Around Iceland in Winter | Two-Week Photography Workshop

Around Iceland in Winter | Two-Week Photography Workshop
The black church Búðarkirkja turned all the more magical by the appearance of the Northern Lights above, serving as one of the pearls of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula.
The dragon-like rock formation Hvítserkur can be found along the eastern shore of the Vatnsnes Peninsula in northwest Iceland.
The cliffs of Lóndrangar are a shining example of the dramatic landscapes of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland.
The gorgeous North Iceland waterfall Goðafoss frozen over during the winter season.
Exploring an authentic natural ice cave in Iceland is a unique experience.
Friendly and curious Icelandic horses grazing in the Eastfjords of Iceland.

Join up with one of the world’s leading nature photographers, Iurie Belegurschi, on this 14-day photo-workshop capturing the stunning winter beauty of Iceland’s frozen landscapes. If you want to participate in the most comprehensive photo tour of the land of ice and fire, secure your spot now, and prepare to bring your photography skills to whole new levels.

Allow your personal portfolio to gather the most picturesque locations on and off the beaten track of Iceland, capturing the elusive Northern Lights, as well as frozen waterfalls, magical ice caves, black volcanic beaches, majestic mountains, quaint fishing hamlets and breathtaking glaciers.

This tour provides you with two professional photo guides and includes accommodation and meals, as well as airport pickups, and transportation onboard a bus as well as a modified Super Jeep. You’ll be safely lead to all the major attractions, as well as the hidden gems, of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, South Coast, Highlands, Lake Mývatn area and Vatnajökull National Park, witnessing how incredibly varied the landscapes of Iceland are.

As you trail through the itinerary of these epic locations, visiting geothermal areas, black sand beaches and dramatic coastlines, you’ll realise just why Iceland is one of the top locations for nature photography in the world.

Don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to photograph the natural wonders of Iceland in the winter season, learning new techniques and chasing the Northern Lights every night, during an unforgettable adventure. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
Pickup information:

    Pickup and drop off at Keflavík international airport is included in this tour. The buses leave regularly from the airport to the capital, simply present your voucher to the driver. 

    • Two professional photo guides

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

    • Transportation in a Super Jeep for off-road driving

    • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses offering rooms with private bathrooms

    • Full meals during workshop, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 14

    • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Keflavík Airport

    • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

    • Flights

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes, layers of wool and fleece, windproof and rainproof clothing

    • Good hiking shoes

    • Headwear and gloves

    • Photography gear

    • Backpack

    • Swimsuit & towel

    Good to know:

    Please note that this tour is conditions and weather dependent. In case of extreme weather, the route of the tour might be altered, or a certain activity cancelled, in which case your guides will find proper alternatives to the original itinerary.

    The Northern Lights are a natural phenomenon and can never be unquestionably guaranteed on any given night.

    All the images attached to this tour are taken by your guide, Iurie Belegurschi.

    After you sign up, you'll receive a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that are labelled as absolutely required.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - Arriving in Iceland

    The Sun Voyager is a stunning sculpture by the shoreline of Iceland's capital, Reykjavík.

    Welcome to the land of ice and fire. As you arrive at Keflavík International Airport, you will use your complimentary FlyBus voucher to catch your ride to Iceland’s capital. Once in Reykjavík City, you will check into your hotel before meeting up with your guides in the lobby come afternoon.

    On your first night, you’ll go out for a group dinner, to get to know the rest of your travel companions and go through the itinerary of your upcoming adventure on the road. You’ll be spending the night in Reykjavík.

    Day 2 - Journey to the Center of the Earth

    The black church at Búðir bathed in the glow of the Northern Lights, on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.

    On your second day, you’ll be picked up in the early morning at your hotel, load your photography gear and belongings into the bus and begin making your way to the western part of Iceland.

    The venue for today’s shots is none other than the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, one of the most stunning places in the country, boasting such a diverse array of landscapes that it is often dubbed Iceland in miniature.

    Today, you’ll have the chance to photograph the jagged rock formations and basalt columns of the Arnarstapi coastline, where the roaring ocean waves create an ethereal interplay with light. The old black church at Búðir is another picture-perfect location, where the ice-capped volcano Snæfellsjökull looms in the background around a windswept area of rugged lava fields.

    To cap off your day, you’ll head on to Mt. Kirkjufell, the most photographed mountain in Iceland for a reason. With the mountain’s cone-like shape and steep hills, it provides the most fantastic foreground for a shot of the Northern Lights, given that they decide to graze the night sky with their appearance.

    After a picture-perfect day, you’ll spend the night in Snæfellsnes.

    Day 3 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    The rock formations of Lóndrangar in West Iceland provide some of the most incredible photo opportunities in the land of ice and fire.

    On your third day, you’ll continue on your daring quest exploring the Snæfellsnes Peninsula’s exceptional natural wonders. As you trail along the coastline, you’ll find it dotted with ancient fishing hamlets, incredible fjord landscapes and steep, majestic mountains.

    Your money-shot of the day will be the rock pinnacles Lóndrangar, where ancient volcanic basalt plugs rise out of the roaring Atlantic Ocean in a stunning display of raw, natural beauty. Come nightfall; another chance awaits in capturing the Aurora Borealis in all their colourful glory.

    You’ll spend another night in Snæfellsnes.

    Day 4 - Hvitserkur & North Iceland

    Hvítserkur is an otherworldly rock formation resembling a dragon, found near the Westfjords of Iceland.

    On the fourth day of your adventure workshop, you’ll head up North to the wild and remote Vatnsnes Peninsula, known for its vast and largely uninhabited landscapes of rocky hills and grazing fields. Here, Icelandic horses are about, giving you an opportunity of capturing these beautiful, and famously unshy, animals in the wild.

    As you head to the peninsula’s eastern side, more opportunities for wildlife photography await, as seals are often seen lounging along the coastal region of Strandir in the Westfjords. Your primary focus of today, however, is the basalt sea stack Hvítserkur.

    This 15 m (50 ft) natural marvel rises from the ocean with a shape resembling a dragon quenching its thirst on the salty sea around it. Icelandic folklore indicates the rock to be a troll turned to stone when it once forgot to escape the sunrise. Rest assured that your guides know the lighting to be the most vital aspect of this magical location; timing your arrival to the rock’s coastline with care and precision.

    At the end of the day, you’ll reach a charming town known as Iceland’s capital of the North, Akureyri, where you will spend the night.

    Day 5 - Sunrise Shot & Lake Myvatn

    Goðafoss Waterfall in North Iceland drenched in snow and ice under the late winter sunrise.

    After an early breakfast in Akureyri, you will board the bus and head to the god-like waterfall Goðafoss for a unique sunrise shot. Usually, around this time of year, these falls will be covered with ice and snow, perfectly reflecting the light of the low-rising winter sun.

    After this morning excursion, you’ll continue to the Lake Mývatn area, formed by a basaltic lava eruption aeons ago; creating volcanic landforms, lava pillars and pseudo craters for you to photograph to your heart's content. If time and conditions allow, you’ll also explore the lava sculptures of Dimmuborgir, a dark fortress of eerie rock formations.

    Today, know that you will be witnessing and photographing many of the shooting locations of HBO’s Game of Thrones. After a full day capturing the wild beauty North of the Wall, you’ll spend the night at an accommodation by Lake Mývatn.

    Day 6 - Highland Waterfalls

    The Highlands of Iceland boast some incredible natural wonders, such as the waterfall Aldeyjarfoss.

    Today, get ready to board your capable Super Jeep and head to the central Highlands to visit two of Iceland’s most stunning falls, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss, both of which belong to the roaring Skjálfandafljót River.

    The contrast between the massive black basalt columns and the cascading water of the 20 m (65 ft) Aldeyjarfoss Waterfall, becomes even more impressive in its frozen winter clothing. Getting to these Highland wonders on icy roads is no easy feat, but with the help of a modified Super Jeep, rewarded by the shots at hand, you’ll find it worth the effort.

    At the end of the day, you’ll return to Lake Mývatn to spend another night.

    Day 7 - Lake Myvatn & Explosion Craters

    The Lake Mývatn area in North Iceland boasts incredible geothermal landscapes of active volcanic terrain.

    On your last day at Lake Mývatn, you’ll explore and photograph the region some more, as you'll visit the colourful geothermal area of Námaskarð Mountain, also known as Hverarönd or Hverir. The photo subjects at hand include sizzling solfataras and boiling mud pots surrounded by sulphur crystals.

    You’ll also visit Hverfell, one of the world’s largest explosion craters, providing you with shots of apocalyptic allure. Hiking through this area, you’ll climb up the surrounding hills to obtain a panoramic view of the wild snow-clad landscape all around.

    Come nightfall; if time allows, you can enjoy your last night in this beautiful area by soaking in the Mývatn Nature Baths, a geothermal hot spring known as the Blue Lagoon of the North. You’ll then spend the night at Lake Mývatn.

    Day 8 - East Iceland & Djupivogur

    Icelandic horses in their thick winter coats, in the wild landscapes of East Iceland.

    Leaving the North behind, you’ll head to the most desolate and wild landscapes of the country―East Iceland. On your way, you’ll stop to capture the cascade of the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. The spray from these massive falls can be seen a good kilometre away, allowing both an epic shot and unforgettable experience.

    Then, you’ll continue into the desolate Highland desert, over a mountain pass and into the fantastical East Fjords, until reaching the realm of Iceland’s largest glacier Vatnajökull. This area is textured by mountainous fjords and steep coastlines, guaranteeing multiple opportunities for stunning photographs of the wild nature at hand.

    Come nightfall; you will have reached the fishing village of Djúpivogur, where the photography subjects are a quaint and picturesque harbour, preserved old buildings and spectacular mountain surroundings. If the winds are restful, you can capture the village reflecting in the fjord, as well as the frozen cascade of Rjúkandi Waterfall.

    You’ll spend the night in Djúpivogur.

    Day 9 - Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

    A scenic winter sunrise at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon in Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park.

    Trekking through the fjords of Djúpivogur, you’ll continue your excursion to arrive at Vatnajökull National Park, home to some of the most unique natural sceneries of our planet. Your accommodation for the next three nights is the picture-perfect location of the Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, one of the most celebrated and beloved sites of the entire country.

    The lagoon offers every photographer’s dream, as an ever-changing scenery of massive icebergs float on top of a scenic body of water, embellished with the light of the setting sun or, even better, the Northern Lights dancing above in a multitude of colours.

    You’ll spend the night at an accommodation by Jökulsárlón.

    Day 10 - Diamond Beach & Ice Cave

    The blue ice cave of Vatnajökull in Iceland is different each year since it is naturally formed.

    Today, you’ll continue exploring the icy wonders of the glacier lagoon east of Vatnajökull, as well as enjoying chances to photograph the multitude of glistening ice crystals scattered on the black velvet sand of the aptly named Diamond Beach.

    Your day begins before sunrise, capturing the first rays highlighting the lustrous icebergs battered by the incoming ocean waves. While most all travellers to Iceland make their way to Jökulsárlón at some point, you will have the pleasure of visiting other, lesser-known glacial lagoons, in this area teeming with outlet glacier tongues carving their way inland.

    The highlight of today, however, will be the privileged experience of visiting a naturally formed ice cave within Vatnajökull Glacier. Upon entering this subglacial underworld, you will be amazed not only by its natural ice formations and crystallised cavities but its otherworldly colour spectrum, as the cave absorbs all natural light, turning it blue. A wide-angle lens is sure to capture the extent of the cave, preserving this timeless moment forever.

    You’ll spend another night at Jökulsárlón.

    Day 11 - Vestrahorn Mountain

    The gabbro rock mountain Vestrahorn at the Stokksnes Peninsula in Iceland is one of the prime locations of travelling nature photographers.

    Today, you’ll drive along Vatnajökull’s eastern side to reach the headland of Stokksnes Peninsula, home to the astounding 454 m (1,500 ft) high Vestrahorn, one of Iceland’s rare gabbro rock mountains. A magnificent black volcanic beach stretches out from the mountain’s foot, while the natural forces continually shape the landscape creating different backdrop results.

    When the sun rises or sets, the ragged peaks of the mountain get illuminated, as the beachy foreground offers either mighty waves crashing on the rocks; or the calmness of the sea providing a perfect mirroring of the snow-capped hill above.

    As your journey progresses, you will continuously follow and seek the best possible lighting conditions for your photographs of the day. Once you have explored the different angles and perspectives of the area, you’ll make your way back to Jökulsárlón where you’ll be spending the night.

    Day 12 - Vik Village & Black Beaches

    The Northern Lights dancing above the South Iceland village of Vík í Mýrdal.

    On the 12th day of your adventure, you’ll leave Vatnajökull National Park, driving south to explore the famed South Coast of Iceland. This incredible coastal region offers a myriad of different natural wonders, be it volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, lakes, black beaches, sea cliffs or waterfalls.

    Today, however, you will be focusing on the coastal village Vík and its surroundings, visiting the enchanting black beach Reynisfjara. Here, the basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar rise from the sea with an uncanny appearance, and a folklore attached that tells of trolls dragging a three-masted ship to shore before turning to stone.

    Capturing the rolling ocean waves crashing on unique coastal rock formations will spice up this already perfect scenery, providing your another opportunity for an epic shot.

    You’ll be spending the night in Vík.

    Day 13 - South Coast Marvels

    The beautiful Seljalandsfoss Waterfall during the winter season, located on the South Coast of Iceland.

    After breakfast on day 13, you will head out to capture the fascinating aspects of the South Coast before heading back to the capital. Your first stop is the Dyrhólaey peninsula, where a different angle of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks presents itself, along with the mighty cliffs and lava arches of this long stretch of black sand.

    Hitting the road again, you’ll pass two active volcanoes; Hekla, a snow-topped mountain with the historical reputation of being the gateway to hell; and Eyjafjallajökull, the infamous glacier volcano that halted Europe’s air traffic when it so memorably erupted in 2010.

    If time and conditions allow, you’ll also visit Sólheimajökull Glacier to photograph its mighty cliffs and mountainscapes that surround the ash-streaked glacier tongue. Next up are the two most famed waterfalls of the region, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, both boasting a roaring cascade with a drop of 60 m (200 ft).

    After having scouted the South Coast of Iceland for the perfect shots, you’ll make your way back to Reykjavík City where you’ll spend your last night.

    Day 14 - Departure

    The Reykjavík City pond, Tjörnin, covered with ice and snow, with the old capital lighting up the dark winter sky.

    On your last day, you’ll enjoy breakfast and a warm farewell from your guides and the rest of your group, before packing your bags and catching the FlyBus back to Keflavík International Airport.

    Know that you just spend a whole two weeks circumfering the entire island, having gained not only an unforgettable travel experience but some of the most epic photographs of your entire career. Have a safe journey home.

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