Advance your photography skills against the gorgeous and unparalleled backdrop of Iceland as you chase the light across cityscapes, countrysides, glaciers and volcanoes.
Accumulate a vast body of work on your expeditions before heading indoors to study Photoshop and Lightroom. Build on your existing skillset as you master image editing, color correction, retouching, compositing and different artistic techniques. Break for a few final adventures whale watching in Dalvík and kayaking among the fords near Ísafjörður before presenting your work to the group. Finally, leave the land of fire and ice with a professional-grade portfolio to make even the most seasoned photographers green with Iceland envy.
|June 26 - July 16||HS||21 days||$6,980||Call to Check|
|July 19 - August 8||HS||21 days||$6,980||Available|
Broadreach combines your thirst for fun and adventure with tangible skill development, real-world educational opportunities and a genuine commitment to service. While on program, you’ll earn documented community service hours and even college credits. It’s what we call “Earn & Learn,” and it’s what you’ll take home as evidence of your many accomplishments.
Iceland Advanced Photography offers 3 fine arts college credits through Lesley University and 6 hours of documented community service.
Intended for students with previous photography experience, this course provides advanced instruction in digital photography as well as digital editing and production. During the initial phase of the course you will learn advanced manipulation of camera setting skills and composition techniques. By the end of the course, you will produce a professional portfolio of high-quality images that demonstrates creativity and an understanding of composition and photo editing.
Take in an otherworldly landscape as you travel from the airport to nearby Eyrarbakki. This picturesque seaside town is the perfect jumping-off point for all your adventures in southeast Iceland. Warm up your camera on photo tours through Reykjavík, capturing the capital city’s colorful rooftops, mountainous views and surrounding water. From the Old Harbour to the famous Hallgrímskirkja, you’ll be out of camera space before you can say “vaðlaheiðarvegavinnuverkfærageymsluskúraútidyralyklakippuhringur” (yes, that’s an actual Icelandic word). Try your hand at dry suit snorkeling in a fissure between two continental plates as you explore near by Thingvellir.
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. At 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. Visit Dalvík, a small fishing town in northern Iceland, and go whale watching on a traditional Icelandic sailing ship. Along the way, pause to sea kayak among the fjords and take photos of the Detitfoss and Hafragilsfoss waterfalls, the Hljóðaklettar crater plugs (which make unique patterns in the basaltic columns), and the Ásbyrgi canyon. On your way out of Dalvík, make a stop 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 Hvanneyri, 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. Return to Eyrarbakki to go horseback riding, take a printing workshop and, if time permits, swim in a hidden hot spring nestled in the countryside. 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 had together before heading home with a professional-level portfolio and a lifetime of memories.
I think what impacted me most was being pushed out of my typical comfort zone and doing things that I wouldn’t normally be doing. I hiked more than I ever had, I climbed a glacier, I went into a dark cave, and I took some pretty amazing pictures of Iceland!
This trip was a chance of a lifetime. I learned new camera and software skills that have made me a better photographer. I loved the overall atmosphere I experienced on the trip with my group and instructors. I enjoyed snorkeling, kayaking, horse back riding and so much more. This trip really opened by eyes to the world and I loved every minute of it!
Before I came on this trip I had never been out of the country. I was also very quiet. After this experience I realized that I love to explore and try new things. I feel more comfortable with working in groups and found a leader inside of me!
These trips are amazing. They allow you to travel and experience a world beyond your own. Adventuring around the whole of Iceland was such an amazing experience. From glacier trekking to dry suit snorkeling, it’s never a dull moment. Even the car rides are full of good times and allow for reflection on your own life.
I loved this trip. I learned more about photography than I ever thought possible. Iceland was breathtaking and I saw the most beautiful glaciers and geysers. I made friendships that will last a lifetime. Thank you Broadreach, this was the greatest 3 weeks of my life.
Iceland was absolutely beautiful, and I can’t say that I had one particular favorite place because I loved every moment of this trip! I find it truly amazing how a group of completely different individuals can come together and become a family. This group of phenomenal people, mixed with the unpredictable Iceland has really become my second home.
This trip was one of the best experiences of my life. We went all over Iceland and saw so many amazing places. The academics were also well put together and I learned a lot. We all learned many life skills that we will remember for the rest of our lives.
Tuition is all inclusive for instruction, food, accommodations, and activities from the time you arrive in country. However, you are responsible for your airfare, spending money (we suggest about $150-200 depending on the program), any required textbooks, and student expenses such as medical fees. Some trips require scuba gear which can be rented, purchased or in some cases borrowed from Broadreach. Finally, for our high school trips that offer college credit, you can elect to receive an official Lesley University credit transcript for approximately $180 per credit hour. For more information about expenses that might apply to your program, click here.
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.
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.
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.
Most participants come alone, so there is no need to be concerned if you don’t know anyone else on your program. It’s normal to be a little nervous about not knowing other students in advance, but within a day of starting your program you’ll be laughing and sharing exciting adventures with new friends.
Students will call home within a few hours of landing in the destination airport to let parents know they have arrived safely and have met up with the group. For most programs, students will have the option to call home once a week, typically on Sundays. Timing for calling home depends on the schedule of the trip and location. Usually, students call home with the in-country instructor cell phones or via Skype if good internet service is available. If you’d like to learn more about our full communication policy, please call our office.
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 $319-379 based on the program duration. For more specific coverage details, please call our office.
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).
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.
We require a non-refundable deposit of $1000 to lock in your spot, 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).
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 high school and 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 details, click here.
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 visit www.broadreachfoundation.org for more information and to apply online for scholarships.