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9 Day Photo Workshop Capturing Autumn in Iceland

9 Day Photo Workshop Capturing Autumn in Iceland
Are you prepared to shoot Iceland's gorgeous volcanic landscapes?
Vestrahorn, the iconic image of the Eastfjords of Iceland.
The Northern Lights over Kirkjufell.
Gatklettur rock arch is found on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
9 Day Photo Workshop Capturing Autumn in Iceland
Kirkjufell with a small amount of snow on its peak.
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Develop your skills as a photographer, build an incredible portfolio, and immerse yourself in the vivid fall colours of Iceland’s Autumn.

Led by award-winning local photo guides, this nine-day workshop is for amateur, aspiring and professional photographers alike, and promises to expose you to some of the world’s most spectacular nature, all 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.

This workshop is made as easy as possible for you. Your transfer to and from the airport is included in the price, as is all transportation throughout the trip and all your accommodation. All you will have to focus on is enjoying the unbelievable sights of Iceland in Autumn, and figuring out how to best capture your compositions.

Do not miss the opportunity to photograph this beautiful island nation wrapped in its fall colours. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Oct. - Dec.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sight Seeing, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Fjallsárlón, Vík, Skaftafell , Vestrahorn, Búðir, Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Lóndrangar, Grundarfjörður
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

We will email you the location of your hotel when booking is finished.
Included:
  • 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 8

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • All lunches; Dinners from Day 2 to 7

  • 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 to Iceland


Harpa is one of the country's most spectacular examples of modern architecture.


You will arrive at Keflavík International Airport and take a bus or taxi to your accommodation in the capital, Reykjavík. Once you reach your hotel, feel free to relax, or else use your time to begin exploring the Reykjavík. The northernmost capital in the world is known for its colourful 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 burning questions you have about the next eight days ahead.

You will spend the night in accommodation in Reykjavík.


Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula


Kirkjufell is most famous for its backing role as a mountain in HBO's Game of Thrones.


On day two, your photographic 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 found here.

Throughout the day, you will make stops to shoot many of said features. You will focus on the dramatic, craggy coastlines around Arnarstapi—where you can find stunning hexagonal basalt columns—and Lóndrangar, the site of two mighty sea-stacks. You will also capture the haunting Buðahraun lava field, contrasted with the quaint, historic hamlet of Buðir.

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.


Day 3 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula In-Depth


Snæfellsnes is a fantastic place to experience Iceland's rugged coastline.


On your third day, you will continue your exploration of Snæfellsnes; after all, there is so much to see, it would not do the sites justice to rush through them all in one session.

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 dark.

You will spend a second night on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.


Day 4 - The South Coast of Iceland


Reynisdrangar is a rock stack on Reynisfjara black sand beach.


You will leave the Snæfellsnes Peninsula on the fourth day. Your memory cards, packed with diverse images, will no doubt reassure you that you’ve made the most of your journey so far. Your trip will now lead you away from West Iceland to the wonders of the South Coast.

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 magnificent in fall when the verdant landscape becomes crisp and stained with oranges and reds. Small patches of snow are only just beginning to adorn the site. 

The first 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 entirely 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, you will try to capture the sites beneath the aurora borealis. 

You will spend the night in the beautiful village of Vík.


Day 5 - Skaftafell Nature Reserve and Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon 


Diamond Beach is a great spot for photographing ice bergs.


On your fifth day, you will leave Vík and finish journeying along the South Coast as you head to the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon and Vatnajökull National Park.

You will stop before reaching the lagoon, however, diverting to the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. The reserve 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 colouration is vivid, scale mesmerising, 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.


Day 6 - Diamond Beach


The green Northern Lights hanging over Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.


You will return to Jökulsárlón for a sunrise shoot on your sixth morning; under the many different lighting conditions you get throughout Iceland’s autumn days, its appearance, colour and beauty are forever changing. You will remain in this area for most of the day.

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 photo guides will also take you to a much lesser-known glacier lagoon, Fjallsárlón. Here, you will be able to make 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 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 lagoon or beach is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

You will spend another night in the Jökulsárlón area.


Day 7 - Vestrahorn Mountain & Vatnajokull National Park


Vestrahorn is one of the most iconic mountains in Iceland.


Your seventh day will be your final full day in south-east Iceland; you will, therefore, use it to shoot at the sites you have thus far missed.

The main one of these is Vestrahorn, on the Stokknes Peninsula. The mountain 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 photo guides 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.


Day 8 - Back to Reykjavik


The South Coast is brimming with waterfalls and other natural attractions.


Day eight will primarily consist of travelling from Vatnajökull National Park back to Reykjavík. You will, however, make multiple stops en route, where you can stretch your legs and continue to build your portfolio.

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. Tonight will, however, be your last chance to catch the Northern Lights, so why not set out for your final shots of them?


Day 9 - Departure Day


Reykjavík is one of the best places in the country for urban photography.


Sadly, today is your final day. You will make your way back to the airport in time for your flight. If you have a few hours, however, you can use it to capture some urban landscapes around Reykjavík. 

Comparing these photographs to those you took on your first day will no doubt show a marked improvement in your technique.

When on the plane back home or to your next destination, you will no doubt still be in awe of your new talents, your extensive portfolio and the fantastic places you have seen in Iceland in Autumn. Until next time, we hope you had a brilliant time in Iceland. 


Disclaimer

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

5-13 Oct 2019 – Guided by Iurie Belegurschi
15-23 Oct 2019 – Guided by Brynjar Ágústsson


Photo Guides

Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is a renowned landscape photographer based in Iceland and the founder of Iceland Photo Tours.

Brynjar Ágústsson

Being out in nature with a camera and a tripod can be like a form of meditation – a soothing, peaceful experience that has the potential to lift you out of this world. For Brynjar Ágústsson, a native Icelandic professional landscape...


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It is my pleasure to report that Iceland Photo Tours delivers again! The second time around as was good as expected and more. By the second day, our guides knew all our weak points and preferences and was always ready to point out a new vantage point or a fresh angle for us to improve our images. In their lectures, they knew how to get to everyone’s level, even if the knowledge in the group is very diverse. They even helped with tripod and gear when they saw me a bit tired. Our guides were very courteous and helpful, always there for us in a tricky walk and ready to accommodate our needs. Great cultural and geographical information throughout the tour also. The hotels and food were as great as the first time and we will continue to use the company as our preferred traveling resource. Thank you!
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I Recently completed a photography workshop in South Iceland led by Iceland Photo Tours . This caused me to contemplate the difference between a Photo Tour and a Photo Workshop. I have attended eight in total over the last 8 years, four of each. Photo Tours typically involves delivering a group of individuals to a scenic sight. Usually at an optimal time for photography (i.e golden hours) but involve limited guidance or instruction. The groups are larger, and much more varied in skill and experience. Photo Workshops more comprehensive instruction and field guidance in capturing the best possible images. In addition post processing is also part of the experience. My view of landscape photography is that of an art form which begins with identifying a sight, scouting the location, capturing the image, processing the image and final output whether to the web or print. The Photo Workshop which i recently attended which was put on by Iceland Photo Tours, was by far the best i have experienced. The scenery was spectacular, the itinerary was well thought out . The photo instruction and guidance was out standing. Both instructors were with us in the field and were there for our benefit, neither was shooting but instead their attention was on helping the participants capture the scenes, and improve our photography.
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Working with Iceland Photo Tours is simply a pleasure. They have immense experience in guiding and know how to make the best out of any situation or weather conditions. Always cheerful, obliging and outgoing, I’m extremely happy that I chose them to guide my workshops with me, and I’m sure we’ll be cooperating for years to come. Thank you Iceland Photo Tours, for being an amazing associate and friend.
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