Fly Over the Iceland Highlands With a Drone
August 20 – 29, 2025
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.
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.
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
August 20, 2025: Meet at our hotel in Reykjavik for dinner and review logistics for the week ahead.
August 21–24, 2025: 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 25–27, 2025: 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.
August 28, 2025: 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.
August 29, 2025: Flights home anytime.
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.
Easy: You must be able to do short walks around the super jeep to access drone flight locations.
Arrive Keflavík International Airport (KEF), Reykjavík, Iceland before 3:00 PM on August 20, 2025. Flights out can be made anytime on August 29, 2025. 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.
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Reykjavík, Iceland.
- Unscheduled airport transfers.
- 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.
“Congratulations on hiring Joseph Roybal! He is clearly a master of all aspects of his craft, an exceptional leader and team player and he's superb at understanding the group's needs as well as those of each individual. He did an outstanding job of ensuring we had the basics down pat, understood and tried new techniques in the field and in the post processing of our images. He is a wonderful addition to your team and will be a significant asset in the months and hopefully years to come! ”
“Besides Joseph's excellent communication, planning, and leadership skills, he provided us all the ability to work/edit our photos to bring out the beauty of our experience. His skills in Photoshop and Lightroom were great - but greater still was his ability to impart his knowledge to us in a way that didn't overwhelm! ”