Snæfellsjökull at sunset Reynisdrangar sea stacks Leh Monastery Venkatramana Temple

Iceland’s Northern Lights, Coast and Ice Workshop

Highlights include…

  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Iconic Kirkjufell mountain
  • Coastal hotels
  • Fishing Villages
  • Vast lava fields
  • Black sand beaches
  • Sea arches and sea stacks
  • Volcanic craters and lakes
  • Abandoned turf farm
  • Icelandic horses
  • Skógafoss & Seljalandsfoss
  • Vatnajökull Europe’s largest glacier
  • Luminous icebergs floating in a surreal turquoise lagoon
  • Bizarre glacial landscapes up close
  • Country hotel close to the glacier lagoon
  • Sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations
  • Sea washed ice on black volcanic sand
  • Ephemeral Aurora Borealis (northern lights) all departures
  • Ice caves Feb/March departures

Changed Itinerary for 2018

Please note that the itinerary on this website and the information PDF which you can download here PDF trip description applies to the end of 2017. The itinerary for 2018 will go online October 2017. In the meantime, if you are considering booking this tour for 2018 please contact the office and we will confirm the new itinerary which has a change to one of the days.

General Summary

Our Northern Lights, Coast and Ice workshop concentrates on two of the very best landscape areas of South East and West Iceland. This itinerary kicks off on Iceland’s stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland followed by a journey to the glaciated wilderness of South-East Iceland close to the iconic Jökulsárlón. This ten day workshop is ideal for those photographers that want to spend a bit longer getting to know the essence and soul of Iceland. We will enjoy sunrise and sunset opportunities in well chosen spots and of course there will lots of opportunities to capture aurora borealis; the northern lights. The northern lights are a magical experience with or without a camera. Iceland has some of the most accessible wild coastal and ice landscapes in the world. It is one of the world’s best locations to photograph the aurora borealis. It’s well worth considering that Wild Photography Holidays is run by people who live in Iceland and know their locations intimately.

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“…The workshop was extremely well organised and the tuition from the leaders was the best we have ever had, even down to the processing of images using Lightroom. We were taken to the beautiful and varied locations at the best times of day and night (occasionally we were allowed to sleep!!). The leaders knowledge of the area was such that in the event of inclement conditions there was always an alternative location to visit. Thank you so much for a fabulous holiday.”

Margaret and John March 2015

Brief Itinerary

For full details download the PDF trip description

Day 1: Arrival and Transfer to Reykjavik

Transfer to city hotel for evening introductions and dinner.
Hotel Accommodation

Day 2: Reykjavík to Snæfellsnes

Leaving the city behind we head North and West to Snæfellsnes Peninsula.Our journeys are frequently punctuated by photography stops depending on the prevailing light and weather. Once we have settled into our coastal Hotel we will begin to explore the area.
Hotel Snæfellsnes

Day 3-5: Snæfellsnes

Our Hotel is set in one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Located right on the coast he atmosphere is charming with a restaurant known for its excellent local cuisine. The hotel is perfectly situated for all Snæfellsnes locations plus reviewing and working on our images.
Hotel Snæfellsnes (3 nights)

Snæfellsnes Locations

There are many superb photographic locations all around the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. During our 3 days days based here, we will make decisions according to the prevailing conditions. Needless to say we have some remarkable spots up our sleeve, including some great sunrise/sunset and northern lights spots.

  • Fishing villages
  • Sea stacks and arches
  • Beaches
  • Green moss lava fields
  • Volcanic craters and lakes
  • Snæfellsjökull
  • Kirkjufell Mountain

For full details please make sure that you read our comprehensive information PDF

Day 5: Snæfellsnes to Vík

We leave after breakfast to take advantage of all the daylight hours. As we travel along the south coast our locations en route include the classic waterfall Skógafoss, Icelandic horses in a lovely mountain location and the area around Vík famed for its black beaches, classic sea stacks and basalt columnar architecture. This location lends itself to both abstract and unusual landscapes particularly monochrome. The sunsets on Vik beach are often particularly memorable. Our hotel has some nice outdoor hot pools for relaxation unless we are rushing out to photograph the aurora!

Hotel Vík (1 night)

Day 6: To Skaftafell National Park & South East Iceland

This morning we journey along the wild and awe-inspiring south coast of Iceland. By mid- afternoon we have arrived at the Svínafellsjökull glacier site of many epic films including ‘Batman Returns’, ‘The secret Life of Walter Mitty’ and ‘Interstellar’. We will encounter and photograph remarkable close up perspectives of bluish green crevasses floating in a milky brown or frozen lagoon. For the next three nights we are based in a comfortable hotel beautifully located by the North Atlantic Ocean.
Hotel Hali (3 nights)

Days 7-8: South East Iceland

Our hotel at Hali is very well situated for all our locations. We choose our daily locations in conjunction with the weather and the Aurora forecasts, we have to be very flexible to get the best images. We will revisit locations allowing participants to experiment and improve their technical, compositional and creative skills. Some of our locations we keep secret! With this in mind here is an overview of some locations for days 7-8 in no particular order.

  • Breiðamerkursandur: icebergs and sculptures at sunrise, seals are quite common here.
  • Jökulsárlón lagoon: we photograph and work here often. This is also a fine location for photographing the aurora due to the accessibility from our base. The lagoon offers dramatic foreground for our images
  • Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon: a remote less visited location.
  • Mountain locations east of our accommodation including small lakes with great mountain reflections
  • Svínafellsjökull glacier at sunset
  • Ice caves: venture beneath the glacier to explore to photograph awe-inspiring blue ice caves. This option is only available for our February and March departures.
  • Fabulous autumn colours (Sept/October)

Day 9: To Reykjavík

During our drive back to Reykjavík we have the opportunity to work the locations that we missed on the way out east due to poor weather, light or simply lack of time. Back in the city we will go out together for a final celebratory meal.
Reykjavík Hotel

Day 10: Transfers to Airport

Today participants can choose to leave on any flight as transfers are always timed to connect to the flights. Check out from the hotel is around midday. There is a space to leave luggage if neccessary.


Participants may be interested in staying in Reykjavík either before or after the official dates of this trip, please call or write and we can chat about your various options.

What’s Included

  • Hotels (9 nights)
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Transfers
  • Photographic tutor/s

What’s Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks and beverages other than with meals
  • Travel insurance

This holiday is for all levels of photographers. There will be some walking every day, occasionally on uneven terrain, although this will normally be on path or track. We have a very comfortable hotel bases where we will be able to relax or wander in the surrounding landscape in our own time, work on our images, receive post-processing tuition and enjoy viewing sessions of each others work.

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our PDF trip description