8-Day Iceland Winter Photography Tour

Capture the scale and colouration of south-east Iceland's glacier caves in winter.
One of the favourite subjects for photography in south Iceland in winter is the majestic Gullfoss.
Capturing South Coast sites such as Skógafoss in winter is a great crash course for photographers.
Photograph little known sites in east Iceland's winter, such as Vestrahorn Mountain.
Electric blue icebergs floating in Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in southeast Iceland under a winter sunset.
South Iceland's Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon is a marvellous spot for winter photography.

Join this 8-day winter photography workshop to hunt for the best light and landscape Iceland has to offer. A special focus will be put on photographing the northern lights and ice formations.

During the tour, you will visit the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, the ice caves of Vatnajökull, and the Diamond Beach, where these techniques can be best refined.

This is the dream trip for every landscape photographer. It includes photography lectures, workshops and post-processing lessons, as well as shooting assistance at every location.

Visit Iceland and capture its incredible glaciers and ice formations while they're still here. Take a look at the daily itinerary below and feel free contact the operator for more information, but don't hesitate too long; there is extremely limited availability for this once-in-a-lifetime trip. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:

    Please be at your pickup location in time for your departure. Should your pickup location be at a bus stop and you need assistance finding it, seek guidance in your Hotel's reception or contact your tour provider directly.

    • Two Professional photo guides.

    • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable bus offering ample room for you and your photography gear.

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

    • All breakfasts. All lunches. Dinner on day 1 and 7

    • Transfer from and to Keflavík airport, from and to your hotel in Reykjavík.

    • Informational value and photography lessons.

    • The freedom to explore Iceland in solitude too.

    • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

    • International flights

    What to bring:
    • Camera

    • Tripod

    • Warm clothes

    • Packing list will be provided.

    Good to know:

    If you cancel 60 days before departure you will be refunded in full. If you cancel up to 45 day before departure you will receive a 75% refund. If you cancel up to 30 days before departure you will receive a 50% refund. If you cancel less than 30 days before departure there is no refund. Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made, and will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is made.

    Also the tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favourable conditions, and 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. There is however always plenty of things to see and do if conditions do not favour any part of our original plan.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival to Reykjavík

    Winter in Reykjavík lends itself to many great photo opportunities.

    On your first day in Iceland, you will arrive at Keflavik International Airport and from there take the Flybus, which will ferry you quickly and directly to your hotel in central Reykjavík. Your guides and group will meet at 7 pm in the lobby and then go out to enjoy a delicious meal at a nearby restaurant. You will get to know each other and review the itinerary of the journey ahead. You will then spend the night at your hotel in Reykjavík. 

    Day 2 - South Iceland & Vík

    Photographs of Skógafoss in winter can capture its scale and power.

    You will be picked up by bus from your hotel early in the morning, travelling east via the black sands of the south coast of Iceland. On your way, you will shoot two of Iceland‘s most picturesque and popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

    Seljalandsfoss is a narrow and tall fall with a drop of 63 meters and offers the added chance of actually walking behind it for a unique angle.

    At a drop of 60 meters and with a width of 25 meters, Skógafoss is one of Iceland‘s most powerful and scenic falls which can also be shot from above, as there is a pathway to the top.

    You will then travel towards Reynisfjara beach near the charming village of Vik, at the southernmost part of the mainland. This beach, with its dramatic scenery, may be the most beautiful in Iceland and certainly one of the best places for nature photography to be found. You will spend the night nearby, hopefully with a chance to shoot the auroras.

    Day 3 - Vatnajökull National Park

    One of Iceland in winter's greatest attractions is its glacier caves in south-east Iceland.

    The vast Vatnajökull National Park offers some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery you’ll find in Iceland, with Vatnajökull, Europe’s largest glacier at its centre.

    This park really has everything. As you focus on the southern and eastern regions, you will get to see beautiful waterfalls such as Svartifoss, with its dark basalt columns, and Hundafoss, as well as mighty glaciers and glacier tongues, dark beaches, magnificent mountains, and icy glacier lagoons such as Jökulsárlón. Worry not if you don't get the best shot of this last feature, as you'll be returning tomorrow.

    After another search for the northern lights, you'll retire in a nearby hotel.

    Day 4 - Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

    The surf playing with chunks of ice on the black sand Diamond Beach in winter.

    On this day you will have plenty of time to explore the icy wonders of the beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, photographing the multitude of glistening icebergs floating towards the ocean and the ice crystals which are scattered on the black sand beach nearby.

    You may well spot seals in the area, as they frequent the waters throughout the year. You will start this photography excursion before sunrise, and as the best photographs can be captured when the first and last rays of the sun illuminate the glistening ice, offering a fantastic display of light.

    Day 5 - Vestrahorn

    Vestrahorn in winter, a dramatic and stark feature in south-east Iceland.

    On the fifth day, you will head further east of Vatnajökull and explore the majestic Vestrahorn mountain, rising 454 meters above the black lava beach of the Stokksnes peninsula.

    This steep mountain is interesting geologically, as it consists of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro, but with some granophyre as well. The mountain has a very interesting shape, consisting of several steep peaks, and one particularly oddly shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn, located eastwards, which stretches all the way out to the sea.

    All this results in a great photographic scenery, coupled with the mighty waves of the North Atlantic ocean bashing the shore.

    Day 6 - Skaftafell & Svartifoss

    The inspiring Svartifoss waterfall in Skaftafell Nature Reserve, surrounded by basalt columns.

    On this day you will spend more time photographing the wonderful landscapes of the Skaftafell preservation area in  Vatnajökull National Park.

    The largest attraction is probably Svartifoss waterfall, where the whiteness of the fall contrasts dramatically with dark hexagonal basalt columns and the sharp rocks at the base which have broken from the columns.  This feature inspired much of Reykjavík's architecture, such as Hallgrímskirkja church.

    Day 7 - The Golden Circle

    The Golden Circle is classic sightseeing throughout the year, with features such as Gullfoss more dramatic in winter.

    Your last proper day of travel before leaving Iceland can be considered somewhat of a culmination of the country's sites. On this day you will get to experience three most popular attractions, which together comprise the famous Golden Circle. These consist of Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area, all in South Iceland. With these sites shot, you'll return to Reykjavík.

    Day 8 - Departure from Iceland

    Grótta lighthouse is in Reykjavík is even more beautiful under the aurora borealis.

    On your last day a private transfer will take you to Keflavík international airport, where you will depart from Iceland with amazing memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.

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