Around Iceland Fall Photo Workshop

Thingvellir - Arctic Exposure

In our Around Iceland Fall Photo Workshop, we travel across Iceland photographing the many incredible locations in their Autumn colors. With the northern lights in season, we focus our attention on the skies during the evenings, searching for the aurora, and pick a beautiful landscape as a foreground. We stop 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 looking for a great introduction to the diverse scenery Iceland has to offer.
This workshop is for photographers who want a more personal experience. Our small groups typically consist of no more than ten photographers at a time, and our workshop is all-inclusive. That means you only pay the workshop fee and you receive all services included while you travel with us. That is guiding, accommodations, all meals (breakfast, lunch & dinner), transport in a 4×4 Super Truck as well as a two-way airport shuttle voucher for the airport, and expert post-processing tips.

Highlights

Transportation – 4x4 modified Super Truck transport

Landscape – Amazing fall colours and unique Icelandic landscapes

Activity Level – Easy

Small groups – Maximum number of participants: 10

Professional Photography Guides – All of our guides are professional photographers based in Iceland with years of experience leading photography workshops

Duration – 11 days / 10 nights

All-inclusive workshop – Included in the price of the workshop are your accommodations, all meals, guiding and transportation

Workshop schedule

2021

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October 08 - October 18, 2021

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2022

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September 16 - September 26, 2022

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October 14 - October 24, 2022

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  • Deposit payment of $1,000 USD upon booking
  • Payment in full is required 90 days prior to the tour starting date
  • Double occupancy accommodations for ten nights at hotels, single rooms are available upon request
  • Single room supplement adds $800 USD

Total price: $5,900 USD

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What's included
  • All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
  • All meals
  • Guiding by a professional Icelandic photographer
  • Image critique & post-processing session
  • Super truck transportation
  • Airport shuttle bus return transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport Unique locations with fall foliage
  • Northern lights photography
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuity for your photography guide

We just got back from attending the Autumn workshop in Iceland with Skarpi. We had an excellent experience, learned lots of new photography techniques, met new friends, and saw many special locations. Skarpi looked after all our needs and ensured all our expectations were met. Great food, accommodations, transportation, care and attention throughout. He worked hard to ensure we had photographic opportunities even when the weather was not cooperating. We highly recommend Arctic Exposure and Skarpi!

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DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík

In in this workshop we need to be flexible and adjust to the weather, as always when traveling in Iceland.

Arrival in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. A group dinner and meeting will be held on the first day where we will go over the itinerary and prepare for our adventure in Iceland.

DAY 2 – Þingvellir & the Highlands of Iceland

We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and start our tour by traveling to Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park, known for Alþingi (Althingi)—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 Háifoss waterfall—the fourth highest waterfall in Iceland at 122m high. We then continue on to Landmannalaugar in the Fjallabak Nature Reserve. If we have time, we will take a dip in the natural pools but this area of the highlands of Iceland has endless photography opportunities.

DAY 3 – South Coast, Seascapes & Waterfalls

We continue our tour by traveling down to the South Coast and spend the night in the Vik area, where we’ll photograph seascapes and a few of the majestic waterfalls along the coast. We’ll take a walk right behind Seljalandsfoss waterfall (hope you brought along a weather-sealed camera body!), and photograph Skógafoss waterfall. We’ll spend our evening around the small town of Vík í Mýrdal, and photograph the Dyrhólaey sea arches, and sea stacks.

DAY 4 – Vík, Black Beach & Vatnajökull National Park

We begin the day shooting some of the unique landscapes in the Vík area and then head east. We drive past the smallest grass-roofed church in Iceland at Núpsstaður on our way to Skaftafell National Park, where we’ll photograph more glaciers, and Hvannadalshnjúkur—the highest mountain in Iceland. We spend the day around the Vatnajökull area and spend the next two nights at a great hotel in the area. Being so far out in the wilderness and away from light pollution, we will continuously monitor the skies for northern lights.

DAY 5 – Glaciers, Glacier Lagoon & Glacier Beach

We’ll spend our day photographing the iceberg-filled glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón, diamond beach, crawling glaciers and other amazing landscapes in the area. We spend our second night in the area.

DAY 6 – Mountain Lagoon, Höfn/Stokksnes, Vestrahorn

The picturesque East Fjords are calling us. More glacier lagoons to explore as we go off the beaten track to Heinabergslón before heading further east to photograph the jagged peaks of Vestrahorn & Eystrahorn. We’ll stop in ample locations to photograph sea stacks, the winding coastal roads and the cascading streams down the steep terraced mountains. Should we cross paths with reindeer (the trademark of East Iceland) we will be sure to stop. We make our way further east stopping at some lesser-known locations and spend the night at Djúpivogur.

DAY 7 – Dettifoss, Mývatn & Geothermal Pools

We head towards the heart of North Iceland, Mývatn, where we spend the next two nights. Perching ourselves on the better yet less-visited side, we’ll feel the plummeting power of Europe’s largest waterfall by volume, Dettifoss. We’ll hike along the river canyon of Jökulsárgljufur National Park to see rock stacks dividing the powerful Jökulsá á Fjöllum river. In the Mývatn area, 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’ll then take a dip in the warm, silica-rich waters of the geothermal pools with an intensely bright blue color, similar to that of the Blue Lagoon.

DAY 8 – Mývatn, Waterfalls & Puffins

The Northern part of Iceland is known for a trio of waterfalls that are often called “The Majestic Waterfalls”. Dettifoss is one of them and on day eight, we visit the other two. Both are large in volume and surrounded by superb landscapes. First, Aldeyjarfoss waterfall with its basalt column front, and next 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

DAY 9 – Mývatn, Skagafjörður & Waterfalls

After sunrise and breakfast at the hotel in Mývatn, we head back to the northern coastline and travel towards Reykjavik. Along the way, we will stop at some lesser-known locations and spend the night in Northwest Iceland.

DAY 10 – Hvítserkur, Borgarfjörður, Reykjavík

We begin the day with sunrise at the Hvítserkur seascape, a 15-meter high monolith or sea-stack. The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll while others believe that it is a volcanic plug from a long time ago. Whichever you choose to believe, you will agree that it is an impressive photo opportunity.
After lunch, we continue towards Reykjavik and stop at a few waterfalls along the way. West Iceland is known for its impressive waterfalls, salmon fishing, and Viking sagas. We will also make a stop to photograph Icelandic horses before we arrive at our hotel in the capital.
Upon arrival in Reykjavik, we will check into 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 & Reykjanes Peninsula.

For cancellation and refund policy for our workshops, please visit the Terms & Conditions page.