Snæfellsnes and South Iceland Winter Photo Workshop

A landscape photograph of the South Coast from Vík in winter.
The Diamond Beach in Iceland's South-East during Golden Hour - which in winter goes through all hours of daylight.
Ice cave photography is an incredible opportunity, and Iceland's south-east is the one on the few places you can practice it, but only in winter.
With eight nights of this trip out in the nature of Iceland in winter, you have a brilliant chance of seeing and photographing the Northern Lights.
Being able to stand behind Seljalandsfoss on Iceland's South Coast is amazing in itself, but to do so in winter with the northern lights is simply unbelievable.
You can practice your urban landscape photography as well as your winter landscape photography on this tour in Reykjavík and other towns.

Join this 10-day Winter Landscape Photography Tour, and witness and photograph some of the world's best lighting conditions and impressive landscapes. This tour should appeal to any aspiring or professional photographer, who wants to sharpen their skills and add some spectacular images to their portfolio.

You will travel across the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and South Coast of Iceland in comfort on a spacious bus and a modified super jeep where necessary, to reach locations across difficult terrain. All accommodation and meals are sorted for you prior to arrival, allowing you to focus only on your skills, development and images.

You will have some incredible photoguides on hand to help you with this. Experts at capturing landscape photographs of Iceland's winter landscapes, they'll assist you in making the most interesting compositions under the light conditions. They can also help you photograph the Northern Lights themselves.

Of course, photographing the auroras is an incredible opportunity that comes with Iceland's winter. Another, however, is the chance to explore and capture the natural ice caves under Vatnajökull glacier, which, conditions allowing, this tour will let you do.

Don't miss this 10-day photography adventure. See the itinerary below, and check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 10 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting, Cultural Activity, Ice Caving
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, Reykjavik, Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Snæfellsnes, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Arnarstapi, Vík í Mýrdal, Svartifoss, Kirkjufell, Stokksnes, Breiðamerkurjökull
Pickup information:

    We‘ll meet up at 7:00 in the lobby of your hotel and then go to a nearby restaurant. You will take the Flybus to your hotel from Keflavík Airport.

    • Two Professional photo guides.

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

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

    • Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 til breakfast on day 9

    • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport.

    • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

    • International flights

    What to bring:
    • You will receive a list of necessary and recommended equipment to bring after booking.

    Good to know:

    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. There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arrival

    The Sun Voyager is just one of many photographic subjects to be found in Reykjavík.

    On your first day in Iceland, you will land at Keflav´ík International Airport and then take the Flybus towards your hotel in central Reykjavík. You‘ll meet up with your guides and group at 19:00 in the lobby and then go to a nearby restaurant and get to know each other.

    There you will also get know more about the adventures awaiting you. You will then spend the night at your Reykjavik hotel.

    Day 2 - Snæfellsnes

    The Snæfellsnes Peninsula is an amazing place for photography in winter.

    On your second day in Iceland, you will be picked up from your hotel, and for two days, explore the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This area is home to some of the most photogenic scenery in all of Iceland.

    Awaiting you are the wild coastlines of Snæfellsnes, the columnar basalt formations and spectacular cliffs at Arnarstapi, the charming black church at Búðir, the Búðahraun lava field and the impressive and peculiarly shaped sea stacks of Lóndrangar.

    Snæfellsnes also happens to be one of the best places in Iceland to seek one of nature‘s absolute wonders, the Northern lights, due to the lack of settlements. Keep a good look-out and have your camera ready.

    You will spend the night on Snæfellsnes.

    Day 3 - Snæfellsnes

    With few settlements, the Snæfellnes Peninsula in winter is a great place to capture the Northern Lights on camera.

    On your third day in Iceland, you will be exploring and photographing the sites that were left from the previous day. You‘ll cover more rugged coastlines, several charming villages and the mighty mountains that divide the northern and southern parts of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

    A particular highlight is Mount Kirkjufell by Grundarfjörður, with its peculiar pyramid shape. This is one of the most photogenic mountains in Iceland, as it always offers something new and exciting in terms of angle, light and shape. Nearby is a beautiful waterfall, Kirkjufellsfoss, and the combination of the two with the further contrasts of the village and fjord makes for some great pictures.

    You'll retire again at Snæfellsnes.

    Day 4 - Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara, Vik

    Such an unbelievable picture is only possible on the South Coast in winter, taken at the waterfall Seljalandsfoss.

    On this day, you'll be heading towards and along the South Coast of Iceland. You‘ll visit two of Iceland‘s most picturesque and beloved waterfalls first, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss.

    The former is a narrow one, but falls from 63 meters and has the rare distinction of having a path around it, allow you to actually walk behind it. The other falls is well-known as one of Iceland‘s most powerful and beautiful, and can be shot from several angles. Sk´ogafoss is also known to produce a spectacular double rainbow when the light is right.

    Later on, you‘ll be travelling towards the mainland‘s southernmost point to witness the dramatic scenery of the famous Reynisfjara beach. The Reynisdrangar sea stacks, the black sands of the shore, the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, the basalt column pyramid of Garðar and the rich birdlife all result in this being one of the most photogenic sites you will encounter on your journey.

    This is also some of the most amazing scenery you can ask for to photograph the Northern Lights against, should they appear.

    Your night will then be spent at the charming nearby village of Vík.

    Day 5 - Vatnajokull National Park

    The dim sunlight brings out the beauty of the Diamond Beach in South Iceland in winter.

    On this day you will head towards Vatnajökull National Park, home to Europe‘s largest glacier, which goes by the same name.

    The park and the Snaefellsnes peninsula share the trait of really offering a little bit of everything in terms of Icelandic natural wonders. Focusing on the park‘s southern and eastern parts, you will witness mighty glaciers and glacier tongues, dark sandy beaches, stunning waterfalls such as the famous Svartifoss, ice-riddled glacier lagoons and much more.

    The most spectacular regions here are Skaftafell National Park and Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon.

    Accommodation for the night will be found in the nearby area.

    Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park

    The ice caves under Vatnajökull glacier in south Iceland, which open from November to March, are excellent places for photography.

    Today, you‘ll have plenty of time photographing the stunningly beautiful Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, at the eastern part of Vatnajökull National Park. Massive icebergs from the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier riddle the lagoon and more can be found washed up on the Diamond Beach.

    The amazing view, the display of light, multiple reflections and glistening ice all combine in making the area a photographer‘s dream.

    Still more wonders await you, as you will have the unique experience of shooting photos within a subglacial ice cave deep below the massive Vatnajökull glacier.

    Here you‘ll find phenomenal natural sculptures and cavities of crystal-clear blue ice. Wide-angle lenses are recommended here for shooting unforgettable photos. Afterwards, you'll keep a lookout for the Northern Lights, which particularly complement this wonderful area. Your accommodation for the night will be near the lagoon.

    Day 7 - Vatnajokull National Park

    Any photographer's dream when in south Iceland in winter should be to capture the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon under the aurora borealis.

    On this day you will have ample opportunity to shoot the mighty Vestrahorn mountain, rising 454 meters above the black lava beach of the Stokksnes peninsula.

    The mountain, made of unstratified plutonic rock (gabbro and granophyre) is a marvel to photograph and is very interestingly shaped. It consists of several steep peaks, one of which stretches all the way eastwards to the sea. The wild waves of the North Atlantic Ocean make the scenery all the more photogenic and sunset and sunrise produce particularly great photos.

    Auroras may further grace the sky at nighttime, blazing their multicoloured trail. Your night will be spent in the Vatnajökull area.

    Day 8 - Skaftafell, Vik

    Iceland's South Coast in winter was used in Game of Thrones Season 7 for scenes North of the Wall.

    On this day you‘ll be photographing the beautiful scenery of Skaftafell once more, a preservation area within the larger Vatnajökull National Park.

    The main attraction here is Svartifoss, with its dark and dramatic hexagonal basalt columns and the sharp rocks that have broken from them and lie at the base. These columns were an inspiration for the look of Reykjavik‘s most distinctive landmark, Hallgrímskirkja church.

    Hundafoss is another beautiful waterfall not far off, well worth photographing in its own right. The area is further graced by stunning glacier lagoons and the majestic glacier outlet Svæinafellsjökull.

    After visiting Skaftafell you will get more time to shoot the fascinating beach of Reynisfjara. Evening photography at this site, by the rays of the setting sun, is sure to result in some particularly amazing pictures. You'll hopefully have more opportunities for aurora photography here. Your night will then be spent at Vík.

    Day 9 - Golden Circle and return to Reykjavik

    Day eight is your last chance to capture the Northern Lights dancing over south and west Iceland on this winter tour.

    On your last full day in Iceland, you‘ll visit 'the big three' of Icelandic natural attractions, considered essential for all visitors of the country: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area and Gullfoss waterfall, all located in south Iceland.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Þingvellir National Park is one of Iceland‘s most important places. It was here that the old national assembly was founded, and the current parliament in Iceland, Althingi, still bears its name.

    The area is situated in a rift valley and evidence of the movement of the tectonic plates may be seen at the impressive Almannagjá gorge, in which the beautiful waterfall Öxarárfoss falls. The park is certainly one of Iceland‘s most picturesque sites and it is also recommended that you photograph the surrounding mountains and lake Þingvallavatn, Iceland‘s largest lake, and its islets.

    The famous spouting hot spring Geysir in Haukadalur valley lends its name to geysers all over the world, and the surrounding geothermal area is widely known simply as the Geysir Geothermal Area.

    Geysir seldom erupts anymore, but its neighbour Strokkur does so with gusto, spouting water as high as 15-20 meters. To the north, colourful fumaroles may be found, and to the south is a range of mudpots. 

    Finally there is the 'golden waterfall', Gullfoss, widely held to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland and certainly the most sought after by nature photographers and nature lovers alike. Gullfoss belongs to the Hvíta glacier river and falls thunderously from a height of 32 meters into a narrow river gorge. Snow and ice are likely to once more add an extra touch of splendour to the scenery, and the sun may even lend a rainbow to your pictures.

    After visiting the attractions of the Golden Circle and having seen many of Iceland‘s greatest natural wonders, you‘ll head back to Reykjavik for your final night. 

    Day 10 - Transfer to Keflavik Airport

    Northern Lights over Grótta lighthouse in Reykjavík's winter.

    This is the day of your departure, as you will take the Flybus from your hotel back to Keflavík International Airport, bringing with you photos and memories of an extraordinary adventure.

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