Icelandic Highlands From The Air

UPDATE: As of January 9, 2019, this workshop is sold out. Please contact us to be placed on the waiting list, and please do check out our other workshops, thanks!

To describe Iceland’s Highlands requires many superlatives—the region contains Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, Iceland’s tallest mountain, 6,919 foot Hvannadalshnúkur, and some of Iceland’s most active volcanoes: Hekla, Eyjafjallajökull and Katla. The Highlands are also home to a number of other notable peaks, as well as moss-covered passes, mighty waterfalls, ancient basalt formations, wildlife-rich oases, and unique vegetation.

On this workshop, you’ll be joining Muench Workshops co-founder Marc Muench, and veteran pro Randy Hanna, for five days of photography from air and land. We’ll have our own private helicopter, as well as a Super Jeep, to get us way off the beaten path. Bring your camera, bring your drone, bring your tripod, they’ll all get used! We’ll be flying over braided rivers, volcanic craters, and high-altitude lakes, then hiking to waterfalls and geologic formations. With such a high instructor-to-guest ratio, there will be plenty of time for individualized attention. Expect to learn all there is to know about aerial photography from Marc and Randy, who have each logged hundreds of hours of photography time in helicopters. Both are licensed commercial drone pilots and Randy is a former Army helicopter pilot. 

We’ll be staying at a comfortable hotel, close to our photography destinations. When not busy shooting, we’ll take time for signature image reviews, critiques, and post-processing instruction.






September 7–14, 2020

Fitness Level:

Short walks from jeep and helicopter only when not in the air flying


Sold Out – Wait List
Limited to 6 Guests

Marc and Randy were always available for questions, providing answers in an understandable way. And, noticing what I needed to learn or correct and pointing me in the right direction. I learned lots and came back a better photographer.
— Kathy Martin, Greenland ' 17, Antarctica '17, Canadian Migration '18

Itinerary and General Information

September 7, 2020: Meet at our hotel in Reykjavik for dinner and a review of logistics for the week ahead.

September 8–13, 2020: We’ll be staying at the Hotel Highlands, close to the landscapes we wish to capture from the helicopter. We’ll be photographing from the helicopter and from a super jeep at different times. Our priority will be to use the helicopter for our allocated time each day, making sure everyone gets equal time and great shots. Everyone will have a window seat, allowing them maximum opportunity to capture images. All participants will be harnessed into the helicopter at all times, all will have a headset allowing them to communicate during the flight, and all will be taught the proper techniques for achieving the best results from the helicopter. The fly time from the hotel to our selected photography locations is only minutes, allowing for maximum efficiency of our purchased air time. We will also fly to locations where we’ll disembark and photograph waterfalls, rivers and remote vantage points. For the times when we’re not flying, either due to poor weather or limited air time, we’ll have access to transport via super jeep. Each day will include one-on-one image reviews by both Randy and Marc, as well as lessons in the field on camera settings and technique.

September 13, 2020: We’ll photograph sunrise, weather permitting, then we’ll make our way back to Reykjavik for our final group dinner.

September 14, 2020: The workshop concludes after breakfast, and flights home can be scheduled for any time today.

What to Bring and How to Prepare for Your Workshop

Please see our How To Prepare For Your Workshop page now for guidelines on workshop prep, gear, and packing. Approximately 90 days before your workshop, you will be sent a PDF with more specific instructions.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single available, just ask)

  • 2 hours of helicopter flight time per day per person

  • All ground and air transportation during the workshop

  • Photographic guiding and instruction from Marc and Randy

  • Tips for our local guides and pilot

  • Fun, inspiration, and amazing images

Whats Not Included?

Air travel to/from Reykjavik, Iceland. Passport and visa fees (if applicable), items of a personal nature, such as laundry, and alcoholic beverages. Medical Evacuation Insurance (required). Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended). Anything else specifically not listed as included.

Payment Terms

Your non-refundable deposit of $5,000 will hold your space in this workshop. A second payment of $5,000 is due by January 1, 2020. The balance of $5,995 will be due not later than June 1, 2020. For this workshop, deposits and all payments are non-refundable, which is why you should have Trip Cancelation Insurance. All of our standard terms and conditions apply. Need special payment arrangements for your deposit? No problem, just ask us.

Additional Information

An exceptional opportunity to achieve aerial images alongside highly experienced instructors. Don’t hesitate registering for this exclusive workshop!