Your first day will be relaxed to help ease you from your journey and prepare you for your travels ahead. You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport, and use the Flybus ticket provided for you to reach your hotel in the capital of Reykjavík.
Once there, you can unwind until the evening (or else check out the culture of the city), before meeting your group and guides for a delicious meal.
Your adventure starts with gusto. You will leave Reykjavík for the South Coast, a stretch lined with many of the features that make this country so iconic.
Your first subjects will be two beautiful waterfalls. First up is Seljalandsfoss, a narrow cascade that tumbles from a height of over sixty meters. What is particularly unique about this feature is that it falls off of a concave cliff, meaning it is possible to walk behind it for some breathtaking perspectives. Its neighbor, Skógafoss, is less unusual, but equally as mesmerizing; it has a very classic form, falls from the same height as Seljalandsfoss, and is much wider - up to twenty meters across after a heavy rain.
After spending enough time at each site composing the perfect image, you will continue on towards the village of Vík, where you will retire for the night. Before you do, however, you will have plenty of opportunities to enjoy a shooting session at Reynisfjara beach under the midnight sun.
Today, you will return to shoot Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar under a different light. Following that, you will head to the Dyrhólaey cliffs and rock arch for some incredible landscape and wildlife photography opportunities. You will no doubt be hoping for a moment where you can shoot puffins, and at Dyrhólaey, you will find plenty. They will allow you to get close enough to capture their charming faces and clumsy, endearing behavior, and are perfect practice for the aspiring wildlife photographer.
You will also have an opportunity to photograph Vík, a beautiful, quiet village surrounded by nature, including seemingly endless stretches of purple lupine fields.
Today, you will head to two of the most spectacular sites in all of Iceland, located right beside each other on the eastern side of the South Coast, both within the Vatnajökull National Park: the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, and the Jökulsárón glacier lagoon.
You will spend a considerable amount of the day here, before continuing onto Jökulsárlón to photograph the massive icebergs that fill the great lake under the midnight sun. The opportunities to capture great images here are endless; each berg is different, each ray of light will change the composition of your pictures, and the ice is ever on the move.
You will also head to the Diamond Beach, a stretch of black-sand coastline adjacent to Jökulsárlón where the bergs wash ashore after finally reaching the ocean. The contrasts between the blue ice, white surf, dark sands and vivid summer sky will make for some excellent additions to your portfolio.
Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach, as noted above, are ever-changing, particularly under different light and conditions, so there is no doubt you will be very grateful to return to shoot them on day five. The beauty of this corner of Iceland could warrant days of shooting, but there is more to see in the region, and after a few hours, you will head over to the next subject that requires your attention.
Before retiring for your fifth night, you will have another opportunity to photograph Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach.
This will be your final day in Iceland’s south-east, and you will use it to return to any sites your group wants to photograph better. No doubt this will still include Jökulsárlón and the Diamond Beach, as the opportunities here are so many and so unique.
Your photoguides, however, will also use today to take you to lesser-known spots only they and very few others know about. These will largely be in Vatnajökull National Park and tailored to allow you capture unbelievable panoramas of South Iceland and of the largest glacier in all of Europe.
Today, you will leave the south-east of Iceland, and head North. This journey will take you through the little-traveled, breathtaking East Fjords, where you will stop for many photo opportunities to capture its beautiful seascapes, its peaceful villages, and its abundant wildlife. After all, seabirds, seals, and even reindeer can all be found in this region.
Early in your journey, you’ll have another shoot at Vestrahorn but will otherwise capture what inspires you en route. The drive will be rather long, but the surrounding scenery will be ever-changing and ever impressive, and your destination, Lake Mývatn, is well worth the hours on the road.
Today will be spent better exploring all of the wonders that the Mývatn region has to offer. The lake itself is both serene and unusual; basalt pillars rise tall from its waters, and you never need to look far before you will find a new geological subject to shoot, making for some unique landscape photographs. Wildlife photographers will also find themselves catered for, as dozens of bird species frequent the lake in summer.
Today will be packed with shoots beneath the midnight sun, and no doubt by this time in the workshop, you will be noticing a marked development in the quality of your photographs.
On your last day of this midnight sun photography workshop in Iceland, you will get to visit a region few have the chance to in their time here: the Highlands. Iceland’s interior is vast, barren, dramatic and awe-inspiring, and the images you capture here will no doubt be fantastic additions to your portfolio.
You will leave Mývatn after an early shoot, and head down the Kjölur Highland Road. The scenery surrounding you as you travel will be more lunar than earthly, and thankfully, you will have opportunities to capture its haunting mystery.
Your main subjects in this region, however, will be the mountains of Kerlingarfjöll. These peaks are made of rhyolite, and their coloration is vivid; yellows, greens, oranges, blues, and blacks fade seamlessly in with each other, and the land is cut with rivers and hot spring areas, allowing you to take some incredible images that reflect the beautiful effects of Iceland’s volcanism.
This is your final day in Iceland. If you have time in the morning, you could use it to utilize your new skills with some urban landscape photography; Reykjavík has a fascinating culture, a long history, and unique architecture, so you will find many last subjects to fill whatever is left on your memory cards.
When it is time, you will take the Flybus back to the airport, and depart home or to your next destination, having had a once in the lifetime experience touring and capturing Iceland beneath the midnight sun.