermal Pools

We hed towards the heart of North Iceland, Mývatn, where we spend the next two nights. We’ll feel the plummeting power of Europes’s largest waterfall by volume, Dettifoss and take some shorter hikes in the river canyon of Jökulsárgljufur National Park to see rock stacks dividing the powerful Jökulsá á Fjöllum.

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
Hverarönd in the geothermal peninsula at Mývatn, north Summer Photo Workshop

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.

Puffin Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland

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?

Geothermal pools

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.

Summer Photo Workshop Around Iceland Sheep mountain Landscape Mighty Ram in Mývatn

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 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.