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Photography workshop in Iceland

From October 20 to 29, 2024

The Trip

Experience an unforgettable 10-day photography journey in Iceland’s majestic landscapes. Capture the Northern Lights, explore iconic sites like Kirkjufell Mountain and Ice Caves, and hone your skills with expert guides.

Enjoy comfort and adventure in the heart of Iceland’s stunning winter wonderland.

About the Tour

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WorkShop in Iceland

We have prepared a 10-day photography tour in Iceland where you can enjoy the best natural light and the most stunning views of the south of the country. This journey is designed to make the most of your passion for photography.

Iceland is considered one of the best countries for photography enthusiasts, offering a great opportunity to photograph the incredible winter landscapes and the Northern Lights while learning new techniques from expert photography guides who will take your skills to the next level.

But it’s not just a trip, it’s an experience complete with all comforts. You’ll travel in an exclusive vehicle, exploring the iconic frozen landscapes of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, capturing places like Kirkjufell mountain and the black church of Búðir. Additionally, you’ll visit the impressive Ice Caves, Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, Diamond Beach, the wonderful Vestrahorn Mountain, and numerous waterfalls.

Iceland is one of the best places

Iceland is one of the best places to capture the Northern Lights, a dance in the dark Arctic sky. Your guides will be attentive to weather conditions and aurora forecasts so that you can photograph them in the most spectacular landscapes.

A great photographic adventure in ICELAND awaits us!

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Itinerary

DAY 1 - REYKJAVIK

Your adventure begins here: As soon as you land at Keflavík International Airport (KEF), we have everything arranged for you to take a comfortable bus that will drop you off just steps away from your hotel in Reykjavik.

 

In the afternoon, we invite you to discover the essence of the city with a stroll through its lively and colorful downtown, wandering through its vibrant streets and charming corners full of life. The experience intensifies with a visit to the impressive FlyOver Iceland attraction, a visual adventure that will take your breath away. And to end the day, what better way than to enjoy a delicious dinner together at one of the city’s most welcoming restaurants.

DAYS 2 and 3 - SNAEFELLSNES

We start the second day by savoring an exceptional breakfast at our hotel and then head towards the Snæfellsnes Peninsula, a place that hosts some of the most photogenic landscapes in the entire country.

 

A day full of natural wonders awaits us: wild coasts, spectacular basalt column cliffs at Arnarstapi, the black church of Búðir, the Búðahraun lava field, the impressive and unique sea pillars of Lóndrangar, and the iconic volcanic origin mountain Kirkjuffel.

With every step, it’s a feast for the eyes and a unique opportunity to capture the unparalleled beauty of Iceland with your camera. Get ready for a day full of inspiration and awe.

DAY 4 - SELJA

We start the day with a sunrise photo session at Kirkjufell, then head towards the stunning landscape of Iceland’s south coast, heading to Hella.

 

Our first stop will be at Seljalandsfoss, a beautiful waterfall that offers the possibility to be explored in 360 degrees and to walk behind its water curtain. A short distance away awaits the magnificent Skogafoss waterfall, a thundering colossus with a dizzying 60-meter drop. And not far away, we will find Kvernufoss, where you will have the opportunity to get close enough to capture the texture of the water plummeting down to the river below, or alternatively, you can choose to step back a bit and photograph the waterfall framed by snow-covered cliffs.

Each of these stops is a unique opportunity to immortalize the majesty of Icelandic nature and add stunning photographs to your collection.

DAY 5 - VATNAJÖKULL

Today, our journey takes us to Vatnajökull National Park, where we will spend two unforgettable days. But first, a spectacular spot awaits us to enjoy the sunrise: Vik and its black sand beach.

In the afternoon, you will be able to feel the calm and serene atmosphere of the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where large icebergs float on the crystal-clear surface of the water before drifting out to sea.

As sunset approaches, we will move to Diamond Beach, giving us the opportunity to capture the sunlight shining through the pieces of ice on the shore.

This day is destined to be a unique visual and emotional experience, where nature reveals itself in all its splendor.

DAY 6 - VATNAJÖKULL

In the morning, we will return once again to the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon for our ice cave excursion. The duration of the excursion will be 4 hours, and it is optional and not included in the price of the trip.

We will spend the rest of the day photographing some of the beautiful locations in this glacial area. In the evening, we might have another opportunity to photograph the northern lights, and we will try to capture them over the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon or the nearby Fjallsárlón.

DAY 7 - HÖFN

Today, we will head towards the Stokksnes peninsula, where the impressive Vestrahorn mountain awaits us. Its foreground is filled with compositions, from undulating black sand dunes amidst the snow, to grass fields and frozen puddles. Depending on the tide, we may be able to capture the reflection of Vestrahorn on the nearby beach, or the waves crashing around it.

DAY 8 - VIK

Today, we will delve into the Skaftafell Natural Reserve, a unique place where you will have the opportunity to photograph glacier tongues, lagoons dotted with imposing icebergs, majestic snow-covered peaks, frozen waterfalls, and rivers flowing directly from the glaciers.

For sunset, we will return along the south coast until we reach Reynisfjara beach, where we will capture the imposing pillars of Reynisdrangar from a completely different perspective.

DAY 9 - SELJA

On this eighth day, we will dedicate our time to exploring the three main attractions of the Golden Circle route: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir geothermal area, and Gullfoss waterfall. Þingvellir is not just a National Park, but also a UNESCO World Heritage site, located in a rift valley created by the separation of two tectonic plates.

In the Geysir geothermal area, you will have the opportunity to photograph the Strokkur geyser, which erupts every few minutes, shooting water and steam nearly 20 meters high. Meanwhile, the nearby Gullfoss waterfall offers a spectacular view of the forces of nature in action.

Once we have finished photographing along the Golden Circle, we will head to relax at the fantastic Blue Lagoon and then to our hotel in Keflavik, putting the perfect end to a day full of adventures and discoveries.

DAY 10 - KEFLAVIK

Thank you for traveling with us and we hope you had a wonderful time exploring Iceland’s breathtaking landscapes. We wish you safe travels back home and hope to see you again in the future. Goodbye!

Included

Not Included

Our expeditions

Ours guides

JOSE D. RIQUELME
ARITZ ATELA

They will be your guides

Dates 2024

  • February 9 to 18, 2024
    February 9 to 18, 2024

    Sold out

    $3.400
  • February 28 to march 8, 2024
    February 28 to march 8, 2024

    Sold out

    $3.400
  • October 20 to 29, 2024
    October 20 to 29, 2024

    Available spots

    $3.400
  • November 1 to 10, 2024
    November 1 to 10, 2024

    Available spots

    $3.400

About the trip

  • A Digital Single-Lens Reflex (DSLR) camera or a mirrorless camera
  • A sturdy tripod with a ball head
  • A wide-angle lens, such as a 14-24 mm
  • A medium zoom lens, such as a 24-70 mm
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens
  • It is important for a lens to have a good aperture for Northern Lights, such as a 14 mm f/2.8
  • A camera bag to carry all your equipment
  • 6-stop ND filter
  • A headlamp for night sessions
  • Batteries, cleaning kit, and memory cards
  • Drone
Clothing Recommendations

Our Photographic Tour will take place during the winter season, and we recommend following the guidelines for appropriate clothing to withstand low temperatures, especially during night excursions.

  • FOOTWEAR: Crampons for shoes (mandatory for walking on ice) – Mountain footwear (waterproof boots) – Foot and hand warmers “warmer” (optional, for those who feel very cold).
  • UPPER CLOTHING: Thermal shirt or inner thermal shirt. – Sweater or fleece pullover (brands like The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, or similar) – Down jacket suitable for temperatures up to -10 degrees. – Waterproof/windproof jacket. – Neck gaiter. – Thermal gloves for snow. – Woolen hats for the head.
  • LOWER CLOTHING: Thermal leggings. – Waterproof pants (for skiing or snowboarding). – Woolen socks. For winter technical clothing, we recommend brands like The North Face, Columbia, Patagonia, Helly Hansen, or similar.
Tips
  1. In Iceland, the tap water (cold) is of the highest quality in the world. We recommend buying a small reusable water bottle on the first day of your stay, which you can refill at hotels or any convenient location.
  2. Wi-Fi will be available in all hotels. For participants from outside Europe, if you wish, you can purchase a SIM card with data. You can buy one at the supermarket right in front of the luggage claim area. Alternatively, you can acquire a virtual e-SIM in advance from websites like https://esim.holafly.com/ or other similar services and activate it upon landing in Iceland.
  3. It is not necessary to exchange dollars for Icelandic krona in Iceland; you can use your credit card to make payments everywhere. If you want to exchange your currency for krona, you can do so at the airport.
  4. Iceland uses European type C plugs, so if you are coming from the United States, you will need an adapter.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Flights to Iceland
Round-trip flights to Iceland from Europe and the United States cost approximately $400 to $800. You should book your flight to or from Keflavik International Airport (KEF).
We recommend arriving at Keflavik before 12:00 noon on the start day of the tour so you don’t miss the orientation session.
Some participants choose to arrive a day before the start of the tour, which could be an excellent idea to begin the journey well-rested, especially if you have had a long flight.


Documentation
Iceland follows the visa regulations of the Schengen Area. Depending on your nationality and length of stay, you may need to obtain a visa. If you encounter any problems, feel free to consult us. It is crucial to verify the specific visa requirements for your country of residence before the trip.


Meals
Meals and dinners are not included in the tour price. Generally, we will have breakfast at our accommodation and enjoy meals and dinners at local restaurants.
During the day, we might opt for snacks and picnics on some days to streamline and maximize our time dedicated to photography.
Since both supermarkets and restaurants are relatively expensive in Iceland, we suggest you be prepared to allocate approximately $60-$80 USD daily for your food expenses.

Acommodation

During our photographic adventure through Iceland with Ice Monkey Tours, we will stay in a variety of charming hotels, carefully selected for both their proximity to the photographic destinations on our route and their comfort. To keep pace with our ever-changing photographic itinerary, we will move to different hotels throughout the journey, ensuring we are as close as possible to each day’s points of interest. You will enjoy comfortable double rooms with private bathrooms to fully enjoy your photographic adventure.

FAQs

When will the workshop take place?

The workshop is scheduled for October 20 to 29. Check our calendar on the registration page for detailed information.

Where will the workshop be held?

The workshop will take place in Iceland, a unique and stunning landscape that offers a variety of extraordinary photography opportunities.

Who are the instructors of the workshop?

We have experienced nature photographers who will share their knowledge and techniques. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to learn about aerial photography with drones.

What skill level is required to participate?

The workshop is designed for photographers of all levels, from beginners to professionals. Sessions will be adapted to meet the needs of all participants, including an introduction to using drones for photography.

Can I use my drone during the workshop?

Absolutely! We recommend that you bring your drone to capture stunning views from the skies over Iceland.

Can I receive instructions on aerial photography with drones during the event?

Yes, there will be specific sessions during the workshop dedicated to aerial photography with drones. Our experts will guide you on best practices and techniques for capturing spectacular images from the air.

Can I get advice on purchasing a drone before the workshop?

Yes, our instructors will be happy to provide guidance on selecting and configuring drones for photography, both before and during the event.

Can I bring my laptop?

Yes, we recommend it for learning editing techniques.

  • Price

    Price for 1 traveler

    $3.400

Legal terms for all tours ICEMONKEY

Payment Policy Reservation Deposit
  • Deposit Policy: A reservation is confirmed upon a deposit of US$ 1,000. No spots will be reserved without the deposit.

    Final Payment: The final amount must be paid 30 days before the trip begins.

Cancellation and Refund Policy

We understand that attending our workshops requires prior commitment, and also that life events can occur that force you to cancel a trip. Depending on the cancellation date, the following conditions will apply:

  • More than 90 days before the start date of the workshop: Full refund of payments made.
  • Between 90 and 60 days before the start of the workshop: 50% of the booking will be refunded.
  • 60-30 days before the start of the workshop: 35% of the booking will be refunded.
  • Within 30 days prior to the start of the workshop: No refund will be made.
General Conditions of our Tours

Accidents:

  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents to workshop participants and will not cover medical expenses if necessary. During the workshop, each participant is responsible for their own safety and physical integrity.
  • IceMonkey is not responsible for accidents or loss of photographic equipment during the workshop. Each participant is responsible for their own photographic equipment.

Travel insurance is mandatory.

Punctuality:

  • Each day of the expedition, all participants must be punctual at the established time. All participants must be at the starting point of the expedition for its beginning. In case of delays due to inconveniences, the participant must communicate with someone from the IceMonkey staff as soon as possible.
  • Respect:
    Participants may be at different levels of knowledge about the subject, which requires patience when explaining topics that are already familiar to them. The photographic area of each participant must be respected. Disrespect towards a participant or staff member will not be tolerated.

This is a discrimination-free space. We will not tolerate racism, sexism, discrimination based on sexual orientation, or gender identity.

Climate:

  • The tour and its itinerary depend on the weather and can change at any moment. We will always be attentive to the best weather conditions to determine where to go and optimize the taking of photographs.

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