Iceland the ”Land of Ice and Fire” is one of the most spectacular places in the world. With such a diverse range of landscapes and natural phenomena, it makes any photographer hungry to explore this unique destination.
Over 11 days, our photography subjects will range from immense glaciers and cascading waterfalls to black beaches with randomly placed blue ice fragments. Ever changing light conditions challenge us every time, but reward us later.
Last but not least, the Northern Lights might dance in the sky, and we will be there to capture this unearthly spectacle.
- Iceland Circle Tour with the famous waterfalls Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Gullfoss and Godafoss
- Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Black Basalt Beach, Mývatn and much more..
- The Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and capturing the night sky
- Learn Image post-processing like a pro
Iceland Photo Tour Itinerary
Let’s go explore the Land of Ice and Fire.
“The locals say that one can experience four seasons in one day in Iceland. We may change our plans or timing according to the weather forecast to give you the best experience possible”
Day 1 – 3
Arrive in Reykjavík and transfer to the hotel. In the evening, we will photograph the center of Reykjavik and have dinner together. We will not miss the Sólfar artpiece on the coast or the Lutheran church Hallgrímskirkja. On the second day we hit the road and start the so called Golden Circle. Our first stop is the flooded volcano crater. Our next ”foss” (waterfall) will be the majestic Gullfoss.
Our shutters will be clicking fast at the geothermal area Geyser with Strokkur geyser spurting up to 20 meters (65 ft) high at 7-minute intervals. We continue to explore the Golden Circle and pay a visit to Thingvellir National Park with abundant lava fields, another small church and Óxarárfoss waterfall.
Day 4 – 6
The day of waterfalls. We start shooting at majestic Skógafoss and continue to Seljalandsfoss. Seljalandsfoss can be walked around and is one of the most fun-to-photograph waterfalls in Iceland. In order to avoid boring you with waterfalls so soon, we will visit the wreck of a DC-3 plane which has been sitting in the middle of nowhere since 1973 when it successfully made an emergency landing. We shoot the Reynisdrangar rock formation from the black basalt beach at the southern-most point of Iceland in Vík. We also get an elevated view of the coastal landscape from Dyrholaey promontory with its picturesque lighthouse.
Next stop will be one of the most beautiful places in Iceland and arguably in the world – Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon with icebergs floating to the sea. And if we are lucky, we might spot seals drifting on one of them. On the opposite side of the lagoon, there is another treat waiting for us – a black basalt beach with washed up chunks of ice from the lagoon. We will also not omit the breathtaking panoramic views of Vestrahorn mountain range.
Day 7 – 9
We move to Mývatn as the area surrounding lake has a lot to offer. We sniff sulphuric fumes at the geothermal area Námafjall Hverir with its fumaroles, colorful soil and bubbling mud pools. Viti crater gives us a good opportunity for panoramic shots, and Grjótagjá cave unveils its beautiful blue water. Of course, we will not miss Mývatn Lake for reflection shots with long-exposures. Those who like Icelandic baths can visit the relaxing Mývatn Nature Baths.
We visit two stunning waterfalls. Aldeyjarfoss takes some more driving, and if road conditions permit, we will not regret the time spent. One of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland is undoubtedly the ”Waterfall of the Gods”, Godafoss. In the end of this part of Iceland Photo Tour we visit Hvítserkur, truly majestic stone formations rising from the sea.
Day 10 – 11
For the last two days we move towards Snæfellsnes peninsula where we will photograph jagged cliffs, a black wooden church and the Londrangar rock formation. All this overlooked by the snow-capped Snæfellsnes glacier. The highlight of this part will be the iconic cone-shaped Kirkjufellness Mountain with the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls in the foreground.
The last sunrise we spend around Kirkjufellness Mountain as this is one of the most photogenic places in Iceland. Afterwards we drive the last part of the Iceland circle to Reyjkajvik arriving before noon. We will provide for you a transport to the international airport and saying ”Bless, Ísland” (which means ”Goodbye, Iceland” in Icelandic).
Learn post-processing like a pro
Bring the touch of perfection to your digital images
Our Iceland photo tour is not only about taking pictures but we also put emphasis on image post-processing which is extremely important nowadays. We will hold post-processing panels where we will teach you the workflows in Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom and some additional plug-ins we use to make your pictures stand well apart from the rest. We will try to allow enough time for you to post-process your pictures while on the tour, and hopefully you will go home with your prime shots ready for the showcase.
You will learn how to
- Organize your photos efficiently and speed up your workflow
- Develop RAW files with Lightroom and Photoshop and apply initial adjustments
- Use the selection, sharpening and retouching tools properly
- Blend multiple exposures in Lightroom and Photoshop using various techniques (HDR, luminosity masks)
- Stylize your images to give them your own artistic signature
- Apply various image effects… and much more
Iceland Photo Tour Details
What is Included & Excluded in the Price
- Two professional photography guides
- 10 nights in double rooms in cozy hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms. (Single room supplement $600 USD)
- All breakfasts
- Transportation in rented cars
- Transfer from/to airport in Reykjavik
- Entrance fees to photography locations
- Post-Processing sessions during the tour
- Airfare to/from Iceland
- Food and beverages other than breakfast
- Travel insurance
- Equipment and baggage insurance
- Personal expenses such as laundry, phone etc.
We want you to get the most amazing pictures on our Iceland Photo Tour whether you are a beginner, keen amateur or professional photographer. We strongly emphasise on individual approach so each of our participants gets the right in–field guidance. Moreover, you will be in a group of people who share the passion for photography and you will expand your creative and post-processing skills.
Martin Bišof is a Prague based professional photographer and adventurer who has years of experience guiding photo workshops and with commercial shooting. He spent a year in the natural beauty of New Zealand and has travelled to more than 30 countries around the globe explored from the depth Amazon rain forest to the high peaks of the Himalayas. His pictures have won awards internationally and appeared in various magazines and other publications. Martin truly loves connecting with people from all over the world and discovering new places, tastes and cultures. Read Martin’s full profile >
Jan Miřacký is a professional landscape and travel photographer based in Prague, Czech Republic, with years of experience leading popular photography and adventure tours all around the world. He’s visited more than 35 countries and his all time favourites are Iceland, Peru and Myanmar. He has tutored 250+ photographers with sky-high satisfaction rating mostly because of his efficient teaching methods and engaging personality. Jan’s greatest passions are long-exposure photography and cityscapes. Read Jan’s full profile >