9-Day Winter Photography Workshop | North Iceland

9-Day Winter Photography Workshop | North Iceland
Búðarkirkja church in Snæfellsnes peninsula, under the northern lights in late autumn.
Goðafoss waterfall in north Iceland, near Akureyri township.
Goðafoss waterfall in winter garb, with the winter sun settling in the distance.
Kirkjufell mountain on Snæfellsnes peninsula, covered in ice, overlooking the Grundafjörður fjord.
Rock stack Hvítserkur standing on the black sands of Húnaflói bay.
Kirkjufell mountain covered in snow and the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall near buried under the white blanket. Snæfellsnes peninsula, Iceland.

Sharpen your skills and capture unreal landscapes on this nine-day winter photo workshop. You'll join a professional landscape photographer for an adventure you'll never forget in North Iceland and Snæfellsnes Peninsula.

You‘ll be travelling off the beaten track, towards the wild nature of Iceland, experiencing and capturing majestic mountains, mighty waterfalls, and amazing rock formations. You'll also have a great chance of shooting the blazing Northern Lights as they illuminate the Arctic sky.

This is an opportunity to witness and photograph some of the world's greatest scenery, as well as to develop your skills and portfolio. Regardless of if you are an aspirational amateur or a polished professional, you will no doubt refine your photography, and take it to the next level.

In winter, fewer travellers head to north Iceland, so its incredible sites, such as the rock monolith Hvítserkur, the waterfall Goðafoss and the geothermal areas of Námaskarð Pass have far fewer crowds. This will help you create the compositions you desire for your photographs, and let you see the nature of this country as it is meant to be seen.

All transfers, accommodations and meals are sorted for you prior to your arrival, so while you are here, all you need to focus on is developing your skills and enjoying your holiday.

Catch some incredible photographs of Iceland's many wonders. See the daily itinerary below and check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Feb. - Dec.
  • Duration: 9 days
  • Activities: Sightseeing, Cultural Activity
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Languages: English
  • Highlights: North Iceland, West Iceland , Akureyri, Mývatn, Dimmuborgir, Aldeyjarfoss, Goðafoss, Snæfellsnes, Skjalfandafljot, Hrafnabjargafoss, Arnarstapi, Hverfell, Kirkjufell, Snæfellsjökull National Park, Reykjavík Harbour, Hvítserkur, Grundarfjörður, Námaskarð
Pickup information:
  • Departure time : Flexible.

Please be at the tour start location in good time before departure.
  • Professional photo guide

  • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.

  • Full meals during workshop, from dinner on day 1 to breakfast on day 8

  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

  • Flight tickets

Good to know:

9-17 February 2019 Guided by Alban Henderyckx

If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 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 $150 fee.

45 days: 75% refund

30 days: 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.

Daily itinerary

Day 1 - Arrival to Iceland

The first night of your winter photo workshop will be spent in Reykjavík.

You will land at Keflavík International Airport and arrive at your hotel in central Reykjavík using the quick and efficient FlyBus. You’ll meet your guide and photography expert at 7 PM in the lobby of your hotel and go out for dinner. Now that you've had a chance to get to know your group, you'll discuss the itinerary and the exciting days ahead.

You'll spend the night in Reykjavík.

Day 2 - The Snaefellnes Peninsula (Part 1)

The Snæfellsnes Peninsula holds some of Iceland's most unbelievable sites and is accessible throughout winter.

The tour bus will pick you up from the hotel in the early morning, and you will start your journey to the beautiful Snæfellsnes peninsula in west Iceland where you will spend two nights. Snæfellsnes is a home to countless wonders such as majestic Kirkjufell mountain, the black church Búðir, which rests in the middle of the Búðarhraun lava field, and quaint fishing villages called Arnarstapi and Hellnar.

Throughout, you'll take in the beautiful coastline, amazing mountain range and much more. At night, your tour guide will help you hunt some Northern Lights over Kirkjufell mountain.

Spend a peaceful night in Grundarfjörður.

Day 3 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula (Part 2)

This wintery mountain, Kirkjufell, is one of Iceland's most photographed features.

On Day 3, you'll spend more time exploring the Snæfellnes area. If you missed something the day before, or would like to get more detailed, close-up or panoramic shots of a certain site, you can. 

Choose from wonders such as the Lóndrangar seas stacks and Gerðuberg cliffs. At night, your tour guide will once again help you hunt the Northern Lights over Kirkjufell. You'll spend another night in Grundarfjörður.

Day 4 - Northeast Iceland

The sun only shines for four hours in Iceland's winter, and the rest of the time is prime for Northern Lights.

After shooting sunrise at Kirkjufell you will head towards the northwest part of Iceland and witness the peculiarly shaped and highly scenic Hvítserkur. This majestic rock monolith rises from the sea, almost resembling a prehistoric creature. Afterwards, you‘ll head further north and eastward, and spend the night in Akureyri.

Day 5 - Lake Mývatn

Between Akureyri and Mývatn is a spectacular waterfall, Goðafoss, captured here in winter.

After an early breakfast, you will drive to photograph the sunrise at Goðafoss, which is likely to be clad in ice around this time of year, making for a truly impressive sight. This is one of Iceland‘s most famous and beautiful falls.

Afterwards, you‘ll head towards the famous Lake Mývatn to shoot its many small islands and pseudo craters. Close by is the dramatic lava field Dimmuborgir, from which a Norwegian symphonic metal band takes its name. Another testimony to how inspiring the scenery is, is the fact that the producers of the TV series Game of Thrones shot many of the scenes beyond the wall at the Mývatn area. Overnight at Mývatn.

Day 6 - Waterfalls of the North

The Mývatn area in north Iceland has many nearby geothermal areas, which never snow fully over due to the heat in the earth.

Two more of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfalls await you. On this day you‘ll travel by a super jeep towards the central highlands, where the highlights will be the waterfalls Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss, both located in the mighty Skjálfandafljót river. Of note is the contrast between the huge black bent basalt columns at the 20-metre high Aldeyjarfoss and the whiteness of the fall. Hrafnabjargafoss similarly offers an impressive sight, immersed with snow and set with icy columns.

These falls are a challenge to reach in winter but being clad in ice and snow, coupled with the contrast of the aforementioned colours at Aldeyjarfoss and a clear blue pool at its feet, they make for a photography opportunity which is certainly worth the effort. Overnight in Mývatn.

Day 7 - Hot Springs and Craters

9-Day Winter Photography Workshop | North Iceland

You will get to explore the colourful geothermal area by Námaskarð mountain. Here you can photograph the many solfataras and boiling mud pots, which are themselves surrounded by sulphur crystals. As the area gives off a lot of hot steam, caution is advised.

Afterwards if you wish you will get to climb Hverfell, one of the world‘s largest explosion craters, and have a great view of the wild snow-clad landscape. Altogether, this is a perfect day to explore and photograph stunning evidence of earth‘s inner powers.

Day 8 - Return to Reykjavík

Enjoy the Icelandic horses throughout the year, which are not fazed by the winter snows.

You have further opportunities for photographing Goðafoss at sunrise before returning to Reykjavík, concluding your adventure with a shared dinner with your traveling companions.

Day 9 - Departure from Iceland

The cityscape of Reykjavík beneath the aurora borealis.

Transfer to Keflavík International Airport. After breakfast at the hotel, you will take the FlyBus out the front door and drive to Keflavík International Airport for your flight home.


Alban Henderyckx

Alban grew up on the shores of southwest France, and could easily have spent a lifetime enjoying the waves were it not for his passion for photography. After leaving the French coast behind he began to focus on landscapes, and now feels...

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