Take in an otherworldly landscape traveling from the airport to nearby Eyrarbakki. Warm up your camera on photo tours through Reykjavík with an eye on the capital city’s colorful rooftops and mountainous views while simultaneously keeping an eye on sustainability initiatives. Learn how the nation harnesses heat from beneath the streets and why rushing waterfalls are more than just photography subjects. Shimmy into dry suits for a snorkeling adventure in an intercontinental fissure and drive the iconic Golden Circle.
Make sure your camera battery is charged as your group road trips east along the Ring Road. Stop to walk behind the roaring Seljalandsfoss waterfall. Hike the craggy, mossy Thórsmörk, a mountain ridge so majestic it was named for the Norse god, Thor, and experience the thrill of walking across a glacier. In Vik, encounter puffins in the wild and hone your wildlife photography skills. Take in another waterfall in Skaftafell, this one flanked by black basalt walls of cooled lava. Then head to Jökulsárlón and snap your heart out in this surreal glacial lake with iceberg-dotted beaches.
Head north, stopping in the quaint farm town of Laugar near the Mývatn lake. Along the way, we pass the country’s largest hydropower plant, pause to take photos of the Dettifoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls, the Hljóðaklettar crater plugs (which make unique patterns in the basaltic columns), and the Ásbyrgi canyon. Stop by in Akureyri, Iceland’s “Capital of the North ” with glowing red hearts as stoplights. Meanwhile, you’ll have built up a catalog of images and will begin editing photos for your final portfolio.
In Western Iceland, explore more of Iceland’s natural beauty and round out your portfolio with a few final photos. Then, step inside the studio to learn advanced Lightroom and Photoshop techniques as you spend several days narrowing down the images you’ve collected over the past two and a half weeks of exploration. Stop in Reykjavik on your return to Eyrarbakki for a printing workshop. Then it’s time to complete your portfolio and present it to the group. Share your unique point of view and celebrate the fun you’ve had together before heading home with a professional-level portfolio and a lifetime of memories.