Winter Aurora Photo Workshops in Iceland 2015-2016

Join us on a Winter Landscape – Photo Workshop as we take you on a hunt for the perfect light through amazing landscapes in Iceland, the world‘s most beautiful arctic paradise. The focus of the workshop will be ice and night photography.

Winter Photo Workshops focus on:

Aurora Hunting

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

Captivating the imagination from ancient times, the name derives from Aurora, the goddess of dawn in Roman mythology and Boreas, the Greek name for north wind. Science explains this marvel as a result of gaseous particles in the Earth‘s atmosphere colliding with charged particles discharged from the sun‘s atmosphere. Color variations depend on the type of gas particles involved in the collision. The most common color is a light yellowish-green. Weather permitting, the Northern Lights can be seen performing their mystic dance from from September to March.

Ice Caves

The Winter Photo Workshop includes a trip to the Ice Caves—unique configurations made entirely of ice shaped by years and years of interaction between ice, snow, and air. The creative forces of nature dictate how these patterns form, creating an amazing experience for all who venture into Iceland’s deep-ocean blue Ice Caves.

They are especially pleasing for those familiar with Superman’s arctic hideaway, for it is as close as you can get.

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. Beautiful glacial ice that has been further sculpted by the ocean is often scattered on the beach at Jokulsarlon. There are also seals who have made this surreal wonderland their home. Winter mornings can offer unique opportunities to catch the first rays of sun behind these monuments of glacial ice. It‘s no wonder that Hollywood moviemakers have used this fascinating backdrop to augment scenes in many films.

Our Winter Photo Workshops always have a flexible itinerary, so participants can use the existing weather conditions to the best advantage.

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

Day 1

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 7:00 p.m. 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. 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 along the mesmerizing south coast. On the way we will shoot two of the most iconic waterfalls in the area, Seljalandsfoss which you can walk behind and the majestic Skogafoss that can be shot from above as well. We will stop at the black sand beach where we will photograph the impressive beach along Reynisdrangar, where basalt rock stacks rise from the sea. We will end our day in Vik, the southernmost village in Iceland. Overnight in Vik.

Day 3

Vatnajokull National Park
From Vik, we will travel further east to the adventurous Vatnajokull National Park which includes Skaftafell Park. We will spend the next three days in this area exploring the countless photo opportunities. Vatnajokull is Europe‘s largest glacier and part of the Vatnajokull National Park which includes a great amount of glacial outlets stretching down to the sandy lowland. We will focus on the southern part of the national park where you will witness high majestic mountain ridges, rugged glacier tongues, glacial rivers and breathtaking icy lagoons, waterfalls, wildlife and so much more. We will always be watching for the otherworldly Northern Lights, hoping for dark nights and a clear sky. Nothing is more impressive than photographing the Aurora Borealis among floating icebergs and a glacial backdrop. In wintertime the light in Iceland is extraordinary with soft tones and great photographic results. This time of year we can expect nature to be covered with snow adding its artistry and light to exquisite sceneries.

Day 4

Vatnajokull National Park
We will spend quite some time at the Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon photographing floating icebergs and ice crystals on the black beach. Sometimes you can see seals swimming around or basking on the ice. We will wake up before sunrise and stay in the area until after sunset because the best photographs can be captured when the first or last rays of sun illuminate the ice. There are also other interesting lagoons in the area as well as iconic glacier outlets that are worth exploring and photographing. A highlight of these three days is our excursion to one of the uniquely shaped crystal blue ice caves located in the Vatnajokull Glacier, a place where you will feel quite small against nature‘s magnificent monument, a place where time stands still. And be prepared with your wide-angle lens because this is a moment you‘ll want to photograph and capture well. The ice caves are truly mesmerizing with their icy blue color and epic shape and texture.

Day 5

Vatnajokull National park
As always we will constantly be looking for the best possible light. We might head further east exploring the majestic mountain Vestrahorn that towers over the black sand beach near Stokksnes on the eastern corner of Iceland. This rather steep mountain made from gabbro has an interesting shape and consists of several steep mountain peaks inviting great photographic results. During sunrise or sunset you can witness an amazing light display over this extraordinary mountain.

Day 6

Skaftafell, Vik
We will spend the day at Skaftafell, where wonderful glacial landscapes await. In Skaftafell there‘s the exquisite waterfall Svartifoss (Black Fall) rushing over a wall of basalt making striking scene. More sights such as the Svinafellsjokull Glacier are waiting to be captured at other glacial lagoons. Later, we will shoot the sunset at the famous volcanic beach of Vik with its spindly Reynisdrangar rock formations in the background. Overnight in Vik.

Day 7

Geyser , Gullfoss, Thingvellir national park, Reykjavik
We will spend the last day of shooting in the famous Golden Circle. This includes the mighty waterfall, Gullfoss—a total gem in its winter apparel, the well-known Geysir area where Strokkur proudly erupts every 5 minutes and finally Thingvellir National Park where you will stand between two continents among giant fissures and rifts, some filled with crystal clear water. Overnight in Reykjavik.

Day 8

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

Photo Gallery

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

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Total Price : 4200 US $ per person double occupancy .
Single room supplement: 650$
Registration deposit: 1000$
Maximum Number of Participants: 12
Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date.

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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.
  • 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.
  • Full meals during workshop, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.
Not Included:
  • Flight tickets
  • 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 $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 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.


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