Join Serge's top student Riccardo Fracassi and a local expert photographer to explore and capture the best photo spots in the Land of Fire and Ice. Experience endless daylight with over 21 hours of sun, allowing for optimal shooting conditions. We'll focus on sunrise, golden hour, and sunset shots, but also seize mid-day opportunities.
Expect stunning scenes, from purple lupine fields to vibrant waterfalls, geysers, and colorful mountains. Capture the power of North Sea waves, glacial icebergs in Jokulsarlon Lagoon, and enchanting landscapes. Iceland offers unique photographic moments, ensuring a memorable experience and exceptional images.
Welcome to Reykjavik! We'll meet at our host hotel's lobby at 5:00 pm for introductions and a workshop briefing with Riccardo and our local photography guide. Then, we'll have a Welcome Dinner at a nearby restaurant to get to know each other and discuss the week ahead. After dinner, we'll capture the Solar Voyager sculpture and Hallgrimskirkja.
Get ready for the "midnight sun" with sunset at 12:00 am and sunrise at 2:56 am. Don't forget your sleep mask, as we'll be resting during the long daylight hours to shoot at sunrise and sunset. Overnight at Reykjavik Center Hotel Plaza.
Note: Upon arriving to Iceland, we suggest using the FlyBus service from Keflavik Airport to the host hotel in Reykjavik. Taxis are also available near the terminal building. The FlyBus service is located right outside the terminal building and the cost is around $35 USD each way. Book online using the FlyBus Plus service which will drop you off at your hotel. You can book a round trip to take you back to the airport after the tour. Book FlyBus online:
1. Visit https://www.re.is/flybus
2. Choose the FlyBus+ service which will ask for your hotel information.
3. Pay online.
Today our journey to the highlands is itself a spectacle featuring cascading waterfalls, majestic glaciers, and dramatic rock formations. We will capture 2 remarkable crater lakes:
Bláhylur and Ljótipollur.
Bláhylur, meaning 'the blue lake', is renowned for its striking blue waters. In contrast, Ljótipollur, ironically named 'the Ugly Puddle', captivates with its striking red slopes against the backdrop of sapphire waters, showcasing surreal beauty.
The adventure continues as you journey to Háifoss, Iceland's third highest waterfall, where you'll witness its waters plunge dramatically over 120 meters into a striking ravine. In the vicinity, discover the enchanting Granni waterfall, a smaller yet equally captivating cascade. Overnight Highlands Center Hotel.
Our second day in the highlands takes us deep into the Landmannalaugar region, an enchanting highland paradise brimming with photographic treasures. We will photograph brightly colored ryonite mountains, glaciers, and volcanoes as our guide will leads us to the most iconic spots. The day begins with a visit to the Frostastaðaháls ridge, offering surreal panoramic views of Iceland's interior and overlooking the tranquil crater lake of the same name. Then we’ll explore the valley of Sigöldugljúfur, a breathtaking scene lined with a series of distinct and picturesque waterfalls.
We descend from the highlands for our overnight at Hella. Overnight Hotel Kanslarrin Hella
Our photographic odyssey takes us further east along Iceland’s South Coast, to the striking Mt Vestrahorn on the Stokksnes Peninsula. Famously known as “the Batman mountain” for its distinctive, horn-like twin peaks, Vestrahorn is one of Riccardo's favorite locations in Iceland. The dramatic mountain is accented by dark black sand dunes, sea grasses and a picturesque cove/ beach area revealing the quintessential stark, barren and often haunting nature of Iceland’s landscapes. We will time our shoot here for the best light when Vestrahorn becomes shadowy and even more atmospheric- maybe doing both sunset and sunrise. Overnight Hofn Berjaya Iceland Hotels.
Today we will be focused on two locations in particular, starting with the mesmerizing Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Jökulsárlón is often spoken of as ‘the crown jewel of Iceland’s nature’, due to its unreal beauty. Here, vividly blue icebergs break from the retreating glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull, some towering high above the water, and slowly cruise across the lake towards the ocean. Each one is unique and makes for a fascinating subject. Many seals call the lagoon home, and can be photographed either swimming in the azure water or hauling out on the ice. As amazing as Jökulsárlón is, the adjacent Diamond Beach, named as such for the small ice pieces that wash up on the black sand, may well prove to be the highlight of the day. Here the contrasts between the ice, sand, and surf will result in spectacular quintessential Iceland images. Overnight Hofn Berjaya Iceland Hotel.
Today we visit the spectacular Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This area is so beautiful that it was once a National Park in its own right before the newly formed Vatnajökull National Park absorbed it. We’ll spend the majority of the day shooting its many sites including glacier tongues and lagoons, mountains, ice caps, forests, river systems and waterfalls. After capturing the magic of this beautiful reserve, we will head back to the South Coast, returning to Reynisfjara beach for another sunset shoot. Overnight Riverfront Lodge Hella.
Day seven is your final full day of photography, and you will spend it shooting three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, all found the on Golden Circle Route. Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland and is where the early residents formed their first parliament in 930 AD. While the history of this place is inspiring, the landscapes are our focus. Our subjects here are the valley walls marking the edges of the continents, the lava fields that fill the area from eruptions in centuries past, and the many ravines filled with crystal clear spring water, opened by earthquakes in the area. Iceland’s largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn, is a beautiful subject with its surrounding mountains.
The Geysir geothermal area is our opportunity to photograph Iceland’s seething geothermal activity. The area is dotted with many fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, the earth is vividly colored by the elements rising from the crust, and there are mighty geysers on site. We will have plenty of chances to shoot Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes to heights which exceed twenty meters. Our final subject will be one of Iceland’s most recognisable and renowned sites: Gullfoss waterfall. This incredible feature, the name of which translates to the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is immensely powerful, thundering in two tiers into a dramatic, ancient canyon. There are several platforms from which we can photograph the waterfall’s ominous strength. When the sun is shining, we can capture the colorful rainbows dancing in the spray. Returning to Reykjavík we celebrate the amazing images we captured and new friends made at our Farewell Dinner. Overnight Reykjavik Center Hotel Plaza.
Departure day 🛫
Again, we recommend using the FlyBus Plus.
Dates: June 16-23, 2024.
Guide: Top Icelandic photo tour guide.
Vehicle: 4WD Sprinter accommodates guide/ driver, and 12-16 people.
Meals: Welcome dinner and farewell dinner, plus breakfast daily. All other meals are the responsibility of the participants.
Deposit: $3,000 deposit fully refundable up to 60 days prior to workshop.
Participants: workshop is limited to 12-16 participants.
Fully refundable deposits up to 60 days prior to the workshop. Deposit to secure your spot for the workshop is $3,000. Total price per ticket is $8,997 for single rooms and $7,997 for shared rooms. You will be billed for the remaining balance as we near the workshop date in September of 2024.
The fee for the whole workshop is $8,997 per person, which includes:
Additional meals, flight tickets and additional nights in the hotel are at your expense.
You will pay a reservation of $3,000 to secure your spot in the workshop and pay the remaining balance of $6,000 as we near the workshop in September 2024.
This is a fully refundable deposit up to 60 days prior to the workshop. The deposit is to secure your spot with hotel and workshop.
Now that we have covered the technical part, let’s go over what to wear. The weather in Iceland can get quite cold with an average temperature of 8.5C or 47F so dress warm and wear layers!
Trust me when I say the views and photos are worth the bit of cold ;)
I accept all level of experience in photography, but just make sure you have the gear needed; otherwise it will be no fun for you. If you are missing a lens or a ND filter don’t worry about it!
The first 5 participants could bring their spouse for an additional charge of $1,497.