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Photo Tours | Guide to Iceland

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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

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.

What kind of lenses and equipment will I need for photography in Iceland ?

For landscape photography, you will need a wide-angle lens. For wildlife photography, a telescopic lens will be very useful. To photograph the northern lights, you will need a tripod and a DSLR camera. Amateur photographers will find smartphone photos sufficient, however, most smartphones don’t pick up the Northern Lights. For Northern Lights photography, a DSLR camera is ideal. Once you book a photo tour in Iceland, you will be sent a complete list of equipment that you need.

What other essentials should I pack for my photo tour in Iceland?

Knowing what to pack for travel in Iceland is hard when it is your first time visiting the country. Warm and waterproof clothing is always recommended since you will be spending a great deal of time outside and the weather in Iceland is highly changeable. It is recommended that you bring clothes which you can layer. Breathable fabric is ideal. We suggest that you steer away from heavy cotton clothing which can trap sweat, making you uncomfortable as your day progresses. In all seasons, hats, gloves and scarves are recommended, as well as sunglasses.

Are photo workshops led by experts?

All of the photo tours are led by a team made up of experienced local and international photography guides. They will be available every step of the way to guide you as you hone your skills. Many are award-winning photographers and some of the best photo tour guides in Iceland. As well as being highly-qualified, all of the guides speak excellent English and boast an intimate knowledge of Iceland.

Is wildlife photography possible in Iceland?

Yes, Iceland is teeming with wildlife. Wild animals in Iceland include whales and puffins, seals, horses, foxes, reindeer and sometimes even dolphins. Puffins nest in Iceland between the months of April and the end of August. It is possible to photograph them on a Midnight Sun photo tour.

Do I need to be a good photographer to join a photo tour?

No, Guide to Iceland offers tours that are open to amateurs as well as experts. Groups are often mixed with people of varying skill sets. Our expert photo guides will always be available to provide you with as much guidance as you need.

Can I hire a private photographer for my trip?

Yes, you can. Contact us through info@guidetoiceland.is for more information.

How can I photograph an erupting volcano in Iceland?

When a volcano erupts, helicopter and plane tours will give you the best aerial views.