Join me, Melvin Nicholson, on this fabulous winter photography workshop and tour in the amazing landscape of Iceland, specifically timed for the Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis). Dubbed by many as the land of fire and ice, Iceland offers so many fantastic photographic opportunities that not even 5 days can cover it all. On my workshop though, I will ensure you get to see the best of what Iceland has to offer. For people who want to improve their photography, Iceland is an inspiring place to learn. As a seasoned photographer and long time photography tutor I will always be on hand to help you learn and develop your technical skills and the art of composing great images. For those more experienced photographers, I will be able to take you to all the best locations at the right time.
I have been running workshops and tours in Iceland since 2017, and have so far run nine. Therefore I have lots of experience when it comes to winter tours in Iceland.
On this 6-day workshop we will visit many of Iceland’s most iconic locations such as the:
- stunning sea stacks at Vik,
- iconic glacial lagoon complete with icebergs
- black volcanic beach of Jökulsárlón with its huge chunks of blue ice.
- impressive 1,500ft beach located Vestrahorn
- beautiful churches of Lutheran and Myrdal in Vik.
- and of course the mighty 200ft waterfalls of Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss as well as the lesser-known Kvernufoss waterfall.
As much as possible the tour will stop en-route to capture any fleeting moments of magic we happen to spot along the way. This photography workshop & tour will leave you with long-lasting memories of Iceland.
Date and Time
3pm Sunday 24th – 6am Friday 29th January 2021
Diamond Beach, Jökulsárlón
Jökulsárlón Ice Lagoon
Myrdal Church Vik
Reynisfjara (Black Beach) Vik
3pm 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 modern, comfortable winter equipped 4×4 nine seat minibus (normally a Mercedes Vito /VW Transporter)
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 – Sunday 24th January 2021
Keflavik Airport – Skogafoss
I land into Keflavik airport at 2.50pm, collect the 4WD nine seater minibus (so plenty of space for luggage, clothing and camera equipment) and collect the six workshop attendees at 4pm from the airport before heading to our first location for sunset, the impressive 200ft Sejlandafoss waterfall. This is best shot 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 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 – Saturday 25th January 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 Hali Country Hotel. Our evening meal will be taken in their restaurant while we talk about our experiences from the day.
Day 3 – Sunday 26th January 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 by 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 – Monday 27th January 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 – Tuesday 28th January 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, the beautiful boutique Hotel Berg complete with its hot rooftop outdoor pool so bring your swimming costume /swimming shorts.
Day 6 – Wednesday 29th January 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.