6 Day Photography Workshop in East Iceland

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Duration
5 days
Difficulty
Medium
Languages
English, Icelandic
Available
July

East Iceland is not as frequently visited by tourists as other parts of the country, so it is a more remote and less populated area. This makes the east an excellent place for photographers to explore the beautiful and diverse landscapes. This tour starts in the morning at Reykjavik Airport as you board an Air Iceland Connect flight to Egilsstaðir, in the East fjords. There will be a 4x4 rental SUV or a van waiting for you so you can start to explore the area. The landscapes in the East of Iceland are diverse and different from other parts of the country. It has deep fjords along the east coast with many villages or towns, high mountains with rivers and waterfalls, some of them are not visited by many tourists. The east of Iceland has the largest forest in the country, called Hallormsstaðarskógur and is on the banks of Lögurinn, the largest lake in the area. Around the lake, you might spot reindeer if you are lucky. One of the grand waterfalls in East Iceland is Hengifoss, the third highest waterfall in Iceland is located at the end of the lake. There is a 40-60 minute hike uphill to reach Hengifoss, and on the way is another smaller waterfall called Litlanesfoss. Colourful red rock formations surround Hengifoss, easily visible in the cliffs on both sides of the waterfall. Another beautiful waterfall lies in one of the fjords, Mjóifjörður. One of the highest mountain roads in the east leads into the fjord with high mountains on both sides.  Another mountain pass called Öxi leads down to another fjord, Berufjörður which has many different volcanic formations and frisky waterfalls and rivers. Next to Berufjörður is the Breiðdalur valley and there is another special waterfall, Flögufoss. It is relatively easy to access, 20-30 minutes hike uphill, revealing the waterfall with a beautiful mountain range in the back. Another fjord in the east, Borgarfjörður Eystri is the home of the Puffins, and you are going to visit them and get some photos. One of the unique places in the east is Stuðlagil canyon. It is a deep canyon surrounded with high basalt columns and a glacial river. There is a 5 km hike over the mostly flat area to that spot, taking you 3-4 hours depending on how fast you walk. It is newly discovered and very beautiful.

Included

Accommodation with private bathroom and breakfast 5 nights.
Transportation in a comfortable 4x4 truck or mini van.
Professional Photo guide.
Domestic flight, Reykjavik - Egilsstadir - Reykjavik.

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing
Cultural Activity

Attractions

Seyðisfjörður
Egilsstaðir
Borgarfjörður eystri
Hengifoss
Hallormsstaðaskógur
Flögufoss
Klifbrekkufossar Waterfall
Rjúkandi Waterfall
Stuðlagil Canyon

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Seyðisfjörður

Reykjavik - Egilsstadir

Flying in the morning from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir, starting to explore East Iceland around Egilsstaðir on the first day. Seyðisfjörður is a beautiful town on one of the deep east fjords Borgarfjörður eystri is the home of the elves and the Puffins, so you go out there and photograph them, or at least the Puffins. Accommodation in a hotel in Egilsstadir.

Day 2
Flögufoss waterfall.

Egilsstadir to Berufjörður and Breiðdalsvík

Exploring the south part of the East fjords from Egilsstadir, into Breiðdalur valley and Berufjörður, traveling over some of the highest mountain roads in Iceland. In Breiðdalur you will hike to the Flögufoss waterfall, a beautiful waterfall with a great mountain range in the back. These two fjords offer a variety of landscapes, cliffs, high mountains, rivers and waterfalls that we are going to explore.

Day 3
Hengifoss waterfall

Hengifoss waterfall and Borgarfjörður eystri.

Starting the morning with one of the highest waterfalls in Iceland, Hengifoss and Litlanesfoss. It is a 40-60 minutes long hike up hill towards the waterfalls, half way up is the Litlanesfoss waterfall, surrounded with basalt columns. Heading up to the highlands towards Snæfell and Hálslón if the weather is preferable.

Day 4
Stuðlagil canyon.

Stuðlagil canyon

You will start the day with a hike to the picturesque Stuðlagil canyon, 3-4 hours (5 kilometres one way). Stuðlagil is a unique canyon with basalt columns on both sides of a river running through. The photo opportunities are endless and we will spend most of the day exploring the area and finding good compositions. On the way back you will stop to photograph another waterfall, called Rjúkandi. A good place to practice and try out long exposure photography.

Day 5
Klifbrekkufossar

Klifbrekkufossar and the fjords.

A morning session at Klifbrekkufossar in Mjóifjörður, traveling over a high mountain road down to the fjord where the waterfall is. Going back and visiting the towns of Reyðarfjörður, Fáskrúðsfjörður and Stöðvarfjörður in the afternoon. In Stöðvarfjörður you will visit Petra's stone museum, a small local museum full of beautiful rocks and minerals from the mountains in the area.

Day 6
Puffin.

Egilsstaðir - Reykjavik.

Morning photo shoot near Egilsstaðir at the Fardagafoss waterfall ore some other location close by before heading to the Egilsstaðir airport. The flight back to Reykjavik is about one hour, arriving in Reykjavik at around 8 pm.

What to bring

Your camera gear, a sturdy tripod and drone if you have one.
Good hiking boots and clothes suitable for the Icelandic weather, which can sometimes be wet and around 10°C temperature.

Good to know

Domestic flight from Reykjavik to Egilsstaðir departs from Reykjavik Airport. We are flying back from Egilsstadir to Reykjavik on the last day, arriving in Reykjavik around 8 pm.

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Pall Jokull Petursson

Pall Jokull Petursson

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The owner of Landscape Photography Iceland, a seasoned landscape photographer and workshop leader.

The owner of Landscape Photography Iceland, a seasoned landscape photographer and workshop leader.

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