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Northern Lights Photography Tour | Small Groups & Professional Photographer

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  • Northern Lights
  • Professional Photographer on the tour
  • Aurora Reykjavik Museum
  • Small Group Experience
  • Free photos from the northern lights tour
  • Icelandic hot chocolate and snacks

Winter: September – April

Starting Time

Small groups: 1-15 people

$113 / €104 / £89

Join us for an exhilarating evening dedicated to chasing the mesmerizing Northern Lights. Delve into the magic of the auroras as our expert photographer-guide leads you to prime locations, ensuring you capture that picture-perfect moment. Throughout the tour, you’ll not only master the art of capturing the lights yourself but also have professional shots taken of you with the stunning auroras as your backdrop.

Designed for both small group aficionados and photography enthusiasts, this tour offers an intimate experience that guarantees ample time with our guide. As a bonus, you’ll receive complimentary photos after the tour, preserving your cherished memories.

Even seasoned photographers can find capturing the lights a challenge. That’s why we curate this expedition to extraordinary settings with captivating vistas, creating an aurora encounter of a lifetime. Our chosen location is meticulously determined based on weather conditions, with our skilled ops team working diligently to pinpoint cloud-free spots, utilizing meticulous weather data analysis.

Your adventure also includes a complimentary visit to the Aurora Centre Reykjavik, complemented by delectable Icelandic snacks and soothing hot chocolate to keep you warm during the excursion. For evenings when nature doesn’t unveil its auroral wonders, you’ll still be treated to a star-studded night sky and provided the option of a complimentary rebooking, ensuring your experience remains extraordinary.

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Northern Lights Hunting

  • Professional Northern Lights Photographer Guide
  • Free photos from your northern lights tour.
  • Aurora Centre Reykjavik entrance
  • Small groups

What to bring

  • Warm clothing
  • Sturdy shoes

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Meeting Your Guide

Your evening adventure begins with our seamless and inclusive pick-up service, ensuring your comfort from the start. Once our group is assembled, we’ll transport you to the captivating Aurora Museum, initiating the tour with an engaging introduction to the science and legends woven around the Northern Lights. You’ll also receive invaluable photography insights to enhance your aurora-capturing skills.

Following this enlightening start, we’ll venture beyond the city lights to chase the elusive auroras, immersing you in the quest for this ethereal phenomenon. As the tour concludes, we’ll transport you back to Reykjavik, delivering you safely to your designated drop-off point.

Prepare to embrace the magic of the Northern Lights and an unforgettable evening under Iceland’s starlit skies.

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Aurora Reykjavik

Aurora Reykjavík stands as an exceptional Northern Lights Centre and museum, meticulously curated by passionate and knowledgeable enthusiasts and photographers of the northern lights. It offers an illuminating glimpse into the forthcoming adventure of your Northern Lights pursuit. The museum features an interactive presentation of the aurora, coupled with an educational hub dedicated to the scientific nuances, mythology, and historical significance of the aurora borealis. Among the myriad attractions within the museum, a captivating film showcasing the Northern Lights gracefully dancing across the Icelandic skies stands as a true highlight.

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Following your museum visit, the tour sets forth from Reykjavik, guided by weather and aurora forecasts toward the most promising vantage point. Our ability to adapt swiftly plays a pivotal role in ensuring a rewarding Northern Lights sighting, steering the tour’s focus toward discovering the optimal viewing location.

During the journey, our passionate Northern Lights guides will impart their extensive insights about this mesmerizing phenomenon, gearing you up for the upcoming night and providing valuable camera tips. We recommend bringing your tripod along for the tour. While contemporary smartphones can capture astonishing Northern Lights shots, a DSLR camera promises optimal results.

Thanks to our small group size, you’re guaranteed a tailored experience that’s flexible and personalized. This intimacy assures ample time for your guide to assist you in achieving your photography aspirations.

As the aurora is a natural and unpredictable wonder, patience becomes a virtue. To make your wait more comfortable and keep you warm, we’ll treat you to homemade hot chocolate and traditional Icelandic snacks. However, please ensure you’re dressed in snug, wind-resistant clothing, along with a sturdy hat, gloves, and insulated footwear to fully embrace the experience.

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In case there are no lights

Witnessing the Northern Lights stands as an unparalleled encounter and an essential Icelandic experience. Yet, the elusive nature of these lights defies precise prediction, making a sighting far from guaranteed. Our dedicated experts diligently assess each situation to confirm tours only proceed when a favorable chance of encountering the lights exists. In the event that the aurora eludes you, we extend a gracious offer: a complimentary reattempt at the tour, valid for up to three years.

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2024 Northern Lights & Fall Colors Iceland Photo Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey with us this fall in our Iceland Photo Tour . Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Iceland, a landscape photographer’s dream destination.

Picture yourself on volcanic beaches , where the stark contrast of black sand meets the powerful backdrop of the ocean. Witness the majesty of some of Europe’s largest glaciers . Marvel at the dramatic mountains that seem to defy reality, as if taken right out of a fantasy movie. The waterfalls in Iceland are also a sight to behold, each one more jaw-dropping than the previous.

But the magic doesn’t end there – at nightfall, you can experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Northern Lights , painting the sky with hues of green and violet. Under this breathtaking phenomenon, each location becomes magical when the Aurora shines across the night sky.

We’ve scheduled our photo tour around the fall equinox, the best time of the year to photograph the Northern Lights .

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Our tour will focus on some of the most photogenic areas in Iceland – the Southern part of Iceland,  a true paradise for landscape photographers. Every corner reveals breathtaking locations that will fuel your creative spirit. Capture emblematic waterfalls such as Skogafoss and Gullfoss, volcanic black-sand beaches like Reynisfjara and Stokksnes , other classics like the Golden Circle , as well as glaciers like  Jokulsarlon,  and glacier caves that defy imagination.

Beyond the stunning scenery, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the northern lights , brightening the dark September nights. We’ll be vigilant for solar activity and guide you in planning, predicting, and capturing these celestial wonders.

Throughout our photography expedition to Iceland, we are committed to personally assisting you in capturing the best possible images. Available 24/7, we strive to ensure you not only return home with exceptional photos but also with an enriched knowledge base and, of course, unforgettable moments. Regardless of your gear or skills, together, we’ll extract the maximum potential from both, making this journey a remarkable chapter in your photographic story.

ICELAND PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photo tours in September/October 2024
  • Group size: 10 participants + 2 instructors .
  • Main topics: Landscape & Northern Lights
  • Main areas: Southern Iceland
  • Statistically, one of the best times of the year to see the Aurora in Iceland.
  • Ice cave tour with local guides.
  • Accommodation in top hotels close to the best locations

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2024 ICELAND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR ITINERARY

Our Iceland Photo Tour itinerary is tentative and flexible, as it will be adjusted according to the weather conditions. During the night sessions, we will move to areas with clear skies to increase our chances of seeing the Northern Lights. 

September is statistically the best time to see the Aurora in terms of solar activity, so if the weather permits, this will be an Iceland Northern Lights tour .

DAY 1: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR 

Our Iceland photo tour begins at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), where we will be waiting for you to take you to our first hotel.

After a meet and greet with the rest of the group and a welcome speech, we will do a quick gear review to make sure that you have your camera gear ready for the adventure! 

Later, we’ll do a  sunset session around the oldest lighthouse in Iceland;  Reykjanesviti . In this area, you will find some photogenic cliffs and sea stacks where we will capture our first images. If there are favorable conditions at night, our first-Northern Ligths photography session will be in the Reykjanes Peninsula with different locations in the cliffs,  Lake Kleifarvatn, and the photogenic houses of Straumur.

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DAY 2: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the second day of our Iceland photography tour, our first stop will be  Seljalandsfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls on the island. As we get closer, you’ll see its tall elegant shape from the distance. One of the highlights here is walking behind the waterfall. Close to this waterfall, we will visit another secluded waterfall called Gljufrafoss .

We will continue along the Icelandic Ring Road until we reach one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss. This massive stream of water will take your breath away. It is one of our favorite spots on the trip, and it’ll probably be familiar from popular series such as Vikings or Game of Thrones.

After Skogafoss, we’ll visit the nearby Kvernufoss. This waterfall tends to be overshadowed by the neighboring Skogafoss despite being one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Iceland. Here, we’ll show you different compositions and we’ll also walk behind the waterfall for some unique views.

If conditions are favorable, we will return to Seljalandsfoss to photograph the sunset, and if chances are in favor for seeing the Northern Lights , we will take photographs from Skogafoss .

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DAY 3:  ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the third day of our Iceland photo tour , we’ll explore one of the most photogenic regions in the country— a landscape adorned with glaciers, glacier lagoons, and glacier beaches . Our first glacier of the day will be Svinafellsjokull glacier, one of Iceland’s most striking glaciers, which well meet at eye level after a brief walk.

Later, after checking in to our accommodation, we’ll witness a serene sunset at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon , renowned for good reason as one of the most photogenic spots in Iceland. Returning at night, we hope to capture the elusive beauty of the Aurora Borealis over this iconic spot.

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En route to the glaciers, we’ll make stops at the Fjadragljufur canyon,  a delicately beautiful moss-covered canyon, and the distinctive Lomagnupur rock , shooting almost straight up from the ground. These locations will add diverse elements to our visual journey. This day promises not just photographic opportunities but an authentic encounter with the raw, untamed beauty of Iceland’s icy landscapes.

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DAY 4:  ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

As the morning sun breaks on the fourth day of our Iceland guided photo tour, we’ll visit the surreal Diamond Beach for our morning shoot. Diamond Beach is an otherworldly landscape where the sunrise casts an ethereal glow on icebergs scattered along the black sand. These icebergs travel downstream from the nearby Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and wash up in Diamond Beach when the tide is low.

After the morning shoot, we’ll revisit the glacier lagoons of Jokulsarlon and Fjallsarlon, now bathed in the clarity of daylight, offering new perspectives and compositions.

The day takes a thrilling turn as we dive into one of Iceland’s most remarkable adventures—a journey into an ice cave . September marks the reopening of these wonders to the public, and we will visit them with the safety and expertise of a local Icelandic guide. Get ready for an exploration where photography meets the raw, transient allure of the ice caves, creating visually striking abstract images.

If the forecast for the Northern Lights is promising, we’ll be back at the glacier lagoons to photograph them.

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DAY 5:  ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the fifth day of our Iceland photography tour , our journey along the Ring Road leads us to the picturesque village of Hofn. After settling into our hotel, we’ll head over to the breathtaking Stokksnes beach , featuring its striking black sand dunes and the majestic Vestrahorn as the focal point. Amidst this stunning landscape, we’ll explore diverse compositions, experimenting with reflections, framing techniques using the sand dunes, and leveraging the waves as captivating leading lines; there are limitless possibilities!

For our evening shoot, we’ll venture to the easternmost edge of our Iceland expedition—the enchanting Hvalnes Lighthouse . This coastal gem offers a prime vantage point for capturing both the iconic lighthouse and the awe-inspiring silhouette of Eystrahorn , standing tall as one of Iceland’s most captivating mountains.

Should the night sky favor us with a promising forecast for the Northern Lights, we’ll return to Stokksnes to photograph the Aurora.

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DAY 6: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the sixth day of our Iceland photography trip, we’ll start our visual journey with a breathtaking sunrise shoot at the iconic Stokksnes . We’ll then hit the road and start driving back to the west.

En route to our final destination, if time permits, we’ll stop to do an optional hike to the beautiful Svartifoss Waterfall , this waterfall is surrounded by basalt columns which makes this setting unique. We’ll then continue heading towards Vik , the southernmost town in Iceland and a significant hub in the region. Nestled against the backdrop of dramatic landscapes, Vik is a true gem for photographers.

At Vik, we’ll do a sunset session at the renowned Dyrholaey Arch , where the interplay of light and shadow paints the coastal cliffs in hues of gold and amber. The black sand beach of Reynisfjara , with its striking basalt columns, offers more stunning compositions for us to explore.

As night falls, we’ll keep our eyes on the sky (and the forecasts), paying attention to the possibility of witnessing the Northern Lights. If the forecast is favorable, Vik Beach or the surrounding tidal pools will serve as our stage, where we’ll capture the celestial dance against the mirrored reflections.

Golden morning light at Reynisfjara beach

DAY 7: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the seventh day of our Iceland photo tour , we will do a sunrise photo shoot from the Black Sand Beach in Vik. From this location, we’ve experienced some of the most spectacular sunrises on our tours. After breakfast, we’ll continue our journey to the Golden Circle.

Iceland’s Golden Circle is a popular route between some of the most visited  locations on the island. We will start photographing the famous Geysir Strokkur , a fountain-type geyser that erupts every 3 to 4 minutes.

Then, we will drive a short distance to Bruarfoss Waterfall , one of the most special waterfalls in Iceland. This waterfall is part of the Bruar River; this river is melted from one of the Icelandic glaciers having a distinctive blue color, which is why Bruarfoss is also called “Iceland’s bluest waterfall”. The scenery around this waterfall is a feast for the eyes, especially at this time of year when the fall colors turn the foliage into vibrant colors . 

During the day, we’ll do some editing classes , where we’ll show you the best techniques to bring the photos you’ve taken during the trip to life. During these classes, we’ll teach some basic postprocessing techniques, as well as more advanced content if you want to dive deeper.

If there were Northern Lights that night, we would be back at Bruarfoss or we would take the chance to visit Gullfoss and enjoy the location for ourselves at night.

Black sand beach in Iceland with sea stacks during a sunrise

DAY 8:  ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the eighth day of our Iceland photography adventure , we will drive to the  mighty Gullfoss   Waterfall , where we will photograph this massive “foss” from different vantage points using long exposures to capture the motion of the water.

After sunrise, we’ll head back to the hotel to have breakfast and pack.

After breakfast, we’ll drive west to Reykjavik and the Reykjanes peninsula to spend the last night of our unforgettable Iceland photo tour.

If the forecast is promising and we can see the aurora,  we will go back to either  Lake Kleifarvatn or  Reykjanesviti  for one last night session.

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DAY 9:  ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

Our photo tour to Iceland ends at the hotel where we started our trip.  From here you can book a free shuttle to the airport.

PRICE: USD 5,290  

Deposit: USD 1,500

A USD 1,500 deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due 120 days before the starting date of this tour. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

  • Pick up at the airport
  • Accommodation in shared rooms, single beds with private bathroom (*limited private rooms available for an extra supplement of $1,050)
  • Photo guide services by professional landscape and astrophotographers.
  • Entrance fees to different attractions such as Kerið crater, Stokksnes beach.
  • NEW: Ice cave tour with professional local guides.
  • Access to Dan Zafra’s full  Capture the Milky Way Course  (valued at $299)
  • Access to the recorded material during the expedition
  • Access to David Aguilar’s  Moody Landscapes course

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Keflavik airport
  • Private room accommodation ($1,050 supplement)
  • Health/travel insurance (We can help you purchase the best travel insurance according to your needs).
  • Telephone, personal expenses, tips etc. and any other service not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section

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  • Unai Larraya

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What will I learn during this summer Iceland photo Tour?

This workshop is mainly focused on landscape  and Northern Lights  photography with possibilities for aerial photography.

What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.

During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn:

Photography basics

Some of the photography basics you can learn during the workshop are:

  • Getting comfortable shooting different types of landscapes in manual mode .
  • Learn the basics of night and Aurora photography  
  • Adjusting to the best camera settings in each situation.
  • Planning your sunset and landscape images
  • Shooting long exposures using ND filters .
  • Enhancing your composition with the best techniques.
  • Designing your own shooting workflow to be more efficient in the field.
  • Basics of drone photography .

Advanced photography techniques

  • Creating powerful compositions that tell a story and engage the viewer.
  • Building a connection between your photography and your vision .
  • Becoming a master of light : learn how to enhance it and keep it under control.
  • Advanced landscape techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, or focal length blending.
  • Advanced Northern Lights settings and composition
  • Advanced drone photography like aerial panoramas, vertoramas, and bracketing.

Post-processing techniques

Some of the post-processing techniques that you can learn with the included tutorials are:

  • Basics of Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Preparing your images in Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Stitching of panoramas using different software like Lightroom or PTGui Pro.
  • Reducing the noise in your images with Denoise AI.
  • Sharpening your wildlife photos with Sharpen AI.
  • All types of Blendings (exposure, focal length, focus, etc.).
  • Light shaping and Dodge & Burn in your landscape & wildlife images.

Your Instructors on this Iceland Photo Tour

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David Aguilar will be the tour leader throughout this Iceland photography tour, and he will make sure that you get the best photography results and experience out of this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, and composition in all your landscape, wildlife, and aerial images.

David is a real expert on Iceland after countless trips all around the island over the last decade. He has led many Iceland photo tours before, and he’s very knowledgeable about the most photogenic locations, the weather patterns, and the best techniques to capture breathtaking landscape images. He’s also a master drone pilot and can help you with your aerial photography on this trip.

David’s main passion is traveling and helping others with their craft. He’s traveled extensively, not only in Nordic countries like Iceland and Norway but also across vast areas in European Alps and South America. He currently lead photo tours in many different regions of Europe and South America.

He’s also a skilled post-processing editor and has helped countless photographers over the last few years with his online landscape editing courses.

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Prince Berkoh will be the tour leader of the tour and he’ll make sure that you capture the best possible images during this trip.

Prince is a landscape and night photographer based in Spain. His passion for photography has taken him to some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe, from Spain to the remote Faroe Islands.

As an experienced photo tour leader, Prince has been running tours to Iceland over the last years, learning all about this marvelous island and the best photographic gems.

He loves educating and teaching others about photography, having led numerous tours around the world in different seasons, and given presentations on night photography over the years.

Prince will show you how to best capture the Iceland landscapes, from the basics to advanced techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, panoramas, and other Northern Lights photography tips. He is also a professional videographer, and will help you get the best angles from your drone.

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Francesco Dall’Olmo will be the co-leader on this Iceland photo tour, and he’ll assist you with all your photography needs. He has led tours in Iceland in the past, getting to know all the locations and use this knowledge and experience to better assist your photography needs.

Francesco is a landscape and night photographer. Additionally, he is a professional time-lapse photographer. He’s been honing his photography skills over the years in his backyard: the Italian Dolomites, which he knows like no other.

He has traveled all over the world, capturing breathtaking images in Atacama, Patagonia, and all over Europe. He has also helped multiple photographers improve their skills in various photography workshops.

With Francesco, you’ll learn everything you need to take your photography to the next level!

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Unai Larraya will be the coleader on this Iceland photo tour. He is an expert landscape photographer who will make sure you end up with the best possible images. Having led tours here in the past, he has deep knowledge of Iceland, it’s photography locations and culture.

Unai is an experienced landscape and wildlife photographer based in Northern Spain. He has refined his photography skills while traveling around the world over the past few years and has taught many other photographers along the way.

Since Unai started his photography journey, he has won multiple awards in recognition of his outstanding photography and editing skills.

With Unai, you’ll learn about composition, shaping light, color theory, focus stacking, and more. He will also show you how to implement all these techniques into your workflow to take your photography to the next level!

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WHAT TO BRING TO AN ICELAND PHOTO TOUR?

A complete list of everything that we recommend for this tour is sent to all participants upon sign-up. Below, you can find a summary of things you might need:

PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR

  • DSLR or mirrorless camera.
  • A sturdy tripod with a ballhead.
  • A wide-angle lens, such as 14-24 mm.
  • A medium zoom lens, such as 24-70 mm.
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens.
  • A wide and fast prime lens for northern lights, like a 14mm f/1.4.
  • A camera bag to transport all of your equipment.
  • A headlamp for the night sessions.
  • Glow in the dark tape for your tripod.

You may be interested in this guide where you can dive deeper into  photography equipment for traveling .

For more in-depth information about gear to photograph the northern lights, you can read our article about the best lenses for northern lights , and also the best cameras for northern lights .

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The average temperature in Iceland in September is 8ºC but the weather is very variable, going from warm days to snowstorms in a matter of hours. You should be prepared for all seasons and bring winter clothes. Some of the things that you will have to bring to this Iceland photography tour are:

  • Waterproof coat for cold temperatures.
  • Thermal waterproof pants.
  • Waterproof hiking/mountain boots.
  • Gloves, hat, and scarf/neck gaiter.

You will find more items and details in the official list of recommendations that we provide upon registration.

The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). It would be more convenient to bring ISK from your home country, although if that is not possible, you could exchange it at the Keflavík airport.

In almost 100% of the places in Iceland, you can pay by credit card and debit card, no matter how small the amount is, so you don’t need much cash for the trip.

DOCUMENTATION

Iceland follows the visa regulations of the Schengen Area . Depending on your nationality and duration of stay, a visa may be necessary. We are here to assist you with the visa application process and provide guidance. It’s essential to  verify the specific visa requirements for your country of residence prior to your trip .

Visitors from most countries (such as the United States and Canada) don’t need a visa to visit Iceland for less than 90 days. Remember to consult the official embassy or consulate of Iceland for the most up-to-date and accurate visa information based on your nationality and circumstances.

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ACCOMMODATION

During this Iceland photography tour, we’ll be staying at some of the top-rated hotels near the photography locations we’ll visit. Almost every day we’ll change hotels to move closer to the locations for the day. Some of our accommodations have hot tubs, so we recommend packing a bathing suit to enjoy some relaxing time after photographing the northern lights.

Accommodation is included during this trip in shared double rooms with twin beds. A number of limited private rooms are available for an extra supplement of $1,050 USD.

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What expenses should you consider for this Iceland photo tour?

The price of round-trip flights to Iceland from Europe and the US cost approximately $400-800. You’ll have to book your flight to/from Keflavik International airport (KEF).

Meals are not included. Most of the days, we will eat snacks/picnic during lunch to speed up and maximize the time for photography.

We recommend preparing to spend about $60-$80 USD on food per day.

ENTRANCE FEE

All the parking/entrance fees like Seljalandsfoss, Stokksnes or the ice caves are included in the tour.

What makes this Iceland Photo Tour unique?

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Whether you are experienced or just starting in photography,  you are all welcome, and I am convinced that you will progress very fast. Together, we will get you back home with greater and deeper knowledge in many photography topics.

Also, we can Zoom or Skype beforehand to discuss your skill level, knowledge, and your goals with this tour.

WHAT PHYSICAL CONDITIONS DO I NEED TO BE IN?

All the places we will visit in this Iceland photography tour are very close to the road, and we won’t have to walk more than a mile with the exception of the “Svartifoss” waterfall and “Bruarfoss”, where the hike is around 3-4 miles round trip. 

We will be driving, walking, and shooting a lot during the tour, especially at night when there are chances to see the Aurora, so we recommend being in  good physical shape  to be able to enjoy this experience.

AM I TOO YOUNG/OLD FOR THIS ICELAND PHOTO TOUR?

There is no age limit. This trip is perfect for anyone  over 18 years old  who wants to photograph Iceland with us.

CAN MY NON-PHOTOGRAPHER COMPANION JOIN US ON THE TOUR?

Non-photographer companions are welcome to join the tour, and they need to book a spot under the same price and conditions as any other participant. (We don’t allow non-participant companions tagging along with the group). We have had plenty of non-photographer companions over the years and all of them enjoyed an amazing experience. As long as they enjoy nature, beautiful landscapes, and are a bit patient with the schedules of a photo tour, joining the trip can be a great experience regardless of the shooting.

CAN I BRING MY DRONE?

Capture the Atlas is  drone-friendly . Our tour leaders are experienced drone pilots and can help you with your drone photography. However, we are not responsible for accidental damage or fines if you fly it in restricted areas.

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Active volcanoes, endless glaciers, lush valleys, black sand beaches, mountains & fjords, skies colored by the Aurora Borealis…Iceland is paradise for photographers for good reason. It’s very easy to feel like in a fantasy world when you see and shoot across all those spectacular locations, and this trip will help you discover all the spectacular things that Iceland has to offer.

Expect excitement like in no other trip when we prepare to go out and chase the Northern Lights. This experience can’t be described in images or words; you have to live through it and, believe me, after that you’ll understand why shooting the “green lady” is so mesmerizing and addictive.

Iceland is one of the first places that I started shooting when I first picked up a camera many years ago. I fell so profoundly in love with everything on the island that I’ve been traveling there every year since that initial trip. Iceland is our signature photo tour for many reasons, and I can’t wait to show you the magic of this place!

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2019 March Iceland

Join us for an Iceland Photo Tour like no other, as we lead you on an amazing adventure from the North to South of this unique island!

Join us for an epic winter adventure in Iceland to photograph other-worldly landscapes and chase the aurora!

Along with your experienced photo tour leader, Elia Locardi , we’ll explore the rugged beauty and natural wonders as we photograph from the far less touristed areas in the North, all the way down the ring road to the highlights of the Southeastern coast.

There is honestly no place on Earth quite like Iceland and no tour quite like this one!

Visiting Iceland in winter and exploring its many diverse landscapes truly feels like you’re exploring some distant alien world. Her beauty is awe-inspiring, and the word you’ll find yourself saying, again and again, is “Wow!” With its countless waterfalls, rugged mountainscapes, windswept valleys, fields of moss-covered lava rock, glacial lagoons, and black sand beaches–Iceland is truly a landscape photographer’s paradise.

Accommodation:

Small, locally owned guesthouses and hotels

Transportation:

Minibus, driven by locally licensed guide and driver

Physical Rating: Average

Trip type: small group.

Small group experience (max 12)

Tour Length: 11 Days

March 3rd-13th, 2019 (with arrival & departure days)

Location: Iceland

Reykjavik, Blönduós, Skagafjörður, Akureyri, Mývatn, Egilsstaðir, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon, Vík í Mýrdal, Seljalandsfoss

Tour Price: $5,995 USD

$1000 USD deposit required to reserve your spot

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Primary: Elia Locardi Secondary: TBA

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Winter Iceland Photo Tour Itinerary

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Circle Tour Itinerary Outlines:

March 3rd – Group Arrival Day & Welcome Dinner – Overnight Reykjavik March 4th – Overnight Blönduós March 5th – Overnight Skagafjörður March 6th – Overnight Akureyri March 7th & 8th – Overnight Mývatn March 9th – Overnight Egilsstaðir March 10th & 11th – Overnight Jökulsárlón March 12th – Final Overnight & Farewell dinner March 13th – Group Departure Day

Possible Trip Highlights: Reykjavik, Blönduós, Skagafjörður, Akureyri, Mývatn, Egilsstaðir, South Iceland including Seljalandsfoss, Lava fields, Skogafoss, Vík, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Black Sand Beach and so much more! This time of year we’ll also have our fingers crossed for, and be monitoring forecasts for, the Aurora Borealis…Northern Lights!

What's Included and Excluded in the Photo Tour Fee

What’s included:, 2 photography instructors, accommodations (based on double occupancy), breakfasts and dinners.

Including Welcome Dinner on arrival day & Breakfast on departure day

All Tickets and Entrance Fees

Transportation in private mini bus, roundtrip airport transfer, what’s excluded:, airfare to and from iceland, lunches, snacks and drinks outside of normal meals, beverages and alcohol, tips for tour guides, drivers, bellhops etc. 
, international medical and travel insurance coverage.

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SINGLE ROOM SUPPLEMENT: $850 USD

Prices are based on double-occupancy unless noted. Single-occupancy rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis (in most places) and subject to a supplemental fee. We try to accommodate participants who request single accommodations, as well as those looking for a roommate. If a single room is requested, or if we are unable to find a suitable roommate, you will be required to pay the supplement.

SMALL GROUP ADDITIONAL CHARGE: $500 USD

Photo Tour price is in US Dollars based upon a minimum of 9 paying participants. In the unlikely event the photo tour does not fill, there is a small surcharge of $500 USD for 5-8 paying participants.

Behind the Scenes and Participant Images

Our Fall Iceland Dream Photo Tour is one of the most other-worldly tours we offer. The landscapes you’ll shoot with us are probably unlike anything else you’ve previously photographed. The natural beauty of Reykjavik, Geysir, Gullfoss, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, South Iceland, lava fields, Skogafoss, Vík, Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Black Sand Beach will have you shooting images you’ve only seen pros publish in magazines. With our pro photographers’ guidance, you’ll be shooting everything from behind the Seljalandsfoss waterfall to the Reykjavik rooftops. Here’s a small sample of some photography created by our participants on previous Fall Iceland Photo Tours.

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Cancellation Policy

Your deposit is a firm commitment, and will be subject to a cancellation fee. For this reason, we recommend trip insurance. Please refer to the Payments, Cancellations, and Refunds section in our terms and conditions for the full details of our policies. Please do not make air travel arrangements until checking with us first.

While these descriptions represent the photo tour’s planned itinerary, we reserve the right to revise it without notice as we see fit. Details on this page are also subject to change without notice, including substitutions of tour leaders. We reserve the right to cancel the tour if the minimum number of participants is not met. And while we don’t anticipate this happening, we reserve the right to adjust the fees for this photo tour due to factors outside of our control, such as fluctuations in currency rates, political or governmental action, new applicable taxes, and related issues. Please do not purchase air travel before confirming with us.

Participants are expected to be in fair health and be capable of spending the days walking around the various areas while carrying their own equipment and luggage.

We can never count on the weather patterns in Iceland. For this reason, we have our list of beautiful locations we’ll be going to, but we need to keep our schedule fluid, as we will be adapting to changing weather conditions on the ground.

Northern Lights Photography Small Group Tour

Northern Lights over the Blue Lagoon

Experience a fun evening of aurora hunting on this tour which takes you to the best locations and helps you get that perfect Northern Lights pic. Your guide for the night is a pro-photographer who will assist you in capturing the lights yourself, as well as take great photos of you with the aurora as your background.

This tour is suitable both for those looking for a small group size and photography enthusiasts alike! This small group option will offer you an intimate experience ensuring our guide will have enough time for everyone. And you will also receive free photos after the tour.

Attempting to capture the lights on camera can be intimidating for even experienced photographers. On this tour we will bring you to remarkable places with stunning backdrops, for your once in a lifetime aurora experience. The location will always depend on weather conditions, and our professional ops team will work hard during the day to pinpoint the perfect cloud free location, studying the weather data for that evening.

All our northern lights tours include unlimited free retry tours should your first lights tour with us be unsuccessful. Please note that the retry tours will be by big bus. This offer is valid for 3 years! Just contact us to reschedule.

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the outside of Aurora Reykjavík - Northern Light Centre

  • Northern Lights hunting experience
  • Professional Northern Lights Guide
  • Free photos from your northern lights tour
  • Unlimited retry tours. Join our big bus tour on another night if you don´t see the lights. Valid for 3 years
  • Aurora Centre Reykjavik admission
  • Icelandic hot chocolate and refreshments
  • Free pick up and drop off
  • Wi-fi on board
  • Food and drinks other than mentioned above
  • Warm clothing and good sturdy shoes
  • Hat and gloves/mittens
  • The tour duration is 3-4 hours but tour length can vary depending on the weather.
  • Refunds are not issued for unsuccessful tours. We do allow guests to join the tour again on another night. This offer is valid for up to 3 years.
  • Cancellation policy: Cancellation fee of 100% if cancelled 1 day or less before departure.

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Your evening will start with a smooth and efficient pick up service, included in the price.

the outside of Aurora Reykjavík - Northern Light Centre

Once everyone is on board we will take you to the Aurora Museum to start the tour.

Aurora Reykjavík is a Northern Lights Centre and museum curated by highly educated northern lights enthusiasts and photographers. It will provide you with a great preview of what to expect on your Northern Lights hunt. The museum includes an interactive display of the aurora, and an education centre focused on the science, mythology and history of the aurora borealis. A magnificent film about the Northern Lights dancing over Iceland is one of the many highlights in the museum.

A photographer taking pictures of the Northern Lights

After the visit to the museum the tour will depart Reykjavik in the direction of the most promising weather and aurora forecast. Adaptability is key to ensuring a good sighting of the northern lights, so the tour will be focused on finding the best viewing location.

During the drive, our enthusiastic northern lights guides will share their knowledge about this spectacular phenomenon with you, prepare you for the night, and give you camera tips. We recommend that you bring your tripod along on this tour. Many modern smartphones allow you to take phenomenal photos of the Northern Lights, but with a DSLR camera, you will get the best results.

With a small group size, you can be assured of a more focused experience that is flexible and personalized. It will be guaranteed that your guide will have the time to help you achieve your photography ambitions.

Hot Chocolate

The aurora is a natural phenomenon and unpredictable which means that patience is key. To make the wait more comfortable, and to warm you up, you will be offered some homemade hot chocolate and some traditional Icelandic snacks. Nevertheless please make sure to wear warm and windproof clothing, a good hat and gloves, and warm shoes.

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Viewing the Northern Lights is a unique experience and a must do when in Iceland. However the lights are hard to predict and a sighting is not guaranteed. Our in-house specialists work hard to ensure that tours only departure if there is a good possibility of seeing the lights. If you do not see the aurora, we offer a free retry tour, valid for three years.

After the tour you will be brought back to Reykjavik and dropped off at your designated location.

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Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

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Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

Would you like to catch a glimpse of the Northern Lights? This elusive natural phenomenon is a bucket list item for many travellers coming to Iceland. While predicting the Aurora forecast may not be an easy task, here is everything that you need to know to maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights during your trip.

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The Northern Lights (aka Aurora Borealis) are an incredible phenomena that may be seen in the northern hemisphere. This natural light show is caused by solar winds travelling away from the sun, which enter the Earth’s magnetosphere. As the electrically-charged particles from the sun collide with gaseous particles such as oxygen and nitrogen, they create different colours in the night sky which may be seen around the magnetic north pole.

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Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

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The short answer is: yes! Iceland is situated just a few degrees south of the Arctic Circle (66°30'N), meaning that it’s one of the best places in the world to see the Northern Lights. Moreover, there is little light pollution in Iceland. Combined with awe-inspiring natural landscapes and vast expanses of dark sky at night, you’re already on the way to making a great recipe for witnessing or photographing the Aurora.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

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The Northern Lights are visible in Iceland from late August until April, which largely coincides with the autumn and winter months, as well as the beginning of spring. To maximise your chances of viewing the Northern Lights though, you should aim to visit during the season when there is the most darkness, which is winter. Short days and long nights will mean you’ll have more opportunities to chase this elusive phenomena!

These are the best months to see the Northern Lights in Iceland:

Towards the end of the month, the nights will begin to get darker, meaning that you’ll have a good chance of seeing the very first Northern Lights displays of the season. Keep your eye on the Aurora forecast in Iceland for your best chances.

This is the beginning of autumn in Iceland, when the nights will begin to get longer and longer. There won’t be much snowfall around, though it will get a bit colder. Solar activity is usually high during this month, so it’s one of the best times to see the Northern Lights in Iceland.

During October, it will begin snowing, particularly in the north of Iceland. While it will be cold, the temperatures generally won’t be as low as they are in the midst of winter. This is a good time for seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, especially during the first two weeks of the month when solar activity may be high.

This is the beginning of winter in Iceland, when the country will experience snowfall in most regions as well as icy conditions. You’ll have ample opportunities to see the Northern Lights with longer periods of darkness, though the weather may be unstable, resulting in cloudy skies.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

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December is one of the darkest months in Iceland, with only 4-5 hours of daylight. This is a good time to travel if you want to avoid the tourists and with so many hours of night, you’ll have a good chance of viewing the Aurora.

This is the best month for Northern Lights photography in Iceland. Generally speaking, the weather will be a lot more stable and the landscape will be swathed in a covering of snow, making for truly breathtaking scenery. It is one of the coldest months in Iceland though, so be prepared to rug up if you’ll be staying out all night!

It will still be fairly cold in Iceland and you’ll have wonderful chances to both see and photograph the Northern Lights, though the days will begin to get a little bit longer. There will also be many more tourists about, particularly at the main waterfall attractions on the Golden Circle route and South Coast of Iceland.

This month marks the end of winter in Iceland. There will still be a bit of snow and ice about, though the days will begin to get much longer. Solar activity usually increases around the spring equinox, so you’ll have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. 

This will mark the end of the Northern Lights season in Iceland. The number of daylight hours will increase dramatically, meaning that you’ll have fewer opportunities to see the Northern Lights, though they may still make a rare display.

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To maximise your chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland, the first thing that you’ll need is dark skies. It is not possible to see the Aurora Borealis in Iceland during summer, as there is simply too much daylight. As such, aim to visit during the months of autumn and winter, the months when it is darkest in Iceland.

You’ll also have to consider two other variables which affect the skies – cloud cover and solar activity. While solar activity may be more pronounced during the March and September equinoxes, you won’t have much of a chance of seeing the Northern Lights if the skies are cloudy. Similarly, even if the sky is clear, you won’t be able to see the Aurora if there is very little solar activity.

However, it is still possible to see the Northern Lights when it’s cloudy, provided that you are able to find a gap in the clouds where the sky can peek through.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

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The Earth is constantly being blasted by solar winds from the sun; this is what causes Aurora activity. However, the solar winds need to reach a certain intensity before they can create the colourful displays of the Northern Lights that we see in the night sky.

Solar activity is measured using a numerical system called the ‘Kp index’. This was first introduced to the world in 1939, by the German scientist, Julius Bartels. It stands for “Kennziffer Planetarische”, which translates loosely to “planetary index number”.

The Kp index ranges from 0 to 9, where 0 indicates little to no geomagnetic activity, while 9 indicates an extreme geomagnetic storm. According to this scale, the higher that the Kp number is, the more of a chance that you will have to witness the Northern Lights.

You can refer to scale below for more information about when you’ll be able to see the Aurora:

Kp 0-2 :  Little or no solar activity. However, if the skies are clear, then you should still head out just in case!

Kp 2-3 :  Moderate solar activity. You’ll have a good chance of seeing the Northern Lights. This is the most common forecast in Iceland, so head out if you can.

Kp 4-6 :  This indicates that a solar storm is on the way. You can expect to see a great display of the Northern Lights and maybe even a corona!

Kp 7-9 :  This indicates that the sky will be ablaze with the Northern Lights, though a Kp-index this high is very rare to see.

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Satellites are the main tools used for observing and monitoring the sun, as well as the particle fluxes heading towards Earth. They are used for compiling information and creating images of particle fluxes, such as coronal holes and sunspots. Below are a few of the websites that utilise this data to provide real-time aurora forecasts.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

If you want to check whether the Aurora Borealis will be visible tonight in Iceland, then this handy website run by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) is a great tool. The NOAA’s Oval Variation, Assessment, Tracking, Intensity and Online Nowcasting (OVATION) map uses solar wind and interplanetary magnetic field (IMF) inputs, allowing you to observe the intensity of aurora activity in real time for both the northern and southern hemispheres and is updated every 30 minutes.

The OVATION Aurora Forecast Model is particularly useful for predicting whether you’ll be able to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, as it shows both the intensity and location of the possible Aurora during a particular time frame, which you may ascertain from looking at the top of the map. This forecast is based on current solar wind conditions, which take approximately 30 minutes to an hour to reach the Earth.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

To interpret the Aurora Forecast provided by the NOAA, what you are looking for is a coloured oval superimposed over the map of the Earth. Areas of light green indicate a low chance of aurora activity. On the other hand, areas of light yellow, orange and red indicate that the chances of seeing the Northern Lights in Iceland are very high. If the coloured oval is positioned over Iceland on the map, then it means that the Northern Lights should be visible in Iceland within the next 30 minutes.

On this map, the blue colour indicates that it is daylight on that side of Earth, while the black represents night. You will not be able to see the Aurora during daylight hours, though you will most likely be able to observe it within an hour before sunrise or after sunset.

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One of the most reliable sources for tracking and predicting Aurora activity online is the Icelandic Meteorological Office. On their website, you can see a 6-day forecast Aurora forecast by Geomagnetic Activity level (Kp index).

To figure out the Kp index for tonight, simply refer to the scale at the top right-hand side of the page.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

However, as we mentioned earlier, the Kp-index is not the only variable that you’ll need to refer to for an accurate prediction of the Northern Lights. To be able to see the Aurora, you’ll need dark and partly clear skies. Thankfully, this website also provides a cloud cover forecast with a map of Iceland for low and mid-level clouds, as well as high clouds, which may affect your viewing opportunities.

By using the cloud cover map in conjunction with the Kp-index, you’ll be able to see which areas of Iceland will be best to visit to increase your chances of seeing the Northern Lights. Green areas on the map mean that the skies will be cloudy, while white areas indicate that the skies will be clear. You can move the slider around to see cloud cover during different times and days, in order to detect the best time to see the Aurora within a certain part of Iceland.

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The Aurora Service Europe monitors solar activity, geomagnetic activity and real time solar wind conditions to provide hourly, daily and even a 3-day forecast for the Aurora Borealis. It also uses the NOAA Ovation Aurora Forecast on its website, though it includes a few other tools that may be handy, using real-time solar wind data from NASA’s ACE spacecraft.

On the site, you’ll see a number of solar wind gauges. These gauges are updated every 60 seconds from data sent by the ACE spacecraft. The updates are live, meaning that you won’t even have to refresh the site to be able to see what is happening in terms of solar wind activity.

Beneath the gauges, you’ll see a number of charts resembling a heart-rate monitor. While this data could look a bit like your own heart-rate after seeing the Northern Lights for the very first time, it actually refers to the intensity and speed of the solar winds impacting upon the Earth’s magnetic field. On the magnetometer stackplot, small variations usually indicate a flux of particles from the sun, while large swings in the data indicate that Aurora activity is currently occurring and you should be able to see the Northern Lights, provided that you are in the right location with dark and clear skies.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

There is also a good map of Europe on the website, which shows what the Kp-index needs to be in order for you to see the Aurora Borealis where you are. During high activity, the Aurora will often be visible from a much lower latitude, so you may be able to see it even if you are located in more southerly countries, such as Scotland, Ireland, Denmark, or Estonia.

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This website gives a bit of an overview of all of the tools listed above, on one easy-to-read page. You can see the Kp-index forecast, cloud cover forecast from the Icelandic Met Office, real time space weather data from NASA, the NOAA Ovation Aurora forecast, charts from the Leirvogur Magnetic Observatory in Iceland indicating measurements of Earth’s magnetic field, as well as solar activity.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

Perhaps the tool that stands out most on this website is the data drawn from the Leirvogur Magnetic Observatory , which is owned and operated by the Science Institute of the University of Iceland. This chart, much like the magnetometer stackplot mentioned above, is used to measure short and long-term variations in the magnetic field. Large swings in the data may be used to predict Aurora activity.

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While Aurora forecasts may be a great tool for predicting when and where you might be able to see the Northern Lights in Iceland, the data can change throughout the day, meaning that the forecast is not always reliable. Sometimes, the KP-number can change from zero to six within half an hour. At other times, the prediction may be at zero, but you may still be able to see the Northern Lights.

As such, rather than relying completely on the Aurora forecasts, you should simply keep an eye on the cloud cover and the weather. If the sky is dark and clear, then you should head out anyway as you could have the incredible opportunity to glimpse the Northern Lights, no matter what the prediction may be!

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

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Can you see the Northern Lights from Reykjavík? Why yes, you can!

There is absolutely no reason why you can’t see the Northern Lights in Reykjavík, unless it’s a cloudy night without any aurora activity. As we mentioned earlier, for the best chances of viewing the Aurora within the metropolitan region, you’ll need the magical formula of clear skies and geomagnetic activity.

There are plenty of spots in downtown Reykjavík where you’ll be able to witness the Northern Lights, should they make a display in the night sky. In fact, some of the best places to see the Aurora Borealis in Iceland are from within the city itself. Most of the locations are situated along the coast, where a broad horizon with few city lights makes for a great backdrop. 

If you’re staying in downtown Reykjavík, then it often pays to go for an evening stroll along the coast, following the scenic and sculpture walk by the Harpa. Here, you’ll have great opportunities to see the full extent of the Aurora dancing across the sky.

You’ll also find the Sun Voyager along this stretch of walkway, which makes for a great foreground to take a picture of the Northern Lights!

Another great place to see the Northern Lights in Reykjavík is from Öskuhlið Hill. This location is just a short walk from downtown, near the glass dome of the Perlan Museum. You won’t be able to miss it, as the glass dome is visible from most places within the city.

If there is Aurora activity early in the evening, then head inside the museum to the viewing deck, where you’ll have spectacular views over the city and an expansive vista of the night sky. Perlan is open from 09:00 to 20:00 every day, so you’ll have ample time to see the Northern Lights if you happen to visit during winter when the days are shorter.

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While you don’t have to leave the city to see the Northern Lights, you may decide to head out a little bit further into the outskirts of Reykjavík, where there is less light pollution. With less ambient light, the Aurora will appear to be more vibrant, meaning it will be easier to see.

If you have a car and you’re willing to drive, then head towards the Grótta lighthouse on the Seltjarnarnes peninsula. This is by far one of the most popular places to watch the Northern Lights in Reykjavík, both amongst locals and visitors alike.

Once there, you will find a small parking lot where you’ll be able to park your car and wait for the Northern Lights to appear. It can get busy here though, so be sure to get there early if you want to find a place to park!

This is a small lake in the neighbourhood of Grafarholt, at the edge of Reykjavík city. The light pollution is low in this area so if the Northern Lights come out to play, then you’ll be perfectly placed not only to see them in the sky, but also reflected in the beautiful, glassy water.

Just a little south of Reykjavík, you’ll find the church of Kópavogur, located on the Borgarholt hill. You’ll have a spectacular view over Kópavogur, Reykjavík and surrounding area from here, as well as the night sky. This is a great location to see the Northern Lights, which is quieter than most. You’ll likely need a car to get there though, unless you’re staying in the area.

It may come as no surprise that the outdoor swimming pools of Reykjavík are some of the best places to watch the Northern Lights. What could be better than taking a dip in steamy hot water while the Aurora dances in the starry sky above you?

You can try your luck in the hot tubs at Sundhöllin, the oldest public baths in Iceland, or head to Laugardalslaug, the most popular swimming pool in Reykjavík! If you’d like to head a little bit further out of town, try the Seltjarnarneslaug swimming pool, where the water comes directly from the town’s own reservoir and is filled with minerals that are great for your skin.

For those who are up for a more luxurious experience, nothing beats bathing in the luminous geothermal spas of the Blue Lagoon with the Northern Lights overhead. You can even make a dinner reservation either before or after you bathe, in addition to booking an in-water massage.

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If you’ll be heading out of Reykjavík on your journey, then you’ll have many more chances to see the Northern Lights. There are many locations all around Iceland that are perfect for watching the Aurora dance across the sky, as well as for practicing your Aurora photography skills if you happen to have a good camera with you.

One of the best places outside of Reykjavík to view the Northern Lights is at Þingvellir on the Golden Circle route. Simply head out past the Information Centre, where you’ll find a small hill. Pull over and you’ll have a great view of the sky over the National Park.

Þrengsli is a small stream by the Þrengslavegur road on Route 1, which is an incredible place to see the Northern Lights. There is very little light pollution in this area, due to the lack of buildings in the vicinity. During winter, the endless lava fields will likely be covered in snow, making for truly picturesque scenery and an enchanting Aurora experience.

While this small fishing village on the south coast of Iceland may be more well-known as a day tour destination for its famous black sand beaches, Vík is also a wonderful spot to witness the Northern Lights.

Guide to the Aurora Forecast in Iceland

You can head up to the hill where you’ll find the Vík í Mýrdal church. There is a small parking lot there where you may sit in your car and wait for the Aurora to appear. It’s quite a spectacular viewpoint, from which you’ll be able to see the city lights below and the Reynisdrangar sea stacks in the distance.

For those wanting to photograph the Northern Lights, try visiting the Reynisfjara black sand beach, where you’ll be able to capture them dancing over Reynisdrangar towards the Dyrhólaey promontory behind you.

  • See also:   Complete Guide to Photography at Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach

What would a trip to Iceland be without visiting the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon? This is one of the premiere places in Iceland to see the Northern Lights. There’s nothing quite as enchanting as seeing the Aurora dancing over spectacular icebergs as they drift towards the ocean!

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Nearby, you’ll find the Diamond Beach – another great place to witness this atmospheric phenomena. With a full moon, you’ll be able to see the glistening icebergs on the beach in detail, while the Aurora lights up the sky overhead.

  • See also:    Key Tips for Photography at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

This is one of the most coveted spots for Northern Lights photography in Iceland, though capturing a great photo there is not without a challenge. While there may be lots of geomagnetic activity, it can be difficult to visit Vestrahorn on a night when there are clear skies.

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This rugged scree mountain tends to attract low clouds, which cling steadfastly to the jagged peaks. The result may be that not much of the mountain will be visible or that the clouds will cover up the sky.

If you are lucky, you may be blessed with clear, starry skies and the Aurora reflected in pools of water between the undulating black sand dunes at the base of Vestrahorn.

  • See also:    Everything you Need to Know About Photography at Vestrahorn

The Waterfall of the Gods may be beautiful in the daytime, though it’s just as resplendent during the night. It’s one of the best locations for Northern Lights photography in the north of Iceland and as such, is very popular amongst visitors.

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It’s not unusual to see quite a few people at the purposefully-built viewing deck during the night, either watching the Aurora or doing their best to capture it on camera.

  • See also:    The Best Waterfalls for Photography in Iceland

The volcanic lake of Mývatn is another great place to see the Northern Lights in the north of Iceland. The lake is surrounded by lava formations, as well as a number of pseudo craters, which make for astonishing foreground subjects with which to capture the Aurora overhead.

There is nothing quite like witnessing the Northern Lights reflected perfectly in the still waters of Mývatn on a cold winter’s night!

The breathtaking basalt rock formation known as Hvítserkur in the north west of Iceland may be remote but it’s a fantastic place to see and photograph the Northern Lights. Resembling a giant dragon drinking from the sea, it makes for a picturesque scene as well as a beautiful foreground.

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When the tide is low, you’ll be able to get down to the base of the stack for incredible shots. However, you can also stay up at the viewpoint by the carpark, where you’ll have amazing views of the rock stack below you and the night sky all around.

  • See also:    All You Need to Know About Photography at Hvitserkur in Iceland

Located on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, this is perhaps the most easily-recognised mountain in all of Iceland. Featured in the HBO series, ‘Game of Thrones’, Kirkjufell is an absolutely iconic place to see the Northern Lights. It can get busy here, even at night, though there is ample parking for all. The Aurora will usually appear from behind Kirkjufell or dance over its peak, so be sure to position yourself in front of it near the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall for the best view!

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  • See also:    The Ultimate Field Guide to Photography at Kirkjufell in Iceland

Another amazing location to see the Aurora on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula is at the black church of Búðir. Situated in a vast lava field, this small but charming church is a wonderful spot to photograph the Northern Lights, or simply to watch them dancing overhead.

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If the cloud situation is not favourable on this side of the peninsula, then you can always head further west towards the fishing village of Arnarstapi or north towards Kirkjufell for better viewing opportunities.

About the author:   Serena Dzenis   is a landscape photographer based in Iceland. You can find more of her work on her  website  or by following her on  Facebook  and  Instagram .

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Choose your Iceland photo tour and travel to the island of ice & fire with our guided workshops. Enjoy the island with the best specialists in trips & workhops in Iceland . Travel all around the golden ring or just visit the south of Iceland during the northern light season or summers. Select our extra services to visit the ice caves during winter, or prepare a private group in the data you are interested.

As you know, the popularity of Iceland is increasing every year, especially for photographers. Example of Highlights you will visit in Iceland:

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All our packages start & finish at the airport in Reykjavik. Improve your photography skills while traveling to the most beautiful & popular destination for photographers. From the famous Kirkjufell mountain to Diamond beach passing through sand dunes, coast landscapes, glaciers, churches, volcanos, lava fields… An infinite variety of spots to enjoy during our expeditions.

Choose your favorite photo tour in Iceland . All trips include both Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop edition lessons. But also composition and landscape lessons on the field. With comfortable hotels & transport to make your Iceland Photo Tour a once-in-a-lifetime adventure.

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Do you doubt when to travel to Iceland? As specialists in  photography trips to Iceland, we can suggest the best season for your photo tour. Also, we have prepared different routes to discover the island of ice & fire. You can enjoy the beauty of Iceland during summer, autumn, or winter

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Best season to visit

What do you want to see on your trip to Iceland? White nights or Northern Lights? Wildlife or snowy landscapes? Iceland can be enjoyed all year, but each season has different things to do during the day.

During the summer, you can enjoy beautiful nature and wildlife. Also, the midnight sun will bring you more hours to visit the island and the perfect light during sunrises & sunsets to capture beautiful pictures with your camera. A perfect time for a photography tour

During winter, the nights are shorter but it gives more chances to see Aurora Borealis. Also, most areas are covered in snow creating an amazing view of the island. From September to March, we have prepared different itineraries to enjoy the island. Join us during our Winter Photo Tour in November or March.

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What is the cheapest time to go to Iceland?

The offseason of Iceland goes from September to May . It means that a trip to Iceland during the Northern Lights season is the cheapest time to travel in terms of flights, accommodations, etc… Probably the cheapest month is May, but during this month you not will be able to see the Aurora Borealis or visit an Ice Cave.

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What is the best month to travel?

If you look for good weather, the best months are during summer , June through August for all-around outdoor activities. The day is especially long during the Midnight Sun, peaking June – July when it’s never completely dark. Anyway, Iceland is a country to enjoy all year.

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If you are interested to visit the Highlands , write to us for more info. We are preparing a new camping adventure in the center of Iceland. Wild landscapes & real photographic expedition to the hidden locations of the island.

But you can choose any of our photo tours in Iceland and modify any day activity, or simply follow our itineraries. Also, we can upgrade hotels & transports, add days or include extra activities like ice caves or whale watching

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How to get there.

You can fly to Iceland with Icelandair and WOW Air, which are the two Iceland-based carriers. These companies offer direct and affordable flights for around $90 one-way tickets from the U.S. and U.K. Recently, the prices have dropped to as little as $65 . If you live in the United States, there are flights from San Francisco, Los Angeles, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Washington, D.C., Miami, New York, and Boston. And if you are from Great Britain you can fly to Iceland from London Heathrow, Birmingham, Manchester and Glasgow.

Icelandair offers the best compliments for your flight . The ticket includes water, soft drinks, tea, coffee and also in-flight entertainment, and a free checked bag. On your arrival at Keflavik airport, our guides will be waiting for you, so you not will need to worry about more transportations.

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How many days do you need to travel?

You can see the main spots in around 7-8 Days . But for photographers, spend 9-10 days is better as it will allow you to capture the perfect spots at the best time. If you visit Iceland for fewer days, you not will be able to explore the main attractions that Iceland has to offer.

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Which currency is used?

In Iceland, the currency is the Iceland Krona. Once there you can pay also all with a credit card. Although you can’t pay in euros , you can convert once there to Iceland Krona in the same airport. We suggest changing around 100-200 euros or dollars the first day and use your travel debit card there.

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Is safe to drive?

We can read on the internet that driving in Iceland  is not safe. But the reality is that  Iceland has a very good road , especially the Ring Road. Just to arrive at a few locations, you can find dirt roads, and of course, to arrive at interior locations you can need a special vehicle. Anyway, for most of the famous locations, you can arrive easily in a normal car. During winter, and when conditions are not favorable, drive-in Iceland can be not safe. This way we recommend you travel with an expert guide during this season.

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Do I need a Visa to visit?

No, you can enter just with your passport if you have American citizenship. Also, Iceland is inside the Schengen area, which means that you just need your national id, but we suggest also bringing your passport.

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How to visit a doctor? Are vaccinations necessary?

If you are a European citizen we suggest getting the European Health Insurance Card . It´s free and you ask for it on the internet. No vaccinations of any kind are required to enter Iceland.

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Do we visit Reykjavik?

Our Iceland photography workshops are focus on landscape photography . We spend the last day usually in Reykjavik before finish the tour. But we do not make a classical tourist tour around the capital. Even if half of the population lives here, Reykjavik is not a big city.

If you are interested to photograph with more time, you can ask us for an extension of the photo workshop. During the extension, we will drive also around the Golden Ring.

Is an Iceland Photography Tour worth it?

If you are still wondering if Iceland is worth visiting, our answer is absolute YES . Iceland is an incredible country in the world. Unique locations every single step and spot you see made the island a paradise for all nature lovers and especially photographers. We are sure, that you will love it and you will want to come back soon.

Is Iceland very expensive?

Yes, Iceland can be expensive for meals and tours. But there are ways to save! Look into cooking some meals, exploring the stunning free natural wonders, and finding budget-friendly accommodation options.

What is the best season to photograph Iceland?

The best season for Iceland photography depends on what you want to capture! Summer offers warm weather, wildflowers, and the midnight sun for endless shooting. Winter brings dramatic landscapes, the Northern Lights, and unique ice cave formations. Shoulder seasons (spring and fall) offer colorful foliage and good chances of aurora sightings, but can be unpredictable weather-wise.

What is the most photographed place in Iceland?

Iceland’s most photographed spot is likely Kirkjufell mountain, also known as “Church Mountain.” This dramatic peak sits on the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and is known for its unique cone shape and beautiful surroundings.

Are you allowed to take pictures in the Blue Lagoon?

Yes, you can capture photos in the Blue Lagoon itself! They encourage photos for personal use. Just be sure to leave electronics out of the locker rooms and take care of your camera, as they aren’t responsible for water damage.

How do you photograph Iceland’s waterfalls?

Iceland’s waterfalls demand slow shutter speeds for that silky water effect. Use a tripod and set your camera to a slow shutter speed (below 1/2 second) and a small aperture for sharpness. Pack rain gear and explore different angles – behind the falls for a unique view!

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I recently did a photo tour in Iceland with Eduardo, the owner of Photo World Tours. The trip was amazing. Yes, Eduardo is a world class photographer, but to be honest there are a lot of great photographers out there. It takes more than just photographic expertise to lead a tour – particularly in the conditions of Iceland – and Eduardo has all of the talents, insight, and knowledge to do that, and on top of it all, he’s just a good guy who is really funny as well (a trait that was appreciated on some of the long drives between locations).

I was very impressed with Eduardo’s knowledge of the shooting locations, but also the small logistical details that surround the actual photography… such as when the last restaurant closed in a small town in a distant location (you don’t want to come back from a sunset shoot and find out you can’t eat until the next morning!). He also led the group with a firm but kind hand.. something that’s important when you’re working with six strangers with very different personalities.

And of course, his photographic expertise is beyond compare. His knowledge of composition and creating art is as amazing as is his technical abilities in both shooting and editing. He was very good about walking us thru the best way to shoot something, the right lens to capture it, and gave us detailed instructions with the things that were new to us like capturing the aurora.

All in all, I can’t say enough good things about Eduardo and Photo World Tours. He exceeded my expectations and I highly recommend him for a tour of anywhere, anytime.

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Unforgettable trip to Iceland, with the company of a group that, although international, ended up being a great group, it took me with a great experience and new friends. We went with Eduardo Fuster as a guide and in addition to telling us the best places and tips for photography, we also had our talks about topics unrelated to photography, wanting to repeat

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Our trip to Iceland was one of the top ones on our retirement bucket list. I am an amateur photographer and enjoy wildlife and landscape photography. We were considering a self drive tour around Iceland to afford me the opportunity to take pictures whenever the opportunity presented itself. When I thought of the prospect of driving the winter roads in Iceland and the fact that we didn’t have enough information on where to find the best photo spots we opted for a guided tour. Again, guided tours often don’t offer the time it takes to setup and take landscapes so, we opted for a Guided Photography Tour. Guide to Iceland offered a number of choices in terms of length of trip and photo opportunities and we finally settled on an 11 day guided photo safari from Iceland Photo Tours. It included a small group tour via comfortable van, private room lodging, breakfasts and a knowledgeable photographer to inform and guide us around the island. The company also provided rubber boots for some wet photo locations and crampons for walking when it was icy outside, which was quite a bit of the time. Our guide Vincenzo Maaza was originally from Italy but has a many years long residency in Iceland and extensive experience guiding glacier, mountain, and photography tours. His prime concerns were for our group’s happiness with our photography experience in Iceland and our personal comfort. He went the extra mile in many cases to get us to the best and sometimes secret locations for photographs. He helped us in setup and showed us techniques for taking advantage of the unique landscape’s photo opportunities. He knew of many great locations but was also always on the lookout for new ones as weather changes affected the agenda for the day’s shooting. I remember one incident specially where we had been on a long day of shooting over dinner Vincenzo asked each of us, individually, whether we’d like to set up for the Aurora that evening. The weather outside was pretty frightful as it was snowing sideways. Everyone else was ready for a warm relaxing night inside and replied absolutely not. I hesitantly said no and he picked up on my slower answer to the question and repeatedly said he’d be “more than happy” to take just me out for a look. I finally convinced him that I was sincere and that convinced him to stay inside and warm too. We were treated to many excellent locations and afforded plenty of time to get our shots of the beautiful landscape. We had some good weather and some “not quite so good” weather but that is always expected and unavoidable in winter in Iceland. Vincenzo also treated us to some of his post processing knowledge on his computer on couple of evenings, before dinner, after our daily photo shoots. The accommodations were very comfortable and in some cases quaint and historical additionally. Vincenzo’s driving skills were on display a number of times when it was particularly windy and/or snowy and icy. We all felt safe in the company’s modern, comfortable van and when we were out tromping around, fitted with our crampons. We really made to feel as though we were a group of lifelong friends on a road trip together. The trip was as memorable as we had hoped and the photos taken will help us remember the trip the rest of our lives.

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This trip was spectacular. I didn’t want it to end! It is really great that the short trips are offered because then those who are cash strapped can still have an amazing adventure! On this 4 day trip even though mid winter we really made the most out of the time and light. The itinerary was perfect. The expertise during shoots was brilliant. Siggy and Brinjur (I’m sorry I forget how to spell his name!) were funny, entertaining, passionate about Iceland. I loved it that brinjur had a real passion for the more experimental and creative aspects of landscape photography because that really resonated with me. The accommodation was top notch. My only negative was that I did not want to leave!

Photography in Iceland

Iceland is a photographer’s paradise, a land of mesmerizing landscapes and infinitely interesting subjects, be they cascading waterfalls, creeping glaciers, jagged canyons, or weatherbeaten coastlines.

With the explosion of photography’s popularity across the world, it is no wonder that Iceland is fast becoming one of the most photographed destinations on earth.

Photographers of all backgrounds, creeds, and caliber visit Iceland each year to capture their experiences, traveling across the country in search of that ultimate shot. Be they Instagrammers, nature photographers, or cultural shutterbugs, all visitors to Iceland will be immediately taken with the urge to document, frame, and shoot their surroundings.

Photo tours and workshops in Iceland allow guests to sharpen their skills behind the camera, acting under the tutelage of an experienced and knowledgeable guide.

Taking you to some of this country’s biggest attractions and providing opportunities to capture phenomena like the northern lights and the midnight sun, your guide will ensure that you return home with a portfolio brimming with new contributions.

Photo tours and workshops can be concentrated to a single day with only a few attractions focused upon, or alternatively, they can extend for up to two weeks, allowing visitors every opportunity to maximize their photography in Iceland.

You may visit Iceland’s most photographed feature, Mt. Kirkjufell, most famously portrayed as “the mountain like an arrowhead” from HBO’s ‘Games of Thrones.’ Alternatively, you could spend time at “the Crown Jewel of Iceland”, Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, photographing the hundreds of icebergs that float peacefully on the still surface.

Another option could be spending time in Iceland’s picturesque capital city, Reykjavik, photographing many iconic cultural landmarks, including Hallgrimskirkja church and Harpa Concert Hall.

Whatever you choose, you will collect a wealth of fascinating photographs that will forever bring you back to Iceland.

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Driven by a passion for photography..

My 14 years in Iceland were driven by my passion for nature and photography.  I was inspired by the diversity of the landscapes, the beauty of the Northern Lights, and the extreme weather conditions. 

I started IcelandAurora around 2008 to document my photographic approach to nature photography in Iceland. My photo tutorials include landscape, long exposure, and night photography, with plenty of discussion about the Magic Cloth Technique, which made me famous for a while. The Magic Cloth Technique is a long exposure method for balancing the exposure in a landscape photo.

Tours & Workshops

IcelandAurora turned into a photo tour business for 10 years until the travel restrictions in 2020 laid my livelihood to rest. But this period taught me a lot about nature photography. In part, I learned from the hundreds of photographers who came on tours and workshops with me. During this time, I also developed a crippling condition, which affected my mobility and my ability to properly photograph the challenging landscapes of Iceland. Although it was sad to quit after 10 years of tours and workshops, it has been an amazing memory, and I have built a huge collection of Icelandic nature photography.

The Nature Activities and Tours part of the site will help you choose the best small group or private tour through sponsored links.

Location Travel Guide

My knowledge of Iceland’s best photo locations is reflected in my location guides . These are packed with tourist and travel information as well as photo tips for the travel photographer. The guides are categorized as ‘Landscapes and Coastlines’, ‘Waterfalls’, ‘Glacier Ice’, ‘Volcanic’, and ‘Other’. These photo guides will also help you book nature activities and tours or plan an Iceland self-drive.

Nature Photo Prints

With such a huge collection of nature photos, I have now turned my attention to making my photo art available as high-quality prints. My gallery pages display some of my best work, which can be ordered as wall art prints, photo books, yearly calendars, and more. This is an easy way to bring the beauty of Icelandic nature into your home. In times where we cannot travel as freely as before, the need for people to explore Iceland online has increased, and so that is the aim of continuing to write and promote my photo galleries.

I fell in love with Iceland before I started this journey of photography and running tours and workshops.  I then saw Iceland change under the strain of mass tourism, and it was as profound as a volcanic eruption or a stubborn glacier.  What seemed like a dream come true for me became a sort of nightmare.   

I got tired of living out of hotels and endless airports, and I also considered the cost of air travel on the environment.  Now I don’t own a car.  I do my shopping and commute on a push bike or walk.  I grow my own vegetables and compost.  I worked in a school during the lockdowns, where I had the privilege and honour to help vulnerable children.

Lately, I have not been able to work due to unbearable pain. My income is very low, so it would be nice to sell a few of the photographs I have taken over the years.

Thanks for visiting. Tony Prower.

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