Iceland: Epic Winter Landscape & Wildlife Photography Tour 2023

Availability: 3 places available


14 day photography tour of southern and western Iceland, with all our favourite winter landscape & wildlife highlights


Tour Director:  Trai Anfield - award winning photographer, film maker and former presenter of BBC's Living World

Iceland Guide: Haukur Snorrason - professional photographer, pilot and guide

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"Iceland is utterly unique.  The primal beauty and ever-changing light draw me back time after time, and are an irresistable invitation for creative photography."   

Trai Anfield, tour director

Highlights of Epic Iceland include

  • Arctic fox, reindeer, overwintering birds

  • Glacier and ice lagoon

  • Iceberg 'diamond' beach

  • Geothermal features including Geysir

  • Ice cave

  • Frozen winter waterfalls

  • Black beaches and sea stacks

  • Icelandic horses

  • Reykjavik city

  • Northern lights - if they're visible we'll find them!

  • Cultural experience of Icelandic rural life and crafts

  • Excellent full board accomodation including authentic Icelandic guesthouse, all in optimum locations for photography


Why come on a specialist photography tour?


  • Comprehensive tour of Southern Iceland in exclusive photography group

  • Expert tuition in both landscape and wildlife photography

  • Time to consider and craft your shots in each location

  • Visits timed for optimum light and access in each location

  • Videography tuition available with former BBC film maker

  • Cultural experiences as well as photographic opportunities



Glaciers, Lagoons and 'Diamond' Iceberg Beaches...

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Spectacular frozen waterfalls...


Geothermal features including Strokkur at Geysir...

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Arctic Fox, Seals, Reindeer, Overwintering Birds, Icelandic Horses...

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Ice Cave Tour

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Authentic Icelandic Hospitality, Food & Culture

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Varied volcanic land, sea and snow scapes: perfect for creative experimentation

And ...if we're lucky... Northern Lights

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Getting Around Iceland In Winter

The journey itself is an unforgettable highlight too - with our 'monster truck' capable of holding its own in the most brutal of weather and trail conditions, so it gets us to the very best spots for photography!

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Reykjavik City

You'll also have some time to explore Iceland's quirky capital city, and appreciate how even its most contemporary architecture and culture are shaped by the island's distinctive geology and history.

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Iceland: Epic Winter Landscape & Wildlife Photography Tour 2023

Full Itinerary

- please note some flexibility is built in to allow for weather conditions

- aurora hunting will be undertaken whenever night time activity levels and weather allow


Day 1: 25 March

Arrive Iceland at Keflavik airport, where you will be greeted and transferred to your first night Reykjavik hotel (superior double/twin? on  B&B basis)

Depending on your arrival time you may have the afternoon/ evening free time to explore some the city's attractions.

Day 2: 26 March
We start our epic Iceland tour by heading slightly west, to photograph the handsome Hraunfossar waterfalls before having lunch at the café there.  Our guide Haukur has farmer relatives in this area, who keep Icelandic horses., and allow us access to photograph them up close and at leisure.  Then it's time to follow scenic Hvalfjordur bay back towards the south. We will stop along the way at photogenic locations, eventually reaching the Geysir area where we spend the night. 
Day 3: 27 March
First light shoot at Strokkur - the only spouting hot spring in Iceland - and other geothermal features at Geyser, before the first busloads of tourists arrive at this iconic attraction.  Then it's back to the hotel for breakfast and check out before moving on to majestic Gullfoss waterfall.  Gulfoss is usually still frozen at this time of year, which is a truly beautiful and spectacular sight, offering many different options for photography.
We now head to the south coast, stopping for lunch on the way.  We photograph Gluggafoss waterfall and perhaps one more as we make our way to Dyrhólaey headland for an evening shoot.  We stay the next two nights at Haukur's own guesthouse, experiencing his family's traditional Icelandic hospitality.
Day 4: 28 March
We photograph the sea stacks on Reynisfjara beach at first light, taking a light breakfast with us. Depending on snow cover we will try to access the Katla glacier outlet. The lonely rock on the black sand is great to shoot, then by contrast we have the Laki lava field covered in green moss. Lunch today will be in the town of Vík, and afterwards we visit a craft farmer friend of Haukur's.  Mrs. Kidda knits genuine Icelandic wool sweaters (NOT the cheap Chinese versions in the souvenir shops of Reykjavik!) and other items from Icelandic sheep wool. She is one of the best kept secrets of a more traditional Iceland
Day 5: 29 March
We check out of our guesthouse and head towards the Vatnajökull Glacier National Park area, stopping off at more fascinating and photogenic locations on the way. When we reach the Glacier site we will spend our evening photographing it at sunset.
Day 6: 30 March
Another early start, with a sunrise shoot at the so called 'diamond beach'. Here ice bergs from the glacier have washed ashore on the black sand beach, leaving it glittering with intricately ocean-carved 'jewels'. We will look at many ways to shoot them before going on to explore the ice lagoon itself. This is where the front face of the glacier calves icebergs which fill the calm waters.  Here we will also look to photograph seals, which like to lounge on the ice floes, and a range of birds 
Day 731 March
A second sunrise on the beach - we allow for two chances to do this as the weather is not always kind! - followed by a tour to an ice cave. Please note: it is possible that the ice caves may not be accessible if we experience warm weather and rain for days prior to our visit, as they can fill with water - ice caves are water tunnels during summer - but we have a good chance of success at this time of year. 
Day 801 April
Sunrise at another glacier outlet called Fjallsárjökull, followed by breakfast, check out and a day drive to Reykjavik with various stops on the way.  Early evening check in to our Reykjavik hotel.

Day 9Sunday 02 April

Free morning to explore Reykjavik and sample one of the city's local lunch spots before heading to the city airport for our flight to Isafjordur. We spend the night here, with an option to sample one of the finest and more atmospheric fish restaurants in Iceland.

Day 10 03 April

This morning is free to catch up on sleep or explore Isafjordur before our boat departs for Kviar Lodge. On the scenic journey we will keep an eye out for whales and a variety of seabirds.  After settling in to the lodge we will make our first foray out for Arctic foxes in late light.



Day 11 & 12 04 & Wednesday 05 April

Based at Kviar Lodge - the only permanent accommodation in this remote part of Iceland - we will spend the next two days roaming the beaches and cliffs, and settling into the local hides, to photograph Arctic Foxes and the bird life that the area offers.

By night, if the skies are clear and activity good, we may have the chance to photograph the Northern lights.


Day 13 06 April

After a final morning of wildlife photography we take the boat back to Isafjördur in time to connect with our flight back to Reykjavik, where we spend our final night of the tour.

Day 1407 April

Transfer to Keflavik airport for our international flights home. 

Dates and Rates for 2023
Epic Iceland: Winter Landscape & Wildlife Highlights Photography Tour 2023



25 March - 07 April 2023 

£7100pp - based on two people sharing spacious twin accommodation (except at Kviar Lodge)
£7690 - single occupancy (except at Kviar Lodge)

Inclusive of all road transfers within Iceland; two internal flights in Iceland; two boat transfers; all accommodation; all breakfasts; lunches on days 4,11 &12; evening meals on days 3,4,10,11,12, all entry fees, expert landscape and wildlife photography tuition, expert local guide.

Exclusive of international flights, personal travel insurance, meals not stated, gratuities.