9 Day Photo Workshop in North & West Iceland | Waterfalls & Mountains

9 Day Photo Workshop in North & West Iceland | Waterfalls & Mountains
9 Day Photo Workshop in North & West Iceland | Waterfalls & Mountains
Iceland's most photographed mountain, Kirkjufell, blanketed in snow.
The Aurora Borealis hangs above the famed Kirkjufell Mountain.
Icelandic horses in front of Kirkjufell Mountain.
The dried, multi-coloured earth of an Icelandic geothermal area.
A lonely farmstead in wintertime Iceland.
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Join this 9-day winter photo workshop capturing the landscapes and scenes that make up the spectacular region of North and West Iceland. This is a fantastic opportunity for photographers not only looking to develop their skills behind the lens but also for those who wish to see more of Iceland than the typical traveller.

Throughout the majority of this tour, you‘ll be journeying off-the-beaten-track, experiencing majestic mountains, mighty waterfalls, amazing rock formations and, with any luck, the green and glorious Northern Lights, illuminating the Arctic sky.

This is a real opportunity to witness and photograph some of the greatest scenery not just in Iceland, but the world, ensuring that you'll have the best opportunities possible to hone your photography skills.

Further your future as a skilled landscape photographer by joining this 9-day workshop discovering and capturing the natural scenery of North and West Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date. 

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: February
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Northern Lights, Photo Tours
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Mývatn, Hvítserkur, Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss, Námaskarð, Hverarönd, Hrafnabjargarfoss, Dimmuborgir, Búðir, Kirkjufell, Arnarstapi, Lóndrangar
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 7

  • All lunches; Dinners from Day 2 to Day 6

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • 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

Reykjavík boasts hundreds of sculptures, such as the famous The Sun Voyager.

You will land at Keflavík International Airport. After collecting your bags, hop on a bus that will take you to Reykjavík city where you’ll find your accommodations.

After settling in, you’ll meet your photo guides and the rest of the group at 7 pm in the lobby. You will all go out to dinner together where you’ll get to know each other and discuss the days ahead.

Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

The Northern Lights above Búðir church.

Our bus will pick us up from the hotel in the early morning, and we will start our journey to the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula where we will spend the next two nights. 

On your way to Snæfellsnes, you will travel past majestic mountains and through the farmlands of West Iceland. Once at the peninsula, the towering Snæfellsjökull glacier volcano will greet you.

There is a lot to see at the Snæfellsnes peninsula such as charming fishing villages, beautiful coastlines, and iconic mountains. You’ll spend your day shooting some of the stunning scenery found on the peninsula.

In the nights, we will try to hunt some Northern Lights over Kirkjufell mountain before spending the night in the town of Grundarfjörður.

Day 3 - Snaefellsnes In Depth

A picturesque shoreline on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

Today, you’ll have the chance to explore the Snæfellsnes peninsula in depth. You’ll photograph the cone-shaped mountain Kirkjufell and the nearby waterfall. Fans of the HBO series Game of Thrones might recognise this iconic feature as it was used as a backdrop in the show.

You will also see some of the area’s dramatic coastlines and photograph the pounding waves of the Atlantic Ocean as it hits the peninsula’s cliffs.

If the conditions are favourable in the evening, you will hunt and photograph the Northern Lights as they dance across the evening sky. You will then return to your accommodations in Grundarfjörður town for the night.

Day 4 - Heading North

Hvítserkur is also known as 'The Troll of the North West'.

You’ll get up early today to capture the sunrise at Kirkjufell mountain. This fantastic site provides you with endless opportunities to capture the diverse Icelandic conditions on film.

From there, we will head towards the northwest, where you’ll stop at the strange rock formation, Hvítserkur. Some say this majestic monolith looks like a prehistoric creature, others say it resembles an elephant drinking out of the surrounding water.

According to folklore, however, it is a troll which has been turned into stone by the sunlight.

Afterwards, you‘ll head further north and spend the night in the Vatnsnes Peninsula.

Day 5 - Myvatn Region

Goðafoss waterfall, frozen during the wintertime.

After an early breakfast, you'll be driven to photograph sunrise at Goðafoss which is likely to be clad in ice around this time of year, making for a truly impressive sight.

This is one of Iceland‘s most famous and beautiful falls, and according to the Icelandic sagas it was there that law speaker Þorgeir Þorkelsson, who settled the religious strife in Iceland at the time, threw the old idols of the Nordic gods, symbolising the end of paganism as an officially accepted religious custom.

It is said that the fall takes it‘s name, “The Fall of the Gods“, from this act, but one can just as well agree with the name simply by witnessing the fall‘s sheer beauty.

Afterwards, you‘ll head towards the famous lake Mývatn which is set with many small islands and pseudo craters. Close by is the dramatic, indeed chaotic lava field Dimmuborgir, from which a Norwegian symphonic metal band takes its name.

Another testimony to how inspiring the scenery is, is the fact that the producers of the TV series Game of Thrones shot many of the scenes beyond the wall at the Mývatn area. Overnight at Mývatn.

You will spend the evening in the Mývatn area. 

Day 6 - Waterfalls in North Iceland

Goðafoss waterfall, as seen from a front-facing angle.

On day 6, two more of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfalls await you.

On this day you‘ll travel by a super jeep towards the central highlands, where the highlights will be the waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss, both located in the mighty Skjálfandafljót river.

Of note is the contrast between the huge black bent basalt columns at the 20 meter high Aldeyjarfoss and the whiteness of the fall. Hrafnabjargafoss similarly offers an impressive sight, immersed with snow and set with icy columns.

These falls are a challenge to reach in winter but being clad in ice and snow, coupled with the contrast of the aforementioned colours at Aldeyjarfoss and a clear blue pool at its feet, they make for a photographing opportunity which is certainly worth the effort.

Overnight, you will stay in accommodation in the Mývatn region.

Day 7 - Geothermal Areas

The Lake Mývatn blanketed in snowfall.

You will be spending your day further exploring the majestic Mývatn region. You will get to explore the colourful geothermal area by Námaskarð mountain, an area that is alternatively known as Hverarönd or Hverir.

There you can photograph the many solfataras and boiling mud pots, which are themselves surrounded by sulphur crystals. As the area gives off a lot of hot steam, caution is advised.

Afterwards if you wish you will get to climb Hverfjall, one of the world‘s largest explosion craters, and have a great view of the wild snow-clad landscape.

Altogether, this is a perfect day to explore and photograph stunning evidence of earth‘s inner powers.

Once again, you will spend overnight in the Mývatn region. 

Day 8 - Return to Reykjavík

The Icelandic landscapes appear even more dramatic during the wintertime.

Today, you have further opportunities for photographing Goðafoss waterfall at sunrise before returning to Reykjavík, concluding your adventure with a shared dinner with your traveling companions. 

In the evening, you are free to stroll the city as you so desire, making sure to capture some fantastic urban shots of the capital's major landmarks.

These include the likes of Hallgrímskirkja Lutheran Church, Harpa Concert Hall and Conference Centre, The Sun Voyager sculpture and the University of Iceland. 

In the evening, you will retire to accommodation in Reykjavík. 

Day 9 - Departure

Harpa Concert Hall is one of the most recognised landmarks in Iceland's Capital.

This will be your final day in Iceland. There is no doubt, however, that your portfolio will be now brimming with fantastic new photographs.

After breakfast at the hotel, you will make your way back to the Keflavík International Airport, where you will board your flight home.

Until your next visit to the land of ice and fire, we hope you've had a fantastic time!


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

9-17 Feb 2020- Guided by Brynjar Ágústsson


Photo Guide

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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Big thanks for our guides. The tour was absolutely fabulous. It let me focused completely in my photography and not the other things like driving, hotel arrangements and all the fun logistics. I also enjoyed the great company of all of you. Material presented to us I feel it was value added. I personally loved Iceland, it is just superb. I’m returning in Sept, for a little highlands adventures.
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I will join the chorus of cheers for Iceland Photo Tours. These photographers are extremely talented and have the ability to pass on their knowledge/expertise to their clients. We were taken to sites of phenomenal beauty and shown how to capture them with our cameras. In addition to learning how to improve my landscape photography, I thoroughly enjoyed the humour of both our guides, good lodgings/company/food, friendliness of the Icelandic people, and security in the knowledge that our driver Bjorn was excellent. I will certainly take a tour with this group during the summer sometime soon.
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Iceland Photo Tours run a very well organized tour. We were all very prepared for the weather conditions with the list provided by the company. The hotels, meals, and bus were very well organized and pleasant and the accommodations were great. Even though the weather did not cooperate with our trip, they still provided us with a tremendous amount of technical guidance as well as great field instruction. Thanks to our guides, I learned so much! Thanks for the unforgettable experience!
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Having just completed the Winter Photo Tour. Our guide was keen to ensure everyone was well prepared ahead of the trip and he has a meticulous attention to detail whilst on the tour with comfortable accommodation and transportation planned throughout. Both our guides are excellent photographers and inspirational motivators who worked hard to help us capture both the scene but also learn new techniques as well. Despite some rather bad weather on our tour they worked hard to get us to the best possible locations at any time and make the best of the scene. It was also refreshing to meet guides who often wouldn't take images at locations other than to demonstrate a point. The lecture sessions provided were also similarly well planned and left you wanting to go out and try the techniques shown; the provision of all the materials on a USB drive was an added benefit. I always ask myself after any trip would I go back again, the answer is yes without a moments hesitation.
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Thank you to our guides for your knowledge, kindness and patients.I came on the workshop to get great photo of the Aurora and to learn more about the camera. To move from taking snap shots to becoming a photographer.I am not yet there but you have opened up the photographer within me.At first I was totally out of my depth, by the end I could understand so much more. Being a photographer is a constant learning curve. I am up to the challenge.
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Winter Photo Workshop Tour of Iceland – what can I say – it was splendid. Our guide got us to some incredible places at the best of times – dragging us out of bed after a late night of aurora shooting. He must have had some special connections as we had great aurora. The ice caves, the ice beach, the food, the accommodation and of course the guidance. Not to be missed
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For my first trip in Iceland, I had the chance to select a photographic workshop led by Iceland Photo Tours. This workshop exceeded all my expectations and it’s being personally a life changing experience. This workshop offers the best overall combination of photographic experience, location selection, photographic advices and side by important features such as food, accommodation… In addition our guide is a top-end photographer but will share his knowledge with modesty. If you are looking for the perfect photographic workshop, don’t look any further! Iceland Photo Tours has the solution for you!
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These days photography enthusiasts pay a lot of money to participate in organized photography workshops. Thus, they can and do expect a lot: Perfect organization, very good hotels, excellent food, security and of course to be at the right hot spots at the right time. In addition, I wanted to learn how to improve photography. If you expect similar things and like the shots of the instructors, then I can strongly recommend you the southern Iceland workshop. Although the weather conditions were difficult during our workshop, our instructors managed it to make it a wonderful experience. I can definitely recommend everyone to ask them as many questions as possible and actively use the time. The outcome is very much dependent on your own engagement. I enjoyed the time a lot, have made new friends and have created moments of long lasting memories.
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Taking a workshop with Iceland Photo Tours is my first experience in terms of photography workshops, as I’ve always traveled on my own to take pictures. But after seeing their photos and their tour around Iceland, I decided that I wanted to do it. So I jumped on board excited to have the possibility of seeing the Northern Lights and of going to a country with such amazing scenery. I have to say that I had a good time with our guide trotting around Iceland. He was fun and attentive, and he will take you to the good spots in Iceland whilst giving you good tips to improve your landscape photography. And when the weather is not that easy on you, he’s always there to help you with some post-processing :). Overall, an excellent tour, during which you’d be taken care of by staying at cozy and warm hotels, where there will be no shortage of good food to combat Icelandic cold.
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In my recent trip, my first to join an organize tour entitled “Game of Thrones” It’s a tour design for photography. A well thought of design, timing for every locations. These guides have mastered these locations on its optimum time for you to shoot and they will bring you there. They are in 24/7 checking weather movements and discuss with the group that we have to divert from itinerary. These guides will deliver you to locations from sunrise, high twelve, sunset, to night shoots as to where your stamina for shooting can withstand. If you were not able to get good photos in this trip, then photography is not for you. Our hotels are in strategic location for the shooting with very good accommodation. Never been in a tour that I got to eat gourmet food for dinner. One thing I like about travelling with Iceland Photo Tours, they hate wasting time shopping but gave us time to get what we need. All those warm socks and believe me when you are in Iceland, you will need those made in Iceland, designed for Iceland.
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