Capture the spectacular beauty of ice caves and the elusive Northern Lights on this 8-day winter photography adventure in Iceland! Immerse yourself in this photography workshop of a lifetime as you advance your skills and see the best of what the south coast of Iceland has to offer. From spectacular frozen waterfalls to stunning black sand beaches, this workshop covers all the gems, including the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the gorgeous sights of the Golden Circle and more. Whether you are a beginner, an amateur or a seasoned professional, this photography workshop in Iceland will expand your portfolio immensely!
Total price: 3990 USD
New 2019/2020 Dates
1-8 Nov 2019 Guided by Mads Iversen and Oli 3 Spots Left
10-17 Nov 2019 Guided by Mads Iversen and Oli 2 Spots Left
19-26 Nov 2019 Guided by Mads Iversen and Oli 4 Spots Left
7-14 Dec 2019 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Oli 3 Spots Left
16-23 Dec 2019 Guided by Brynjar Ágústsson and Oli 2 Spots Left
14-21 Jan 2020 Guided by Brynjar Ágústsson and Oli 4 Spots Left
1-8 Feb 2020 Guided by Siggi The Viking and Oli 2 Spots Left
8-15 Feb 2020 Guided by Siggi The Viking and Oli 2 Spots Left
28 Feb - 6 Mar 2020 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Oli 3 Spots Left
9-16 Mar 2020 Guided by Raymond Hoffmann and Oli 3 Spots Left
The highlights of our Aurora and Ice Cave photo workshops:
Northern Lights Photography
The best time to see the Northern Lights in Iceland is during the winter months from September through to April, when the nights are dark. However, you’ll need clear skies and aurora activity, so whether or not you see them will depend on your luck! Our photo workshop is designed to ensure that you capture the Northern Lights in the most picturesque locations along the south coast of Iceland, if the conditions cooperate. We’ll do our best to make sure that you’ll be in the right place at the right time when they make their appearance!
The Ice Caves of Vatnajökull
Explore one of the hidden ice caves in the depths of Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier. These extraordinary natural wonders are truly mesmerising and make for incredibly unique photos, due to their dynamic nature. Ice caves melt and reshape over time, meaning that no two are ever the same! Capture the crystal blue walls of these enchanting spaces as you develop a plethora of low-light skills that are essentials for any landscape photographer.
Jökulsárlón and the ice beach
No tour to the south coast is complete without a visit to the stunning Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where icebergs calve from the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull outlet glacier and float about serenely before floating out to sea. There, they are pummeled by waves, eventually washing up onto the adjacent ice beach, aptly named for the large chunks of ice that resemble diamonds glistening upon its black sandy shore.
Video taken during our Winter Photo Workshop
Day 1 - Arrival in Iceland
You’ll arrive at Keflavík International Airport and make your way to your hotel by FlyBus, where you’ll be able to relax and unwind. If you have some time, then you’ll be able to explore the city at your own pace before meeting with the rest of the group and your guides for dinner later in the evening. Over dinner, we’ll discuss the itinerary of the days ahead and you’ll have a chance to get to know your fellow travellers a little bit better!
You’ll retire for the night in Reykjavík.
Day 2 - Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara
We’ll get off to a flying start nice and early, making our way towards the epic scenery of Iceland’s south coast.
Along the way, we’ll stop at the glorious Seljalandsfoss – a beautiful waterfall that you’ll be able to walk behind in 360 degrees! In winter, the rocks surrounding this waterfall may be frozen, making for amazing leading lines and crisp icy foregrounds to all of your shots.
Nearby is the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall, a thundering giant with a dizzying drop of 60 metres. You’ll be able to get up close to this beast to capture the texture of the water plunging down to the river below, or simply stand back where you’ll be able to shoot the waterfall framed by cliffs covered in snow.
Our sunset shoot will be at the gorgeous black sand beach of Reynisfjara, where tall black basalt columns jut out from the cliff face high towards the sky. This is the perfect opportunity to capture the blazing sun as it dips below the horizon behind the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks, rising out of the tumultuous waves.
You’ll retire for the night in the sleepy fishing village of Vik
Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park
On day three, we’ll make our way into the Vatnajokull National Park, spending the morning shooting its incredible lava rock landscapes, glistening glacier tongues, stunning waterfalls and long desert-like stretches of black sand dotted with sparkling white snow.
The afternoon will be spent in the serenity of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where large icebergs float on the glassy surface of the water, before drifting out to sea. Get your telephoto lens ready, as there will be the opportunity to photograph seals hauled out upon the icebergs!
When the sun begins to set, we’ll make our way across to the diamond ice beach, for a chance to capture the glorious sunlight glistening through the chunks of ice on shore. This beach is perfect for practicing long exposure techniques, as the waves sweep around the icebergs sitting upon the black sand, making for a dreamy slow-motion effect.
You will retire for the night in the Jokulsarlon area, though be ready because hopefully the Northern Lights will come out to play, meaning that we’ll stay up to capture them over the glacier lagoon!
Day 4 - Vatnajökull National Park
Day four sees us returning back to the Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon for a tranquil sunrise shoot. You’ll be amazed at how different this location can appear when the conditions vary. After sunrise, we’ll have another chance to practice long exposure techniques at the diamond ice beach though you’ll most likely be excited to reach the next part of the day, which involves exploring an ice cave!
Ice cave photography can be very difficult, so we’ll spend the majority of the afternoon practicing within the depths of Vatnajokull glacier. In the evening, there may be another chance to photograph the Northern Lights and if so, we will try to capture them over Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon or the nearby Fjallsarlon.
You’ll retire once again in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 5 - Vatnajökull National Park
This will be your final chance to perfect your long exposure skills, with a sunrise shoot at the diamond ice beach. When you have explored all the compositions that the beach has to offer, we’ll make our way towards the Stokksnes Peninsula, home to the breathtaking Vestrahorn mountain.
This mountain has been nicknamed “Batman Mountain” for its jagged peaks, resembling the iconic superhero himself. Its foreground is brimming with compositions, from undulating black sand dunes amidst the snow to grassy crops and icy, frozen pools. Depending on the tide, we may be able to photograph the reflection of Vestrahorn on the nearby beach, or waves crashing in around it.
We’ll continue shooting at Vestrahorn until the sun goes down, with the hope that the Northern Lights will make a display over this stunning mountain. If not, then we will return to our accommodation in the Jokulsarlon area and hope for a chance at photographing the Northern Lights there instead.
Day 6 - Skaftafell, Vík
On day six, we’ll enter the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, renowned for its beautiful winter landscapes. Here, you’ll be able to shoot glacier tongues, lagoons, the peaks of majestic snow-capped mountains, frozen waterfalls and rivers flowing down forth from the glaciers.
For sunset, we’ll head back along the south coast towards Reynisfjara beach, where we will capture the Reynisdrangar sea stacks from a different angle. It will be the perfect setting for shooting the aurora, if it makes an appearance during the evening.
You’ll retire for the night at accommodation in Vík.
Day 7 - Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir National Park, Reykjavík
Day seven will be our final day of shooting and we will spend it exploring the three main attractions of the Golden Circle route: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall.
Þingvellir is a UNESCO heritage-listed site in Iceland that sits within a rift valley caused by the separation of two tectonic plates. There are many compositions to be had here, including rocky cliffs and huge fissures swathed by snow. The highlight of our visit will be the stunning Öxarárfoss waterfall that flows from the river Öxará over the Almannagjá. The pool at the base of the waterfall is filled with rocks and depending on the conditions, there may be cracks in the ice making for wonderful leading lines.
At the Geysir geothermal area, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the steamy Strokkur fountain geyser that erupts every few minutes almost 20 metres high into the air! Meanwhile, the nearby Gullfoss waterfall offers a spectacular view of the forces of nature, as it thunders into a steep canyon despite the cold of the winter threatening to freeze it in its tracks.
When we have finished photographing along the Golden Circle, we will return to Reykjavík for a final group dinner, where you will have the chance to go over everything you’ve learnt and to bid your fellow travellers a fond farewell.
Day 8 - Transfer to Keflavik Airport
When the time is right, you’ll make your way back to Keflavik Airport by FlyBus, with memories of an incredible winter adventure in Iceland and hard drives full of photos to expand your landscape photography portfolio.
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.