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Iceland: Photography & Sustainability


Advance your photography skills against the gorgeous and unparalleled backdrop of Iceland as you chase the light across cityscapes, countrysides, glaciers and volcanoes.

The sheer beauty of Iceland is your subject on this photographic journey of a land that has become a world leader in sustainable energy sources. Spend three weeks making your way around the Ring Road that encompasses the island, with your camera focused on Iceland's incomparable beauty. Go behind the scenes of alternative energy plants, experience diverse views of the peaceful city life in Reykjavík, witness the natural beauty of Mývatn, Jökulsárlón and many other places you'll soon learn to pronounce. Learn how the country harnesses the power of molten lava fields, walk on glaciers, spot puffins and get lost in the long vistas of gushing geysers, glacial cliffs, warm lagoons and soft, rolling hills that seem to last forever. Throughout your excursion across this Nordic country, receive advice for image composition and lighting in order to capture your powerful journey in Iceland.

Accumulate a vast body of work on your expeditions before heading indoors to study Photoshop and Lightroom. Build skills and learn to master image editing, color correction, retouching, compositing and different artistic techniques. Leave the land of fire and ice with an appreciation for its natural energy sources and a professional-grade portfolio to make even the most seasoned photographers green with Iceland envy.

July 15 - August 4 HS21 days$6,980Available
Earn & Learn
Iceland: Photography & Sustainability Earn & Learn

Earn & Learn

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 Photography & Sustainability offers 3 fine arts college credits through Lesley University and 6 hours of documented community service.

  • Previous photography class or similar level of experience


Course Description

Intended for students with 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.

Course Objectives
  • Learn techniques for manipulating exposure, f-stop and depth of field, shutter speed, white-balance
  • Practice printing methods
  • Evaluate photographs based on professional standards
  • Produce high-quality photographs using digital imaging software
  • Use Photoshop for digital manipulation
  • Discuss the ethics of digital editing and creative techniques


Through service, gain a more meaningful connection to the cultures and communities you explore while taking an active role to address important global issues at the local level. In Iceland, engage with the community while earning 5 community service hours.

5 Service Hours

3 College Credits

Iceland: Photography & Sustainability Itinerary


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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 Detitfoss 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.

Photography summer camp for teens in Iceland
  • Trip Highlights

  • Build, edit and incorporate critiques into your professional portfolio
  • Learn advanced Lightroom and Photoshop techniques
  • Explore landscape photography among the stark landscapes of the Ring Road
  • Photograph puffins and other Icelandic animals
  • Visit a glacier lagoon and tour Reykjavik's cultural landmarks
  • Explore the natural world through dry suit snorkeling, hiking and glacier walks
Iceland: Photography & Sustainability Reviews & Testimonials

Reviews & Testimonials

Ellie G. from Glencoe, IL

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!

Kelsey P. from Meriden, NH

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!

Charles H. from Concord, NC

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.

Chloe Barshay from Armonk, NY

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.

Madeleine D. from Foley, MN

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.

Trinity R. from Morgan Hill, CA

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.

Iceland: Photography & Sustainability FAQs

Frequently Asked Questions

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

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.

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.

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.

Do I need to purchase travel insurance?

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.

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.

Can I contact Broadreach alumni families for more information?

Absolutely! Just call our office and we can put you in touch with past participants who have joined the programs that interest you. Our alumni families are happy to share their first-person experiences.

How does payment work? Is the deposit or tuition refundable?

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 non-refundable and is due 4 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).

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 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.

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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