5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves

5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves
5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves
5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves
5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves
5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves
Reynisfjara is one of the South Coast's most famous black sand beach.
5 Day Winter Photo Workshop in Iceland | Aurora and Ice Caves

Immerse yourself in the pristine scenery of the Vatnajökull National Park as you capture the Northern Lights and photograph crystal blue ice caves during this one-of-a-kind 5-day winter photography workshop in Iceland! 

You will explore the incredible sights along Iceland’s magnificent South Coast, which is home to some of the most breathtaking waterfalls and natural wonders in the country. With snow-capped mountain peaks, glistening glaciers and gorgeous black sand beaches, this spectacular region of Iceland is the perfect place to hone your landscape photography skills.

During this epic five-day winter photography workshop in Iceland, you’ll travel west to east, taking in all of the awe-inspiring sights that make this the country’s most famous region of all.

The Vatnajökull National Park is home to the breathtaking Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the Diamond Ice Beach, and the charming surrounds of the Skaftafell Nature Reserve, where intriguing scenery abounds and is sure to sweep you off your feet. 

You’ll have ample opportunities to chase the Northern Lights all across the diverse winter landscape, as well as the extraordinary chance to explore the crystal ice caves that lurk hidden within Europe’s largest glacier.

Your four nights of accommodation during the tour will be pre-arranged for you before your arrival in Iceland, as well as all of your transfers to and from your shooting locations. Please note that your accommodation in Reykjavík city is not included and that you will need to arrange this yourself.

Throughout this experience, your expert photo guides will be on-hand to help you make the most of the winter conditions. They’ll share their depth of knowledge with you and get you to all of the right places at the right time to capture the best photos of Iceland.

Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to photograph Iceland in winter, in one of the most spectacular regions that this country has to offer. Check availability by choosing a date.


Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jan. - Mar.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Northern Lights, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Diamond Beach, Vík, Skaftafell , Vestrahorn
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

Reykjavík
Included:
  • Professional photo guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

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

  • Breakfasts at hotel stays during the tour

  • Accommodation in Reykjavik city

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • Flight tickets

  • Lunches and dinners


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 Vik


Skógafoss waterfall is a famous point of interest along Iceland's South Coast.


Are you ready for the adventure of a lifetime? You’ll be picked up from your accommodation in Reykjavík early in the morning to begin your journey to Iceland’s South Coast. Please note that your hotel in Reykjavík is not included in the price of the tour and you will need to arrange this yourself.

Your first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss, a waterfall that originates from the glacier volcano, Eyjafjallajökull. Dropping from a height of 60 metres, this waterfall is unique in that it features a path that will lead you behind the cascade of water for incredible 360-degree views. 

Just half an hour away is its neighbour, Skógafoss, a powerful waterfall that you can almost walk right up to. When the sun catches the curtain of mist thundering forth, it can create rainbows that arch through the spray! Be prepared at both of these locations though, as you may get a little bit wet.

As you continue your journey along the South Coast, you’ll come across the small promontory of Dyrhólaey, not far from the village of Vík í Mýrdal. This windswept peninsula features staggering views of the coastline, a historic lighthouse and an abundance of birdlife. 

You’ll have the opportunity to capture the views from above and below, as you explore the nearby cliffs and catch a glimpse of the famous Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance. 

Don’t fret if they seem too far away, as we’ll certainly move closer while the sun dips lower on the horizon.

Our sunset location will be at the spectacular black sand beach of Reynisfjara, where powerful waves roll in from the North Atlantic Ocean. Surrounded by tall basalt columns and with an incredible naturally formed cave on the shore, these features add an additional layer of drama to an already astonishing seascape.

After dinner, if the conditions are just right, you’ll embark upon your first hunt for the Northern Lights. It’s a whole different kettle of fish trying to shoot in the dark but your expert photo guide will be on hand to teach you everything you need to know, ensuring that you’ll be able to capture the green lady dancing elegantly through the night sky.

You will retire for your first night to accommodation in Vík í Mýrdal.


Day 2 - Vik to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon


The Northern Lights at Jökulsárlón is combining two of Iceland's biggest attractions.


On the morning of day two, you’ll get up early for a sunrise shoot at the black sand beach. From the opposite side, the Reynisdrangar sea stacks take on a different form. 

Freezing the motion of the waves as they crash against these incredible natural shapes is an exciting feat, and you’ll have all the time in the world to do so.

From there, we’ll make our way towards the Vatnajökull National Park, reaching the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon in time for sunset. 

Jökulsárlón is where icebergs calve from the majestic Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, floating about serenely in the calm waters before making their way out through a narrow waterway towards the sea. There, they are pounded by the waves, reshaped and deposited back upon the black sand, where they resemble diamonds glistening in the sun. 

You’ll have ample time to capture the immense serenity of these natural wonders as the sky takes on an ethereal winter glow. Watch closely as you might even spot a seal or two, fishing in the deep waters of the lagoon.

After dinner, you’ll head out once again on a hunt for the Northern Lights. If the conditions are favourable, then you will shoot them dancing above the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, with large icebergs making for a truly enchanting foreground.

You’ll retire for the night to your accommodation in the vicinity.


Day 3 - Vatnajokull National Park / Ice Cave


Ice bergs rest on the surface of Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.


The tour is always dependent on the conditions, as the Icelandic weather can be highly unpredictable. Therefore, the itinerary on days 3 and 4 will remain flexible to allow our guides to ensure that you will be in the right place at the right time for stunning landscape photography in Iceland.

Generally speaking, the third day of your adventure will begin with a thrilling sunrise shoot at the Diamond Ice Beach. With our specially-provided rubber boots, you’ll be ready to capture the movement of the waves as they circle the icebergs on the beach, making for wonderful drawn-out long exposure effects. 

Each iceberg brings with it a myriad of different compositions, so you’ll spend a good part of the morning perfecting your technique.

The highlight of the afternoon will be when you take a super-jeep ride closer to the largest glacier in Europe, where you’ll disembark and walk upon the glacier to a stunning ice cave. 

Ice caves are dynamic, constantly melting and reshaping over time, so what you photograph now might not be entirely the same in the future. 

Be prepared to practice your low-light photography skills as you make the most of the available light bouncing off the crystal blue walls, capturing memories of a lifetime.

After all this excitement, the only way to top it off is to get off the beaten track on the southern end of the Vatnajökull glacier. You’ll have the chance to explore the lesser-known Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, which is just as beautiful as its larger counterpart. Filled with icebergs and hidden away from the crowds, it’s a wonderful place to further hone your skills as the sun begins to set.

Once again in the evening, you’ll set out on a search for the elusive Northern Lights, before returning for the night to your accommodation in the vicinity.


Day 4 - Vatnajokull National Park / Skaftafell Nature Reserve


Vestrahorn Mountain blanketed in snow.


On this day, you’ll revisit the Diamond Ice Beach and the adjacent Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon for another exciting sunrise shoot. There’s no doubt that many of you will relish in the possibility of honing your skills and trying out different compositions beneath the ever-changing light.

In the afternoon, you’ll head further east into the wilderness of Skaftafell Nature Reserve, well-known for its rugged landscape and inspiring views. It is home to Svínafellsjökull glacier, a sight not to be missed.

Your sunset location will be at the foot of the mighty peaks of Vestrahorn, where undulating black sand dunes hide a number of frozen pools that make for endlessly compelling compositions. This mountain makes for an enchanting backdrop, particularly at night, when the Northern Lights swirl across the starry sky overhead.

You’ll retire for the night in the vicinity of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.


Day 5 - Golden Circle, back to Reykjavik


Strokkur geyser erupts at Haukadalur Geothermal Valley.


This will be your final day of photography and you’ll have one last chance to capture the beauty of the Diamond Ice Beach and the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, before heading towards the west. It will be a long drive back to Reykjavík but there will be a lot to photograph along the way.

Depending on the conditions, you may stop at the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, made famous by a Justin Bieber music clip! Carved out by glaciers, this canyon takes on the form of a feather when seen from above. On foot, the scenery is just as astounding, seeming like an adventure back in time to when nature ruled supreme.

As you get nearer to the country’s capital, you’ll have the opportunity to experience Iceland’s most famous route – the Golden Circle. Here, you’ll get a taste for why this country is sometimes described as the “Land of Fire and Ice”!

Geothermal features such as the exploding fountain geyser of Strokkur at Geysir will have you sweating with surprise, while the frozen cascades of the glorious waterfall Gullfoss will cool you down as they plunge into the snowy canyon beneath your feet.

Your final shooting location on the Golden Circle will be at Þingvellir, an impressive area marked by the remnants of volcanic activity. Here, you may witness the effects of the continental drift between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates.

You’ll have the opportunity to capture your final sunset at the small waterfall Oxararfoss, with its bright blue water surrounded by layers of ice and snow.

You’ll reach Reykjavík in the evening and be dropped off at your hotel of choice, no doubt with a treasure trove of stunning photos, fantastic new landscape photography skills and memories to last a lifetime. Please note that your hotel in Reykjavík is not included in the price of this tour and you will need to arrange this yourself.


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 & Guides

16-20 Jan 2020 - Guided by Iurie Belegurschi
13-17 Feb2020 - Guided by Iurie Belegurschi
12-16 Mar 2020 - Guided by Iurie Belegurschi


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Iurie Belegurschi

Iurie Belegurschi is an award-winning fine art nature and landscape photographer, as well as the founder of Iceland Photo Tours. Born in Moldova, Iurie developed an interest in photography from an early age after his uncle converted the...


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