Join me, Melvin Nicholson, for a photography workshop in the amazing landscape that is Iceland. I am so fortunate to have visited many amazing places around the world, but there is nowhere quite like Iceland, the ‘land of fire and ice’. This photography workshop is timed to ensure you get the best chance to photograph the Northern Lights in Iceland, which are visible from August through April. October onwards is the best time to see the aurora borealis because it’s dark after 6pm.
You will be collected at Keflavik airport, and over the next five days will visit and photograph many of the most iconic locations Iceland has to offer, including the stunning Reynisdrangar sea stacks at Vik, the iconic glacial lagoon complete with icebergs and the black volcanic beach of Jökulsárlón with its huge chunks of blue ice. The impressive 1,500ft beach located mountain of Vestrahorn, and the beautiful churches of Lutheran and Myrdal in Vik. Then there is the mighty 200ft waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss as well as the lesser-known Kvernufoss waterfall. Imagine photographing the northern lights over some of the most amazing and iconic scenes that Iceland has to offer.
There will also be a couple of opportunities to stop en-route to capture those wonderful fleeting moments of magic as and when they happen, be it a herd of reindeer walking in isolation across the grassy fields or the truly stunning aurora borealis dancing above your head. This photography workshop will leave you with long-lasting memories.
There are just six places in total ensuring a small, friendly, informal group with plenty of personalised 1-2-1 tuition on offer.
Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon
Myrdal Church Vik
Reynisfjara (Black Beach) Vik
4pm Joe and the Juice Bar (by the main entrance)
Five nights accommodation (double room, en-suite, single occupancy)
Dedicated 1-2-1 photography tuition
Collection and drop off at Keflavik Airport
Full transport during the workshop in a comfortable winter equipped minibus
All meals and drinks other than breakfast
Travel to and from Iceland
Travel and camera insurance
Here is a detailed itinerary outlining our schedule. While the itinerary looks fixed, it is really only an indication of the locations we will be visiting and the decision to alter our plans depending on the weather and light will be taken if needed.
Day 1 – Thursday 21st October 2021
Keflavik Airport – Skogafoss
I will arrive in a nine-seat minibus (so plenty of space for luggage, clothing, and camera equipment) and collect you at 3pm from the airport before heading to our first location for sunset, the impressive 200ft Sejlandafoss waterfall. This location is best photographed at sunset due to the direction of the sun.
We shall then head to our accommodation for the evening, the perfectly positioned Skogafoss Hotel. Once we have dropped off our belongings, settled in, we will enjoy our ‘get to know each other’ meal in the hotel’s restaurant. If the northern lights happen to show, we are perfectly placed to take the two-minute walk to the thunderous 200ft waterfall and capture it with the magical colours above it.
Day 2 – Friday 22nd October 2021
Skogafoss Waterfall – Kvernufoss Waterfall – Diamond Beach Jokulsarlon
The day starts with a pre-dawn shoot at the hugely iconic and impressive 200ft Skogafoss waterfall before heading back to the hotel for breakfast.
Late morning will see us head east to perhaps Iceland’s most popular and inspiring location, Jokulsarlon. Both the iceberg filled ice lagoon and the black, sandy beach with both blue and crystal clear icebergs on it awaits. Sunset will be shot on the beach before moving onto our accommodation for the evening, which will be the beautiful Fosshotel Glacier Hotel. Our evening meal will be taken in their restaurant while we talk about our experiences from the day.
Day 3 – Saturday 23rd October 2021
Jokulsarlon Ice Lagoon – Diamond Beach, Jokulsarlon – Vestrahorn, Hofn
Today will see us return to Jokulsarlon to capture the beach at sunrise before returning to the hotel for breakfast. We shall then return to the ice lagoon to hone your compositions on the floating icebergs that slowly drift into the ocean.
Late morning will see us head east to the furthest point of on the workshop to the mighty Vestrahorn. This 1,500ft mountain sits on a black, volcanic beach complete with shallow water for some amazing reflections as well as the beautiful yellow grass that nestles in the black sandy dunes. We shall shoot sunset here before heading to our accommodation for the evening, the wonderfully titled The Milk Factory.
Day 4 – Sunday 24th October 2021
Vestrahorn, Hofn – Reynisdrangar, Vik
Today we return to Vestrahorn to capture sunrise before returning to the hotel for breakfast. After check out, we shall venture west to the iconic town of Vik, where we will be visiting the beautiful black sandy volcanic beach of Reynisfjara, where we will be photographing the stunning sea stacks at sunset. There are huge basalt rock columns present, very similar to those found at the Giant’s Causeway in Northern Ireland.
If the northern lights are visible, we will head out to photograph them over the sea stacks tonight as we are staying at the impressive Hotel Vik in Vik
Day 5 – Monday 25th October 2021
Dyrhólaey, Vik – Myrdal Church Vik – Reynisfjara Sea Stacks Vik – Reykjanes Peninsula – Keflavik
Sunrise will be spent photographing the iconic sea stacks of Reynisfjara before breakfast in the hotel.
After check out, the Myrdal Church in Vik that overlooks the town will allow us a few opportunities to hone our composition skills before visiting the towering cliffs of Dyrhólaey near Vik will entertain us until late morning. From here you will be photographing sea stacks on the beach from high up on the edge of the cliff faces. This really is a spectacular place to spend a morning.
The afternoon will see us head to the volcanic lava fields of Reykjanes Peninsula, located thirty minutes south-west of Keflavik. Here we will find a plethora of subjects to photograph including bubbling mud pools, futurist looking geothermal power stations, a lighthouse, a bridge that spans two continents, and some of the finest sea stacks in Iceland.
After sunset, we shall check into our final accommodation for the workshop.
Day 6 – Tuesday 26th October 2021
Departure Keflavik Airport
It is an early flight home to reflect on what will be a trip of a lifetime. If you have always promised yourself a photography holiday of a lifetime, this one will take some beating. I hope you can join me.