This was a 5 day workshop which started and ended with a storm and yet we seemed to be in the eye of the storm for 3 whole days in a fantastic location.

For starters, we were lucky to get out of Reykjavik.  We left Reykjavik in 2 jeeps with extra size wheels and met at the Ólis gas station to discuss the journey and to explain that we were unlikely to see anything on our first day.  Owen and I warned the participants that this was going to be a very tough trip, but mostly for us – as drivers.  This warning turned out to be true as we encountered one of the toughest drives of our careers.   We were the last vehicles to leave Reykjavik that day as they closed the roads in and out of Reykjavik.  We had the South Coast to ourselves, unfortunately this was not a day to enjoy the South Coast, we saw absolutely nothing, but snow… it got lighter, then it got darker.  We arrived at Hali 8 hours later, safe but exhausted.

A beautiful sunrise greeted us the following morning and our 4 participants suddenly realised exactly why we suffered the weather the day before.  Hali is a beautiful place to wake up in good weather.  The mountain towers over the farm from beyond the national highway and the ocean roars across a broad lagoon on the south side of the estate.  After a comfortable breakfast we drove to the diamond beach at Jökulsarlon, we ploughed through the snow and drove a couple of hundred yards up the beach to the thickest of the ice.  We assumed we would be alone, but after some quick long exposure lessons, we were invaded by a group of tourists.  For the following 2 mornings we decided to drive much further up the beach to avoid further invasions.  For the time being it was a bit distracting, but we worked the beach for a couple of hours and everyone got some great shots.

We met the Ice-cave guide at Jökulsarlon and we followed a deep snow moraine track to a parking area close to the ice-caves. We entered a sizeable ice-cave following the safety advice of our guide. It was quite a long cave with an opening at both ends.

That night we had a beautiful clear sky, but no Aurora.

This scene greeted us on the beach at Breiðamerkursandur as we managed to have a full hour of uninterrupted photography.

We headed to the East that afternoon and stopped for some horses in great light and also the abandoned farmhouse, but the highlight was Brunahorn with some nice light behind it.

Brunahorn

We enjoyed a meal at the Horny cafe and with the strong hope of Auroras, we headed back to Hali to get some rest and charge batteries. After two and half hours rest, the Aurora came out, we loaded the jeeps and headed out immediately. At Jökulsarlon, we found a coach, 2 mini-buses and half a dozen cars in the car park, so we crossed the bridge and breached a snow barrier to a car park which no other car or bus could access (the occasional benefits we get from using jeeps). We had a whole view to ourselves and although we were occasionally disturbed by the lights from the other car park, we had a fairly undisturbed session.

One of the main disappointments I had anticipated from shooting this workshop with just 50mm was the Aurora shoot. But actually, it was a chance to get closer to the volcanic glow of the Holuhraun fissure eruption.

Northern lights photography

Multi-day tours

These are multi-day photo tours that include Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. If conditions are good these tours can include Ice caves and Northern lights photography.

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
  • SiXPaXMaX
  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
  • FlyTour – Jökulsarlon

    Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.

    6 day Diamonds & Dragons

    This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
    Prices from $7,536USD

    Seven day Full Circle

    Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
    Prices from $8,847 USD

    Three day Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn & South Coast

    Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.

    South Iceland Photo Tours

    Our guided, multi-day photo tours of South Iceland will give you incredible photo opportunities. The South coast is rich with, glacier ice, towering waterfalls and black sand beaches.
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    Five day Beautiful South

    This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

    Custom Photo Tour

    If you want something that is not listed or you want see Iceland at your own pace on a bespoke tour, our Custom Photo Tours go to all parts of Iceland.

    Glacier Ice Photography

    Here are some more pictures of ice in Iceland.

    Mono Ice

    The lagoon at Jökulsarlon is the deepest lake in Iceland, some parts go as deep as 200m, quite impressive considering the lake was formed in 1923. Jökulsarlon means “the lake of strange mushrooms”. This shot was taken on a very misty Summer night. What I love about fog or mist is that sometimes you see […]

    Ice beach lobster

    The Ice Beach at Jökulsarlon offers so many opportunities for unique photographs. I frame can look completely different a few seconds later. The Ice beach is called Breiðamerkursandur which means “The squirrel’s nutsack” although the translation has been lost over 1000 years. This shot was a mixture of the right timing and composition, al that […]

    Blue Anchor

    This colourful scene on the beach at Jökulsarlon is the result of careful observation. The waves moving around these big chunks were causing grooves in the black sand. With the right angle, the reflected sky colours enhanced the groove textures. This was reciprocal because the grooves enhanced the reflected colours. Magic Cloth Technique Canon 5D3 […]

    Blue Floaters

    This was one of many overcast days at Jökulsarlon. These are so worth shooting through, because these conditions may seem uninviting to our senses when we are actually there, but create some really surreal scenes with Great colours and atmosphere. These chunks of ice were sitting grounded about 20M from the shore. Shooting with my […]