Fly Over the Iceland Highlands With a Drone
August 24 – September 2, 2024
Describing Iceland’s Highlands requires many superlatives. The region contains Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, Iceland’s tallest mountain, and some of Iceland’s most active volcanoes: Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull, and Katla. The Highlands is also home to many other notable peaks, moss-covered passes, mighty waterfalls, ancient basalt formations, wildlife-rich oases, and unique vegetation.
We’ll be visiting locations that provide access to incredible landscapes visible from our drones. We’ll access all these locations in our private super jeep that provides power for charging batteries throughout the day. There are so many locations in the Icelandic Highlands that we plan to visit different ones during this itinerary compared to the previous.
Bring your drone, camera, and tripod to be prepared. You’ll be spending hours each day flying over waterfalls, braided rivers, and lakes surrounded by green moss and geologic formations. Our instructors will be helping four “photo pilots” at a time, ensuring everyone has help piloting and composing on their controllers.
You’ll learn how to fly your drone efficiently and use its camera capabilities. When not photographing, we’ll take time for our signature image reviews and post-processing instruction.
As always in Iceland, this itinerary is subject to change due to weather and light conditions.
August 24, 2024: Meet at our hotel in Reykjavik for dinner and review logistics for the week ahead.
August 25–28, 2024: We’ll stay at a hotel close to the landscapes we wish to photograph with our drones. We’ll be visiting locations specific to drone photography. Our priority will be to access areas with short flights to dramatic air views. Each location will offer a different view of the scenic Icelandic highlands filled with volcanic craters, braided rivers, and blue lakes surrounded by green grass. For the times when we’re not flying, either due to poor weather or limited air time, we’ll have access to transportation via super jeep and can photograph landscapes from the ground below the cloud level. Each day will include one-on-one image reviews of our captured images.
Our super jeep provides power outlets to charge drone batteries throughout the day.
August 29–31, 2024: We are based at Hrauneyjar, focusing on nearby locations, including waterfalls (Hjalparfoss, Háifoss & Ófærufoss).
We will have time to pursue other great locations like Fjallabak nyrôra, Langisjor, Eldgjá, and Landmannalaugar. The hiking in Landmannalaugar is spectacular because of the rhyolite hills, moss patterns, and scattered snow patches. We’ll visit the azure blue crater lake Hnausapollur and walk the rims of this old crater to get views of the distant braided rivers.
August 29–31, 2024: Weather permitting, we’ll photograph the sunrise, then we’ll make our way out of the highlands to the South Coast, where we will change our landscape. This region of Iceland will provide a series of large river alluvials revealing more patterns in braided rivers, glaciers, and coastline with volcanic spires shooting up out of the ocean.
We’ll continue reviewing our images after each day of photography to learn from any mistakes and improve our piloting and camera skills.
September 1, 2024: We’ll start the day early with a location along the south coast, breakfast, and then a drive back to Reykjavik. We’ll check in to our hotel and enjoy a final dinner to celebrate all the fantastic images captured.
September 2, 2024: Flights home anytime this day.
This itinerary is designed for drone photography. We plan to make as many as 4-5 stops each day for photographic flights. You will be responsible for bringing enough drone batteries to fly for at least two hours daily. Typical drones fly for 30 minutes on each battery.
You should be capable of taking off, landing your drone manually, and flying simple flight plans to reach a designated location from the air. Whether you're a beginner or an experienced drone photographer, you will find the instruction tailored to your specific needs and desires.
We will follow all drone-specific regulations and laws based on Iceland regulations. We will be visiting regions that allow drones. Leaders will work with each participant to make a flight plan that does not cross with another participant's flight plan.
Moderate: Hikes of up to a couple miles with some small elevation gain. Uneven ground. Long days of photography.
Arrive Keflavík International Airport (KEF), Reykjavík, Iceland before 4:00 PM on August 24, 2024. Flights out can be made anytime on September 3, 2024. Air travel delays are common. Please arrive early, possibly even the day prior, so you don’t miss any of the workshop.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,500 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop.
- All permits and park fees.
- All transportation during the workshop.
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides.
- English-speaking local guide throughout the workshop.
- Photographic guiding and instruction from 2 pros.
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction.
- Travel to and from Reykjavík, Iceland.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,500 supplement.
“I’m just back from the Iceland Highlands workshop with Randy Hanna, and I wanted to let you know we had a fabulous trip. Randy was an amazing photo guide and ambassador for both the Muench brand and Iceland. Everything went without a hitch. Accommodations were good and the weather cooperated. ”
“This was my first photography workshop. I chose Muench for three reasons—the amount of repeat business you get, the workshop fee covers everything but airfare & alcohol, and the collection of talented instructors. Bottom line—the workshop was outstanding and I hope to attend more! ”