Blocks of ice on Breiðamerkursandur beach Erg Chebbi, Ziz Valley, Sahara Snæfellsjökull at sunset Snæfellsjökull frozen peaks

Northern Lights, Glaciers and Ice Workshop

Highlights will include (depending on the trip format chosen)…

  • Luminous icebergs floating in a surreal turquoise lagoon
  • Bizarre glacial landscapes up close
  • Superbly located accommodation close to Glacier Lagoon
  • Sunrises and sunsets in dramatic locations
  • Weird ice formations on black volcanic sand
  • Ephemeral Aurora Borealis (northern lights)
  • Photograph the surreal ice caves
  • Drive through spectacular scenery of Iceland’s south coast
  • Basalt columns and sea stacks of Vík
  • Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls

Just Announced: Departure Dates 2015

31 Jan ‑ 7 Feb, 15‑22 Feb, 1‑8 March, 15‑22 March, 22‑29 March, 5‑12 April
 

“…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 2013

General Summary

South Iceland has some of the most spectacular and easily accessible ice and glacial phenomena in Europe, awesome mountain scenery, Skaftafell National Park, several glacial lagoons, black beaches festooned with sparkling sea washed ice sculptures, incredible waterfalls, the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and magnificent views of Iceland’s highest mountain Hvannadalshnúkur from the Svínafellsjökull glacier. This trip will give us sunrise and sunset opportunities in well chosen locations and several chances to capture Aurora Borealis; the northern lights. The varied locations give a really diverse range of natural phenomena and remarkable landscapes. The surreal arctic environment of the Glacier Lagoon was the location for films such as James Bond’s Die Another Day, ‘A View to a Kill’ and ‘Lara Croft – Tomb Raider’. Our main base is just ten minutes drive from the Jökulsárlón.

The unusual locations are inspiring allowing participants an opportunity to produce exceptional images. Evening tutorials including image development, image presentations and night shooting of the aurora can be expected. Whether you are a beginner with your first DSLR or are considerably more advanced, this highly personalized workshop will take you to the next level of proficiency.

Brief Itinerary

For full details please download the PDF dossier

Day 1: Arrive

Transfer to Reykjavik hotel

Day 2: Locations on Iceland’s south coast

From Reykjavik to Vik with iconic locations en route including waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, black beach and basalt columns on Vík beach
Hotel Vík

Day 3: To Skaftafell National Park

We travel Iceland’s south coast passing through vast lava fields and past glaciated mountains to the Skaftafell National Park where we will make a short walk accroos glacial moraine to the glacial tongue of Svínafellsjökull. Here we have remarkable close up perspectives of bluish green ice, the milky brown lagoon; a surreal icy landscape including Iceland’s highest mountain, Hvannadalshnjúkur. Sometimes we encounter a beautiful ice cave. It is worth noting that we can never predict what these natural phenomena will be like until we arrive as they are constantly changing.
En route to our accommodation we will check out the layout of Glacier Lagoon and beach for both sunrise and the possibility of aurora.
Country hotel

Day 4-6 Locations in South East Iceland

Our base is very well situated for all our locations. We chose our locations in conjunction with the weather and the Aurora forecasts, we have to be very flexible to get the best images and we will often revisit worthwhile locations.
Country hotel

  • Jökulsárlón beach: icebergs and sculptures at sunrise, seals are quite common here.
  • Jökulsárlón Lagoon: we will photograph here on several occasions in all different light. This also makes a fine location for the Aurora as it is easily accessible from our accommodation and gives fine foreground for images; very dramatic!
  • Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon: a remote less visited location.
  • Mountain locations east of our accommodation including small lakes with great mountain reflections
  • Natural ice caves beneath the Vatnajökull Glacier, Europe’s largest ice cap.
  • Svínafellsjökull Glacier at sunset

Day 7: Return to Reykjavik

This morning we take a final visit to the Glacier Lagoon and beach for sunrise and morning light; basically photographers could visit this location a thousand times and never tire of its magic.
After lunch we drive back to Reykjavik arriving in time for dinner.
Reykjavik Hotel

Day 8 Homeward Flights

To Keflavík international airport for homeward flights.

Flights for March April departures

Note: The itineraries for the following two departures are slightly different.

Departure March 25 2014 flight Höfn to Reykjavik 31 March

Day 7: participants will fly from Höfn in the south east to Reykjavik replacing the drive.

Departure April 3 2014 flight Reykjavik to Höfn 4 April

Day 2: participants will fly from Reykjavik to Höfn in the south east replacing the drive.

Free iBook: A Guide to Photographing the Northern Lights

If you’re interested in this tour and own an iPad, you might like our free iBook A Guide to Photographing the Northern Lights – check it out!
 

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our PDF dossier
This dossier is a description of our basic trip and participants choosing the intensive workshop or one way flights should take account of these differences when reading the information. It is important that you read the full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.