ICELAND: Northern Lights and Active Volcano!

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From: $6,500 (See details)
Cost is per person, double occupancy from Reykjavik (KEF)


6-12 Participants


2021 – 10 spaces available


This tour is available as a private trip for any size group. The tour cost will vary with the number of people and any custom requests.

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Highlights of ICELAND: Northern Lights and Active Volcano!

  • The Geldingadalur volcano is still erupting!
  • Northern Lights are possible on any night
  • Lots of night sky photography with glacial reflections
  • waterfalls and geysers galore
  • Photography instruction from Kevin Loughlin & Jeff Swinger

Description of ICELAND: Northern Lights and Active Volcano!

Explore the amazing island nation of Iceland in a winter setting full of incredible glaciers, ice-covered waterfalls, geysers and thermal lakes. We will enjoy many nights of starry sky and/or Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) photography and the Geldingadalur volcano is still erupting!

Join this photography workshop and get excited about the creative photographic process while surrounded by some of the most spectacular scenery in in the world, to get your artistic juices flowing!

*Although we will eat our meals as a group, lunch and dinner costs are not included in this tour.

Length of Tour


Our itinerary may be adjusted according to weather, geo-activity and other factors so that we may offer the best experience!

DAY 1 – Arrive at Keflavik International Airport (KEF)
Airport pick-up and check-in at hotel in Reykjavik, Group Dinner

DAY 2 – Vik area: Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Seaspace, Dyrolaey

DAY 3 – Black beach, Reynisdrangar Skaftafell Park, Glaciers

DAY 4 – Full day of glaciers and ice cave tour

DAY 5 – Ice beach, glaciers and more ice

DAY 6 – Stokksnes, Vestrahorn Eystrahorn, east fjords

DAY 7 – East fjords, waterfalls, Balalt Coulumn canyon, Myvatn Lake

DAY 8 – Full day in Myvatn Lake, Geothermal, craters (Auroras)

DAY 9 – Godafoss & Aldeyjarfoss waterfalls on off-road tour

DAY 10 – Travel north coast, Akureyri, Hraundrangar, Hvitserkur Rock, Black beach

DAY 11 – Koluglijufur Canyon, Icelandic horses, mountains and Rivers of Borgarfjordur

DAY 12 – Airport return and departure – KEF airport


Cost is $6,500 per person, based upon double occupancy, from Reykjavik (Airport code KEF.
This trip ends in Reykjavik (Airport code KEF).

Breakfast is included each day. However, Lunches and Dinners (other than arrival welcome dinner) are not included as the costs vary too much to predict. So that we can save you some expense, we would prefer to have you choose what you would like to spend on these meals.


Single Supplement

If a single hotel room is preferred, or we are unable to find a suitable roommate for you, a single supplement fee of $800 will be assessed.

NOTE: For boat-based tours, see pricing options for single cabins. Single cabin cost includes the single hotel cost above.


Minimum Number

If fewer than the minimum number of required participants are registered, we may still be able to run the trip by adding a small-group supplement fee, per person, determined by the number of participants registered.


Deposit Requirements

A $1,000 deposit per person is required to hold each space on this tour. Deposit may be made online by clicking the "Book Your Trip Now" button and using any credit card. If you prefer, you may call us at 888-875-9453 to pay by phone. You may also mail us a check, however, remember that all space is held on a first come-first served basis as deposits are received.

How to Book

In order to hold your space, click the "Book Your Trip Now" button above and complete the deposit process, including payment of the deposit through our Paypal portal using ANY CREDIT CARD. Upon completion of deposit, please visit our secure, online CLIENT INFORMATION FORM to complete your registration.

Final Payment

For all land-based tours: full payment by check is due 120 days prior to the departure date.

For all boat-based adventure cruises of 7-days or longer: full payment by check is required 180 days prior to departure.

NOTE: If you prefer to use credit card for final payment, a 3% fee may be added to cover the credit card merchant fees we incur.

Good quality hotels will be used throughout our tour.

Activity Level Rating: (Note: 1 is easy and 5 is difficult)

Our days will be short, but our nights possibly long! Lots of great opportunity for night sky photography. However, it will be cold, so dress accordingly.

This Photo Workshop is geared toward those using DSLR or Mirrorless cameras with interchangeable lenses, here is what we recommend that you bring:

• Bring at least 2 camera bodies – to reduce changing lenses and just in case of accidental damage to one

Recommended Lenses for Birds & Wildside

• 100-400mm (or equivalent) for birds in flight
• 500mm lens or longer for birds and wildlife

Recommended Lenses for Landscape Opportunities

• 24-105mm (or equivalent) for landscape and general purpose
• In addition you may also want to have an ultra-wide lens equivalent to about 16-35mm which may be used for fun landscapes and night sky photography.

Recommended Lenses for Macro (Bugs, Frogs, etc.)

• 100mm Macro is fine for general purpose macro photography
• 150mm Macro is best for small, quick moving subjects like frogs

Filters (Mainly for Landscape Photography)

• Polarizing Filter for removing reflections (screw in for wide-angle lenses)
• Filter Holder for 4×6″ (or similar) filters
• 2-stop Neutral Density Filter
• 8-stop (or more) Neutral Density Filter
• 2-stop Hard and/or Soft Graduated Neutral Density Filter

Other Accessories

• Tripod for long exposures, big lenses and steady video
• Flash for low light, fill light and stop action
• Better Beamer or MagMod flash extender
• Rain cover for camera
• Weather resistant Camera Bag (Backpack style is best)
• Batteries and chargers
• Lots of memory cards!
• Laptop or other downloading device

Purchasing Flights

Do not purchase your flights until the trip has been confirmed to go.

Detailed Trip Information

Upon notification that final payment is due (120 days prior to departure for land based tours / 180 days for boat based tours), you will receive a trip package of detailed information for your tour.

Any additional information about the trip, including lodgings, contacts, participants, meeting locations, etc., will sent about 2 weeks prior to the trip departure, or after final payment is received for late registrants.

Travel Insurance

As with all tours, we highly recommend purchasing Travel Insurance to cover your investment. Please see our section on Travel Insurance.

Passport & Visa

US Citizens may require a visa to enter certain foreign countries. See above for any required visa information.

Participants arriving to the USA from a foreign country may need to get a travel visa to enter the United States. Be sure to check the requirements for your country of origin.

Itinerary Changes

The trip itinerary is developed many months ahead of time. Occasionally, despite our best planning, changes may occur during the trip, or we may be forced to alter our plans. Changes may occur because of weather, road conditions, safety concerns or other circumstances. In these situations, it is the leader(s) responsibility to carefully consider and implement appropriate alternatives. Any additional costs incurred because of changes will be the responsibility of each individual participant. Refunds will not be issued as a result of itinerary changes.

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