Wild Photography Holidays - Photographic Adventure Travel: West Iceland’s Northern Lights and Killer Whales

Orcas and whale watching boat

West Iceland’s Northern Lights and Killer Whales

Highlights include…

  • Northern lights
  • Two boat trips to see Orcas
  • Harbour front hotel
  • Snæfellsjökull glacier
  • Kirkjufell Mountain
  • Fishing villages
  • Vast lava fields
  • Black sand beaches
  • Sea arches and sea stacks
  • Volcanic craters and lakes

General Summary

This is a well established itinerary based on Iceland’s stunning Snæfellsnes Peninsula, West Iceland. In addition to our usual well chosen landscape locations we will hopefully photograph two of Iceland’s most iconic attractions; the aurora and killer whales. Our base is a hotel right on the harbour front with a great restaurant and outdoor hot tubs. We are really handy for our two boat trips out into the bay of Grundarfjörður. The Orcas hunt here during the winter months; they are following the herrings. The feast of herrings is also enjoyed by a multitude of sea birds including Gannets and Sea Eagles. In the evenings our focus will be firmly on the northern lights. There will be an opportunity at the end of the trip to explore Iceland’s capital city Reykjavik.

This exciting Iceland trip packs a great deal into each day. In addition to the day time photography sessions we will be out at night whenever the northern lights show up! There will also be time scheduled enabling us to relax or wander in the surrounding landscape, work on our images, receive post-processing tuition and enjoy viewing sessions of each others work. This a real photographic adventure and lots of fun with like minded people!

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!

AURORA ISLANDICA – a Northern Lights Timelapse from Agust Ingvarsson on Vimeo.

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.
Accommodation Reykjavik Hotel (D)

Day 2–5: Grundarfjörður to Snæfellsnes

After breakfast we will travel to our base in Grundarfjörður which is perfectly situated and central to all our landscape locations, the harbour and our northern light photography spots.
Hotel Accommodation (B,L,D)

There are many potential photographic locations on Snæfellsnes and during our four days based here, we will make decisions according to the prevailing conditions. Needless to say we have some superb locations up our sleeve, including some great sunrise and sunset places. These could well include…

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

Day 6: Sunrise in Grundarfjörður and sightseeing in Reykjavik

After a sunrise shoot around Kirkjufell Mountain we enjoy a leisurely breakfast. Mid-morning we return to Reykjavik in time for lunch followed by a free afternoon to explore Iceland’s fascinating capital city.
Accommodation Reykjavik Hotel (B,L,D)

Day 7: Homeward flights (B)

Fly-bus transfers to Keflavík International Airport.


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

  • All accommodation 6 hotel nights
  • All meals
  • All transport
  • Photographic tutor
  • 2x Boat trip to photograph Orcas
  • Whale guide

What’s Not Included

  • International flights
  • Transfers to and from Iceland’s international airport
  • 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 base 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 dossier
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.