Northern Lights over a winter wonderland
March 13–20, 2023
Iceland becomes a winter wonderland this time of year, and when the nights are over 10 hours long, the focus of this workshop will be to photograph the Aurora Borealis. During this time of limited sunlight, there is a more significant opportunity to photograph the Aurora.
Join this small-group photography workshop to pursue winter landscapes and Northern Lights in an unusual part of Western Iceland. You’ll travel in a super jeep driven by a true Viking who has spent his life in Iceland. You’ll visit many incredible locations during the daylight, where swirling clouds can make the compositions even more interesting. Learn how to photograph comfortably in harsh conditions when the light is low, creating definition in the texture-rich land.
You’ll be warm in your winter boots and safe with spikes, so you can work in icy conditions.
As long as the skies are clear, or even if it looks like it might clear, you’ll be out in the dark looking for locations to line up with the fantastic dancing colors in the sky.
We will also be featuring our signature image reviews and Lightroom post-processing instruction as much as possible. In the field, you can expect to learn plenty: the art of seeing, making the best compositions at shoot; shooting for panoramas and HDR, proper exposure and other technical aspects of landscape photography; and of course, everything you need to know and understand about night photography. If you have a drone, bring it!
This itinerary is subject to change due to weather, local conditions, and other factors.
March 13, 2023: Arrive into Keflavík Airport (KEF) anytime and we’ll arrange a private ride to our hotel in Reykjavík. We’ll have a group dinner followed by an intoroductory briefing before a long sleep to be ready for the adventure ahead.
March 14–16, 2023: We’ll start early and board our private super truck for our hotel on Snæfellsness Peninsula. We’ll stop to photograph along the way, including waterfalls and frozen landscapes.
Then we’ll be exploring regions around the West end of Snæfellsness peninsula. A late sunrise gives us plenty of time to have a hearty breakfast and image review prior to setting out to photograph. Then we’ll explore Arnarstapi, Landrangar and the Svortuloft lighthouse. Then after another warm meal and darkness strikes, we’ll look for northern lights again. We’ll photograph Kikjufell, Grandarfjordur, Hraunsfjordur, as well as Svöõufoss (waterfall).
March 17–18, 2023: We’ll packup and head to another region in North central Iceland around Skagafjordur. You’ll photograph Icelandic horses and the turf houses on the way. Once in Skagafjordur, you’ll be photographing incredible landscapes and seascapes such as Hvitserkur, Vatnses and Kolugljufur. These are all great locations to be around when the northern lights show up.
March 19, 2023: Our final full day of this workshop will include another hearty breakfast followed by an image review. Then we’ll load our super truck and head South. You’ll photograph waterfalls, Glanni and Hraunfossar, including Glacier Langjokull.Once we reach Reykjavik, we’ll unpack one last time to enjoy our final dinner and celebrate all the amazing experiences together.
March 20, 2023: Flights home anytime. You’ll be provided private transport to the Keflevic airport.
Moderate: Short walks in icy conditions
Arrive Keflavík International Airport (KEF), Reykjavík, Iceland anytime on March 13, 2023. Flights out can be made anytime on March 20, 2023.
What to Bring
Please see our page How To Prepare For Your Workshop. We will send you a detailed information document 90 days before your workshop. This document will include specifics of where and when to meet, gear and clothing recommendations, and more.
- Double occupancy lodging. Single available for $1,500 supplement.
- All meals, soft drinks, and snacks during the workshop
- All permits and park fees
- All transportation during the workshop
- Tips for crew, drivers, and local guides
- Photographic guiding and instruction from Randy Hanna
- Image reviews and post-processing instruction
- Adventure, fun, inspiration, and a great time!
- Travel to and from Reykjavík, Iceland.
- Passport and visa fees (if applicable).
- Any meals or accommodations before or after the workshop dates.
- Items of a personal nature.
- Alcoholic beverages.
- Medical Evacuation Insurance (required).
- Travel Medical and Trip Cancellation Insurance (optional, but recommended).
- Anything else specifically not listed as included.
- Single rooming available for $1,500 supplement.
“Randy is not only a professional photographer but also an excellent instructor. He made every effort to ensure the all the attendees were learning something new and all of their queries were answered. I would definitely take another workshop with him. ”