Iceland On Fire

Iceland On Fire

  • Explore the less-visited remote parts of Iceland including the wilderness interior.
  • Autumn colour, wild mountain fjords, waterfalls and other-worldly volcanic features.
  • Great chance of aurora borealis with stunning foregrounds.
  • Comfortable hotel-based accommodation.
  • Expert tuition on technique and approach.

Iceland is a country with so many facets, a photographer could spend a lifetime just scratching its surface. Cascading waterfalls that make the ground shudder, snow-capped volcanoes and mirror-calm fjords all set against a backdrop of glistening glaciers and restless geology. Coupled to Iceland’s famous dynamic weather, this is a landscape photo tour where only the unpredictable is predictable.

It’s easy to forget that after the British Isles, Iceland is Europe’s largest island and with this in mind, our photographic attention will focus on just a couple of regions: the spectacular north and the remote Westfjords.

As autumn looks winter in the eye we focus on capturing the essence of this beguiling country. We will photograph stunning waterfalls, autumn tundra and rugged coastlines. We also have an eye to the heavens where on clear nights, Aurora borealis or the Northern Lights, is a real possibility and is high on our agenda.

This tour is for photographers who love light, drama and making the most of the unexpected!


These tours are for serious photographers. It doesn’t mean that we’ll work you into submission, just that photography comes first. Weather permitting, we’ll be out at dawn and dusk and we’ll fit our meals around the best photographic light. It’s also fair to say that we won’t be doing any souvenir shops!


Dates: 27 Sep - 5 Oct 2017

Cost: £2445

Deposit: £350

Single Supplement: £0

Group Size: 8

Guide: Peter Cairns and James Shooter

Principal Subjects: Spectacular waterfalls, wild coastlines, boreal woodland, geothermal features, autumn colour and the possibility of aurora borealis.

Cost Includes: Accommodation; breakfast and evening meal (from dinner on Day 1 to breakfast on Day 9); transport in 2 x 4wd vehicles; tuition.

Cost Excludes: Flights, insurance, alcoholic drinks, lunch/snacks and personal items.


Peter Cairns

Peter Cairns

Pete has spent the last 17 years putting Northshots guests in front of stunning landscapes and enthralling wildlife. Behind the scenes he has been responsible for steering the company to being one of the most trusted and respected in the business. A passionate conservationist and communicator, he now spends much of his time photographing and filming in the Scottish Highlands for SCOTLAND: The Big Picture, a multimedia initiative amplifying the case for a wilder Scotland. 

James Shooter

James Shooter

James is an established photographer and filmmaker with a passion for conservation communication. He has spent several years at Northshots developing an acute knowledge of Scottish wildlife and has led tours both in Scotland and overseas. A personable and engaging character, James will ensure you get the very best from your time spent with us. 


Accommodation and meals

Without being extravagant, we use good standard, family-owned hotels and locally-sourced food (often centred around lamb and fish). All rooms are comfortable with en-suite facilities and wifi. 


Walking distances are generally short but terrain can be slippery and uneven so you should be sure-footed. We may also be working at night so you should be prepared for irregular sleep patterns and long hours spent in the field. One of our days involves long-distance driving between locations. 


Weather is very changeable in Iceland and although it can be warm and sunny, rain, strong winds and even snow are not uncommon. Temperatures are likely to range from 0c to 10c. 

Meeting up and saying goodbye

The tour begins on arrival at Akureyri airport which can be reached via a short flight from Reykjavik. Our guides will meet the evening flight which is normally the most convenient for connecting with incoming flights. We say our goodbyes at our final hotel which is conveniently located close to Keflavik airport. 


Our principal guide for this tour, Peter Cairns, has many years of photographic tour-leading experience. For those who would like assistance, Peter and his co-guide James Shooter, will take you through both technical and practical aspects of this type of photography and will be on hand to help you get the most from your time spent with us.

Giving Back

We take our responsibility as a tour operator very seriously and are conscious of our impact on the environment. Not only do we strive to minimise this impact in a variety of ways, we donate a proportion of our income to a select number of conservation initiatives.

See our Giving Back page for details ›