Magical 9 Day Northern Lights winter Photography Workshop in North Iceland

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Tour starts
Starting time
at 19:00
9 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Minimum age


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.


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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


Cultural Activity

Daily itinerary

Day 1
The first night of your winter photo workshop will be spent in Reykjavík.

Day 1 - Arrival to Iceland

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.

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Day 2
The Snæfellsnes Peninsula holds some of Iceland's most unbelievable sites and is accessible throughout winter.

Day 2 - The Snaefellnes Peninsula (Part 1)

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.

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Day 3
This wintery mountain, Kirkjufell, is one of Iceland's most photographed features.

Day 3 - The Snaefellsnes Peninsula (Part 2)

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.

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Day 4
The sun only shines for four hours in Iceland's winter, and the rest of the time is prime for Northern Lights.

Day 4 - Northeast Iceland

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.

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Day 5
Between Akureyri and Mývatn is a spectacular waterfall, Goðafoss, captured here in winter.

Day 5 - Lake Mývatn

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.

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Day 6
The Mývatn area in north Iceland has many nearby geothermal areas, which never snow fully over due to the heat in the earth.

Day 6 - Waterfalls of the North

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.

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Day 7
Magical 9 Day Northern Lights winter Photography Workshop in North Iceland - day 7

Day 7 - Hot Springs and Craters

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.

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Day 8
Enjoy the Icelandic horses throughout the year, which are not fazed by the winter snows.

Day 8 - Return to Reykjavík

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

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Day 9
The cityscape of Reykjavík beneath the aurora borealis.

Day 9 - Departure from Iceland

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.

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Good to know

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.

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Alban Henderyckx

Alban Henderyckx

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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 a deep connection and sense of freedom when out in the wild capturing nature’s finest sights.

With that in mind it’s no surprise that he is currently based in Iceland. Although self-taught, Alban is highly skilled with post-processing techniques and covers many of his secrets in his personal classes. Despite this, he is insistent that his photography talents come instead from an ability to convey a vision, and the passion and energy he has for capturing the natural world.

He firmly believes that anyone able to harness that same passion can take their photography to new levels, and now leads tours and excursions to help passionate photographers do exactly that.

From his base in Iceland he invites you to discover his interpretation of this photographer’s paradise. The most beautiful volcanic landscapes in the Arctic await.

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