Although in the Arctic Circle, winter in Iceland offers some outstanding Arctic light during the day. There is a benefit to these short hours of light – the sun stays low on the horizon, offering a handful of hours with gorgeous warm light. Also, as the winter sun rises and sets to the south and stays just above the horizon for longer, most of the locations are perfect for sunrise and sunset photography.
Unpredictable weather patterns in Iceland are the norm. You can be within a snowstorm and 30 minutes later experience sunshine conditions. It is this unpredictability that makes Iceland one of the most exciting places to photograph.
The Icelandic winter is completely different from the summer. The green, lush scenery is replaced by snow and ice, which allows for walks on frozen parts of lagoons. Dark, long nights are ideal for photographing the Northern Lights, whenever these are visible.
Here are some of our favourite locations in Iceland:
• The immensely powerful Skogafoss and Seljalandfoss waterfalls.
• The glacier lagoon or Jokulsarlon (as the Icelanders call it).
• The black sand beach near Jokulsarlon with its diamond shaped pieces of icebergs.
• The village of Vik with its trademark chapel and its black beaches.
• The sea stacks of Reynisdrangar.
• The awe inspiring Vatnajokull glacier.
• Fjallsarlon Icebrg Lagoon.
• Stokksnes with its breathtaking views of Vestrahorn and so much more.
If there is one place on this planet that is simply magic and an absolute delight to photograph, then this is Iceland. Join us on this extraordinary adventure, build memories that will last for a lifetime.
The cost for this workshop is £2295 GBP or €2695 EUR or $2995 USD per person. A deposit of £600 GBP or €700 EUR or $800 USD is required to book your space. The outstanding balance will be requested 12 weeks before the tour date.You can convert our prices to your local currency by using our currency converter on the sidebar.
The adventure starts at Keflavik airport and ends after supper by our hotel near Keflavik airport. The following day will be the departure day.
The group size for this tour is strictly limited to four people. Due to its very small size group, this photo tour will allow plenty of time for individual attention by the tutor, making sure you photograph the area under the best light and supervision possible.
All transportation during this adventure is included in the price. Collection and drop-off at Reykjavik (Keflavík) Airport are included in the price but only for designated arrival and departure times (details in due time). All flights are excluded from the price.
Please make sure you know how to use your camera or at least the basic functions – make sure you bring the camera's manual along with you. Focal length of wide angle to 300mm will be required.
A sturdy tripod is strongly recommended. If you need advice on purchasing a tripod, we recommend the Manfrotto 055 or similar. If you own a low budget light aluminium tripod such as Jessops and you are wondering if it is good enough, no, it is not. It will not allow you to trust your gear on it and it will not allow us to help you with tuition.
Neutral Density Graduated filters are highly recommended for balancing exposure difference between land and sky. We recommend a 1.5 stop hard and a 3 stop soft (if you are just starting with filters). Full instruction can be given during the workshop to help you with the correct use of filters.
To get the very best out of your images and the locations, we suggest that you bring a good Neutral Density filter with you such as the Lee Little Stopper or Big Stopper or the Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter for long exposures.
You will need one for longer than 30 seconds exposures.
Very warm and weatherproof clothing and neoprene wellies (if possible) is a must as the weather can be quite cold this time of year, especially during twilight times that we will be photographing. Temperatures can range from -4 to +10. ☀ ☁ ❄. We also recommend to bring along a pair of crampons, just in case there are icy patches that you wish to walk on. We also encourage you to bring some digital files of your previous work as there might be opportunities to discuss your portfolio and supply you with beneficial feedback.
Although all 'Inspiring Photography Workshops' clients are covered by our public liability insurance, we recommend that you take your own travel insurance also.
This photo workshop does not offer post processing tuition, please see here for further details.
Dimitri Vasileiou is a highly acclaimed landscape photographer, writer and photographic workshop leader. A professional photographer for several years, he was born in Greece and currently resides in Scotland.
Some of his work has been reproduced in the Daily Record newspaper and he has also had work published in a number of photography magazines and books.
In 2011 Dimitri founded Landscape Photography Magazine. He is the editor and currently writing articles every month for the publication.
Wendy Collens from England
The photo tour to Iceland far exceeded my expectations - it was a full itinerary with a view around every corner. Dimitri was professional in his approach, gave everyone his time and energy and I much appreciated his assistance when I needed it most.
I learned a lot from his obvious knowledge and passion for landscape photography and I can't thank him enough for his help whilst maintaining a pleasant manner, with lots of laughter and a fun time.
Bruce Smith from Canada
Iceland is not to be missed and we saw some incredible sights, both along the coast and in the interior highlands.
Viki and Jozsef Bognar from Hungary
The workshop was extremely well organised and professionally guided by Dimitri. His passion and knowledge for photography gave a huge inspiration. The visited locations on the south coast and in the highlands were all stunning.
Colin Rooke from England
Dimitri’s enthusiasm and expertise really shone through and he went to great lengths to help us get the best possible photographs. He was always available to help people with their compositions and to offer advice.