Iceland’s Highlands: Amazing Landscapes in The Heart of Iceland

For centuries, the interior of Iceland was virtually inaccessible, for years at a time playing host only to outlaws in hiding. Via the mountain roads Kjölur and Sprengisandur, the untouched wilderness of Iceland’s mountainous centre is now open—for cautious exploration by foot or 4×4 vehicles—in the summer months. Join Muench Workshops Pros Randy Hanna, and our very own Viking, Skarpi on this amazing photo adventure. This workshop is limited to 8 guests. On this workshop everything is included, all meals, double occupancy lodging (singles available, just ask), transportation by 4x4 Super Jeeps, and photographic guiding and instruction from two professionals.

On the highlands workshop we cover most of the interior of Iceland. Some of the most interesting parts of Iceland with volcanic activity are to be found in the highlands, such as Landmannalaugar and the region around Askja and Herðubreið, the national mountain of Iceland. The highlands are mostly an uninhabitable volcanic desert with phenomenal photography locations in the few oasis of the dessert, which can be crossed only during the Icelandic summer (typically from June through September). For the rest of the year, the highland roads are closed. Most highland roads require four wheel drive vehicles, because it is necessary to ford rivers and rough terrain, and in September maybe even fresh snow. On our workshop we use specially modified 4×4 Super Jeeps and a native guide with years of experience camping, hiking, and exploring the highlands. We will be doing some moderate hiking to the best shooting locations in the highlands, so please bring your hiking boots. We should see and photograph some Autumn Colors and, if we’re lucky, Northern Lights. Major waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss and Godafoss are featured as well. We’ll chase the light, out for sunrise, then day-shooting where it’s good, and sunset. After dinner, we’re on watch for the Northern Lights! Expect to work hard on this workshop, as we will also be featuring image reviews and Lightroom post-processing instruction as much as possible. In the field, you can expect to learn plenty: the art of seeing, making the best compositions at shoot; shooting for panoramas and HDR; proper exposure and other technical aspects of landscape photography; and of course, everything you need to know and understand about night photography and shooting the northern lights!

Location:

Iceland

Tuition:

$7,995

Dates:

September 21 - October 1, 2016

Fitness Level:

Moderate, some hikes of
3-4 km, on uneven ground

Availability:

Sold Out

Great instructors! Great opportunity to learn from different viewpoints. It was very helpful to see the workflow of the pros in the field, to “see” as they do.
— Kim Lewin, Canadian Rockies '14, Palouse '15

Itinerary

As always in Iceland, this is subject to change due to weather and light conditions.

September 21: Reykjavik. You'll arrive in Reykjavik and check in to our hotel. Spend the day touring this wonderful European capital city. We'll meet at 6pm in the hotel lobby and then go out for dinner, where well run through the entire workshop.

Septemer 22-25: South Highlands. We start early in the morning from Reykjavik, and drive into the southern part of the Icelandic highlands, where we explore the Landmannalaugar area for the next 3 days. After driving through barren nature, we approach Landmannalaugar’s colourful mountains, which were formed by centuries of volcanic activity in the area—the picturesque natural landscape in this raw climate is simply breathtaking. Landmannalaugar is famous for its hiking trails and rhyolite mountains, with their multi-colored shapes and sizes. While there, we can enjoy a relaxing bath in a natural thermal pool outdoors, which was created when many hot and cold springs in the area combined. The natural warm water pool here is quite unique and is an ideal bathing place all year around.

September 25-28: North and East Highlands. We travel across the central highlands of Iceland, and explore the north and east highlands. The highlands north of Vatnajökull glacier are a part of an active volcanic zone, with the last eruption Holuhraun ending only few months ago, or in March 2015. The area is constantly being reshaped by geothermal activity and the interplay of fire and ice. One of the most notable features in the highlands north of Vatnajökull is Askja, a central volcano.

September 28-30: Central Highlands. We travel from north to south-west Iceland through the central highlands and stay in mountain huts for two nights, exploring the night in the geothermal oasis of the highlands, such as Hveravellir and Kerlingarfjoll. The volcanic origin of these mountains is evidenced by the numerous hot springs and rivulets in the area. After our mountain hut experience we travel down from the highlands, back to Reykjavik for our last dinner of the tour.

October 1: Flights home anytime this day.

What’s Included

  • Double occupancy lodging (Single supplement available)
  • All means during the workshop
  • All transportation during the workshop
  • Photographic instruction and guiding from two pros
  • Image reviews and post-processing
  • Inspiration and fun!

Whats Not Included?

Travel to and from Reykjavik, Iceland. Alcoholic beverages, items of a personal nature, international flights, travel and cancellation insurance, items of a personal nature, and anything not specifically mentioned as included.

Payment Terms

Your deposit of $3,500 USD will secure your place in this workshop. The balance of $4,495 USD is due by July 1, 2016. All of our standard terms and conditions apply.

Additional Information

Our workshops fill very fast, and this workshop is strictly limited to eight guests, so if this one has your name on it, don't delay, register now by clicking the "Sign Me Up!" button below. We'll see you in the highlands!