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Join single- and multi-day photography workshops that take you to the country's best spots, where you capture Iceland's natural world under professional guidance. Whether you're an aspiring beginner or a seasoned expert, photo tours are designed to improve your skills and advance your portfolio.

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Photography in Iceland

Iceland is a photographer’s paradise, a land of mesmerising landscapes and infinitely interesting subjects, be they cascading waterfalls, creeping glaciers, jagged canyons or weatherbeaten coastlines.

With the explosion of photography’s popularity across the world, it is no wonder that Iceland is fast becoming one of the most photographed destinations on earth.

Photographers of all backgrounds, creeds and calibre visit Iceland each year to capture their experiences, travelling across the country in search of that ultimate shot. Be they Instagrammers, nature photographers or cultural shutterbugs, all visitors to Iceland will be immediately taken with the urge to document, frame and shoot their surroundings.

Photo tours and workshops in Iceland offer guests the opportunity to sharpen their skills behind the camera, acting under the tutelage of an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Taking you to some of this country’s biggest attractions, as well as providing opportunities to capture such phenomena as the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun, your guide will ensure that you return home with a portfolio brimming with new contributions.

Photo tours and workshops can be concentrated to a single day with only a few attractions focused upon, or alternatively, can extend for up two weeks, allowing visitors every opportunity to maximise their photography in Iceland.

You may visit Iceland’s most photographed feature, Mt. Kirkjufell, most famously portrayed as “the mountain like an arrowhead” from HBO’s ‘Games of Thrones’. Alternatively, you could spend time at “the Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, photographing the hundreds of icebergs that float peacefully on the still surface.

Another option could be spending some time in Iceland’s picturesque capital city, Reykjavík, photographing the abundance of iconic cultural landmarks, including the likes of Hallgrímskirkja church and Harpa Concert Hall.

Whatever you choose, you’re sure to collect a wealth of interesting photographs that will forever bring you back to Iceland.

Frequently asked questions

How are photo tours operating during COVID-19?

Many photography packages are running despite COVID-19. Luckily, there isn’t any shared equipment involved. Guides are operating under the guidance of the Icelandic health authorities. In spaces where the required 2-meter distance cannot be maintained between people, masks should be worn. Surfaces are sanitized frequently to keep everyone safe. When you are outside of the vehicle, you can keep a better distance and remove your mask. 

Is a self-driving tour safer during COVID-19?

This comes down to personal preference. A self-driving tour gives you the ability to remain in your small group compared to a larger tour group. However, the guides on guided tours have been trained to help keep everyone safe and know the best places to capture some beautiful photos. Ultimately it just depends on how you feel. 

When is the best time to come to Iceland for a photo tour?

It depends on what sort of photos you are looking to shoot. In summer, the bright nights provide a long golden hour, often referred to as the ‘Midnight Sun’. In winter, the short dim days create a unique and eerie atmosphere; and although you will have fewer hours to shoot under the sun, photo workshops in winter will provide you with the opportunity to capture the Northern Lights.

What will the weather be like?

The weather in Iceland is notoriously changeable. In summer, you can expect average temperatures to range between 8-13 degrees Celsius, however, temperatures can reach highs of up to 20-25 degrees Celsius. Winters in Iceland are not as cold as some might think and the temperature indoors is always comfortable as heating runs off inexpensive geothermal energy. Average temperatures across the island vary but you can expect average lows of around -2 to 2 degrees Celsius.

Will the guides help me to photograph the Northern Lights?

Your photography guides are experts in hunting and photographing the Northern Lights. They will inform you what camera settings are best to take your own fantastic snapshots. The aurora can be seen in Iceland from late August to the beginning of April in the event of clear skies.