Iceland wintertime circumnavigation

Iceland wintertime circumnavigation - featuring the classic itinerary of the south coast till Vatnajökull glacier region including icecaves and Jökulsarlon icebergs, then through the remote Eastfjords, and finishing with a Northern Iceland and Aurora Borealis photography tour visiting Myvatn and Akureyri region

Pro Leader



Johnathan Esper of Wildernesscapes Photography LLC will be leading the trip, his 25th group workshop in Iceland. Johnathan is a full time photographer and international photo trip leader. Johnathan knows the Icelandic landscape extremely well, photographing here since 2009 and guiding in Iceland since 2011. As a bonus, native Icelandic photographer Örvar Þorgeirsson will hopefully join us as a special guest photographer on one of the days or nights which will be a highlight for everyone, and his images are seen on arcticphoto.is.

An exciting 11-day photography tour and workshop covering both northern and southern Iceland, the legendary land of fire and ice! This trip is meant for outdoor photographers and nature-goers who desire to see and photograph Iceland's beauty in winter, and we photograph glacier and ocean landscapes, waterfalls, crystal ice caves, icebergs and glacial lagoons, and geothermal areas. Each night we also have unparalleled locations to view the Aurora Borealis in all regions of the country, maximizing our chances of photographing it. Aurora Borealis viewing depends on 2 main factors: solar activity, and clear weather; a long trip like this gives you the best chances to be in Iceland during these periods of solar outbursts and in various parts of the country should cloudy weather persist over a part of Iceland.

During daylight hours, we utilize the low-angle sun to capture magic light throughout the day, and photograph a plethora of scenic and rural destinations including glaciers, country churches, waterfalls, horses, and iceberg lagoons. Ice caves unique to Iceland are extraordinary to explore and photograph inside, which have stunning translucent blue colors, which we'll do with a local ice guide. Then, in the dark hours of each day, with epic glacial backgrounds and in dark places away from any artificial lights, we'll search the skies and wait to photograph the Aurora Borealis - always with phenomenal landscape backdrops and reflection potential.

Then, we transition to the Myvatn region in northern Iceland - another ideal region to view the

Aurora Borealis due to it's more northerly latitudes perfectly situated under the Auroral Oval region of greatest auroral activity. We'll also be here during the height of the spring solstice, which statistically has the most frequently occurring aurora borealis activity. We'll also photograph the famous geothermal areas of Lake Myvatn and Goðafoss waterfall. Included in the trip price is an internal domestic flight back to Reykjavik at the end of the one-way itinerary.