Iceland Photo Adventure Vacations – Inspire, Create and Learn.
The summer sun never sets on this breathtakingly lush land of verdant hills, active volcanoes, fumaroles and mud-pots. Experience Iceland’s surreal beauty. From Þingvellir National Park to nearby world-famous Golden Falls, you’ll journey to Vík, whose huge black sea columns are said to be trolls turned to stone. Beneath the sea cliffs of Skógar, you’ll tour Iceland’s finest folk museum before exploring the glaciers, lava fields and black-sand desert at Skaftafell National Park. Boat through Jökulsárlón Lagoon’s massive blue-tinted ice forms. You’ll photograph at least 5 magnificent waterfalls. Even the cuisine will surprise you, whether it’s butter-grilled langoustine tails or Icelandic delicacies like arctic char, trout, free-range lamb and reindeer. It’s as if this land was created for the photographer, to embrace and capture it’s never ending beauty.
This adventure is designed not only to guide you to the most photogenic locations carefully planned for the best light, but to aid you in mentally visualizing a scene before capturing the decisive moment. Our aim is to raise your awareness and spark your creativity so that you not only go home with images to be proud of, but use your new found skills to improve and expand your photographic technique in general. Apart from the technical aspect of learning your camera settings and capabilities, you will learn how to turn an ordinary image into an extraordinary image by using your own creativity.
In addition, you will become knowledgeable on how to survey the landscape, utilize and approach your environment, photograph people indigenous to the region and the cultural considerations and challenges of photographing in a foreign country. Our time together will include individual and group discussions, inspiring ideas and great fun. We cannot think of a better location to express your creativity than the unique landscape of Iceland.
ICELAND 6 DAYS
Day 1 | Reykjavík
We meet in the morning at our hotel in Reykjavik where we will discuss PWA’s “10 Guiding Principles to Great Photography” as well as our “THE ART OF SEEING” photographic technique. During a group lunch, we will have informal discussions on what our guests are trying to achieve in their photography, subject matters, styles and techniques. From here we set out for an amazing afternoon exploring and photographing the quaint yet sophisticated city of Reykjavik. As the capital of Iceland, and home to more than 80% of the population, Reykjavik is really quite impressive and a wonderful photographic opportunity. In the evening we celebrate with our “Welcome Dinner” at one of our favorite restaurants in Reykjavik. (D)
Day 2 | Solheimasandur – Reynisfjara – Dyrhólaey – Höfn
After an early morning breakfast, we depart Reykjavik for our drive along Iceland’s southern coast. The contrasts are breathtaking, with spectacular black sand beaches, a dominating white glacier, spectacular waterfalls, volcanic lava fields, and lush green meadows (during the summer months), Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the entire day driving, exploring and photographing. (In October and April, if we are fortunate, we will see the northern lights dancing above the glacier.)
Our first stop will be the epic Solheimasandur Plane Wreck on a desolate stretch of black beach. In 1973 a United States Navy DC-3 plane ran out of fuel and crashed here. The abandoned and weathered fuselage can make for some very dramatic images. Next we will explore Reynisfjara Beach* with its enormous basalt stacks, roaring waves and a dramatic view of Dyrhólaey. Reynisfjara is widely considered to be the most beautiful black sand beach in Iceland. In 1991, National Geographic voted Reynisfjara as one of the top 10 non-tropical beaches to visit on the planet.
We’ll have lunch in the small fishing village of Vik. Afterwards we will continue our drive, stopping every so often for a breathtaking panoramic shot as well as Icelandic horses. In the late afternoon we arrive at our hotel in the small fishing village of Höfn. (B)
NOTE: During April and October we may choose to fly from Reykjavik to Höfn on the morning of day two, and then continue on our drive west slightly altering the schedules for days two and three. No locations will be missed, just the schedules adjusted. Weather and the amount of light will play a role in this decision.
Day 3 | Vatnajökull Glacier – Jökulsárlón Lagoon – Svartifoss
After an early breakfast we check out and visit the small village of Höfn, where fishing trawlers depart to fish the Atlantic Ocean. Next we set out to visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas. We’ll begin by photographing the black sand beach around the inlet to Jökulsárlón. Here we will capture the melting clear icebergs as they lay stranded on the black beach, battered by the force of the ocean’s waves.
After lunch on the beach we make our way to Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon for an unforgettable Zodiac boat ride through a sea of icebergs, each with its own unique shape, color, transparency and personality. This may very well be your most memorable moment in Iceland. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest National Park, where the landscape has been formed over thousands of years, from the influences of fire and ice. Skaftafell is a true oasis, after driving through the vast black lava sand plains. We’ll hike the 1 mile trail down to Svartifoss Waterfall, one of Iceland’s most unique waterfalls. This elegant waterfall is framed by black columnar basalt formations measuring 65 feet tall. (B)
Day 4 | Skógafoss – Seljalandsfoss – Gullfoss – Geysir
We are up early for a day of waterfalls. After breakfast, we depart for Skógafoss, but not before stopping at the cliffs at Dyrhólaey, where we will venture out and try to get a glimpse of puffins.
Skógafoss Waterfall is next on our hit list. This massive waterfall can be shot from a distance, from above or right under it. It’s easily accessible. One of the best things about Iceland in the summer are the roaring waterfalls, caused by the melting glaciers. Next we drive to the small but high waterfall Seljalandsfoss, where we can walk a path behind it. But the best vantage point is from high up, off to the right side. Be sure to bring protection for your gear, and plenty of lens wipes to help clean off your lens from the constant spray of water. We’ll have lunch by the falls.
After a two hour drive we arrive at our final waterfall destination. Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, is one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you will see thousands of tons of water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. Along the way we will photograph Icelandic horses, which we are always on the lookout for. By the early evening we check into our hotel in Geysir, followed by dinner. (B)
Day 5 | Þingvellir – Reykjanes Peninsula – Blue Lagoon
After breakfast we view Strokkur Geysir, which spouts up to 100 ft high. Welcome to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. After checkout we will leave the Geysir area and drive to Þingvellir National Park. Þingvellir is truly a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island, where the world’s oldest democratic parliament was founded in 930.
We continue on to the Nesjavellir geothermal area and on to the striking lava fields of Reykjanes Peninsula. More then half of the peninsula is covered with lava flows and you will see lava cones and craters of different sizes and shapes. We’ll arrive in the small fishing village of Grindavík where we will have lunch, followed by an exploration of the peninsula.
By late afternoon we arrive at the Blue Lagoon for a relaxing (2 hour) dip in 101°F / 38°C therapeutic geothermal water. The Blue Lagoon is surrounded by a moss-covered lava field dating back to 1226. Be sure to bring your bathing suit. You’ll have access to a locker, showers, a restaurant, and a lagoon bar for drinks. It’s a wonderful way to end our adventure. In the evening we enjoy a wonderful “Farewell Dinner” with great fun and laughter as we discuss all the highlights of our adventure. (B) (D)
Day 6 | Reykjavík
During breakfast, we review our past weeks photos, trade contact information and bid you farewell before heading to the airport for our return home. For guests who are staying on for our 3-day extension to West Iceland’s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, we will depart our hotel at 11 AM.
May all who come as guests… leave as friends®
Experience | Difficulty
Beginner, amateur, enthusiast and semi-pro photographers
DSLR, mirrorless, compact or iPhone cameras
Travel by minibus
Moderate elevation changes and moderate walking
(non-photographers also welcome)
Travel, landscape, seascape, nature, wildlife and horse photography
Focus on “long exposure” photography
Professional photographer | guide
Photo walks & discussions
Small group size (4-8 guests)
Icelandic accommodations and lodges
Breakfasts and 2 dinners
Zodiac Boat Tour of Ice Lagoon (June/July)
Park entry fees
Reykjavik – Fosshotel Reykjavík, ION City Hotel, Kvosin Hotel, Icelandair Hotel Natura or similar
Höfn – Fosshotel Vatnajokull or similar
Skaftafell – Fosshotel Vatnajökul, Hotel Skaftafell, Icelandair Hotel Klaustur or similar
Gullfoss or Geysir – Icelandair Hotel Flúðir, Geysir Hotel or similar
Snæfellsnes – Hotel Fransiskus or similar
Arrival & Departure Airport: Keflavik International Airport (KEF) – Transfer time to Reykjavik: 45min
Our adventure begins at 11 AM on the first day and ends at noon on the last day.
Travel Visa: A visa may be required depending on your nationality.
Single Supplement: $700
(Optional) Early Arrival Hotel Room: $350
(Optional) Late Departure Hotel Room: $350
Options and Benefits
Private Guided Tours & Adventures
We offer amazing private guided photo adventures, cultural tours and vacations for individuals, couples, families and groups. We can customize any of our published adventures, as well as others, to meet your individual needs, schedule, budget and interests. This may include the finest 5-star accommodations, business-class travel, and private guides and fixers who are able to make the impossible possible. If you are not interested in a photo-centric vacation, but you love our approach to private travel, we will be happy to design and deliver an amazing adventure focused on travel, culture and cuisine.
We offer travel insurance through Travelex. The cost for travel insurance can be as low as 4% of the total trip cost, depending upon age and other factors. Knowing you have trip cancellation coverage can make a big difference should you have to cancel for some unforeseen reason. Travelex Insurance Services is a BBB Accredited business with an A+ rating.
Street, Landscape, Nature, Architecture, Fine Art and Sports Photographer
Roman was born in Zagreb, Croatia in 1966, where he studied, lives and works. After a successful career in management, his hobby of photography turned into his life’s calling.
Roman’s photographic activities include shooting landscapes, flora and fauna, street and architecture photography, sports photography and fine art photography. Roman also shoots in the studio, including food and portraits, fashion and styling. Roman is a member of the international expedition “Blue Cave in 2015” Bisevo. The first documentation of the Caves that brought about modern topographical mapping and an extensive photo shoot for the first time in history.
In 2012 Roman joined Photo Workshop Adventures, a premiere Photography Adventure company based in the United States. PWA offers adventures in over 100 destinations in over 50 countries. Roman operates as a European Brand Ambassador and currently leads photo adventures throughout Croatia, Montenegro, Italy, France, Hungary, Austria, Czech Republic and Turkey.
In 2016. Roman became a Vice President of the Photo Workshop Adventures working more closely with management and marketing.
Roman uses Pentax cameras and is an ambassador for Pentax and Manfrotto equipment.