Iceland -Fire, Ice and Northern Lights

September 11th - 21st, 2020

The Land of Fire and Ice!

Iceland Photography Tour 2020

September 11th – 21st 2020

Westfjords Extension is ALSO available! See below! 

McKay Photography Academy is returning once again to one of our most popular destinations! This tour will sell out quickly.

We are putting together our years of knowledge of touring Iceland and creating the most Ultimate Iceland tour we have ever done! 

We LOVE Iceland!  It is by far one of our favorite locations to explore and photograph in the entire world for nature photography. And part of why we keep coming back! This tour has sold out the last three times we have done it and we fully expect the same this time around. 

Join us and see why Iceland is considered by many photographers, as well as us, to be the best natural and beautiful location in the world to see and shoot! Especially if you LOVE waterfalls and glacier Lagoons! 

A few Icelandic facts:
Weather: Iceland is NOT full of ice! During the time we go, temperatures average around 65-70 and it can be quite pleasant.

Waterfalls: Some of the most beautiful waterfalls in the world are in Iceland making it one reason it is such a photographic paradise.

Volcanic activity: Iceland has incredible landscapes created by the diverse area and volcanic activity that has occurred. Truly a place of wonder. 

People: Some of the nicest people you will ever meet. They are welcoming and fun. 

Getting there: Simple! Direct flights occur daily from all over the world

and prices for flights have been excellent! 

Elves: It is true…many Icelanders believe in Elves!  


  • Attendee to Instructor Ratio: 5-1 Student/Instructor 
  • Price: $7495 
    • Single Supplement Available – $1300
    • $2000 deposit and then a monthly no interest payment plan is available!
    • Non-Photographer spouse or friend rate $6495 – VERY LIMITED AVAILABILITY
  • Price includes:
    • MPA team personally educating and photographing with you!
    • Group size (5 Clients to 1 Instructor ratio!)
    • Full days of shooting with instruction.
    • Accommodations (Based on double occupancy – we will arrange a same-sex roommate.)
    • Transportation in Iceland during tour dates- Our own Private coach and driver
    • All permits, park entrance fees, and fees for listed set activities
    • Meals as listed in itinerary TEN Breakfast and Six  3 course dinners ( This alone is worth an average of $85 per person per dinner!)
  • Price DOES NOT include:
    • Transportation to Iceland (Keflavík International Airport – KEF)
    • Travel Insurance – HIGHLY recommended
    • Personal Expenses (additional meals, beverages, alcohol, wifi, laundry, etc)
    • Additional Tours or Excursions
    • Tips and Gratuities

The trip is not confirmed until the deposit is placed. Due to limited space, there are NO EXCEPTIONS to this and it is on a first come first serve basis. Contact us with any questions.

Base Itinerary:

*Subject to Change

Main tour

11/09/2020 – Day 1 Arrival in Iceland
Group will be met by driver and taken to hotel in the city. Free day in Reykjavik to explore the city.
*Fosshotel Reykjavik
12/09/2020 – Exploring the Golden Circle and to Westman Islands
Driving the Golden Circle with stops at Thingvellir national park, Geysir geothermal fields, and Gullfoss waterfall. Stop at Seljalandsfoss, and then evening ferry to Vestmannaeyjar and overnight on the island.
*Hotel Vestmannaeyjar13/09/2020 – Free day in Vestman Island
Take the day to explore the beautiful island. Hiking Heimaklettur, or Edlfell mountains. Explore the lava field from the 1973 eruption and visit the Eldheimar museum. Dinner at Slippurinn restaurant in the evening.
*Hotel VestmannaeyjarAbout Hiking- Hiking is always optional. Iceland is actually a very easy trip in regards to being able to see incredible sites without a lot of hiking etc. With that, for the more adventurous, on Westman Islands, there are some hikes for those that want to do so. For those that do not hike,(the majority usually) there are TONS of amazing photography locations on the islands.

14/09/2020 – Beautiful South Coast
Morning ferry back to the mainland to explore the South Coast. Waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. Drive towards Solheimajökull glacier, and to island of Dyrholaey and black sand beach of Reynisfjara. Overnight at Skogafoss.
*Hotel Skogafoss. 

15/09/2020 – Hiking and meeting the Icelandic horse
Free morning to hike and explore the area. Hiking trail to the start of Fimmvorduhals trail next to Skogafoss waterfall. Possibility to walk towards the craters of Magni and Modi from the eruption of Eyjafjallajökull in 2010. Afternoon presentation of the Icelandic horse in Vík, and then a photoshoot on black sand beach with Reynisdrangar cliffs as a backdrop.
Two horses will be made to run across the sands for a great photo.
*Hotel Skogafoss

16/09/2020 – Vatnajökull national park and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
Morning visit at Reynisfjara and then pushing east towards Skaftafell and Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. At Fjallsarlon glacier lagoon you will meet up with your zodiac tour operator that will take the group on a private tour in the glacier lagoon, getting within touching distance of the icebergs. Ten pax per zodiac. Visiting the Diamond Beach across the road from Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
*Hotel Jökull

17/09/2020 – Lake Lagarfljot and chasing waterfalls
Following coastline through small fishing towns and towards Egilstadir. Drive along Lake Lagarfljot and optional hike towards Hengifoss waterfall.
*Hotel Raudaskrida

18/09/2020 – Dettifoss waterfall and to Lake Mývatn
Head north and visit Dettifoss on the west side (east side not accessible to large buses) and hiking towards Selfoss falls up-river from Dettifoss. Onwards to Lake Mývatn with stops at Namaskard geothermal fields, and then Dimmuborgir and Skutustadir.
*Fosshotel Mývatn

19/09/2020 – Mývatn region and Ásbyrgi canyon
Visit Godafoss waterfalls and then head north to Húsavik, and to Ásbyrgi canyon for fall colors and easy hiking in the canyon and the surrounding area. Back to Lake Mývatn at end of the day. Godafoss can be visited either at the beginning or start of this day.
*Fosshotel Mývatn

20/09/2020 – Leaving the north and into Borgarfjordur fjord
Travel day. Drive through Skagafjordur countryside, with a detour to see Hvitserkur rock on Vatnes peninsula. Traverse Holtavorduheidi peninsula and enjoy an easy hike on Grabrok crater on the other side. Drive into Borgarfjordur fjord, and stops at Deildartunguhver hot spring, and Hraunfossar falls.
*Fosshotel Reykholt.

21/09/2020 – Fjords of the West and back to Reykjavik
Second visit to Hraunfossar waterfalls and Deildartunguhver hot spring. Heading south towards Reykjavik, turn into Hvalfjordur fjord for beautiful fjord views and countryside.
*Fosshotel Reykjavik

22/09/2020 – Time to say goodbye

Start of Westfjords Extension, and mini-bus transfers to KEF airport for those going back to the US.

22/09/2020 – Flight to Isafjordur Morning bus transfer from Fosshotel Reykjavik to domestic airport for 8 am flight to Isafjordur. Arrival in Isafjordur you meet up with your driver for the Westfjords and head to the hotel in Isafjordur. Free day to explore. *Hotel Isafjordur

23/09/2020 – Exploring the Westfjords. Driving towards Patreksfjordur through the Westfjords. Stopping at Dynjandi waterfall, and other interesting spots for exploration and taking photos. *Fosshotel Westfjords

24/09/2020 – Europe´s most western point, and to Stykkisholmur Going to Latrabjarg cliffs for views and pictures. Exploring Raudisandur, and then evening ferry from Brjanslækur to Stykkisholmur. *Fosshotel Stykkisholmur

25/09/2020 – Exploring Snæfellsnes peninsula Driving around the peninsula with stops at Mt. Kirkjufell, Djupalonssandur black sand beach and Arnarstapi village. Continuing then onwards to Reykjavik and hotel. *Fosshotel Reykjavik