Around Iceland with Tony
11 day workshop package
We explore many of Iceland’s most famous landmarks as we drive around the ring road. Your photography instructor is Tony Prower who will fully assist you and help you to develop your landscape photography skills. Over 9 days of diverse Nature and weather conditions, you will learn how to use your digital camera better and get the best out of your lenses. All levels of photographer are welcome as well as any type of camera. This workshop package includes 2 nights in a Reykjavik hotel either side of a 9 day adventure around Iceland.
All of our overnight hotels are in good locations for Northern Lights photography. We would expect at least 2 good opportunities on this trip.
We spend quality time around the glacier lagoons of the Vatnjokull glacier. This includes quality time on the diamond ice beach. On this trip we will attempt a sunrise on the ice beach and a sunset on the lagoon.
Black sand beaches
Iceland has mainly black sand beaches because the sand is volcanic. We visit some of the most famous, including the beach at Vik with the famous Reynisdrangar sea-stacks. The diamond ice beach at Jokulsarlon is an incredible place to photograph glacier ice on black sand.
Iceland has some dramatic coastlines and because we are driving around Iceland, we are never to far from an incredible coastal scene. The dragon coast of East Iceland and the Volcanic coastline of Snæfellsnes are some of the best in the country.
We visit a few geothermal zones on our photo tour around Iceland. The most famous is Geysir, the home of the Geyser. You will have a lot of fun capturing the various stages of a Geyser eruption.
Waterfall of the Gods
Godafoss is the waterfall of the Gods. We visit this impressive waterfall a couple of times on this tour. We hope to catch some sunset colours and some morning light when we are in the North of Iceland.
- Exposure techniques
- Landscape composition
- Night & Northern lights
- Magic Cloth Photography
- Post-processing: Lightroom & Photoshop
Here you can select and reserve your dates.
- 5th October 2020
- 15th March 2021
- 4th October 2021
- Professional photography tuition and assistance.
- Transportation during the workshop with Reykjavik pick-up/ drop-off
- Accommodation at hotels around Iceland.
- Lightweight Crampons for icy conditions.
- Airport transfer (flybus)
- International flights
- Extra activities
- Meals, Alcohol, snacks and beverages
11 day Itinerary
Note: Weather and road conditions can affect the itinerary.
Transfer from Keflavik international airport to your hotel with the flybus ticket. Arrival in Reykjavik. If you get here early you can explore the Capital of Iceland. We meet in the evening for a traditional Icelandic meal at our central Reykjavik Hotel. During dinner we will discuss the route and itinerary for the trip as well as safety preparations. Then enjoy some of the Reykjavik nightlife, or relax at the hotel.
After breakfast we visit 2 large waterfalls for the first 2 stops, Seljalandsfoss & Skogafoss. In the afternoon we visit the sea cliffs at Dyrholaey and then the black sand beach at Vik. As we head further East we will visit the River gorge at Fjaðrárgljúfur and catching sunset colours enroute to Vatnjokull. Sunset in the Vatnjokull region. Evening meal at Hali. Northern Lights if conditions are good.
We head out after breakfast to a sunset on the diamond ice beach. After a heart-warming Icelandic lunch, we can explore other glacier lagoons and the incredible glacier landscapes or Skaftafell National Park. Hike to Svartifoss as well as landscape stops around the glacier tongues. Hotel for image processing/ rest period, then Jokulsarlon or Ice Beach for Sunset. Evening meal at Hali. Northern Lights if conditions are good.
We leave the Vatnjökull region and head East to the town of Höfn where we can enjoy lobster soup for lunch before exploring the waterfalls and coastline of Iceland’s East fjords. We head further East to explore local landscapes, reindeer, horses, Vestrahorn & Eystrahorn Mountains. Check into our hotel then catch some evening light & Northern lights in the East Fjords.
Explore some more of the East fjords in the morning. After lunch in Egilstadir, we head further North with the chance of seeing Dettifoss waterfall. We check into our Myvatn hotel for the evening.
Sunrise somewhere on lake Myvatn. After breakfast we can explore the geothermal landscape including bubbling mud, huge craters, lava fields and caves. Lunch then image processing/ rest period. In the afternoon we visit the Godafoss waterfall with the hope of a sunset at the waterfall of the Gods.
We visit Godafoss again after breakfast. Then we continue to Akureyri – the capital of the North. We continue through some beautiful valleys to our hotel in Hvammstangi. We visit the Kolugil gorge and waterfall on the way and then head out to Hvitserkur for sunset photography.
This day we start heading South as we visit the craters at Grabrok and the waterfall complex at Hraunfossar. In the afternoon we head towards our hotel in Grundarfjordur and spend the evening photographing Kirkjufell and Kirkjufellsfoss. Sunset & Northern Lights at Kirkjufell.
West to the Snæfellsness Peninsula. We spend the day exploring old fishing villages, stunning coastlines, historical churches and the amazing Mountain/waterfall combination at Kirkjufellsfoss. We stay at a hotel close to Kirkjufell to increase your chances of a Sunset, sunrise or Northern lights with the famous mountain.
After an early start at Kirkjufellsfoss we head to a photographer’s paradise at Thingvellir National Park. Set up your camera gear between the continental plates at the Oxararfoss waterfall. From there we take the road to Geysir. Here you will have plenty of opportunity to capture the erupting Strokkur before a photo stop at the huge Gullfoss waterfall. Your Lunch stop could be at Geysir or Gullfoss. Then visit lesser known waterfalls, horses, craters etc. We head back to our Reykjavik hotel for a relaxing Icelandic meal.
Departure day. After breakfast, you can take the flybus back to the airport or extend your stay to explore Reykjavik city with your new camera skills.
Please note: the days are long late March/ early April. We have to conform to Iceland’s driving regulations which stipulate 11 hour rest periods overnight for our driver. Going out for Sunrise will be a careful decision because we are really stretching the rules. We can’t realistically schedule Sunrise shoots when we are changing hotels because the driver will have no opportunity for a break and this will violate the number of hours he is driving. If there are good conditions for Northern lights and we go out in the evening, this will be a trade off for the Sunrise. Both Northern lights and Sunrises can be nice at the hotels we have booked.
As we could be out until 7-8pm, I feel it is best to schedule image processing help sessions during the day when the light is not so good. You are free to take advantage of the rest period or come and get some help with lightroom & photoshop.
Show and tell
After some days of shooting and processing, we could have show and tell sessions in the evening where we can share our favourite pictures with each other.
There are places in Iceland that make you feel like a visitor to another planet. Iceland’s Lava Fields are frequent in the landscape in a thick strip of land through the middle from The North East to the KEF international airport.
Rauðisandur beach is on the South side of Iceland’s Westfjords and is south facing. Rauðisandur is also spelled Rauðasandur and features “Red Sand”.
Lóndrangar are volcanic plugs on the Snæfellsnes peninsula. These tough basalt rock pinnacles are the remains of an ancient crater. This area offers some of the best views of Snæfellsjökull Glacier on the Snæfellsnes peninsula.