Iceland Northern Lights Photography Workshop, April 2019


21st-25th April 2019

6 available


Date and Time
4pm Sunday 21st  – 6am Thursday 25th April 2019

Four Nights


Workshop Leader
Melvin Nicholson

Workshop Attendees

Photography Locations
Arnarstapi Sea Arch, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Arnarstapi Harbour, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Budir Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Emergency Mountain Hut, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Gullfoss Waterfall, Golden Circle
Ingjaldshólskirkja Church, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Kerid Volcanic Crater, Golden Circle
Kirkjufell / Kirkjufellsfoss, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Londrangar, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
Öxarárfoss (Waterfall), Golden Circle
Strokkur Geyser, Golden Circle

Meeting Place

4pm Joe and the Juice Bar (by the main entrance)
Keflavik Airport


Four nights accommodation. See accommodation section for more details. 
Breakfasts (four mornings)  
Dedicated 1-2-1 photography tuition
Full transport during the workshop in a comfortable nine-seater minibus
Collection and drop off at Keflavik Airport

All meals and drinks (bar breakfast)
Travel to and from Iceland
Travel and camera insurance

Exertion Level
Easy / Medium – All locations within half a mile from the car, some much closer. Some slippery rocks near waterfalls and the odd uphill section present. A reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required.

Join me on this once in a lifetime opportunity to experience the amazing landscape that is Iceland. I am so fortunate to have visited many amazing places in the world, but there is nowhere quite like the ‘land of fire and ice’.

You will start your four night journey after being collected at Keflavik airport at 4pm before visiting many of the most iconic locations Iceland has to offer including the impressive mountain of Kirkjufell (Game of Thrones), the beautiful churches of Budir and Ingjaldshólskirkja, not to forget the amazing sights of the Golden Circle including an active geyser, the mighty Gullfoss waterfall and even a volcanic crater lake.   

There will also be a couple of opportunities to stop en-route to capture those wonderful fleeting moments of magic as and when they happen and of course should the truly stunning aurora borealis decide to put on a fantastic show, we will be there in the evenings to capture the phenomenon otherwise known as the northern lights. If you have always wanted to visit Iceland, this workshop during the week of Easter will offer you a fantastic opportunity to enjoy the country without having to brave the harsh, cold winter weather. This will be the workshop to create long lasting memories. I hope you can join me.

There are just six, twin room share places available ensuring a small, informal group with plenty of personalised 1-2-1 tuition on offer.

Here is a detailed itinerary outlining our schedule although the final decision on the locations visited will be taken depending on the weather and light as well as the safety of the group.

Day 1 – Sunday 21st April 2019
Keflavik Airport – Kast Guesthouse,
Snaefellsnes Peninsula
I land into Keflavik airport at 2.40pm, collect the nine seater minibus (so plenty of space for luggage, clothing and camera equipment) and collect the six workshop attendees at 4pm from the airport before heading to our lovely guesthouse complete with restaurant on the Snaefellsnes Peninsula (2 hrs, 45 minute journey) for the first two evenings. If the northern lights happen to show, we are perfectly placed to drive to the iconic black and white Búdir Church or the world famous Kirkjufell mountain and waterfalls and capture it with the magical colours behind it.

Day 2 – Monday 22nd April 2019
Arnarstapi, Budir Church, Emergency Mountain Hut, Ingjaldshólskirkja Church, Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellfoss, Londranger and Svörtuloft Lighthouse 
The day starts with sunrise at the iconic Budir Church followed by breakfast back at the guesthouse. Then we head westwards to the little fishing village of Arnarstapi. The harbour, fishing boats, sea cliffs, the huge sea arch and the lone white house with the 1,500ft Mt Stapafell volcanic mountain behind it are all on offer. We will take lunch in Arnarstapi before venturing off to capture on camera the huge volcanic basalt rock pinnacles of Londranger followed by the hidden Svörtuloft Lighthouse. 

We aim to find the time to capture the beautiful and isolated Ingjaldshólskirkja Church followed by the very photogenic triangular emergency hut.

We will take in an evening meal before heading over to the iconic and world famous Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfalls (‘foss ‘meaning waterfall) for a sunset session and hopefully a display of the northern lights.

This mountain’s nickname is the ‘Witch’s Hat’ owing to its shape. Kirkjufell is best known for its starring role in the Game of Thrones (season six). The waterfalls in the foreground with the mountain in the background provide one of the most memorable images you’ll capture on this workshop. It will be a late finish (midnight plus) so back to the guesthouse for a well earned rest.

Day 3 – Tuesday 23rd April 2019
Gullfoss Waterfall
Strokkur Geyser
Öxarárfoss Waterfall
Today will have us venture over to the world famous Golden Circle where we will be visiting some spectacular locations including the mighty Gullfoss waterfall, the active Strokkur Geyser, and the beautiful Öxarárfoss Waterfall which nestles in the stunning canyon walls of the Þingvellir National Park.  

If the northern lights come out to play, we will revisit Gullfoss to capture them in all their glory.

Day 4 – Wednesday 24th April 2019
Kerid Volcanic Crater Lake

The Bridge Between Continents, Reykjanes Peninsula
Reykjanesviti Lighthouse, Reykjanes Peninsula
Gunnuhver geothermal mudpools, Reykjanes Peninsula
Reynisdrangar Sea Stacks, Reykjanes Peninsula

Today we head south-west back towards the airport town of Keflavik and onto the wonderful moonscape looking lave strewn area of the Reykjanes Peninsula. 

Here we will find a plethora of amazing scenes including mudpools, a lighthouse, a bridge that crosses across two continents (Europe and North America), geothermal power stations, and an amazing section of sea stacks complete with crashing waves.  

Day 5 – Thursday 25th April 2019
Departure Keflavik Airport
It is an early 8am flight home to reflect on what will be a trip of a lifetime. If you have always promised yourself a photography holiday of a lifetime, this one will take some beating. I hope you can join me.

Flights are not included in the workshop price and the typical cost is around £300 from Manchester to Keflavik including a 10kg cabin and 23kg hold luggage allowance.

I am flying with Icelandair.

My flight details are below.

Sunday 21st April 2019
Flight Manchester to Keflavik (Economy)
F1441 Depart 12:55 Arrive 14:40

Thursday 25th April 2019
Flight Keflavik to Manchester (Economy)
F1440 Depart 08:00 Arrive 11:45

I will collect all six workshop participants at 4pm from Keflavik airport on Sunday 21st April 2019

There are three hotels during our four nights in Iceland. See below for more information and a clickable link to the websites. 

  • Sunday 21st & Monday 22nd April 2019
    Kast Guesthouse, Snaefellsnes Peninsula
    Two nights in a wonderfully located, spacious, and very comfortable guesthouse. Shared twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms available. Breakfast included. 
  • Tuesday 23rd April 2019
    Litli Geysir Hotel, Haukadalur, Golden Circle
    One night in a 12 bedroom hotel complete with restaurant. Shared spacious twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The hotel is located immediately opposite the Strokkur geyser. Breakfast is included. We will eat in the hotel’s restaurant during the evening (not included).
  • Wednesday 24th April 2019
    Hotel Berg, Keflavik
    One night shared twin rooms with en-suite bathrooms (option to upgrade to your own room available for an extra £65. Contact me for details). Boutique hotel including a rooftop outdoor heated pool. Breakfast not included due to early start (5.30am).  

Our mode of transport for this workshop will a nine-seater minibus. This will ensure that there is plenty of space for us all including luggage, clothing and camera equipment.

Tripadvisor Reviews ( Read all reviews here )

Tripadvisor Iceland Reviews below (click on the review headers to read in Tripadvisor)

The Iceland Workshop was both exciting and disappointing but not due to Melvin’s fault. We had extremely difficult weather conditions resulting in white-out blizzards, high winds, road closures and deep snow which resulted in less opportunities for photography which was, of course, the reason for the trip. Bad timing. But I decided early on to just enjoy the trip regardless and experience Iceland without worrying too much about photography. 

Melvin handled the rough weather conditions like a pro. He provided a comfortable, safe Mercedes 4WD vehicle for our group and while we drove through some scary weather conditions, I never once felt unsafe. Melvin was always cheerful and confident. We went to most of the Iceland photo icons and a few off the usual course. I was satisfied with most of my images. 

What I did appreciate was Melvin’s professional attention to detail and his ability to make amendments to the itinerary when the original plans failed due to road closings. We continued our journey with nice substitute lodging. I was very pleased with the accommodations that Melvin chose for our group and the food was good, too. I know that the challenging weather conditions and driving in them with us under his care must have been stressful for Melvin, but I never heard him complain once and he was always exceedingly cheerful. I definitely recommend the Iceland trip with Melvin!

Anne Robinson Strickland – USA

I joined Melvin for his workshop to Iceland during October 2017. Had a great time on the trip visiting glaciers, waterfalls, black sand beaches, beautiful churches and mountains to name a few locations. Melvin was excellent at sharing his knowledge and kept his sense of humour throughout the journey. We stayed in excellent accommodation with good food. Iceland is a place which once visited calls you back again and again. It didn’t disappoint on this visit. Would I go on another workshop with Melvin? Of course I would!!

Ivy May McIntosh – UK

Emergency Mountain, Hut, Iceland, Melvin Nicholson Photography
Emergency Mountain Hut, Route 54, Snaefellsnes Peninsula, Iceland
Reykjanes Lighthouse, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland, Melvin Nicholson Photography
Reykjanes Lighthouse, Reykjanes Peninsula, Iceland