10 day South Iceland and Snæfellsnes Workshop
10 day South Iceland and Snæfellsnes Workshop
Duration: 1 week and 3 days / Difficulty: Easy
Join us on this 10-day Winter Landscape Photography Tour, as we seek some of the best light and impressive landscape that Iceland has to offer. We will travel in comfort on a spacious bus and a modified super jeep to cover the iconic frozen landscapes of Snaefellsnes peninsula, such as Kikjufell mountain. black church Budir, amazing coastline, etc, and the South Coast for the ice caves, glacier lagoon, ice beach and waterfalls. This is a great opportunity to photograph ice and the Northern Lights while learning new techniques as we take your photography skills to a higher level..
- Open to all skill levels
- Led by award-winning instructors
- Easy to moderate in difficulty
The highlights of our photography workshop:
Northern Lights Photography
Iceland is one of the best places to capture the amazing coloured patterns of lights dancing across the dark Arctic sky. Aurora, often called northern lights, is driven by the energy coming from the sun as it often produces mass ejections of charged particles that get trapped by the Earth's magnetic field. Guided by the magnetic field, the particles then flow toward the Earth's poles where they collide with nitrogen and oxygen in the upper atmosphere producing the green, blue and red lights on the sky. However, witnessing this magical phenomenon is not guaranteed because there are other factors which can have an impact on the visibility of Aurora such as dark, clear skies and pleasant weather conditions. And since the weather can be varied from different locations, we will keep a keen eye out for chasing the Northern Lights during our workshop as we offer you the chance to photograph this wonderful phenomenon.
Ice Caves Photography
The ice caves will give you the feeling of being in a different world filled with alluring lights and different shapes and patterns of the shiny blue ice. The same reason why a picture inside the ice caves brings this surreal world into a higher level. This photo of the stunning blue ice caves was taken at Vatnajokull, the largest and most voluminous ice cap in Europe. However, the location, condition and structure of the caves change every year as they are impermanent and differ in density because glaciers are constantly moving. So, we will be accompanied by a professional ice cave guides who will drive us for approximately 20-30 minutes, lend us protective gears and walk us inside the caves with utmost caution.
Jokulsarlon and the Ice Beach
As we will be staying close to the magnificent Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, the large glacial lake on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park, we will have a great deal of chances to photograph the massive icebergs on the lagoon and the chunks of ice that break away and drift towards the ice beach. The reflection of the icebergs on the water makes this a wonderful opportunity for stunning winter photography. And with luck, this scene will be more intensified by a brilliant display of the Northern Lights. Meanwhile, the scene from the famous ice beach includes the interplay of light, dark sands, glistening ice and movements of the waves which make this location a photographer’s playground, making every shot magical and monumental.
Snaefellsnes peninsula is one of the best places in Iceland to view and photograph the Northern Lights. This area is a wonderland, especially in winter, stretching as a vast mountain ridge with active volcanoes. The mountains themselves are furthermore incredibly diverse. At the end of the peninsula is the legendary Snaefellsjokull glacier, around which is a national park. There are beautiful beaches in the area, incredible lava and rock formations, multiple caves of various kinds, as well as craters and stunning lava fields. The area also features prominently in the sagas. All this, coupled with the Northern Lights, is a photographer‘s dream.
Visiting the towns and villages, and farmsteads of the peninsula, such as Bjarnarhofn, Stykkisholmur, Rif, Hellissandur, Olafsvik and Grundarfjordur is pleasant in itself. Above Grundarfjordur rises my favorite mountain to shoot in Iceland, the beautiful Kirkjufell. From the right angle it resembles a nature-made pyramid and always always seems to offer something new and interesting.
Day 1 - Arrival
Day 2 - Snaefellsnes
Day 3 - Snaefellsnes
Day 4 - Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisfjara, Vik
Later on, we‘ll be travelling towards the mainland‘s southernmost point to witness the dramatic scenery of the famous Reynisfjara beach. The Reynisdrangar sea stacks, the black sands of the shore, the waves of the North Atlantic Ocean, the basalt column pyramid of Gardar and the rich birdlife all result in this being one of the most photogenic sites of all you will encounter on your journey. This is also some of the most amazing scenery you can ask for to photograph the Northern Lights in, should they appear. Your night will then be spent at the charming nearby village of Vik.
Please note that the waves of the sea at Reynisfjara are highly unpredictable and we thus urge uttermost caution and following safety instructions to the fullest.
Day 5 - Vatnajokull National Park
Adding to this fantastic scenery, our Northern Lights hunt continues, lending further otherworldy feel to the scenery. This is a particularly good time for photographing the aurora, as the lighting is particularly clear and soft. Accommodation for the night will be found in the nearby area.
Day 6 - Vatnajokull National Park
Still more wonders await you as you will have the unique experience of shooting photos within a subglacial ice cave deep below the massive Vatnajokull glacier. Here you‘ll find phenomenal natural sculptures and cavities of crystal-clear blue ice, as we stand in awe against nature and feel as if time had stopped. Wide-angle lenses are recommended here for shooting unforgettable photos. Afterwards, we‘ll keep a lookout for the Northern Lights, which particularly complement this wonderful area. Your accommodation for the night will be near the lagoon.
Day 7 - Vatnajokull National Park
Day 8 - Skaftafell, Vik
After visiting Skaftafell you will get more time to shoot the fascinating area of Reynisfjara. Evening photography at this site, by the rays of the setting sun, is sure to result in some particularly amazing pictures, as well as great further opportunities for aurora photographing. Your night will then be spent at Vik.
Day 9 - Golden Circle and return to Reykjavik
A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Thingvellir National Park is one of Iceland‘s most important sites. It was here that the old national assembly was founded, and the current parliament in Iceland, Althingi, still bears its name. The area is situated in a rift valley and evidence of the movement of the tectonic plates may be seen at the impressive Almannagja gorge, into which the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss falls. The park is certainly one of Iceland‘s most picturesque sites and we also recommend photographing the surrounding mountain ring and lake Thingvallavatn, Iceland‘s largest lake, and its islets.
The famous spouting hot spring Geysir in Haukadalur valley lends its name to geysers all over the world and the surrounding geothermal area is also widely known simply as the Geysir geothermal area. This is our next destination. Geysir seldom erupts anymore, but its neighbour Strokkur does so with gusto, spouting water as high as 15-20 meters. Also of interest are the geysers Smidur and Litli-Strokkur. To the north colourful fumaroles may be found and to the south is a range of mudpots. They may boil or steam according to weather. Nearby is an old natural pool. It can be entered but is still very fragile, so visitors need to take extra care not to disrupt it. There is also nice foresty in the area, a tree museum and a charming old wooden church, all well worth checking out.
Finally there is the“golden waterfall“ Gullfoss, widely held to be the most beautiful waterfall in Iceland and certainly the most sought after by nature photographers and nature lovers alike. Gullfoss belongs to the Hvita glacier river and falls thunderously at a drom of 32 meters into the narrow river gorge. Snow and ice are likely to once more add an extra touch of splendour to the scenery, the sun may even lend it a rainbow and you may feel the spray of the fall on your face.
After visiting “the big three“ attractions of the Golden Circle and indeed having seen many of Iceland‘s greatest natural wonders, you‘ll head back to Reykjavik for your final night in Iceland. This day will also be your final chance of the tour for Northern Lights photography, so keep a lookout and keep your camera ready.