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Our Winter Iceland Photo Tour, from November 12 to 20, 2023, and from February 3 to 11, 2024 (more dates available soon), is one of our most successful photo tours. Joining us on these dates, will give you the chance to photograph the island in one of the best times of the year for it. In this period, incredibly beautiful landscapes, and great chances to photograph the Northern Lights.
This Iceland Photo Tour is a once in a lifetime opportunity to photograph the nature and landscapes of one the most spectacular countries in the world. Unforgettable sunrises and sunsets, black sand beaches, icebergs dotted along distant shorelines and gorgeous waterfalls await to be captured by any landscape photography lover.
This photo tour is organized by our own official travel agency for photography lovers, and guided by our professional photographer/s. We are offering a great experience, planned to enjoy nature and landscape photography at its best. Our journey will take us throughout the country while we chase the most beautiful moments of light: dawn, dusk and golden hours. Nighttime photography will also be on our agenda, as we’ll try to capture the magical Aurora Borealis. This is a wonderful phenomenon that we will be searching for throughout our stay. Sadly, we can never know when the Northern Lights will actually be present. However, we have planned this tour during one of the periods with best chances to experience it.
This Iceland Photo Tour will be focused on landscape photography, as this is one of the most stunning destinations on Earth. Some of the locations we’ll be photographing are amazing waterfalls, such as Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Kvernufoss o Gullfoss. We’ll also capture black sand beaches, like Reynisfjara, Stokksnes, or Diamond Beach. Then, glacier lagoons from the Vatnajökull Glacier (the largest one in Europe), such as Jokulsarlon or Fjallsarlon, or spectacular mountains and rock formations, as the Kirkjufell, Lomagnupur or Vestrahorn. We will also capture beautiful rivers, creeks, canyons, and panoramic views. Everywhere you go in Iceland, there is something amazing to photograph.
By other hand, we are also going to visit some of the nicest villages around the island, such as Grundarfjördur, Vik or Höfn. In some of those villages, we will be able to photograph their beautiful churches. Among them, we could highlight the ones in Budhir, Ingjaldsholl, Vik or Hof.
During these 9 days, we’ll travel around the South and West part of Iceland, photographing its most incredible locations. Every single day, we’ll pay special attention to the best moments of light, sunrise, sunset or golden hours. We have planned our route so we can visit those top locations at those special moments.
However, there is something more that we will try to capture during the trip: the magical Northern Lights. This will be one of the main purposes of the trip and, for many, the main reason to get to Iceland. Therefore, we will try our best to get the chance to photograph them. Every single day, we’ll be studying the solar activity and weather forecasts, and we’ll go out at night always that we have chances to see them. Anyway, this is one of the best times of the year to enjoy this extraordinary natural phenomenon.
Visiting Iceland in November (as well as in February or March), will bring us fabulous winter or pre-winter conditions. Then, we’ll have many chances to find snow and ice on the locations. As a consequence of this, the sceneries will look even more beautiful than usual.
At the same time, this is one of the best times of the year to photograph the amazing Northern Lights. Therefore, there are many chances that we get to photograph the amazing Auroras during this trip. By other hand, wintry conditions are usually not the worst at this time. Traveling in months like December or January would imply more possibilities of harsh conditions and road closures.
Our photo tour is suited for all ages, physical conditions and experience levels. Most locations are easily accessible, so there is no need for special conditions to join.
Equally, there is no age limit, anyone can join the trip as long as he or she is reasonably well.
At the same time, no minimum photo experience is required. Our photography guides will be on hand to assist and answer any photography questions you might have, so that you can achieve the best images possible.
We offer a 9 day long Iceland Photo Tour, in which we’ll be able to photograph the most magical locations around the country, as we share special moments, and make new friends with the same hobbies. Undoubtedly, this is a great chance to visit one of the most photogenic countries in the world, with a well experienced travel agency and profesional photographer – guides. We’ll do our best to help you getting the most extraordinary images from Iceland, while you learn new techniques and improve your photography skills. Do not miss this unique opportunity, seats are limited to 12 participants.
Our journey begins with our group meeting at Keflavik airport. From here, we will head to Grundarfjördur, a quaint town in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, and our destination for the following two nights. The drive to there will be two or three hours long, with fantastic views from the road. Then, we will have several opportunities to stop and take photos along the way. Once we get to the village, we’ll be just a five minutes drive from one of the most famous mountains in Iceland, Kirkjufell.
Once we get to our accommodations, we’ll be photographing the sunset from the Kirkjufell area. After this, we’ll be prepared to shoot that evening, in case we are lucky enough to see the Northern Lights. In that case, we’ll be shooting the mountain from the amazing falls located at the other side of the road, the Kirkjufellfoss.
We will spend the whole day in the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, visiting some of the most beautiful locations in the area.
First of all, we’ll get to Budhir for sunrise. Outside this really tiny village, there is a precious black church, probably the most famous all around Iceland. This location will be a perfect spot for our sunrise session, surrounded by the sea and the mountains. We’ll be hoping for beautiful tones in the sky, as well as for the golden light once the sun has appeared.
Later, and also South of the peninsula, lies the Londrangar coastline, where we will spend some time photographing the striking cliffs, with pinnacles that reach up to 75 meters high. This area will be an ideal setting to photograph seascapes, and practice using neutral density filters, in order to get different visual effects depending on exposure time.
In the middle of all this rugged natural area, we’ll find a few beautiful villages by the sea. Firstly, we’ll stop by Hellnar for some quick shots, before moving to our sunset location.
Then, we’ll make our way to Arnarstapi for sunset. This is one of the most beautiful villages on this peninsula, from which we will be able to photograph impressive sceneries and seascapes, together with the famous rock formation known as Gaklettur. The coastline in the area is surrounded by stunning cliffs and rock formations, which make for beautiful views. We’ll stay here during the sunset, trying to capture all the beauty that this ara will bring us.
Once the night has arrived, we’ll get back to our accommodation for a well deserved rest. However, we will check the conditions and will be ready to go out if there are chances to photograph the Northern Lights.
Again, we will wake up early to capture the sunrise in front of the Kirkjufell mountain. This time, we’ll get different light conditions, with the sun hitting from behind. We’ll stay some time exploring the area, photographing the falls and the lagoon, while we search for interesting rocks and possible ice formations. After our session, we will drive West to explore the North area of the peninsula. Here, we’ll find spectacular seascapes and black sand beaches, together with beautiful mountains and impressive fjords. Before leaving the area we will photograph the amazing Ingjaldsholl church.
After this, we will travel east by the Southern Coast. During this long ride, we will be stopping several times to photograph some of the stunning sceneries around us. In addition, we’ll be looking for the precious Icelandic horses, doing some stops to photograph them.
By early evening, we will get to our sunset location, the impressive Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This waterfall is located in front of a cavern and, depending on the weather and on how safe the path is, we might be able to hike and photograph it from behind. Certainly, this is one of the most stunning locations in Iceland, and we’ll have plenty of time to enjoy it. Besides this one, there are several other falls in the surroundings, and we will try to visit several of them.
After sunset, we’ll drive to our accommodation, by the Skogafoss waterfall. This will be a great location to shoot the Northern Lights, in case we are lucky.
Today, we’ll wake up early to photograph the Skogafoss waterfall by sunrise. This is probably the most famous and most photographed waterfall in Iceland, and we’ll stay time enough to enjoy the location. Furthermore, it’s the perfect place to get our own Icelandic portrait, with the waterfall in the background.
After sunrise, we will hike to the nearby Kvernufoss waterfall, in the surroundings. This is a much less crowded location, so we will enjoy from countless photo possibilities, both during our hike and at the waterfall itself. Like in Seljalandfoss, we may also be able to get inside a cave under the cliff ,allowing us to photograph the falls from behind, giving us a unique vantage point for photos.
Next, we will be heading to the Dyrholaey cliffs area, an spectacular setting from which we’ll have extraordinary views of the landscapes around us. Then, we will stop at the very famous Reynisfjara black sand beach, from which we’ll also photograph the Reynisdrangar rock formations. The beach is famous for its incredible basalt columns, which make for moody landscape images.
Later, we will stop at Vik, where we will photograph its beautiful church, before continue driving East. Upon arrival in Höfn, our destination for the next two nights, we will head to the Stokksnes Peninsula for sunset. Here, we will capture the sunset with the backdrop of Vestrahörn mountain, in a magical setting, where the ocean meets gorgeous black sand dunes. If we have chances to see the Northern Lights, we’ll stay in the area, since it’s one of the most beautiful location to shoot it. Otherwise, we’ll get to our accommodation to sleep.
We’ll spend the whole day photographing Höfn and its surroundings. We’ll visit Stokksness again, this time for sunrise. This is one of the most photogenic areas in Iceland, with countless possibilities for photography. We’ll spend plenty of time exploring the black sand dunes, and looking for reflections of the Vestrahörn.
Later, we’ll be able to photograph one of the areas where ‘Game of Thrones’ was filmed, including a tiny village nestled into the mountains.
Our journey continues driving West where we’ll enjoy some extraordinary views of the mountains and glaciers to the North. During the drive, there are often reflections in ponds beside the roads, that make for wonderful photo opportunities. We may also find some wild Icelandic horses in this area which make for incredible subjects as they gallop freely across the mountainous landscapes.
As evening approaches, we will head back to Stokksness for sunset, where where we will be photographing the beach and the reflections of the mountains on its shoreline. Alternatively, and time dependind, we could drive East to Eystrahörn, another spectacular mountain range with great photography possibilities.
Again, we will be ready to capture the Northern Lights if they decide to make an apperance, from this area next to the sea.
Today, we’ll capture sunrise again near Stokksnes, before driving West to Vatnajökul National Park, our home for the next two days.
We’ll spend most part of the day visiting some of the beautiful glacier lagoons in the area. First of all, we will visit Fjallsarlon, an spectacular glacier lagoon, full of icebergs, and with incredible views of the glacier and the mountains that surround it. We’ll also photograph another nearby lagoon, known as Kvíárjökul. This place is normally not so crowded, and the scenery around it is simply fabulous. Given this, we’ll hike a bit in the area, in order to capture the beauty of the area.
After these visits, we will visit the lovely turf church at Hof. This little church, as well as its old cemetery, have extraordinary photo possibilities, with dune-shaped graves built over the ground.
Finally, we’ll drive to Yökulsarlon Glacier, another of the top locations for photography in Iceland. Here,we will photograph some glaciers as well as the world famous Diamond Beach, a black sand beach full of icebergs, which get to the sea from the nearby glacier lagoon, and then are moved to the shoreline by the waves, making it truly a remarkable sight.
Diamond beach is one of the most stunning places for anyone who visits Iceland for the first time. When you see these icebergs, some small, while others bigger than a horse, you can’t help but be amazed by such an incredible place. We will play with different exposure times when photographing the icebergs, something that will allow us to get unique effects from the wave movements.
After getting back to our accommodation, we will check the conditions and go out again, if there are possibilities to photograph the Aurora Borealis.
We will go to Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon for sunrise. From here, we’ll photograph the icebergs on the water, with the beautiful mountainous background. You often get some beautiful soft tones in the sky from here, perfect for adding a wintry mood to our pictures.
As an option, we might hire an ice cave excursion (not included in the price), to photograph the stunning blue colors inside the caves. We work with the best local companies and guides, so we could prepare a private group for visiting one of the most impressive ice caves in the area.
Afterwards, we will drive West to the Skfatafell area, where we’ll be able to photograph other different glacier lagoons. All these lagoons are truly amazing, and each one of them offers different fantastic photo possibilities. For this reason, we’ll try to make our best from these visits.
Later, we will drive back East. We’ll go back to Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon for sunset. Once again, we’ll enjoy from the endless possibilities that this place bring us. All this area around Vatnajökull Nationa Park will be one of the highlights of our trip. Because of that, we will visit during different stages of the day, to capture it in all it’s glory.
In the evening, we will be on the lookout for the Northern Lights, trying to photograph them in front of one of the glacier lagoons in the area.
For our last sunrise in the Yöjulsarlon Glacier area, we will go back to Diamond Beach. Same as during our previous visit, we will be practicing long exposure photography here. We will be searching for beautiful icebergs, and playing with the shutter speed to get motion in our images. We will be using neutral density filters to get the best results.
Afterwards, we will begin our drive back to West. Along the way, we will stop several times to photograph other impressive locations on the island, such as the stunning Lomagnupur mountain, where we will be able to photograph it’s massive peak reflected in some ponds close to the road.
Depending on time, we may also be visiting the Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon, another top location for photography, with its wonderful cliffs and impossible shapes.
For sunset, and depending on time, we will be visiting the Bruarfoss waterfall, which is famous for it’s blue tones. This is one of the smallest waterfalls we’ll see during our trip, but at the same one of the most beautiful. There is a half an hour hike to get to the falls, so this visit will depend on time, and on the participants’ energy by this time of the trip. Alternatively, if it’s not possible to get there on time and safely, we will visit another location, such as Gulfoss waterfall.
Once the night has come, we’ll drive to our accommodation. However, this will be our last night of the trip, so we’ll keep an eye on the sky, trying to photograph our last Northern Lights session.
Today, we’ll be driving to Keflavik International Airport where unfortunately our journey in this amazing country will come to an end.
However, depending on our flights schedules, we might do some last visits before our drive. In that case, we would photograph Gulfoss waterfall at sunrise, one of the most famous falls in the Southern Coast. In contrast to Bruarfoss, this is a huge waterfall in the middle of an incredibly vast area, where we’ll be able to admire the amazing force of Nature.
At the same time, if we still had time, we would visit the nearby Geysir area, visiting the famous Geysir and Strokkur, where we will have the chance to photograph an erupting geyser.
The cost of this great 9 day (8 night) long Iceland Photo Tour, is US$3,190 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$1,000, depending on availability.
To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to email@example.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.
This 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 are offering, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itineraries 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, photograper 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, as well as the photographer/s guide/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.
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.
This Iceland 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.
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.
We are completely sure that this Iceland 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.
At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600. 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.
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: $600.
– 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.
This Iceland Photo Tour is recommended for any person, no matter the age or the physical level to join the trip. As long as you are able to walk for a short five minute hike with no difficulty, you are welcome to come with us. Most of the photo locations are located just a short walk from the places where we’ll park, meaning this will be an easy trip. At the same time, there isn’t age limits for the tour, as well as your health and conditions are reasonably good.
There is no need of a minimum photography level to join this Iceland Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to come to this trip, nor even having a lot of experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones. One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!
During this winter Iceland Photo Tour, we can expect quite cold temperatures most of the time, but nothing specially harsh if we are well prepared. Average temperatures during this period are normally around 14º to 36º Fahrenheit (-10º to 2º Celsius). However, strong winds are quite common in Iceland, so it can feel colder, specially at night.
For this reason, you need to be perfectly prepared for a trip like this. You will need a good down jacket or parka, as warm as possible. We also recommend dressing in layers, so you can add or remove layers depending on the temperature. At the same time, a Gore Tex jacket or similar could be also useful, in case of rain. Mountain and/or snow boots would be perfect for most of the time. Once you confirm your booking, you will also receive a guide withe the recommended gear list for this Iceland Photo Tour.
This Iceland 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!
Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options.
If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, or by PayPal, you can process your payment online, when you finish the booking process. For bank transfer payment, you just have to proceed with the booking and then, once you finish the process with the chosen payment method, you’ll receive an email with al the instructions and bank details.
During this Iceland Photo Tour, we’ll be normally staying in 2, 3 or 4 star hotel, or in guesthouses. Each traveller will be staying in a double twin shared room, shared with another participant of the tour. Rooms will always include a private bath.
If you come with another person to the trip, you’ll share the room, However, if you are traveling alone, we’ll choose a roommate for you between the other participants in the trip (always same genre). Anyway, you will also have the chance to choose a single room for you, paying an extra supplement. Contact us for all details.
Anyone can join this Iceland Photo Tour, no matter your country of residence. Our main travel agency is settled in Santander, Spain, but our trips are open to customers from countries all around the world. Therefore, we may have clients from different places in our photo tours.
This Iceland Photo Tour will begin at Keflavik International Airport, in Iceland. Therefore, all the participants need to get there for the first day of the tour, traveling from their country of residence, with no need to travel to a particular town to fly together to Iceland.
Once you have confirmed your booking for this Iceland Photo Tour, we will send you the trip info with a recommended gear PDF guide. This will include suggestions not only about the photography gear, but also about the clothes and accessories you might need during this photo tour. To sum up, you won’t have to worry about anything, since our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you will need, so you can enjoy your travel as much as possible!
As a first tip, we would suggest you bringing a light color down or shell jacket (for example red, orange, yellow, light green, etc…). That jacket will protect you from the cold and the rain but, at the same time, you’ll look great when photographed in some of the most beautiful locations around all Iceland!
‘I have joined two of Sergio Lanza’s photo tours, Ladakh in 2019, and Iceland in 2020, and both of them have been very different but so emotional anyway. I love Sergio’s passion when leading this trips, as well as everything I have learnt in them. So happy to keep discovering new destinations with Dream Photo Expeditions!!’
‘I love photography, but I must confess I am not a professional. However, I decided to join an Iceland Photo Tour, with a borrowed camera, so I could learn from the true professionals. Undoubtedly, I really loved the experience, and I will repeat for sure! Icelandic landscapes are otherworldly and Sergio, our photo guide, knows perfectly all the most photogenic routes and locations. It was like postcard views anytime! Each spot was even more beautiful than the previous ones, which already were amazing… The best part was having been able to see and photograph the Northern Lights, even together with the Milky Way, that was simply wonderful for me!
Sergio’s personalized attention was incredible, as well as being part of a small group, since you get to feel a being with a group of friends. I must say that our photo tour took place at the same time that the Covid-19 pandemic exploded, but we were able to complete the trip and get back home just in time! Anyway, I will always remember this Iceland Photo Tour as one of the most spectacular trips of my life!’
‘If you like photography, this is the best photo tour company. Excellent professionals that take you to the most spectacular places. Your only problem will be deciding where to go between so many options.’
‘A team of excellent professionals who are constantly attending your needs, and trying to bring you the best possible experiences, as well as an even better human group, with a great mixture of cultures among all the participants. Then, fascinating locations, perfect for both professional and (as my case!) amateur photography lovers, who are trying to learn something, thanks to the guides’ infinite patience and will to teach us how to capture all the beauty that we have in front of our eyes.
Certainly, many incredible places to visit and photograph, surrounded by the best possible people and with the best help. It’s been a great pleasure to meet them, and I just hope to repeat the experience in more of their destinations.’
‘Totally recommended traveling with these great professionals and human beings. If you like photography, you are going to love it, I have been lucky to stay a whole week with these great photographers, who helped me all the time, always doing their best for all the participants, as well as very close people to treat with.
I would like to add that Sergio has always helped me, from the first time I request info about the trip, until the last time, and I am sure I will repeat with them. Thanks a lot for everything.’