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8 days
From March 10 to 17, 2024
Keflavik Airport, Iceland
Keflavik Airport, Iceland
For all photography levels
For all physical levels and ages

ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR DATES

  • MARCH 10 TO MARCH 17, 2024 - SPOTS AVAILABLE
  • MARCH 9 TO MARCH 16, 2025 - SPOTS AVAILABLE
  • JANUARY 31 TO FEBRUARY 7, 2026 - SPOTS AVAILABLE

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ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR DETAILS

 

As a new offering from the winter of 2024, we present our new Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour, featuring a completely open itinerary, and fully focused on the pursuit and photography of the stunning auroras borealis.

From March 10th to 17th, 2024, we will roam around the island, able to visit almost any part of it, in search of the best weather conditions to photograph this unparalleled natural phenomenon. We will start and end the journey at the Keflavik Airport, Iceland, but each day we reserve the right to decide our itinerary and places to visit, based on the weather forecasts of the previous days. In this way, we will seek areas with clearer skies, trying to find the best conditions to capture the Northern Lights.

By traveling during this time, we also ensure the best possible conditions for viewing the auroras. And all this without forgetting the spectacular landscapes we will traverse, including beautiful waterfalls and glaciers, fabulous mountains and rock formations, or stunning black sand beaches. This will allow us, in addition to enjoying the nocturnal skies with the auroras, to capture magnificent images throughout the rest of the day.

And, as if that weren’t enough, we are so confident in the success of a trip like this, with its open itinerary, that if you don’t manage to photograph the Northern Lights during the trip, we offer you the chance to take the tour again completely free of charge in one of the groups in the next 3 years. If someone offers you a similar success guarantee, it’s because you can be sure that our trip will not disappoint you.

 

What to Photograph During Our Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour?

This Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour, as may be obvious, is entirely focused on the photography of the Northern Lights or auroras borealis and, to a lesser extent, on winter landscapes. As previously mentioned, during the trip, we will try to find areas with the best possible weather conditions for capturing the Northern Lights, moving around any part of Iceland for this purpose. Naturally, all this will be feasible in terms of time and distances to be covered. In this way, we will try to take advantage of photographing the auroras each night we spend on this trip. To do this, we will look for locations of extraordinary beauty, among which are noteworthy beautiful wild beaches, imposing cliffs and fjords, dreamlike forests, or fantastic frozen lakes.

But, of course, we will also make the most of the rest of the day photographing these magnificent landscapes. This area of the Arctic is notable for the majesty of its scenery, making it a perfect destination for any landscape photographer.

 

Why should you take this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour at this time of year?

Without a doubt, winter is the best time of year to photograph the northern lights, the main objective of the trip. By traveling at this time, we will maximize the chances of seeing and capturing the mythical Northern Lights, in one of the most suitable places on the planet for this purpose.

Moreover, at this time, we will enjoy all the beauty of the snow covering the landscapes we visit, which will offer us even better conditions for photography. If we are already talking about truly impressive landscapes, the snow manages to further enhance the beautiful scenes of the area. Lastly, during these months of the year, the light is especially beautiful, as the sun does not rise too high above the horizon, allowing us to enjoy soft and warm light virtually all day long. This famous Arctic Light will provide us with conditions dreamed of by any photography enthusiast.

Who is this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour for?

Our Northern Lights Photo Tour is suitable for all levels, both physical and photographic, as well as for all ages. It is an easy-level trip, designed so that anyone can join. Firstly, no minimum physical level is required to join the trip. All the routes we will take are very short and simple, always very close to where we park our vehicles. Occasionally, we might take walks around the area we visit, exploring its multiple photographic possibilities, although these will always be short, simple, and at a very relaxed pace. In addition to this, there is no age limit, and anyone who is reasonably healthy can participate in the trip.

Similarly, no previous photographic experience is required, although it is always beneficial. Our guide(s) will assist each participant during the trip, offering personalized attention and adapted to each individual’s level. This way, you will achieve fantastic photographs during the trip, regardless of your level, even if it’s the first time using your photographic equipment.

Finally, you don’t need professional photographic equipment to join the group. Any camera can be used to fully enjoy the trip, although it is true that for photographing the auroras, the best possible quality is recommended. With any camera, you can enjoy the trip and the experience! As an example, sometimes we have clients who use compact cameras, or even just their smartphone.

Summary

Given everything discussed so far, we can assure you that this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour will be a fantastic photographic experience. An unparalleled opportunity to learn to capture the magical northern lights, in a trip maximized for this purpose. All while learning and improving your photographic techniques. Additionally, you will be part of a small group, which will facilitate learning and make the most of the experience. Can you imagine yourself there, ready with your tripod to capture nature’s most beautiful phenomenon?

Now you can make your wish come true, taking advantage of one of the few available spots for this fantastic trip. Seize the opportunity, and remember, if we don’t manage to photograph the auroras during the trip, you will have the chance to repeat the trip for free in the future. Indeed, a guarantee of success you shouldn’t miss.

Remember that if you are interested in a trip to Iceland with a fixed itinerary, you can view all our Photo Tours to Iceland here.

Northern Lights in Kirkjufellfoss, Iceland

What to expect from this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour?
  • Capturing the magical Northern Lights in some of the world's best destinations for it.
  • Photographing the incredible snowy landscapes of Iceland
  • Understanding and learning night photography techniques focused on capturing the Northern Lights.
  • Understanding the use of neutral density filters in landscape photography.
  • Receiving advice and instruction on composition ideas and techniques.
  • Observing the impact of including the human figure in scenic landscapes.
  • Receiving at least two post-trip photo editing videos.
  • Holding an online group meeting after the trip to learn image editing and processing techniques.
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ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR ITINERARY

The itinerary of this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour may take place in different areas of the island, remaining subject to the total decision of the guide(s) and the organization of the trip, depending on weather conditions. All this, with the goal of trying to achieve the best chances of photographing the northern lights.

DAY 1 | ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR

Our Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour will begin with the group meeting at Keflavik International Airport. On this first day, we will stay in the surrounding area, and the next day, we will move to the area where we believe there will be greater chances of photographing the Northern Lights.

Northern Lights at Fjallsarlon in Iceland | Workshops Photo Tours

DAYS 2 TO 7 | ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR

Throughout the week-long duration of the trip, we will move based on weather forecasts, always seeking the best possible conditions to photograph the northern lights.

Rhino - Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour | Workshops Photo Tours

Among the areas we may visit during the week-long trip, some notable ones are Stokksnes, Jökulsarlon, Skogafoss, Godafoss, and Kirkjufell. As previously mentioned, this itinerary will always be decided by the organization and the guide(s), always aiming to achieve the best possible photographic results.

Thanks to this, we will maximize the chances of photographing the wonderful Northern Lights.

Kirkjufell, Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour | Workshops Photo Tours

 

DAY 8 | ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR

Today, we will get up early to move to Keflavik Airport, where our Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour will end.

 

Stokkness, Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour | Workshops Photo Tours

ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR CONDITIONS

Pricing and Bookings

The cost of this fantastic 8 days (7 nights) long Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour, is US$3,695 per person. Price includes double shared accommodations with another participant in the trip, according to the itinerary.

Price calculated for a minimum group of 6 participants. In case there were less than 6 people for the group, customers will have the chance to continue with the trip paying an extra supplement, or to receive a full refund if the trip has to be cancelled.

Single room supplement: US$900, depending on availability.

To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to info@workshopsphototours.com, or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.

General Considerations

This Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ (hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).

The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we offer, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itinerary shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photo guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.

In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these.

We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.

At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.

Documentation

Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. To visit Iceland, you need a valid Passport and might need a visa or an electronic travel authorization to enter the country. Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign destination. The photographers and the travel agency have no responsibility about each traveler’s documentation, or about the requirements to be allowed to enter in Iceland or any other country.

Travel Insurance

This Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour includes a basic assistance insurance. However, we strongly recommend you to bring a full travel insurance, which has unlimited or high limit money coverages in case of accident or disease.

Personal Counseling

The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.

Responsability

We are completely sure that this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive learning process. The travel agency will always try to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.

The travel agency, tour leaders, guides, or the photographers hosting the trip, will have no responsibility at all for any accident, loss, theft or damage suffered by the customers participating on it.

Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.

Payment

At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600 (US$798 if choosing single room). Payments can be done by bank transfer, by credit or debit card, and by PayPal. However, please notice that credit or debit card and PayPal payments are subject to a supplement fee, to cover the costs of these payment methods.

The remaining balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip. If one client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, the organizers has the right to cancel the contract with that participant, without any refund, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.

Cancelations

In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being issued a full refund.

If the travel agency needs to cancel the trip, for any reason, customers will get a 100% refund of the cost of the photo tour.

However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:

– Less than 60 days prior to the trip: US$600 (US$798 in case they had chosen single room basis).
– Greater than 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost.

Prices are based in the Exchange rates by December, the 28th, 2018. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.

Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by us, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.

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Starting/ending location

Keflavik International Airport, Iceland (Google Maps)

Included

  • Accommodation for the 7 nights of the trip in a shared room for 2 to 4 participants.
  • Pick-up at Keflavik International Airport at the beginning of the trip and transfer to it at the end.
  • Transportation in vehicles throughout the trip, including all related expenses.
  • Specialized photographic guide(s) knowledgeable about the destination.
  • Personalized instruction and assistance.
  • Basic travel insurance.
  • Two or more photo editing videos made by our photographers.
  • Group video editing session after the trip, where you will learn editing and processing techniques for your images.
  • Organization and management of the trip by our own Official Travel Agency specialized in photography tours, with more than 45 photo tours organized, and complying with all legal requirements and regulations for travel in Europe.

Not included

  • Flights and/or transportation to and from Keflavik International Airport, Iceland
  • Meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner), snacks or beverages.
  • Tips.
  • Personal expenses.
  • Anything not included in the “Included” section.

RECOMMENDED PHOTO GEAR FOR THE ICELAND NORTHERN LIGHTS PHOTO TOUR

This is just a list of the ideal gear for a trip like this. However, there is no need at all to have or bring all this gear. You can join the trip using any kind of camera, or even a smartphone!

Camera

DSLR or MIRRORLESS CAMERA RECOMMENDED

We recommend you to bring a DSLR or Mirrorless system camera with interchangeable lenses, but you can join the photo tour bringing any kind of camera, including compact ones, or even a smartphone.

Wide Angle Lens

For example, a 14-24mm or a 16-35mm

A wide angle lens will be really useful to capture the amazing Northern Lights skies. It’s also interesting that it’s a fast lens (f/2’8 or faster), for night photography.

Standard Zoom

For example, a 24-70MM

An standard zoom, like a 24-70mm, or a 24-105mm, will be very useful on this trip. With that focal length range, you will be able to capture a great variety of the scenes we’ll find.

TELEPHOTO LENS

FOR EXAMPLE, A 70-200MM

A telephoto lens like a 70-200mm won’t be the most used lens on this trip. However, it can be useful to capture distant sceneries and views of the mountains, although it will add weight to your backpack.

 

Bright fixed lens for auroras

For example, a 14mm f/1.8 or a 20mm f/1.4.

If we have a very bright wide-angle lens, like a 14mm f/1.8 or a 20mm f/1.4, it will be very useful on the trip, as they are perfect for capturing Northern Lights.

 

TRIPOD

A STURDY TRIPOD

For our Northern Lights photography sessions, as well as for sunrise and sunset shoots, a good, stable tripod is necessary, while also being reasonably lightweight.

PHOTOGRAPHY FILTERS

ND, GRADUATED AND POLARIZER FILTERS

We recommend you bringing ND filters for long exposure photography, as well as graduated ND filter for sunrises and sunsets. A polarizer filter will be very useful too, to add saturation or avoid reflections.

REMOTE CONTROLLER

REMOTE CONTROLLER OR INTERVALOMETER

Bringing a remote or an intervalometer will be a great idea, because they will be very useful in low light sessions, avoiding the need to touch the camera, and therefore minimizing the risk of moved images.

BATTERIES

Enough spare batteries

Bringing enough extra batteries is essential for a photo tour like this. We will be taking lots of pictures every single day, so you should bring enough batteries to avoid running out of energies.

MEMORY CARDS

ENOUGH MEMORY CARDS

We also recommend you bringing enough memory cards so you can store all the pictures you will take during the trip, or even doing security copies. Given their low price, it’s better to carry extra cards.

PRactical Information

Details about the Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour and the destination

Is there a minimal physical level to join this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour?

No, this a trip suitable for all physical levels and conditions

This Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour is recommended for anyone, regardless of age or physical ability, to join the trip. As long as you can comfortably manage a short five-minute hike, you are welcome to come along. Most of the photo locations are situated just a brief walk from where we’ll park, ensuring this will be a manageable journey for all.

Additionally, there are no age limits for the tour, provided that your health and condition are reasonably good. This makes it an ideal opportunity for enthusiasts of all ages to experience and photograph the stunning Northern Lights.

Do I need a minimal photography level to join the Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour?

Absolutely not, all photography lovers are welcome, no matter the level!

There is no minimum photography skill requirement to join this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer, nor do you need extensive experience with your camera. Our photo tours are welcoming to all skill levels, from beginners to unseasoned photography enthusiasts. In fact, we sometimes have participants capturing moments with their smartphones. One of our standout features is offering personalized attention. We’re here to assist you in capturing the best possible images, no matter your prior experience.

Our aim is to help you grow and improve as a photographer while you enjoy the breathtaking spectacle of the Northern Lights!

What kind of weather can I expect during this Northern Lights Photo Tour?

We may have mid to cold temperatures, with possible rain

During this winter Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour, we can expect quite cold temperatures most of the time, but they are manageable with proper preparation. Average temperatures during this period usually range from 14º to 36º Fahrenheit (-10º to 2º Celsius). However, strong winds are common in the regions where we’ll be chasing the auroras, which can make it feel colder, especially at night.

For this reason, it’s essential to be well-prepared for a trip of this nature. A good quality down jacket or parka, as warm as possible, is a must. We also advise dressing in layers, allowing you to adjust easily to changing temperatures. Additionally, a Gore-Tex jacket or similar is recommended for rainy conditions. Mountain and/or snow boots are ideal for most of the terrain we’ll encounter. Upon confirming your booking, you will receive a guide with a recommended gear list tailored for this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour, ensuring you’re fully equipped for this incredible adventure.

Are meals included on this Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour?

No, meals are not included in the trip

This Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour, as most of our trips, doesn’t include meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner). This will give us maximum flexibility during the trip, in order to focus mainly in the most important thing: photography.

Normally, we will be having breakfast in the hotel or in cafes near the area, before or after our sunrise shooting session (depending on timing). For lunch, sometimes we’ll be stopping at restaurants, but other times we’ll be buying food at supermarkets (fruit, snacks, sandwiches, etc…), and doing a picnic or even eating in the vehicle/s. Then, we will have dinner at the hotel or in town. 

However, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the great food in Iceland. We specially recommend its amazing fish and seafood, as well as the Icelandic lamb!

Which payment options do you offer?

We offer several payment options for you

Currently, our primary payment method for the Northern Lights Photo Tour is bank transfer. However, if you prefer, we also offer alternative payment options, including credit or debit card, PayPal, or TransferWise. Please be aware that these additional payment methods may incur a commission fee. Feel free to inquire about these different payment options.

If you opt to pay via credit or debit card, or through PayPal, you can complete your payment online at the end of the booking process. For those choosing bank transfer, simply proceed with your booking and select this method. After completing the booking process, you will receive an email containing all the necessary instructions and bank details for the transfer.

What kind of accommodations will we have?

We will stay in tourist category hotels (2, 3 or 4 stars) or guesthouses

During this Northern Lights Photo Tour, we will typically be staying in 2, 3, or 4-star hotels, or in guesthouses. Each traveler will be accommodated in a double twin shared room, paired with another participant from the tour. All rooms will include a private bathroom.

If you are traveling with someone, you will share the room with them. However, if you are traveling alone, we will match you with another participant of the same gender as a roommate. Alternatively, you have the option to select a single room for an additional fee. Please contact us for all the details and arrangements to ensure your comfort and preferences are met during this spectacular photo tour.

Can I join this Northern Lights Photo Tour regardless my country of residence?

Absolutely, no matter the placer where you live to join us!

Anyone, regardless of their country of residence, can join this Northern Lights Photo Tour. Our primary travel agency is based in Santander, Spain, but our tours are accessible to customers from all around the globe. Consequently, you may find participants from various locations on our photo tours.

This Iceland Northern Lights Photo Tour will commence at Keflavic International Airport in Iceland. All participants are required to arrive there on the first day of the tour, traveling from their respective countries of residence. There is no need to travel to a specific city to fly together to Iceland. This flexibility allows for a diverse group of photography enthusiasts to convene directly in Iceland, ready to start this exciting adventure.

What else should I bring to the Northern Lights Photo Tour?

We will send you all the information about what you need to bring

Once your booking for this Northern Lights Photo Tour is confirmed, we’ll send you detailed trip information along with a recommended gear PDF guide. This guide will provide suggestions not just for photography equipment, but also for clothing and accessories that might be useful during the tour. Essentially, you won’t have to worry about anything, as our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you’ll need to maximize your enjoyment of the trip!

As an initial piece of advice, we suggest bringing a light-colored down or shell jacket (such as red, orange, yellow, light green, etc.). This jacket will keep you protected from the cold and rain, and at the same time, you’ll look fantastic when photographed against the backdrop of some of Iceland’s most stunning locations!

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