South coast photo workshop in Iceland
- 2-4 Jun 2019 Guided by Oli
- 8-10 Jun 2019 Guided by Oli
- 15-17 Jun 2019 Guided by Oli
- 22-25 Jun 2019 Guided by Oli
- 29 Jun – 1 Jul 2019
- 14-16 Jul 2019
- 20-22 Jul 2019
- 27-29 Jul 2019
Immerse yourself in the South Coast of Iceland and photograph its spectacular landscapes and features beneath the midnight sun with this three-day summer workshop. Conducted by professional photoguides, this tour promises to improve your photography skills, build your portfolio, and provide you with an unforgettable trip in this incredible nation.
- Open to all skill levels
- Guaranteed Departures
- Led by award-winning instructors
The South Coast is one of Iceland’s most popular regions, and for great reason; the entire stretch of road is lined with feature after feature, including waterfalls, glaciers, volcanoes, geological wonders and black-sand beaches. With three days of constant shooting, you will be able to take home images of them all. Your accommodation in the village of Vík will be organised before you arrive, and you need not worry about driving; your guides will take full control. You, therefore, only need to worry about getting the best pictures possible, and making the most of this marvellous opportunity. With the midnight sun overhead, you will have plenty of time to do both.
Photograph Iceland’s spectacular South Coast and return home with a portfolio of memories by booking this tour now. Check availability by choosing a date.
On your first day, you will meet your guides and group early, hop into a minibus, and start your journey along the scenic South Coast. Your first subjects for the day will be the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.
Seljalandsfoss is very picturesque, falling in a thin cascade from over sixty metres. It is best known for the fact that, in summer, you can fully encircle the water due to a depression in the cliff behind, which is perfect for a photographer seeking a unique perspective.
Skógafoss is as tall as Seljalandsfoss but is much wider and more powerful. Photographers seeking to play with the effects of light will enjoy the rainbows that spring from the cloud of mist as this waterfall comes crashing to the earth. Many birds nest around the feature, meaning wildlife photographers can incorporate them in their pictures.
Wildlife photographers, however, will find a dream setting at the next stop. Dyrhólaey, a rock arch and line of cliffs, is very impressive in itself, but in summer, becomes packed with puffins. These adorable little critters have little fear of people, meaning you will be able to get up close and personal for some very intimate, rewarding shots.
Your final destination for your first day is the black-sand-beach Reynisfjara, one of the most iconic non-tropical beaches in the world. You can shoot from the shore to the haunting sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, which, according to folklore, are all that remain of two trolls, frozen by the sun. Just be careful when doing so; the waves along this stretch are notorious for grabbing the distracted who wander too close.
You will retire for the evening in the nearby village of Vík.
You will start day two by returning to Reynisfjara, and shooting it under different light; your photoguides will be on hand to ensure you will be able to make the most of the changes. After capturing it in all its majesty, you will head on to your next destination, the little travelled Þakgil.
Þakgil is a stunning canyon that seamlessly blends dramatic geology and verdant greenery. Hidden waterfalls and crystal clear streams define the region as much as its surroundings; it is located right between the mighty Mýrdalsjökull glacier, which covers the notorious Katla volcano, and the seemingly endless black sand ‘desert’ of Mýrdalssandur. There are many beautiful features you can take unique images of, including a little cave that visitors often stop in for lunch.
There is enough to see at Þakgil for you to stay all day, photographing the many sites under different lights as the sun circles overhead. When you have a full memory card, you will return to Vík, and can spend some more time photographing the picturesque settlement and adjacent beach under the midnight sun.
On day three, you will sadly have to return to Reykjavík, but not before fitting in a few more sites. You will start, however, by returning to Dyrhólaey to capture the puffins and seascapes here once more.
On your way back, you can photograph the glaciers Mýrdalsjökull and Eyjafjallajökull, the peak that erupted in 2010 and drew widespread attention to Iceland. You can also capture the glacier tongue of Sólheimajökull, where the contrasts between the white snow, blue ice and black ash make for some incredible compositions. If the conditions are better than on day one at the waterfalls, you will also stop to shoot these.
Once back in Reykjavík, you will no doubt be awed by your new skills and can set off, camera in hand, to utilise them in building your portfolio further.
Total price : $1500 US per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: 375$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
- Professional photo guide.
- Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
- Hotel in Vik, rooms with private bathrooms.
- Flight tickets
- Hotel in Reykjavik
- Alcohol, snacks and beverages