Magical 4 Day Northern Lights Winter Photography Tour of Iceland with Ice Caving & Waterfalls
Capture the incredible sites of Iceland in winter with this once-in-a-lifetime four-day photography tour. This opportunity is perfect for beginners and experts alike and will build your portfolio with fantastic images.
On this tour, you will be escorted in a range of comfortable vehicles by experienced, friendly, award-winning photography guides, who will not only help you on-site shooting and provide you with many post-processing tips and resources but will tell you about the amazing places you will visit.
This tour is conducted in winter, allowing you to shoot in the unbelievable ice caves beneath Vatnajökull glacier, and capture the ethereal Northern Lights. You will also visit and photograph a range of sites along the Golden Circle and South Coast, including waterfalls and beautiful beaches, and shoot the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Accommodation is provided throughout the tour and all driving is done for you, so all you need to focus on is enjoying and capturing Iceland’s stunning nature.
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Day 1 - The South Coast
On your first day, you will be picked up from Reykjavík and swept along the South Coast to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. En route, however, you will make stops to photograph a range of different sites.
The first of these are two waterfalls that make for wonderful subjects. Seljalandsfoss is narrow, serene, and has a path that encircles it when it is not too icy, allowing you to capture it from behind. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is much more powerful and can be photographed at many different angles due to the staircase beside it.
After these, you will head to some beautiful coastal locations. The dramatic Dyrhólaey rock arch is notable for its scale, curving out into the tumultuous seas. Reynisfjara is a nearby black sand beach, renowned for its powerful, crashing waves, and the sea stacks of Reynisdrangar, which make a perfect backdrop for your photos.
Finally, you will reach the lagoon itself. Here, enormous icebergs break from a glacial tongue and drift across the vast lake, and many seals bask on them or swim in their wake. With any luck, you will be able to photograph these under the Northern Lights.
You will retire for the night in a hotel in the area.
Day 2 - The Ice Caves
On your second day, you will experience something very few in the world will ever get to; the exploration of an ice cave. Ice caves are very rare formations, so the chance to photograph one from its crystalline depths is one to leap at.
Before you set off to Vatnajökull glacier, you will photograph the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon once more, to catch it beneath the sun. You will walk along the Diamond Beach, where the icebergs of the lagoon wash upon a black-sand shore.
You will then, conditions allowing, set off for the ice cave. Its entrance is deep within the Vatnajökull park, requiring a short hike to reach, but the results are well worth it. The colouration and scale of the caves are nothing short of mesmerising, and you’ll have an hour to explore and photograph.
Of course, as always, your guides will be on hand to help make your pictures of this mesmerising place as perfect as possible.
After your experience in the ice cave, you will head to a lesser known glacier lagoon, Fjallsárlón, to hopefully capture it under the auroras. You will then retire for the night.
Day 3 - Vatnajokull National Park
On your third day, you will spend more time shooting at Jökulsárlón, as it is ever-changing, ever-beautiful and different under various kinds of natural light this season offers. Of course, you could get lucky and catch a great shot of a seal, - you'll never know!
Then you'll head a little further east, to the ‘Batman Mountain’, Vestrahorn, a beautiful subject renowned for its ominous appearance and jagged twin peaks.
After that, you will head to another part of Vatnajökull National Park, the Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This oasis under the glacier offers incredible beauty, with a range of features and landscapes begging to be photographed. You’ll shoot lava fields, glacier tongues, and the waterfall Svartifoss, renowned for the black, hexagonal columns that surround it.
You will then head back along the South Coast to the village of Vík, hoping to shoot in under the auroras before retiring.
Day 4 - The Golden Circle
Though your fourth day is your last, you have a range of subjects to shoot before this tour finishes, as you travel along the famous sightseeing route the Golden Circle. Before setting off to it, however, you’ll have an early shoot back at the dramatic beach of Reynisfjara to catch the morning light.
You will visit all three sites of the Golden Circle. One is the Gullfoss waterfall, the most well-known falls in the country. Falling in two tiers, its power, the surrounding ice and rising mist make for some great photos.
There is also Þingvellir National Park, which is likely the best-known part of the Golden Circle, renowned for its fascinating history and incredible beauty. There are many subjects to capture here, such as the springs, lava fields, forests and, of course, the dramatic tectonic plate edges that frame the park.
Then there is the Geysir Geothermal Area, where you can photograph the colourful earth, the bubbling hot springs, and the geyser Strokkur mid-eruption, as it hurls boiling steam high into the air.
After adding shots of these amazing locations to your portfolio, you will be dropped off back in Reykjavík, with a host of new skills and a wealth of great photos, and the memories of a wonderful experience that will last a lifetime.
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Iceland's weather is fickle in winter, so the itinerary may be amended for the interests of safety. The Northern Lights and ice caves are dependent on conditions and cannot be guaranteed, although every effort will be made to photograph them.
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