Remote Highlands of Iceland Photo Workshop

In this unique photo workshop, you will travel around the remote Icelandic Highlands and discover many of the hidden gems this isolated area has to offer. This is a new workshop focusing on remote and less visited areas of the Highlands. Our focus is to access remote locations that are closed for most of the year and photograph the dynamic Highland landscapes. You have never seen Iceland like this before.

The Highlands of Iceland are vast, combining glaciers, moraines, red–yellow and black deserts, geothermal areas & hot springs, lava, lakes, rivers, and waterfalls. In this photo workshop, you will have the rare opportunity to photograph and visit areas that offer all of the landscapes so unique to Iceland. It is quite simply a photographer’s dream even if you have visited the Highlands with us before, don’t worry there will be something new to experience and photograph.

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. It is often referred to by Icelanders 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 of time gives enthusiastic photographers only a few months a year to explore and enjoy the many breathtaking locations this area offers.

 

Highlights

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

Drones welcome – Great opportunity for drone photography

Transportation – Super Truck transport into remote locations, that are closed to regular vehicles

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

Activity Level – Easy to medium

Small groups – Maximum number of participants: 8

Duration – 10 days / 9 nights

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

Schedule

2022

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August 19 - August 28, 2022

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2023

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August 18 - August 27, 2023

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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 nine nights at hotels, while single rooms are available upon request
  • Single room supplement adds $1000 USD

Total price: $6,900 USD

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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
  • Private airport transport directly to and from your hotel in Reykjavik
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Gratuity for your photography guide
  • Dinner on the last night in Reykjavik.

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík

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

Private transport will be provided for the group in the morning of arrival day. If you arrive at a different time/date a bus voucher will be provided for you.

You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik, which has been reserved and is included in the price. We meet at the centrally located hotel 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.

DAY 2 – Thorsmork

We head out in the morning and visit Þórsmörk. It is a mountain ridge in Iceland that was named after the Norse god Þór (Thor). It is situated in the south of Iceland between the glaciers Tindfjallajökull and Eyjafjallajökull. The name Þórsmörk properly refers only to the mountain ridge between the rivers Krossá, Þröngá, and Markarfljót. Þórsmörk is one of the most popular hiking areas in Iceland. We will photograph mountain ridges, waterfalls and canyons.

DAY 3 & 4 - Sydra Fjallabak

We arrive in the Highlands of Iceland, and 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 two nights in this area of the highlands giving us the opportunity to experience different locations in different lights.

DAY 5, 6 & 7 - Fjallabak Nature Reserve and Landmannalaugar

We continue our journey through the highlands and spend the next three days in a new area.

Here we’ll explore Landmannalaugar’s colorful mountains which were formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area. It’s a part of Fjallabak Nature Reserve and the surrounding area is dotted with unbelievably beautiful hiking trails, both short and long. The mountains are split with gullies and gorges in multiple colors.

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.

DAY 8 - Kaldidalur - Borgarfjordur

We spend our last day in the Highlands exploring waterfalls, Gjáin a small valley with small waterfalls, ponds, and volcanic structures and you can even see Hekla one of Iceland’s most active volcanoes either called the Queen of volcanoes. Also called the Gateway to Hell during the Middle Ages. Hekla is also a popular female name in Iceland. We then make our way west to Borgarfjörður for the night.

 

 

DAY 9

We’ll spend the day photographing famous waterfalls like Barnafoss and Hraunfossar and their surrounding areas. We’ll also photograph the second largest ice cap in Iceland Langjökull glacier. Then it will be time to return to Reykjavik where our workshop concludes at the hotel in the afternoon.

DAY 10 – Departure day

We’ll arrange for a private transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik International Airport for the group. If your flight time or date is outside of the scheduled pick you’ll receive a bus voucher.

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, and Reykjanes Peninsula with a brand new volcanic mountain, geothermal areas, and amazing seascapes are a popular add-on.

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