11 Day Iceland in Autumn Photography Workshop

11 Day Iceland in Autumn Photography Workshop
Gentle, trickling rivulets make up Hraunfossar waterfall in the West of Iceland.
The Northern Lights play through the sky above the very photogenic Mount Kirkjufell.
This beautiful sea arch can be found on the exciting Snæfellsnes peninsula.
Soft, lush moss dotted with flowers covers fields of lava rock in Iceland.
Dramatic cliffs surround the Snæfellsnes peninsula in the West of Iceland.
Moss covered rocks with Þingvellir church in the background.
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Join this amazing 11-day photography tour and discover the brilliant colours and sights of Iceland in autumn with your camera. This is the perfect option for anyone keen to explore the otherworldly landscapes of Iceland while sharpening their photography skills.

Autumn is the perfect time to explore Iceland; it's a season that brings with it a series of changing forms, lights and colours, in the last hurrah before the coming winter. It’s true that by this time of year the days are growing fairly short, but it’s also around October that the wondrous Northern Lights return to the skies.

This tour will focus primarily on capturing some of Iceland’s finest sights when the conditions are at their best during the golden light of the sunset and sunrise. Of course, we will spend plenty of time hunting the Aurora Borealis as well.

Joining this group of photography enthusiasts will be two world-leading award-winning photography instructors, who know all of the locations in detail and have mastered the ins and outs of making the most of Iceland's beautiful landscapes. This workshop is well-suited to amateur photographers as well as the more experienced looking to hone their craft.

In terms of locations, the group will focus on the rugged sights of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, the popular Golden Circle near the capital, and the breathtaking wonders of Iceland’s South Coast.

Expect to see one of Europe’s most imposing glaciers, photogenic ice and rock formations, dynamic coastlines, volcanic black sand beaches, thunderous waterfalls, and much more besides.

Embrace the rugged beauty of Iceland and take some amazing pictures to last a lifetime on this photography tour. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Sep. - Oct.
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Northern Lights, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Fjallsárlón, Vík, Skaftafell , Vestrahorn, Búðir, Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Lóndrangar, Berserkjahraun, Grundarfjörður, Hraunfossar
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

We will email you the location of your hotel when booking is finished.
  • Professional photo guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.

  • All breakfasts; Group dinner on day 1 and day 10.

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • All lunches; Dinners from day 2 to 9

  • Flight tickets

What to bring:
  • After you sign up, we'll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list

Why book with us?

- We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.

- We offer small group tours with a maximum group size of 10-12. This way, you’ll get to know your photography guide and we can take you to shoot in unique places that aren’t suitable for larger groups.

- 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.

- 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 in the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival

The Sun Voyager statue in downtown Reykjavík is a must visit if you have any extra time in the city.

On day one you will land at Keflavík international airport, before making your way to your hotel in central Reykjavík. You'll meet your group and guides in the evening in the lobby of your hotel, and head out for dinner as a group.

It’s an excellent opportunity to get to know each other, and your guides will take some time to discuss the itinerary and adventure to come. Your accommodation for the evening will be in Reykjavík.

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

The black church at Búðir is the perfect subject for a photo of the Northern Lights.

On the morning of the second day, you will be picked up from your hotel bright and early. To begin with, the group will head north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in the West of Iceland.

On the southern part of Snæfellsnes, you will photograph the rugged wilderness of the coastline, where jagged cliffs and unusual rock formations act as spectacular foregrounds for potential shots of the northern lights.

Even if the Aurora Borealis doesn't grace the night sky, the sights of Arnarstapi and the bewitching black church near Búðir will definitely be enough to keep you occupied.

Next, you will explore the peninsula a little more with a trip to the rocks of Lóndrangar, a collection of volcanic basalt rising dramatically from the ocean. After just a day here, you’ll begin to understand why Snæfellsnes is often described as “Iceland in miniature” as there are so many incredible natural spectacles to be found, and there are endless opportunities for patient photographers.

You will spend the evening in accommodation in Snæfellsnes.

Day 3 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

Mount Kirkjufell on the Snæfellsnes peninsula features in Game of Thrones as the 'mountain shaped as an arrowhead'.

On day three, your adventures on the peninsula of Snæfellsnes continue. The aim will be to cover the sights and locations that you didn’t manage to see the day before, skirting along the quaint coastal villages and taking in the mighty Snæfellsjökull glacier.

As you head to the northern end of the peninsula, one of the highlights of the entire trip will come into view. With its almost-perfect cone shape, the mountain of Kirkjufell is a fairytale sight in a fairytale location.

You will have the chance to shoot it with the charming Kirkjufellsfoss Waterfall in the foreground, and Grundarfjörður Bay right behind. If you're lucky enough that your visit coincides with the Northern Lights, the whole group will get shots that will last a lifetime.

Your accommodation will once again be on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.

Day 4 - Hraunfossar – Golden circle

Hraunfossar waterfall is located in the West of Iceland and it's a long series of gently flowing rivulets.

On day four, you will head back inland toward Iceland’s famous Golden Circle. First up will be a stop at the blue waterfall of Hraunfossar. It’s not so much a single waterfall as a series of cascading falls, which during the autumn months are surrounded by the many shades and tones of the season.

Only a stone's throw away is another impressive waterfall, Barnafoss. This violent churning waterfall stands in stark contrast to its tranquil neighbour and both make excellent photo subjects.

Next, you will explore the Golden Circle. Oddly for a circle, it has three points. The first is Þingvellir National Park, an area of incredible historical and geographical significance. The park marks the spot where the original Icelandic parliament was founded, and its giant fissures signal the meeting point of two continental plates.

You will then be driven up to the mighty Gullfoss, a spectacular waterfall that offers plenty of vantage points, a picturesque setting and fine mist for spectacular photography.

The final point of the Golden Circle is the Geysir geothermal area. Here there are once-in-a-lifetime opportunities for photographers patient enough to capture Strokkur, which shoots steam high into the air every ten minutes or so.

Your accommodation for the evening will be close to Geysir.

Day 5 - Vík

The land next to Skógafoss waterfall is extremely flat which means you can get really close to it and feel the spray of the water on your face.

Day five marks a change of direction for the group, as you head south toward some of Iceland’s most impressive, natural scenes. The scenic South Coast is home to dramatic black sand beaches, amazing rock formations and a number of mighty waterfalls.

You will photograph the stunning Seljalandsfoss waterfall, which has an opening behind the water to allow for some extraordinary shots from the stony recess at its back. Another waterfall, Skógafoss, is nearby too.

The group will also explore some of Iceland’s finest coastline, taking in the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, the magnificent views from the stone walkway of Dyrholaey, and the breathtaking stretches of black sand beach as the group heads towards Vik and accommodation for the evening.

Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park

Incredibly crystal clear chunks of ice litter the Diamond Beach of Iceland's South Coast.

When many people think if Iceland, they probably picture scenes that can be found within the Vatnajökull National Park: Fire and Ice. That’s where you will head on day six. The group will spend three days in the area, which gives you a good idea of just how many sights and scenes there are to capture and enjoy.

Vatnajökull National Park is most famous for its combination of volcanoes, glaciers and icy lagoons. Vatnajökull is, in fact, Europe’s largest glacier, and Iceland’s highest summit, Hvannadalshnjúkur, can also be seen in the area. It’s a place of magnitude and pure natural theatre.

You will retire for the evening to accommodation close to the glacier lagoon.

Day 7 - Vatnajokull National Park

A beautiful sunset at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon lights up the sky with vibrant shades of pink.

Picture the scene: Glistening, miniature ice sculptures wash up on a black sand beach as the sun begins to rise. By this time, you’re probably starting to understand why Vatnajökull National Park is a photographer’s dream; full to the brim with different lights and colours, contrasting textures and an array of natural wonders.

On day seven the group will concentrate on the Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon. There you will observe enormous icebergs break free from Europe’s largest ice cap and float silently out to sea on the lagoon.

You will visit the volcanic, black sand Diamond Beach and marvel at the crystal clear ice washed ashore, and hopefully, the elusive aurora borealis will come out at this stunning location.

Your accommodation for the evening will once again be close to the glacier lagoon.

Day 8 - Vatnajokull National Park

A mountain and it's reflection in the clear still waters of East Iceland.

As you’ve probably guessed by now, there is so much to explore in the area that time will be largely spent moving from one incredible sight to another. The exact itinerary will be flexible, depending on the group’s preferences, the light and the weather conditions.

One thing’s for sure; few places in the world exhibit such a wide range of natural phenomena as Vatnajökull National Park, so you can be assured that your expert guides will be constantly on the hunt for the best possible photographic opportunities.

You will then travel further east to Stokksnes Beach, where we will capture the dramatic peaks of Mt. Vestrahorn alongside the crashing waves of the Atlantic Ocean. If the Northern Lights make an appearance, this could be the photo opportunity of a lifetime. 

Once more, you will return to your accommodation close to Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Day 9 - Vík

Reynisfjara black sand beach just before the sunset behind the dramatic Reynisdrangar sea stacks.

On day nine it's time to start heading back to drive in a westerly direction along the South Coast towards the town Vík. There are plenty of sights still to see along the shoreline, from mountain peaks, glacial outlets and mossy lava fields to wild Icelandic horses. Again, locations will be chosen accordingly, depending on conditions and timings and the preferences of the group.

Day 10 - Heading Back

The sun sets in total splendour on Iceland's South Coast.

On the tenth day of this photography workshop, you will head back to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. There are plenty of sights on the way, and there will be one final chance to pick the brains of your expert guides as you capture the sunrise on Reynisfjara beach, with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the background.

Day 11 - Departure

If you find yourself with free time in Reykjavík, you should visit the stunning Harpa Concert Hall and marvel at its fabulous architecture.

After a hearty breakfast at your hotel, you will head back to Keflavík International Airport, carrying with you many unforgettable memories and a bunch of fully loaded memory cards.


We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic 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.

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.

Dates and Guides

2-12 Sep 2020
2-12 Oct 2020

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Our guides saw to the logistics and smoothness of the trip so we could concentrate on our photography techniques. Every little detail was considered. They suggested compositions, called basic settings and best lens to use in specific circumstances so we could come away with the best shots possible. My fear of water kept me from getting better images on the Ice Beach even though our guides kept encouraging me to get closer!! We were taught new techniques, ie) focus stacking, so the images would be tack sharp from front to back. To go with this, the lectures were to the point with tips on post editing. I am a PS beginner and I learnt the basics of dealing with focus stacking images.The weather was not cooperating (heavy cloud cover and sporadic rain with very little colour most times) but they kept tabs with the weather changes, the northern lights strength level for that specific evening and adjusted the timings so we could get the best conditions available. Unfortunately, the aurora borealis was there but due to heavy clouds, we just couldn't see them!To me, it was a life-time experience though I found it physically challenging at times. Living with arthritis does put a kink in your movements and speed of execution!
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I would like to say a big thank you to our guides for their teaching during the recent Iceland tour in October. Having been to a few photography courses/tours, the Iceland tour has been the most impressive.I had more teaching from these guides than all other photographers before. They were tireless and checked on how we were doing one by one while we were shooting. We were prompted on how to compose, expose and were taught on focus-stacking technique. We were given good advices and this improved the standard of our shots When the weather was poor and we could not take photos, they gave us excellent lectures on photo technique and post-processing. They are friendly and easy to relate to and this approach allowed us to learn happily. I firmly believe that I am now a better photographer than 1 month ago thanks to these guides. Hopefully I’ll have time to join his tour again in not too distant future.
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Would the sun rise after so brief a night? Our guide stood behind me and we spoke of polarization and neutral density and long exposures. Each element of the scene I could not yet see, our guide described not as it was in the darkness, but as it would be at that “decisive moment” of sunrise. Your guide can see into that future and provide you with the opportunity to create the photograph of your life time. A photo adventure that will be at the top of your portfolio for the rest of your life. Iceland. Iceland Photo Tours will reveal its secrets to you. I will return.
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I first met Iceland Photo Tours during my first visit to Iceland, since then they have become one of best guides in the country. Since then I have traveled with them to Norway, back to Iceland and most recently our Autumn visit to New Zealand. I think what made the relationship click is that we both understood the work that it takes to capture great images taken at the right time, and we like to have fun as well during downtime. From Manila, Philippines to Reykjavik, Iceland a lifelong connection was cast in stone. I recommend Iceland Photo Tours above everyone else!
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