North Iceland bird and landscape photography tour

“Iceland’s abundant birdlife is waiting to be captured on this midsummer small group photography workshop. Head to the north and northwest, accompanied by a tutor, with internal flights and transport included.”


Reykjavík | Husavík | Lake Myvatn | Látrabjarg |Flatey Island | Stykkishólmer | Snæfellsness peninsula | Snæfellsjökull | waterfalls of Kirkjufellfoss | Colourful geothermal areas | Volcanic phenomena

Description of North Iceland bird and landscape photography tour

Photograph Iceland’s rich birdlife and dramatic scenery on this 12-day North Iceland bird and landscape photography tour, accompanied by a photographic tutor and a host/organiser. This trip runs in May and early June, just before the summer solstice, when the birdlife is at its most active and prolific. Concentrating on the north and northwest of Iceland, we will visit Lake Myvatn and its surroundings and the northwest fjords, including Látrabjarg. We will then spend two nights on the magical island of Flatey in Breidafjördur and a night on the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula.

A multitude of birds congregate in Iceland in June to breed and raise chicks, so this is the best time to visit to capture all kinds of birdlife. Migratory birds have arrived and are conspicuously defending their territories and we will head out to photograph them while most folks are still asleep! You will have the chance to photograph common shag, glaucous gull, white tailed eagle, common eider, black guillemot, puffins and grey necked phalarope, amongst others.

There is an emphasis on photographing birds on this trip, but we will not ignore the landscape, either – high summer is the ideal time to capture both. There are 24 hours of daylight, Alpine flowers are in bloom, carpets of purple lupine stretch as far as the eye can see and Iceland’s striking and unusual landscape is enhanced by hours of soft ambient light.

This is a small group trip – max 10 people – and you will spend 11 nights in hotels, with a flight across Iceland from Reykjavík to Husavik included as well as all meals, transport and ferries. This workshop is definitely suitable for both serious bird and landscape photographers, or a combination of both.

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: North Iceland bird and landscape photography tour


We encourage you to travel responsibly and to consider the following guidelines:

- When out in wild places, please keep erosion to a minimum, keep to footpaths and avoid stepping on, or picking native flora. Iceland is fragile unstable environment. The country is currently embarking on many conservation and habitation projects such as tree planting to reduce erosion.

- When near wildlife or bird colony’s we minimise human disruption of the natural environment. We take considerable care during breeding seasons so as to not disturb nesting birds and wildlife.

- Take time to carry out some research about Iceland, being able to speak a few words of Icelandic is always appreciated.

- Water sources in Iceland are exceptionally pure and we discourage buying plastic bottled water. A metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle such as Nalgene to refill with water from a safe source is recommended to all of our guests.

- River water could also be a supply drinking water, please do not contaminate river water supplies by washing in it. Any washing products should be phosphate free

- Respect local customs religion and traditions.

- Don’t take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission.

- Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do.

- Read the labels and buy local products such as food and souvenirs so that money directly benefits the community.

- Reduce pollution and carry out all litter. Recycle wherever possible. Iceland has one of the lowest levels of environmental pollution in the world and it is good to keep it this way.

Our small group ethos, sharing of transport and preferred mode of exploring locations is by foot thus reducing pollution, environmental noise and damage to what is often an especially delicate ecosystem.

We support the Environment Agency and the National Parks of Iceland through passing on information about their policy and raising awareness of current issues and environmental sustainability. The Environment Agency hosts volunteers from all over the world and works closely with a variety of international organisations. The programme is organised in partnership with the British conservation volunteer organisation BTCV.

Wherever possible we work electronically and promote considerate use of digital resources. We are primarily web based for all administrative communications with minimal use of office paper.

We recommend that you visit our links page where you will find comprehensive information on travel, health, environmental concerns, preparing for your holiday, local cultures and how to support local projects.


Tourism, fishing, farming and local crafts such as knitting are seen as a viable and sustainable way of helping to restore economic stability to the country and also giving a sense of dignity to Icelanders. More than ever communities have to return to their roots and rely on traditional ways of making a living. We support local micro business by seeking out artisans and contemporary home made crafts during our stay. We always ensure that participants on our holidays get the opportunity to see and purchase local products.

In particular communities away from the central hub of Reykjavik are relying on visitors to boost their economy. We have been supporting these less visited areas for many years and we are rewarded with a very personal service, quieter locations, fresher home grown produce and insight into the lives and folklore of local people. We seek out small family run hotels and support local tourism enterprises such as eating at the small fish soup 'shack' down on the beach in preference to mainstream restaurants, knowing that the fish will be freshly caught that day by local fishermen.

These local providers appreciate our on going commitment to their livelihoods and in turn we have built mutually beneficial relationships with our all of our hosts and local guides. All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which is clearly visible on our website. Local food can be obtained easily in Iceland, for example fish, lamb, dairy products, vegetables grown in geo-thermally heated green houses. Each day we buy local produce for our picnic lunches to be eaten on location and our accommodations pride themselves in introducing us to local Icelandic fare for both breakfast and dinner.

Our holidays are immersive and are designed for photographers by photographers. We support dialogue,interest and appreciation of the historical and cultural context of each country we travel through.

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