Guided 3 Day Photography Workshop on Iceland’s South Coast with Waterfalls & Black Sand Beaches

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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
at 09:00
3 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Minimum age
16 years old


Ready your shutter, tweak your apertures and dive into this fantastic 3-day photography workshop snapshotting some of the most beloved attractions on Iceland’s South Coast. This is an amazing opportunity for photographers of all calibre; be you an amateur or a seasoned professional, as you will walk away after three days with a head full of sharpened skills and new techniques.

The South of Coast is, without doubt, one of the most beautiful locations in the country, characterised by its rolling farmlands, rugged coastlines, black sand beaches and ancient sea cliffs. On top of that, you will forever be in sight of distant mountainscapes and glaciers, as well as a plethora of iconic Icelandic waterfalls. 

One of the great benefits of partaking in a 3-day workshop such as this is that not only do you get the chance to visit some of Iceland’s most breathtaking southern attraction, you will also make considerable contributions to your own photography portfolio. Under the direction of award-winning photography guides, you’ll walk away with the very best pictures possible. 

So forget automatic mode! Hurry now and secure your place on this fantastic 3-day workshop photographing Iceland’s beautiful South Coast. Check availability by choosing a date. 

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Professional photo guide
Transportation in a comfortable vehicle
2 nights in a hotel in Vík, double rooms with private bathrooms


Bird watching

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Seljalandsfoss is one the South Coast's most iconic waterfalls.

Day 1 - Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

The first day of your photography workshop begins with a pickup from your hotel accommodation in the Icelandic capital, Reykjavík. Once you have been introduced to your experienced photography guide and the rest of your party, you will be driven in a comfortable, spacious minibus along Iceland’s premier sightseeing route, the picturesque South Coast.

The first attractions you’ll be photographing are the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Both standing at an impressive 60 metres high, these falls cascade off an ancient sea cliff, creating incredible plumes of mist below.

The first falls, Seljalandsfoss, is most famous for an accessible cave behind the cascade, making for truly unique shots. Skógafoss, however, is much wider, thus creates a larger mist at its base, providing an excellent opportunity to capture rainbows as well as the waterfall itself.

You will next pay a visit to the promontory, Dyrhólaey, the southernmost tip of mainland Iceland. From this incredible vantage point, you will have amazing views over the South Coast, as well as the opportunity to photograph the enormous rock arch that sits just below the peninsula.

You will also be paying a visit to the iconic black sand beach, Reynisfjara, known to be one of the most beautiful non-tropical beaches in the world. Not only will you have the chance to capture the striking contrast between the dark volcanic pebbles and the blue ocean, you will also see firsthand the rock stacks. Reynisdrangar.

That evening, you will be staying in accommodation in the village Vík í Mýrdal.

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Day 2
Reynisfjara black sand beach, as photographed in the morning.

Day 2 - Reynisfjara and Thakgil Canyon

On the morning of your second day, you will return to Reynisfjara in order to photograph the black sand beach in a different light. This is definitely something you’ll be thankful; in the morning glow, this area is truly one of the most beautiful scenes on earth.

Later, you will travel to the little-visited valley of Þakgil, located directly between the glittering Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the seemingly infinite Mýrdalssandur black sand desert. Þakgil makes for an amazing afternoon’s photography, with its glorious green meadows and uncompromising cliff-faces. You’ll find this day to be a fantastic contribution to your ever-growing portfolio.

In the afternoon, you will have more of an open opportunity to photograph the settlement of Vík, capturing its quirky culture and charming streets with a shutterbug’s eye for detail. Once again, you will be staying in accommodation in the village.

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Day 3
This workshop provides the chance to photograph Iceland's famous Atlantic Puffins.

Day 3 - Photographing Glaciers

It is the third and final day of your photography workshop on Iceland’s South Coast. Before heading back to Reykjavík, you will make another stop at Dyrhólaey Promontory in order to photograph Iceland’s most famous residents; the Atlantic Puffins. Puffins make for fantastic photographs thanks to the rich colour of their bills, pleasant dispositions and tendency to nest together in the cliffside.

On the return journey, you will make a couple of further stops in order to photograph some of the region’s ice caps, including Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull. Despite being one of Iceland’s smaller glaciers, Eyjafjallajökull was, of course, responsible for shutting down European air traffic in 2010 after a violent eruption in the volcano which sits under the glacier.

You will have one further opportunity to photograph the glacial tongue, Sólheimajökull; this small ice cap makes for striking snapshots thanks to the contrasting colours of the ice and adjacent, grey cliff faces. Depending on how conditions were on the first day of this workshop, you may also have another opportunity to capture Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

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What to bring

Photography Equipment
Outdoor Clothing
Sturdy Hiking Boots
Food and Drinks

Good to know

This tour is led by award-winning instructors:

Please note that the tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.

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