Auroras & Ice Caves

Aurora & Ice Caves

Skarpi & friend’s have been offering the Aurora & Ice Photo Adventures for the past five years.  They have got the Vatnjokull area of Iceland fully covered. The amazing Northern Lights and the incredible Ice Caves that you find in many of Iceland’s Glaciers are the main focus of this photography trip.

We make quality stops at top locations of Iceland. For example, Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss, Reynisfjara Beach and Jokulsarlon Lagoon on the South Coast. These places are stunning.  You might recognise them from movies, TV and online nature photographers. The stark Winter landscape makes these places more beautiful to photograph and a perfect setting for Aurora photography.

We will visit lesser known sites along with the incredible Ice Caves. New caves moulded by the glaciers every year. So we explore new caves to photograph.

This Photography Workshop will help you improve your camera skills in amazing locations. Our small groups of eight people gives everyone one2one time with our skilled photo instructors. We welcome photographers of all levels, from beginners to advanced. This is a great photo trip for an introduction to Iceland.


Day one – Arrival

You arrive at Keflavík International Airport & transfer to Iceland’s capital, Reykjavík. If you get here early, you can photograph Reykjavik’s landmarks such as Harpa Concert Hall, Hallgrims church, Sun Voyager & Perlan.

In the evening we go over safety considerations and the workshop plan in an Icelandic restaurant.


Reykjavik at night Reykjavik at night
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Day two –  Thingvellir – Vik

After an early start from Reykjavik, we drive straight to our first photo location at Thingvellir where our photography adventure begins. Then we head to the south coast, which has many famous waterfalls and coastlines in Iceland, such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrangar and Dyrholaey.

We will stay overnight in the small village of Vik.

OxararfossOxararfoss at Thingvellir

Day three & four – Vatnajokull 

Soon after breakfast, you will have the chance to photograph the sunrise on the ice Beach near Jokulsarlon. We will capture the Vatnjokull area with plenty of photo locations to choose from over the next couple of days. Our hotel is close to Jokulsarlon so when the sky is clear and Aurora is active we shoot the Northern Lights dancing over the lagoon. We will enter two ice caves on the tour at least. The best available ice caves are deep under the Vatnajökull glacier. We will provide you with all safety gear such as helmets and crampons.

Crystal CavesCrystal Caves
Ice BeachIce Beach

Shooting Ice BeachShooting Ice Beach
Solheimajokull Ice CaveSolheimajokull Ice Cave

Day five  – Hofn Vestrahorn

Vestrahorn mountain is a 454 meter peak with fascinating geology. To the East is Brunnahorn (Batman Mountain) stretching out to sea. Vestrahorn is a fantastic photography subject with a vast choice of interesting foregrounds from the sand tussocks to the rocky coastline. In Winter we often get amazing light on the mountain face.

Ice beach AuroraIce beach Aurora


Day six – Skaftafell – Vik

We visit Skaftafell twice. Once on our way to the south-east and again on the drive back. We’ll photograph some of the fantastic landscapes and include a sunset. The whole Skaftafell area has incredible views such as the glaciers and Iceland’s highest mountains. Waterfalls such as Svartifoss can be photographed in the park.


Day seven – Golden Circle – Reykjavik

We have breakfast at our hotel in Vík, then shoot sunrise on the black beach. We then explore the Golden Circle and drive back to Reykjavik. We will make a few photography stops on our way, and then have a final dinner together in Reykjavik.


Day eight – departure day

Transfer to Keflavik international airport

Aurora & Ice Caves – Tour Leaders

  • December 8 – 15, 2018 – Skarpi Þráinsson
  • January 5 – 12, 2019 – Aron Reynisson
  • January 19 – 26, 2019 – Olgeir Andrésson
  • February 2 – 9, 2019 – Olgeir Andrésson
  • February 16 – 23, 2019 – Aron Reynisson
  • March 2 – 9, 2019 – Olgeir Andrésson
  • March 16 – 23, 2019 – Skarpi Þráinsson


  • Northern lights at Glacier Lagoon and other unique locations
  • Ice Caves and Glacier Ice
  • Super 4x4 Truck
  • Jokulsarlon Lagoon and The Diamond Beach
  • Major waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and Svartifoss.

Our Winter Photo Adventure takes every opportunity to capture Northern lights in some of the best locations in Iceland, waterfalls, glacier lagoons & ice caves. Iceland has fantastic, soft light during Winter, glacier ice turns into incredible sculptures. This is an ideal workshop to explore the glaciers in Winter for first time visitors to Iceland.

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  • December 8 – 15, 2018
  • January 5 – 12, 2019
  • January 19 – 26, 2019
  • February 2 – 9, 2019
  • February 16 – 23, 2019
  • March 2 – 9, 2019
  • March 16 – 23, 2019


For reservations following policies apply:
Deposit: $1000 on booking
Payment in full 90 days prior to the tour starting date.
Total price: $4.200 USD.
Single room supplement adds $750 USD
Maximum number of participants: 8
Duration: 8 days, 7 nights


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If you cancel and the tour is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $150 service charge. If you cancel and the tour does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

Greater than 90 days from the start date of the tour: full refund minus $150 fee.
75 days: 75% refund
60 days: 50% refund
Less than 60 days: no refund

Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

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