4 Day Winter Photo Tour | Vatnajokull, Northern Lights and Ice Cave

4 Day Winter Photo Tour in Iceland



Photograph the Northern Lights and ice caves in the stunning surrounds of the Vatnajökull National Park on this incredible four day winter photography workshop. The south-east of Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier and many of the country’s most enchanting sights. From waterfalls to snowy mountain peaks, black sand beaches and magical glacier lagoons, this photo tour in Iceland has it all! Whether you are a novice or professional, this tour will introduce you to the spectacular nature and volcanic landscapes of Europe’s most extensive protected wilderness area – all while you widen your portfolio and dramatically develop your photography skills with the helpful guidance of our knowledgeable photo instructors.

  • Open to all skill levels
  • Guaranteed Departures
  • Led by award-winning instructors

Total price: 1650 USD

Why book with us?

  • We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.
  • All our guests get a free collection of post-processing videos from our award winning photographers worth over $1,500
  • On our tours we use comfortable vehicles to safely transport you to amazing locations and we provide 2 seats per photographer
  • We are using only the best hotels available in Iceland.
  • Our photo tours and workshops are guided by award-winning professional landscape photographers.
  • We provide crampons and rubber boots for free to all our guests throughout the tour.
  • During the tour, we give highly informative and easy-to-follow photography and post-processing lectures.
  • Our photo guides will always help you on the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.

Total price : $1650 US per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: 375$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12

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Overview

This four day winter photography workshop in Iceland will have you chasing the Aurora across the snowy south coast from west to east, as you immerse yourself in the incredible beauty of the Vatnajökull National Park, ice caves, the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Diamond Beach and the iconic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

With ample opportunities to capture the most picturesque locations in Iceland, as well as some hidden gems well off the beaten track, your portfolio is guaranteed to expand with a myriad of diverse and unique landscape photographs from this Arctic winter wonderland.

Your three nights of accommodation will be pre-organised for you before your arrival in Iceland, as well as all of your transfers to and from your shooting locations. In addition, your expert photo guides will be on-hand throughout the experience, sharing their knowledge to ensure that you take home stunning photos of Iceland, all shot from the best vantage points and making the most of the dynamic winter conditions.

Do not miss this opportunity to photograph Iceland in winter, with a focus on the country’s most beautiful region and intriguing landscapes – some of which have not been described anywhere else in the world. Check availability by choosing a date.

Our Winter Photo Workshops have a flexible itinerary, which allows us to adapt to the conditions and help you make the most of your time in Iceland.

Itinerary

Day 1 - South Coast to Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

The adventure begins! On your first morning, you will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík and begin making your way towards the South Coast. The drive towards your accommodation on the other side of the island will take almost five hours, though the journey will be broken up by several different stops along the way, during which you will have the opportunity to practice your landscape photography.

Your first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss – an amazing waterfall that tumbles forth from a cliff near the coast. This unique waterfall features a cavern behind it, allowing for 360° views as you photograph the cascade of water surrounded by ice and snow.

Nearby, you’ll be able to walk right up to its neighbouring waterfall, Skógafoss, though be prepared to get just a little bit wet! Falling from a height of over 60 metres, this waterfall is wide and powerful, offering up rainbows that arch forth from its thunderous spray on a sunny day.

As you make your way further along the coastline towards the small fishing village of Vík, you will photograph the windswept Dyrhólaey cliffs, where a volcanic rock arch rises from the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic Ocean. The geological wonders and rock formations within this area are truly stunning, dotting a long and beautiful stretch of black sand beach. Here, you’ll have the chance to admire the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks, standing steadfast within the churning waters that swirl all around, crashing onto the black sands of Reynisfjara. The scene makes for a haunting composition, no matter the weather conditions.

You will continue on your journey along the South Coast until you reach the Vatnajökull National Park just in time for dinner, though the day will not end just yet. If the conditions are right, then there may be the chance to photograph the Northern Lights, dancing over the glistening icebergs as they float serenely within the still waters of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

You will retire for your first night to accommodation within the vicinity of the glacier lagoon.

Day 2 - Vatnajökull National Park / Ice Cave

The tour is always dependent on the conditions, as the Icelandic weather can be highly unpredictable. Therefore, the itinerary on days 2 and 3 will remain flexible to allow our guides to ensure that you will be in the right place at the right time for stunning landscape photography in Iceland.

Generally speaking, day two will begin with a sunrise shoot at one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved sites – the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. If you weren’t able to see it clearly the night before, then you’ll certainly have your breath taken away when you catch sight of it for the first time in daylight this morning. The remarkable lagoon is filled with icebergs that have calved from the nearby Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, where they begin drifting slowly through a small inlet towards the ocean.

Next to the lagoon is a stretch of coastline that has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach for very good reason. It is here that the icebergs wash back up onto the black sandy shores, reshaped into glistening jewels that make for incredible long exposure photography.

The highlight of the day will be when you enter a subglacial ice cave deep within the confines of the Vatnajökull National Park. Be prepared to capture one of the most unique and striking creations to have ever been forged by the sheer forces of nature. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural shapes and cavities that make up the ice cave as you make the most of the light bouncing off the crystal blue walls for an enduring photograph.

Later on, your photo guides will take you off the beaten track to the lesser known Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, on the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier. This majestic lagoon is filled with icebergs, just like its larger neighbour Jökulsárlón, though much more tranquil. If the Northern Lights make a display, then you will be in the right place at the right moment to capture them reflected within the glassy waters of either Fjallsárlón or Jökulsárlón, depending on the conditions. You will shoot the Northern Lights until it is finally time to return to your nearby accommodation for the night.

Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park, Vík

On this day, you will have the opportunity to further hone your long exposure photography skills at the Diamond Ice Beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, before heading further into the Vatnajökull National Park to photograph other areas – weather and time permitting. Your trusty guides will review the conditions and take you to the best places to shoot as you slowly make your way towards the fishing village of Vík. Some of the options for the day include the wild and wonderful Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a rugged region known for its awe-inspiring panoramic views; Svartifoss with its shimmering water likely frozen between tall hexagonal basalt rock columns; the mighty Vestrahorn with its undulating landscape cloaked in the delicate colours of winter; and the massive ancient canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur that was created by glacial melt millions of years ago.

Eventually, you’ll arrive in Vík, where you will spend the evening hunting for the Northern Lights before retiring to your accommodation for the night.

Day 4 - Vík & Golden Circle, back to Reykjavík

This will be your final day of shooting and you will make the most out of every single second! The day begins with a sunrise shoot at the haunting Reynisfjara black sand beach, where the black basalt columnar cliffs contrast with the violent waves of the North Atlantic Ocean as they crash around the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks.

On your return journey to Reykjavík, you will make your way through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle to photograph the volcanic landscapes and geothermal features that give this country the nickname of the “Land of Fire and Ice”. It is made up of three iconic sites: Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir.

At Þingvellir, you will be able to see the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, as well as photograph the impressive cracks and faults that traverse the region. Here, you will also find a small but charming waterfall named Öxarárfoss, which makes for a strikingly beautiful scene in winter when the majestic cliffs that surround it are swathed in ice and snow.

Next, you will visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall that can be photographed from various points of view. It produces a massive amount of spray that encapsulates its thundering power as it flows over cliffs of ice, plunging into the snowy canyon below.

Your final stop will be at Geysir, where the earth seethes with geothermal activity. Your photography skills will be tested by the exploding fountain geyser, Strokkur, as it spouts hot water into the air up to 20 metres high!

Finally, you will reach Reykjavík, no doubt with a plethora of new landscape photography skills, amazing friends to keep in touch with, and a landscape photography portfolio of Iceland in winter that you can be proud of.

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Total price : $1650 US per person, double occupancy
Single room supplement: 375$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12

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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.
Included:
  • Professional photo guide.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Hotels near Vatnajokull National Park and Vik.
  • Crampons and Rubber Boots
  • Post Processing Video Tutorials
Not included:
  • Flight tickets
  • Hotel in Reykjavik
  • Food
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

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 $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 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
45 days or more: 75% refund
30 days or more: 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.

Disclaimer

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.

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