Play Video about Lupines at sunset at Vestrahorn Mountain, Iceland

Midnight Sun in Iceland

The Midnight Sun – a phenomenon that occurs in far Northern countries where sunsets merge into sunrises with very little darkness in between. Golden Hour can stretch on for hours, painting the landscape in a dreamy palette of soft pinks, warm yellows, deep oranges, and dreamy purples from the rays of the low-lying sun. It’s a photographer’s paradise!

Join us on this 8 day summer workshop to experience this phenomenon and capture the landscapes of the South Coast, Vatnajökull National Park and Highlands under the Midnight Sun.

We will visit the iconic locations of Iceland – from stunning waterfalls to majestic mountains, steaming geothermal areas, black sand beaches, epic canyons, and volcanic coastlines.

Aimed at photographers of all skill level – beginner, amateur or a professional – you’ll be sure to come away from this workshop with a diverse portfolio of images of Iceland.

Dates

29 July - 5 August, 2022

Group Size

Maximum of 12 participants

Price (USD)

$4,390 Double Occupancy
$5,120 Single Occupancy

Workshop Highlights

  • Improving your Landscape, Seascape, Golden Hour, and Aerial photography skills with our team of master photographers
  • Experiencing the diverse landscapes and iconic sights of Iceland under the midnight sun
  • The magnificent, powerful waterfalls of the south coast
  • Learning new skills and advanced photography techniques to make the most of lighting and locations such as bracketing, focus stacking, and long exposures
  • Receiving support and mentoring for both in-field and post-processing techniques customized to meet individual goals
  • Visiting the unforgettable Diamond Beach
  • Capturing the delightful Atlantic Puffins
  • Vestrahorn & Eystrahorn – the dramatic mountain ranges of the south
  • Introduction to drone photography, assistance with drone setup, and if it’s your first time or in-field instruction for how to fly one and use this new tool for photography
  • Understanding how to create stunning panoramas – from shooting the images in-field to the post-processing workflow
  • Learning composition techniques to transform your photos into compelling, creative, and engaging images
  • A small workshop so your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide and fellow photographers

Included

  • 8 day workshop with 7 nights accommodation
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guides who will provide a combination of instruction, masterclasses, and in-field guidance
  • Transportation during the workshop in a comfortable vehicle with ample room for you and your photography gear
  • Post-processing masterclasses and image critique sessions to guarantee that you go home with an incredible portfolio
  • Access to exclusive discounts on gear from our partners

Excluded

  • Travel to and from the workshop’s designated pick-up/drop-off points in Reykjavik
  • Food and beverages
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email, or phone charges
  • Personal Travel, Medical, Equipment or Trip Cancellation Insurance
  • Visas (if applicable)
  • Gratuities for Photo Guides, local guides, and/or drivers

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Itinerary

You can find more information about what to expect during this workshop below. However, to give you the opportunity to capture the best images possible, this itinerary will be kept flexible.

This workshop has been timed to take advantage of the Midnight Sun – a phenomenon that occurs in far Northern countries where sunsets merge into sunrises with no darkness in between, and Golden Hour stretches from around 10pm until 5am.
These Golden Hours are a fascinating time to be photographing Iceland, as the landscapes can be painted in an ethereal palette of soft pinks, warm yellows, deep oranges, and dreamy purples from the rays of the low-lying sun. However, to capture this light, we will be reversing our sleep cycles – shooting from late in the afternoon until late morning as weather allows, and sleeping throughout the day whenever we are not using the time to travel to the next destination.

Our Photo Guides will monitor weather forecasts, road conditions, and any other factors and plan the days to optimize shooting conditions.
Our goal is to put you in the best locations at the right time with the best light so you can capture fantastic images.

Day 1: Introducing Iceland

We will set off early from Reykjavik, starting our adventure by heading to the South East of Iceland.

We will travel along the foothills of the Vatnajökull glacier, past majestic mountain ranges and incredible glacial tongues that stretch down from the ice cap towards the sea.

As this is our longest driving day of the workshop, we will stop at several places along the way to stretch our legs and capture the incredible vistas. This includes the puffin colony in Dyrholaey, where you will get your first chance at photographing these delightful sea birds.
We will also visit Svínafellsjökull, an immense glacier tongue with tendrils reaching down from the ice cap towards the sea. You can walk close enough to the ice ridges to hear the sounds of the glacier – creaks, fractures, and deep cracking. From here, you’ll capture the fascinating textures made from deposits of black ash and rubble dispersed among the deep blue ice – the scars left by previous volcanic eruptions.

Our final destination will be Vatnajökull National Park – our base for the next few days.

After some rest time and a late dinner, we will head out for our first Midnight Sun shoot at one of Iceland‘s most iconic landmarks: Jökulsárlón.
Icebergs of all shapes and sizes break off from the nearby glacial tongue and slowly drift towards the sea at this beautiful lagoon. It is a magical experience to see them float by in their palettes of turquoise, frosted white, deep blue, and even black. We will stay here to capture the sun setting over the lagoon. 

Accommodations: Vatnajökull National Park

Svinafellsjokul Glacier Iceland
Sunset at Glacier Lagoon, Iceland- Midnight Sun in Iceland

Day 2: Iconic Mountains

Today we will continue along the Ring Road to Vestrahorn, the iconic mountain that sits alone on the shore of the wild Atlantic Ocean. Located on the next headland is Eystrahorn – an incredibly steep mountain that has been battered over eons by wind and waves, creating jagged peaks and rugged formations from the dark lava rock.

The weather around these mountains is dynamic – it is common to witness clear skies, fog, and clouds within the same hour. The scenery constantly shifts as the light changes – making these mountains a photographer’s dream!

These famous landmarks are even more spectacular under the golden light of the Midnight Sun, surrounded by wildflowers, shallow pools providing reflections, and undulating black dunes. 
We will spend the afternoon exploring the many composition options, staying to photograph the jagged peaks against the backdrop of a Midnight Sun sunset.

Accommodations: Vatnajökull National Park

Sunset and lupines Vestrahorn Iceland
Eystrahorn Iceland

Day 3: Ice and Diamonds

In the afternoon, your guides will run post-processing training. Whether you are brand new to editing or have extensive experience, you are sure to learn new techniques for your workflow to help you return home with great images of Iceland.

We will then explore Fjallsárlón – a glacier lagoon surrounded by a landscape that will blow you away, and an ideal place to capture panoramas!
Looming above the lagoon is the volcano Öræfajökull – the largest active volcano in Iceland. Its peaks are so high it remains covered with ice in the middle of summer! The glacier Fjallsjökull winds down the steep mountainside, stretching into the lagoon. On calm days, this is an excellent destination to capture serene reflection shots.

We will also return to Jökulsárlón to capture the beautiful vistas under different lighting conditions.

Our day will finish at one of the most extraordinary locations in Iceland, Diamond Beach – the final resting place for the icebergs that we just saw floating in Jökulsárlón. The icebergs are pounded by waves and smashed into smaller chunks of ice that then wash up onto the black volcanic sand where they lay, glistening like diamonds.
We will have plenty of time to photograph this spectacular beach – the memories of watching the ice glow in the golden light will last a lifetime.

Accommodations: Vatnajökull National Park

Sunrise Diamond Beach Iceland
Sunrise in Diamond Beach Iceland

Day 4: The South Coast

Diamond Beach is undoubtedly one of the most surreal places in Iceland – it is commonly one of the highlights of our workshops. Every day, under different conditions, the beach is transformed. We will return to shoot here again to ensure portfolios are varied and practice our long exposure skills.

We will then travel back along the south coast to Vík – our base for the next few days.

We will stop at Víkurkirkja – a picture-perfect white church that sits atop a hill overlooking the village of Vik. The surrounding area is covered in vibrant blooms of purple lupine during the summer months, making this quaint church even more picturesque.

We will then visit the promontory of Dyrhólaey with its massive arch and historic lighthouse. From here, you can also capture remarkable panoramic views of the Vik coastline, with the black sand beach stretching into the horizon.
Not only are the views here spectacular, but close by is home to a colony of adorable Atlantic Puffins. These comical birds are often called the ‘Clowns of the Sea’ because of their technicolor facial markings and awkward, clumsy antics. They are incredibly entertaining to watch and amazing to photograph due to their expressive eyes and striking colors. They will be sure to capture your hearts and lenses.

After dinner, we will head out to Reynisfjara for another Midnight Sun shoot – an infamous beach with imposing basalt columns, dramatic black volcanic sand, and impressive sea stacks. Legend says that two trolls were pulling their ship into the shore when daylight broke, turning them into these impressive stone towers.
We will stay out shooting for as long as we can last to capture their silhouettes through the golden hour as the sun sets behind them on the horizon.

Accommodations: Vik

Puffins in Iceland
Man looking at Reynisfjara Sea Stacks in Iceland

Day 5: Chasing Waterfalls

There is a scientific theory that waterfalls make people happier and boost energy.
If this is true, prepare for a day overflowing with positive vibes as we visit three spectacular waterfalls!

We will start our day at Skógafoss – one of Iceland’s most recognizable waterfalls and one so mighty you will feel the mist before you reach it. Here the water roars over a moss-covered, tall cliff, crashing 60 meters below into a shallow stream. If it is a sunny day, we will be able to capture a rainbow in the spray!

Next, we will visit Kvernufoss – a lesser-known waterfall but one of our favorites!
After a short hike through a narrow, winding gorge, we will arrive at this (literally) hidden gem – a magical fall cascading from a height of 30 meters into a stream below. There are endless composition options here – and the best part is that we can take our time here without many other people around.

We couldn’t think of a better place to spend sunset than Seljalandsfoss – with its narrow stream of pure glacier water that cascades over a cliff 60 meters below. This waterfall is unique in that it has a path that takes you behind the veil of water!
Capturing this waterfall from behind the cascade is a challenging but unforgettable experience – especially when the water lights up under the glow of the setting Midnight Sun!

Accommodations: Vik

Skogafoss with Lupines Iceland
Sunset at Seljalandsfoss, Iceland

Day 6: Highland Colors

We are heading off the beaten path and into the rugged Central Highlands!

Amongst the desolate, rugged deserts and volcanic mountain ranges of the Highlands are areas of exquisite diversity and beauty – many of which rarely see visitors. We will spend our day exploring some of these unique sites – including jewel-colored crater lakes, braided rivers, and volcanic mountains that rise like pyramids out of nowhere.
Drone enthusiasts will need fully-charged batteries – some of these places are even more incredible with a birds-eye-view of the landscape!

We will finish our day in the valley of Landmannalaugar.
The landscape here is incredible – a vast, volcanic oasis of rhyolite mountains dispersed with rising vents of white steam and natural blue pools. The hills are shaded in colors of yellow, brown, green, blue, and pink – and they continually transform as the light changes throughout the day!
This extraordinary site is a photographer’s dream, and exploring it will be an experience you will never forget.

Accommodations: Highlands

Landmannalaugar Iceland
Blue and Green Crater Lakes in Iceland

Day 7: Highlands

Sadly, today will be our final day of shooting.

We will set off early to Háifoss – one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls. Translating to ‘High Falls,’ the waters here plunge 122 meters into a deep gorge in the beautiful Þjórsárdalur valley, resulting in breathtaking panoramic views.

Next, we will visit Sigöldugljúfur – a hidden gem known as the Valley of Tears due to its many waterfalls. This remarkable canyon is truly an oasis in the middle of the volcanic landscapes of the central Highlands, characterized by turquoise water, lush vegetation, and canyon walls covered in moss.

We will finish our workshop in the Golden Circle, where we can witness the results of the incredible volcanic forces that continue to shape Iceland.
You will see the rift between the European and North American tectonic plates where Iceland is literally being pulled apart.
We will stop to capture the extraordinary activity of Strokkur – a geyser that spouts jets of scalding water over 20 meters into the air every 4-10 minutes. A blast to shoot at high shutter speeds!
We will then visit our last waterfall – the powerful Gullfoss whose waters plummet spectacularly into a deep crevice.

Finally, we will make our way back to Reykjavik for the final drop-off, arriving in the city late in the afternoon.

Accommodations: Reykjavik Area

Haifoss in Highlands of Iceland
Man standing at the edge of Siguldofoss waterfall Highlands Iceland

Day 8: Departure

After breakfast, you will make your way to the airport to fly home, with memories to last a lifetime, new friends, and memory cards full of amazing images of Iceland under the Midnight Sun.

Sunset over Reykjavik Iceland
Sunset at the Sun Voyager Reykjavik Iceland

Important Workshop Information

We will be staying in clean, comfortable accommodations throughout this workshop including hotels and apartments.


For an additional cost you may request a single room - please note this is subject to room availability, and at the discretion of Viking International Phototours based on workshop attendee numbers.


Single rooms may include your own bedroom within a multi-room apartment (shared bathroom/kitchenette).

Participants will be collected from Reykjavik City Hall.

 

As buses are restricted in large parts of Downtown Reykjavik, we are unable to collect individuals from their hotels.


We recommend you book a place to stay nearby – there are a number of decent hotels and guesthouses within walking distance.

Our workshop's itinerary is subject to change at the discretion of our Photo Guides depending on factors including but not limited to weather, road conditions, transportation delays, and other factors beyond our control. We will check the weather forecasts and road conditions and plan our day to optimize shooting conditions.


We cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary.

A mild to moderate level of fitness is required for this workshop.


Most shooting locations are easily accessible via a short hike.
However, sometimes this may be across rough, uneven, icy or muddy terrain that includes elevation changes. Our Guides will let you know if a photography destination involves a long hike, steep incline or particularly challenging terrain, and provide alternative shooting locations or other options if you don’t feel comfortable.


Participants should also be able to carry their own camera gear while hiking.


Sometimes we may remain in a location shooting for a few hours. Participants should be comfortable outdoors for extended periods of time in various weather conditions such as wind, rain, sun and extremes of temperature. Wherever possible, our Guides will keep the vehicle available nearby so participants can rest and take a break.


All participants should be in good physical shape with no mobility issues. If you have any concerns about your suitability, then reach out to us and we will be happy to discuss the particular location details of the workshop with you.


You must advise Viking International Phototours in advance and in writing to info@vip-ehf.com of any illness, injury, or pre-existing medical conditions that might reasonably be expected to affect your participation during the workshop.

Our workshops require a minimum number of participants to proceed.


We will confirm if your photography workshop will be proceeding 90 days before the start date, at which point full payment of any remaining balance will be required.


Viking International Phototours reserves the right to reschedule or cancel workshops due to low participant numbers.


We will do our best to reschedule the workshop within two years of the original date. 
If this happens, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Retaining your spot on the rescheduled workshop;
    • Transferring to the same workshop on a different date if there is availability; or
    • Canceling your spot on the rescheduled workshop: No refund – your funds will be held as credit which can be transferred or used towards our other photography workshops, self-drive packages, or tours for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation.

In the improbable event that a workshop is canceled altogether rather than rescheduled, we will offer you the choice between:

    • Applying your funds towards a different workshop, tour or self-drive experience; or 
    • Receiving a full refund minus a $300 USD fee and any non-refundable fees paid to third parties.

Please note that Viking International Phototours are not liable for travel expenses incurred to reach the workshop destination or any other personal expenses incurred in preparing for your workshop. For this reason, we require that you obtain Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking with us.


We also recommend you do not book travel or make any trip-related purchases before the workshop has been confirmed.

We cannot delay or change a workshop in the event of travel disruptions that cause a participant to arrive late.


If this happens, participants are responsible for arranging their own transport to catch up with the group - which can be a very costly expense. In addition, no refunds will be made for any time missed on a workshop due to the late arrival by the participant.


For this reason, we highly recommend you arrive the day before your workshop is scheduled to start at the latest.
At the very least, you will be more refreshed and relaxed for the start of your adventure.

We know that plans can change, and unforeseen circumstances can happen. 


You need to advise us in writing via email to info@vip-ehf.com as soon as possible if you need to cancel your workshop. Your cancellation is not official until you have received a return email confirmation acknowledging your cancellation.


If you cancel and we can fill your spot on the workshop, you will receive a full refund minus a $300 USD fee.
If you cancel and the workshop does not fill, cancellation requests and refunds will be processed according to the following:

    • More than 90 days from the start date of the workshop: Full refund minus $300 USD fee*
    • Less than 90 days: No refund – your funds will be held as a credit which can be transferred or used towards our other self-drive packages, tours, or photography workshops for up to 2 years from the date of cancellation*.

*Please note that some of our workshops with partner companies/third parties may have non-refundable deposits, which will not be refunded or credited to you.

One of the major goals of this workshop is to take advantage of the Midnight Sun - a phenomenon where sunsets merge into sunrises with no darkness in between.


In order to capture this light, we will be aiming to reverse our sleep cycles – shooting from late in the afternoon until late morning and sleeping during the day where possible.

Iceland is stunning from the ground, and just as amazing with a birds-eye-view of the landscape. There are drone-friendly places, so if you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along to the workshop.

Please note that you are solely responsible for your equipment, and are expected to adhere to all rules and regulations as specified by the Icelandic Transport Authority.

Viking International Phototours and our Photo Guides will not be liable for any injury or damage caused to equipment, environment or people caused by you operating your drone during our workshop.

Please also note that the wind and weather in Iceland can be sudden and hazardous, so use your judgment and be mindful of conditions.

If you are traveling with a partner/friend who is interested in joining you on this workshop but they are NOT a photographer, we may be able to accommodate them. In some instances, this may be at a reduced price.


Please note that this will be at the discretion of Viking International Phototours – contact us at info@vip-ehf.com for information.

Your companion would need to understand that this is a photography workshop and not a typical ‘tourist’ tour – long hours will be spent photographing locations outdoors rather than visiting attractions.

If you are interested in this workshop but would prefer a private experience or to attend with your own group of people, we can arrange that for you – contact us at info@vip-ehf.com to discuss.

Please refer to the Terms and Conditions.

Booking with Viking International Phototours indicates acceptance of the Booking Terms and Conditions as outlined.

If you have any questions about this workshop, please get in touch with us at info@vip-ehf.com.