Iceland South Coast

21 - 26 Jan 2023 : 3 Places Available

Iceland South Coast

21 – 26 Jan 2023

21 – 26 Jan 2023

Iceland South Coast



Daragh Muldowney

Fee Includes:
Accommodation for 5 Nights in a Hotel Single Occupancy, 6 Days Shooting, Transportation, Breakfast, Location Guide, Day and Night Shooting

Photography Level:
Intermediate – Advanced

Group Size:
6 Max (We like to keep groups small)


Our Iceland South Coast photography workshop is the essential Iceland for new visitors and returning shooters alike. It takes in Iceland’s most recognisable and iconic locations including some stunning waterfalls, glaciers, and of course black beaches.

Iceland is one of the most iconic places in the world to hold a landscape photography workshop. If you want to experience some of the finest and most unusual landscape on earth then join us for a once in a lifetime journey.

We will also be shooting a number of evenings throughout the trip as we seek out the northern lights. We have timed our workshop to coincide with the new moon phase to ensure we give ourselves the best chance possible with our Aurora shooting. We have a wealth of experience reading Icelandic weather and we are expertly placed to maximise your chances of shooting the northern lights.

Exact itinerary will be based on prevailing conditions but we will be based on the south coast for the duration of the trip. Expect to visit locations such as Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss and numerous vantage points around the iconic stacks at Vik. We will also shoot Skaftafell, Vatnjökull, Diamond Ice Beach, Jökulsarlon Glacial Lagoon and Vesturhorn plus much more.

The workshop begins the morning of the 21st with Reykjavik or Keflavik pickup. You will stay one night near Vik, then 3 nights at the Glacial Lagoon area, one night back at Vik on the way back across, and finally we will arrive back in Keflavik/Reykjavik area on the evening of the 26th. Arrival and departure night booking can be arranged upon request.

We will visit different locations each day always starting with a sunrise shoot. After our sunrise shoot, we will return to the hotel for breakfast. The days are short but we will have a break post eating then head out again for an afternoon and sunset shoot. Dinner will generally be available at the hotels we stay at. Your guide will monitor northern lights activity and we will go all out to capture the aurora whenever possible.

There will be a webinar to help you edit your images post-workshop. You send your pictures to your instructor and a section will be edited live. The webinar will be recorded and sent back to you so you will have a route map to help you make the most of your images after the workshop. We will also offer discounted rates on our online photography courses plus we have a range of free courses you can access so you’re ready to go before you even arrive.

We have been visiting the shimmering blue ice caves of the Vatnjökull glacier for many years. The ice caves are truly a sight to behold and a unique photographic opportunity. However, the past few years have seen the easily accessible caves crowded by tourists making it impossible to make any images. The experience became impossible for photographers. The only way to properly shoot a cave is to hike to a more remote location.

In our experience groups have mixed physical abilities, and as such we are adding this as an optional extra for our 2023 tour. We have no way of saying what caves will be available as this changes every year. We have, however, allocated a time slot for this activity and it will be presented as an optional extra for the group at the beginning of the trip when we can properly assess the difficulty level of the hike. Numbers will also dictate cost. For those who do not wish to participate there will be daytime downtime. The activity will take place during the day so sunrise and sunset will not be missed by anyone.

The cost of the workshop is €2950 for single occupancy. For this fee, you will receive all tuition and location guide as described above. Accommodation in a Hotel, transportation costs (from accommodation to shoot locations). Breakfast is also included. ICE CAVE is an additional extra.

FLIGHTS are not included.

It is not advised to book flights until we confirm we have adequate numbers for this workshop to go ahead. In the event of the workshop not going ahead, we will refund deposits in full. However, we will not compensate for flight costs.

  • On Location Guidance
  • Compositional Instruction
  • Post Processing Instruction in Free Webinar
  • Understanding Exposure Triangle
  • Modes of Exposure
  • RAW, White Balance and Filters
  • Why is the angle of the sun so important – Understanding Light and seeing like your camera
  • Using Graduated Neutral Density Filters
  • Sharpness From Here to Shanghai – Understanding Depth of Field
  • Choosing the Correct Shutter Speed to get the best Outcome
  • The Importance of Composition – Using Lines and Texture
  • Histograms ExplainedExposing to the Right for Maximum Details

Daragh Muldowney – view gallery of Daragh’s images HERE

Camera gear:

  • For equipment, we recommend at least a DSLR. Wide, fast lenses are more popular with night and aurora.
  • We recommend an ND filter, grad filters and polariser. Sturdy tripod – think windy!
  • An expected amount of gear would fill a camera backpack.Typically we will be shooting landscapes, so a quality wide angle is important… the lens needs to be fairly fast i.e. f/2.8 if possible
  • Spare Batteries, European charger. Car charger
  • Shutter Release
  • As we will be shooting at night, it is important to have a headlamp.


  • The correct way to dress is to have suitable layers of clothing, so that layers can be added or removed accordingly. Icelanders dress with 3 or 4 thin layers, starting with wool and ending with Goretex (or similar).
  • You can expect temperatures between 12 c and -12 c
  • Layers of clothing, for example, thermal-shirt, fleece, jacket, long-johns, Outdoor trousers (not jeans!!), rain jacket and rain trousers.
  • Sturdy shoes for light hiking (waterproof is best), wool socks.
  • Hat and gloves, scarf and balaclava.
  • Spare gloves – spare shoes.

Luggage Guide:

  • One large suitcase, small personal bag, camera bag and tripod each.

EASY – There are no long walks on this workshop with locations typically within 5 minutes of the car. All workshops require walking on uneven ground on beaches or lake edges for example. Ice Cave Require Moderate Fitness Level

Our team is dedicated to getting you the best images possible on every trip. We are an experienced team of leaders and always willing to go the extra mile for our participants. Ask our repeat customers. Most workshops have 50% or higher returning customers.

We will get you to the right place at the right time of day to maximize your chances of making great images. That’s the core focus of every trip. What drives us forward. We love the light as much as you do and our primary goal is always to give you the best chance possible of bringing home special images.

We have small groups and a really high teacher to pupil ratio. Most workshops are only 6 or 7 people. Our max is 9 and there will be 2 instructors. This means that there is always time to give advice and help when on location. It also means we always travel in comfort with 2 people to a 3 seat berth. We take your comfort seriously with single occupancy rooms with private bathrooms as standard. We also have a dedicated office team managing logistics so you have a point of contact for your arrival and departures or other logistical questions you might have around the trip.

Every workshop of 3 days or more comes with a free follow-up private webinar for the group. 2 hours of post-processing of the images from your trip. Recorded live and emailed back to you so you have a road map through the edit of the whole trip.

So why not join the adventure? Join the ExploreLight Community!

“On a workshop with ExploreLight, there are always laughs, but there are always great photographs too.  Peter and his team go to great efforts to ensure everyone gets the shot they want at a location – whether it’s the continuous checking of local weather conditions, to in depth knowledge of each location, to prepping the group prior to arrival at the location by showing past shots, to walking among the group during the shoot, offering advice and sharing their own shots, total dedication to the client.  I’ve taken some of my best shots while on ExploreLight workshops and that’s no coincidence.

The aftercare is second to none, with a private Facebook group where you are encouraged to share your shots (and where you can receive suggestions for improvement) to social nights out and emails on upcoming workshops, editing sessions, etc.  Peter is building a community of photographers who return again and again.”

Barbara Tanzler

“Something deep within tempted me to attend an ExploreLight fundamentals workshop in the Wicklow National Park in March 2015. I remember coming home feeling invigorated, that a new world was about to open up for me. My photography has improved steadily so much so that I recently achieved my Associate distinction from the IPF but more importantly I have met fantastic people many of whom are now considered friends, I’ve attended many more ExploreLight workshops since and visited fantastic locations all under the expert guidance of the ExploreLight team. These guys are good and are at the top of their game and super professional. I recommend ExploreLight because they are the best Photography workshop and tour operators out there.”

Noel McIntyre AIPF

“I have been on several ExploreLight Workshops and have thoroughly enjoyed every one of them.  The ExploreLight workshops are a perfect combination of excellent teaching, superb locations, and great “craic”. Your enthusiasm is infectious, even if it means getting up at 5am to shoot the sunrise, or staying out until 4am to shoot the aurora. I look forward to returning to many more workshops with you guys.”

Paul Byrne

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Please read our Terms & Conditions HERE

Regarding flights or other personal expenses, we cannot take responsibility for costs if a workshop does not go ahead. We suggest having insurance or a ticket that allows you to move dates. This is available with most airlines at the moment.

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