Iceland Photography Workshop
Learn from a Nat Geo photographer during an exciting exploration of Iceland
Iceland is landscape of wonders. Resting at the edge of the Arctic Circle, Iceland promises thrill-seeking adventures, dramatic landscapes, unique natural shapes and remarkably colourful skies – and an abundance of photographic inspiration. Join us there for an exploration of this magical country through your lens with National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner! Measuring 103,000 sq. km (40,000 sq. miles), Iceland is bigger than Hungary and Portugal and a little bit smaller than Cuba. Active volcanoes, bright green valleys, glacier-cut fjords, black sand beaches, and roaring rivers are the most distinctive features of the Icelandic landscape, begging to be explored. Nicknamed the land of fire and ice, Iceland guarantees impressive landscapes interweaved by cultural villages. This exclusive Iceland photography workshop will take you to the country’s photographic highlights, including the powerful Seljalandsfoss, the iconic Blue Lagoon, picturesque villages and the opportunity to photograph the majestic Northern Lights.
You’ll have the privilege to be guided by acclaimed photographer Tyrone Turner, who will provide photographic tutoring throughout the trip. The combination of Iceland’s exceptional beauty and Tyrone’s expertise will leave you with inspiration, improved skills, and a collection of impressive photographs. This Iceland photo tour is suitable for photographers of all levels, and the small group size will guarantee enough personal guidance for every participant. Read on to find out more, or enquire about joining now!
- Explore the southern coast of Iceland, which offers a wide range of incredible and unique landscapes
- Receive photographing tutoring by acclaimed National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner
- Photograph the impressive Seljalandsfoss and Gulfoss waterfalls and powerful geysirs
- Soak in the steaming geothermal waters of the Blue Lagoon Geothermal Waters, one of the 25 wonders of the world
- Capture stunning sunrises and sunsets on icy landscapes, including the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
- Explore Icelandic culture during visits to picturesque fishing villages
- Experience and photograph the majestic Northern Lights
- Where Iceland
- When October 8 - 15, 2018
- Focus Landscape photography
- Workshop Leader Tyrone Turner
- Price $4495
- Level Required Suitable for photographers of all levels
- Group Size Max. 8
During this Iceland photo tour, we will travel across the striking southern part of Iceland, where we find most of the country’s photographic highlights. We’ll start our trip by visiting the Blue Lagoon, Stampahraun Lava Field, and Reykjanes Light House. The natural underground water source of the lagoon and the dried, ancient texture of the lava fields make for stunning landscape photography opportunities. We’ll also have a chance to visit the Gunnuhver Mud Pool, which provides an experience not to be missed; you can go for a swim in pools of vitamin-enriched mud naturally heated by volcanic activity under the Earth’s surface.
We’ll then explore Iceland’s stunning coast, where we will spend the day photographing the striking and best known waterfall in the country, Seljalandsfoss. From there, we’ll travel to the East Region, which might get a little chilly! We will be taking a boat ride in the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, a relatively recent body of water formed by rising temperatures melting the glacial ice into a massive pool of water. Touring the lagoon by boat will allow you to get the closest to the floating glaciers as possible, producing the best results in your photographs.
Throughout the trip, we’ll stop at picturesque villages to learn about Icelandic culture, climb glaciers to get in touch with our adventurous side, and stop to capture the striking landscapes when the light is at its best. It will be a full photographic exploration of a country with a truly unique character.
- Day 1 After arriving in the KEF International airport, we will take a transfer to the Reykjanes Peninsula. On our way, we will stop at many naturally occurring landscapes begging to be photographed. Among these are: The Blue Lagoon, Stampahraun Lava field, Reykjanes Light house, Gunnuhver Mud Pool, Krísuvík Cliffs, and Kleifarvatn Lake. The Blue Lagoon Geothermal Waters are one of the 25 wonders of the world. These crystal blue pools originate 2,000 meters below the earth’s surface, and have a unique composition of silica, algae and minerals that do wonders for the skin, the reason behind the lagoon’s picturesque blue. The lagoon holds 9 million liters of water and the most relaxing atmosphere you can imagine, at temperatures of 37-40 degrees Celsius, which you will get to experience first-hand! The lava fields will take you back to a time when volcanic eruptions were a frequent occurrence, followed by the Reykjanes Light house, the oldest in Iceland. Next it will be time to explore the eerie Gunnuhver mud pools, photographing the hot and steaming sky from the geothermal waters under the earth’s surface. They are named after a ghost who supposedly lies there still. We will end the day by visiting the peninsula’s largest lake and gorgeous Krisuvik Cliffs, home to a thousand of sea birds.
As our first day comes to a close, we will rest and rejuvenate at the Frost & Fire Hotel. Located in a beautifully tranquil and secluded part of Hveragerdi, these accommodations provide comfort, gorgeous views, and delicious meals.
- Day 2 Day two is reserved for Iceland’s popular South coast, packed with some of the country’s most iconic landmarks. Our main highlight of the day will be visiting the Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, one of the best known water sources in Iceland. Sparkling white falls gracefully plummet sixty-three meters into the Seljalands River; this water cycles back into the sources’ origin in the volcanic glacier Eyjafjallajökull. The falls will provide you with very unique photographic opportunities. The Seljalandsfoss allows access to a mysterious cave and walking path behind the curtain of cascading water- you will be seeing the crystal curtains of water drop from inside the cliff! We will cap the evening’s magic at Hotel Geirland in the Kirkjubæjarklaustur area of the South coast. Keep your night eyes open- if weather allows, you may see the Northern Lights shining above our accommodation’s gorgeous landscape.
- Day 3 Day 3 will mark our third visit to one of Iceland’s natural wonders- the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Unlike a lot of the country’s historic landscape, this work of nature developed relatively recently, as a result of the climate’s increasing temperatures. As the glacier Breiðamerkurjökull adjusts to rising temps, ice chunks continually break off and float into a lagoon of melted ice. Each visit is unique as the lagoon is formed naturally and continuous to grow. We will travel by boat across the water’s surface, getting as close to chunks of glacier as safely possible to photograph the impressive glaciers, reflected on the crystal blue water. On the seashore of the lagoon lay ice-chunks polished by the ocean, resembling diamonds, earning the beach’s nickname, Diamond Beach. We will spend the day photographing the incredibly unique landscape, and at night we will shoot the sky for the Northern Lights.
After a rewarding day, we will kick back at Hótel Smyrlabjörg in the Höfn area of the East region. These open country accommodations promise quaint landscapes, luxurious rooms, and a delicious buffet restaurant.
- Day 4 The morning will be spent photographing Höfn village for an authentic cultural experience. This local fishing town is next to an abandoned film set replicating a Viking village, and is truly unlike anywhere else in the world. This pcturesuqe village sits by sits by the Hornafjörður fljord and features authentic fishing culture to photograph Iceland’s local culture. In the afternoon we will drive back to the South Coast to stay once more at the beautiful Hotel Geirland. In the evening be prepared to take advantage of the fantastic views of the Northern Lights!
- Day 5 The fifth day of our photographic adventure will be open to what you want to do. The tour group will be driving back to Selfoss, the largest town on the South Coast, from Kirkjubæjarklaustur, to stay at the Frost & Fire Hotel. We will pass through areas previously visited, so you can go back to locations you want to explore further with your photographic lens. You will also have the opportunity to adventure in the streets of Selfoss.
- Day 6 Day six is all about photographing waterfalls and hot springs! Situated on teh Golden Circle, a route consisting of the most popular sightseeing locations, the Geysir Hot Spring is a massive attraction in Iceland. Hot geothermal waters underneath the earth’s crust remain boiling hot year round due to underground volcanic activity. Steam and hot water is regularly shot up to 30 meters into the air by geysers fired up by nature’s hot magma. Freezing motion has never been more fun! We will also visit the Gulfoss Waterfall, which plummets down 32 meteres into two ties into a gorgeously picturesque canyon, surrounded by walls up to 70 meters high. If we are lucky enough to have a sunny day, a shining rainbow is known to hover above the cascading waters. We will spend the evening at Fransiskus Hotel in Stykkisholmur, where beautifully atmospheric and cozy bedrooms will lull you into a peaceful sleep.
- Day 7 We will stay in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula for Day 7, visiting various locations that any visitor would never want to miss. These include: the Berserkjahraun lava field, Mt. Kirkjufell, Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall, Djúpalónssandur Beach, Mt. Arnarstapi, and Stykkishólmur village. The lava field’s scenery ranges from rocks blanketed by green moss to blackened lava hills, making it the perfect destination to capture Iceland’s stark contrasts. Situated near the peaking Mt. Kirkjufell in Kirkjufellsa river lies the mighty Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall. We will get to experience and photograph as the water drops five meters into three separate spouts, creating several tiers of majesty. Djúpalónssandur Beach is one of the most popular highlights of the Snaefellsness peninsula, and is like stepping into a lava wonderland. For more cultural immersion, we will also visit the quaint and picturesque Stykkisholmur village. Beautifully situated on the northern side of the of the Snaefellsness peninsula in the western part of Iceland, it is home to about 1,100 people and a great opportunity for some street photography surrounding the fishing commerce and locals. We will spend our last night at the Fransiskus Hotel to ensure a restful and relaxing sleep.
- Day 8 We'll get in the last shots in the warm morning light before departing. Then we will take a transfer from Stykkishólmur to KEF Intl Airport, where you'll catch a flight home.
October 8 - 15, 2018
Price: $4495 (per person sharing)
The price includes:
- Bed & breakfast at comfortable lodges and hotels
- All transport during the tour
- Airport transfers
- Entrance fees
- Photographic tutoring by Tyrone Turner
- Guidance by a local guide
The price does not include:
- Flights to Reykjavik
- Personal travel insurance
- Lunch & dinner
During this Iceland photo tour, the photographic inspiration is endless. Our main focus will be on landscape photography, as it’s Iceland’s striking and distinctive vistas that make the country so unique. Expect to photograph a wide range of different landscapes, under the best possible light conditions. We’ll also explore some cultural photography as we visit some of quaint Icelandic villages. On top of this, we’ll do some night photography and if we’re lucky, this will include the famous and phenomenal Northern Lights.
Your Photography Workshops
Tyrone will be there to assist you throughout the workshop and help you take the best possible images. His tuition will be tailored to everyone’s level; you’ll be able to get as much or as little guidance as you’d like. Tuition will most likely include camera settings, exposure, aperture, creative techniques, as well as post-processing. The tuition will happen both during sessions at our accommodation, and while we’re out photographing; it’s flexible adaptable to everyone’s needs.
For this Iceland photography workshop, Tyrone recommends the following equipment:
- SLR camera
- Range of lenses; ideally including a wide angle lens
- Tripod or bean bag
- Sturdy camera bag
- Laptop if you’re keen to improve your post-production skills, and/or if you’d like to review your images with Tyrone
You will have the privilege of being tutored by Tyrone Turner, an award-winning photographer and an experienced workshop leader. Based in the US, Tyrone has traveled extensively to document a range of social and environmental issues. As fellows for the Institute of Current World Affairs (ICWA), Tyrone and his wife, Susan Sterner, documented life in the Northeast of Brazil for several years. In 2003, the Soros Foundation awarded him a Justice Media Fellowship to photograph the lives of youths incarcerated in the adult correctional system. For the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and the American Academy of Nursing, he has documented health and healthcare around the United States.
Tyrone is a regular contributor to National Geographic Magazine, project mentor for the photojournalism program at the Corcoran School of Art + Design, and a fellow with the News Literacy Project.