Westfjords & Highlands of Iceland Adventure Photo Workshop

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About this workshop

This is a photo workshop for serious landscape photography enthusiast. You will visit various known & unknown locations in Iceland and focus on both birdlife and landscape photography. A few highlights of the tour are Látrabjarg cliffs where we get up close and photograph the Atlantic Puffin and the Highlands of Iceland that is ranked amongst Europe’s largest unpopulated areas, full of glaciers, volcanoes, amazing waterfalls and hot springs.

Our goal in this workshop is to assist you in getting to the right locations at the right time for the best photographic results. Our guides are some of the most experienced photography guides in Iceland and they will assist you in locations so you will get the most out of your adventure.

We have chosen early July for this trip as it is amazing time of the year. Endless soft light and combined sunset and sunrises are amongst the unique features that make Iceland the most magical place for photographers.

Workshop Summary

duration
Date – June 26 - July 7, 2025
12 days / 11 nights
payment
Price – $7,750
Deposit of $2,000 upon booking. Single room supplement adds $1,500
Guide_Sigurdur_Hrafn_Stefnisson
Guide – Sigurður Stefnisson
Or just Siggi, one of our most experienced guides will guide this workshop.
small-groups
Available – Available
Maximum of 10 participants
activity-level
Activity Level – Easy to Medium
See our FAQ page for our acitivity level guide
location
Location – Iceland
West Iceland and the Highlands of Iceland

Itinerary

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

DAY 1

Arrival in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. Check-in starts at 3 p.m. In the evening, we meet for a group dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety instructions, 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

We start early in the morning and travel from Reykjavik to Snæfellsnes peninsula. The whole peninsula is a photographers paradise, with many different seascapes, rock formations, a glacier, lava fields, birds, and waterfalls. Friendly towns and villages, spectacular mountains, The Snaefellsjokull National Park where the mystical glacier Snaefellsjokull is, as well as Djúpalónssandur, Þúfubjarg, and various lighthouses and churches. One of the main highlights of Snæfellsnes is Kirkjufell mountain and its waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss. The mountain is often referred to as the guardian of Grundarfjörður’s northwestern vista, and possibly one of the most photographed spots in Iceland. It has appeared in Game of Thrones and is one of Iceland’s best-known mountains.

DAY 3 & 4

We visit Látrabjarg and stay in the area for two nights, explore the coastline, lighthouses, stranded boat and of course we’ll spend a lot of time on the famous sea cliff Látrabjarg one of Europes biggest bird cliffs which is perhaps the best location to photograph Puffin in Iceland. Another highlight is Rauðisandur (Red Sand), which is precisely that: a beach with endless red sand.

DAY 5

We head out to Dynjandi Waterfall in the bottom of the fjord Arnarfjörður. This breathtaking waterfall has been The Westfjords most famous attraction for years. Arnarfjordur is one of the most beautiful fjords in the Westfjords because of its diverse landscape, magnificent mountains and the natural masterpieces of Ketildalir and the Dynjandi waterfall. From there we keep going into Önundarfjörður with its stunning landscapes and the amazing Korpudalur & Holt beach. We end the day at the capital of the Westfjords, Ísafjörður and stay there overnight.

DAY 6

You will explore the town of Ísafjörður and its surrounding areas with the amazing views of Bolafjall in the neighboring town of Bolungarvík. The place offers a staggering view over Ísafjarðardjúp, Jökulfirðir and some people say all the way to Greenland. We will drive through many deep fjords past small fishing towns on the way. We finish the day in West of Iceland in the Borgarfjörður, a region regarded as the setting for most of the Icelandic sagas. We stay in Reykholt, one of the most historically important places in the country and hosts a center for medieval studies, Snorrastofa.

DAY 7 & 8

We start the by the beautiful waterfalls of Hraunfossar & Barnafoss before heading towards the Langjökull ice cap, the second-largest glacier in Iceland. We drive Kaldidalsvegur road to Þingvellir National Park. After photographing Þingvellir we keep on going towards the Highlands and stop by the highest waterfall in Iceland, Háifoss (The high waterfall). We end the day in our Highland hotel.

DAY 9

We have a full day exploring the Highlands. There will be many photo opportunities on the way on our two main subjects will be Eldgjá and Langisjór. One of the main photography opportunities is Ófærufoss, a two-tiered waterfall in the Nyrðri-Ófæru river which falls into Eldgjá Canyon. Langisjór, one of Europe’s most beautiful and pristine highland lakes, is tucked in between the beautiful Tungnárfjöll and Fögrufjöll Mountains at the western edge of Vatnajökull Glacier. We will end the day at a hotel by the South Coast.

DAY 10

We travel into the highlands for another full day of magnificent scenery and photography. These parts of the highlands are marked by glacier floods but offer fantastic beauty and variation of different colors. We will photograph the mountain Mælifell, an awe ­inspiring, green moss­ covered pyramid standing alone in a vast, black desert landscape. The mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier fills the skyline to the south of the mountain, barely 2 km distant at its closest. To the north rise the mountains of the Fjallabak region. Black, green and white combine in a scene of almost indescribable beauty.

DAY 11

We explore the area around Vík, it has many of the best know photography locations Iceland has to offer, for example, Reynisdrangar, Reynisfjara Black Beach, Dyrhólaey & waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. We will end our journey back at our Reykjavik hotel. This will give you some free time to walk around Reykjavik, have dinner or rest before your departure flight the next day.

DAY 12

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.

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WOULD YOU LIKE TO EXTEND YOUR STAY IN ICELAND?

It’s easy to arrange private day tours before or after the workshop. Popular day trips include the Snæfellsnes Peninsula or The Golden Circle. We can also set up custom tours based on your preferences. 

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

What's included

  • All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
  • Guided by a professional Icelandic photographer with excellent drone skills
  • Image critique and post-processing session
  • 4x4 truck transportation
  • You are welcome to bring your drone with you
  • Puffin Photography
  • All meals, except dinner on the last night
  • Packing list with equipment recommendations

What's not included

  • International flights
  • Cancellation and travel insurances
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Dinner on the last night in Reykjavik
  • Gratuity for your photography guide
  • Airport transfers from KEF airport to Reykjavik and back

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Testimonials

“A journey among the magnificent beauties of the Highlands of Iceland…! The Highlands are a magic part of Iceland, However, it’s difficult for non-native to travel there in safety. We forded rivers, We rode mainly on a gravel narrow roads…. Special knowledge and vehicle are required. Each night stay was in comfortable hotels or guesthouses, offering: Good, comfortable bed. Great hot shower. Excellent food. Friendly atmosphère. All that we need to recover after a long day out."
Andre-Georges and Christiane LAFOSSE