Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop

Our Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop is one of our speciality. Arctic Exposure has been offering this Workshop from the beginning, and we know every nook and cranny of our unique island.

Iceland in winter is a unique place, with frozen waterfalls, beautiful Ice Caves, Glaciers & frozen Lagoons, and of course the fantastic Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis. We will travel from Reykjavik, visit the favourite locations of South Coast of Iceland, the Mývatn area in the North and explore hardly visited  & less known areas in winter.

Some of the locations are only passable with the necessary knowledge and modified 4×4 vehicles. Our locations in North Iceland are known as some of the world’s best areas to view and photograph the northern lights.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Highlights

  • Small Groups – Our focus is small groups so each participant gets plenty of time with their photography guide.
  • Transportation – We offer specially modified and spacious 4×4 Super Trucks so you can travel in comfort.
  • Ice Caves – Explore Ice Caves with a small group in our Winter Workshops.
  • Northern Lights – In all Winter Workshops by Arctic Exposure, our focus is on the Northern Lights. We will chase Aurora at every opportunity and get you to remote locations with fantastic foregrounds to capture the Northern Lights.
  • Fewer Crowds – The winter in Iceland offers you an opportunity to visit Iceland with less crowd than in the Summer periods.
  • All-Inclusive Workshop – Our Around Iceland Winter Workshop is all-inclusive. You just need to fly to Iceland and we take care of the rest. Included in the workshop price is all accommodation, all meals, Guiding, Transportation and fees.
  • Professional Photography Leaders – In our Around Iceland Winter Workshop only Icelandic Photographers lead the workshops. These are experienced guides that can take you to the best known and unknown locations!
  • Guiding – Technical assistance & instructions at all locations
  • Post-Processing – Image critique and post-processing session at a convenient time during the workshop

Reserve a spot on Arctic Exposure Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop
Total Price is USD 5.900.-
Deposit Payment USD 1.000.- 




Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop – Dates

Winter 2020
February 1 – 11, 2020 (SOLD OUT)
February 14 – 24, 2020 (3 spots left)
March 6 – 16, 2020 (SOLD OUT)

November 8-18, 2020 (Available)
November 27 – December 7, 2020 (Available)

Winter 2021
January 15-25, 2021 (Available)
February 5 – 15, 2021 (Available)
March 5 – 15, 2021 (Available)
November 5 – 15, 2021 (Available)


Duration – 11 days / 10 nights

Looking for Summer or Autumn Workshop Dates? 

Photography Workshop Leaders

Winter 2020
February 1 – February 11, 2020 – Aron Reynisson
February 14 – 24, 2020 – Dúi Landmark 
March 6 – 16, 2020 – Skarpi Þráinsson

November 8-18, 2020 – Skarpi Þráinsson
November 27 – December 7th, 2020 – Aron Reynisson

Winter 2021
January 15-25, 2021 – Aron Reynisson
February 5 – 15, 2021 – Aron Reynisson
March 5 – 15, 2021 – TBA
November 5 – 15, 2021 – Skarpi Þráinsson

All of our guides are Pro Photographers based in Iceland with years of experience leading photography workshops


Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop – Tour Outline

The Workshop will begin in Reykjavik with a group dinner on the first evening.

We include Flybus vouchers from Keflavik Airport & back after the workshop. Upgrade to a private airport pick up or drop off is available. We use our specially modified 4×4 Super Truck for transportation in our Iceland Workshops.

Accommodation in double occupancy accommodation for ten nights at hotels, single room available upon request. We stay at the various hotels & guesthouses but as close as possible to our photography locations. We include all meals (breakfast, lunches, and hot dinners at our places of accommodation and/or restaurants) along with soft drinks & coffee or tea with meals. The workshop concludes when we check into our last hotel night in Reykjavik – Participants will then have time to visit Reykjavik or rest for early flights.

Physical Ability: The tour is open to all ability levels. While this is not a hiking tour, we will be as active as conditions allow and make short walks and potentially hike up small 100-200 meter hills.

The Workshop includes Photographic tutoring and guidance by pro landscape photographers. Arctic Exposure will provide you with a Packing list for the tour, with recommended equipment and clothing. Safety gear provided when needed, such as helmets and crampons.

Book Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop

For reservations following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days before the tour starting date.
Total price: USD $5.900. Single room supplement adds USD $800
Group size: max 10

What´s Included
All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
All meals indicated
Guiding by an Icelandic Pro Photographer
Image Critique & Post Processing session
Super Truck transportation – Flybus transfer from Int. Airport and back
Private Ice Cave Tour
Northern lights Photography

What´s Not Included
International Flights
Cancellation Insurance
Alcoholic drinks
Dinner the last night in Reykjavik – workshop concludes at the hotel
Items of Personal nature
Gratuity for your Photography guide

Itinerary for Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop

In Arctic Exposures Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop we need to be flexible and adjusted to weather, as always when travelling in Iceland

Day 1 – Arrival in Reykjavik

You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik, which will already be reserved by your tour operator and included in the price.

We meet at the centrally located hotel and go out for dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety share from your native Icelandic guide and some practical things before we start our adventure in Iceland.

If you arrive early in town, you can photograph some of the attractions such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager or Perlan.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop ReykjavikReykjavik view from Perlan.
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop ReykjavikReykjavik City


Day 2 – Þingvellir & Vík area

We start early in the morning and travel from Reykjavik to the south coast of Iceland; we start our photography with a one hour drive to Thingvellir National Park.

From Thingvellir, we travel to the southernmost point of Iceland, Vik. We will stay one night in Vik area, which has many of the most iconic frozen waterfalls and dramatic seascapes in the country, such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey, we explore the black volcanic beach Reynisfjara which offers brilliant opportunities for seascape photography with the Reynisdrangar sea stacks and Dyrholaey rock arch.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Dyrhólaey South CoastDyrholaey
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Reynisdrangar Vík South Coast Black beachReynisdrangar


Day 3 & 4 – Vatnajokull National Park

After our sunrise at the coastline of Vik, we continue east to the glacier area of Vatnajokull. We will stay in a comfortable hotel with a glacier view and just a few kilometres from the famous Glacier lagoon.

For the next two days, we explore and capture glaciers from all angles, even from under the glacier, inside a crystal ice cave. We visit Fjallsarlon glacial lagoon, Vestrahorn mountain & many different shooting locations.  The many quality locations allow us to move around as the weather dictates and we can find an excellent photography opportunity in any direction.

Should the Northern Lights decide to make an appearance, our options for foregrounds are truly endless.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Vatnajökull Glacier Lagoon Ice beachGlacier Lagoon
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Ice Cave Vatnajökull National ParkIce cave in Vatnajokull glacier
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Northern Lights Aurora Ice Beach
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop ice Beach Glacier Lagoon


Day 5  – East Fjords of Iceland

The picturesque east fjords are calling us. We have already visited Stokknes & photographed Vestrahorn mountain. Now we will stop at the more jagged coastal peak of Eystrahorn. As we make our way further eastwards, we’ll visit unique and less known locations until we get to our hotel, located in a small & charming fishing village.

We will photograph sea stacks, the winding roads and cascading streams down the steep terraced mountains. The East fjords are very quiet and isolated in winter, so for this part of the tour, we will feel like alone on the island, except meeting some local farmers and possibly a few reindeer.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Stokksnes Vestrahorn mountain East fjords
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Eystrahorn Lón East fjords


Day 6, 7 & 8 – Mývatn & the Major Waterfalls of the North

From the East fjords, we travel to Lake Myvatn, the winter paradise in the north of Iceland. We capture interesting winter scenes such as horses and turf houses on our way north. We head to the majestic waterfall Dettifoss, where we’ll photograph sunset before we check in our hotel in Myvatn.

For the next three nights we’ll stay at the same hotel in Myvatn, and each day/night we go to new locations. If we have downtime in the Myvatn area, between sunrise and sunset, we can visit the Myvatn Nature Baths to relax and charge our batteries for the next shooting session.

We will photograph and visit many of the most spectacular waterfalls in Iceland, such as Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss. These waterfalls are fantastic in the winter mood, and quite remote.

The Myvatn basin sits squarely on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, and many of the exciting sights are volcanic or geothermal features. Last volcanic eruption in the Myvatn area was quite recently or in September 1984 in Krafla.

This area in the North of Iceland is the perfect location for Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) photography as there is no light pollution and the options of the reflecting lake and other interesting foregrounds.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Aldeyjarfoss North Diamond CircleAldeyjarfoss
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Goðafoss North Diamond CircleGodafoss (Waterfall of The Gods)
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Mývatn North Diamond Circle Geothermal Hotsprings
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Myvatn Nature Baths North Diamond Circle Myvatn Nature Baths


After breakfast at the Myvatn hotel, we head back to the north-coastline and make our way towards Reykjavik. Depending on how the weather is we make a few stops in less known areas.

We will go through the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri. The capital in the North is home to around 20.000.- Icelanders. After a short stop, we return to the road and photograph the mountain peaks of Hraundrangi, a sharp mountain peak not far from Akureyri.

From there we travel into Skagafjörður, a fjord that offers exciting photo opportunities, such as seascapes, basalts columns and beautiful waterfalls.

Conveniently Our hotel for the night is located as it is only a half an hour drive from Hvítserkur cape, a well-known landmark of the area.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Aurora borealis over lake Myvatn


Day 10 – Laugarbakki and Reykjavík

We start the day with sunrise at seascape Hvítserkur, a 15-meter high monolith or sea-stack. The legend goes that Hvítserkur is a petrified troll but the if you don’t believe that the truth is that is a volcanic plug from the long time ago. Whatever is correct it is an impressive photo opportunity.

After lunch, we head towards Reykjavik and make a stop at a few waterfalls. West of Iceland is known for impressive waterfalls, salmon fishing and Viking Sagas. We will also make a stop to photograph Icelandic Horses before we arrive at our hotel in Reykjavik.

When in Reykjavik we will check in our hotel and say farewell as the workshop concludes here.

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Horses



Transfer from the hotel in Reykjavik to Keflavik international airport.

If you like to extend your stay in Iceland, we can offer you a photography day tours to areas we did not visit this workshop. Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where you find Mount Kirkjufell is a popular add-on.




View More Locations on Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop here

Around Iceland Winter Photo WorkshopMyvatn Lake
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Aurora over lake MyvatnNorthern Lights at Myvatn
Around Iceland Winter Photo WorkshopHrafnabjargarfoss
Around Iceland Winter Photo WorkshopMud pools at Myvatn
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Aurora
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Snæfellsnes
Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop Bjarnarfell Snæfellsnes



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 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 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.