Capture all that Iceland has to offer during the magical transitional season of autumn on this 14-day photography workshop all around the country! Develop your landscape photography skills as you make your way across stunning locations, covering all the sights of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Lake Myvatn in the north, the wild and remote Eastfjords and the stunning south coast. Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a seasoned professional, this tour promises to expand your landscape photography portfolio while exposing you to some of the most incredible scenery that you will witness in the Arctic.
Total price: 6900 USD
01-14 Sep 2019
17-30 Sep 2019
4-17 Oct 2019
17-30 Oct 2019
Guided by Siggi the Viking
Guided by Raymond Hoffmann
Guided by Siggi the Viking
Guided by Siggi the Viking
Day 1 - Arrival
You’ll arrive at Keflavik International Airport and make your way by FlyBus towards our hotel in Reykjavik. Once there, you’ll have a bit of time to relax or to explore the city at your leisure. In the evening, you’ll meet with our photo guides and the rest of your group for dinner at a local restaurant, where you’ll get to know one another and have the chance to go over the itinerary for the next few days.
You’ll retire for the night in Reykjavik.
Day 2 - Snæfellsnes peninsula
On day two, the adventure begins! We will make our way towards the Snaefellsnes Peninsula in the north west of Iceland, where we will spend our next two nights. The area is well-known for its rugged beauty, made even more picturesque by the transitional colours and lighting of autumn.
Our first shoot will be at the rock arch of Arnarstapi, where waves rolling in from the North Atlantic Ocean crash all around, producing a haze that catches the light. Nearby at the famous black church of Budir, the stunning Snaefellsjokull glacier makes an appearance, creating a beautiful backdrop for the church as it stands steadfast within the Budarhraun lava field.
The highlight of the day will be the glorious mountain Kirkjufell, well-known for its conical shape that looms over the town of Grundarfjordur. You may recognise it from the TV series Game of Thrones, where it was nicknamed the “Arrowhead Mountain”. Its surroundings make for many fascinating compositions, including the waterfall Kirkjufellsfoss at its base. It’s no wonder why this mountain is one of the most famous in Iceland. We’ll cross our fingers and hope for the Northern Lights to make an appearance tonight, as photographing them dancing over Kirkjufell will be like a dream.
Accommodation overnight will be in Snaefellsnes.
Day 3 - Snæfellsnes peninsula
We’ll continue exploring the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. There will be plenty to photograph as the entire coastline is dotted with sleepy fishing villages. The colours of autumn will light up the natural landscapes, surrounding mountains, mossy lava fields and breathtaking fjords.
In the evening, we’ll capture the sunset at the huge volcanic pinnacles of Londrangar. From a certain angle, the uniquely-formed sea stacks resemble a castle reaching out towards the horizon.
Our accommodation overnight will be at the Snaefellsnes peninsula.
Day 4 - Hvitserkur
Day four sees us leaving the magical beauty of Snaefellsnes behind as we head north towards the Vatnsnes peninsula. Along the way, you’ll have the chance to capture the unique personalities of the Icelandic horses as they play within the fields by the sides of the road. With luck, you’ll even be able to spot some seals in the water or hauled out on the beach along the coast as we inch further into the north.
Our main focus of the day will be the monolith of Hvitserkur – a huge, 15 metre basalt sea stack that resembles a dragon drinking out at sea. If the tide is out, then we’ll be able to capture incredible ripples in the sand, forming leading lines into the huge sea stack itself. Hvitserkur is particularly photogenic, so we will spend our time capturing it from different angles as the lighting changes and the sun begins to set.
Our accommodation overnight will be in Akureyri.
Day 5 - Lake Myvatn
On day five, we’ll have an early breakfast before setting out for a sunrise shoot at Godafoss, the waterfall of the gods. This is one of Iceland’s most stunning waterfalls and during autumn, there will be a vibrant green layer of moss on some of the rocks surrounding it.
You’ll have the opportunity to photograph it from several angles to capture the immense power of its water in all its glory.
As the sun gets higher in the sky, we’ll head east towards the Lake Myvatn area. This body of water was formed by a volcanic eruption, which is evident in the surrounding landscape. There will be plenty to shoot, from strangely-shaped rock formations to explosion craters and lava pillars. If the conditions and timing permit, then we’ll be able to explore the lava sculptures and rock formations of Dimmuborgir, one of the filming locations in the epic TV series, Game of Thrones.
If the Northern Lights make a display, then we will capture them over this extraordinary martian-like landscape.
We’ll spend the night at Myvatn.
Day 6 - Lake Myvatn
Day six will be full of excitement as we head out in a super jeep towards the central Highlands. This wild and remote area is home to two beautiful waterfalls within the Skjálfandafljót river – Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss.
Aldeyjarfoss is an incredible sight, with dark basalt columns surrounding a clear column of water plunging into the river below.
Standing above it, you’ll witness Mother Nature at her finest. At Hrafnabjargafoss, the water thunders down past volcanic rocks into a huge blue pool below. We’ll keep our fingers crossed for the Northern Lights to dance again tonight. If they do, then we will capture them once again over the Lake Myvatn area.
Accommodation overnight will be in Myvatn.
Day 7 - Lake Myvatn
There is so much to explore around Lake Myvatn and we’ll do our best on this day to cover everything that we haven’t yet photographed. The highlight of the day will be the active geothermal area of Namaskard, where you’ll be able to capture the Earth coming to life with bubbling mud pots, steaming hot vents and bright orange sand.
There will be the opportunity to hike to one of the world’s largest explosion craters, Hverfell, which makes for a stunning panorama. No doubt the group will be weary thereafter and will relish in some relaxation time at the Myvatn Nature Baths, cherished in Iceland as the Blue Lagoon of the north.
We’ll then spend our last night in Myvatn.
Day 8 - East Iceland-Djúpivogur
On day eight, we’ll head east towards the Jokulsargljufur National Park on the east coast of Iceland. It will take us a while, but we’ll make some stops along the way to break up the travel. Our first stop will be at the mighty Dettifoss, Europe’s most powerful waterfall. At 100 metres wide and 45 metres high, this waterfall makes for spectacular long exposure photographs, surrounded by gorgeous autumn foliage.
In the afternoon, we’ll drive across the highland desert and cross a mountain pass, making our way into the remote wilderness of the Eastfjords. There will be plenty to shoot along the coastline, as well as barren scenes in the volcanic desert and a myriad of wildlife. You’ll have the opportunity to photograph the Rjukandi Falls as they flow down a mountainside gracefully, surrounded by the colours of fall.
We’ll then spend the night in the fishing village of Djupivogur.
Day 9 - Vatnajokull National Park
On day nine, we’ll enter the stunning Vatnajokull National Park, home to Europe’s largest glacier. Once there, we’ll spend three days near the famous Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, where we’ll have numerous chances to capture huge icebergs that have broken off the Breidarmerkurjokull glacier and which float serenely in the lagoon before cruising out to sea. The lagoon is particularly beautiful at sunrise and sunset, and you’ll have the chance to photograph it over several days in different lighting conditions. With any luck, there’ll be seals swimming in the lagoon or hauling out onto the ice, so make sure your telephoto lens is ready!
Accommodation overnight will be in the Jokulsarlon area.
Day 10 - Vatnajokull National Park
After an early breakfast, we’ll head back to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for a sunrise shoot, where you’ll be able to take your time capturing the timeless beauty of the glistening icebergs. At the adjacent ice beach, you’ll have the opportunity to practice your long exposure skills, as the waves crash onto the black sandy shore, bringing along with them icebergs shaped like diamonds!
There will be numerous compositions to be photographed in this area so we will continue to explore it throughout the day. It will make the perfect backdrop should the Northern Lights come out to play.
You’ll retire for the night in the Jokulsarlon area.
Day 11 - Vatnajokull National Park
On day eleven of your adventure, we’ll head east of the Vatnajokull National Park, towards the windswept beauty of the Stokksnes peninsula and its famous mountain, Vestrahorn.
Vestrahorn is an extremely photogenic mountain that rises 454 metres high. It is made up of several pointy peaks that stretch out along a black sand beach towards the sea. There are numerous compositions to be had all around it, so we will spend the day capturing it from all angles, with undulating sand dunes and reflective pools in the foreground. If the tide is rolling in, then there will be a chance to photograph its glorious reflection in the water as the waves sweep out back to sea.
We’ll cross our fingers and hope that the Northern Lights come out tonight, as Vestrahorn and its surroundings will make for a mighty fine backdrop should they occur.
Accommodation overnight will be in the Jokulsarlon area.
Day 12 - Vik
On day twelve, we’ll begin heading towards the stunning south coast of Iceland, home to a number of spectacular sights. From volcanoes to lava fields, sandy black beaches and waterfalls, this area has it all.
We’ll begin shooting at the black sand beach of Reynisfjara, surrounded by tall basalt columns with the incredible Reynisdrangar sea stacks rising out of the water in the sea. Legend has it that these are the petrified remains of two trolls who were attempting to tug a masted ship back to shore.
There’ll be an opportunity to capture an alternate view of the sea stacks from the promontory of Dyrholaey, which will make for a truly epic scene when the sun sets.
Accommodation overnight will be in the fishing village of Vik.
Day 13 - Vik - Reykjavik
This will be our final day of shooting, and we’ll begin the day with a sunrise shoot at the famous rock arch of Dyrholaey. The promontory offers sweeping views of the entire area, making for stunning scenes with autumn colours all around.
As we make our way back towards Reykjavik, we’ll pass two active volcanoes – Hekla and Eyjafjallajokull, which was responsible for shutting down air travel in Europe when it erupted during 2010.
If time permits, then we’ll make a stop at the breathtaking Solheimajokull glacier, where you’ll have the opportunity to photograph its icy tongue surrounded by cliffs on either side. Otherwise, we’ll stop off at two of the magnificent waterfalls along the south coast – Skogafoss, with its enormous 60 metre drop, and Seljalandsfoss, which offers 360 degree views with a path that circles the cascade all around.
Once back in Reykjavik, we’ll meet together as a group for a final dinner, before bidding our adventure farewell.
Accommodation overnight will be in Reykjavik.
Day 14 - Departure
The adventure is over. After breakfast, you’ll catch the FlyBus back to Keflavik International Airport to make your way home or onwards towards your next adventure – no doubt with many new friends to keep in touch with, wonderful memories to cherish and amazing photographs of your autumn adventure in Iceland.
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 bbreakfasts and group dinner on Day 1 and 13
FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.
Lunches and Dinners from day 2 to 12
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.