Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop

Arctic Exposure has been offering the Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop for the past five years, and we can proudly say that we got this area of Iceland fully covered. On this Photo Workshop, we focus on the amazing Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and the incredible Ice Caves that you find in many of Iceland’s Glaciers.

We will explore many of the better-known locations of Iceland. Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Reynisfjara Black Beach and Glacier Lagoon for example on the South Coast. These are all striking locations you might know from travel programs, movies and thousands of travelling photographers, and must-see locations in Iceland. The frozen winter landscape only makes these locations more beautiful and unique and the perfect background for Northern Lights photography.

We will, of course, visit many other and less known locations along with the gorgeous Ice Caves. Every year we have new caves moulded by the glaciers and each year we have to explore for new caves and see if the older ones are safe, or still there. We use our specially modified Photo Workshop Super Trucks for transport in our workshops and get as close as possible to the Glaciers and Ice Caves.

In our Aurora Borealis and Ice Cave Photo Workshop, our focus is on you and to help you improve your photography in astonishing locations? With a limited number of participants of eight people, everyone will get time with our skilled guides that will answer every question that might come up. We welcome all photographers, from beginners to advanced. This is the perfect photo workshop to get your first taste of Iceland.

Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop – Dates

Winter 2019/2020
December 8 – 15, 2019 (Available)
February 16 – 23, 2020 (1 spot left)

Winter 2020/2021
December 4 – 11, 2020 (Available)

Duration – 8 days / 7 nights

Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop – Workshop Leaders

Winter 2019/2020
December 8 – 15, 2019 – Skarpi Þráinsson
February 16 – 23, 2020 – Aron Reynisson

December 4 – 11, 2020 – Skarpi Þráinsson

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



Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop – Outline

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

Flybus vouchers from Keflavik Airport & back after the workshop are included but you can upgrade to a private airport pick up or drop off if you prefer. All transport is done by specially modified 4×4 Super Truck. We will pick you up at the hotel the morning after group dinner and drop you off again at the hotel when the workshop is finished.

Accommodation: Double occupancy accommodation for seven nights at hotels, single room available upon request. We stay at the various hotels & guesthouses but as close as possible to our photography locations. All meals are included (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.

How to reserve a spot on Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop

For reservations following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000 on booking
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $4.500.- USD.

Single room supplement adds $650 USD
Maximum number of participants: 8
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights

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


On the South Iceland Winter Photography Workshop we focus on Northern lights in some of the unique locations in Iceland, frozen waterfalls, glaciers and ice caves. South Iceland has amazing soft light in the winter, glaciers and ice turn into magical sculptures. For first time visitors to Iceland, this is an ideal workshop to explore the stunning glaciers in winter in contrast with the black volcanic sand.

The Highlights of Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop

  • Aurora Borealis nights in Glacier Lagoon and other unique locations
  • Ice Caves and ice formations.
  • Super Truck transport into remote glaciers and ice caves.
  • Glacier Lagoon and The Ice Beach
  • Major waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Svartifoss.

Itinerary & locations

As always in Iceland, we will be flexible and adjusted to weather and aurora activity to make the most out of the tour.

Day 1 – Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop

You arrive in Iceland and check into your hotel in Reykjavik. We meet at the centrally located hotel and go out for a dinner in Reykjavik where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety 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.

Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopReykjavik view from Perlan.
Our Super Sprinter transport on this tour

Day 2 – Þingvellir National Park & Vík

We start early in the morning from Reykjavik, and drive directly to our first shooting location in Thingvellir National Park of Iceland and start our photography adventure. From Thingvellir, we travel to the south coast at 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.

Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopOxarfoss in Thingvellir
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopReynisdrangar in Vik


Day 3 & 4 – Glacier Lagoon, Ice Beach & Ice Caves

After our breakfast at our hotel, we capture the sunrise on the famous Ice Beach on the Iceland south-east coastline. We’ll photograph the Glacier Lagoon area for the next two and a half day and have many great locations to choose from. We lodge close to the Glacier Lagoon (Jokulsarlon) to be able to be in locations at the best light, and when the sky is clear and Aurora is active we shoot the Northern Lights dancing over the lagoon. We will go into at least two ice caves on the tour, the best available ice caves, deep under the Vatnajökull glacier, for the ice cave trip we’ll provide all safety gear such as helmets and crampons. Never enter ice caves without an Icelandic guide and safety equipment.

Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopThe Ice Beach
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopShooting at the Ice Beach
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopThe Crystal Ice Cave in Vatnajokull
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopIce Cave in Solheimajokull

Day 5 – Höfn, Stokksnes, Vestrahorn

The Horn area is below Vestrahorn, a 454-meter high mountain and an interesting geology site forming of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro but with some granophyre. East of the mountain is a strange-shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that stretches out to sea. Vestrahorn is a very picturesque mountain with black sand dunes in the foreground and a shallow beach with reflections. In winter we can expect a spectacular light on the mountain.

Mountain Vestrahorn
Photo of Northern lights Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopAurora Borealis at the Glacier Beach


Day 6 – Skaftafell Nature Reserve & Vík

We’ll pass through Skaftafell both on our way to the south-east and on the way back. We’ll shoot some of the great landscape there at least for one sunset. All the Skaftafell area is surrounded by spectacular landscape such as the glaciers and highest mountains in Iceland, waterfalls such as Svartifoss (Black Falls) to name a few of the best locations.

Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopSkaftafell
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopShooting at Svinafellsjokull


Day 7 – Vík – finish in Reykjavík

After our breakfast and sunrise in Vík area, we travel back to Reykjavik, visiting some good shooting locations on our way. We check in our hotel in the capital and say farewell as the workshop concludes here.


Day 8 – Departure day

Transfer to Keflavik international airport



Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopThe Ice Beach
MORE OF THE LOCATIONS ON THE Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopSkaftafell
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo WorkshopGlacier Lagoon / Jokulsarlon
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop GLACIER LAGOON SOUTH COAST ICELAND
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop GLACIER LAGOON BLACK BEACH SOUTH COAST ICELAND skarpi_1H1B6630_72dpi
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop ICELANDIC HORSE BY WINTER
Aurora Borealis & Ice Cave Photo Workshop GLACIER LAGOON SOUTH COAST ICELAND

Arctic Exposures Cancellation & Refund Policy

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.