Iceland Highlands Photo Workshop
Aug 9-11, 2021
Photograph the rugged beauty of the Iceland Highlands on this intensive 3-day workshop. The Highlands are an uninhabited, ever-changing wilderness forged by the forces of fire and ice. Join us as we journey into this remote and harsh landscape with special vehicles to handle the rough roads. Moderate hikes will get us to the best vantage points and the views will certainly captivate you! Workshop includes all transportation, lodging, and breakfasts.
- The Highlands are home to some of the most surreal landscapes on Earth with ancient volcanos, steaming hot springs, dramatic canyons, jeweled lakes, majestic waterfalls, and much more!
- We will focus on both landscape and aerial photography. If you have a drone, definitely bring it along!
- Using specialized vehicles for the rough terrain, we will explore many diverse areas within the highlands and focus on getting the best light!
- Learn new photo skills and post-processing techniques from award-winning photographers Siggi Brynjarsson and David Swindler.
- All transportation, lodging, and breakfasts are provided during the workshop so you can focus on your photography.
The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unpredictability of Icelandic weather. However, we will make every effort to optimize our shooting conditions no matter what the weather throws at us.
- Day 1 (Mon Aug 9):We head out early from Reykjavik and venture deep into the rugged Central Highlands. We'll spend the day photographing colorful mountain peaks, steaming vents, snowy ice caps, and boiling rivers. We will finish the day in Haukadalur, a geothermal area full of bubbling mud pits, hot springs and steaming fumaroles.
- Day 2 (Tues Aug 10): We head out early on our journey to Háifoss, one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls. The remainder of the day will be spent in the valley of Landmannalaugar, a vast, volcanic oasis of rhyolite mountains, rising vents of white steam and natural blue pools entwined with shimmering streams.
- Day 3 (Wed Aug 11): We spend our last day exploring the desolate, rugged deserts of the Highlands, with brilliantly colored crater lakes, volcanic mountains, moss-covered craters, and cascading waterfalls. We will arrive quite late at night, so be sure to arrange hotel accommodations as the workshop will not conclude in time for you to fly out this evening.
- For those wishing to extend their adventure, we invite you to join our Essential Iceland, and Red Sails in Greenland Photo Workshops
Single Occupany $2200/person + Tax
Double Occupany $1900/person + Tax
- 2 nights hotel accommodations with breakfast included.
- Photography guiding and instruction throughout the trip.
- All transportation during the workshop.
Trip Does NOT Include:
- Travel to and from Iceland.
- Airport transfers
- Food and beverages, other than breakfast
- Gratuities for photo guides, local guides and/or drivers
A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining balance will be charged 90 days prior to the workshop.
- Moderately strenuous hiking may be required to reach some locations.
- It is very likely that we will experience every type of weather. Warm sunshine, gale force winds, and rain are all possible within the same day. See the gear list further down.
- We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any non-refundable fees or medical costs. We have partnered with Squaremouth, a website that allows you to compare policies from multiple providers to choose the best one for you.
- The Highlands are absolutely stunning from the ground, but equally amazing from above. If you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along.
- The instructors will be available throughout the trip to help you with your images and post-processing.
- We recommend flying into Reykjavik. You can book additional nights before and after the workshop at Icelandair Hotel Reykjavik Natura. Note that we will be returning very late to Reykjavik on the last night so we recommend staying there before continuing with your travel plans.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Wide angle lens in the 16-35mm range.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Long telephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters. We recommend a 100-400mm for maximum flexibility.
- Circular polarizer filters and ND filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along. A 9 or 10-stop ND filter will be useful for creating very long exposures.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Cover for your camera/lens to protect against high winds and rain.
- Camera backpack you can use while hiking.
- Drone camera for aerial photography (optional).
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy waterproof hiking footwear, hiking socks, and quick-dry pants (we don't recommend jeans).
- A rain jacket with hood along with a warm layer.
- Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Beanie, and Gloves
- Water bottle or hydration bladder.
- Hiking poles if you like having them.
Instructor - Siggi Brynjarsson
Sigurdur William Brynjarsson (Siggi) is a photographer based in Iceland. He is currently the brand ambassador for Irix lenses and Kase Filters. He is passionate about photographing locations all around the world, but especially in his home country of Iceland.
He has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally, especially for his Aurora Borealis photos and has even written a book on the subject. He has led photography workshops and tours in Iceland since 2012 with great success and rave reviews. When the days get longer, he turns his eyes towards the amazing midnight sun with golden hours that seem to stretch on forever.
Siggi is the CEO of Viking International PhotoTours, a company that is registered in both Iceland and the US and is a certified tour operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.
David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT. David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Catch a glimpse of David's work in the slideshow, and follow the links below to see more!
David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field. Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.