Develop your skills as a photographer, build an incredible portfolio, and immerse yourself in the vivid fall colors of Iceland’s Autumn. This nine-day workshop is for amateur, aspiring and professional photographers alike, and promises to expose you some of the world’s most spectacular nature under ethereal lighting conditions.
You will get to see many of Iceland’s most iconic and photographed sites over the duration of this tour, such as the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the waterfalls of the South Coast, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and, with any luck, the awe-inspiring Northern Lights.
Your guides, however, are not just expert landscape and aurora photographers; they are experts on Iceland and will be able to guide you to its hidden places and little-known subjects, allowing you to take fascinating, unique images far from the crowds. At each destination, they will be on hand, ensuring that you are making the most of the lighting and subjects available.
Do not miss the opportunity to photograph this beautiful island nation wrapped in its fall colors and potentially beneath the Northern Lights. Check availability by choosing a date.
You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport and, using the ticket provided to you prior to arrival, will take a bus to the capital. Once you reach your hotel, feel free to relax, or else use your time to begin exploring the Reykjavík. It is known for its colorful cityscapes, unusual architecture, and beautiful surrounding nature.
At 7 pm, your guide and group will meet in the lobby of your hotel, and you’ll set out to a fine restaurant for dinner. Here, you can learn your itinerary in more detail, get to know your fellow photographers and ask any questions you have about the next eight days ahead.
You will spend the night in Reykjavík.
On day two, the adventure truly starts. You will leave Reykjavík early in a comfortable, spacious minibus, and head to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, often nicknamed ‘Little Iceland’ due to the wealth of diverse sites and landscapes to be found here.
Throughout the day, you will make stops to shoot many of them. You will focus, for example, on the dramatic, craggy coastlines around Arnarstapi, where you can find hexagonal basalt columns, and Lóndrangar, the site of two mighty sea-stacks which resemble a fortress. You will also capture the haunting Buðahraun lava field, contrasted with the quaint, historic hamlet of Buðir.
Of course, you will also have the chance to use the crown jewel of the Peninsula, Snæfellsjökull glacier and volcano, as your subject throughout the day.
Snæfellsnes is incredible in all seasons, yet has a special magic in its autumnal colours. What only adds to this is the chance you have to witness and shoot the Northern Lights when you finally retire on the Peninsula for the evening, after a full day of adventure.
Your focus today will be on the northern coastline of the Peninsula. The seascapes here of Breiðafjörður fjord are stunning, particularly in clear weather when you are able to see all the way across to the massive mountains of the Westfjords. If you are lucky, you might even spot orcas in the water; this is where they are most commonly found, and autumn marks the beginning of the season with the most sightings.
The highlight, however, will be Mount Kirkjufell, a standalone peak that rising from the coastline by the charming waterfall of Kirkjufellsfoss. You will spend a considerable amount of time finding the perfect angles to shoot it from, waiting for the opportunities that come with the golden hour. Hopefully, you will be able to capture it beneath the northern lights after.
You will spend a second night on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
This is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist routes due to the wealth of landmarks that line it, all within sight of the main road to the east. The region is especially beautiful in fall when the verdant landscape becomes crisp and stained with oranges and reds, and patches of snow and ice are just beginning to adorn the sites.
The first of subject you will reach is Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This thin, narrow cascade falls in from a height of over sixty meters before a concave cliff, meaning that, in decent conditions, it can be fully encircled for some beautiful perspectives. Skógafoss is just another waterfall just a little further down the road from Seljalandsfoss, and though being the same height, is far more powerful. You cannot go behind the water here but can ascend an adjacent staircase for a unique angle.
After enjoying these waterfalls, you will head to the black-sand-beach of Reynisfjara. This stretch is as mysterious and haunting as it is spectacular. Your main subjects will be the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks, two ‘trolls’ said to have been frozen in the light of the sun, standing tall from the choppy waves. As the golden hour rolls into nighttime, and you try to capture the sites beneath the aurora borealis, be sure to stay away from the water, as the sneaker waves here are notorious.
You will spend the night in the beautiful village of Vík.
You will stop before reaching the lagoon, however, diverting to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This is a paradise for photographers; like at Snæfellsnes, there are a wealth of diverse sites all contained within a relatively small area. You will thus spend the majority of the day finding unique subjects to shoot, including glacial tongues, lakes, waterfalls, forests and lava landscapes.
After making the very most of this spectacular place, you will head over to Jökulsárlón, to catch it as the sun sets and hopefully have a chance to shoot it beneath the Northern Lights.
Jökulsárlón is often considered to be Iceland’s most beautiful location, and you will have no doubts as to why it is held in such high esteem when you begin your shoot. Here, vast icebergs break from a glacial tongue, then sail across an enormous lagoon towards the ocean. Their coloration is vivid, scale mesmerizing, and the fact you can practice your wildlife photography on the seals who live in the area only adds to the magical experience.
You will retire for the night in the south-east of Iceland.
You will not only be shooting Jökulsárlón, however. You will also head to the adjacent Diamond Beach, where the icebergs are washed upon the shore and glitter in the surf and sun; this is one of the best places in the country for photographers to practice with exposure and light effects.
Your photoguides will also take you to a much lesser-known glacier lagoon, Fjallsárlón. Here, you will be able to take more time with your shots, as there will be far fewer crowds. Though not as vast as Jökulsárlón, Fjallsárlón is still a spectacular site, and you will, in fact, get a better few of the glacial tongue leading into the lake.
If the aurora borealis did not show last night, you and your guides will keep an extra keen eye out for them tonight; capturing them above the lagoons or beach is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.
You will spend another night in the Jökulsárlón area.
The main one of these is Vestrahorn, on the Stokknes Peninsula. This is one of Iceland’s few gabbro mountains, and stark and dramatic as a result; it stands alone, surrounded by black sands and the seething waters of the North Atlantic, with barren, ashy slopes and jagged peaks. It is a fascinating subject, and you will be able to capture it from a variety of different angles.
Your photoguides will take you from here to some more unique destinations within Vatnajökull National Park, where you will attain excellent vantage points from which you can photograph the region’s incredible landscapes and Europe’s largest ice cap, Vatnajökull itself.
You will return to Jökulsárlón for your final sunset shoot in the area.
You will, for example, make stops back at Skaftafell Nature Reserve, Reynisfjara Beach, and the waterfalls along the South Coast, time and conditions depending. At different times of the day and in different weather, these sites will all attain a distinct kind of beauty, and allow for some unique photographs.
Finally, you will return to Reykjavík, where you can have a well-deserved rest after a week of constant shooting. This will, however, be your last chance to catch the Northern Lights, so why not set out for your final shots of them?
When on the plane back home or to your next destination, you will no doubt still be in awe of your new talents, your massive portfolio, and the amazing places you have seen in Iceland in Autumn.
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.