Iceland 5-Day Winter Wonderland

Tour Information

Join us on an incredible adventure to see Iceland transformed into a Winter Wonderland.

You will explore the breathtaking natural wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, South Coast and Golden Circle – magnificent waterfalls, majestic snow-capped mountains, dramatic volcanic beaches, epic canyons and glistening ice caves. All while tracking Lady Aurora for that once-in-a-lifetime event as she dances across the skies!

Iceland is a photographer’s paradise, and regardless of whether you are an amateur or a professional, this awe-inspiring landscape is a must for all nature photography enthusiasts.

You’ll be sure to come away with a diverse portfolio of images of Iceland in one of its most beautiful seasons – as well as the experience of a lifetime.

Highlights:

  • A focus on Landscape, Nature, Night and Magic Hour photography
  • Exploring other-worldly ice caves hidden within Europe’s largest glacier
  • Experiencing the power of the mighty Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss waterfalls
  • Visiting the one-of-a-kind, unforgettable Diamond Beach
  • Exploring the Golden Circle
  • Aurora hunting
  • A small workshop of maximum 12 people so your experience is truly personal, and you get to know your guide
  • Capturing a diverse portfolio of images of Iceland in one of its most picturesque seasons

Dates

Nov 27th 2019 – Dec 1st 2019

Group size

Maximum of 12 participants

Level of fitness

Mild to moderate hiking is required to reach some locations.

Cost

$2950 (USD)
Payment plans available. Credit card required.

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Included:

  • 5-day workshop with 4 nights accommodation single occupancy in hotels
  • Award-winning, professional Photo Guide who will provide a combination of instruction, masterclasses and in-field guidance
  • Advanced photography techniques to make the most of lighting and locations such as bracketing, focus stacking and long exposures
  • Transportation during the workshop in a comfortable vehicle with ample room for you and your photography gear
  • Breakfasts at the hotels during the workshop

Excluded:

  • Airfare to/from Iceland
  • Transfers to starting point of workshop
  • Food and beverages (other than breakfasts)
  • Passport, visa, reciprocity, vaccination charges and travel fees (if applicable)
  • Travel Insurance (highly recommended)
  • Medical expenses
  • Items of a personal nature including (but not limited to) laundry services, clothing, Wi-Fi, email or phone charges.

Itinerary

Budir

Day 1 – Wednesday(November 27, 2019)

Snæfellsnes Peninsula

Highlights: Budir, Arnarstapi, Lóndrangar, Kirkjufell

We will head west on our first day and make our way to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, where we will be able to shoot one of Iceland’s most famous landmarks, Kirkjufell Mountain, with Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall in the foreground. Along the way to the Snæfellsnes peninsula, we will stop to shoot some other iconic locations such as Budir, Arnarstapi, and Lóndrangar.

Accommodations: Reykjavik

Day 2 – Thursday (November 28, 2019)

South Coast

Highlights: Seljalandsfoss, Skogarfoss, Dyrholaey, Reynisfjara, Kvernufoss

We will visit two of Iceland’s most visited waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. If time permits, we will also visit the lesser known Kvernufoss. We will continue along the South Coast to the black sand beaches of Reynisfjara and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks. We will check for Northern Lights activity and weather forecasts and will adjust the schedule accordingly based on our chances to photograph the elusive Aurora Borealis

Accommodations: Glacier Lagoon

Reynisdrangar
Vestrahorn

Day 3 – Friday (November 29,2019)

Glacier Lagoon

Highlights: Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, Vestrahorn,

The group will be visiting the Glacier lagoon, Diamond beach and then driving farther east to visit the famed Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula. We will continue to monitor for Northern Lights activity.

Accommodations: Glacier Lagoon

Day 4 – Saturday(November 30,2019)

Vatnajokull National Park and Glacier Ice Cave

Highlights: Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón, Ice Cave

Weather permitting, we will start at the Diamond Beach and the glacier lagoon before starting our ice cave adventure. We will drive back to west to retire at our hotel for the evening and hope for a favorable forecast for the Northern Lights.

Accommodations: Vik

Diamond beach
Strokkur

Day 5 – Sunday(December1, 2019)

Golden Circle

Highlights: Thingvellir National Park, Geysir & Gullfoss

We head back west from Vik to visit the popular Golden Circle. Along the way, we will visit breathtaking waterfalls, like Oxarafoss and Gullfoss. We also visit the famous Geysir before heading back to Reykjavik where we will be saying our goodbyes and part as friends.

Final dropoff in Reykjavik

We will be staying in clean, comfortable hotels throughout this trip. Hotel accommodations will include breakfast and pricing is based on single room occupancy. Please let us know if you are willing to share a room with another participant to get discounted pricing on hotel rooms.

We will check daily for Northern Lights activity and weather forecast and plan our day based on these predictions. If conditions are not favorable for Northern Lights photography, we will use the time for editing sessions and PowerPoint presentations.

Iceland is absolutely stunning from the ground, but it is even more amazing when you get a birds-eye-view of the landscape. If you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along as there are certain locations where we will be able to fly drones and get some amazing aerial shots (both still and video). Please understand, however that you are solely responsible for your own equipment. Wind and weather in Iceland can be sudden and hazardous, so please use your best judgement and mindful of conditions. Also, as mentioned, Iceland has a lot of drone-friendly places. Please be considerable and respectful of local regulations so these can be continued to be enjoyed by others as well.

Iceland is extremely rugged and harsh. Strong winds, rain and mud are real dangers when photographing on location. There are several cliffs at locations where we will be shooting at, and these are dangerous as they frequently crumble away and cause rock fall. You will be expected to follow safety instructions to ensure you are kept safe and out of harm’s way.

Due to the harshness and unpredictability of Icelandic weather, we cannot guarantee that we will be able to visit all the locations on the itinerary. Changes may be made at the lead guide’s discretion to accommodate best shooting conditions based on the weather forecast for the week.

Since this workshop is focused on landscape photography and ensuring you get the best possible photos for your portfolio, we will aim to shoot most locations in the best light, which is at sunrise and sunset; this means that some days we will be photographing at night and sleeping during the day.

In the event of trip cancellation, we will not be responsible for any refund for non-refundable airline tickets or for any airline tickets purchased by the passenger directly from an airline or travel agent. Please do not book travel to Iceland before we confirm the course / workshop. A minimum of 8 participants is required for this workshop to take place.

Since this workshop is focused on landscape photography and ensuring you get the best possible photos for your portfolio, we will aim to shoot most locations in the best light, which is at sunrise and sunset.

Meet the guides

Sigurdur "Siggi" Brynjarsson

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