Iceland Winter Photography Workshop

Come join us for an incredible Iceland Winter Photography Workshop adventure. Unlike our Summer Iceland Adventure that focuses on chasing the midnight sun, our time in Iceland in winter will be mostly focused on the Northern Lights and Ice Caves found in the South of Iceland. Each night we will track weather forecasts and solar storm activity, giving our group the best chance to see and photograph the incredibly gorgeous Auroras that Iceland is known for. Weather permitting, we will also enter a number of Ice Caves found near Jokulsarlon with experienced guides. These natural forming caves change year to year, but their sheer beauty and the stunning photographic opportunities they offer always remain the same.

Trip Dates

Feb. 27th – March 6th, 2023

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Tuition Costs

$4275

Group Size

8-10

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Difficulty Level

Easy/Moderate

Photographing Icebergs on Diamond Beach
Jokulsarlon Photographers Iceland Winter Photo Workshop
Looking for the best composition at Jokulsarlon

Iceland Winter Photography Workshop

Iceland is located in one of the northernmost regions on the planet. In March, you will get a chance to see Iceland in one of its most beautiful seasons, Winter. Historically, March is one of the best months to visit Iceland for a chance to see the Northern Lights. This is not only because the weather is a bit more forgiving then Dec – January, but solar activity from the sun (which causes Auroras) is typically at it’s highest point during this 30-day span. If we are fortunate enough to get clear skies with the right conditions, the Iceland Aurora light show will be an incredible once in a lifetime photographic event!

In addition to Aurora hunting and photographing beautiful waterfalls along the way (Skogarfoss, Seljandsfoss, Bruarfoss, Gulfoss), we will also spend time exploring Ice Caves found near Jokulsarlon in South Iceland. Every year these Ice Caves change drastically because of the natural ebb and flow of the glacier, allowing for new and incredible experiences with each cave we visit. While our ability to reach these caves depends on accessibility and weather (we can’t safely enter when it is raining hard), we will be working with experienced guides along the way to help us get in and out safely.

Man Hiking Glacier Iceland Winter Photo Workshop
Man Hiking in front of a Glacier in Skaftafell
Northern Lights over the Vik Church - Iceland Photography Workshop
Northern Lights over the Vik Church

What is Included?

What is Not Included?

 

Payment for Iceland Winter Photography Workshop

With two photo instructors present for the duration of the workshop, you will have plenty of opportunity for one on one instruction to further the skills that you feel you need to work on. If the workshop is full and you wanted to be added to the waiting list, click HERE.

 
Workshop Tuition:

* please read the workshop F.A.Q. section on this page to learn more about visiting Iceland and check out our cancellation policies if you have any questions.

All Workshop Deposits Are Transferable to
Other Workshops if Something Comes Up...
*See our Cancellation Policy for more info...

The Blue Water of Bruarfoss in Winter
Saphire Ice Cave near Jokulsarlon

Areas to Explore
Iceland Winter Photography Workshop

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Aurora Over Skogafoss in South Iceland
Photographing the Northern Lights in Iceland

F.A.Q

WHY SHOULD I JOIN THIS ICELAND WORKSHOP?

Absolutely! Although I might be a bit biased 😉 While there are a number of photography workshops being offered in places like Iceland, none of them offer a similar experience! I have been traveling to Iceland since 2011 and now have over 36 trips under my belt. Over the years I have worked hard to train all of the photography instructors on my team, making sure you experience nothing but the best. You will receive a lot of 1 on 1 time in Iceland, making sure that your needs as a photographer are met at every stop.

WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP START?

The workshop starts on February 27th, 2023 in the morning. You can either fly in the night before (Feb 26th) and get a hotel or arrive early in the morning on the 27th, before 8am and we will pick you up at the airport.

WHEN DOES THE WORKSHOP END?

The workshop ends on March 6th, 2023. We will drop you off at the airport between 2-3pm or to a hotel of your choice if you are staying longer in Iceland.

WHAT AIRPORT DO I FLY INTO?

You will fly into the Keflavik Airport (KEF) located roughly 50 minutes outside of Reykjavik, the capital of Iceland.

WILL WE SEE THE NORTHERN LIGHTS?

One of our main priorities with this workshop is to help you take some amazing images of the Northern Lights above the skies over Iceland. That being said, mother nature has to corporate for that to happen. Ideally, we want clear skies, cold temperatures and high aurora activity for a truly magical photographic experience.

WILL WE GET INTO AN ICE CAVE?

This is certainly priority #1 when it comes to this workshop, which is why we spend 3 nights close to Jokulsarlon where most of the ice caves are year after year. However, if the South of Iceland is hit with heavy rains or has high winds, the Ice Caves might be closed the day we are scheduled to go in. In this event, we will try our best to fit it in one of the other days while we are in the region.

DO WE STAY IN HOTELS?

Yes! We will stay in a small number of hotels located mainly in the South part of Iceland, which is where we focus our attention for the duration of this workshop.

WHAT ARE MICRO SPIKES?

One of the best purchases you could make before joining our Iceland Winter Photo Adventure would be to pick up a pair of Kahtoola Microspikes. This incredible product can slip under any boot while providing you with stability in cold/icy conditions. While we will be loaned a pair on the day of we enter an Ice Cave, you might want to have your own pair to use throughout the trip to help you stay on your feet if we have a very cold winter in Iceland.

HOW COLD WILL IT GET IN ICELAND?

While the temperature will certainly be cold, we are not talking arctic or sub-arctic temperatures. For the most part, you can expect the temperature to hover around 32F or 0C, although it can drop down a few degrees at night when we are photographing the Northern Lights.

WHAT ABOUT COVID 19?

It is too early to tell of any COVID-19 restrictions for this workshop in Feb/March of 2023. As we get closer to the workshop dates, we will update this section of the FAQ with more relevant information.

Meet Your Instructors & Guides

Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe.

Pedro Kin

Workshop Manager/Photo Instructor

Pedro is a Portuguese landscape photographer based in Slovakia but you’ll often find him in the most scenic mountains, forests, and fjords of Europe. He has held the title of Workshop Manager and photo instructor with Colby Brown Photography for the past 5 years. Favoring the cold landscapes and the unspoiled nature of northern Europe, the higher latitudes do not stop him from going after the perfect shot. When not traveling the world with his camera, you can find him back home teaching workshops, testing new gear, and experimenting with photography.

Stan Moniz

Photographer/Film Maker/Photo Instructor

Born and raised in Oahu, Hawaii, Stan was a child of the ocean. His passion for the surf led him to a career as a professional bodyboarder which transitioned him into the creative space of capturing the adventure of the outdoors and the beautiful moving water through photography and film.  Now living in Southern California since 2005, Stan acquired a deep love for the desert night sky. In the ocean and under the stars is his focus, making Stan a unique creative above and below the water.  Skills aside, Stan brings an infectious positive high energy which opened doors to work with major brands such as Sony, Patagonia, and WaveStorm surfboards. Stan is also a contributing writer and educator by heart, leading workshops that help spark the fire for photography and filmmaking.

Testimonials

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The Iceland Winter 2022 workshop was my first workshop with Colby Brown Photography. I knew immediately it would be the first of many. Winter in Iceland can be demanding, which presented even more challenges for me as I was coming off of a year of medical(...)

Benjamin Y.
Full service photography workshop experience!

I attended the Iceland Winter Workshop in Winter 2017. Although weather conditions didn't hold up (you can never expect anything in Iceland) Colby and his assistant Peyton made sure we still had an amazing experience and that we took advantage of every moment(...)

Casey Horner
Good times..great photos!

I had been stuck in a photographic rut, suffering from a major lack of motivation for quite some time prior to joining the Iceland winter workshop. Taking a chance and joining this workshop has done wonders for my photography. It really helped me gain new(...)

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Cancellation & Refund Policy

No one wants to miss out on a trip of a life time…but things do happen. In those situations, the following applies…

The first thing to note is that deposits are not refundable, but they are transferable.  In addition, all cancellations are subject to a minimum of a $150 service charge to cover PayPal transaction fees. In most situations, we ask for the remaining balance of a workshop is to be paid 120 days from the start of the workshop in question. If you wish to cancel within 120 days from the start of a workshop and we find someone to fill your spot, you would be entitled to receive a refund (minus your deposit and the $150 processing fee) or transfer to another workshop with no penalties or fees.

If we don’t find someone to fill your spot, what does your refund window actually look like?

120 Days or More...

Your deposit will be transferable to another Colby Brown Photography Workshop without issue.

90 to 120 Days

You will receive a refund of 50% of the full tuition fees minus the non-refundable deposit.

Less Than 90 Days...

If you wish to cancel within 90 days of your workshop starting, you are not entitled to a refund.

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