Iceland and Northern Lights Workshop

  • Iceland and Northern Lights
  • Classic Series
  • Location: Iceland
  • Timeframe: March 21st to March 30th 2020
  • Instructor: Brian Riddell
  • Max. 8 people group
  • Price: $7950.00 CAD

Iceland is one of the most exciting places to visit for a nature photographer. The landscapes are absolutely wild - active volcanos, thunderous waterfalls, crystalline glaciers, rugged coastlines, geothermal pools, geysers, and sculpted blue ice caves that are among the most incredible subjects to photograph. In addition, the Icelandic horses make wonderful subjects, and isolated churches and quaint villages are also very photogenic. In winter, this incredible island nation is even more dramatic. The cold climate allows us to safely explore ice caves, the snow shrouded waterfalls are partially frozen, and the reduced hours of daylight allow you to capture the stunning aurora borealis in all its glory. Join me for a most remarkable experience in photography. You will learn a lot about correctly exposing for snow and ice, shooting the night sky, using HDR, and post-processing your images to get the most out of each shot.

Typical Workshop Day

We start each day with a group reception on each location and you will be given an orientation presentation on the area. We will also show you examples of the kind of photographic situations that you will be in, but also make some suggestions on how you should approach these situations and capture great results.

From your home, fly to Reykjavik, Iceland to arrive on or before March 14, 2018. Our workshop begins the morning of March 15, 2018, when we’ll board our private winter-equipped Mercedes Sprinter and head out immediately. For the next 9 nights, we’ll guide you around Iceland to the best shooting venues, each beautiful in their own unique way. Accommodations will be double occupancy with ensuite facilities (single rooming is available). We arrive back in Reykjavik late in the day on March 30, 2018 and you can schedule flights home or elsewhere anytime on March 31, 2018.

March 21, 2018: Fly from your home to arrive in Reykjavik (KEF) anytime this day. Relax today, but there’s also plenty to do in Iceland’s capital city. Group dinner this evening, with introductions and a run-through of the itinerary and what you can expect.

March 22-24, 2018: After breakfast and checkout, we will board our private, winter-ready Mercedes Sprinter and begin our journey. We’ll head out to Iceland´s Snæfellsnes Peninsula, where dormant volcanoes and glaciers reside side by side on this narrow westward peninsula, full of coastline and mountains. Here at Snæfellsnes are some of Iceland’s oldest volcanoes, inactive for thousands of years, but their vast lava flows are still visible in the landscape. The dramatic backdrop of a beautiful mountain range keeps us perfectly positioned between them and the sea, where the coastline varies between cliffs, beaches, marsh, and farmland. Volcanic craters and Snaefellsjökull glacier are some of our highlights on this day, and we stop at the small fishing village Grundafjörður for lunch. We photograph the famous Kirkjufell (Church mountain), a series of volcanic cliffs and rock islets constantly being crashed by waves.

March 24-25, 2018: We will leave Snæfellsnes, and make our way to to Gauksmýri. Along the way, we can expect to see and photograph some of Iceland’s most beautiful landscapes. In and around Gauksmýri, our photo opportunities will include friendly Icelandic Horses, and the great mountains Baula and Skessuhorn—but the main feature of this area is Hvítserkur, the great sea stack off the northwest coast of Iceland. We will photograph Hvítserkur Rock at sunset and sunrise, and, if lucky, with the Northern Lights!

March 25-29, 2018: After sunrise, breakfast and checkout, we will travel clockwise around Iceland, passing through beautiful countryside, seaside and more. We can stop at Húsavík, a lovely small port-town in the North of Iceland. Our destination will be Mývatn, in Iceland’s North. We will base for four nights in Mývatn, so we are well-positioned to see and photograph some of Iceland’s best winter landscapes. Our photography menu here includes: Dimmuborgir, the lake area near Kálfaströnd; Hverir and Hverfjall; waterfalls Godafoss, Aldeyjarfoss, Geitafoss, Dettifoss, and Selfoss; Husavik harbor, sea stack Bakkastakkur, geothermal areas Viti (Hell), and Leirhnjúkur. We will have no shortage of things to choose from, sunrise, daytime, sunset, and with luck, Northern Lights at night!

March 29-30, 2018: We return to Gauksmýri, and again photograph the wonders of this area, but for sure another chance (or two!) at Hvítserkur Rock.

March 30, 2018: After photographing sunrise, we have breakfast and checkout. We'll make our way back to Reykjavik, arriving sometime in the late afternoon. We will have our last dinner together this evening. Workshop concludes.

March 31, 2018: Flights home anytime this day from Reykjavik (KEF).


$1000.00 CAD and the balance due 90 days before the trip starts.

Our itineraries are designed to take advantage of the best light and the best photographic opportunities. Participants should allow for flexibility due to changes in weather, traffic, local governmental policy changes, cultural events, or other logistical arrangements deemed necessary.


All lodging (accommodation is two to a room-single supplement is available) photographic guidance and critiques , all breakfasts, welcome and farewell dinner, transportation from the airport to your hotel and return to the airport.

Not Included:

International transportation to and from the meeting location, alcoholic beverages, tips and anything not listed in Includes: (above).

Send us a email with any questions.