Capture the beauty of the Highlands forever with this fantastic 3-day Photography workshop exploring the colourful hillsides of the interior with professional guides. This is an amazing opportunity for both nature lovers looking to visit the Icelandic Central Highlands, and for shutterbugs, amateur and experienced alike.
The Central Highlands are known the country over for their wild, domineering landscapes, geothermal valleys and mountainous peaks, as well as their isolation, dark beauty and winter’s inhospitality. Because there are only gravel roads travelling through this area, the Highlands are only available to visit during the summer months, making it one of the most sought-after locations in the country by visitors.
Photographers will also rejoice at the chance to sharpen their skills behind the lens, taking lessons from your experienced photography guide who knows all the tips and tricks when it comes to snapping an amazing picture. One thing is for sure; you will be leaving the Icelandic Highlands with some incredible new additions to your photography portfolio.
So pack your camera equipment and get ready for the adventure workshop of a lifetime, spending three days capturing on digital the majesty of the Icelandic Central Highlands. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your adventure begins the moment your guide picks you up from your hotel accommodation in Reykjavík. After friendly introductions, you will be driven along the picturesque South Coast, taking in the many waterfalls, ancient sea cliffs and charming farmsteads that roll by the window. You’ll be in no doubt as to why this is one of Iceland’s most popular sightseeing strips.
Depending on weather conditions, your first stop of the day will be at the impressive crater lakes, Bláhylur and Ljótipollur. The former means “Blue Lake”, a testament to the water’s rich azure colourisation, whilst the latter, translating to “Ugly Puddle”, is considered to be an incredible example of the contrasts in Iceland’s nature, making a mockery of its given name.
When your time at the crater lakes is over, you will continue on to your hotel in the Highlands; with the Midnight Sun still high in the sky, however, it is entirely up to you how long into the night you wish to continue shooting (...just make sure you’re rested for tomorrow!)
Your second day in the Icelandic highlands and there’s much learning, discovering and photographing to be done. You will begin your day by heading into the Landmannalaugar region (“The Pools of the People”), an area known for its rainbow-like hillsides and natural hot pools. All in all, you’ll find so many points of interest here, you won’t know which way to point the camera first!
Thankfully, your experienced guides will lead you to the area’s highlights, the first of which is the dramatic Frostastaðaháls ridge, offering up unreal perspectives over the Highland landscapes, including of the crater lake that shares its name. You will next move on to the valley of Sigöldugljúfur, known for its picture-postcard array of waterfalls.
To finish off the day right, you’ll spend an hour or two bathing in one of Landmannalaugar’s natural hot pools, relaxing your muscles and mind under the glowing midnight sun. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel accommodation.
One such attraction is Háifoss, a particularly impressive waterfall that cascades a total of 120 metres into a dark, cragged ravine. Háifoss is currently the fourth tallest waterfall in Iceland after Morsárfoss, Glymur and Hengifoss, though new waterfalls are being formed and found all the time.
Two other waterfalls you’ll be seeing today include Granni and Hjálparfoss. Granni can be found almost right next to Háifoss and makes for a fantastic panoramic view over the area, whilst Hjálparfoss can be best characterised by its dark, basalt columns, luminous moss and frothing white cascade.
At the end of this shooting period, you will board the minibus with the rest of your group and make the return journey to Reykjavík, content in the new and exciting skills you have learnt over the last three days, as well as mesmerised by your own personal photographs.
This tour is led by award-winning instructors:
24-6 July 2021
30 July - 1 Aug 2021
13-15 Aug 2021
24-26 July 2022
30 July - 1 Aug 2022
13-15 Aug 2022
Please note that the tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.