It’s been a few years since I have visited Iceland. I started my Iceland tours in 2004, and as many of you know, it’s a majestic country. I have produced some of my finest landscape photographs in Iceland and I invite you to join me on this amazing early spring journey. I’ll be leading this workshop and we will explore several locations looking for the best photo opportunities. Leading the way will be Skarpi Thrainsson, one of the most experienced Iceland guides and well known Icelandic photographers. Please consider joining what promises to be an incredible adventure. We will be exploring the northern regions with the ultimate goal of making sure you come home with some great portfolio-worthy images. This is an all-inclusive trip.

It’s Time To Get Back Out

This is an all-inclusive photography workshop. We pick you up at the airport and will return you there at the close of the workshop. You’ll have your own room and all your meals included in the workshops fee. All you have to do is get to Reykjavik airport. 

Our days will be long as we will photograph from sunrise to sunset and sometimes even after. The time of year we will travel is ideal as the winter is ending and each day gets longer with daylight. We will have many of the locations we will visit all to ourselves. The days will become longer, allowing us to shoot sunrises and sunsets.  

We will travel in Skarpi’s 4WD Super Sprinter.  By limiting this workshop to only 12 attendees, everyone should get their one seat and window. We will be traveling to many places that require 4WD and where many tourists and photographers don’t visit. You will come home with a ton of portfolio-worthy images.  

Planned Itinerary

The Harpa, Opera House

As always, we will need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of our workshop and travel safely.  We will do our best to make sure we get you to the best locations and do so safely. Weather in Iceland can change in a heartbeat, so we will be watching it carefully. This is also something that may lead to great photographs. Skarpi and I have been doing this for a long time, so leave it to us.

Day 1 – Arrival in Iceland

Group dinner/meeting at Grand Hotel. 

As always, we will need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of our workshop and travel safely.

Upon arrival in Iceland, you will check in to your hotel in Reykjavik. Group dinner and meeting will be held in the evening where we will briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety precautions, and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland. If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions, such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja church, the Sun Voyager or Perlan.

Day 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and drive straight to the beautiful landscape of Borgarfjodur and photograph some beautiful mountains in the soft winter light. Next, we keep on further west to photograph remote waterfalls and farm areas until we reach our destination of Snæfellsnes where we spend the next two nights.

Day 3 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula

We visit the famous mountain Kirkjufell and other spectacular locations when we circle the Snæfellsnes peninsula, such as Lóndrangar, Arnarstapi, and the black church at Búðir to name a few. Capturing the aurora over mountain Kirkjufell is “the dream shot” for many photographers.

Day 4 – Going North

We travel the north coastline with some great photo stops, such as Hvitserkur rock on the black beach and Kolugljufur waterfall in a canyon. We’ll stay overnight in a river hotel. 

Day 5 – 7 – Myvatn And The Great Waterfalls.

From the North coast, we travel to Lake Mývatn, known as the winter paradise of Northern Iceland. We capture such breathtaking winter scenes as horses and turf houses along the way. We first head to the majestic waterfall Godafoss, where we’ll photograph sunset before we check into our hotel in Mývatn.

For the next three nights, we’ll stay at the same hotel in Mývatn, and each day/night, we head out to explore and shoot new locations. If we find ourselves with some downtime in the area, between sunrise and sunset, we can visit the milky blue waters of the Mývatn Nature Baths to relax and charge our batteries for the next shooting session.

We will visit and photograph many of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, such as Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss, and Hrafnabjargafoss. These waterfalls are gorgeous, with their winter coats on and quite remote.

The Mývatn basin sits squarely on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and many of the enthralling sights in the area are either volcanic or geothermal. The last volcanic eruption in this area was quite recent, in September 1984 in Krafla.

This area in the north of Iceland is the perfect location for aurora borealis (northern lights) photography as there is no light pollution, and the options for beautiful foregrounds, such as the reflecting lake, are endless.

Day 8 – The Troll Peninsula (Tröllaskagi)

Deep calm fjords, classic old fishing villages full of stories and fishing boats. 

Day 9 – The north coast. 

We’ll travel through farm country with Icelandic horses, turf houses, and rugged coastline with basalt columns and lighthouses. 

Day 10 – Hraunfossar, Glacier views

Borgarfjordur valley and great glacier views. We will photograph Hraunfossar (lava falls) and Barnafossar. The glacier rivers and glacier view in Husafell area on our way back to Reykjavik. Group dinner in Reykjavik. 

Day 11 – Departure, Airport Transfer

Stick Around

After or maybe even before the workshop, you might spend extra time in Iceland.  Explore Reykjavik or rent a car and set your destination to one of dozens of great locations where you can relax, explore and photograph to your heart’s content.  Please contact Kevin Raber and he will help you with suggestions and resources.

Some Of Our Past Workshop Groups

You will without a doubt have a great time, take great photographs and make new lifelong friends.

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Your Instructors

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Kevin Raber – Instructor

Fifty-Plus Years of Photographic Adventures

I see the world through the lens and a frame. Photography for me is an extension of who I am. I have gone through many stages in my career. At one time I was a portrait photographer with many prestigious clients. Over time, I grew restless for something else in the field. I truly enjoy my current work as a fine art landscape photographer. There is something special about examining and photographing everything from grand scenes in nature that are there for a moment and then gone to industrial landscapes and focusing on the incredibly minute details of peeling paint and rust. I am most fortunate to be able to travel to many wonderful places.

I have fond memories of nights, and weekends spent in the darkroom creating prints. The stereo blasting. It could be fun and it could be tedious. You didn’t always know what you were going to get and, at times, it required extensive hands-on darkroom manipulation. I can still smell the chemicals. I was taught by the masters of the darkroom.

Today, that has all changed thanks to the advent of computers, digital cameras and Photoshop. The darkroom is the computer. Some things are still unpredictable, but the tools to achieve the final result allow you to see them immediately on the screen in real-time and right in front of you. Digital allows you to capture a range of tonalities and exposures that were impossible with film. Variables such as emulsion, temperature, chemistry and exposure are taken out of the equation. What you see on your computer monitor is what you will get when printed.  One thing that hasn’t changed is the music. It goes along with creating and working on images. Thank God for iTunes.

I embraced digital early on. It continues to evolve and provide flexibility to all who embrace it. The digital age is still young and has completely transformed our industry. Never before has a switch from analog-to-digital been so prevalent as in photography. I’m looking forward to seeing where the next ten years take us.

My career in photography has evolved since 1972 when I first began making a living with photography. Today I am also CEO and Owner of photopxl.com, one of the most visited and prestigious websites for the photographers on the internet.  I lead photography workshops to the edge of the planet locations as well as provide instructional videos to photographers on how to improve their craft.

There doesn’t seem to be anything that can dampen my passion and enthusiasm for photography. It has opened doors to the world for me and I am most grateful I can share my experiences with others.

I look forward to sharing this adventure with you.

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Skarpi Thrainsson

Skarpi is the head guide and owner of Arctic Exposure. He’s a native Icelander, pro-Landscape photographer, and a licensed tour operator. He was born in Egilsstadir, East Iceland and has had passion for outdoors traveling, photographing, fishing and exploring the nature of Iceland since childhood. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering and currently lives in Reykjavik with his wife and 4 kids.

He specializes his exquisite photography work on the Arctic and subarctic nature including volcanoes, ice caves, wildlife, auroras and classic landscapes. Skarpis’ images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, books, and calendars, including National Geographic, Discover Magazine and Digital Photo Magazine, to name a few.

He knows places in Icelands others don’t. His goal is to get you to the best locations possible.  His fleet of vehicles are the best in Iceland.

Our Workshop Accommodations

Each workshop attendee has their own room for this trip, unless, of course, you are traveling as a couple.  Our hotels and guest houses for this trip are listed below.  Please click on the links to view the hotel.

Grand Hotel Reykjavik 

Langaholt Guest House

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Sel Hotel Myvatn

Hótel Siglufjörður

Hotel Reykholt, Husafell

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Workshop Price

This is an all-inclusive workshop.  We will pick you up at the airport (unless you arrive early) and returned to the airport at the end of the workshop. Transportation for the entire workshop in a super comfortable 4WD Customized Mercedes Sprinter Van. This van can go where most vehicles can’t and we will certainly need it for this adventure.

All hotels and guest houses are included where you will enjoy the privacy of your own room with a bathroom.  All your meals are included too.

Not included is the purchase of any alcoholic beverages or hotel extras.  Wi-Fi is available at all our hotels.

• If you plan to arrive early or leave later, please let us know.  We will try to accommodate you.  We can also handle special dietary needs if needed.

The workshop price is $8500 USD.  We require a $1500 USD deposit with registration to reserve your spot.  The balance of the workshop price is due 90 days prior to the workshop.

Please download a Registration Form and return it as soon as possible.

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