4 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Photo Tour

4 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Photo Tour
4 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Photo Tour
4 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Photo Tour
Iceland is a great place for Northern Lights photography.
4 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Photo Tour
Icebergs in the surf at the Diamond Beach near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
4 Day Northern Lights & Ice Cave Photo Tour
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Photograph the Northern Lights and ice caves in the stunning surroundings of Vatnajökull National Park. This 4-day winter photography workshop will see you chasing the Aurora across the snowy South Coast while capturing on film in the incredible beauty of ice caves, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Diamond Beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

Whether you are a novice or professional, this tour will introduce you to the spectacular nature and volcanic landscapes of Iceland – all while you widen your portfolio and dramatically develop your photography skills with the helpful guidance of our award-winning photo instructors.

The south-east of Iceland is home to Europe’s largest glacier and many of the country’s most enchanting sights. From waterfalls to snowy mountain peaks, black sand beaches and magical glacier lagoons, this photo tour in Iceland has it all!

With ample opportunities to capture the most picturesque locations in Iceland, including glistening ice caves as well as some hidden gems located off the beaten track, your portfolio is guaranteed to expand with a myriad of diverse and unique landscape photographs from this Arctic winter wonderland.

Three nights of accommodation will be organised for you before your arrival in Iceland, as well as all of your transfers to and from your shooting locations. In addition, your expert photo guides will be on-hand throughout the experience, sharing their knowledge to ensure that you take home stunning photos of Iceland.

Do not miss this opportunity to photograph Iceland in winter, with a focus on the country’s most beautiful region and intriguing landscapes. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Nov. - Mar.
  • Duration: 4 days
  • Activities: Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Fjallsárlón, Breiðamerkurjökull, Vík, Skaftafell , Vestrahorn, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir, Öxarárfoss
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : 09:00. Flexible,

  • Professional Photo Guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • 3 nights in accommodations near Vatnajökull National Park and Vík

  • Crampons and rubber boots to use throughout the tour

  • Post processing video tutorials

  • Entry to an ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park

  • Breakfasts

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • Lunches and dinners

  • Accommodations in Reykjavik

  • 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 - South Coast to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Black sands, white snow and golden sunset at Reynisfjara black sand beach.

On your first morning, you will be picked up from Reykjavík and taken to the South Coast. The drive towards your accommodation on the other side of the island will take approximately 5 hours but throughout the journey, you will make plenty of stops where you will have the opportunity to practice your landscape photography.

Your first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss, an amazing waterfall that tumbles forth from a 60-metre tall cliff. Then it is off to Skógafoss waterfall, where you’ll be able to walk right up to the wall of water for stunning compositions. This waterfall is wider and more powerful than Seljalandsfoss but it is hard to decide which one is more beautiful.

You’ll then continue along the coastline towards the small fishing village of Vík. En route, you’ll photograph the windswept Dyrhólaey cliffs, where a volcanic rock arch rises from the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic Ocean.

Here, you’ll have the chance to admire the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks, standing steadfast in the ocean which comes crashing onto the black sands of Reynisfjara beach. The scene makes for a hauntingly beautiful composition, no matter the weather conditions.

You will then continue on your journey along the South Coast until you reach the Vatnajökull National Park in the evening. If the conditions are favourable, then there may be the chance to photograph the Northern Lights, dancing over the glistening icebergs as they float on the still waters of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

You’ll spend the night at accommodation nearby.

Day 2 - Ice Caves in Vatnajokull National Park

Spectacular colours inside and ice cave in Vatnajökull National Park.

The itinerary on days 2 and 3 will remain flexible due to the unpredictable nature of the weather in Iceland. Our guides will continually monitor the conditions to ensure that you will be in the right places at all the right times to capture the beauty of the landscpes.

Among some of the highlights will be a sunrise shoot at one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved sites, the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. The sky-blue water is filled with icebergs that have broken off from a nearby glacier and now drift slowly through a small inlet towards the ocean.

Next to the lagoon is a stretch of coastline that has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach. Here, icebergs from the lagoon wash up onto the black sandy shores where they resemble glistening jewels in the low sunlight. The scene makes for fantastic long exposure photography.

Another highlight will surely be when you enter an ice cave. You’ll have the opportunity to explore the natural shapes that make up the ice cave as you make the most of the light bouncing off the crystal blue walls.

Depending on the conditions, your photo guides may take you off the beaten track, to the lesser known Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon on the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier. This majestic lagoon is filled with icebergs, just like its larger neighbour Jökulsárlón, though much more tranquil.

If the Northern Lights make an appearance in the evening, then you will be in the right place at the right moment to capture them reflected upon the glassy surface of the lagoon. You will shoot the Northern Lights until it is finally time to return to your accommodation for the night.

Day 3 - Vatnajokull National Park In Depth

Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is a great place for long exposure photography.

On this day, you will have the opportunity to further hone your long exposure photography skills at the Diamond Ice Beach and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, before heading into the Vatnajökull National Park to photograph other areas – weather and time permitting.

Your trusty guides will review the conditions and take you to the best places to shoot as you slowly make your way towards the fishing village of Vík.

Some of the options for the day include the wild and wonderful Skaftafell Nature Reserve, a rugged region known for its awe-inspiring panoramic view, home to the breathtaking Svínafellsjökull glacier.

You could also visit the mighty Vestrahorn mountain with its undulating landscape cloaked in the delicate colours of winter or the massive ancient canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur that was created by glacial melt millions of years ago.

Eventually, you’ll arrive in Vík, where you will spend the evening hunting for the Northern Lights before retiring to your accommodation for the night.

Day 4 - Golden Circle

Timing is crucial when photographing the geyser Strokkur on the Golden Circle route.

This will be your final day of shooting and you will make the most out of every single second! The day will begin with a sunrise shoot at the haunting Reynisfjara black sand beach, where the black basalt columnar cliffs contrast with the violent waves of the North Atlantic Ocean as they crash around the Reynisdrangar sea-stacks.

On your return journey to Reykjavík, you will make your way through Iceland’s famous Golden Circle to photograph the volcanic landscapes and geothermal features that give this country the nickname of the “Land of Fire and Ice”. It is made up of three iconic sites: Þingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir.

At Þingvellir, you will be able to see the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, as well as photograph the impressive cracks and faults that traverse the region. Here, you will also find a small but charming waterfall named Öxarárfoss, which makes for a strikingly beautiful scene in winter when the majestic cliffs that surround it are swathed in ice and snow.

Next, you will visit the magnificent Gullfoss waterfall that can be photographed from various points of view. It produces a massive amount of spray that encapsulates its thundering power as it flows over cliffs of ice, plunging into the snowy canyon below.

Your final stop will be at Geysir, where the earth seethes with geothermal activity. Your photography skills will be tested by the exploding fountain geyser, Strokkur, as it spouts hot water into the air up to 20 metres high!

Finally, you will reach Reykjavík, no doubt with a plethora of new landscape photography skills, amazing friends to keep in touch with, and a landscape photography portfolio of Iceland in winter that you can be proud of.


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

winter 2019/2020
6-9 Feb 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson
11-14 Feb 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson
18-21 Feb 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson
25-28 Feb 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson
27 Feb-Mar 1 2020 - Guided by Oli
5-8 Mar 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson
17-20 Mar 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson
19-22 Mar 2020 - Guided by Oli
26-29 Mar 2020 - Guided by Jón Hilmarsson

winter 2020/2021
5-8 Nov 2020
12-15 Nov 2020
19-22 Nov  2020
26-29 Nov 2020
3-6 Dec 2020
7-10 Jan 2021 
14-17 Jan 2021
28-31 Jan 2021
4-7 Feb 2021
11-14 Feb 2021
18-21 Feb 2021
25-28 Feb 2021
4-7 Mar 2021


Photo Guides

Siggi the Viking

Siggi was born in Iceland and has spent most of his photography career in this paradise.During his time as a photographer, he early on found that his passion lies with photographing the beautiful landscapes and nightscapes of Iceland....


Jón is a native Icelander, pro landscape and nature photographer, loves the northern lights and tries different technic capturing them - panorama, vertorama and time lapse. Jón started taking photography seriously 10 years ago and since...

Kaspars Dzenis

There’s no doubt that immersing oneself in nature with a camera can reinvigorate the soul. For Kaspars, this has become a lifetime passion that he pursues all across the rugged and pristine landscapes of Iceland. For this intrepid...

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My girlfriend and I joined the winter workshop. It was the first photo workshop we ever joined and probably not the last. The organization of this seven days tour was outstanding, the schedule well planned, the weather incredible and the food also great. Our guides were always helpful and professional with providing not only support and advice for taking pictures but also with additional camera gear like filters, holders etc and everything with a smile on their face. Their passion for photography and knowledge about Iceland made this workshop absolutely successful and unique for us – of course with the highlight of the Aurora at Jökulsarlon. Iceland in winter time with all the snow and in combination with this new experience of a photo workshop and this funny group of different people from all over the world – we will never forget this and will be back for sure.
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Our photo tour guide is a very warm-hearted and extremely talented photographer, he knows the locations like the back of his hand. With his direction and recommendation, we got lots of great photographs with best light, especially for the aurora hunting, his knowledge and experience prove to be tremendous assets that help us get the shots. He is also very thoughtful on the needs of our group. Overall, our guide provides invaluable service to our group, I would like to have him again in my next tour, and highly recommend him as a guide to any of your tours.
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I have landed at home after a truly great photo trip with you two in Iceland. Even though the weather shifted like it should in Iceland, we got pictures I truly enjoy working with after coming home. We got the Northern light, the fabulous black beach at Vik, Jökulsarlon and the ice beach. The last one being my favourite. I came on this trip to get more interested in and better at taking landscape photos. With you two always willing to teach and share of your expert knowledge, I came home happy and with much more knowledge about how to succeed in landscape photography. I would have liked to do the week many times. The places we stayed were great, good food and good company. And last but not least, very good space for myself and my gear in a comfortable bus with a very good driver. All in all, no complaints from me, just a lot of happy memories. Thank you!
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The Iceland Photo Tour was everything I had hoped it would be and more. Having never been on a group photo excursion for even a weekend let alone eight days in a foreign country I was a bit nervous though very excited when I first landed in Reykjavik. The first person I met was one of the two group leaders . From the start he was extremely friendly and outgoing. When I later met the other leader, I thought the same thing. What I grew to learn about the two group leaders in particular was how well they complimented each other with their own particular strengths. They were a never ending resource for helpful photographic tips that they shared willingly and recited location names around Iceland, historical references and oh yes, was also there throughout with amazing perspectives on how to shoot Landscape shots. The roles of both leaders reminded me a bit of my time working as a GO at Club Med years ago from the perspective that you (or they), were always on with the paying clients. And despite having shot around Iceland dozens and dozens of times over the years, at the same beaches, waterfalls and glaciers, both our guides showed an enthusiastic excitement each day we were out which further energized all of us to carry on no matter what the weather conditions. From a client perspective these guys were total pro’s that made our daily itinerary fresh and new and so very enjoyable, and while the cost of this excursion might seem a bit pricey, it is very well worth it with nothing missed. I would recommend this tour group and already have to numerous people here in Boston. I am already considering when I will go back!
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Thank you to our guides for being so fantastic on the January photo tour to Iceland. Not only did they have veteran knowledge on the best locations to shoot at, they were experts on keeping a tight travel schedule to make the best use of every single sunrise and sunset opportunity. They were diligent in watching reports on Northern Light activity and weather conditions, and did their utmost to ensure that we experience the spectacle of our lives. Accommodations were always smoothly handled, and we were fed very well throughout the trip. At no point did it feel that our guides held back when teaching the group the skills of their passions, they deserve every single one of the many fans they have. We would not hesitate a moment to recommend your trips to others.
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This was my second trip this year out to Iceland which is testament in itself. Big thanks to our guides for being the “aurora alarm” during the trip by getting up in the night to check for clear sky’s. Not much more to say other than if you are looking to come to Iceland and want to be taken to great locations at the best times of day to shoot, not have to worry about transport and get to stay in some first class hotels with very good food then just book a trip as soon as possible. Iceland is a photographers dream coupled with guidance from Iceland Photo Tours, i am sure you will come back with fantastic shots to remember.
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I just returned from a winter photo workshop in Iceland. This was my first ever photography workshop. I typically like to travel solo and plan everything myself, but I am SO glad I decided to try this! It was much more relaxing to have all the logistics expertly planned by our guides. Everything was great, from our spacious bus with professional driver, to the accommodations, to the 3 course meals every evening. Not to mention the photography knowledge that I was able to gain from both our guides. They were both a pleasure to travel and shoot with! We were also at a distinct advantage travelling with a local photographer who knew where to go and when. The highlight of the trip were the 5 hours we spent photographing a spectacular Northern Lights show at various locations. It was truly an experience I will remember forever.
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I recently completed the Photo Workshop by Iceland Photo Tours. It was professionally and meticulously planned and executed. The spacious bus. the accommodations, the food and most important; the instruction and itinerary were top notch.It was the first workshop I have ever attended. It exceeded my expectations. The co-guide and Instructor brought creativity, insight, and practical knowledge that was a great benefit. He took the time to answer questions, help us individually while we were out in in the field. Our guides had us well set-up for the tour. I used every piece of equipment, clothing and accessories that he told us to bring. His list was very detailed and specific; very much needed and appreciated. The sites were stunning, the trip was an adventure. The Ice-Cave guide, the Driver of the large bus were top-notch too. Our guides had all the bases covered. Despite Rough weather we got to our destinations, mostly in part because of the quality of the people that Iceland photo Tours chooses. Thank-you for an unforgettable tour that left me wanting to come back again.
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The winter tour was beyond amazing! We saw stunning waterfalls, ice caves, northern lights, black sand beach, glacier lagoon and more. Our guide's intimate knowledge of Iceland makes all the difference – they know where to go and at what time. This comes in handy when plans have to change due to weather conditions. Our guide handles the tour with meticulous detail, care and sound judgment, while being flexible when necessary. Thanks to our guide's detailed instructions on what gear to purchase, the cold weather and safety was a moot point. As a result, I was able to truly enjoy Iceland’s beauty and photography. Our guide is also a great teacher. He teaches with a refreshing combination of clarity, simplicity and sense of humor. It was a treat to learn from him. Iceland is stunning; but the company of our guide and cool people on the tour made it even more special. Simply incredible!
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This was one of the best photo workshops I have been on. The places we went to were spectacular, as to be expected, but beyond the vistas, the level of professionalism and mentor-ship was second to none. Time was taken to help every student improve in composition and to see the environment in a new way despite difficult lighting conditions. There is no doubt that I improved as a photographer. The tour was very photographer specific with tons of time given to fully explore an area. There was no feeling of being rushed at all.
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