Iceland Photography Workshop: Winter Landscapes

Photograph Volcanoes, Glaciers, Northern Lights, and Dramatic Icy Landscapes

Please note that this is a past workshop, but we are offering an exciting new Iceland photo tour with National Geographic photographer Tyrone Turner! In March 2018, you can join Tyrone on an exclusive photographic exploration of Iceland’s surreal landscapes. Read more about this here! 

A land of awe-inspiring and surreal scenery, Iceland offers an incredible array of prime photographic settings. Join us there, as we take you on the hunt for the perfect light and amazing landscapes in this most beautiful arctic paradise. We’ll explore Iceland’s surreal icy landscapes, rugged coast-lines, and quaint villages. We’ll photograph impressive volcanoes, glaciers, and waterfalls. To get amazing imagery, we’ll catch the best light at dusk and dawn, and, if we’re lucky, we’ll capture the magical northern lights. You will be accompanied by two professional photographers, who will offer guidance make sure to give you the best possible photographic opportunities.


  • Photograph the vast array of incredible landscapes that Iceland has to offer
  • Explore volcanoes, glaciers, lakes, and waterfalls, and capture it all in the best possible light
  • Improve your photography skills through guidance by two professional photographers
  • Visit quaint villages and explore Icelandic culture
  • Photograph the incredible northern lights, if we're lucky!

Quick Facts

  • Where Iceland
  • When March 5 - 15, 2017
  • Focus Landscape photography
  • Price $6995
  • Group Size Max. 10
  • Photography Level Required Suitable for photographers of all levels
  • March 5 Fly from your home to arrive in Reykjavik (KEF) anytime this day. You’ll likely relax today, but there’s also plenty to do in Iceland’s capital city, and we will provide plenty of information to you. Group dinner this evening, with introductions and a run-through of the itinerary and what you can expect.
  • March 6 - 8 After breakfast and checkout, we will board our private, winter-ready Mercedes Sprinter and begin our journey. We’ll head out and to Iceland´s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where dormant volcanoes and glaciers reside side by side on this narrow westward peninsula, full of coastline and mountains. Here at Snæfellsnes are some of Iceland’s oldest volcanoes, inactive for thousands of years, but their vast lava flows are still visible in the landscape. The dramatic backdrop of a beautiful mountain range keeps us perfectly positioned between them and the sea, where the coastline varies between cliffs, beaches, marsh, and farmland. Volcanic craters and Snaefellsjökull glacier are some of our highlights on this day, and we stop at the small fishing village Grundafjörður for lunch. We photograph the famous Kirkjufell (Church mountain), a series of volcanic cliffs and rock islets constantly being crashed by waves.
  • March 8 - 9 We will leave Snæfellsnes, and make our way to to Gauksmýri. Along the way, we can expect to see and photograph some of Iceland’s most beautiful landscapes. In and around Gauksmýri, our photo ops will include friendly Icelandic Horses, and the great mountains Baula and Skessuhorn—but the main feature of this area is Hvítserkur, the great sea stack off the northwest coast of Iceland. We will photograph Hvítserkur Rock at sunset and sunrise, and, if lucky, with the Northern Lights!
  • March 9 - 13 After sunrise, breakfast and checkout, we will travel clockwise around Iceland, passing through beautiful countryside, seaside and more. We can stop at Húsavík, a lovely small port-town in the North of Iceland. Our destination will be Mývatn, in Iceland’s North. We will base for four nights in Mývatn, so we are well-positioned to see and photograph some of Iceland’s best winter landscapes. Our photography menu here includes: Dimmuborgir, the lake area near Kálfaströnd; Hverir and Hverfjall; waterfalls Godafoss, Aldeyjarfoss, Geitafoss, Dettifoss, and Selfoss; Husavik harbor, sea stack Bakkastakkur, geothermal areas Viti (Hell), and Leirhnjúkur. We will have no shortage of things to choose from, sunrise, daytime, sunset, and with luck, Northern Lights at night!
  • March 13 - 14 We return to Gauksmýri, and again photograph the wonders of this area, but for sure another chance (or two!) at Hvítserkur Rock.
  • March 14 After sunrise, breakfast, and checkout, we will make our way back to Reykjavik, arriving sometime in the late afternoon. We will have our last dinner together this evening.
  • March 15 Flights home anytime this day from Reykjavik.

March 5 - 15, 2017

Price: $6995 per person

Included in the price are:

  • Accommodation (on double occupancy basis)
  • All meals during the workshop
  • All transportation in Iceland
  • Airport transfers
  • Constant photographic tutoring and guidance
  • Image reviews and post-production tutoring

Not included are: 

  • Flights to Reykjavik
  • Travel insurance
  • Any items of a personal nature


This workshop is all about landscape photography. The full itinerary is designed with this in mind, and you’ll be taken to the most photogenic places, at the best possible times. You can expect to photograph a huge variety of landscapes; dramatic mountainous sceneries, impressive volcanoes, rugged coast lines, and surreal icy winter-lands. We’ll catch each sunrise and sunset, to ensure we photograph Iceland’s magic in the best possible light. Though it’s slightly unpredictable, we’ll hopefully photograph the famous Northern Lights as well; a captivating phenomenon.

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Your Photography Workshops

You will be given personalised photographic tutoring throughout this photo holiday. Andy and Scarpi will be offering a combination of group and one-to-one sessions on a daily basis, which is tailored to everyone’s individual levels. We’ll cover all the technical basics, composition, and post-production. The small group size allows for everyone to get the tutoring they need, and for everyone to get the most out of the experience.

Recommended Equipment

  • An SLR camera
  • Spare batteries and memory cards (or film)
  • A range of lenses
  • A tripod for night photography
  • A laptop for post-production

Interested in landscape photography, but can’t make it to this Iceland photo workshop? (Or perhaps you’re more keen for some warmer climates?) Check out our Namibia photography workshop for another great landscape photo tour.

Andy Williams

Andy has been a photographer all his life. His work hangs in boardrooms and living rooms around the world. Andy has a tremendous passion for wildlife photography, situational photography and the landscape.

Andy loves sharing his photography knowledge and experience. He has an ability to distill complicated subjects down to practical methods that his students can employ immediately. One of the true "internet gurus" of photography, he's been online for well over 13 years helping photographers all over the web forums, and most notably on Digital Grin, and now on Facebook and Google+. There, Andy not only helps thousands, but has recruited many outstanding contributors to the community.

Scarpi Þráinsson

Skarphedinn Þráinsson (Skarpi), is a Mechanical Engineer and Nature Photographer in Iceland, Born 1972 in a small village on the east coast of Iceland, living his passion of outdoors traveling, hunting, fishing and exploring the nature of Iceland. He's specializing his exquisite photography work on nature of Iceland including volcanoes, ice caves, animals and classic landscapes.

Skarpi's images have appeared in numerous national and international publications, books, and calendars, including: The Risk of Darkness by Susan Hill, Discover Magazine, Digital Photo Magazine, USA Today, Daily Mail, The Guardian, Daily Telegraph, Daily Express, Merde Magazine, Metro, Extrabladet, The Sun, Museum of Natural Sciences, The Independent, Hamburg Abend Blatt, Mare, Suomen Kuvalehty... and others.

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