Iceland Summer Adventure
Come join us for an incredible Iceland Summer photo workshop adventure during the summer solstice. Unlike other tours in Iceland that confine you to specific locations based on your accommodation, this 8 day educational photography workshop/tour is focused on making sure you have the best opportunities to capture epic light each night. We have no set itinerary as we will base each days shooting location based on the latest weather reports, road conditions and our team’s experience photographing in Iceland (this will our 30th trip to Iceland). Each night we will set up camp in an incredibly beautiful and serene location, allowing us to rest before heading out to repeat the process all over again.
July 4th – 11th, 2021
Iceland is located in one of the northern most locations on this planet. In June/July, you will witness what is called as the “Midnight Sun”. This is where sunrise and sunset converge and you have hours of amazing light to shoot every night. However in order to capture this amazing light, you have to be awake, so we will be reversing our sleep cycles, shooting at night and sleeping during the day in order to maximize our time in Iceland.
In order to avoid the restrictions placed on a trip because the location of our hotel each night, we will be camping instead, occasionally near some of the most gorgeous and impressive locations you have ever seen. This trip is certainly tailored slightly for the more adventurous, but instead of leaving Iceland unhappy with your images because of poor weather, we will have the freedom to chase the light and weather, allowing me to put you in front of the right locations with the right kind of epic light you are looking for.
Please do make sure that you do have your COVID-19 vaccination as it is required not only to join our group but also to enter Iceland without guaranteeing.
What is Included?
What is Not Included?
With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.
Iceland Summer Photo Workshop
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What Will You Experience?
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Both the short and long answer to this question is a resounding yes. Not only is a COVID-19 vaccination required to join any Colby Brown Photography workshop, but most countries (including Iceland) will require you to show proof of vaccination before entering the country. Please note that NO refunds will be given if you forget to bring your vaccine card or refuse to get vaccinated before the workshop.
The workshop starts on June 28th, 2019 in the morning. You can either fly in the night before (June 27th) and get a hotel or arrive early in the morning on the 28th, before 8am.
The workshop ends on July 5th. We will drop you off at the airport between 2-3pm or to a hotel of your choosing if you are staying longer in Iceland.
You will fly into the Keflavik Airport (KEF) located roughly 50 minutes outside of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.
Be sure to check in us before purchasing any flights to make sure things line up correctly.
In the Summer in Iceland, you get to experience the "Midnight Sun". This is when Sunset and Sunrise converge, providing the opportunity to have 6hr+ of incredible light every evening.
No, for this workshop we are camping each night, which gives us the flexibility to move around the weather systems in Iceland. It gives us the freedom to get all of you to the best spots with the best light each and every day. That said, the campsites we use do have bathrooms, showers and often electric outlets.
Each vehicle that we rent will be outfitted with a series of splitters allowing you to charge your gear as we move from location to location throughout the day. These splitters will take US wall plugs. Camera battery chargers that use USB will also work great!
If you have your own sleeping bag, sleeping pad and tent that is rated for high winds, you are free to bring it, otherwise, we can rent the gear for you via an Icelandic Outfitter for an additional cost (usually around $200 USD).
Every day we will have at least one sit down meal while relying on snacks most of the rest of the time. Every 2 or 3 days we will stop at a local grocery store and stock up on food and snacks.
Unfortunately, it is not possible to see the aurora/northern lights in Iceland in July. While they happen year-round in our atmosphere, there is simply too much light throughout the day/night cycle to see any aurora let along the milky way.
Meet Your Instructors & Guides
Colby Brown is a photographer, photo educator and author based out of Eastern Pennsylvania. Specializing in landscape, travel and humanitarian photography, his photographic portfolio spans the four corners of the globe and all 7 continents. Not too long after picking up his first digital camera in 2006, Colby was leading workshops for National Geographic in South America, further spurring his love for both travel and photo education. In 2011, he founded The Giving Lens, an organization that blends photo education with support for various non-governmental organizations (NGO) and causes around the world, such as child education, clean drinking water projects, and women’s rights.
Workshop Manager/Photo Instructor
Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe. Favoring the cold landscapes and the unspoiled nature of northern Europe, the higher latitudes do not stop him from going after the perfect shot. When not traveling the world with his camera, you can find him back home teaching workshops, testing new gear and experimenting with photography.
Iceland was my first photography workshop. I lucked out with Colby Brown and Ken Kaminesky as the leaders. I had a significant amount of camera equipment about which I knew little more than there were a lot of buttons. Colby and Ken were pretty amazing in that(...)
Chasing the almost endless summer light in Iceland is truly a legendary adventure. Colby's philosophy is to design workshops which provide the most flexibility as possible. Camping throughout the workshop leaves the itinerary wide open and allows him to show(...)
Hands down an incredible experience and a trip that completely full-filled my expectations of what a photography adventure tour to Iceland would be like. For nine days, Colby's knowledge of the island, it's locations, food, weather patterns, flat tire fixing(...)
I had such an amazing time on this trip. Colby and Peyton took wonderful care of us the whole time and were very attentive whenever we were shooting at a location to make sure they were answering any questions we had and to just generally check in. Both Colby(...)
What an experience! We traveled to some amazing locations and received great guidance from Colby and Peyton. I'm a better photographer because of it. The group size was ideal and the other photographers were motivating and fun to be around. I have memories that will last a lifetime.
Out of a handful of Iceland Photography Tours I've researched, Colby's quick responses to my queries put me at ease with what was expected. The trip itself was an absolute blast - I've never traveled with a nicer group of people, and Colby, with his sidekick,(...)
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Cancellation & Refund Policy
No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…
All cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge plus Paypal fees. In the past, Paypal would refund the transaction fees on refunds, but they stopped doing this in late 2019. In addition, if you cancel and your spot is otherwise filled, you will be refunded the full amount you have paid (minus the $150 service charge + any PP fees). However, if you cancel and your spot is not filled, the following fee schedule applies: