Prepare for 11 days of adventure with this fantastic photography workshop capturing Iceland’s stunning natural environments under autumnal light. This is an amazing opportunity for both aspiring and professional photographers looking to heighten their skills behind the lens, as well as photography hobbyists looking to experience as many of Iceland’s impressive landscapes as possible.
Iceland is a photographers paradise, a land of fiery volcanoes, glittering glaciers, cascading waterfalls and staggering mountainscapes. This gorgeous ambience is only heightened during autumn when the sun’s soft golden glow paints the country in a warm, ethereal light. You, as a participant on this 11-day workshop, will visit some of the country’s most beloved locations, including the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the picturesque South Coast and even Vatnajökull National Park, capturing its many staggering sights as you do so.
Under the tutelage of award-winning photography guides, you will learn a host of new skills and approaches to photography, making some essential contributions to your personal portfolio. You will learn techniques in timelapse, how to captures waves, sun rays and rainbows, practising your newfound skills at each site. One of the major benefits of partaking in a tour such as this is the incredible breadth of experience that you as a guest can draw from your guide.
Fix on your lens and ready yourself for this fantastic 11-day photography workshop taking place in Iceland this autumn. Check availability by choosing a date.
Throughout your journey, you will be immediately captivated by the rough, volcanic landscapes of the Reykjanes Peninsula, providing your first insight into just why Iceland is so beloved by photographers worldwide.
You will arrive in Reykjavík, check into your hotel and spend some time settling into the new abode. Then, as early evening draws in, you will meet your guides and group for the first time. Together, you will enjoy a meal in one of the city’s most acclaimed restaurants and discuss the adventures to come.
After some fine tasting Icelandic cuisine and a few drinks, you will head back to your hotel accommodation for a night’s of well-deserved rest. Best conserve your energy; tomorrow is a whole other day.
On the south side of the peninsula, you will spend some time photographing the region’s rugged coastlines, ancient sea cliffs and peculiar rock formations. The photos you take here will provide your viewer’s with a true insight into the ferocity of the elements in Iceland, showing in great detail how the wind and waves continue to sculpt Iceland’s outer edges.
You will also be paying a visit to the coastal village of Arnstapi, as well as the iconic black church of Búðir where, hopefully, the Northern Lights will make an appearance.
On the evening of your second day, you will be staying at accommodation in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
You will also be paying a visit to the most photographed mountain in Iceland, Kirkjufell, known most famously as the “mountain like an arrowhead” from HBO’s fantasy show, ‘Game of Thrones’.
Whilst at the site, you will be able to photograph the picturesque waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, in the foreground, as well Grundarfjörður Bay in the distance. With any luck, this visit will happily coincide with the appearance of the Northern Lights above, allowing for some truly fantastical shots.
After your time at the waterfall is over, you will head to the first stop of the famous Golden Circle sightseeing tour, Þingvellir National Park. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site due to a number of reasons; first, it is one of the only places on the planet where it is possible to see both the Eurasian and North American tectonic plate standing exposed from earth. Second, it is the original site of the Alþingi, the world’s oldest elected parliament.
Your second stop of the day will be at Haukadalur geothermal valley. This area is beloved for its steaming fumaroles, bubbling mud cauldrons and, of course, the famous geysers, Geysir and Strokkur. Geyser now lays dormant (though it can take solace in knowing that its name was lent to geysers across the world), whilst Strokkur is known to erupt every five to ten minutes, shooting a huge plume of water over twenty metres in the air.
Your third and final stop of the famed Golden Circle tour is Gullfoss waterfall, otherwise known as “The Golden Falls”. This mighty natural feature sees glacial water cascade over two rocky tiers, dropping a total of 32 metres into a dark, dramatic gorge below. Thankfully, Gullfoss has a number of observation points from where you snap your photographs.
On the evening of Day 4, you will spend the night in accommodation within the Geysir area.
Seljalandsfoss, boasting a drop of 60 metres, sees a narrow channel of water cascading over the lip of the region’s ancient sea cliffs, creating a truly photogenic scene. Seljalandsfoss, unlike most waterfalls in Iceland, also a boast a shallow cave behind the falling water itself, allowing for some truly unique perspectives.
A little further along the coast, you will also make a stop at Skógafoss, a much wider waterfall (though the same height) that creates enormous plumes at its base, resulting in stunning rainbows to compliment your photographs. Guests can either choose to snapshot this magnificent feature from its base or ascend the waterfall’s adjacent staircase to capture it alongside a stunning vista of the South Coast.
To focus on some real panoramic landscapes shot, however, you will pay a visit to the small peninsula, Dyrhólaey, where you will be met with stunning views of black sand beaches, jagged sea cliffs and distant glaciers and mountainscapes. This will also provide you with the opportunity to photograph the peninsula’s iconic rock arch.
Your final stop of the day will be at the black sand beach, Reynisfjara, known to be one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Upon your first time visiting, you will be immediately be taken with the stark contrasts created between the volcanic sand and the frothing white waves, as well as the distinctive basalt rock columns that line the beach cliffs.
That evening, you will be staying in accommodation in the coastal village of Vík, located just beside Reynisfjara black sand beach.
One of the major highlights of the day will be the glacial lagoon, Jökulsárlón, known by its nickname, “The Crown Jewel of Iceland” due to its sheer aesthetic quality. This lagoon sees icebergs break away from the glacial tongue, Breiðamerkurjökull—itself extending down from the much larger ice cap, Vatnajökull—before falling onto the lagoon’s flat surface.
Once there, icebergs of all different shapes and sizes float peacefully, sometimes bumping into one another with a low grumble. Keen observers may also have the opportunity to photograph one of the resident seals who call Jökulsárlón home, (and that’s not evening mentioning the wild, often dive bombing Skua birds).
You will also check out the lagoon’s exit point, the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs escape out into the wide Atlantic Ocean or, alternatively, wash ashore onto the jet black pebbles, thus providing this stretch of shoreline its name.
You will also be heading a short way into Skaftafell Nature Reserve in order to photograph waterfalls such as Svartifoss, one of the most beautiful features in the area.
Svartifoss drops 20 metres (80ft) in a thin cascade but is most recognised for the black, basalt columns that frame the water itself. These peculiar formations have served as the inspiration for the architecture of Hallgrímskirkja Church and the National Theatre, both of which can be found in the capital.
Heading back down to Diamond Beach, your guides will likely explain the best techniques for capturing the shoreline’s frothing white waves. This may be how best to pull out the striking contrasts between the surf, sand and volcanic pebbles, or how to utilise time-lapse photography around the icebergs. Your time at Diamond Beach will provide you with some of the most recognisable shots during your time in Iceland.
You will hang around the area until the early evening, snapping the glacier lagoon under all different types of light condition. You will stay until the sky is pitch black, whereupon you can photograph the lagoon under a blanket of starlight or, hopefully, under the shimmering waves of the Aurora Borealis.
If you are one of the lucky ones, this time has the opportunity to produce some truly award-winning photographs, capturing two staggering natural phenomena within a single frame.
You will chill out in this area for a little while, taking in your incredible surroundings and paying close attention as your guide teaches you the correct techniques to best maximise your snapshots. As night draws in, you may have the opportunity to capture Vestrahorn under the dancing green, yellow and red waves of the Northern Lights.
After you time on Stokknes Beach is over, you will head back to your accommodation in the Vatnajökull area, ready for an early trip back along the South Coast to Vík í Mýrdal.
You will, once again, be finishing the day in the village Vík í Mýrdal. Now that you have a little more time in the area, you will be able to focus more closely on photographing the area’s natural delights, as well as the quintessential streets and buildings of the town.
Heading back down to Reynisfjara beach, you will, again, make the most out of your opportunity to practise your newfound skills under different conditions. This also allows for another chance to capture the iconic rocks, Reynisdrangar, known to be on the most recognisable sights of the South Coast.
You will, however, be paying a final visit to Reynisfjara black sand beach where, once again, you are advised to capture as many different perspectives of the area as possible. This will be an early start, allowing you to photograph a glorious sunrise over the region.
This will further enlarge the size of your photography portfolio which, alongside the memories you have made in Iceland, will be one of the greatest rewards of your trip here.
After your time at the beach is over, you will make the return journey back to Reykjavík, Iceland’s capital. Sitting back in the passenger seat of your comfortable and spacious mini-bus, you will relish this final opportunity to see firsthand the many exciting attractions South Iceland holds as they pass by your window.
Depending on time and conditions, your guide may also make other stops on this return journey where you can further practise your newfound photography skill set.
You will be spending the evening back at your hotel accommodation in Reykjavík.
If you have some time left in Reykjavík before your flight, it is advised that you make the most of the city, checking out its charming restaurants, bars and cafes or, alternatively, discovering some of its most iconic attractions, such as Perlan Museum, the Sun Voyager sculpture or the Lutheran Church, Hallgrímskirkja.
Finally, when the time is up, you will board a bus transfer across the haunting Reykjanes Peninsula, taking a final opportunity to absorb this country’s enchanting landscapes.
Until next time!
2-12 Oct 2021
2-12 Oct 2022
Please note that the tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.
When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.