Southern Iceland & Westman Islands #1 2025



Epic Landscapes by Day – Northern Lights & Star Trails by Night

January 25-31, 2025

7-DAY WORKSHOP – $3995*

MEET AND GREET ON January 24, 2025 AT 7PM at

**Recommended hotel at the Reykjavik airport

This workshop will be taught by not just one BUT TWO instructors:  the Dream Team of Bryan Peterson and Mike Shaw, aka “Mr. Magic of the Night Skies”.  Read more about Dr. Shaw below but know that you will be in very capable hands in this workshop with these two gifted photography instructors. 

*Price includes accommodations for 4 nights in Vik and 2 nights in the Westman Islands but students will be responsible for their own accommodations in Reykjavik on January 24 and upon return to Reykjavik on January 31.

January 25-29:  After our Meet and Greet in Reykjavik, we will leave the following morning in our two vans for the town of Vik, where we will lodge for the next four nights at the Hotel Vik í Myrdal in Vik.

January 29-31:  From Vik we will take the ferry to the amazing Westman Islands, where we will lodge for two nights at the Hotel Eyjar.

Waterfalls, glaciers, seascapes, beautiful vistas and gorgeous mountainscapes are seen almost at every turn and of course, weather permitting, we will also be shooting the Northern Lights and star trails in Vik, the Westman Islands and along the way while driving in this absolutely picturesque country.

We check out of our hotel in the Westman Islands on the morning of January 31 and take a slow drive back towards Reykjavik. We plan to arrive at Keflavik International Airport by 2pm so if you are planning on flying home or to your next destination on that day, arrange your return flight accordingly.

Dr. Mike Shaw is an internationally acclaimed astrophotographer, night photography workshop leader and the author of three astrophotography books: “The Beginner’s Guide to Astrophotography,” “Creative Nightscapes and Time-Lapses,” and “The Complete Guide to Landscape Astrophotography,” He offers interactive online lessons for Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and helped create the video tutorials for the Planit Pro app. He taught Night Photography and Time-Lapses in the Bryan Peterson School of Photography for five years, led an interactive Nightscapes Star Party Live! weekly on for two years, and taught Night Photography and Photoshop classes at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum for four years. He licenses his work through Science Photo Library in London, and is a Delegate to the International Dark Sky Association.


  • The workshop fees include all ground transportation beginning upon departure from Reykjavik on the morning of January 25.

  • The workshop fees include lodging for 4 nights in Vik and lodging for 2 nights in the Westman Islands.

  • Students will be responsible for arranging and paying for lodging at the **Recommended Hotel in Reykjavik on January 24.

  • Students are free to book return travel or travel to your next destination as early as the evening of January 31.

  • Check the latest guidance for vaccinations required to travel abroad:

We will have a Meet and Greet on January 24 at 7 PM in the lobby of the **Recommended Hotel where we discuss student goals and objectives, and Bryan will provide an overview and rough agenda for the workshop.

**Recommended Hotel in Reykjavik:
Aurora Hotel
Keflavik Airport
Terminal KEF
Telephone: +354 959 1900

**You can stay at the hotel or lodging of your choice in Reykjavik, but the **Recommended Hotel in Reykjavik is where we will gather for the Meet and Greet and where we will gather for departure for Vik on the first day of the workshop.

To sign up for this workshop, click on the link above to make a deposit and secure a place in the workshop. To get additional information or ask to be on the waitlist, send an email to Lisa Phillips at [email protected].