Winter Aurora Photo Workshops in Iceland 2014-2015

Join nature and landscape photographer Skarphéðinn Þráinsson on a Winter Landscape – Photo Workshop as we take you on the hunt for the perfect light and amazing landscapes at the most beautiful arctic paradise, Iceland. The focus of the Workshop will be Ice and Night Photography.

During the workshops, we will concentrate on

Aurora Hunting

Naturally, no trip to Iceland in winter would be complete without you bringing home some stunning images of the natural play of lights in the sky called the Aurora Borealis.

The name is derived from Aurora, who was in Roman Mythology, the goddess of dawn, and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind. Northern Lights are visible in Iceland, weather permitting, from September to March.

Ice Caves

Our Winter Photo Workshop also includes a trip to the Ice Caves – one of a kind patterns made entirely out of ice shaped by years and years of interaction between ice, snow, and air. Nature is the sole dictator of how these patterns form, which is why it’s always an amazing experience to see the different patterns of Iceland’s deep-ocean blue Ice Caves. To those who’re familiar with Superman’s arctic hideaway, this is as close as you’ll ever get to it in real life.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and famous Ice Beach

We will visit Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon several times during our workshop. The lagoon is filled with massive icebergs in different shapes and sizes. There are also a lot of seals who live in the lagoon itself. It’s also been the site of many Hollywood movies that have used the area’s majestic views to augment the background of the scene. The beach at Jokulsarlon is often littered with beautiful glacial ice which has been further sculpted by the Ocean. Winter mornings can offer unique opportunities to catch the first rays of sun behind the glacial ice chunks.

Our Winter Photo Workshops always have a flexible itinerary, so that participants can maximize the existing weather conditions.

Day 1, Arrival

You will land at Keflavik international airport and arrive at your hotel in central Reykjavík using the quick and efficient flyBus. We’ll meet at 7 PM in the lobby of your hotel and go out for dinner. There we will get to know each other and discuss our itinerary and the exciting days ahead of us. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 2

Seljalandsfoss , Skogafoss , Dyrholaey , Reynisfjara
Our bus will pick us up from the hotel in the early morning and we will start our journey east by driving the mesmerising south coast. On the way we will shoot two the most iconic waterfalls in the area, Seljalandsfoss the one you can walk behind and the majestic Skogafoss that can be shot from above as well. We will stop at the black sandy beach where we will photograph the impressive beach along Reynisdrangar, basalt rock stacks rising from the sea. We will end our day in Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. Overnight in Vik

Day 3,4,5

Vatnajokull National park
Vatnajokull National park is full of dynamic photo opportunities. Glaciers, Ice caves, black beaches with icebergs and much more. We will be as flexible as possible and plan our destinations according to the weather. The main shooting sites are the Glacier Lagoon with its vibrant blue icebergs and very often seals relaxing on top, the black beach next to it covered with crystal clear ice chunks washed ashore and other places of interest in the park. On one of the days, we will take an expert guide to take us to an adventurous trip into a hidden ice cave where you will experience a once in a life time moment. Overnight near Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon.

Day 6

Skaftafell, Vik
We will spend the day at Skaftafell, where wonderful glacial landscapes await. In Skaftafell you can find the exquisite waterfall Svartifoss or black fall which makes a unique scenery in the park with its basalt walls all around. Other sceneries such as the Svinafellsjokull glacier is there to be found among other glacier lagoons. Later, we will shoot the sunset at the famous volcanic beach of Vik with its spindly Reynisdrangar rock formations in the back Overnight in Vik.

Day 7

Geyser , Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, Reykjavik
We will spend the last day of shooting in the famous Golden Circle. It consist of the mighty waterfall of Gullfoss that is a total gem in its winter coat, the well known Geysir area where Strokkur erupts proudly every 5 minutes and finally Thingvellir national park where you will be standing between two continents amongst giant fissures and rifts some even filled with crystal clear water. Overnight in Reykjavik. 

Day 8

Transfer to Keflavik Airport
After breakfast at the hotel, you will take the FlyBus out the front door and drive to Keflavik International Airport for your flight home.

Skarphéðinn Þráinsson

Skarphéðinn Þráinsson is Icelandic born & bred. The son of a printer and a lifelong photographer, Skarpi uses his keen eye and hunter instinct to get the best shots. Skarpi has a passion for the variety of landscapes available to photographers in Iceland. With a specialty in Ice, night and aurora and a sense of light you wont go far wrong with Skarpi. Skarpi has been published worldwide in international newspapers and magazines. Skarpi is also involved with Icelandic stock photography agency “Arctic Exposure” and sells calendars, postcards and souvenirs as well as photo prints.

Skarpi is a well experienced photo tour leader and has worked with some of the top names in the Iceland photographic scene and has guided workshops for many top name photography workshops. When he is not being one of the best Aurora photographers in Iceland, Skarpi is also a proud father and likes to take his sons hunting and fishing.
Workshop Outline
  • Double occupancy accommodation for 7 nights at hotels/guesthouses during the tour.
  • Full board (breakfast, lunch, dinners) during the tour.
  • Transportation with spacious and modified 4×4 vehicles. Super Jeep tour to remote glaciers and ice caves.
  • Photographic tutoring and guidance by a pro landscape photographer and tour operator.
  • Safety gear provided when needed, such as helmets and crampons.
  • Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing.

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Total Price : 3700 US $ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 550$
Registration deposit: 680$
Maximum Number of Participants: 8
Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date.

After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.

In cooperation with Iceland is HOT Travel Agency.
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Cancellation and Refund Policy

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 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 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
45 days: 75% refund
30 days: 50% refund
Less than 30 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.


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. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.