4 Day Winter Photo Tour | Vatnajökull, Northern Lights and Ice Cave
Photograph the Northern Lights and ice caves!
Photograph the Northern Lights and ice caves in the stunning surrounds of the Vatnajökull National Park on this incredible four-day winter photography workshop. 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! Whether you are a novice or professional, this tour will introduce you to the spectacular nature and volcanic landscapes of Europe’s most extensive protected wilderness area – all while you widen your portfolio and dramatically develop your photography skills with the helpful guidance of our knowledgeable photo instructors.
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- Vatnajökull National Park
- Diamond Beach
- Þingvellir National Park
- 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
Day 1 – South Coast to Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon
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 might take a long time 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 falls where you’ll be able to walk right up to the wall of water, as the land beneath is very flat. This waterfall is wider and more powerful than Seljalandsfoss but it is hard to decide which one is more beautiful.
You’ll 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 continue on your journey along the South Coast until you reach the Vatnajökull National Park in the evening, though the day is not over yet. If the conditions are right, 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 accommodations nearby.
Day 2 – Ice Caves in Vatnajokull National Park
The weather in Iceland can be very unpredictable but your expert photoguides have seen it all. Therefore, the itinerary on days 2 and 3 will remain flexible to allow our guides to ensure that you will be in the right place at the right time to capture Iceland’s stunning landscape on film.
If conditions are right, the day might begin with 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.
The highlight of the day 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.
Later on, your photo guides will 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, 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
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
This will be your final day of shooting and you will make the most out of every single second! The day begins 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.
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 authentic 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.
- Available: Nov. – Mar.
- Duration: 4 days
- Activities: Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
- Difficulty: Easy
- Minimum age: 18 years.
- Languages: English
- Highlights: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Fjallsárlón, Breiðamerkurjökull, Vík, Skaftafell, Vestrahorn, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Þingvellir National Park, Gullfoss, Geysir, Öxarárfoss
Departure time : Flexible. Reykjavík
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
What to bring:
After you sign up, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list
Terms and Conditions
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.