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2024 Iceland Photo Tours

2024 Northern Lights & Fall Colors Iceland Photo Tour

Embark on an unforgettable journey with us this fall in our Iceland Photo Tour. Immerse yourself in the enchanting beauty of Iceland, a landscape photographer’s dream destination.

Picture yourself on volcanic beaches, where the stark contrast of black sand meets the powerful backdrop of the ocean. Witness the majesty of some of Europe’s largest glaciers. Marvel at the dramatic mountains that seem to defy reality, as if taken right out of a fantasy movie. The waterfalls in Iceland are also a sight to behold, each one more jaw-dropping than the previous.

But the magic doesn’t end there – at nightfall, you can experience the awe-inspiring spectacle of the Northern Lights, painting the sky with hues of green and violet. Under this breathtaking phenomenon, each location becomes magical when the Aurora shines across the night sky.

We’ve scheduled our photo tour around the fall equinox, the best time of the year to photograph the Northern Lights.

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Overview

Our tour will focus on some of the most photogenic areas in Iceland – the Southern part of Iceland, a true paradise for landscape photographers. Every corner reveals breathtaking locations that will fuel your creative spirit. Capture emblematic waterfalls such as Skogafoss and Gullfoss, volcanic black-sand beaches like Reynisfjara and Stokksnes, other classics like the Golden Circle, as well as glaciers like Jokulsarlon, and glacier caves that defy imagination.

Beyond the stunning scenery, immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring spectacle of the northern lights, brightening the dark September nights. We’ll be vigilant for solar activity and guide you in planning, predicting, and capturing these celestial wonders.

Throughout our photography expedition to Iceland, we are committed to personally assisting you in capturing the best possible images. Available 24/7, we strive to ensure you not only return home with exceptional photos but also with an enriched knowledge base and, of course, unforgettable moments. Regardless of your gear or skills, together, we’ll extract the maximum potential from both, making this journey a remarkable chapter in your photographic story.

ICELAND PHOTO TOUR HIGHLIGHTS

  • Photo tours in September/October 2024
  • Group size: 10 participants + 2 instructors.
  • Main topics: Landscape & Northern Lights
  • Main areas: Southern Iceland
  • Statistically, one of the best times of the year to see the Aurora in Iceland.
  • Ice cave tour with local guides.
  • Accommodation in top hotels close to the best locations

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2024 ICELAND PHOTOGRAPHY TOUR ITINERARY

Our Iceland Photo Tour itinerary is tentative and flexible, as it will be adjusted according to the weather conditions. During the night sessions, we will move to areas with clear skies to increase our chances of seeing the Northern Lights. 

September is statistically the best time to see the Aurora in terms of solar activity, so if the weather permits, this will be an Iceland Northern Lights tour.

DAY 1: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR 

Our Iceland photo tour begins at Keflavik International Airport (KEF), where we will be waiting for you to take you to our first hotel.

After a meet and greet with the rest of the group and a welcome speech, we will do a quick gear review to make sure that you have your camera gear ready for the adventure! 

Later, we’ll do a sunset session around the oldest lighthouse in Iceland; Reykjanesviti. In this area, you will find some photogenic cliffs and sea stacks where we will capture our first images. If there are favorable conditions at night, our first-Northern Ligths photography session will be in the Reykjanes Peninsula with different locations in the cliffs, Lake Kleifarvatn, and the photogenic houses of Straumur.

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Reykjanes Cliffs Iceland Photo tour Capture the Atlas

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Northern Lights Iceland Reykjanesviti

DAY 2: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the second day of our Iceland photography tour, our first stop will be Seljalandsfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls on the island. As we get closer, you’ll see its tall elegant shape from the distance. One of the highlights here is walking behind the waterfall. Close to this waterfall, we will visit another secluded waterfall called Gljufrafoss.

We will continue along the Icelandic Ring Road until we reach one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, Skogafoss. This massive stream of water will take your breath away. It is one of our favorite spots on the trip, and it’ll probably be familiar from popular series such as Vikings or Game of Thrones.

After Skogafoss, we’ll visit the nearby Kvernufoss. This waterfall tends to be overshadowed by the neighboring Skogafoss despite being one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Iceland. Here, we’ll show you different compositions and we’ll also walk behind the waterfall for some unique views.

If conditions are favorable, we will return to Seljalandsfoss to photograph the sunset, and if chances are in favor for seeing the Northern Lights, we will take photographs from Skogafoss.

 

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DAY 3: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the third day of our Iceland photo tour, we’ll explore one of the most photogenic regions in the country— a landscape adorned with glaciers, glacier lagoons, and glacier beaches. Our first glacier of the day will be Svinafellsjokull glacier, one of Iceland’s most striking glaciers, which well meet at eye level after a brief walk.

Later, after checking in to our accommodation, we’ll witness a serene sunset at Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, renowned for good reason as one of the most photogenic spots in Iceland. Returning at night, we hope to capture the elusive beauty of the Aurora Borealis over this iconic spot.

En route to the glaciers, we’ll make stops at the Fjadragljufur canyon, a delicately beautiful moss-covered canyon, and the distinctive Lomagnupur rock, shooting almost straight up from the ground. These locations will add diverse elements to our visual journey. This day promises not just photographic opportunities but an authentic encounter with the raw, untamed beauty of Iceland’s icy landscapes.

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DAY 4: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

As the morning sun breaks on the fourth day of our Iceland guided photo tour, we’ll visit the surreal Diamond Beach for our morning shoot. Diamond Beach is an otherworldly landscape where the sunrise casts an ethereal glow on icebergs scattered along the black sand. These icebergs travel downstream from the nearby Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and wash up in Diamond Beach when the tide is low.

After the morning shoot, we’ll revisit the glacier lagoons of Jokulsarlon and Fjallsarlon, now bathed in the clarity of daylight, offering new perspectives and compositions.

The day takes a thrilling turn as we dive into one of Iceland’s most remarkable adventures—a journey into an ice cave. September marks the reopening of these wonders to the public, and we will visit them with the safety and expertise of a local Icelandic guide. Get ready for an exploration where photography meets the raw, transient allure of the ice caves, creating visually striking abstract images.

If the forecast for the Northern Lights is promising, we’ll be back at the glacier lagoons to photograph them.

Ice caves photo tour in Iceland

Ice cave in Iceland

DAY 5: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the fifth day of our Iceland photography tour, our journey along the Ring Road leads us to the picturesque village of Hofn. After settling into our hotel, we’ll head over to the breathtaking Stokksnes beach, featuring its striking black sand dunes and the majestic Vestrahorn as the focal point. Amidst this stunning landscape, we’ll explore diverse compositions, experimenting with reflections, framing techniques using the sand dunes, and leveraging the waves as captivating leading lines; there are limitless possibilities!

For our evening shoot, we’ll venture to the easternmost edge of our Iceland expedition—the enchanting Hvalnes Lighthouse. This coastal gem offers a prime vantage point for capturing both the iconic lighthouse and the awe-inspiring silhouette of Eystrahorn, standing tall as one of Iceland’s most captivating mountains.

Should the night sky favor us with a promising forecast for the Northern Lights, we’ll return to Stokksnes to photograph the Aurora.

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DAY 6: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the sixth day of our Iceland photography trip, we’ll start our visual journey with a breathtaking sunrise shoot at the iconic Stokksnes. We’ll then hit the road and start driving back to the west.

En route to our final destination, if time permits, we’ll stop to do an optional hike to the beautiful Svartifoss Waterfall, this waterfall is surrounded by basalt columns which makes this setting unique. We’ll then continue heading towards Vik, the southernmost town in Iceland and a significant hub in the region. Nestled against the backdrop of dramatic landscapes, Vik is a true gem for photographers.

At Vik, we’ll do a sunset session at the renowned Dyrholaey Arch, where the interplay of light and shadow paints the coastal cliffs in hues of gold and amber. The black sand beach of Reynisfjara, with its striking basalt columns, offers more stunning compositions for us to explore.

As night falls, we’ll keep our eyes on the sky (and the forecasts), paying attention to the possibility of witnessing the Northern Lights. If the forecast is favorable, Vik Beach or the surrounding tidal pools will serve as our stage, where we’ll capture the celestial dance against the mirrored reflections.

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DAY 7: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the seventh day of our Iceland photo tour, we will do a sunrise photo shoot from the Black Sand Beach in Vik. From this location, we’ve experienced some of the most spectacular sunrises on our tours. After breakfast, we’ll continue our journey to the Golden Circle.

Iceland’s Golden Circle is a popular route between some of the most visited locations on the island. We will start photographing the famous Geysir Strokkur, a fountain-type geyser that erupts every 3 to 4 minutes.

Then, we will drive a short distance to Bruarfoss Waterfall, one of the most special waterfalls in Iceland. This waterfall is part of the Bruar River; this river is melted from one of the Icelandic glaciers having a distinctive blue color, which is why Bruarfoss is also called “Iceland’s bluest waterfall”. The scenery around this waterfall is a feast for the eyes, especially at this time of year when the fall colors turn the foliage into vibrant colors

During the day, we’ll do some editing classes, where we’ll show you the best techniques to bring the photos you’ve taken during the trip to life. During these classes, we’ll teach some basic postprocessing techniques, as well as more advanced content if you want to dive deeper.

If there were Northern Lights that night, we would be back at Bruarfoss or we would take the chance to visit Gullfoss and enjoy the location for ourselves at night.

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DAY 8: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

On the eighth day of our Iceland photography adventure, we will drive to the mighty Gullfoss Waterfall, where we will photograph this massive “foss” from different vantage points using long exposures to capture the motion of the water.

After sunrise, we’ll head back to the hotel to have breakfast and pack.

After breakfast, we’ll drive west to Reykjavik and the Reykjanes peninsula to spend the last night of our unforgettable Iceland photo tour.

If the forecast is promising and we can see the aurora, we will go back to either Lake Kleifarvatn or Reykjanesviti for one last night session.

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DAY 9: ICELAND PHOTO TOUR

Our photo tour to Iceland ends at the hotel where we started our trip. From here you can book a free shuttle to the airport.

PRICE: USD 5,290 

Deposit: USD 1,500

A USD 1,500 deposit is required to reserve your spot for this workshop. You can also pay in full at any time. The remaining balance is due 120 days before the starting date of this tour. If the remaining balance is not paid in full by the due date, you will lose your spot.

WHAT DOES THE PRICE INCLUDE?

INCLUDED

  • Pick up at the airport
  • Accommodation in shared rooms, single beds with private bathroom (*limited private rooms available for an extra supplement of $1,050)
  • Photo guide services by professional landscape and astrophotographers.
  • Entrance fees to different attractions such as Kerið crater, Stokksnes beach.
  • NEW: Ice cave tour with professional local guides.

*BONUS

NOT INCLUDED

  • Flights to/from Keflavik airport
  • Private room accommodation ($1,050 supplement)
  • Meals
  • Health/travel insurance (We can help you purchase the best travel insurance according to your needs).
  • Telephone, personal expenses, tips etc. and any other service not mentioned in the “INCLUDED” section

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Edith Donno
Edith DonnoWORTH EVERY PENNY!
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The tour leaders are very knowledgeable about photography and took time to give you the best composition tips as well as locations for the best shot. I’d book a second and third trip with Capture the Atlas in a heartbeat! Worth every penny!
Lauren Greider
Lauren GreiderWELL PLANNED!
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We had a wonderful trip to Iceland in September to view the northern lights. Our trip was very well planned. We saw wonderful landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, mountains, reflections, and the northern lights 3 nights.
Denise Parker
Denise ParkerWONDERFUL PEOPLE!
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Our Capture the Atlas Iceland adventure was a dream of a lifetime! We were lucky to see the Northern Lights two nights in a row! Our guides, Prince and Unai, were so helpful in showing us how to compose beautiful shots and use the right camera settings.
Kyle Rudderow
Kyle RudderowINCREDIBLE EXPERIENCE!
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From the beginning, I was immediately impressed with the level of work that had gone into putting this trip together. The workshop leaders, were absolutely fantastic. Their deep knowledge of photography and Iceland itself made this trip unforgettable.
Eric Parker
Eric ParkerATTENTIVE GUIDES!
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Our guides were wonderful, so helpful and knowledgeable. No question was too basic or too complex. In fact, at Brúarfoss a woman from another group commented how attentive they were to us.
Michael Singer
Michael SingerGREAT TOUR!
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The tour leaders were excellent. They went out of their way to accommodate everyone's requests, and to do as many things on the itinerary as time allowed. They were great with both technical coaching and participant management and knew all the great spots to get the best shots.
Cindy Mok
Cindy Mok BEST TOUR EVER!
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This trip is truly the best photography tour I have ever been on. The guides did make learning photography so much fun. Their technical skills, guidance, and patience are absolutely awesome. Their efforts are much appreciated and I am already looking forward to the trip to Lofoten in February 2023.
Praveena Bhairraju
Praveena Bhairraju LIFE-CHANGING!
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The knowledge the tour leaders had of the area, and the planning that goes into each day is self-evident and perfectly organized. In their commonly used words, this trip is INCREDIBLE, INSANE, and GORGEOUS 🙂
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What will I learn during this summer Iceland photo Tour?

This workshop is mainly focused on landscape and Northern Lights photography with possibilities for aerial photography.

What you learn during the workshop will vary according to your goals and skills. Your instructors are professional photographers with extensive experience who will help you take your photography to the next level.

During the tour you’ll have the opportunity to learn:

Some of the photography basics you can learn during the workshop are:

  • Getting comfortable shooting different types of landscapes in manual mode.
  • Learn the basics of night and Aurora photography 
  • Adjusting to the best camera settings in each situation.
  • Planning your sunset and landscape images
  • Shooting long exposures using ND filters.
  • Enhancing your composition with the best techniques.
  • Designing your own shooting workflow to be more efficient in the field.
  • Basics of drone photography.
  • Creating powerful compositions that tell a story and engage the viewer.
  • Building a connection between your photography and your vision.
  • Becoming a master of light: learn how to enhance it and keep it under control.
  • Advanced landscape techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, or focal length blending.
  • Advanced Northern Lights settings and composition
  • Advanced drone photography like aerial panoramas, vertoramas, and bracketing.

Some of the post-processing techniques that you can learn with the included tutorials are:

  • Basics of Lightroom and Photoshop
  • Preparing your images in Lightroom/Adobe Camera Raw.
  • Stitching of panoramas using different software like Lightroom or PTGui Pro.
  • Reducing the noise in your images with Denoise AI.
  • Sharpening your wildlife photos with Sharpen AI.
  • All types of Blendings (exposure, focal length, focus, etc.).
  • Light shaping and Dodge & Burn in your landscape & wildlife images.

Your Instructors on this Iceland Photo Tour

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David Aguilar
David Aguilar – tour leader

David Aguilar will be the tour leader throughout this Iceland photography tour, and he will make sure that you get the best photography results and experience out of this tour. He will help you with your photography, technique, and composition in all your landscape, wildlife, and aerial images.

David is a real expert on Iceland after countless trips all around the island over the last decade. He has led many Iceland photo tours before, and he’s very knowledgeable about the most photogenic locations, the weather patterns, and the best techniques to capture breathtaking landscape images. He’s also a master drone pilot and can help you with your aerial photography on this trip.

David’s main passion is traveling and helping others with their craft. He’s traveled extensively, not only in Nordic countries like Iceland and Norway but also across vast areas in European Alps and South America. He currently lead photo tours in many different regions of Europe and South America.

He’s also a skilled post-processing editor and has helped countless photographers over the last few years with his online landscape editing courses.

Prince Berkoh
Prince Berkoh – tour leader

Prince Berkoh will be the tour leader of the tour and he’ll make sure that you capture the best possible images during this trip.

Prince is a landscape and night photographer based in Spain. His passion for photography has taken him to some of the most spectacular landscapes in Europe, from Spain to the remote Faroe Islands.

As an experienced photo tour leader, Prince has been running tours to Iceland over the last years, learning all about this marvelous island and the best photographic gems.

He loves educating and teaching others about photography, having led numerous tours around the world in different seasons, and given presentations on night photography over the years.

Prince will show you how to best capture the Iceland landscapes, from the basics to advanced techniques like bracketing, focus stacking, panoramas, and other Northern Lights photography tips. He is also a professional videographer, and will help you get the best angles from your drone.

Francesco Dall’Olmo
Francesco Dall’Olmo – Coleader

Francesco Dall’Olmo will be the co-leader on this Iceland photo tour, and he’ll assist you with all your photography needs. He has led tours in Iceland in the past, getting to know all the locations and use this knowledge and experience to better assist your photography needs.

Francesco is a landscape and night photographer. Additionally, he is a professional time-lapse photographer. He’s been honing his photography skills over the years in his backyard: the Italian Dolomites, which he knows like no other.

He has traveled all over the world, capturing breathtaking images in Atacama, Patagonia, and all over Europe. He has also helped multiple photographers improve their skills in various photography workshops.

With Francesco, you’ll learn everything you need to take your photography to the next level!

Unai Larraya
Unai Larraya – Coleader

Unai Larraya will be the coleader on this Iceland photo tour. He is an expert landscape photographer who will make sure you end up with the best possible images. Having led tours here in the past, he has deep knowledge of Iceland, it’s photography locations and culture.

Unai is an experienced landscape and wildlife photographer based in Northern Spain. He has refined his photography skills while traveling around the world over the past few years and has taught many other photographers along the way.

Since Unai started his photography journey, he has won multiple awards in recognition of his outstanding photography and editing skills.

With Unai, you’ll learn about composition, shaping light, color theory, focus stacking, and more. He will also show you how to implement all these techniques into your workflow to take your photography to the next level!

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WHAT TO BRING TO AN ICELAND PHOTO TOUR?

A complete list of everything that we recommend for this tour is sent to all participants upon sign-up. Below, you can find a summary of things you might need:

PHOTOGRAPHY GEAR
  • DSLR or mirrorless camera.
  • A sturdy tripod with a ballhead.
  • A wide-angle lens, such as 14-24 mm.
  • A medium zoom lens, such as 24-70 mm.
  • A telephoto lens, like a 70-200 mm lens.
  • A wide and fast prime lens for northern lights, like a 14mm f/1.4.
  • A camera bag to transport all of your equipment.
  • A headlamp for the night sessions.
  • Glow in the dark tape for your tripod.

You may be interested in this guide where you can dive deeper into photography equipment for traveling.

For more in-depth information about gear to photograph the northern lights, you can read our article about the best lenses for northern lights, and also the best cameras for northern lights.

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CLOTHING

The average temperature in Iceland in September is 8ºC but the weather is very variable, going from warm days to snowstorms in a matter of hours. You should be prepared for all seasons and bring winter clothes. Some of the things that you will have to bring to this Iceland photography tour are:

  • Waterproof coat for cold temperatures.
  • Thermal waterproof pants.
  • Waterproof hiking/mountain boots.
  • Gloves, hat, and scarf/neck gaiter.

You will find more items and details in the official list of recommendations that we provide upon registration.

MONEY

The currency in Iceland is the Icelandic Krona (ISK). It would be more convenient to bring ISK from your home country, although if that is not possible, you could exchange it at the Keflavík airport.

In almost 100% of the places in Iceland, you can pay by credit card and debit card, no matter how small the amount is, so you don’t need much cash for the trip.

DOCUMENTATION

Iceland follows the visa regulations of the Schengen Area. Depending on your nationality and duration of stay, a visa may be necessary. We are here to assist you with the visa application process and provide guidance. It’s essential to verify the specific visa requirements for your country of residence prior to your trip.

Visitors from most countries (such as the United States and Canada) don’t need a visa to visit Iceland for less than 90 days. Remember to consult the official embassy or consulate of Iceland for the most up-to-date and accurate visa information based on your nationality and circumstances.

ACCOMMODATION

During this Iceland photography tour, we’ll be staying at some of the top-rated hotels near the photography locations we’ll visit. Almost every day we’ll change hotels to move closer to the locations for the day. Some of our accommodations have hot tubs, so we recommend packing a bathing suit to enjoy some relaxing time after photographing the northern lights.

Accommodation is included during this trip in shared double rooms with twin beds. A number of limited private rooms are available for an extra supplement of $1,050 USD.

What expenses should you consider for this Iceland photo tour?

FLIGHTS

The price of round-trip flights to Iceland from Europe and the US cost approximately $400-800. You’ll have to book your flight to/from Keflavik International airport (KEF).

MEALS

Meals are not included. Most of the days, we will eat snacks/picnic during lunch to speed up and maximize the time for photography.

We recommend preparing to spend about $60-$80 USD on food per day.

ENTRANCE FEE

All the parking/entrance fees like Seljalandsfoss, Stokksnes or the ice caves are included in the tour.

What makes this Iceland Photo Tour unique?

Immersive

Our workshops are completely centered on photography: finding the best moments of light during the day and at night and creating an intensive experience that is conducive to learning and taking the best images.

Intimate

Our workshops are limited to small groups with a ratio of no more than five students per instructor. This is also an important factor for providing the attentive instruction you need during the tour.

Exclusive

During this workshop, we will photograph the famous locations in Iceland as well as some hidden gems that we have discovered while hiking and exploring in the past that are rarely visited or photographed.

Dedicated

We will discuss your goals before the tour so we can create a dedicated instruction plan for you. It doesn’t matter your age or skills; we will design your plan and provide you with materials before, during, and after the workshop so the learning process is not limited to just the tour.

Proven

We have spent years designing national and international photo tours with successful results, helping photographers with everything from the simple task of getting off Auto to the ambitious goal of capturing complex images. Dan’s online courses have also helped more than 400 photographers over the last few years.

Unforgettable

Beyond the photography, our photography workshops help build strong bonds that last forever. After our trip, you’ll feel like you have been with a group of friends rather than on a standard tour. We are thankful to have plenty of repeat clients who keep traveling and learning with us.

Frequent questions about our Iceland Photo tours

Whether you are experienced or just starting in photography, you are all welcome, and I am convinced that you will progress very fast. Together, we will get you back home with greater and deeper knowledge in many photography topics.

Also, we can Zoom or Skype beforehand to discuss your skill level, knowledge, and your goals with this tour.

All the places we will visit in this Iceland photography tour are very close to the road, and we won’t have to walk more than a mile with the exception of the “Svartifoss” waterfall and “Bruarfoss”, where the hike is around 3-4 miles round trip. 

We will be driving, walking, and shooting a lot during the tour, especially at night when there are chances to see the Aurora, so we recommend being in good physical shape to be able to enjoy this experience.

There is no age limit. This trip is perfect for anyone over 18 years old who wants to photograph Iceland with us.

Non-photographer companions are welcome to join the tour, and they need to book a spot under the same price and conditions as any other participant. (We don’t allow non-participant companions tagging along with the group). We have had plenty of non-photographer companions over the years and all of them enjoyed an amazing experience. As long as they enjoy nature, beautiful landscapes, and are a bit patient with the schedules of a photo tour, joining the trip can be a great experience regardless of the shooting.

Capture the Atlas is drone-friendly. Our tour leaders are experienced drone pilots and can help you with your drone photography. However, we are not responsible for accidental damage or fines if you fly it in restricted areas.

Our Happy Students!

I’ve had the opportunity to work with and help countless photographers in Iceland over the last years:

DeniseIceland
"Our Capture the Atlas Iceland adventure was a dream of a lifetime! We were lucky to see the Northern Lights two nights in a row! Our guides, Prince and Unai, were so helpful in showing us how to compose beautiful shots and use the right camera settings. We met really wonderful people, stayed at comfortable locations, and had good food too. This is definitely not our last trip was Capture the Atlas."
Denise Parker
2023 Iceland Photo Tour
LaurenGIceland
"We had a wonderful trip to Iceland in September to view the northern lights. Our trip was very well planned. We saw wonderful landscapes, waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches, mountains, reflections, and the northern lights 3 nights. I appreciated the photo instruction and our editing courses. The vans were comfortable and we loved the guest houses and hotels. We had a great group and Prince and Unai are knowledgeable guides and fun to travel with. We are looking forward to future trips with Capture the Atlas."
Lauren Greider
2023 Iceland Photo Tour
edithIceland
"Our trip to Iceland lead by David Aguilar and Francesco Dall'Olmo was amazing. They took time to stay in touch with our group weeks before the trip and answered every question leading to our tour. They are both very knowledgeable about photography and took time to give you the best composition tips as well as locations for the best shot. I’d book a second and third trip with Capture the Atlas in a heartbeat! Worth every penny!"
Edith Donno
2023 Iceland Photo Tour
EricIceland
"Our guides, Prince and Unai were wonderful, so helpful and knowledgeable. No question was too basic or too complex. In fact, at Brúarfoss a woman from another group commented how attentive they were to us -- her guides just drove them to locations and left them on their own. This Iceland trip has been tremendous. Great locations, great guides, great company, great aurora borealis(!), and thankfully great weather when it mattered. This certainly won't be our last trip with Capture The Atlas."
Eric Parker
2023 Iceland Photo Tour
JohnIceland
I attended the September 2023 Iceland workshop. First Iceland is a magical place that everyone should experience. We had Unai and Prince as our guides for 8 awesome days. They had us at the locations at the perfect time for the best shots .They have taken the time to pre scout the locations and timing saving you the worries of where to be. Besides being great photographers they were fun and engaging truly enjoying sharing their experience and patiently helping with camera settings and filter selection. I look forward to attending another workshop with these guys and would highly recommend them.
John Cole
2023 Iceland Photo Tour
The September 2023 Iceland tour covered several of the scenic hotspots in southern Iceland. Our guides David and Francesco had very good knowledge about our locations. We had the opportunity to capture sunrises, sunsets and aurora activity. Came away with some great memories and photos. Thanks.
Lester Taylor
2023 Iceland Photo Tour
Iceland Photo Tour Review Capture the Atlas 2023
"Great tour! Dan was great with helpful information while arranging the trip on what was going to happen, and what to bring to have a good experience. David and Jose were excellent tour guides. They went out of their way to accommodate everyone's requests, and to do as many things on the itinerary as time allowed. They were great with both technical coaching and participant management, and knew all the great spots to get the best shots. Would highly recommend this company for future tours!
Michael Singer
2022 Iceland Photo Tour
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This trip is truly the best photography tour I have ever been on. Dan and Prince did make learning photography so much fun. Their technical skills, guidance, and patience are absolutely awesome. Their efforts are much appreciated and I am already looking forward to the trip to Lofoten in February 2023.
Cindy Mok
2022 Iceland Photo Tour
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"I can't say enough about the experience with Capture the Atlas; It was fun, educational, inspiring, adventurous, and life-changing! The knowledge the tour leaders David and JL had of the area, and the planning that goes into each day is self-evident and perfectly organized. In their commonly used words, this trip is INCREDIBLE, INSANE, and GORGEOUS 🙂 I would absolutely love to return on a trip with this great team to some other location. I’m sure it would undoubtedly be a fantastic experience!!
Praveena Bhairraju
2022 Iceland Photo Tour
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Excellent trip. I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a "different" vacation and photography learning experience. The views of waterfalls, volcanos, geysers, glaciers, etc. are superb. Dan helped me get my images to another level. Iceland should be on your bucket list, especially with Capture the Atlas. The guys are very knowledgeable about photography and how to organize the trip.
Jay Gorecki
2021 South & North Iceland Tours
Liz de Marco Iceland Photo Tours
I had the great pleasure of touring Iceland with Dan and Capture the Atlas in September 2021, and it far surpassed all of my expectations. The trip was extremely well organized, and never having been on a photo tour before, I didn’t realize just how much I would be learning about landscape composition and astrophotography. Dan was relentless in his desire to chase the Aurora for us, and we were lucky enough to have been able to capture it on two different occasions. For me, that was a bucket list item, so I was thrilled. I so enjoyed the wonderful people I met on the trip that I’ve signed on to the Death Valley & Alabama Hills workshop this spring to learn more about astrophotography!
Liz de Marco
2021 South & North Iceland Tours
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On my recent photo tour to Iceland, not only was I able to see the Northern Lights, but I also was able to photograph them thanks to Dan's tutelage and patience! I returned home with not only amazing pictures but also renewed enthusiasm for photography. Dan's passion for photography and landscapes is unequivocal.
Rachel Rose
2019 Iceland Photo Tour
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Dan was a great host on my recent Photo tour of Southern Iceland. He is an excellent photographer and was energetic in his effort to get our group to so many great sites to photograph. I had great comrades along, which made the journey even more enjoyable. Would I make this trip with Capture the Atlas again? In a heartbeat!
Larry Covalciuc
2021 Iceland Photo Tour
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Traveled with Dan on the South Iceland tour, September 2021. We had six "photographers" on the tour of varying experience and Dan was exceptional at working with us on our level. He was also accommodating by changing the timing of the itinerary due to the weather and the eruption of the volcano. The tour included, as advertised, some hiking to remote places to capture some unique photos. The weathered dictated times to get out to see the Aurora and sunrises which were all impressive.
Robert Emery
2021 Iceland Photo Tour
Iceland Photo Tour Reviews Capture the Atlas7
Dan & Ascen drove almost 2,000 km’s to bring us to all the locations for photo shoot’s. There was fabulous enthusiasm amongst the group. We witnessed amazing landscapes and seascapes. Dan made it all possible, the “Dancing Northern Lights” would not be missed on this tour. There was a good choice of accommodation & restaurants.
Iris Anderson
2019 Iceland Photo Tour
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I took the 2019 Iceland trip. Dan was very knowledgeable on the best photo locations on the island. In addition to the well-known locations, he also took us to some less visited locations that were also worthwhile. It is also a plus to have a tour guide who is knowledgeable about lodgings, restaurants, grocery stores, etc. in the area. One bucket-list item for all of our group was to see the Northern Lights. Dan drove to locations on the island where we were able to get two nights of good Northern Lights viewing. I highly recommend them and would travel with them again.
Kenneth Orloff
2019 Iceland Photo Tour
Maleka Ali Iceland Photo Tour
I joined Capture the Atlas in Iceland in September 2021 for the consecutive North and South tours. It was a trip of a lifetime with jam-packed days and unbelievable (and unworldly) sights. They cater to clients of all skill levels and they were very patient with us. Especially since I didn't even know how to turn my camera on to manual settings the first day. However with their expertise (and once again constant patience) I really upped my skill level. I loved how they REALLY knew the area. They visited and researched the areas for the tours to find us accommodations and hidden gems that we would never have seen or found if we had selected another company or tried to visit on our own.
Maleka Ali
2021 South & North Iceland Tours
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Active volcanoes, endless glaciers, lush valleys, black sand beaches, mountains & fjords, skies colored by the Aurora Borealis…Iceland is paradise for photographers for good reason. It’s very easy to feel like in a fantasy world when you see and shoot across all those spectacular locations, and this trip will help you discover all the spectacular things that Iceland has to offer.

Expect excitement like in no other trip when we prepare to go out and chase the Northern Lights. This experience can’t be described in images or words; you have to live through it and, believe me, after that you’ll understand why shooting the “green lady” is so mesmerizing and addictive.

Iceland is one of the first places that I started shooting when I first picked up a camera many years ago. I fell so profoundly in love with everything on the island that I’ve been traveling there every year since that initial trip. Iceland is our signature photo tour for many reasons, and I can’t wait to show you the magic of this place!

DAN ZAFRA

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