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Embark on a journey of a lifetime to explore two breathtaking destinations: Iceland and Greenland. From the majestic glaciers and volcanic landscapes of Iceland to the pristine wilderness and ice-filled horizons of Greenland, each moment will be a testament to the epic beauty of the Arctic. On my photo workshops, led by experienced landscape photographers and myself as a local expert, you’ll receive guidance and tips to enhance your photography skills to create stunning images. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced enthusiast, these photography workshops offer a unique and memorable experience.

Photo Workshop Report - Iceland In Winter (with Mads)

Exploring the Arctic through a photography workshop allows you to truly see and experience places in detail – while providing plenty of time to perfect the photographs you are looking for.

Northern lights in the sky above the camera

Whether it’s during the day or at night, there is something to be experienced every second, every minute and every hour of the day.

Capturing Iceland’s Majestic Landscapes

Once you leave Iceland’s capital Reykjavík, you will be met with Iceland’s varied landscapes. They present endless photographic opportunities. From the cute Atlantic Puffin to the otherworldly volcanic landscapes in the Highlands, we cover it all during my Iceland photo tours.

Exploring the Desolate Icelandic Highlands

Accessible only during summer, the Icelandic Highlands are an enormous area of untamed wilderness. They offer isolated vistas that challenge and reward the intrepid photographer. The harsh yet captivating environment demands resilience and respect.

Away from the busier Ring Road lies a sanctuary for photographers who seek untouched nature. In this often lunar-esque landscape, every composition is a dialogue with the elements. Veiled in mystery, these areas reveal a raw, unsculpted beauty, rich in photographic potential yet often beyond the reach of the casual observer. These areas especially come into their own right when viewed from an aerial perspective with a drone.

Photo Workshop Report: Highlands of Iceland (Mads Peter Iversen)

The Highlands of Iceland are an otherworldly location where a drone adds an enormous amount of value to your photography gear.

Photographing Puffins Under The Midnight Sun

The Atlantic Puffin, with its colourful beak and curious demeanour, flourishes under Iceland’s perpetual summer twilight. It’s a truly mesmerising subject for enthusiast bird photographers. Witnessing these birds on the remote island of Grímsey, which we visit during the Puffins in the Midnight Sun photo workshop, evokes a sense of serene timelessness. Due to the uniqueness of the island, you can capture the interesting social behaviour of the Atlantic Puffin during the golden hour’s gorgeous light.

Grímsey is not only the home to the Atlantic Puffin but many other types of seabirds are nesting there. These include razorbills, common murres, black guillemots, Arctic terns, common eiders, black-legged kittiwakes, northern fulmars, black-tailed godwits, white wagtails, golden plovers, ringed plovers, snow buntings, common snipe, red-necked phalaropes, Eurasian oystercatcher, purple sandpipers, common redshank, dunlin and more.

Puffins, adept in flight and fishing, offer dynamic moments for action shots, especially with long telephoto lenses that compress distance. Nesting on coastal cliffs, their silhouettes against the iridescent midnight sky become compelling compositions, accentuating contrasts between the avian subjects and the stark backdrop.

Iceland and Greenland Photography Tours: Capture the Arctic

Experiencing the midnight sun on a remote island, surrounded by nothing but birdlife, is an amazing experience.

Iceland’s Beauty in Winter: Golden Hour and Aurora Borealis

Iceland is not only appealing for photography in summer. During winter, Iceland is transformed into a frozen fairytale wonderland. While you are mostly restricted to the Ring Road, those iconic locations dramatically change due to the colder weather. Additionally, while the days are shorter, the days are filled with golden light. Getting to the right places at the right time requires meticulous planning but the reward can be high.

If conditions are favourable, we will stay up in the evenings to witness the stunning northern lights. Capturing the Aurora Borealis requires nocturnal dedication. If you’re lucky, that dedication will be rewarded with a spectacle that defies the ordinary photographic experience.

Iceland and Greenland Photography Tours: Capture the Arctic

Winter in Iceland has some of the most amazing light conditions. You pretty much have golden hour all day long.

Photo Workshop Report - Iceland In Winter (with Mads)

The last few years I have (co-)guided many people on photo workshops in Iceland and Greenland with many happy (returning) customers.

Nature & Landscape Drone Photography

Even if you’re a beginner drone pilot, you can learn how to use your drone and get the best results out of it.

Exploring Greenland’s Vast Wilderness

Greenland is an untouched, and mostly frozen, wilderness. It’s a canvas for photographers that provokes a sense of exploration. Drifting icebergs and calving glaciers create dynamic scenes, transforming the vistas constantly. Travelling to Greenland with photography in mind demands some logistical foresight and a respect for the elements. During each photo workshop in Greenland, sailing is an important element. For each photo tour, we have chartered a boat to get us to vantage points otherwise impossible to reach.

Ice-Filled Fjords and Remote Villages

The scale of the icebergs is unmatched while the quaint, isolated settlements offer unparalleled tranquility. Together they offer a rare opportunity to capture the coexistence of raw nature and humans. The crisp air carries a palliative silence, punctuated only by the occasional creaking of shifting ice and whale breaths, providing a meditative photography environment.

Drone perspectives open up vistas of ice fjords like at the Ilulissat Icefjord or Scoresby Sund, revealing patterns and meltwater pools often obscured at eye level.

To truly capture the essence of Greenland’s ice-filled fjords, and the villages nestled within them, understanding the play of light and shadow is crucial. The midday sun casts deep contrasts, while the golden hours soften the edges, offering an ethereal feel to the magical surroundings of ice.

Iceland and Greenland Photography Tours: Capture the Arctic

The small town of Ilulissat is considered to be a large on a Greenlandic scale. I felt it made from a great subject with the pancake ice floating in the ocean in front of it.

Greenlandic Wildlife Encounters

Greenland’s wildlife is as majestic as its landscapes. In the more remote areas of Greenland, we may encounter the majestic musk oxen, with their thick coats and curving horns, embodying the necessary perseverance of the Arctic wilderness.

During summer, photographers seeking marine life will find their lenses trained on the abundance of whales in Greenland’s waters. We might see humpback whales, minke whales, sperm whales and more. Using a drone, you can truly capture the scale of these friendly giants.


If you love whales, you’ve come to the right place. Greenland has an abundance of whales in its waters. I captured this drone image of a humpback whale on the June 2023 photo workshop in Disko Bay.

West Greenland 2024 (with Mads Peter Iversen) Photo Workshop

Greenland is truly something on another scale. While I could show you hundreds of photographs of icebergs, it’s very much a place in the world you need to see to believe.

Essential Gear for Photographing in the Arctic

Embarking on a photography adventure in the Arctic, whether it’s in Iceland or Greenland, requires some thoughtfulness. The sometimes extreme weather conditions require that both your photography gear and clothing are resilient and reliable. For each photo workshop, you will receive a detailed packing list for both photography equipment and clothing.

Camera Gear for Extreme Climates

When photographing in Iceland and Greenland, you will need gear that can withstand harsh Arctic conditions. This is particularly important during winter photography workshops. Weather-sealed camera bodies & lenses, together with a sturdy tripod, are indispensable to ensure the safety and functionality of your gear.

You will need to protect batteries against cold weather by keeping them insulated to prevent rapid discharge. This is especially important for drone batteries. Equally important is the protection of camera lenses from condensation with, for example, insulating covers. Extra memory cards, polarising and neutral density filters for managing light, and remote shutter releases for stable long-exposure shots are essential for a successful photographic excursion. However, it’s also vital to think about the weight of your gear to maintain mobility. No gear is useful if it’s too heavy to carry and ends up being left in the hotel or car.

Canon EOS R6 frozen in Ilulissat, Greenland.

While shooting in winter in Greenland, my camera was subject to extreme cold but it still handled it fine as long as I kept the batteries warm.

Dressing for the Elements

Preparing appropriately for the elements is vital on a photo workshop. Especially in Iceland, the weather can shift unexpectedly & dramatically, which requires you to be prepared for everything. Layering is therefore an essential strategy. It’s a good idea to begin with a moisture-wicking base layer that keeps your skin dry, followed by an insulating middle layer, preferably fleece or down, efficient at trapping heat. As a final outer layer, you will need a wind- and waterproof shell jacket.

Keeping the rest of your body warm and dry is also important. A robust pair of waterproof boots, with a reliable grip, is a must. Gloves should balance tactility with warmth. This is important for unimpeded camera manipulation while keeping your hands sufficiently warm and don’t forget a warm, windproof hat. Your eyes are equally vulnerable; therefore, UV-protective sunglasses are indispensable. Remember, changing conditions require you to be able to adapt while being outdoors!

Review - The Heat Company Photography Gloves

Having good gloves is vital when you’re shooting in the Arctic. I tested these The Heat Company gloves in the harshest conditions I shoot in and came away amazed by them.


Weather conditions can change dramatically in the Arctic, sometimes even multiple times per day, but that can add a lot of drama and variation to photographs.

Navigating the Best Light and Locations

In order to capture the best photographs, it is essential to understand how to navigate the best light and locations. The harsh Arctic conditions can create unique lighting situations, and being able to take advantage of those conditions will greatly enhance your photography. By travelling with myself as a local expert and partnering professional photographers, you will have the edge as we know when and where to go. Even if plans have to change due to the ever-changing weather conditions, we can easily pivot our plans due to my local expertise. During a photo workshop, we choose locations daily based on the weather and light conditions that are forecasted. If the weather is not cooperative, we will try and include post-processing sessions. However, we will always prioritise being outside to shoot!

Photo Workshop Report - Iceland In Winter (with Mads)

Being at the right place at the right time is of the utmost importance to a landscape photographer, while also providing sufficient time at each location.

How Does Drone Photography Fit In?

Drone photography has quickly become a game-changer when it comes to landscape photography. With their ability to reach unique vantage points, drones have opened up new perspectives. They allow you to reveal hidden patterns and details in the landscape. Even if you are a drone photography novice, you can learn the basics and more on a photography workshop.

Additionally, we’ve got you covered with permits. Each country, and even specific regions or national parks, have their own specific drone rules. It’s important to follow them to ensure the safety of yourself, others, and the environment. As part of each photography tour, the required permits are taken care of. This allows you to fly in every protected location with peace of mind.


On almost every photo workshop there is a chance to fly a drone. While some workshops are more drone focused than others, I make sure all required permits are in order to fly in every location we visit.

Join a Photo Workshop in Iceland & Greenland

Are you convinced yet? Join me and embark on a once-in-a-lifetime journey by signing up to a photo workshop in Iceland or Greenland. Immerse yourself in the breathtaking landscapes of these stunning destinations while honing your photography skills. Capture the awe-inspiring beauty of glaciers, volcanoes, waterfalls, and more, under the guidance of experienced photographers.

Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced enthusiast, these workshops offer a unique opportunity to learn and practice various techniques, including drone photography. Don’t miss out on this incredible adventure that combines exploration, education, and the art of photography.

Previous Participants Shared This About Their Experience…

... Jeroen has great ability as a teacher as well as a photographer. His priority is the participant, not taking his own pictures. Jeroen is good at checking in with the introvert photographer to make sure they are getting the most from the scene, but without looking over your shoulder. Knowing that group dynamics impacts everyone’s experience, he also builds a camaraderie with his humour and manner.

Stewart L.Iceland in Winter Photo Workshop (March 2024)

I took a 3 day photography workshop with Jeroen to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula and had a wonderful experience. Jeroen has an infectious enthusiasm for photography and it really shows in his love of these Icelandic locations and the way he provides instruction on the best perspectives and techniques to get the shots. I appreciate that Jeroen is fully licensed to guide these workshop. This gives me peace of mind knowing that he’s prepared to handle most scenarios that may occur out in the field. Time to save up for my next workshop with Jeroen! Thanks so much, Jeroen!

Jarrick L.Private Workshop in October 2023

Well organised workshop with multiple stunning locations providing plenty of opportunities to capture great photos. When the opportunity arose to capture the Northern Lights, Jeroen’s knowledge made sure we were in the right locations to capture the lights at their best. Jeroen was always willing to help and pass on his knowledge to be able to have the best possible composition to capture stunning photos. I can’t thank Jeroen and Mads enough for a great workshop and creating memories that will last a lifetime. I look forward to doing more workshops in the future with Jeroen and highly recommended anyone interested in a photography workshop to do it and learn from the best.

Jordan G.Iceland in Winter Workshop in November 2023

I had the privilege of going on the Puffins in the midnight sun workshop which was an amazing experience. Anja and Jeroen were both absolutely amazing hosts and the workshop exceeded my expectations. Both were very approachable with any questions and provided the appropriate level of advice, allowing me to improve my photography.

Jeff M.Puffins in the Midnight Sun Workshop in June 2023

In July 2023 I decided to book a 5 days private tour with Jeroen to the highlands. This was a complete different experience. We visited remote and amazing locations, I could not find this locations without Jeroens guidance. Jeroen has a incredible local knowledge, a great enthusiasm, a perfect planning and also very important, a lot of patience. I enjoyed the 5 days with Jeroen very much, he is a very accommodating person with agreat sense of humor. During our tour we had a lot of fun and with his assistance I made my best Iceland shots ever, most of them with my Mavic 3 Pro drone. Thank you very much Jeroen for this unique experience, I hope we will plan the next tour in 2024 together.

Wolfgang S.Private Highlands Workshop in July 2023

I really enjoyed guided hike with Jeroen. He knows a lot about the volcanos so you won't have only amazing experience but you can also learn a lot from him. Perfect and easy communication. Thank you again for this "stillcantbelievethatitwasreal" experience!

Veronika S.Private Eruption Hike in August 2023

… The itinerary was well thought out, but allowed for flexibility of weather conditions and the eruption of Meradalir! Jeroen is knowledgeable, helpful, thoughtful & has a great sense of humour. He regularly checked-in with us to all make sure we were happy and offered assistance in our photography, especially for drones. I felt safe, entertained & learned so much during the workshop. The accommodation & food during the trip were also amazing. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend or attend another workshop.

Rhiannon L.Highlands Photo Workshop in August 2022

Greenland 2023 was an incredible experience, in a truly epic location with an amazing group of people. Andy and Jeroen are true professionals in every sense, with a passion for photography that is infectious to the group. I felt challenged to explore styles of photography that pushed the boundaries of my comfort zone, and having their guidance as well as the group to share ideas with helped me grow as a photographer. Andy seems to have a knack for creating an inclusive environment around him that brings the group together, inspires, builds friendships, and elevates the experience to an enjoyable and unforgettable one. Jeroen is very knowledgeable, easy going, and talented photographer and it was a pleasure spending the week with him. I truly cannot recommend highly enough.

Chris D.Greenland Photo Workshop in March 2023

… It was one of the most wonderful trips of adventure, exhilaration mixed with wonder and awe of the surrounding beauty. None of that would have been possible without the expert guidance, local knowledge, sense of enthusiasm and detailed planning by Jeroen. We were lucky to him as an expert driver while we wondered over terrain that is unfamiliar to most people, but Jeroen made us feel confidant that we were in safe hands. Moreover his love for photography, landscape and culture of Iceland is contagious and made the trip all the more special. Whether you call him the “Volcano man” or the “drone man” his photography is extraordinary. I would go back in a heartbeat to spend time exploring more of Iceland with him.

Sarfraz D.Highlands Photo Workshop in August 2022

… Everything about it was excellent – it is clear that Jeroen puts huge effort into ensuring he provides a first class experience for his participants – the itinerary was thorough, but flexible to get the best out of the weather and volcanic eruption conditions. Jeroen ensures that everybody is safe (important in such an environment) as well as maintaining a pace that works for all. On top of this, his knowledge about Iceland is broad and deep making him an excellent tour guide as well as an accomplished photographer. I can highly recommend a workshop or tour with Jeroen and I do hope that I get to enjoy another workshop with him in the future.

Jon A.Highlands Photo Workshop in August 2022

I was fortunate to accompany both Andy Mumford and Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove to Ilulissat, Greenland. I've done guided photography tours before, but this was without a doubt the most enjoyable experience. The comradery of the group combined with the positive attitude and humor of both Andy and Jeroen was fabulous. Lodging + food were a step above what I was expecting and were memorable experiences in and of themselves. Zero regrets and while in Greenland, I discussed what other tours I could add my name onto the waitlist for. Recommended without hesitation.

Michael M.Greenland Photo Workshop in March 2023

It became clear that Jeroen is very familiar with the beauty of Iceland, but also with the possible dangers of its natural elements. He took us to the highlights, but also guided us to a number of hidden marvels. And always he knew something interesting to tell about the location. On the creativity side, Jeroen did not intervene at all on location – unless requested for. So we all could explore our own creativity. This definitely tastes for more. And I will definitely call Jeroen again.

Koen D.Private Photography Tour in March 2016

It was a pleasure to have a look behind the scences on how Jeroen works. His photos look so natural as he knows where to be in the right place at the right time. I’ve received a lot of professional advice and feedback on how to create stunning landscape images. You did an amazing job and I can’t thank you enough!

Adında M.Private Photography Tour in November 2017

… Imagine being taken to locations so amazing that the erupting volcano wasn’t even one of the top 5. This was an EPIC adventure through a place traversed by few people. We had the guidance and support needed to capture amazing photos and learn to use our drones effectively, incredible food and accommodations, and access to Jeroen’s incredible wealth of knowledge to keep us safe in face of unstable cliffs, weird weather, and other craziness. I can’t wait to join another tour with Jeroen.

Richard S.Highlands Photo Workshop in August 2022

If you want to explore Iceland with your camera you’re blessed with a guide like Jeroen. He knows and understands the country so well. He really makes an effort to visit every location at the best possible moment of the day. He knows so many beautiful locations so that he’s also able to improvise when the weather conditions are not that great. He will bring you to lots of beautiful places that are less touristic and where you can take the time to fully explore your camera trying to capture this unique landscape.

Stefaan M.Private Photography Tour in March 2016

… And my expectations of his guided tour were indeed the highlight of my short vacation. Not only the sights where breathtaking but also Jeroen’s personal anecdotes and explanation in an easy way over this ever changing landscape building itself was a great surplus to my hiking experience. He is not only passionate about telling you the story behind the views that unfolds before your eyes during the hike, but he lets you also walk at your own pace without looking to his watch as on many other organised larger tours. So folks if you look for an unique guided personal tour, I would really recommend this great guide. From me personally he earns withouth doubt 5* !

John V.Private Guided Eruption Hike in October 2021

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Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove

Jeroen is an award-winning Belgian photographer based in Iceland. The past years, he dedicated his photography to the Central Highlands & volcanic eruptions. Most recently, he received international attention for his work at the Fagradalsfjall volcano.

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