Capture the dazzling sight of the Northern Lights and explore the depths of mysterious and breathtaking ice caves in the midst of the magical winter season in Iceland! During this extraordinary 8-day tour, our world-class photography guides will whisk you away on an adventure that you’ll never forget. Be ready to embrace the quintessential elements of winter in Iceland, from snow-capped mountains to the long and ethereal sunsets that bathe the landscape in a heavenly glow.
This winter photography tour in Iceland is:
- Open to all skill levels
- Led by award-winning professional photography instructors
- Easy to moderate in difficulty
Total Price: 3990 USD
New 2018/2019 Dates
1-8 Nov 2018 Guided by Mads Iversen and Brynjar 4 Spots Left
10-17 Nov 2018 Guided by Mads Iversen and Brynjar 6 Spots Left
19-26 Nov 2018 Guided by Mads Iversen and Brynjar 3 Spots Left
7-14 Dec 2018 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Kaspars 10 Spots Left
16-23 Dec 2018 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Kaspars 12 Spots Left
14-21 Jan 2019 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Kaspars 9 Spots Left
1-8 Feb 2019 Guided by Felix Röser and Kaspars 6 Spots Left
3-10 Feb 2019 Guided by Alban Henderyckx and Christopher Lund 7 Spots Left
8-15 Feb 2019 Guided by Mads Iversen and Serena 10 Spots Left
10-17 Feb 2019 Guided by Felix Röser and Kaspars 12 Spots Left
12-19 Feb 2019 Guided by Christopher Lund and Alban 8 Spots Left
17-24 Feb 2019 Guided by Mads Iversen and Christia 5 Spots Left
19-26 Feb 2019 Guided by Edwin Martinez and Jon 6 Spots Left
21-28 Feb 2019 Guided by Marco Grassii and Lorenzo Nadalini 10 Spots Left
28 Feb - 7 Mar 2019 Guided by Edwin Martinez and Marco Grassi 10 Spots Left
9-16 Mar 2019 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Edwin Martinez 14 Spots Left
18-25 Mar 2019 Guided by Brynjar and Kaspars 13 Spots Left
The highlights of our Aurora and Ice Cave photo workshops:
Northern Lights Photography
The Aurora Borealis is an incredible light show that is visible in Iceland only during the darker months, making winter the best time to witness this theatrical display of nature. Although they may be elusive, you will hunt for the Northern Lights through the spectacular landscape of this winter wonderland and be in for an absolutely breathtaking experience as you learn the most challenging aspects of photographing at night when the sky comes alive.
The Ice Caves of Vatnajökull
Experience the awe-inspiring natural wonder of Europe’s largest glacier and explore a world like no other within the depths of its unique ice cave systems. With sunlight bouncing off the frozen walls, these caves often resemble crystal blue palaces, glimmering all around you. Formed by glacial melt water, ice caves are incredibly dynamic and undergo constant changes in their structure throughout the winter. As such, they might be there during one season, then completely gone by the next.
Jökulsárlón and the ice beach
There is no place quite as enchanting as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland. Listen to the enigmatic creaking of icebergs as they calve from the edge of the glacier and capture their slow but intricate movements as they float serenely out to sea… only to be pounded, smoothed and reformed, later washing up like shining diamonds with the crashing waves at the nearby ice beach!
Video taken during our Winter Photo Workshop
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
The day begins with your arrival at Keflavík International Airport. Using the ticket provided, you will travel by Flybus to your hotel in Reykjavík, where you will be able to relax until 7pm. Then, it’s time to get ready to meet the rest of your group and your photography guides in the hotel lobby for dinner, where you’ll have the chance to learn more about each other and run through the itinerary for the next few days.
Day 2 - Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara
On the second day, you will board our spacious, specially-modified bus and begin your journey to the spectacular South Coast of Iceland!
Our first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss, a spectacular waterfall with a cavern behind, which you will be able to venture into for a unique long exposure shot – particularly with the golden glow of sunlight shining through, catching the flow of water as it cascades to the ground below.
Next up is Skógafoss, one of the biggest waterfalls in Iceland. At a height of 60m, this waterfall can generate quite a large amount of thunderous spray. If the conditions are right, then you’ll be lucky enough to photograph rainbows arching through the droplets as they catch the wind!
For sunset, we will head to Dyrholaey and one of Iceland’s most famous beaches, Reynisfjara. This black sand beach is home to the Reynisdrangar sea stacks – large basalt columns that rise from the tumultuous sea. It is said that they are the petrified remains of two trolls who were caught in the morning sunshine as they tried to pull a ship ashore. As caught up as you get in your photography at this spectacular location, keep an eye on the water! This beach is notorious for sneaker waves, which can catch you unaware if you’re not careful and sweep you out to sea!
Following sunset, we will spend the night in the charming seaside village of Vík.
Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park
Day three will see us venturing into the diverse and unique landscape of Vatnajökull National Park. This region is brimming with photographic opportunities, from vast lava fields to impressive waterfalls and the retreating glacier tongue of Breiðamerkurjökull.
At Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, you will have the chance to photograph icebergs as they break away from the glacier tongue and begin floating out towards the sea. Some of these icebergs can tower several metres high, accommodating the local wildlife – seals and birds – as they bask in the sun.
Nearby, these icebergs wash up ashore on the black sandy beach, resembling diamonds as they catch the glint of the light within. With the juxtaposition of smooth, crystal-like ice and dramatic conditions, you will be spoilt with opportunities for interesting compositions.
However, the day doesn’t end here! Although you will retire for the night in the Jökulsárlón area, there will be the chance for a Northern Lights photography session if the aurora dances over the glacier lagoon or the ice beach in the evening. If not, then there will no doubt be more opportunities to catch this elusive show over the next two days.
Day 4 - Vatnajökull National Park
On day four, you will rise early for a beautiful morning shoot at Jökulsárlón. The picturesque lagoon and the nearby Diamond Beach can appear very different, depending on the conditions, so be prepared for a magical day ahead.
The main attraction of today will be exploring the depths of a crystal ice cave beneath Europe’s largest ice cap, the Vatnajökull glacier. Practice your low-light photography skills as you learn to capture the otherworldly hues of the brilliant blue ice and its unusual formations within.
Tonight, you will stay again in the Jökulsárlón area, with hopefully another chance to practice shooting the Northern Lights if they come out to dance overnight.
Day 5 - Vatnajökull National Park
Having spent the last couple of days learning the ropes of shooting at Iceland’s Diamond Beach, you will now have a final chance to put your skills to the test and photograph these glorious chunks of ice on the beautiful black sand at sunrise.
Afterwards, you will head east along Iceland’s south coast towards the Stokksnes Peninsula, home to the imposing Vestrahorn Mountain. Surrounded by undulating black sand dunes, this area possesses a multitude of compositions just waiting to be discovered! Look for interesting foregrounds within the dunes or venture out onto the shore, where you will be able to capture the haunting nature of the landscape on the backdrop of the roaring Atlantic Ocean.
After a day of shooting at Vestrahorn, you will have dinner before once again heading out for a chance to hunt and capture the aurora, this time with the mountain as an enchanting foreground. You will then spend the night again in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 6 - Skaftafell, Vík
Day six will be spent at the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where numerous photographic opportunities abound within the Icelandic nature! This wilderness area features majestic mountains, flowing river systems, incredible ice caps and an abundance of hiking trails. You will be able to develop your skills even further at the dark lava columns of the waterfall Svartifoss, which can appear frozen in the midst of deep winter.
For sunset, you will head back to Reynisfjara beach to capture the towering sea stacks from a different angle. If you didn’t see the aurora here the first time around, then you will have another chance to see them tonight. This evening, you will retire to your accommodation in Vík.
Day 7 - Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavík
Day seven is your final, full day of photography. You will spend the day on Iceland’s famous Golden Circle, photographing three of the country’s most famous sites.
One of Iceland’s most beautiful destinations and the first stop today is Þingvellir National Park. This park is Iceland’s only UNESCO World Heritage site on the mainland, where the first parliament was formed in 930 AD. Remarkably, the entire region is located in a rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Here, you will have the extraordinary fortune of photographing the rough walls that mark the edges of the continents, surrounded by rocky ravines and rolling lava fields.
Next up is Geysir, an area seething with geothermal activity, where fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots bubble away. The biggest attraction is the geyser Strokkur, which erupts to a height of over 20m every 5-10 minutes. Get down low, capture it with the colourful cracks in the earth as a foreground and try not to get wet!
Last but not least, capture the immense power at one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved waterfalls, Gullfoss. This waterfall cascades nearly 32m over two tiers. There are several platforms where you will be able to aim for the perfect composition, summing up the sheer exhilaration of one of nature’s most marvellous creations.
You will then return to Reykjavík for your final night.
Day 8 - Transfer to Keflavik Airport
On your final morning in Iceland, you will have breakfast at your hotel before catching the Flybus back to Keflavik airport to begin your journey home. If you like, you can even extend your stay in Iceland to explore the beautiful city of Reykjavík. The bittersweetness of departure will be outweighed by the plethora of spectacular photos under your belt, as well as the astonishing new landscape photography skills that you will have developed and honed during your winter 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 breakfasts and Group Dinner on day 1 and 7
Lunches, Dinners from Day 2 to Day 6
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.