South Coast & Highlands of Iceland Photography Experience – Jul 2017
On this 8-day photography workshop, we will travel along the South Coast capturing not only the major photography hot spots, our modified super jeep will also take us off the beaten tracks into the highlands of Iceland.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Challenging
Group Size Small Group
This is an experience for the photography enthusiasts. To get most out of each location and the summer midnight sun, we will be ready to shoot very VERY early in the morning (before coffee is available) or late in the evening hours.
In Iceland all itineraries are designed to be flexible, taking weather conditions into account. Our photography guide would make changes where needed as your safety is very important to us.
Although July has some of the warmest days of the year, we still advise that travelers come and pack prepared for Iceland’s notorious weather changes because conditions can change even more rapidly in drastically in the highlands.
Highlights of the Photography Experience
- Major south coast waterfalls e.g. Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Svartifoss
- Reynisfjara Black Beach & Rock Formations
- Glacier Lagoons e.g. Jokulsarlon
- Eystrahorn & Vestrahorn Mountain
- Fjardargljufur Canyon
- South Highlands of Iceland
- Native Professional Photographer Guide
- Operates in small group of 4
- Focus: Summer Landscape, Long Exposure
Key Facts of the Workshop
Date: 09Jul – 16Jul 2017
Duration: 8 days 7 nights
Professional Photography Guide: Eyjolfur Mar Thoroddsen (Ao Thor)
Accommodation: Hotel, Guesthouse and Vacation Home with Private Bathroom Facilities on Twin Sharing Rooms.
Maximum Participants: 4
Payment & Reservation
Price Per Person: ISK 466,800
A minimum deposit of ISK 155,600 is needed to confirm your spot. Balance (if any), needs to be received before 31May2017.
For cancellation policy, please see Terms & Conditions.
Experience & Gear
- Aspiring, Semi or Professional Photographers
- DSLR, Mirrorless
- Filters (Optional)
Non-photographer companion also welcome
- Private guided photography tour from 10-15Jul on Super Jeep
- Accommodation in combination of hotels, guesthouses and vacation home, twin sharing
- Round-trip airport transfer
- Airfare to Iceland
- Travel insurance
- Photography equipment
- All meals and drinks
Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), FlyBus will take you to the heart of Reykjavik. The rest of the day is open for you to explore the city.
South Coast Waterfall
We will pick you up at very very early hours and start heading out so we get to our first locations before most other travelers would get into our frame. We will warm up with Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss Waterfalls, two of the most famous waterfalls in Iceland.
Moving further along the south coast, we will then set our tripods on black beach Reynisfjara. Here we will find stark contrast between the waves and black sand, but more notably the basalt rock columns and cave, and sea stack.
South Coast Glacier
Going further east, we will venture into Vatnajokull National Park and embark on an easy 2-hour hike to Svartifoss Waterfall, also known as the black waterfall. The 12m high waterfall is framed by black columnar basalt formations. We will then head to one of the tongue glaciers, Svinafellsjokull, where we will find a frozen landscape of white ice striated with blue crevasses. Moving further east, we will have our first visit at the famous Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, where we will find icebergs that has fallen off the glacier pooling up at the lagoon before they flow out to the sea.
Eystrahorn & Vestrahorn
Heading towards the east of Iceland, we will explore the mountains of Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn. Eystrahorn is a steep mountain that is 756m in height made up primarily of gabbro. There are small amount of precious metals like gold, silver mercury giving it wonderful colors against the austere grey of the gabbro.
We will move over to Stokksnes to shoot Eystrahorn´s sister mountain, Vestrahorn. The fine black sand beach and water often create a smooth reflection of the mountain.
South Coast Glacier Lagoons & Canyon
Taking a turn in direction, we will head back to Jokulsarlon for shoot at a different time of the day. We will also get to a more secluded lagoon for more photography opportunities before we head over to Fjadrargljufur Canyon. Fjadrargljufur is up to 100 m deep and about 2 kilometres long, with the Fjaðrá river flowing through it.
Today we head into the raw and rugged mountainous region on the south highlands of Iceland behind Myrdalsjokull glacier. The landscape on the highlands is an eerie combination of glacier, desert, mountains covered with lush neon green moss, and iron-red colored rocks.
Going back in the the highlands, we drive through Domadalur, Valley of the Doom. At the end of the Valley we will find Frostarstadavatn, a beautiful lake lined with black sandy shore where lava field runs into it. From here we will also see the silica-rich multicolored rhyolite mountains. After that we head towards Landmannalaugar, where we not only find more colorful rhyolite mountains, but also the natural hot spring in the highlands.
We will then move on to Ljotipollur, which means ugly puddle in Icelandic. Contrary to its unappealing name, the turquoise-colored still lake is surrounded with crimson red slopes, making it quite a surreal scene.
Depending on your departure time, FlyBus will take you from hotel in Reykjavik to the Keflavik Airport.