Northern Lights in Iceland

Landscape and Night Photography Workshop

Northern Lights in South Iceland

9 Day Landscape and Night Photography Workshop

You will be taken to premier locations and taught the best techniques to capture landscape photographs at dawn and at dusk and be shown how to photograph the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis), Milky Way and startrails

You will be accompanied at all times by One Nikon School Professional Photographer and One Canon Professional Photographer

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A journey to the Paradise for Landscape Photographers,
organized with Passion and Experience

WHAT MAKES THIS TRIP SPECIAL AND

DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?

  • Our guide has run photo expeditions to Iceland twice a year since 2013. Our knowledge of the Island allows us to take you to the premier locations for you to capture the best photos.
  • Photography is always our priority: the program and the travel times have been designed to minimise the amount of travel, allowing more time to shoot and to compare and analyse the results of our shoots with the tutors and the other participants.
  • Two photographic experts will be by your side at all times to help you achieve the best possible photographs. In addition to improving your shooting and post-production techniques, you will also learn how to take great pictures of the Milky Way and Startrails.
  • Logistical organization is provided by Punto Viaggio Tour Operator, specialized in photography travel with decades of experience and hundreds of organized trips around the world. They provide insurance cover, the legal guarantees required and the continuous and direct assistance in the event of unforeseen circumstances… peace of mind.

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LOCATIONS AND SCHEDULE OF THE TOUR

Iceland is undoubtedly one of the premier locations for landscape photographers. Its incredible variety of stunning locations within a short distance makes it a must for all landscape enthusiasts.

The course takes place at a time of the year when the light allows great shoots at sunrise and sunset and there is a good possibility of aurora activity.

During the 8 days of the trip we will have chance to admire many amazing natural spectacles: northern lights, the black volcanic beaches, cliffs and rock walls of basalt, glacial lagoons, black beaches dotted with icebergs, volcanic calderas now transformed into lakes, geothermal areas with bubbling mud, geysers, rock formations with bizarre shapes and hundreds of incredibly impressive waterfalls.

The schedule of our tour has been organized to avoid long transfers and always stay close to the locations chosen for the shoot at sunrise or sunset. Thanks to our knowledge and experience of Iceland we will guide you to the best photographic locations hopefully allowing you to capture amazing images.

The essential ingredient in the workshops is a common passion for photography, this creates a great environment in which to share our experiences discuss our results, shoot without limitations and above all creates a great atmosphere for our adventure.

Several months before departure we will provide you with all the information you will require to prepare to ensure the trip is a success. The teachers will be available at any time to offer advice on equipment or clothing and answer your questions.

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Beautiful sceneries you will see and shoot

These are some samples of the pictures you’ll be able to shoot during this tour.

SCHEDULE

Our Photo Tour takes place at a time when the light has a beautiful soft quality, which enables stunning images to be taken. There is also a high chance of snow at this time of year, which can add an extra dimension to your photography and the already amazing landscapes. The sunrise is at approximately 10:30 am and the sunsets at 15:30. This gives us time to relax as well as plenty of night hours to concentrate on the main focus of the tour, shooting the Northern Lights. Photographing the Northern lights in Iceland’s rugged and fantastical settings is a true experience for any photographer.

Day 1

Arrival

On your first day in Iceland, you will arrive at Keflavik International Airport. We will be waiting for you in the arrival hall and will take you to the hotel in central Reykjavik. We’ll be available from 10 am to 6 pm. Outside of these hours you could take the Flybus, which leaves every 30 mins from the airport and will take you directly and quickly to the hotel.

At the hotel we will meet at 7 pm in the lobby and head out for a hopefully delicious meal at a nearby restaurant and the official start of the workshop. At the restaurant we will get to know each other and review the itinerary of the journey ahead of us.

Accommodation: Reykjavik

Day 2

Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey and Vik

We will leave the hotel in the early morning and travel east through the black sands of the south coast of Iceland. On your way you will shoot two of Iceland‘s most picturesque and popular waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss.

Seljalandsfoss is a narrow and tall fall with a drop of 63 meters. It is possible to walk behind the water of Seljalandsfoss, a unique photographic angle. At a drop of 60 meters and with a width of 25 meters Skogafoss is one of Iceland‘s highest and most scenic falls. A pathway leads to the top of the fall and further upstream, where other spectacular falls can be found. During sunny days the spray Skogarfoss may produce a double rainbow.

We will then travel towards the most southerly part of the mainland to Reynisfjara beach, near the charming village of Vik. This beach, with its dramatic scenery, may be the most beautiful in Iceland and certainly one of the best places for landscape photography. It is covered with black pebbles and by the shore you‘ll see an impressive basalt column pyramid called Gardar. Off shore the rugged basalt sea stacks Reynisdrangar rise from the ocean. The waves here are some of the strongest you‘ll find in Iceland.

After a great day of shooting fantastic scenery, we’ll accommodate you at a hotel and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

During the evening hours we’ll be vigilant and ready to shoot in case there should be a Northern Lights display.

Accommodation: Vik

Day 3

Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National parks, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

At sunrise we’ll shoot on the famous black beach of Vik, then we’ll travel towards the Vatnajokull National Park. The park offers some of the most diverse and spectacular scenery you’ll find in Iceland. At it’s centre is Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajokull.

We will focus on the southern and eastern regions of the park where you will see beautiful waterfalls, mighty glaciers, glacier tongues, dark beaches, magnificent mountains, icy glacier lagoons such as Jokulsarlon and much more.

We’ll visit the Svinafellsjokull glacier tongue and glacial lagoon in the Skaftafell National Park, then we’ll head to the amazing Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon to enjoy the sunset on the famous Ice Diamonds beach of Breidamerkursandur.

The evening’s accommodation will be at a hotel near Jokulsarlon and dinner at a nearby restaurant.

During the evening hours we’ll be vigilant and ready to shoot in case there should be a Northern Lights display.

Accommodation: Jokulsarlon

Day 4

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Stokksnes

On the fourth day of the Northern Lights in Iceland Photo Tour, you can decide to enjoy a magical sunrise on the Breidamerkursandur beach or at the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, the choice is yours.

We will then head further east of Vatnajokull and explore the majestic Vestrahorn mountain which rises proudly to 454 meters above the black lava beach of the Stokksnes peninsula. This steep mountain is interesting geologically, it consists of unstratified plutonic rock, mostly gabbro, but with some granophyre as well. The mountain has a very interesting shape, consisting of several steep peaks, and one particularly oddly shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that stretches way out to the sea. All this coupled with the mighty waves of the North Atlantic Ocean crashing on the shore results in great photographic scenery.

As our journey progresses we will constantly be following and seeking the best possible light. Sunrise and sunset are particularly recommended for photographing Vestrahorn and its surroundings, the low light plays beautifully over this epic mountain.

We’ll shoot the Vestrahorn from Stokksnes at sunset, and then we’ll accommodate you at a hotel in Hofn and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

During the evening hours we’ll be vigilant and ready to shoot in case there should be a Northern Lights display.

Accommodation: Hofn

Day 5

Stokksnes and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

At sunrise we’ll shoot Vestrahorn from Stokksnes again. Different times of day and lighting conditions can produce great shots so it is definitely worth another shooting session.

We’ll head back to the Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and enjoy another great sunset on the Ice Diamonds beach or at the lagoon itself.

The evening’s accommodation will be at a hotel near Jokulsarlon and dinner at a nearby restaurant.

During the evening hours we’ll be vigilant and ready to shoot in case there should be a Northern Lights display.

…are you getting the idea? There is a theme to our evenings

Accommodation: Jokulsarlon

Day 6

Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Skaftafell National Park, Dyrholaey and Vik

The schedule for day will be decided by the tour guides based on their extensive experience, the weather conditions and the results of the previous shooting sessions.

We’ll have the opportunity and be in the correct location to shoot beautiful waterfalls like Svartifoss, mighty glaciers, glacier tongues, dark beaches, magnificent mountains, icy glacier lagoons and much more.

After, hopefully, a great days of shooting we’ll accommodate at the hotel in Vik and have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

During the evening hours we’ll be vigilant and ready to shoot in case there should be a Northern Lights display.

Accommodation: Vik

Day 7

Dyrholaey, Vik, Geyser and Gullfoss

After hopefully another magnificent sunrise shoot on the black beach of Vik, we’ll start visiting some of Iceland‘s most popular attractions. These consist of Thingvellir National Park, Gullfoss waterfall and the Geysir geothermal area in South Iceland. Together these are known as the Golden Triangle.

The geothermal area and the spouting hot spring Geysir gives its name to geysers, all over the world. While Geysir itself hardly erupts anymore, its powerful neighbour Strokkur certainly does, spouting water to a height of 15-20 meters every 5 minutes. Other notable geysers (with a small ‘g’) are Smidur and Litli-Strokkur. You’ll also find fumaroles (hot springs that emanate steam and gas) and may note bright yellow stains of native sulphur that have crystalized in the steam as well as a range of mudpots (fumaroles that boil through the groundwater/surface water). During dry spells these may steam, but otherwise they boil. Close by is an old natural pool, which can be entered by visitors but with caution as it is delicate. There is also forestry in the area and a tree museum, which are well worth a visit. Finally, you might want to check out the charming old wooden church. This colourful area offers incredible diversity and a great opportunity for stunning photos.

The thunderous waterfall Gullfoss is widely considered to be the most beautiful of its kind in all Iceland. Its name indeed translates to “The Golden Waterfall”. It is part of the Hvita glacier river in South Iceland and has a drop of 32 meters into a narrow river gorge. This waterfall is a dream come true for any serious landscape photographer. You may even get close enough to feel its spray on your face.

Accommodation will be at a hotel near Geysir and we’ll have dinner at a nearby restaurant.

During the evening hours we’ll be vigilant and ready to shoot in case there should be a Northern Lights display.

Accommodation: Geysir

Day 8

Geyser, Thingvellir National Park and Reykjanes peninsula

We’ll enjoy shooting Geysir at sunrise, when there will be far fewer tourists, before exploring the beautiful Thingvellir National Park.

In terms of nature, history and cultural heritage, Thingvellir is one of Iceland‘s most important sites. It is designated as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO and was site of the national assembly founded in the 10th century, Althingi. Iceland’s present parliament in Reykjavik still bears the same name. Thingvellir is a rift valley, where the North Atlantic and Eurasian tectonic plates meet. The impressive Almannagja gorge is evidence of this and we recommend shooting the beautiful waterfall Oxararfoss that falls into the gorge. Thimgvellir is one of the most photogenic sites in all of Iceland surrounded by a ring of mountains and containing Thingvallavatn, Iceland‘s largest lake and its islets, there are plenty of shooting possibilities.. Underwater photography has also been popular in the area, as the clear water fissure Silfra opens into the lake, where photographers are literally swimming between continents.

After shooting at sunset, we’ll move to Keflavik where we’ll accommodate you at a hotel and have dinner at a nearby restaurant and the workshop will end.

Accommodation: Keflavik

Day 9

Departure

Your very last day, you will take the FlyBus or other shuttles from the hotel to Keflavik International Airport for your return flight. Taking with you memories and photographs from an unforgettable adventure.

Schedule

At the time of this Photo Tour lights are extraordinary and soft, resulting in prime photos. Sunrise will be approximately at 10.30 am and sunset at 15.30 pm, so we’ll have plenty of time to rest and stay out at night to shoot the Northern Lights.

At this time of year you are also likely to enjoy the benefits of the snow, adding yet another great touch to your photography.

As if this scenery wasn’t already enough, during the dark hours we’ll always keep an eye out for the Northern Lights, as this is one of the focuses of our photo tour, and we’ll be ready to go out shooting if something appears in the sky. Shooting the Northern Lights in this otherworldly and adventurous setting is a true adventure for a nature photographer.

Full schedule available on the desktop version of this page or sending an email request to info@vistaphototours.com

Day 1: Arrival

Day 2: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Dyrholaey and Vik

Day 3: Skaftafell and Vatnajokull National parks, Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Day 4: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Stokksnes

Day 5: Stokksnes and Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Day 6: Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon, Dyrholaey and Vik

Day 7: Dyrholaey, Vik, Geyser and Gullfoss

Day 8: Geyser, Thingvellir National Park and Reykjanes peninsula

Day 9: Departure

OUR WORKSHOP EXPERIENCE

The course will consist of technical briefings and practical shooting sessions at dawn, dusk and night with two Professional Photographers with many years of experience in shooting Landscape and Night photography.

This is a personal workshop: you will have constant interaction with your instructors at all times during the course.

This will enable you to quickly master new shooting and post production techniques.

The tutors will be by your side every moment of the tour to give you advice and tips specific to your needs.

Their experience and knowledge will enable you to improve your shooting techniques, advance post production skills and capture well composed images in good light.

Our aim is to provide you with the knowledge and a range of skills that allow you to make the most of the environmental conditions to capture the beauty of the places we visit.

Your personal instructors will be:

Gabriele Lorenzini

Professional photographer, Nikon School Teacher, Adobe Certified Photoshop and Lightroom Expert, FotoCorsi Course and Workshop Instructor

Laurie Noble

Professional travel photographer, 20 years experience of working with and shooting for Getty Images

PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP OBJECTIVES

We want our workshops to be satisfying in every respect.

We don’t just guide you and teach you photographic techniques.

We share with you all our knowledge so hopefully we can achieve these goals:

  • Create a fun and friendly atmosphere of cooperation so our time together is fun for everyone.
  • Convey the most effective shooting and post-production techniques used by us for our landscape photos.
  • Assist you to capture and convey the astounding scenery you will be photographing.
  • We will analyse and discuss all your photos hopefully allowing you to immediately improve and consider new ways to look at photography.
  • Relieve any technical doubts or questions you may have. The tutors will be on hand at all times to assist you.

Our teaching continues even after the trip! Upon returning from the trip, Gabriel and Laurie continue to follow through facebook or email, helping in the selection and post-production of your best photos. In addition you will be invited in a private Facebook group where you can share your photos with the teachers and other participants, to request comments, opinions and advice.

Photography Workshop Objectives

We want our workshops to be satisfying in every respect.

We don’t just guide you and teach you photographic techniques.

We share with you all our knowledge so hopefully we can achieve these goals:

  • Create a fun and friendly atmosphere of cooperation so our time together is fun for everyone.
  • Convey the most effective shooting and post-production techniques used by us for our landscape photos.
  • Assist you to capture and convey the astounding scenery you will be photographing.
  • We will analyse and discuss all your photos hopefully allowing you to immediately improve and consider new ways to look at photography.
  • Relieve any technical doubts or questions you may have. The tutors will be on hand at all times to assist you.

Our teaching continues even after the trip! Upon returning from the trip, Gabriel and Laurie continue to follow through facebook or email, helping in the selection and post-production of your best photos. In addition you will be invited in a private Facebook group where you can share your photos with the teachers and other participants, to request comments, opinions and advice.

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PRICE AND CONDITIONS

  • Total Price: 3450 € per person double occupancy
  • Single room supplement: 580 €
  • Registration deposit: 500 €
  • Minimum-Maximum Number of Participants: 3-6
  • Payment in Full: 60 days prior to the workshop starting date
  • Activity Level: Easy – Short walks over mostly level ground – Conditions in Iceland can be inhospitable which may increase the difficulty.

After you signup, we’ll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list. Please pay special attention to things that we say are absolutely required.

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CONTACT INFO

Vista Photo Tours
via San Donato 149
40127 – Bologna (BO) – Italy
VAT: IT02445160399
Phone: +39 339 8723878
Website: www.vistaphototours.com
Email: info@vistaphototours.com

TRAVEL AGENCY

Punto Viaggio di Elisa Canonica & C. Snc
Via Soldato Anselmo, 4
12080 – Monasterolo Casotto (CN) – Italy
VAT: IT03405540042
Phone: +39 349 1082377
Website: www.puntoviaggio.com
Email: luca@puntoviaggio.com

Included

  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable SUV offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • All breakfasts.

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Photographic gear and other equipments
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport
  • Everything not mentioned under “Included” paragraph

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants required have subscribed or 60 days before the start of the tour. All communication regarding the trip will be by e-mail.
If you cancel your subscription before the tour is confirmed we will refund the amount in total, minus 100 € administration fee.
If you cancel your subscription after the tour has been confirmed refunds will be as follows:
– Within 30 days of the start of the tour you will be refunded 50% of the total cost
– Less than 30 days before the start of the trip no refund will be granted.
Refunds will be paid by bank transfer.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Disclaimer

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.
When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time.
There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

Inclusions, Cancellation and Refund Policy, Disclaimer

Included

  • Two Professional photo guides.
  • Transportation in a spacious, comfortable SUV offering ample room for you and your photography gear.
  • Accommodation in hotels and guesthouses. Rooms with private bathrooms.
  • All breakfasts.

Not Included

  • Flight tickets
  • Lunches and dinners
  • Photographic gear and other equipments
  • FlyBus tickets for transfer from and to Airport
  • Everything not mentioned under “Included” paragraph

Cancellation and Refund Policy

The tour will be confirmed when the minimum number of participants required have subscribed or 60 days before the start of the tour. All communication regarding the trip will be by e-mail.
If you cancel your subscription before the tour is confirmed we will refund the amount in total, minus 100 € administration fee.
If you cancel your subscription after the tour has been confirmed refunds will be as follows:
– Within 30 days of the start of the tour you will be refunded 50% of the total cost
– Less than 30 days before the start of the trip no refund will be granted.
Refunds will be paid by bank transfer.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

Disclaimer

The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable.
When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear at a given time.
There is however always plenty to see and do if conditions do not favor any part of our original plan.

PHOTOS AND TESTIMONIALS ABOUT THIS TOUR

It was a really exciting experience. Iceland is extremely charming and a journey of discovery of the four elements par excellence: water, air, earth, fire. At every corner there was something worth shooting and thanks to the organization of Vista Photo Tours there was no shortage of opportunities to capture the most beautiful landscapes. We travelled between the Aurora Borealis, glaciers, geysers and coastal cliffs. Although at times the altitude, cold and the early and late starts made it hard, the good company and the magnificent photos we took made it all worthwhile. The organization of Vista Photo Tours prepared us to face any weather. Approximately three months before the trip they held a briefing to give us some tips on clothing we would require to face the cold conditions. The same advice was extended to photographic equipment, we were advised to exclude all unnecessary items to avoid carrying unnecessary weight whilst moving around shoot locations. The accommodation was always carefully chosen and in absolutely strategic locations for the sunrise and sunsets shoots. Although adhering to a strict schedule is absolutely necessary for this tour there were still moments when we could stop and relax and enjoy the beauty and wonders of Iceland. Thanks go to Vista Photo Tours, we hope to go on another workshop soon.

For a long time I had been looking forward to my photographic journey with Vista Photo Tours to Iceland and my expectations were met. The accurate and timely flow of communication sent to participants before departure covered a wide variety of subjects from recommended clothing to the essential photographic equipment required. All the questions I asked were quickly answered. When we arrived in Iceland the daily organization (shifts in location, arrivals, stops, lunches and dinners) was notable for the efficiency and punctuality with which they were adhered to, all of which promoted our chances of achieving the best shot in the best location at the best light. The workshop leaders encouraged an informal atmosphere among the participants during our journey but they were always immediately available to offer advice on how best to gain the “perfect shot.” We travelled around the whole of Iceland, 2500km, viewing the landscape from the car as we travelled was an extra pleasure. I was very satisfied and can advice anyone wishing to make this photographic journey to rely on Vista Photo Tours and their team. Thank you guys!

Iceland is a magical country … . The emotions it elicits are indescribable. These locations are more beautiful than any others. The instructors are always ready for any situation which may arise in Iceland as well as being prepared for any small inconveniences that may occur on the journey. I would like to go back and do the full tour of the island …we’ll see, maybe it’s OK to do the short tour just to return 😉

A trip to Iceland with FotoCorsi meant relying on their team of professionals. The tutors planned eight intense and emotional days, allowing us to discover, explore and photograph enchanted places in the best light. The tour was enriched by the conviviality and light-hearted fun that was constant throughout the workshop. It was a fantastic adventure that I will always carry with me. Thank you so much

Wonderful journey, fabulous companions, wonderful places…I’m lavishing free compliments but it’s the truth! It’s a journey that any photographer (amateur, novice, professional, anyone in short) absolutely must do! Wonderful untouched places with climatic conditions that constantly change and put you to the test! The landscape nirvana! The workshop leaders are carers, professionals in every sense, they put you at ease, help you if you’re in trouble and explain everything from A to Z both in the preparation and planning and in the different shooting sessions. The guys know the locations perfectly, they are able to adapt the shooting sessions depending on the weather changes so you can always “take away a picture “! Thanks guys for this wonderful experience.

I would like to recommend … the tutors as well as my fellow travelers! The organization before the trip (clothing and several phone calls) was very detailed in all aspects and consequently everything went well throughout the trip. For me this was the realization of a dream to visit Iceland and I hope to rerturn in the future, it is a wonderful land where I feel very comfortable. I was impressed with the tutors knowledge of the locations and their ability to move (even without a browser !) around like locals. It is essential to visit Iceland with people who are prepared for the experience and know the location well (which offers hostile and unpredictable weather). As a lover of landscapes Iceland has created a thrill and I will be back for sure! The journey did not seem to last long because, like everything beautiful … it seemed like a dream! Good luck guys!

I already knew the tutors as I had attended a workshop with them in Tuscany, therefore I began this trip to Iceland in the certainty that I could count on their organization and availability. Even before departure their guidance and advice was always present, a Facebook group allows you to get to know and interact with other students. Once we arrived at the destination, the days were managed in the best way, every aspect was optimized according to the shots and the cohesion of the group, ensuring we shared great moments together. A truly memorable trip and many unique places visited, from Vik to the glacial lagoon, passing through some of the most iconic Icelandic waterfalls , and two stunning aurora borealis, we didn’t miss anything!

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