Around Iceland

Around Iceland Photo Adventure

The Around Iceland tour is one of Skarpi & friend’s specialities. They have been running this Workshop for many years, and know every hidden gem on the road around Iceland.

The frozen waterfalls, beautiful Ice Caves, Glaciers & frozen Lagoons, and Northern Lights – Aurora Borealis – make Iceland a truly fascinating Winter location for stunning photography. The tour leaves from Reykjavik & visits the favourite locations around Iceland. This is an 11 day package with 9 days on tour.

Some locations can only be accessed with a modified 4×4 vehicle. Chosen locations around Iceland are known as the world’s best areas to photograph Auroras.


Day one – Arrival

Arrive at Keflavík International Airport & transfer to your hotel in Reykjavík. If you arrive early, you can photograph Reykjavik features such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrimskirkja, Sun Voyager & Perlan.

In the evening we discuss the workshop plan over an Icelandic meal.


Reykjavik at night Reykjavik at night
Reykjavik pond Reykjavik pond

Day two – Þingvellir – Vík 

We start early with a one hour drive to Thingvellir National Park.  Here we can start our photography in Iceland’s national park.

From Thingvellir, we drive to the most Southerly part of Iceland, Vik, which has many famous waterfalls and dramatic seascapes in the country, such as Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss.  We also explore the black beach of  Reynisfjara with great opportunities for seascape photography including the sea stacks (Reynisdrangar ) and Dyrholaey rock arch.

We will stay overnight in the old village of Vik


Day three & four – Vatnajokull 

We drive East to the glacier area of Vatnajokull after our morning shoot in Vik. We lodge in a remote 3 star hotel with  glacier views and just about 10 miles from the Jokulsarlon Glacier lagoon.

Over the next couple of days, we explore and photograph glaciers from all angles.  We even travel under the glacier to a crystal ice cave. We visit other glacial lagoons in the are such as Fjallsarlon. We visit Vestrahorn mountain & a variety of photo locations.  The abundance of high quality locations enable us to move around with the weather.  In every direction we can find an excellent photography subjects.

If Auroras decide to make an appearance, our choice of landscapes is endless.

glacier lagoonGlacier lagoon
Ice CaveIce Caves

Ice Beach
Ice beach Aurora

Day five  – East Fjords

We have been to Stokknes & captured Vestrahorn mountain. Now we continue along the inviting East coast and stop at the jagged coastal mountain of Eystrahorn. As we drive deeper into the East fjords, we will stop at lesser known locations.  We stay at a hotel in a tiny, charming fishing village.

On the journey we my stop to photograph the roads winding around the steep terraced mountains.  Countless waterfalls dot the landscape.  The East fjords are quiet in winter, so you might feel like we are alone on the island, except meeting a  few reindeer and some farmers.



Day six-eight – Mývatn 

From the East fishing village, we drive to Lake Myvatn, which is a Winter paradise in North Iceland. We photograph amazing Winter features such as horses and turf houses on our way to Myvatn. We travel to the powerful waterfall at Dettifoss.  After photographing sunset at the waterfall, we check in our hotel in Myvatn.

We stay at our Myvatn hotel for he next 3 nights.  Each day/night we explore new locations. If we have spare time in the Myvatn area, we can soak in the Myvatn Nature Baths to charge our batteries for the next photo location.

We will photograph the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, including Goðafoss, Aldeyjarfoss and Hrafnabjargafoss. These waterfalls are amazing in the Winter light, and difficult for most tourists to get to.

The Myvatn lake rests firmly on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, so most of the photogenic sights are volcanic or geothermal in nature. The last eruption in Myvatn area was September 1984 in Krafla volcano.

The Myvatn area in North of Iceland is great for Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) and night photography as there is no light pollution.  There are good reflections on the lake and interesting volcanic shapes.


Nature bathsNature baths

Day nine – Myvatn – North Coast

We will have a farewell breakfast at the Myvatn hotel and head to the North coast and drive towards Reykjavik. We can make photo stops in lesser known areas depending on the weather.

We will make a short stop of interest in the second largest city in Iceland, Akureyri. This capital of the North is home to 20.000.- people. Then we return to the road and photograph Hraundrangi, a picturesque mountain peak just 20 minutes from Akureyri.

Then we head to Skagafjörður, a Northern fjord with great photo opportunities, such as basalt columns and beautiful coastlines.

Our hotel is located as it is only 30 minutes from the drinking dragon at Hvítserkur – also a well-known seal area.

 Myvatn aurora
Mountain reflections

Day ten – Laugarbakki 

We shoot the sunrise at Hvítserkur, a 40 foot high sea-stack. Legends say that Hvítserkur is a troll turned to stone, although geologists say that is a volcanic plug from the long time ago. It is an amazing photo opportunity regardless of the truth.

We drive South towards Reykjavik and make a few interesting stops at waterfalls. West Iceland is famous for beautiful waterfalls, river fishing and Norse Sagas. We always try to stop to photograph Icelandic Horses before arriving at our Reykjavik hotel.

In Reykjavik, we will enjoy farewell dinner together. If you want to stay in Iceland a bit longer, we can offer you a photography day tours to areas we did not visit on this workshop.

Icelandic HorsesIcelandic Horses

Workshop – Leaders

  • January 18 – 28, 2019 – Skarpi Þráinsson
  • February 1 – 11, 2019 – Aron Reynisson
  • February 15 – 25, 2019 – Skarpi Þráinsson
  • March 1 – 11, 2019 – Aron Reynisson

Duration – 11 days / 10 nights

Around Iceland Winter Photo Workshop

Tour Outline
Twin room hotel accommodation for ten night during the tour (single room available for a suppliment). Well located Reykjavik hotel before and after are also included (Day 1 & 10). All meals including breakfast, lunches, and dinners during the tour. Transport in a spacious, modified 4×4 superbus. Photography instruction and assistance by a Pro Icelandic photographer. Registered Tour Operator in Iceland. Safety gear is available when needed, such as crampons & helmets at the glaciers. We send you a Complete Packing list for equipment and clothing to bring. The Workshop is planned by an Icelandic guide with great experience of leading photography workshops in Iceland.

Remote Iceland

Do you want to learn how to take amazing landscape photos? Do you want to photograph incredible locations in Iceland? Our “Around Iceland Winter Photography Workshop” focuses on Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis) in some of the most interesting and unique sites in Iceland. Some waterfalls, glaciers and ice caves are only possible with our modified vehicle and local experience. We shoot geothermal zones, hot springs and volcanic landscapes with some iconic rock formations in the North. This workshop also takes you to the remote east and north as well as some of the well know parts of Iceland in Winter. On this tour, you will feel like nobody has been there before us.



  • January 18 – 28, 2019
  • February 1 – 11, 2019
  • February 15 – 25, 2019
  • March 1 – 11, 2019
  • September 7 – 16, 2019
  • October 5 – 14, 2019

Duration – 11 days / 10 nights
For reservations following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000 on booking
Payment in Full: 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $5.700 USD. Single room supplement adds $800 USD
Group size: max 10



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If you cancel and the tour is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the tour does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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