Iceland Winter Photo Adventure

City Area Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
Iceland 08-FEB-2015 Mike Hagen $750 $950 Sold out

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Join Mike Hagen and Tim Vollmer for an amazing photo adventure to Iceland in the beautiful winter.


February 8 – 14, 2015

Trip Cost

$5,100 Double occupancy

$5,500 Single occupancy

$750 deposit due at signup (see payment schedule below)


Winter in Iceland is an incredible feast for the eyes. Stunning ice formations, glacial caves and icebergs resting on black sand beaches make for an image-maker’s dream. Our tour focuses on Iceland’s most impressive landscapes, waterfalls and natural features. It is going to be cold, but it will be worth it!

Our partner on this trip is the world-renowned photographer Tim Vollmer who is a native of Iceland and has been running photo tours for years. He has one of the best reputations in the industry. Mike Hagen is co-leader for this trip, so you can be sure that this will be an adventure you’ll never forget.

Each night, we’ll be staying at a warm hotel with great food. We will make time for image reviews, post-processing, and compositional tips while enjoying each other’s company in the land of fire and ice.


(Subject to change)

Day 1 – Arrival at Keflavík Airport – Reykjavík

Arrival at Keflavík airport. We leave the airport and drive through the lava fields to your hotel in Reykjavík.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

Day 2 – Reykjavík – Höfn – Vatnajökull glacier

We take an early morning flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is breathtaking, with spectacular black beaches and dominating white glacier Vatnajökull. Serenity, energy and forces of nature combine to make the region of Vatnajökull a never-to-be-forgotten experience. We will spend the day exploring the region and if fortunate, we will see the Northern lights dancing above the glacier.

Dinner and overnight in the area.

Day 3 – Ice cave and Vatnajökull glcier

We start the day with an unforgettable ice cave tour which is an amazing experience and wonderful to photograph. We continue exploring the Vatnajökull area

Dinner and overnight in the area.

Day 4 – Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – Skaftafell

We visit many of Vatnajökull’s outlets and outwash areas and the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of icebergs. The glacial scenery continues with a visit to the stunning Skaftafell, Iceland’s second largest national park were the landscape has been formed in thousands of years by different influences of fire and water (volcanic eruptions and the glaciers).

Dinner and overnight in the area

Day 5 – Vík – Reynisfjara – Geysir

We go to the basalt caves of Reynisfjara were we take a small walk on the black beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey. We continue to the spectacular waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss. On we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters.

Dinner and overnight in the area

Day 6 – Gullfoss, Þingvellir, Eyrabakki and Krisuvik

From Geysir we drive to Gullfoss, the Golden waterfall, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. Here you can see thousands of tons of icy water thunder majestically down in a double-fall into a deep gorge. We drive to Þingvellir national park a remarkable geological site, and the most historic place on the island. We drive throught Eyrarbakki a friendly village that used to be the largest commercial community and the main harbour on the South Coast of Iceland. Today a large number of preserved houses from the period 1890-1920 are situated in Eyrarbakki. Continue to Krisuvik, a geothermal field with steam vents and mud pools. It is volatile even by Icelandic standards. The temperature below the surface is 392 F (200 C) and the water is boiling as it comes out of the earth. In Krisuvik we will also find the Kleifarvatn lake, surrounded by mountains on three sides.

Dinner and overnight in Reykjavík

Day 7 – Departure

Pick up from the hotel for the transfer to Keflavik international airport

Small Group Size

This workshop is strictly limited to a maximum of 10 participants. This means that you’ll receive hands-on training from your workshop leaders every single day. Our goal is to help you capture incredible images and our small group size ensures you are well taken care of.

Payment Schedule

This price for this trip is $4,700 for double occupancy and $5,100 for single occupancy. We require a down payment of $750 to be paid immediately upon registration. The remainder of the trip costs must be paid 90 days before our departure date via wire transfer or bank check. Details on wire transfers and bank account information will be given to all participants at a later date. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact your trip leader, Mike Hagen directly: mike.hagen [at]

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel more than 90 days before the trip start date, then we will refund 90% of the trip cost. If you cancel between 45-89 days before the trip start date, then we will refund 50% of the trip cost. If you cancel less than 45 days before the trip start date, then we will not refund any of the trip cost.

  • You will learn

    • Field photography in cold conditions
    • Aurora borealis photography (dependent on conditions)
    • Landscape photography
    • Composition
  • What to bring

  • Required

    • At least one camera
    • Wide angle lens
    • Medium range lens
    • Telephoto lens
    • Tripod
    • Memory cards
    • Data storage (disk drives or laptop)
    • Clothing should be in layers. Plan for temps between 0 and 35 degrees F
    • Cold weather boots
    • Parka
    • Gloves
    • Warm hat
    • A thorough packing list will be given to all participants after you’ve signed up
  • Optional

    • Second camera body
    • Laptop with image editing software
  • What is provided

    • Included:
    • - 2 nights in Reykjavik
    • - 4 nights outside Reykjavik
    • - Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day seven
    • - Airport transfer upon arrival and departure
    • - Private car during tour
    • - Flight from Reykjavik to Höfn
    • - Ice cave tour
    • - Entrance to Eyjafjallajökull visitor center
    • Not included:
    • - Airfare from your home to Iceland
    • - Alcoholic drinks
  • Venue Information

      A venue for this workshop has yet not been locked down.


Photograph Iceland in Winter and join us for a trip you'll never forget.


Following Iceland Winter Photo Adventure workshops are organized in Iceland:

Date Instructor Price (Member) Price (Non-Member)
08-FEB-2015 Mike Hagen $750 $950 Sold out

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Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2013 29-JUL-2013 Mike Hagen $1000 $1125 Sold out
Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2014 12-AUG-2014 Mike Hagen $1000 $1125 Sold out
Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2016 12-JUL-2015 Mike Hagen $1000 $1200 Sold out
Iceland Photo and Bird Adventure - Summer 2016 17-JUL-2016 Mike Hagen $500 $675 Sold out

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