The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

Our The 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

For centuries, the interior of Iceland was virtually inaccessible, for years at a time playing host only to outlaws in hiding. Via the mountain roads Kjölur and Sprengisandur, the untouched wilderness of Iceland’s mountainous centre are now open —for cautious exploration by foot or 4×4 vehicles—in the summer months.

In the Highlands of Iceland workshop, we cover most of the interior of Iceland. Some of the most interesting parts of Iceland with volcanic activity are to be found in the highlands, such as Landmannalaugar and the region around Askja and Herðubreið, the national mountain of Iceland. The highlands are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert with phenomenal photography locations in the few oases of the desert, which can be crossed only during the Icelandic summer (typically from  June – September). For the rest of the year, the Highland roads are closed. Most highland roads require four-wheel drive vehicles, because it is necessary to ford rivers and rough terrain, in September even fresh snow. On our The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop, we use a specially modified 4×4 Super Truck and a native guide with years of experience, camping, hiking and exploring the highlands. We will be doing some moderate hiking to the best shooting locations in the highlands, so please bring your hiking shoes.

Dates of the Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

July 18-28, 2018 (Available)
August 15 – 25, 2018 (SOLD OUT)
Duration: 11 days, 10 nights

Check out 2019 dates HERE!

The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop – Tour leader

Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi)
Pro Landscape Photographer, Native in Iceland.

The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop – Overview

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 10 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/or 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 Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

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

Total price: $5.500 USD.-
Single room supplement adds $900.- USD

Maximum number of participants: 9



  • Transport by specially modified 4×4 Super Jeeps
  • Less known, less visited oasis in the highlands of Iceland
  • September autumn colours, possibly combined with fresh snow
  • Aurora borealis photography in unique locations (September)
  • Major waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss


Itinerary of the 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 a 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.

Reykjavik The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop
Harpa The Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

DAY 2 & 3  
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 volcanic origin of these mountains is evidenced by the numerous hot springs and rivulets in the area. We stay in comfortable mountain huts overnight.

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

DAY 4, 5 & 6
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 east highlands 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 7, 8, 9 & 10
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.