View into a volcanic caldera.

Azores Photography Tour

As we explored the Azores on the first ever Azores photography tour in 2024, we kept saying to ourselves: how are there no other photographers here? It’s far more photogenic that I personally expected, and far under-travelled than any of us expected.

In fact, it’s one of the most beautiful places in the world. In many ways, the harshness of the weather reminded me of Iceland. But there were spots on the islands that looked like they could be in Ireland, Scotland, South Africa, Hawaii, or so many other places. And of course, much of it was totally unique to the Azores.

In 2025, I’ll be leading another photography tour and workshop to this incredible place.

abandoned lighthouse on Faial Island.

Azores 2025 Photography Tour

  • Dates: June 14, 2025 – June 23, 2025
  • Start/End City: Ponta Delgada, Azores
  • 10 Days / 9 Nights
  • Price:
    • €3,500 with accommodation included
      • Accommodation is on a twin share basis. The single supplement for this trip is €1,200
  • Maximum Participants: 8
  • Activity level: Low to Medium. Some walking, some minor hikes (less than 2 hours).

What’s Included:

  • All transport on tour dates.
  • Breakfast on Tour Dates.
  • Photo permits.
  • Photography instruction by Brendan van Son.
  • All park entry fees.
  • Airport transfers on days of arrival and departure.

What’s Not Included:

  • Transport to/from Faro, Portugal
  • Lunch and Dinner
  • Snacks
  • Alcoholic Drinks
  • Visas for travel (if needed)


  • June 14 – Arrival in Ponta Delgada.
  • June 15 – Full day photography on Sao Miguel Island.
  • June 16 – Full day photography on Sao Miguel Island.
  • June 17 – Fly to Horta. Full day on Faial Island.
  • June 18 – Sunrise on Faial, midday ferry to Pico Island.
  • June 19 – Full day photography on Pico Island
  • June 20 – Morning on Pico Island. Ferry to Horta and flight to Flores Island.
  • June 21 – Full day photography on Flores Island.
  • June 22 – Full day photography on Flores Island.
  • June 23 – Flight back to Ponta Delgada. Tour ends on Arrival.

Book Here:

If you’re ready to book, you can pay your deposit (€800). The deposit will hold your space on the workshop in the Azores. The final payment will be requested around 90 days before the tour starts.

If the trip is listed as sold out, please contact me at brendanvanson at gmail dot com to be added to the waitlist.

FAQs About the Azores Photography Tour 2025

Where does the tour start?

The tour will start in Ponta Delgada. There are multiple flights daily from Lisbon. There are also international flights arriving from places like Toronto and New York.

Can my non-photographer partner come?

The short answer is yes. However, there is no non-photographer discount on this trip. They will be free to join us for as much or as little of the exploration as they’d like.

What is the accommodation like?

The accommodation is either a villa for the group, or a minimum 3-star. However, some of the accommodation is either apartment style (Pico) or 4-star (Faial).

What will the average day look like?

No 2 days on this trip will be the same. But, for the most part it will look something like.
6am – depart for sunrise photo shoot.
7-8am – Sunrise photography
8:30am – Breakfast
10am – depart for next location, or downtime if we’re not moving.
3pm – depart for sunset location and exploration.
5-7pm – sunset photography
7:30pm – dinner
9pm – at the accommodation for sleep. Potentially astrophotography if the conditions agree.

Is my deposit refundable?

The deposit is refundable up to 90 days before the trip’s start date, but does incur a 10% fee.

What is the single supplement?

The included accommodation on this trip is booked on a twin share basis. That means that if you’re booking solo, you’ll be paired with a roommate of the same gender. If you’d like private accommodation for the trip, you’ll need to pay for the single supplement. On this particular trip it’s €1,200.

Photos from The Azores

There are some beautiful photo spots in The Azores. Obviously, I haven’t had a chance to photograph them all. And, on my previous trip here I fought with bad weather. Still the images below were all taken on a 7 day trip to The Azores in February.

  • ancient volcanic rock below a house made from volcanic rock. Volcano behind it.
  • fishing village on the coast. One of the best photo spots on The Azores Islands.
  • View into a volcanic caldera.
  • crazy waves on volcanic rocks
  • small fishing village with a winding road
  • abandoned lighthouse on Faial Island.
  • waterfall down a cliff on the coast of the Azores
  • the volcano crater on Sao Miguel Island
  • a house made of volcanic rock on Pico Island. Backdropped by the volcano.
  • swimming pool in nature with building
  • a road through a forest and fog in the Azores Islands
  • lighthouse on a cliff in nordeste

Book Now

To join this trip, please pay the deposit. If the trip is listed as sold out, please send an email to brendanvanson at gmail dot com to be placed on the waiting list.

The deposit holds your space on the tour.

Can’t Join This Workshop?

If you want to join one of our workshops but can’t join us in Portugal, check out some of our other trips. We have some spaces still open to places like Greenland and Namibia. Check out the entire offering of photo workshops and tours here.

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