Torva Terra Photography Workshop

"Midnight Sun"

Iceland Summer Photography Intensive Program

June 19-25th 2019 / 7 Day Adventure


Natural Bridge State Park


Summer in Iceland

Glacial ice, black sandy beaches, amazing waterfalls. nesting puffins and so much more...

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Torva Terra is offering an intensive road trip style workshop focusing on the unique wildlife and landscape of  West and South Iceland. On this amazing 7 day photography tour you will experience summer landscapes of striking variety while traveling Iceland's famous Ring Road. Explore countless majestic and iconic waterfalls, world famous glacier lagoons, black sandy beaches with epic cliffs, sea stacks and bird colonies with puffins and other sea-birds, the largest glacier in Europe, mountain peaks, big lava fields, active volcanoes and abundant wildlife.

This photography workshop will focus on exploring beautiful and epic locations under the watchful eye of Kate Garibaldi our expert photographer and guide. She will be sharing her experience and techniques with you to take your photography skills to the next level. Our trip is planned for late June when summer takes over from spring which means it will be delightfully warm with the added bonus of the magnificent midnight sun which gives almost 24 hours of daylight. We will chase the sun with a very small group ensuring you get one-on-one time to grow and learn. This is one of the best trips to build your portfolio in a short amount of time. 

Another key point to this trip is that we will be staying in a mix of amazing 3 & 4 star hotels and a lovely historic (and recently renovated) Icelandic boutique hotel. After a long day of chasing the light and having amazing adventures we will come "home" to comfort and luxury Icelandic style.


Tempest Over the IceTempest Over the IceJökulsárlón, Iceland


Kirkjufell Mountain, Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall


Itinerary Overview:


Day 1 - June 23rd - Sea Cliffs, Waterfalls & Mountains: Arrival, transfer to hotel, sessions begin on Snaefellsness Peninsula

Day 2 - June 24th - Waterfalls & Wildflowers: Scenic drive to South Iceland with multiple waterfall opportunities

Day 3 - June 25th - Black Sand Beach, Historic Village Church, & Lighthouse: Vik coastal area

Day 4 - June 26th - Glaciers, Birds & More: Hof and the beautiful Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Day 5 - June 27th - Iceberg Beach, Wildlife & Mountains: Black sand beach, wildlife tour and Southeast Iceland

Day 6 - June 28th - Scenic drive: Back through South Iceland, photo review, spa and dinner at Blue Lagoon

Day 7 - June 29th - Departure Day: Morning city walk followed by lunch and airport drop offs in the afternoon


Note: Our tour itinerary is flexible and may change due to weather and light conditions. Special phenomenons and wildlife excursions are highly dependent on favorable weather conditions. Our photography tour leader and guides will use their extensive knowledge to place you in the best spot to make use of the opportunities that nature provides us.


Iceland's BouquetIceland's BouquetStory: This singular spot in Iceland, in the shadow of a mountain had the greatest variety of wildflowers, mosses and plants that I had seen in one spot yet. I couldn't help but admire the colors and the way that they contrasted with the iconic dark volcanic landscape of the country. Sunrise on the TrollsSunrise on the TrollsStory: The basalt sea stacks known as ‪‎Reynisdrangar‬. Legend has it that these rocks were trolls trying to drag their ship to shore. Instead they were caught by the dawn sun rising and forever turned to stone. Lupine Under IceLupine Under IceStory: I found this beautiful meadow of lupine wildflowers in Iceland one summer afternoon. The flowers stretched far to the foot of the mountains still peaked in glacial ice and snow. After many days of rain and gloom the clouds parted long enough for me to photograph this special location. Just a few hours later it was overcast and raining again.
Beacon in the StormBeacon in the StormStory: In the fog and storm this bright orange ‪‎lighthouse‬ stood out like the perfect beacon.


Iceland Midnight Sun Photography Tour - Landscape and Wildlife Photography


Dates:  June 19-25th 2019 / 7 Day Adventure / Small group, photography intensive!

What is included:  Guided workshop in Iceland with photography instruction, photo review session, ground transportation and double occupancy lodging during the tour. Optional single occupancy upgrade with fee.

Accommodations: We will be staying in a mix of amazing 3 & 4 star hotels and a lovely historic (and recently renovated) Icelandic boutique hotel.

What is not included:  Your airfare/ initial transportation to and from Reykjavik, meals, airport fees, alcoholic drinks, personal items, trip insurance, gratuities, etc. All participants must get travel insurance. This can often be booked with your airfare and is always a good idea to travel with just in case.

What to bring:  Plan for chilly mornings and nights so bring warm layers including a jacket, hat, gloves, etc. Gear: DSLR camera, tripod, telephoto lens, wide angle lens, macro lens, filters (10-stop ND, circular polarizing and a 3 stop reverse ND), batteries and lots of memory cards. Bring sunscreen, warm comfortable shoes (waterproof hiking boots recommended), and any other items of a personal nature. A laptop or tablet with transfer cable or card reader is also recommended.

Tuition:  $6000 / A $1000 nonrefundable deposit is required to reserve your spot.


Details including itinerary may change up to and during the trip as we make use of weather and lighting conditions. The wildlife on this tour is just that, wild, so we cannot guarantee their cooperation in photo shoots.

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FinallyFinallyStory: That feeling when the clouds finally parted after many days of rain. Lupine Under Stormy SkiesLupine Under Stormy SkiesStory: A summer storm during the famed midnight sun clouds the sky over a vast field of lupine wildflowers. The sheer acres of flowers were breathtaking in number as they stretched as far as the eye could see in every direction. The Berserker's FieldThe Berserker's FieldStory: Berserkjahraun is an enormous field of 3-4,000 year old lava that gets its name from the Icelandic Eyrbyggia Saga. (The Icelandic Sagas are prose historic literature of the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries.) This eerie natural wonder is slowly being reclaimed by nature. Delicate mosses and grasses contrast beautifully with the rich dark volcanic ash and basalt of past eruptions. Into the Icy LagoonInto the Icy LagoonStory: Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon is a lake full of gigantic icebergs calved from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The sheer size and number of icebergs, each carved by time, is breathtaking. Varying from bright blue to pure milky white each one is unique. Some of the ice is still speckled with rich black volcanic ash from ancient eruptions. To stand in this place you feel frozen in time.