Iceland Winter Photo Workshop
Feb 10-17, 2021 - Sold Out!!!
Experience the rugged beauty of the North on our 8-day Iceland Winter Photo Workshop! Step inside massive ice caves and marvel at the deep blue colors and amazing textures. Capture the Northern Lights as they dance across the sky. Photograph crystal clear icebergs as they wash up on the smooth black sand. Iceland is absolutely amazing in winter!
- This is the best time of year to safely visit the ice caves. The colors and textures will blow your mind!
- When skies are clear, chances are good for seeing the Northern Lights. We'll be photographing a lot at night when the aurora is active.
- You'll come away with a diverse portfolio of images from this workshop, with waterfalls, canyons, sea stacks, geysers, ice caves, beaches, mountains, and much more!
- Award-winning photographers Siggi Brynjarsson and David Swindler will be leading the workshop. Expect to learn many new photo skills and post-processing techniques.
- All transportation and lodging is provided during the workshop so you can focus on your photography.
The itinerary may be subject to change due to the unpredictability of Icelandic weather. However, we will make every effort to optimize our shooting conditions no matter what the weather throws at us.
- Day 1 (Wed Feb 10): The workshop starts in the capital city of Reykjavik, where we will meet over a welcome dinner to get to know each other and discuss the workshop itinerary together.
- Day 2 (Thurs Feb 11): We set off early to start our adventure to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula. This area is fondly known as ‘Iceland in Miniature’, as you can get a taste of all the natural wonders Iceland has to offer – waterfalls, volcanic craters, lava fields and black sand beaches. It is especially beautiful in winter with the rugged, volcanic landscape draped in a soft blanket of snow and ice.
- Day 3 (Fri Feb 12): Today we travel the famed Golden Circle route and photograph waterfalls rimmed by dazzling icicles, steaming geysers, deep canyons, and much more. Expect a full day of photography from sunrise to sunset.
- Day 4 (Sat Feb 13): The group will continue along the South Coast past majestic mountain ranges and incredible glacial tongues that stretch down from the ice cap towards the sea. We have several photo spots planned along the way but the real magic happens at the Glacial Lagoon and the Diamond Beach, where icebergs wash ashore along a surface of smooth black sand. If the Northern Lights are active, we'll return here after dinner to shoot the aurora!
- Day 5 (Sun Feb 14): Today is sure to be one of the highlights of our photo adventure. We will wake up early for a pre-dawn excursion aboard a modified super-jeep to venture deep into Europe’s largest glacier. We will explore the frozen world of the crystal ice caves hidden within. Prepare to be amazed by their detailed texture and stunning, intense colors! We will continue on to epic views of Vestrahorn Mountain where we will hope to catch the sunset and northern lights before returning to our hotel.
- Day 6 (Mon Feb 15): We will rise early to capture another sunrise on the Diamond Beach before we start our journey back to Vik to photograph the beautiful basalt columns of Reynisfjara as well as the impressive cliffs at Dyrholaey. We will visit some hidden gems along the south coast before retiring at our hotel in Vik for a post-processing session and/or a Northern Lights chase.
- Day 7 (Tues Feb 16): After an early morning hike to an impressive sunrise location, we photograph many little-known hidden gems as we make our way back to Reykjavik. We then share one last dinner together where we fondly reminisce about our adventure and say goodbye to the new friends we have made.
- Day 8 (Wed Feb 17): After breakfast you will make your way to the airport to fly home, with memories to last a lifetime, new friends, and an impressive portfolio full of amazing images of Iceland as a winter wonderland.
$3990/person + Tax
- 8-day workshop with 7 nights accommodation in double occupancy rooms. A $750/person charge will be added for those wanting single occupancy.
- Two professional photographer guides who will provide a combination of instruction, masterclasses, post-processing assistance and in-field guidance.
- Transportation during the workshop in comfortable vehicles modified to handle the Icelandic road winter conditions
- Welcome and Farewell dinners on Days 1 and 7
- Breakfasts at the hotels during the workshop
Trip Does NOT Include:
- International Flights to/from Iceland.
- Airport transfers to/from Reykjavik.
- Meals, beverages, and snacks with exception of hotel breakfasts and opening and farewell dinners.
A 50% deposit is required to secure your spot. The remaining balance will be charged 90 days prior to the workshop.
- Max group size of 12 participants with 2 instructors, allowing for plenty of 1-to-1 time.
- Moderate hiking is required to reach some locations.
- Winter weather is unpredictable in Iceland. Warm sunshine, gale force winds, frigid temperatures, and snow are all possible - even within the same day! Make sure you dress appropriately. See the gear list further down.
- Each day we will check the Northern Lights forecast and the latest weather. If conditions are not favorable, we will use the time in the evening for editing sessions and presentations.
- We highly recommend travel insurance to cover any non-refundable fees and airline travel you may have in connection with the workshop.
- Iceland is absolutely stunning from the ground, but it is equally amazing from above. If you own a drone, you are welcome to bring it along.
- Gear will be provided for walking into the ice caves safely.
Recommended Camera Gear
- Sturdy tripod and ballhead
- Digital SLR or Mirrorless Camera Body.
- Fast wide angle lens in the 14-35mm range. We recommend a lens that is f/2.8 or faster for night photography.
- Mid-range zoom lens in the range of 24-100mm.
- Telephoto lenses will come in handy for landscape compression and wildlife encounters.
- Circular polarizer filters and 3-stop ND filters for your lenses. If you like shooting with grads, bring them along. Very dark ND's can be useful for creating long exposures.
- Extra batteries, memory cards, and cleaning supplies.
- Remote cord for your camera.
- Cover for your camera/lens to protect against high winds and precipitation.
- Camera backpack you can use while hiking.
- Drone for aerial photography (optional).
- Laptop if you wish to backup your photos or follow along during the post-processing instruction.
Personal Gear List
- Sturdy waterproof winter boots and wool hiking socks. Gaitors can be useful to keep snow out of your boots.
- Base layers for both upper and lower body.
- Warm layers - puffy jackets, fleece, etc.
- Waterproof outer shell jacket.
- Waders or tall rubber boots for shooting on the coast (Optional)
- Warm hat, thick waterproof gloves, and thinner glove liners
- A more complete packing list will be sent after registration.
Instructor - Siggi Brynjarsson
Sigurdur William Brynjarsson (Siggi) is a photographer based in Iceland. He is currently the brand ambassador for Irix lenses and Kase Filters. He is passionate about photographing locations all around the world, but especially in his home country of Iceland.
He has won multiple awards for his work, both locally and internationally, especially for his Aurora Borealis photos and has even written a book on the subject. He has led photography workshops and tours in Iceland since 2012 with great success and rave reviews. When the days get longer, he turns his eyes towards the amazing midnight sun with golden hours that seem to stretch on forever.
Siggi is the CEO of Viking International PhotoTours, a company that is registered in both Iceland and the US and is a certified tour operator by the Icelandic Tourist Board.
David Swindler is a National Geographic award-winning landscape and wildlife photographer. He received a degree in chemical engineering and worked in the semiconductor industry specializing in optics and photolithography. Back in 2014 he quit his day job to follow his true passion. He has traveled to many locations around the world and has extensive experience photographing a wide variety of subjects and conditions. He finds great satisfaction in helping others learn photography, especially in the wild desert environment near his home in Kanab, UT. David is an expert in night photography and loves to get out and shoot the starry night skies. Catch a glimpse of David's work in the slideshow, and follow the links below to see more!
David has been leading guided photo tours for many years. He is very familiar with many different types of cameras and how to capture the best photos. And most importantly, his clients are the top priority while out in the field. Just read what others are saying here: Trip Advisor.