Day Tours

Are the prices listed for the tours per person or per group?

For private photo tours, the prices are for the tour, not per person. For our shared photo tours, the same price is per passenger, but confirmation depends on a required number of passengers.

Can we stop at all the sights on route to Jökulsárlón?

The 1 day Jökulsárlón tour is the least flexible tour, but we do stop at some places on the way. We will let you know if time becomes an issue. We can see the big waterfalls, volcanoes and the beach at Vík, as well as the glaciers at Skaftafell.Note: Currently Hörður is the only guide offering the one day trip to Jökulsarlon. Hörður is not a photographer, he will simply drive you there and back. We do offer a popular 2 day private workshop at Jökulsarlon Jökulsarlon trip with plenty of time for quality stops.

General

Are these tour suitable for hobby photographers, or just professionals?

Our photo tours are designed for anyone who enjoys taking photographs. You could be a beginner or an experienced photographer. Our pro photo guide can instruct, guide or just chat photography. If you are a beginner, I recommend checking out this article.

What is the size limit for luggage that we can bring on the tour?

As much as you can bring on the plane... we expect people with Large suitcase, full metal camera bags, tripod and extras Tell your guide if you are concerned and he can advise.

What is the difference between a photo tour and workshop?

Tours and workshops can be very similar because your will be taken to great places with expert photo guidance on both. All levels of photographer are welcome on both. The difference is that on a workshop, the emphasis is on learning. Learning from each other, learning from the guide and learning from the landscape. Photo tours can also be like this, but can also be more of a Photo Holiday, than Photo Work.

Do we need a visa to visit Iceland?

Iceland is part of the Schengen agreement, which means that there is free movement between European countries within the agreement. Europeans don't need a visa. US, Australian and Canadian citizens can visit for up to 90 days with a valid passport and without a visa. Travellers from other areas probably will need a visa.

My friend isn’t really that interested in photography, will this be a problem?

Your friend might become a little bored at times if we are deep in photographic discussions or practice, but it shouldn't be an issue if they are interested in the nature. Our day tours are also sold as sightseeing tours.

Besides a tripod, is there anything else that we would require? Can it be hired?

For serious landscape work, you will need a tripod. Sometimes guides can lend you a tripod, please ask.
  • Camera
  • at least a DSLR is recommended if you want to get the best out of your trip.
  • Lenses
  • Wide and fast is good for general landscape and Northern Lights, i.e. 16-35mm f/2.8 Telephoto can be very useful at some locations.
  • Filters
  • Neutral Density Filter (Like mine: B + W 77mm #106 1.8 (64X) Neutral Density Glass Filter with Single Coating)could be useful for beach scenes, waterfalls and Magic Cloth photography
  • Extras
  • Spare batteries and a car battery charger shutter release for your camera if you are going to shoot at night. Small and large flashlight (torch)You will also need layers of warm clothing, see FAQ about clothing.

    Can we learn the magic cloth technique?

    I will be very hapy to show you the Magic cloth technique, but you will need a strong Neutral Density filter (ND)... This is the one I use; B+W 77mm 1.8 ND MRC 106M FilterBe sure to get the right size for your lens!
    My advice is to buy a filter for your largest lens and use Sensei 72-77mm Step-Up Ring so you can use the same filter on all your lenses.

    which international airlines connect iceland and which one is the cheapest?

    Many airlines now connect to Iceland. In Iceland, WOW is the cheapest. You have to connect in North American or European cities.

    Northern Lights

    If we don’t see nothern lights the day we booked, is it possible to come back the next day? And if yes, is it free?

    I'm afraid we don't do anything for free.
    Our guides only offer a tour if the conditions are very good. They will let you know the chances and you have no obligation to accept the tour. The best option is to choose flexible dates, this really increases your chances of being offered a good tour.
    There are companies who offer half price tour if your tour is a failure. In my view this is a scam which allows them to run tours in bad conditions and charge 75%.
    Nobody can guarantee auroras, but our guides want the same as you.

    What are our chances of seeing Northern Lights?

    The Northern lights or Aurora Borealis are a spectacular solar light show that can be seen very well from Iceland. Auroras can be photographed from late August - early April. Auroras cannot be seen in the Icelandic Summer! The Northern lights love Iceland, but clouds also love Iceland. If you are planning a trip to see the Northern Lights, your chances of seeing auroras is partly luck, partly being in the right place and mostly the duration of your stay.

    Aurora Probability guide

    This is based on being on a multi-day photo tour to Jökulsarlon (not Reykjavik - if you are staying there - halve the probability).

    For payment do you take credit cards or cash?

    We are able to take deposits via paypal or online credit card payment. We will accept online credit card payment or cash in any major currency for the full payment.

    If we book a day tour and we want to see the Northern Lights, could we possibly get a discount?

    Discounts are 10% on our Evening Aurora photo tours, if you become a day tour customer. To instantly activate this offer, simply book your day tour first and mention dates when you will be available for an Aurora tour. You will be waived the Aurora photo tour deposit = equivalent of a 10% discount.

    Shared Tours

    If I book a standard photo tour & there are no other passengers. Do I have to pay full price?

    If you book a standard/shared tours that doesn't reach the required passengers, you may be offered the tour at the Private price. There is no obligation to offer or accept a private tour.If you book a Multi-day tour "Standard ticket" we only make hotel and guide arrangements when we have enough people to confirm. After confirmation, you could be liable for cancellation fees if YOU cancel.If you book a "Private" photo tour with "share" option, you will be responsible for the full price if nobody joins, or cancellation costs (see terms and conditions).

    Summer tours

    What can we shoot in the mid summer?

    Mid summer has a unique opportunity to shoot through the night with the midnight sun. It doesn't get dark and the sky is incredible for up to 6 hours. things that work well are Northern coastlines, Westfjords, Northern waterfalls. there are also opportunities to shoot wildlife such as arctic fox and bird life such as Puffins.The summer also allows travel to the interior, to magical hot-spring locations such as Hveravellir, Landmannalaugar and KerlingafjallAnd so much more...

    Winter Tours

    A lot of other websites that have tours for Jökulsárlón but they don’t run in the winter. Will that be a problem?

    A tour could be cancelled due to bad weather or bad forecasts, but this is an all year service for photographers, we don't stop for the winter.

    What clothing should we bring?

    •     Good hat which covers ears
    •     Gloves - maybe gortex - mittens are best, but you need to operate a camera
    •     Hiking boots with waterproofing
    •     Wool socks - thick!
    •     Long-johns
    •     Trousers - not cotton
    •     Waterproof trousers
    •     T shirt
    •     Long sleeve shirt
    •     Fleece or Wool sweater
    •     Waterproof jacket
    •     Cold weather jacket - Parker
    iceland winter dressClothing: dress in layers, temperatures can vary from -15c to 9c

    Is december a good time to come to Iceland for photography regarding light and other conditions?

    December is great for photography. The daylight hours are short but high quality light means that you should be shooting constantly for 5 hours per day (weather permitting). The nights are great for northern lights.

    Is it easy to get around or is all ice and snow?

    There could be a lot of Ice and snow. Usually the ring road is kept open and the south coast part is a bit milder than the northern part.There is frequent bad weather in the Winter which cuases dangerous driving conditions. If you are an experienced Winter driver, the conditions can very difficult. If you are not experienced it is possible to get into a Hellish situation and considerable danger.Road conditions can be checked on the Icelandic Roads website
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