Erg Chebbi, Ziz Valley, Sahara Venkatramana Temple Icebergs floating in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon Blocks of ice on Breiðamerkursandur beach

North Iceland – Northern Lights, Waterfalls & Volcanic Landscapes with Niall Benvie

Highlights include…

  • Northern lights
  • Ice encrusted waterfalls
  • Bizarre lava formations
  • Volcanic craters
  • Bubbling mud pools
  • Frozen lakes
  • Snowy landscapes
  • Steaming lava fissures
  • Tabletop mountains
  • Two flights across Iceland
  • Icelandic horses in winter


Our exciting new winter trip is based far from the madding crowd in one of North Iceland’s premier photographic locations, Mývatn. From desolate craters to bubbling mud pools and geothermal caves, the area around Lake Mývatn is a microcosm of all the natural wonders that Iceland has to offer. Participants will be blown away by the diversity and uniqueness of the photographic locations. Leaving Reykjavík on day two, we fly north to experience and photograph a truly Icelandic winter wonderland. Weird, wonderful snowy landscapes, geothermal phenomena, frozen lakes, wacky lava formations, ice-encrusted waterfalls with some fine locations for the northern lights. The last eruptions in this area finished in 1987 so the landscape is covered with some rather new lava; some still steaming! North Iceland will generally experience the aurora before the south purely due to its more northerly position. Staying for five nights in warm, comfortable hotel accommodation right by Lake Mývatn, we will be well looked after. Our hotel faces the northern sky situated in the midst of some of Iceland’s best photographic locations. Expect to return home with some magical and unique Icelandic winter images together with a bunch of good memories!

Brief Itinerary

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Day 1: Arrival and Reykjavík

Transfer from International airport to our Reykjavík Hotel,

Day 2–6 Fly to Akureyri – North Iceland

On Day 2 we transfer to Reykjavík’s domestic airport for the morning flight to Iceland’s Northern Capital, Akureyri. From the airport it is only an hours drive to our well situated accommodation by Lake Mývatn. Our base is central and close to all locations affording the flexibility of making on the spot decisions about where and when to photograph, we will be guided by variables such as the weather, snow cover, ice formations, sunrise and sunset, aurora forecasts and participants energy levels. Here is a brief summary of some locations that we expect to photograph.


One of the most impressive waterfalls in Iceland.

Northern Lights

The area around Reykjahlíð is especially fine for photographing the Northern Lights, reflections of the Aurora cast on Lake Mývatn are especially photogenic.


One of Iceland’s most powerful and remote waterfalls


North Iceland’s own Blue Lagoon a great way to relax and catch the Northern Lights at the same time.


Weird lava formations, dark castles that make for a really unusual landscape when combined with the snow. This is also home to one of Iceland’s most iconic birds, the Gyr Falcon.


Surreal and colourful, a geothermal landscape bursting with mud pots, steam vents, sulphur deposits, boiling springs and fumaroles.

Pseudo Craters

Crater groups on the shore formed by steam explosions as glowing lava poured into Mývatn; ideal subjects for some very graphic and unusual landscape images

Lake Mývatn

During the winter most of the lake freezes over and we can wander out onto the ice often encountering fishermen making holes to fish for trout in the icy depths.

Hverfjall Crater

In winter this snow-covered crater dominates the village skyline; it is possible to walk to the rim for some really wild and different aerial shots of the surrounding landscape.

Other Location Possibilities

Icelandic horses, geothermal pools, steaming lava fissures, local lava ovens where bread is baked.

Day 7: Photography and flight to Reykjavík

We will spend the day photographing before taking the late afternoon flight to Reykjavík for a celebratory last night dinner in the city.

Day 8: Transfers to the International airport

Transfers to the International airport and homeward flights

What’s included

  • 7 nights hotel accommodation
  • All meals
  • Transfers
  • Photography tuition
  • Two Iceland flights
  • Single rooms without extra charge

What’s not included

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

Complete itinerary and full details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and full details will be published shortly, please contact the WPH office for information.