Snæfellsjökull at sunset Snæfellsjökull frozen peaks Venkatramana Temple Erg Chebbi, Ziz Valley, Sahara

Iceland Ultimate Midsummer Landscape Workshop

Highlights include…

  • Luminous icebergs floating in a surreal turquoise lagoon
  • Stokksnes and Vestrahorn
  • Heinabergsjökull glacier lagoon
  • Bizarre glacial landscapes up close
  • Sea washed ice on black volcanic sand
  • Sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations
  • Sea arches and sea stacks
  • Hours of ambient light
  • Island of Flatey
  • Cape Ingólfshöfði, Puffin and Great Skua
  • Boat trip to Flatey, Breiðafjörður
  • Alpine flowers
  • Purple lupine fields
  • Vast lava fields
  • Snæfellsnes Peninsula and glacier

General Summary

This fabulous summer workshop concentrates on three main locations.

Southeast and South Iceland

Photography against a backdrop of mountains, glaciers, icebergs and black sand beaches.

Snæfellsnes, West Iceland

A remarkable peninsula renowned for its dramatic coastal landscape, sea cliffs and tranquil pools. The peninsula is dominated by the glaciated volcano Snæfellsjökull and is considered to be one of the world’s most powerful energy sources.

Flatey Island

A tiny island located in the very heart of Breiðafjörður, a step back in time!

During the month of June we enjoy the summer solstice. Essentially it is light all day with the sun disappearing only briefly. There are several hours of ambient light with endless sunrises and sunsets, a superb time to be in Iceland! Our locations are well chosen and photographically rewarding. Some are reached with the help of a local farmer such as Cape Ingólfshöfði, home to thousands of nesting birds including Puffin and Great Skua. Some are well known such as the two magnificent waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. Some locations are iconic such as Iceland’s huge Vatnajökull ice cap, Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. Many locations are visually unusual like the black beaches festooned with sparkling sea washed ice sculptures and some can only be accessed by boat. Several locations are secret to us, a real advantage when travelling with guides who know the landscape intimately. Expect to return from this workshop with an understanding of modern image processing techniques, a portfolio of remarkable, creative images and a bunch of great memories!

Brief Itinerary

This page is only a brief summary. For full details please download the trip description PDF

Day 1: Arrive Reykjavík

Arrive at Keflavík, Reykjavík’s international airport. Transfer to our city centre hotel. If you arrive on an early flight you will have time to wander around the small but vibrantly buzzing city centre. We meet at 19:00 for introductions and a trip briefing before going out into town for dinner.

Day 2–4: Flight to Höfn and Southeast Iceland

Following a leisurely breakfast at our hotel, we leave for Reykjavík’s small domestic airport to board our flight to Höfn in southeast Iceland. The flight takes under an hour and crosses some spectacular scenery including the Vatnajökull ice cap. Our base is very well situated for many stunning locations. To get the best light for our subjects we have a flexible itinerary often revisiting worthwhile locations. These will include:
Stokksnes and Vestrahorn: The jagged rocks and ridges of Vestrahorn make a fine backdrop to a black sand beach.
Jökulsárlón: Ethereal icebergs of all shapes and sizes float serenely in the turquoise waters of this world famous lagoon.
Breiðamerkursandur: a black sand beach with sparkling ice formations, a totally unique experience.
Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon: a remote less visited location combing lush green vegetation, silvery winding streams, black sander with a big sculptured glacier that catches the light in a surreal fashion.
Cape Ingólfshöfði: immense black sands, wild coastal headland, Puffins and Great Skua.

Day 5-6: Horses, Vík Beach and Skógafoss

This morning we leave our hotel early for an expedition over the black sands to Cape Ingólfshöfði. The headland and cliffs are home to many breeding birds including Puffin and Great Skua. Late morning we begin our journey to Vik. We may visit locations in the Skaftafell National Park including parts of the glacier where few other photographers visit. We spend a full day around Vik and Dyrhólaey to explore the coastal areas more thoroughly. In the evening we may visit the iconic “rainbow” waterfall Skógafoss.

Hotel Vik

7-9: Snæfellsnes and Hellnar

Leaving Vik and South Iceland we head west to one of Iceland’s most enigmatic locations, Snæfellsnes a dramatic coastal peninsula dominated by the now extinct snow capped volcano Snæfellsjökull. Our hotel is located beneath the glacier overlooking the North Atlantic Ocean. We are perfectly situated and central to all our landscape and bird locations. Nearby there is sheltered rocky beach which often has gorgeous green rocks and a small beach cafe offering excellent fish soup; all of this just five minutes walk from the hotel. On the North coast we have Kirkjufell Mountain, dramatic mountain vistas, a tidal estuary, Kirkjufellsfoss an attractive waterfall and the Berserkjahraun lava fields.
Snæfellsnes Hotel

Days 10: Flatey Island

This morning we take a ferry boat to the little Island of Flatey located in Breiðafjörður. The Island is a unique spot for both bird and Landscape photography. Here we find around fifty breeding bird species. Our comfortable hotel is in the small traditional island hotel only open May–July. The island has one single track leading from the ferry dock to the so-called “old village”. This collection of houses consists of some beautifully restored and tastefully painted old wooden buildings once the homes of the island’s original inhabitants.Meals will be very traditional with local produce cooked by our hosts. This is the ultimate location to chill and be creative!

Flatey Hotel

Day 11: Return to Reykjavík

After a relaxed morning on the Island and lunch we take the afternoon ferry to Snæfellsnes followed by the two and half hour journey to our Reykjavík Hotel and a celebratory dinner in the city.

Hotel Reykjavík

Day 12: Homeward flights

Transfer to the airport for homeward flights

What’s included

  • 11 nights accomodation
  • All Meals
  • All transport
  • Transfers to and from Reykjavík’s International airport
  • Transfers to and from Reykjavík’s domestic airport
  • Photographic tutors/tuition
  • Cape Ingólfshöfði excursion
  • Flatey Ferries

What’s not included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Travel Insurance
  • Boat trip on the Jökulsárlón; optional

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.