14 day Aurora and Ice Caves Photo Workshops in Iceland

14 day Aurora and Ice Caves Photo Workshops in Iceland

Duration: 14 days / Difficulty: Moderate

Itinerary

Day 1 -Arrival

Upon arrival at Keflavik International Airport, you will take the quick comfortable FlyBus to Reykjavik. Afterwards, we will meet in the lobby of your hotel in the afternoon and go out for the group dinner to get to know each other and discuss our upcoming adventure all over Iceland. Accommodation: Reykjavik

Day 2 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

You will be picked up at 8 in the morning at your hotel in Reykjavik. We will start the tour by driving to the awesome Snæfellsnes Peninsula in West Iceland where we will spend two nights. We will have a chance to photograph the jagged rock formations and columnar basalt on the coast of Arnarstapi, a quaint fishing village where we can find the ocean waves creating a great interplay with light. The little black church of the Budir hamlet will also be a picture perfect with the great backdrop of the glazed icecap of Snæfellsjokull Glacier around the big lava field and windswept area. And of course to cap off the day, Mt. Kirkjufell, as one of Iceland´s most beautiful mountains with its special cone-like shape and steep hills, will be an amazing foreground of Aurora Borealis making this a masterpiece for your portfolio. Accommodation: Snæfellsnes

Day 3 - Snæfellsnes peninsula

We will continue our amazing quest to explore the exceptional beauty of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, also known as the "miniature Iceland". We will explore and photograph the extraordinary coastline dotted with small villages, the iconic lush fjords and the majestic mountains around the area. Get ready to get an amazing shot in Londrangar with its raw beauty of the ancient volcanic basalt plugs rising out of the ocean. Accommodation: Snæfellsnes

Day 4 - Hvitserkur

On this day, we will head to the North of Iceland for the the wild and remote Vatnsnes Peninsula which is known for its vast and partly uninhabited land joint by some rocky hills and green grazing land. This will be a great chance to see and photograph the beautiful Icelandic horses on the wild. As we head to the eastern side of the peninsula, we might encounter some seals in their natural habitat along the coastal region of Strandir in the Westfjords. But we will primarily focus on Hvitserkur, a 15 m high basalt stack rising from the sea which resembles a drinking dragon and in another viewpoint, a huge troll. Icelandic legend tells of a troll who forgot to flee from the light of the rising sun, turning him into a stone. This mysterious rock has a great photogenic appeal and we will make sure that we will be here when the magic will happen. Of course, light is a key element in landscape photography and timing the location of the sun is very important. Accommodation: Akureyri

Day 5 - Lake Myvatn

After an early breakfast, we will head to Godafoss for a sunrise shoot. At this time of the year, this "fall of the gods" should be covered with ice, making the falls more divine and scenic for a sunrise shoot. This is actually one of Iceland‘s most popular and stunning falls with its elegant semicircular arc shape. 

Afterwards we continue our adventure as we drive towards the lake Myvatn, which was formed by a huge basaltic lava eruption creating volcanic landforms, lava pillars and pseudo craters around the area. Given time, we will also explore the unique sculptures and rock formations of Dimmuborgir. This is a great chance to experience this wild geological landscapes where some of the scenes of the TV series Game of Thrones were shot. Overnight at Myvatn.

Day 6 - Lake Myvatn

On this day, we will travel by a super jeep to get to the two of Iceland‘s most beautiful waterfalls in the central highlands, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss. These are both located in the Skjalfandafljot river. The contrast between the huge black bent basalt columns at the 20 meter high Aldeyjarfoss and the clear water of the fall becomes more impressive in its frozen winter clothing. Similarly, Hrafnabjargafoss offers a dramatic sight having it drenched in snow. It is tough to get to these falls especially on icy roads during winter but the contrast of the snow terrain, waterfalls and a clear blue pool at its feet makes this photography opportunity worth the effort. Overnight in Myvatn.

Day 7 - Lake Myvatn

As we explore and photograph more this region, we will bring you to the colorful geothermal area of the Namaskard mountain, an area that is alternatively known as Hverarond or Hverir. Here we can photograph a lot of solfataras and boiling mud pots, which are themselves surrounded by sulfur crystals. Of course, this terrain gives off a lot of hot steam so we advise caution. In addition to this, Hverfell, one of the world‘s largest explosion crater with around 1 km in diameter, is around the area which we can climb to have a great view of the wild snow-clad landscape. Given some extra time, we can dip and relax in Myvatn Nature Baths, the Blue Lagoon of the north. Overnight in Myvatn.

Day 8 - East Iceland-Djúpivogur

We continue our Iceland experience to the east where we will visit the Jokulsargljufur National Park. On the way there, we will photograph Dettifoss (if the road condition will allow us), Europe’s most powerful waterfall with its 100 meter width and 45 meters drop. Dettifoss will give you both an epic picture and an unforgettable experience as you witness its powerful and massive volume of plummeting water with a plume of spray that can be seen a kilometer away. 

Afterwards, we carry on our adventure to the highland desert and over a mountain pass into the beautiful Eastfjords eventually reaching the realm of the Vatnajokull Glacier, Europe’s largest glacier and a national park. This area is full of texture with its mountainous fjords along the Eastern coast. We will stay overnight in the small fishing village of Djupivogur and get to experience this quaint harbor and its unspoiled old buildings surrounded by marvellous mountains. Here we have the chance to photograph the reflection of the beautiful fjords and hopefully some northern lights. Accommodation: Djupivogur

Day 9 - Vatnajokull National Park

From the fjords of Djupivogur, we will head to the famous Vatnajokull National Park where we can see some of the unique sceneries that can only be found in Iceland. We will be spending three days near Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon is located. This is a great location for us to capture the phenomenal huge blocks of ice floating on the glacier lagoon embellished with the light of the setting sun or much better, under the Northern lights. Most likely we will also find some playful seals swimming in the lagoon. Accommodation: Jokulsarlon

Day 10 - Vatnajokull National Park

As we continue exploring the icy wonders of the beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon on the east of Vatnajokull, we will have a lot of chance to photograph the multitude of glistening icebergs floating towards the ocean and the ice crystals which are scattered on the black sands. Our day begins before sunrise in the black beach as we capture the first rays of the sun highlighting the lustrous ice amidst the waves of the ocean. We will also photograph other breathtaking glacial lagoons that can be found in the area as we head to the highlight of the day: ice caves. As we enter the subglacial ice caves, you will be amazed not only by its incredible natural shapes and cavities but also its colour as it absorbs almost all visible light and turns itself into blue. This will be the moment when time seems to freeze and everything feels surreal and we will preserve this moment using our wide-angle lens camera for a unique and enduring photo. Accommodation: Jokulsarlon

Day 11 - Vatnajokull National Park

On this day, we will drive to the east of Vatnajokull for the glorious 454 meter high mountain rising above the black lava beach of the Stokknes peninsula. Vestrahorn is composed of several steep peaks with a rare peak shape called Brunnhorn located eastwards stretching all the way to the sea. These peaks when illuminated by a rising or setting sun give this mountain an impressive aura making a perfect background with foreground of water trails as the mighty waves recede over some rocks at the edge of the beach. We will constantly seek and follow the best light possible for shooting this mountain and its surroundings. 

As our journey progresses we will constantly be following and seeking the best possible light. Sunrise and sunset are particularly recommended for photographing Vestrahorn and its surroundings, as they offer an amazing display of light over this epic mountain. Accommodation: Jokulsarlon

Day 12 - Vik

On the 12th day of our tour, from Vatnajokull National Park, we will drive south to explore the one of the most popular tourist sites in Iceland. This region boasts an all seasons different beautiful natural attractions of volcanoes, lava fields, glaciers, lakes, black beaches, cliffs and sea stacks and of course their waterfalls. However for this day, we will be focusing on Vik and its enchanted black sand beach beach with a basalt sea stack that sticks out of the sea called Reynisdrangar. These stacks are believed to be trolls turned into rocks when exposed to the rays of the sun. We will also explore another celebrated black beach in Reynisfjara which has been considered as the most beautiful non-tropical beach in the world because it offers different views of the spiky sea stacks along with massive basalt cliffs and caves rolled. Capturing the rolling strong and wild waves will add spice to this great scenery giving us another opportunity of another epic image. Accommodation: Vik

Day 13 - Heading back

After a hearty breakfast, we will capture more out of this world locations while driving back to Reykjavik. The first stop will be the Dyrholaey peninsula where we can see a different angle of the black lava columns of the Reynisdrangar along with the other mighty cliffs and stacks by the long stretch of the black sandy beach. We will also see a gigantic black arch of lava standing in the sea in front of the peninsula. We will pass two active volcanoes, Hekla, a 1490m high snow-topped mountain where devastating eruptions often took place throughout Iceland’s history earning it the name “gateway to hell,” and the famous Eyjafjallajokull, the flight stopping volcano from 2010. Another possible destination is Solheimajokull Glacier where mighty cliffs and mountains accompany the rugged glacier tongue. Next, we will shoot the two famous waterfalls in this region. Skogafoss, one of the biggest falls in the country with a drop of 60 meters and width of 25 meters, used to be the sea cliff of the former coastline. When the coastline receded seaward, the old cliffs remained and made a clear border between coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. On sunny days, the sprays from this mighty falls may produce a single or sometimes even double rainbow. After, we get to make some awesome shots of Seljalandsfoss by walking behind the waterfall. Accommodation: Reykjavik

Day 14 - Departure

After a delightful breakfast and a warm farewell to the group, you will depart traveling with the FlyBus to Keflavik Airport.

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