3 Day Photography Workshop | South Coast

3 Day Photography Workshop | South Coast
The black beach of Kirkjusandur stretching out on a summer night.
Horses grazing under the mountains on a cloudy day.
Puffins at the Dyrhólaey headland near Hjörleifshöfði, South Iceland.
Reynisfjara beach and the hexagonal basalt columns, with the Reynisdrangar sea stack in the background.
The north Atlantic crashing upon the shore on Reynisfjara beach.
Seljalandsfoss waterfall on a sunny summer evening.

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. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Jul.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Bird watching
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 16 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Eyjafjallajökull, Dyrhólaey, Sólheimajökull, Mýrdalsjökull, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Vík í Mýrdal, Reynisdrangar, Myrdalssandur, Þakgil, South Coast
Pickup information:

    Please note that pickup for this tour is between 8:00 and 9:00. Your tour provider will contact you prior to the tour with the exact pickup time.

    • Professional photo guide

    • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

    • 2 nights in a hotel in Vík, double rooms with private bathrooms

    • Food and Drinks

    • Hotel in Reykjavík

    • Flight tickets

    What to bring:
    • Photography Equipment

    • Outdoor Clothing

    • Sturdy Hiking Boots

    • Food and Drinks

    Good to know:

    This tour is led by award-winning instructors:

    2-4 Jun 2019

    8-10 Jun 2019

    15-17 Jun 2019

    22-25 Jun 2019

    29 Jun - 1 Jul 2019

    14-16 Jul 2019

    20-22 Jul 2019

    27-29 Jul 2019

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

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Waterfalls and Black Sand Beaches

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

    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.

    Day 2 - Reynisfjara and Thakgil Canyon

    Reynisfjara black sand beach, as photographed in the morning.

    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.

    Day 3 - Photographing Glaciers

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

    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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