icy beach supertruck

Vik photography

super-truck under auroras

ice cave

reynisdrangar south iceland

icy beach by jokulsarlon



Glacier sun

Icelandic Horses in winter

blue ice cave



supertruck winter photography



icy beach jokulsarlon


black sand beach photography

blue ice cave


Winter Photography Tour in Iceland

Skogafoss in South Iceland

Photographing Ice Cave in Iceland

Aurora Bomb

Winter Photography Tours in Iceland

Black Sand Beach in South Iceland

Crystal Ice Cave by Jokulsarlon

Northern Lights Tour

Icelandic Horses in the snow




Auroras in Iceland

Winter Photo Workshop

Photo Tour leader:
Haukur Parelius – Hawk, founder of Nature Explorer (

All the classic winter photographs of south Iceland, from Reykjavik to Vik to Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon and as far east as Stokksnes by Hofn. In January there is soft light all day and sunrise and sunset are at very reasonable hours so unlike many other photo tours, you will not be deprived of sleep.  Almost certainly we will get a chance to photograph the northern lights a night or two, depending on the weather.


15/1: Arrival and hotel in Reykjavik
16/1: Sunset shoot at Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon. Hotel Hali.
17/1: Sunrise shoot at icy beach & Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon.
Sunset shoot at Stokksnes and Vestra-Horn. Hotel Hofn
18/1: Sunrise shoot at Stokksnes and Vestra-Horn.
Sunset shoot at Hvalsnes, Þvottárskriður and/or Eystra-Horn. Hotel Framtid.
19/1: Sunrise shoot at Stokksnes and Vestra-Horn.
Sunset at icy beach and Jokulsárlón Glacier Lagoon. Hotel Hali
20/1: Sunrise shoot at icy beach, then Crystal Ice Cave and sunset at black sand beach in Vik. Hotel Vik
21/1: Sunrise shoot at Reynisfjara and Reynisdrangar and we shoot Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss on route to Reykjavik.
22/1: Departure from KEF airport*
* You can extend your stay of course and we can help you with new and exciting photo places. Note it’s possible to do the Northern Lights Photo Workshop and this one back to back.

For your safety Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours due to weather, road and snow conditions.

Highlights in Winter Photography:

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon
Icy beach
Black Sand Beach
Crystal Ice Cave

FAQ (Frequantly Asked Questions):

How cold is it?  The average temperature is around 0°C (32°F) but Iceland is windy so there is a big wind chill factor.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Photo Workshop

We focus on helping participants on an individual basis and at their own level. If you’re an advanced photographer we are happy to help or stay out of the way. We are always happy to go into discussions on equipment, exposure, metering, filters and personal tips.

This is a workshop environment and the guides are present to aid in the field and teach techniques for landscape photography as well as helping process images during down times.

The guides can assist you with:
Exposing for the Northern Lights
Exposing the foreground
Processing images of the Northern Lights
Capturing the most ideal RAW-file for later digital optimization
Panorama techniques, both shooting and processing
RAW image adjustments and retouching techniques in Photoshop

Gear List & Equipment:
Interchangeable Lens DSLR Camera capable of shooting in RAW format
Cable release
Laptop computer
External hard drive
Card reader
Hot-shoe mounted bubble level (if your camera doesn’t offer a built-in electronic level)
Circular Polarizing Filter
Neutral Density Filters

Northern Lights (Aurora Borealis)

We will of course photograph the northern lights on this winter photography workshop but the auroras are dependant upon weather and solar activity so we can’t say which nights or where we will photograph them – but we will.

Northern Lights (Aroura Borealis) through the clouds

If your main photography focus are the Northern Lights, then please consider our Northern Lights Photo Workshop

Interesting Northern Lights links:

To book a tour, please send us an email to with which tour(s) and options you wish to book, on which dates and for how many people and we will calculate the total cost, send you a booking number and a link to our secure booking page.

Tour details

Price: Ask for quote

Date: Upon request

Accommodation* in the best locations, hotels with breakfast, lunches, group dinners for 8 nights, guided tour with a local English speaking guide with solid knowledge of photography and Iceland – led by Icelandic photo/driverguide

Excluded: Flights to and from Iceland, drinks

Book Tour:

For your safety, Nature Explorer reserves the right to change tours according to weather and snow conditions