Join us on an autumn reverie with this 11-day photography workshop around Iceland! Autumn is a breathtaking season in Iceland, when the colours transition and change with the light. The landscape comes alive with gorgeous hues of red, orange and yellow in a last hurrah before the winter takes hold. As the days become shorter and the nights get longer, the Aurora Borealis returns to the night sky and with mild conditions, the chances of capturing its beauty become magnified. Whether you are a complete beginner, an amateur or a professional photographer, this autumn photography workshop is a great chance to chase the Northern Lights across the incredible Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Golden Circle and stunning south coast of Iceland, no doubt improving upon your landscape photography skills as you go and expanding your portfolio.
Total price: 5200 USD
2-12 Sep 2019
2-12 Oct 2019
14-24 Oct 2019
Guided by Raymond Hoffmann
Guided by Edwin Martinez
Guided by Edwin Martinez
Day 1 - Arrival
You’ll arrive in beautiful Iceland and catch the FlyBus from Keflavik International Airport towards your hotel in Reykjavik. Once there, you’ll have the chance to relax or to explore the city at your own leisure. In the evening, you’ll meet with the rest of your group and your guides for a delicious dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll get to know one another and go over the itinerary for the days ahead.
You’ll retire for the evening in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Snæfellsnes peninsula
The adventure truly begins when we board our spacious 4x4 vehicle and make our way towards the magical Snaefellsnes peninsula! Our first shoot will be at the rocky cliffs of Arnarstapi, where the wild beauty of the ocean is at its finest. You’ll have the opportunity to shoot stunning basalt rock formations, the waves lapping up against the coast, and amazing scenery all around.
Nearby, the black church of Budir stands steadfast within the Budahraun lava field with Snaefellsjokull glacier glistening in the distance. It’s a gorgeous location with compositions all around, ranging from within the stone walls that surround the church itself to the incredible lava fields beyond.
Our sunset shoot will be at Londrangar, where volcanic rock sea stacks reach out towards the horizon like a castle. It will make for an enchanting scene, particularly if the Northern Lights come out.
Accommodation for the evening will be in Snaefellsnes.
Day 3 - Snæfellsnes peninsula
On day three, we’ll continue exploring the Snaefellsnes peninsula, covering all of the sights and locations left on our list. Along the way, we’ll touch upon quaint seaside villages as we head towards the northern end of the peninsula, where the iconic Kirkjufell stands proudly over the town of Grundarfjordur.
It’s conical shape is hard to miss and it’s no wonder that this unique mountain has been featured on TV, in none other than the series Game of Thrones! You’ll have the opportunity to capture it with the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall in the foreground, surrounded by colourful autumn foliage. Kirkjufell makes for a grand subject, particularly beneath the Northern Lights.
Accommodation overnight will be in Snaefellsnes.
Day 4 - Hraunfossar – Golden circle
On this day, we’ll leave the windswept Snaefellsnes Peninsula and make our way towards Iceland’s Golden Circle, home to three of the country’s most beautiful landmarks. Along the way, you’ll have a chance to photograph Hraunfossar, a waterfall created by small rivulets of water seeping through a wall of lava. It makes for a stunning sight when surrounded by a myriad of earthy autumn tones.
Our first stop along the Golden Circle is Thingvellir National Park. Situated within a rift valley, this breathtaking location marks the separation of two continental plates. In autumn, the landscapes are hewn with orange, gold and red hues… somewhat a wild botanical garden of delights!
Next up is the roaring Gullfoss, where rushing water thunders down a steep canyon into the Hvita river below. This awe-inspiring waterfall spews forth a gargantuan amount of mist, making for amazing rainbows on a sunny day.
Our last stop will be at Geysir, a steaming geothermal area that is home to the famous fountain geyser Strokkur. You’ll have the perfect chance to photograph it while the sun sets behind, as the geyser itself erupts every few minutes. Make sure to stand away from the wind direction though, otherwise you might find yourself very wet!
You’ll retire for the night in the Geysir area.
Day 5 - Vik
Day five sees us heading towards the stunning south coast, where you’ll witness some of the most breathtaking landscapes in Iceland. The scenery is diverse and you’ll see an array of different moss-covered lava fields and charming turf houses along the way.
The south coast is well-known for its beautiful waterfalls, of which Seljalandsfoss is the first that we will visit. This unique waterfall features a cavern behind it, which will allow you to walk all around the cascade itself for 360 degree views. Nearby, the 60 metre high Skogafoss makes for extraordinary shots, perfect for practicing your long exposure techniques. Freeze-frame it for a powerful and thunderous effect.
As we near the coastal village of Vik, you’ll find yourself in awe by the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, where you’ll be able to capture the tall basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar rising from the tumultuous ocean waves.
Our sunset shoot will be at the magnificent sea cliffs of Dyrholaey, where the roaring ocean has eroded away the surrounding rocks, creating a beautiful sea arch.
Your accommodation overnight will be in Vik.
Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park
On day six, we’ll continue our journey towards the expansive Vatnajokull National Park, where the Skaftafell Nature Reserve sits in the shadow of Europe’s largest glacier. There is much to photograph here, from dense forests to glacier tongues and snow-capped mountains in the distance. We’ll hike up to a charming waterfall called Svartifoss within Skaftafell, a cascade surrounded by tall black basalt columns resembling organ pipes.
Accommodation overnight will be near the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Day 7 - Vatnajökull National park
After an early breakfast, we’ll shoot sunrise at the serene and tranquil Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where large icebergs float within the glassy waters after having calved from the nearby Breidarmerkurjokull glacier. It’s a stunning sight and even more so for wildlife enthusiasts, as the lagoon is home to many sea birds and seals that haul out onto the ice.
We’ll spend the day exploring the surrounds of the glacier lagoon and the nearby ice beach, where icebergs wash up onto the black sands and resemble diamonds glistening in the sun.
The compositions here are endless and it will make for stunning opportunities if the Northern Lights make a display.
Accommodation overnight will be in the vicinity of Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Day 8 - Vatnajökull National park
On day eight, we’ll travel along the edge of Vatnajokull National Park, towards the wild and beautiful Stokksnes peninsula. Our subject for the day will be the spiky peaks of Vestrahorn, nicknamed “Batman Mountain” as it resembles the mask of the comic superhero himself. There are an abundance of photographic opportunities at the foot of this mountain, including a black sand beach that reflects the mountain itself, as well as undulating sand dunes that give it an unmistakable windswept appearance. We’ll travel around the peninsula, capturing the mountain from all angles amidst ever-changing conditions. It will make for a stunning backdrop if the Northern Lights dance across the sky in the evening.
You’ll retire for the evening in the vicinity of the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Day 9 - Vik
On day nine, we will make our way back along the south coast towards the fishing village of Vik. There will be plenty to shoot along the way, from mountain peaks in the distance to stunning blue glacial tongues and mossy lava fields. The highlight will be photographing the wonderful personalities of the Icelandic horses as they play in their fields.
If the Northern Lights make a display, then we will photograph them over one of the many locations in Vik. Where we shoot will depend largely on the conditions, though nothing is off the menu.
You’ll spend the night in the sleepy fishing village of Vik.
Day 10 - Heading back
This will be our final day of shooting. Despite it being a day of travel as we make our way back towards Reykjavik, there will be plenty to see and photograph along the way.
We’ll begin with a sunrise shoot at Reynisfjara beach, where the Reynisdrangar sea stacks make for a magnificent subject with the waves crashing all around. Our photo guides will then guide you to some less-visited waterfalls and other locations along the way, to wrap up the incredible adventure that you’ve had in Iceland.
Once we reach Reykjavik, we’ll meet together for one last dinner as a group and bid each other farewell before retiring for the night.
Day 11 - Departure
You’ll catch the FlyBus back to Keflavik International Airport, where you’ll make your way home or onwards towards your next destination – no doubt with a host of new friends, unforgettable memories and hundreds of photos to tell the tale of your time exploring Iceland in autumn.
Two Professional photo guides.
Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
All breakfasts and Group dinner on day 1 and day 10.
FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to airport.
Lunches and Dinners from day 2 to 9
Alcohol, snacks and beverages
Cancellation and Refund Policy
We strongly recommend you to get a Trip Cancellation & Travel Insurance after booking your trip. If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:
Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 service fee.
75 days or more: 75% refund
60 days or more: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.
The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.