South Coast & Snæfellsnes Winter Photo Workshop

Svartifoss - Arctic Exposure

This workshop focuses on the fantastic landscapes the South Coast and Snæfellsnes Peninsula have to offer during the wintertime. The northern lights will hopefully grace us with their presence. In all of our winter workshops, we will do our utmost to seize the opportunity to photograph them.

You will find many of the well-known locations of Iceland along the South Coast including ice caves and we will visit at least one cave during the workshop if conditions allow.

Snæfellsnes Peninsula is best known by photographers for the picturesque Mount Kirkjufell and its neighboring waterfall, but the area offers so much more with moving landscapes and an abundance of beautiful seascapes. The glacier of Snæfellsnes is mentioned as the gateway to the center of the earth in Jules Verne’s science fiction novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”, but the peninsula is also one of three national parks in Iceland. The first two days of the workshop will be spent in this magical place photographing major sights, stunning sunsets and perhaps a northern lights show at Mount Kirkjufell.

The South Coast is the most visited region in Iceland and for a good reason. We always do our best to avoid crowds when possible and luckily during the winter, there are fewer tourists. We have plenty of local connections and locations to visit so we can take you off the radar to photograph amazing sites. Ice caves are on our itinerary as always on our winter workshops, and hopefully, we will be fortunate to see the northern lights over the glacier lagoon and diamond beach.

Highlights

Northern Lights – Aurora borealis nights in the glacier lagoon and other unique locations

Ice Caves – Ice Caves and ice formations

Glacier lagoon – Glaciers, Glacier Lagoon and The Ice Beach

Waterfalls – Major waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, and Svartifoss

Transportation – Super Truck transport into remote glaciers and ice caves

Professional Photography Guides – All of our guides are professional photographers based in Iceland with years of experience leading photography workshops

Activity Level – Easy to medium

Small groups – Maximum number of participants: 8

Duration – 9 days / 8 nights

All-inclusive workshop – Included in the price of the workshop are your accommodations, all meals, guiding and transportation

Schedule

2020

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November 16 - November 24, 2020

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2021

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March 05 - March 13, 2021

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November 12 - November 20, 2021

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2022

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March 04 - March 12, 2022

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November 11 - November 19, 2022

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Payment info
  • Deposit payment of $1,000 USD upon booking
  • Payment in full is required 90 days prior to the tour starting date
  • Double occupancy accommodations for eight nights at hotels, while single rooms are available upon request
  • Single room supplement adds $700 USD

Total price: $4,900 USD

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What's included
  • All accommodations with private bathrooms during the workshop
  • All meals
  • Guided by a professional Icelandic photographer
  • Image critique and post-processing session
  • Super truck transportation
  • Airport shuttle bus transfer to and from Keflavik International Airport
  • Private ice cave tour
  • Safety gear will be provided, such as helmets and crampons
  • Northern lights photography
What's not included
  • International flights
  • Cancellation insurance
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuity for your photography guide

Itinerary

DAY 1 – Arrival in Reykjavík

As always, we will need to be flexible and adjust to the weather conditions to make the most out of our workshop and travel safely.

Upon arrival in Iceland, you will check in to your hotel in Reykjavik. Group dinner and meeting will be held in the evening where we briefly go through the tour itinerary, safety precautions, 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 church, the Sun Voyager or Perlan.

DAY 2 – Þingvellir National Park & Snæfellsnes

We start early from our hotel in Reykjavik and drive straight to the beautiful landscape of Þingvellir (Thingvellir) National Park where we capture our surroundings in the soft winter light at sunrise. Next, we keep on further west to photograph remote waterfalls and farm areas until we reach our destination of Snæfellsnes where we spend the next two nights.

DAY 3 – Snæfellsnes

We visit the famous mountain Kirkjufell and other spectacular locations when we circle the Snæfellsnes peninsula, such as Lóndrangar, Arnarstapi, and the black church at Búðir to name a few. Capturing the aurora over mountain Kirkjufell is “the dream shot” for many photographers.

DAY 4 – Snæfellsnes & South Coast

After sunrise in Snæfellsnes, we travel to the South Coast to capture some of the more known waterfalls in Iceland—Seljalandsfoss, and Skógafoss. The next two nights are spent in Vík, surrounded by phenomenal landscapes and seascapes.

DAY 5 – South Coast and Vík

We spend the next two days exploring the area around Vík í Mýrdal. Glaciers, ice caves and some of the most magnificent rock formations in the southernmost part of Iceland can be found here. Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, and Vík to name a few of the locations.

From Vík we travel further east to Vatnajökull National Park and the glacier lagoon area. On the way, we’ll stop at a few mysterious locations such as the moss-covered lava fields in Eldhraun, turf roof churches, Skaftafell wilderness area and hike up to Svartifoss (Black Falls) and glaciers. We settle into a hotel for the evening in the area.G

DAY 6 – Vík & Glacier Lagoon

The morning of day 6 begins with sunrise photography on the famous diamond beach by the glacier lagoon. We’ll photograph the surrounding area for the next two days with many photogenic locations to choose from.

This part of Iceland offers opportunities to photograph ice caves, lagoons filled with icebergs, glaciers, and waterfalls. Hopefully, we get lucky, and the northern lights put on a show during our stay here.

DAY 7 – Höfn, Stokksnes & Vestrahorn

Further east from the glacier lagoon is Mount Vestrahorn, a 454-meter high mountain as well as an interesting geological site formed by unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro and some granophyre. Vestrahorn is a very picturesque mountain with black dunes in the foreground and a shallow beach with crystal-clear reflections. In winter, we can expect a spectacular light on the mountain. East of the mountain lies Brunnhorn—a strange-shaped outcrop that stretches out to sea.

DAY 8 – Vatnajökull National Park and back to Reykjavik

After our breakfast and some final sunrise photography, we travel back to Reykjavik. We will attempt to photograph desirable locations on our way back to the capital if the light is good and conditions right.

We check into our hotel in the capital and say farewell as the workshop concludes here.

DAY 9 – Departure

Transfer to Keflavik international airport.

If photographers would like to extend their stay in Iceland it is easy to arrange private day tours before or after the workshop. A popular day tour to add is the Reykjanes Peninsula.

For cancellation and refund policy for our workshops, please visit the Terms & Conditions page.