Iceland in Autumn | 11-Day Photography Workshop

Iceland in Autumn | 11-Day Photography Workshop
The mountain Kirkjufell in West Iceland has a unique shape that constitutes a highly favoured photo subject.
Icelandic horses grazing in the sunset. These gentle creatures are curious by nature and therefore excellent photography subjects.
The waterfall Gullfoss is the most famous and beloved waterfall in all Iceland, and one of the main sites of the Golden Circle route.
The ocean waves hitting the black shores of South Iceland, with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks looming in the backdrop.
The waterfalls of Hraunfossar in West Iceland provide a stunning contrast between lava rocks, glacier water and lush vegetation.
The Diamond Beach nests by the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, aptly named for its glistening icebergs dotting a blanket of black sand.

Travel to the land of ice and fire to take part in an exciting photography workshop. During a season of both warm weather and dark nights, often visited by the Aurora Borealis, your fascinating subjects will range from glaciers and black beaches to stunning mountains and majestic waterfalls. This tour is for all who wish to bring their nature photography skills to new heights while exploring the unique natural landscapes around Iceland.

During the 11-day itinerary, you’ll be joined by world-class photography instructors who will show you how to make the most of Iceland’s unbelievable landscapes. You will be visiting the diverse wonders of the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, the all-time attractions of the Golden Circle and the scenic shorelines and glacier tongues of the South Coast.

Get ready to shoot the likes of majestic ice caps, unique coastal rock formations, black volcanic beaches, grand sea stacks and breathtaking mountain peaks, just to name a few. Accommodation, meals and transport are all included, making this trip the ideal choice for travelling world photographers looking for an unforgettable adventure.

Don’t miss out on this unique opportunity in capturing the colours of Iceland in autumn, with the added chance of hunting for the Northern Lights come the darker hours. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Duration: 11 days
  • Activities: Hiking, Sightseeing, Northern lights hunting
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: Golden Circle, East Iceland, West Iceland , Jökulsárlón, Vatnajökull, Snæfellsjökull, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Geysir, Gullfoss, Dyrhólaey, Þingvellir, Hraunfossar, Snæfellsnes, Hvannadalshnúkur, Skaftafell, Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach, Langjökull, Vík í Mýrdal, Svartifoss, Kirkjufell, Búðir, Reynisdrangar, Lóndrangar, Stokksnes, South Coast, Diamond Beach
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

    • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms

    • Full board during workshop, from dinner on day 1 til breakfast on day 11

    • FlyBus tickets for transfer to and from Keflavík airport

    • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

    • Flights

    What to bring:
    • Warm clothes with layers

    • Good hiking shoes

    • Backpack

    • Your photography gear

    Good to know:

    Please note that this tour is weather and conditions dependent. In case of extreme weather, the route of the tour might be altered or a certain activity cancelled.

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

    All of the photos 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 - Welcome to Iceland

    The central city of Reykjavík, reflected in the water of Tjörnin Pond by the City Hall.

    After arriving at Keflavík International Airport, you’ll use your complimentary FlyBus voucher to catch your ride to Iceland’s charming capital city, where you will check into your hotel.

    Come evening, you’ll meet with your guides in the hotel lobby and join the rest of your group for a dinner downtown, getting acquainted and going over the itinerary of the exciting journey ahead.

    You’ll spend your first night in Reykjavík.

    Day 2 - Snaefellsnes Peninsula

    The dramatic sea cliffs of Lóndrangar on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland.

    After getting picked up from your Reykjavík accommodation in the morning, you’ll kick-start your trip by heading straight towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, where you’ll be spending your next two days.

    Get ready to experience the wild, rugged coastline of the southern part of the peninsula, including the basalt columns and dramatic cliffs of Arnarstapi, and the windswept scenery and vast lava field of Búðir, home to an ancient black church that is the perfect photo subject.

    You can also expect to be mesmerised by the unique volcanic plugs of Lóndrangar, protruding majestically from the Atlantic Ocean like an enormous castle crafted by Mother Nature. Today, you’ll see just why the peninsula is called Iceland in miniature, given the incredibly diverse array of natural sceneries at hand.

    You’ll spend the night at an accommodation in Snæfellsnes.

    Day 3 - West Iceland Wonders

    Mt. Vestrahorn on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland, here perfectly captured reflecting in a body of water.

    On your second day at the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, you’ll traverse the north and south coasts, dotted with ancient fishing hamlets and divided by spiky mountains, including the legendary and mystical Snæfellsjökull Glacier.

    One of the highlights of today will be photographing the mountain Kirkjufell, with its unique cone-like shape and a beautiful waterfall cascading by its foot. The backdrop of this stunning landscape is the scenic Grundafjörður Settlement, where it rests between the mountain and the roaring sea.

    Get ready to chase the light around this magnificent mountain, and come nightfall, hoping for the Northern Lights to make an appearance.

    You’ll spend another night in Snæfellsnes.

    Day 4 - Hraunfossar & the Golden Circle

    The waterfall Gullfoss is extremely powerful, and its roaring can be heard miles away when travelling the Golden Circle route of South Iceland.

    As your journey continues, you’ll leave the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and head down south towards the Golden Circle, but not before exploring more of West Iceland along your route. Stopping at Hraunfossar Waterfall, you have the chance of capturing these beautiful falls cascading down smoothed lava walls, surrounded by the vibrant colours of autumn.

    Then, it’s time to visit the world-renowned sites of the Golden Circle, beginning at Þingvellir National Park. During its most colourful season, this continental rift valley sits at the crest of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. Here, the North-American and Eurasian tectonic plates are busy pulling the Earth apart, during a process visible in dramatic rifts and fissures.

    After exploring this geological marvel, you’ll continue to Gullfoss Waterfall. Plenty of photographic opportunities await from different vantage points, as the falls slope and plunge into a grand canyon, creating an ever-palpable mist.

    Your last stop of the day will be at the Geysir geothermal area in Haukadalur Valley, where you can obtain your money-shot of Strokkur shooting a column of boiling water as high as 30 m (100 ft) into the air. Other, less-frequently photo subjects are all around, as the valley is dotted with fumaroles, hot vents and mud pools, telling of the powers that operate beneath our planet’s surface.

    You’ll spend the night at an accommodation in the Geysir area.

    Day 5 - South Coast Marvels

    The Reynisdrangar sea stacks on the South Coast of Iceland are the perfect photo subject from any angle.

    On the fifth day of your workshop, you’ll make your way to the scenic South Coast of Iceland, known for its dramatic black sand beaches, columnar basalt rock formations and some of the most beautiful falls in the country.

    You’ll have your chance to capture the cascade of Seljalandsfoss Waterfall, which boasts an accessible cave behind its curtain of water, providing for a whole new coastal perspective.

    Next up is the roaring Skógafoss Waterfall, where it tumbles down from Iceland’s former coastal cliffs, separating the lowlands from the highlands. Hiking up these cliffs, the views awaiting you are panoramic and vast beyond measure.

    Heading further along the shoreline, you’ll arrive at the village Vík and its residential natural wonders, being the black beach Reynisfjara, the eerie Reynisdrangar sea stacks and the breathtaking Dyrhólaey Promontory.

    After a day stock-full of exciting photo opportunities, you’ll spend your night at an accommodation in Vík Village.

    Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park

    The Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon is one of the most esteemed sites of the entire country of Iceland.

    On day six, you’ll travel east to the nature reserve of Vatnajökull National Park, named after the largest ice cap in Iceland. You’ll be spending the next three days at this incredible location, capturing its natural vistas and unspoilt terrain.

    Here, the interplay of volcanoes and glaciers showcases just why Iceland is called the land of ice and fire. The country’s highest summit Hvannadalshnjúkur is located here, as well as the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, which you will spend the next day extensively photographing.

    Today, expect to trek through the area of Skaftafell, visiting sites such as the waterfall Svartifoss, surrounded by dark basalt columns and lush flora. The bountiful beauty of the park will make for an exceptionally productive day, at the end of which you’ll spend the night at an accommodation by the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

    Day 7 - Icebergs Ahead

    A lonely iceberg hit by the ocean waves at the Diamond Beach in Iceland's Vatnajökull National Park.

    A week into your adventure, get ready to spend a day focusing on photographing the amazing Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where massive icebergs that have broken off one of Vatnajökull’s outlet glaciers gather to float in a deep blue lake.

    The scenery of this marvel is ever-changing, guaranteeing you unique shots of one of Iceland’s most esteemed natural attractions. You’ll also have the pleasure of thoroughly exploring and photographing the Diamond Beach, a blanket of black sand covered with crystal ice formations that glisten in the sun like gemstones.

    After having pursued both the rising and setting sun, your night will conclude with a hunt for the Aurora Borealis, that might just illuminate the lagoon and shore in a spectacular manner. You’ll spend another night at your accommodation by Jökulsárlón.

    Day 8 - East Iceland & Mt. Vestrahorn

    The jagged peaks of the mountain Vestrahorn make it a particularly scenic photography location.

    On day eight, you’ll explore the National Park further, given that few other places on the planet exhibit such a wide range of natural phenomena. The itinerary is flexible and your destinations of the day are based on the light and weather conditions at hand.

    You will also be driving east to the Stokksnes Peninsula, where the mighty waves of the Atlantic Ocean hit the rocky shores with massive force, and the grand peaks of Mt. Vestrahorn loom overhead.

    After photographing this exceptional mountain and its surroundings of a black beach dotted with grassy dunes and ancient landmarks, you’ll make your way back to the glacier lagoon where you’ll spend another night.

    Day 9 - Back to Vik Village

    The sunlight perfectly illuminating a turf house in a field of moss in South Iceland.

    Today, you’ll be heading back along the South Coast to the village of Vík. On your way, you’ll explore all of the sites you missed before, including mossy lava fields, powerful waterfalls and grand mountain peaks. Many Icelandic horses also graze in this area, but these beautiful and friendly creatures make for excellent subjects of wildlife photography.

    The South Coast is teeming with natural wonders, so allow your guides to choose the locations of the day in regards to the lighting and conditions. You’ll spend the night at the village of Vík.

    Day 10 - Back to Reykjavik City

    The sun hitting the Reynisdrangar sea stacks on the South Coast of Iceland is a sight unlike any other.

    Today, you begin making your way back to Reykjavík City, but not before capturing the sunrise at Reynisfjara Beach, seeing the golden rays reflect upon the basalt sea stacks of Reynisdrangar. The village’s white church with a red roof is another classic photo subject.

    Making several additional stops along the South Coast, you’ll arrive at Reykjavík in the evening, where you will be spending your last night.

    Day 11 - Departure

    The Harpa Concert Hall is one of the most esteemed feats of modern architecture in Iceland's capital Reykjavík.

    After your hotel breakfast, you’ll catch your ride back to Keflavík International Airport and leave Iceland for the time being. All good things must come to an end, so say your goodbyes and know that you just spent the last ten days exploring and photographing the many natural marvels of Iceland.

    Have a safe journey home.

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