A yearly summer photo tour for the serious landscape photography enthusiast lead by native Icelanders Örvar Þorgeirsson and Skarphéðinn Þráinsson. Our goal is to assist you getting to the right locations at the right time for the best photographic results and this is why we have chosen late June and early July for this trip as this is the time of year in Iceland is famous for the endless soft light and combined sunsets and sunrises. We will sacrifice rest, comfort and luxury for better photo opportunities and we will use our expert knowledge of local conditions to “go with the light” as it changes.

Check out the 2011 trip report and our Flickr group from the 2013 trip.


June 23rd – July 5th


$5.950 USD / €4.450.
This includes:

  • Photographic tutoring and guidance.
  • Double occupancy accommodation for 13 nights including 2 nights at Hotel in Reyjavík at each end of the trip. We will be using comfortable farm stays and guest houses with shared bathrooms.
  • All transportation (4×4 where needed).
  • All meals (breakfast, picnic-style lunches, snacks, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants).


For reservation following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000/€775
Payment in Full: (due April 1, 2014)
Maximum number of participants: 10
Cooperation with Austurför Travel Agency

Available spots: 3 of 10



Pro photographers Örvar Þorgeirsson of Arctic Photo, and Skarphedinn Thrainsson (Skarpi), native Icelanders will be leading the trip.
Both leaders have vast experience in driving, hiking, traveling and photographing the raw landscape of Iceland. Örvar is an award-winning Icelandic photographer
who owns a photo gallery in Reykjavik, and creates especially dynamic, sharp, and moody photos of Iceland. Skarpi is a Mechanical Engineer and Nature Photographer based in Iceland, Born in a small village on the east coast of Iceland, since childhood been living his passion of outdoors traveling, photographing and exploring the nature of Iceland. He’s specializing his exquisite photography work on the nature of Iceland including volcanoes, ice caves, animals and classic landscapes. Skarpi also runs a postcard publication among other projects in Iceland.

The leaders are known for their unique style of low light landscape photography and nature shots of Iceland. Their images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, books, and calendars including Discover Magazine, National Geographic, USA Today to name a few.

These two pro photographers with their local knowledge, experience and passion of Iceland, will offer you a wide range of photographic help, experience and personal attention.


Örvar Þorgeirsson
Arctic Photo
Laugarvegur 50, 101 Reykjavík
Skarphedinn Thrainsson
Hraunbaer 66, 110 Reykjavik
phone: +354 6174550


Trip Summary – What to expect

This trip is for the serious photography enthusiast. We will spend as much time as possible in the field photographing the varied scenery around Iceland. In field assistance and comments on your work will be the main feedback on your work from the tour leaders but when time and/or weather conditions allow we will hold review of the images you have photographed on the tour.

The trip requires moderate physical fitness level of participants. We will do shorter hikes sometimes over rough, rocky or moderately steep terrain. No longer hikes are required though.

When in the highlands for 2-3 nights we will use comfortable mountain huts as accommodation. The facilities of those huts is more basic than in the guesthouses and hotels in the lowlands. By spending nights in the highlands we save valuable time on transportation to and from locations and this also enables us to stay much closer to interesting subjects to photograph, increasing out chances of getting good photographs.

You can expect long days in the field and some of the best days of our previous trips have lasted 18-22 hours (with a good rest afterwards). This is what Iceland is about in midsummer when you have light 24 hours a day.



Day 1

(June 23rd): Arrive and be picked up at Keflavik Int’l Airport and brought to your included accommodation. The rest of the day/night is free.

Day 2

We start very early, and first photograph the mossy lava fields of the Reykjanes Peninsula, and the must-see popular Golden Circle sights of Geysir (after which all other geysers are named), Gullfoss (Iceland’s most famous waterfall), and Þingvellir National Park (the world’s oldest parliament’s meeting place and rift zone between the North American and European tectonic plates). We’ll also find the locals’ secret of Brúarfoss, a delightful miniature version of Africa’s Victoria Falls.

Day 3

We head into the remote highland area of Landmannalaugar and Fjallabak know for its varied and colorful landscape. Here we will photograph crater lakes, black lava sand deserts punctuated by green hills and mountains, the colorful rhyolite mountains, hot springs and sheltered mountain lakes. We will stay overnight at a highland location.

Day 4

We start the day in the Landmannalaugar region where we will explore more the varied landscape this area has to offer before heading towards the coast where we stop at the photographers favorite waterfall Seljalandsfoss. Driving along the steep mountains of Eyjafjöll (home of the famous Eyjafjallajökull volcano) we will shoot more waterfalls, old buildings and some Icelandic horses.

Day 5

The photogenic pinnacles of Reynisdrangar are first on the agenda along with the black lava sand beaches near Vík before driving towards Skaftafell. Along the way will stop at the moss covered lava fields of Eldhraun and some old farm buildings. At Skaftafell we will shoot the glaciated peaks of Mt. Öræfajökull in the soft evening light.

Day 6

After a good rest we start the day by visiting Svartifoss a waterfall surrounded by basalt columns before taking a tractor trailer ride to Ingólfshöfði to photograph friendly Puffins and not as friendly great Skua. We will spend the rest of the day/evening/night photographing glacier lagoons including the photogenic Jökulsárlón. We will overnight close to Jökulsárlón at a country guest house called Hali.

Day 7

More glacier lagoons as we will visit the off the beaten track glacier lagoons before heading further east to photograph the jagged peaks of Vestrahorn. We will have another go at Jökulsárlón in the evening in case we where not lucky with conditions the day before.

Day 8

The picturesque east fjords are calling us. We will stop at the more jagged coastal peaks of Eystrahorn and we’ll stop in ample locations to photograph sea stacks, the winding roads and cascading streams down the steep terraced mountains.

Day 9

Now in the north of Iceland. The iconic Highland destination of Askja volcanic crater lake awaits us after a several hour 4×4 drive into the heart of Iceland’s NE-highland region, and there we’ll also swim the Icelandic way in the Viti explosion crater that’s still warm. We’ll also photograph and drink the fresh spring water gushing from beneath Mt. Herðubreið, Iceland’s most beautiful mountain according to many Icelanders.

Day 10

In Mývatn we’ll photograph geothermal steam vents, bizarre volcanic formations, and fields of craters that will make you feel like you are on the moon, then check out or swim in warm, silica-rich water with an amazing blue-colour, from a nearby geothermal power plant.

Day 11

In Icelands mini Grand Canyon we’ll feel the plummeting power of Europes’s largest waterfall by volume, Dettifoss along with its less known neighbor Selfoss and take some shorter hikes in the river canyon of Jökulsárgljufur National Park to see rock stacks dividing a the powerful Jökulsá á Fjöllum.We will drive passed the picturesque town of Húsavík before heading to Húsavík/Akureyri where we will have a good rest after the previous busy days.

Day 12

We take the Kjölur Highlands Route over the rough, famous route through Iceland’s stark, barren Highlands, arriving at very colorful and less-known geothermal area Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjöll Mountains. We spend the whole day shooting the spectacular hot-springs and geothermal colors in the area and that night we sleep at the Highlands mountain cabin of Kerlingarfjöll, which has a lots of hot-springs and a great mountain view of surrounding glaciers and highlands. The Langjökull glacier and the barren, bleak, yet beautiful expanses of Iceland’s western Highlands are more photographic highlights on this trip.

Day 13

We take an easy hike to the geothermal fields of Hveradalir in Kerlingarfjöll, one of the most colorful geothermal areas in the highlands of Iceland. On our way back from Kerlingarfjöll we stop at the waterfall Gýgjarkvísl, then take the gravel highlands route back down to the Geysir area in Haukadalur, and have an opportunity of shooting one or two of the pearls in the “Golden Circle” while we make our way back to Reykjavik in the night. We’ll stay in Reykjavik the last night, allowing you to do any last minute shopping or city sightseeing.

Day 14

Departure from Reykjavík to the airport. If you choose to stay longer in Iceland we can assist you with booking accommodation and advising on additional trips to take.


Below you can see the locations we will be shooting at:
Iceland Photo Tour 2013 locations