Our photography workshops to Iceland are always so much fun to run.  The country is just full of photo opportunities and worthy challenges.  The harsh weather that carves this land can leave you with a worthy adversary, but the results always make the battle worth the ride.  On days, you can photograph the landscapes of Iceland all day and all night long.

In the winter of 2021, we’ll be heading back for yet another incredible trip to this land of fire and ice.

Iceland Photography Tour

Iceland Photo Tour and Workshop

Who’s ready for a winter adventure in Iceland?  The hope is for brilliant sunrises and sunsets (only 6 hours apart) mixed with beautiful light throughout the day.  At night, we’re hoping for northern lights and starry skies.

Of course, the reality is that Iceland is a total wildcard.  The weather could be perfect, or it can be wild.  And, often times, it can be both in the same hour.  Regardless of the weather, we’ll have a great photography adventure, and make the absolute most of the conditions.  It’s going to be brilliant.  There is a reason Iceland is one of the most photographed locations in the world; it is just unreal.

Dates: February 7-19, 2021
Start/End City: Reykjavik, Iceland
Price: €3990
Participants: Max 10
Skill Level: Any
Activity Level: No major hiking, only walks. Low fitness requirements.

The Itinerary

Even if you’ve been to Iceland before, you might not have been in the winter months. And, locations change greatly depending on the conditions.  So, in planning this trip, Ivan and I have blended a mix of classic locations and some things you likely haven’t done.  The full itinerary will vary greatly due to the conditions. Essentially, in the winter in Iceland, we will play things by ear a bit to ensure everyone has the opportunity for as many amazing photos as possible.

  • Day 1: Arrival in Reykjavik
  • Day 2: Grundarfjodur / Kirkjufellsfoss
  • Day 3: Varmahlið / Hvitserkur
  • Day 4: Akureyri
  • Day 5: Myvatn
  • Day 6: Myvatn
  • Day 7: Höfn
  • Day 8: Skatafell
  • Day 9: Skatafell
  • Day 10: Vik
  • Day 11: Hella
  • Day 12: Reykjavik
  • Day 13: Tour ends after breakfast

What’s Included/Not

  • What’s Included
    • Transportation within Iceland
    • Airport Transfers on dates of arrival/departure
    • Breakfasts
    • Full Instruction in the Field
    • Accommodation
    • 1-on-1 Sessions
  • What’s Not Included
    • Transport to/from Iceland
    • Lunch, Dinner, and Alcoholic Beverages
    • Visas for Iceland (if needed)

Ready to Book?

To book, click the link below to pay the deposit via PayPal.  Any deposit paid before December 1, 2020 is 100% refundable.  Final payment will be requested 90 days before the tour start date.  You may also pay the deposit in USD via credit or debit card.  Send an email to brendanvanson at gmail dot com if you prefer.

How is The Winter Iceland Photography Workshop Different?

It is worth noting that this workshop is slightly different than most photography tours simply due to the fact that there’s not a whole lot of daylight in Iceland in February.

Since we only have 6-7 hours of daylight, we’ll likely shoot most of those hours.  We’ll arrive before sunrise at a location and shoot until the light changes. Then, we’ll find another location to shoot.  We won’t spend a lot of time driving in the middle of the day as we don’t want to waste the light.

Moreover, since there will be so much time without daylight we’ll be doing more photography tutorials and classroom work.  We’ll have one-on-one time almost every day. And, there will be 2 classroom sessions: 1) on the business of photography, and 2) on building a presence as a photographer.

Of course, this could all change if we get clear skies and northern lights every night.  Which, is the other difference. This tour is set in where we spend the night, but we’ll shoot where/when/what the conditions allow.

Photography Guides

Brendan van Son

I’ll be leading this trip once again. I’ve now been to Iceland 5 different times in all seasons. It never fails to blow me away. It’s just one of those places that never gets old. There’s a photo everywhere you look.

Photography Assistants

I’ll be joined as well by two outstanding photographers Greg Snell and Ivan Thor Olafsson. Ivan is local Icelandic photographer and leader. He’s a fantastic guy and a really good photographer. You can find him on Instagram. Greg Snell is a master videographer and a great photo maker. Check him out on YouTube.

Terms During Pandemic?

Before booking, please check the current travel rules and restrictions in place between your country and Iceland. Iceland is very lenient with travel at the moment, however.

Our policy right now is that any deposit made before the start of December 2020 is 100% refundable, no questions asked. So, if a situation arises that you can no longer join us in Iceland, you will be refunded. We are also not asking for final payments until the travel situation is quite clear.

If you have any questions regarding the policies, please feel free to email me at brendanvanson at gmail dot com.

Book Here:

If you’d like to book, please make the 800 Euro deposit below. That will hold your space on the tour. If you prefer paying in USD via credit card, please get in touch via email to brendanvanson at gmail dot com.

Can’t Join This Trip?

If you can’t join this trip to Iceland, but want information on future trips to Iceland and beyond, please sign up to the mailing list below.  I have trips that will be announced for places like Patagonia, Tasmania, and beyond.


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