Highlands of Iceland Drone Photo Workshop

In this photo workshop, we will explore the magnificent Highlands of Iceland and capture the stunning landscapes from above. You will learn to photograph with a drone. We’ll teach you everything you need to know, from unboxing to take-off, and landing, to capturing stunning photographs. This workshop offers detailed tutoring on drone use with a drone specialist and a local guide with extensive drone experience.

We’ll travel to remote locations in the Icelandic Highlands and the South Coast of Iceland. Photographing the dynamic Highland landscapes, colorful geothermal areas, hot springs, lava fields, waterfalls, and multiple locations with stunning braided rivers where the glacial rivers flow over the sand. The landscapes are unique to Iceland and quite simply a photographer’s dream.

This is an exclusive workshop with only five participants. Give everyone plenty of space to fly their drone, as well as get one-on-one time with your instructor. We’ll travel in our custom six doors 4×4 Ford Excursion super jeep. Each participant has a window seat with a personal charging station during the workshop so that you can charge your drone batteries on the go.

The Highlands are usually referred to as the central area of Iceland, located 400m above sea level, covering approximately 76% of the land’s surface area. Icelanders often refer to it as óbyggðir – or uninhabited country.
Roads accessing this area often open in late June and typically close at the beginning of October if the autumn is mild. This short window gives enthusiastic photographers only a few months a year to explore and enjoy the many breathtaking locations this area offers.


Drone Photography – You can bring your own or we can provide one for you.

Breathtaking landscapes – The unique and amazing landscapes of the Highlands will provide you with endless photography opportunities

Waterfalls – Amazing waterfalls, lakes and rivers

Unique terrain – red – yellow and black deserts, lava, geothermal areas & hot springs

Super Truck Transportation – In our custom 4x4 six door Ford Excursion

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

Activity Level – Easy

Very Small Group – Maximum number of participants: 5

Duration – 10 days / 9 nights

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






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July 18 - July 27, 2024


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September 23 - October 2, 2024


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October 07 - October 16, 2024

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July 04 - July 12, 2025


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August 08 - August 16, 2025


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September 05 - September 13, 2025


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September 19 - September 27, 2025


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  • Deposit payment of $2,000 USD upon booking
  • Payment in full is required 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
  • Double occupancy accommodations for nine nights at hotels, while single rooms are available upon request
  • Single room supplement adds $1,500 USD
  • We can arrange for a drone for you at the workshop for $1,500 and it's yours

Total price: $8,950 USD

What's included
  • All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
  • All meals
  • Guided by a professional Icelandic photographer
  • Image critique & post-processing session
  • Super truck transportation
  • Custom packing list and equipment recommendations specifically for this workshop
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuity for your photography guide
  • Dinner on the last night
  • Airport transfers

I joined the Highlands of Iceland Drone Photo Workshop in late Sep 2023. Our guide Skarpi, who is also the owner of Arctic Exposure, is an excellent guide with in-depth knowledge in photography and specifically drone photography. I really appreciate him sharing his expertise in drone photography and landscape photography in general. He made me feel more confident in flying my drone in the Icelandic weather, so I can take time to compose the image and get the results I really wanted.


Angie Li,


DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík

As always in Iceland, we need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of our workshop and travel safely.

You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik, which has been reserved by your tour operator and included in the price. Check-in starts at 3 pm.

We meet in the hotel lobby in the evening and go out for dinner in Reykjavik, where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety precautions from your native Icelandic guide, and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland.

If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions in the city of Reykjavik such, as Harpa concert hall, Hallgrimskirkja church, the Sun Voyager sculpture, or Perlan. Or you can check out some culture, visti a museum, go out for lunch or explore down town.

DAY 2, 3 & 4 – Southern Highlands - Landmannalaugar

We head out in the morning from Reykjavik and drive to the Highlands,  Fjallabak Nature Reserve.

We’ll see waterfalls, glacier rivers, crater lakes, one called “Ugly puddle” but don’t let the name fool you it is an incredibly beautiful site. The story says fishermen found it to be full of fish and to discourage other fishermen to go there fishing they gave it this name.

Hnausapollur is also known as Bláhylur is a stunning blue lake nestled in a crater that formed about 1100 years ago in a short explosive eruption.

In this area, we’ll capture waterfalls, like Hjalparfoss and Haifoss, braided rivers, fishing lakes, craters and Landmannalaugar, and much more. 

DAY 5, 6 & 7 – Sydra Fjallabak

For the next three days, we’ll visit some amazing landscapes, some world-famous locations as well as hidden gems. Here you’ll experience the true vastness of the highlands and capture it all to take home with you. Waterfalls, mountains, black sands, canyons, and more. We’ll spend three nights in this area of the highlands giving us the opportunity to experience different locations in different light.

Notable locations we visit are Maelifell mountain and the surrounding Hólmsá area, it’s a fantastic location to use with a drone. Lesser known waterfalls, craters and more braided rivers.

DAY 8 – Central Highlands to South Coast

After breakfast, we pack up and head out to our next locations. Among them is Axlarfoss waterfall a stunning wide waterfall, Holmsa river, Markarfljotsgljufur canyon a truly spectacular location and perfect for drone photography. Northern lights photography if conditions allow (fall dates only).

DAY 9 – Reykjavik

We are on the south coast on our last day, capturing couple of more braided glacier rivers and abstract aerial views as we make our way back to Reykjavik.

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

DAY 10 – Departure day

Departure day. Breakfast is included at your hotel, and check-out is at 11 am. You can schedule your flight at any time that’s suitable for you.

If you would like to extend your stay in Iceland, we can offer photography day tours to areas we did not visit during this workshop. Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where the famous Mount Kirkjufell can be found is a popular add-on, or the UNESCO geo park Reykjanes Peninsula.

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