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Iceland: Photography & Portfolio Design


Circumnavigate the entire coast of Iceland in pursuit of its relentless natural beauty. Capture images of gushing geysers, frozen cliffs and volcanic craters as you propel your photography skills to the next level.

With your camera in tow, embark on an otherworldly Icelandic expedition. Spend three weeks making your way around the Ring Road and testing your photography skills against the Nordic country’s arresting tundra landscape. Collect a vast portfolio of images, depicting the colorful housetops of Reykjavík as well as the remote views of the northern volcanic desert. Advance your exposure, composition and lighting skills while you walk across glaciers and swim in hot springs. Practice your wildlife photography skills following puffins along a rocky cliff shore. See enough waterfalls to last you a lifetime, make friends with local residents and stroll along iceberg sprinkled beaches in this uniquely gorgeous country.

June 23 - July 13 C21 days$6,980Available
Earn & Learn
Iceland: Photography & Portfolio Design Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

Iceland Photography & Portfolio Design offers 3 fine arts college credits through Lesley University and 6 service hours.

  • Previous photography class or similar level of experience
  • Minimum 18 years old
  • Completed at least one semester at college or graduated high school over a year ago
  • Minimum GPA: 2.50


Course Description

During this course, students with previous experience will advance their skills through instruction in photography, digital editing and production. The first half of the course will teach students to manipulate camera settings and composition techniques, while the final half of the course will focus on using Lightroom and Photoshop to edit their collection. Each student will walk away with a professional portfolio of high quality images that they can use to demonstrate creative photography and editing skills.

Course Objectives
  • Sharpen your use of exposure, f-stop and depth of field, shutter speed and white-balance
  • Become familiar with alternative printing methods
  • Learn to evaluate photographs based on professional standards
  • Gain high-quality production skills using digital imaging software
  • Become proficient in Photoshop and digital manipulation

3 College Credits

6 Service Hours

Iceland: Photography & Portfolio Design Itinerary


college study abroad Reykjavik

You may feel like you’ve landed on another planet as you touch down just west of the Arctic Ocean. Take in an otherworldly landscape as you travel from the airport into the heart of Reykjavik. Visit the Reykjanes lava fields and warm up your shutter finger among volcanic craters, hot springs and walking tours through the city. Take in the brightly colored rooftops, experimental architecture and friendly residents. Begin your photo lessons and explore Thingvellir, trying your hand at dry suit snorkeling between two continental plates. Drive the iconic Golden Circle and work to compose images that highlight Iceland’s natural beauty. 

Icelandic summer photography class for undergrads

It’s time to move east along the Ring Road, Iceland’s main route that circles the entire island. Visit the roaring Seljalandsfoss waterfall and practice your long exposures as you walk behind it. Hike Thórsmörk, an enormous, rocky mountain ridge named for the Norse god, Thor, and get a panoramic view of your sea-level surroundings. Walk across a glacier at Vik, then meet puffins in the wild and watch them swim, dive and nest through the lens of your camera. Take in the distinct Skaftafell waterfall, called “black” for its basalt walls created by cooling lava. Walk the iceberg-dotted beaches and lagoon of Jökulsárlón and take a dip in its glacial lake, if you dare!


Venture north of civilization and visit sites near Mývatn, a shallow lake in the middle of an active volcanic area. Pause to take in two more waterfalls, Detitfoss and Hafragilsfoss, visit the amusingly familiar patterns (called crater plugs) formed by Hljóðaklettar’s basaltic column and see Ásbyrgi canyon, the Shelter of the Gods. Stop through 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.

photography study abroad summer in Iceland

Make one last stop to experience the natural beauty of the remote Western region of Iceland. Then, stop back through Reykjavik as you make your way to the quiet southeastern town of Eyrarbakki to work in the studio, honing your Lightroom and Photoshop skills as you edit down the vast library of images you’ve accumulated and polish them into a final, professional level portfolio. Take a printing workshop and start compiling your amazing photographs into a portfolio, but be sure to take a break from photo editing to explore nearby attractions, like horseback riding on a black sand beach. Present your final portfolio to the group, and enjoy viewing one another’s work and remembering each moment of your unbelievable journey. Then prepare to travel home, with professional photography experience and the portfolio to prove it.

Photography summer camp for teens in Iceland
  • Trip Highlights

  • Compile a professional portfolio of images, receiving professional level critiques along the way
  • Learn advanced Lightroom and Photoshop techniques
  • Explore Iceland's unique natural world through dry suit snorkeling, kayaking, and hiking
  • Experiment with photo exposure at the iconic Seljalandsfoss waterfall
  • Visit a glacier lagoon and explore Reykjavík's cultural landmarks and attractions
Iceland: Photography & Portfolio Design Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Catherine Chang

Iceland is any photographer’s dream – it’s simply too pretty to not be captured. My favorite things are the endless sunsets, the beautiful color. Everyone photographs differently – but Iceland offers something different to everyone. Safe travel environment when travelling with the group!

Gabi G. from Arlington, MA

It was so amazing to feel such positive and supportive energy in the room as we emerged from our comfort zones in a new way to share personal narratives and previous works of art. Even though we have been together for just three weeks, we have developed such a close knit and safe community here that allows creativity to flourish.

Emily C. from Essex Falls, NJ

I loved being able to see the work that was once a small seed of an idea form into ten incredible photos that represent the individual journeys we went on. We were no longer these lost kids randomly placed together in a foreign country, but friends who have chosen to support and inspire one another both artistically and personally. Seeing these portfolios has reminded me of how far we’ve come to get to this place of success and how glad I am to have witnessed my own revelations along with seven other incredible people.

Casey C. from Hillsborough, CA

This trip allowed me to see some of the most beautiful unique places and landscapes in the world. Iceland is a magical place and that essence was only enhanced by some of the most amazing and inspirational people I’ve ever met in my life.

Emily Bohrer

Traveling to Iceland with Broadreach has been one of the most amazing experiences of my life! I learned so much about photography from my two fantastic instructors, and got to experience truly incredible places and opportunities. My fellow students made the trip so much fun, and I know that our friendships will last a lifetime.

Sam H. from Hartford, CT

There are few places in the world that can capture the serene, enigmatic atmosphere that Iceland radiates. The magical land vibrates with breathtaking sights and mysterious discoveries. My goal as a photographer was to immerse myself in this place and give it life in pictures.

Ezekiel Elin from Hanover, NH

This was a great way to experience Iceland in a way that was relaxed and engaging and which did not require pre-existing skill sets. Being able to learn photography in an environment like Iceland allowed myself to perfect the new skills I was learning in a hands on environment.

Iceland: Photography & Portfolio Design FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

What is included in the tuition cost and what additional expenses should I expect?

Trip tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodation and activities from the time you arrive on location. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees and optional college credits. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.

We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot (pending your acceptance into the program), and then the final balance can be spread out and paid in a few different ways. The final payment is requested by about 3 months before departure. Our optional tuition protection plan covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and cancellations for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state).

We require that students have at least $100,000 of emergency evacuation coverage and some kind of international medical coverage, as well as coverage for scuba diving for programs that include diving. We offer two different policy options, or if you already have a policy that meets this criteria, we would just collect those policy details after enrollment.

Our Tuition Protection policy covers cancellations for medical reasons up to 100% and for any other reason up to 75% (except for residents of NY state). It’s also a great comprehensive travel insurance policy, including medical coverage, emergency evacuation, travel delay, baggage (loss or delay), etc. The cost of the policy ranges from $339-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.

How does travel work?

For most programs, we have a few recommended flights and an arrival time range, and we usually give you the option to book flights on your own or through our travel agency partner. A few programs have required group flights, which we set up in advance. Students travel independently, but often meet up along the way, and we collect student itinerary details. Broadreach instructors will be waiting in the arrivals hall of the destination airport to greet each student, and they’ll be wearing special shirts and holding a Broadreach sign. We also mail students Broadreach shirts to wear while traveling which makes it easy for them to identify each other. Typically, making travel arrangements and the actual travel days go very smoothly.

What is the application process?

Step one: submit your initial application online with a $35 application fee. If there is space, you can secure your spot with a $1000 deposit while you complete the secondary application. Step two: we will send you login details to complete your secondary application (academic reference, personal statement, interview, transcript). Once we accept your secondary application pieces and you’ve paid your deposit, your place on the program is secured!

What do the academics involve? How do college credits work? What if I don’t take the program for credit?

Academics will vary by program but usually include journals, discussions, lectures, research projects, and a midterm and final exam. We expect all of our students to participate fully in the academic course work on our programs, regardless of whether they have chosen to take it for official college credit.

We partner with Lesley University in Cambridge, MA to offer college credit for our academic college programs. Those credits are widely accepted at colleges and universities all over North America, and we can often let you know if an alumni student has transferred those credits to a specific school in the past. For more information, click here.

How many students are in a group? What is the male/female ratio?

The majority of programs will have a maximum of 12 students in a group. We aim for a balance of males and females, but in our experience, the gender ratio plays a small role in the success of each program.

How does Broadreach address safety?

Safety is our top priority, and it is something we evaluate from every angle throughout the year. We’re very proud of our safety record over the past 26 years of running international programs for students. There are so many ways to address how we handle safety, including the extensive experience and training of our instructors, the specific locations we choose to visit, the relationships we have established with our local partners, and the 24/7 support we provide our groups. We have extensive program-specific risk management plans and safety standards that we adhere to. We’d be happy to talk about safety in more detail for the program you’re considering if you’d like to call our office.

Who will my instructors be?

Broadreach instructors are highly experienced, passionate, energetic and supportive. The average age of our instructors is 28 years old, and depending on the program, they meet specific qualifications (a Master’s degree in the subject area, PADI Open Water Scuba Instructor certification, foreign language fluency, Wilderness First Responder certification, etc).

Do your programs accommodate food preferences or food allergies?

We do our best to accommodate allergies and food preferences but we consider the situation, country and the program to determine whether it will be a good fit for the specific dietary restriction. It’s important that you let Broadreach know well in advance of any food preferences or allergies so we can determine whether your restrictions will work on your program.

Do you offer any discounts or scholarships?

In the fall, we have a few different early enrollment discounts– please call our office for more information. We also offer a 5% discount on the second enrollment from the same immediate family in a summer. This offer is available to an individual student or siblings. The 5% discount will be applied to the program of lesser cost, and cannot be combined with any other discounts.

We do offer some scholarships through the Broadreach Foundation. Please call our office for more information on applying.

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