July 3 – July 15

An annual adventure summer photo tour for the serious landscape photography enthusiast lead by native Icelanders Örvar Þorgeirsson and Skarphéðinn Þráinsson.
We have run this tour since 2011 with great success.
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.


July 3 – July 15 2017


$5.950 USD

Single room supplement $800 USD

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 guesthouses and country hotels with private bathrooms (except for highland huts).
  • All transportation in a large 4×4 bus.
  • All meals (breakfast,  lunches, snacks, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants).


For reservation following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000
Payment in Full: (due April 1, 2017)
Maximum number of participants: 12
Cooperation with: Arctic Exposure travel agency.

Available spots: 5/12



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.

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 1-2 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

(July 3rd): 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 – 4

After eating breakfast at our Reykjavík hotel you meet the leaders again, load the super truck and drive towards Landmannalaugar. We will spend 3 nights in this area. This gives us all the time we need to explore the wast area and its plentiful photo opportunities. We will visit crater lakes, hidden waterfalls, river deltas, colorful rhyolite mountains.

Day 5

We head down to the coast 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, seascapes 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.

Stranded Icebergs

Day 8

The picturesque east Iceland is 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. We will spend the night at a remote but very comfortable mountain hut. From there we will do short hikes to rarely visited but beautiful waterfalls.


Day 9-11

Now in the north of Iceland. From our mountain hut we will head towards the iconic lake Mývatn where we will spend the next 3 nights. 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. Near lake Mývatn are the grand waterfalls of Goðafoss and the remote Aldeyjarfoss.

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 fishing village of Húsavík and have another chance at photographing puffins.

Day 12-13

We cruise the north coast of Iceland passing through Akureyri the capital of the north. We will pass by some rich farmland and visit some old turf houses and church. For the night we will be staying near the iconic Hvítserkur seastack. On our last day we will visit remote waterfalls before driving back into Reykjavík where we will have our last group meal and say good bye.

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.



Örvar Þorgeirsson
Arctic Photo
Laugarvegur 64, 101 Reykjavík
Skarphedinn Thrainsson
Bugdulaekur 3
105 Reykjavik
phone: +354 6174550