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Beautiful South

Iceland’s Beautiful South

Get up close to Europe’s largest waterfall & erupting geysers. Witness Glacier lagoons & landscapes and photograph ice on black sand. Not to mention the craziest lava field in Iceland. This 5 day photography trip combines the famous Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular and our popular South coast & Jökulsarlon tours to give a complete South Iceland photography experience. The idea is to have a night at top photo locations (Kirkjufellsfoss, Skogafoss and Jökulsarlon) in case the clouds clear during an Aurora storm (auroras from Sept-March). During the Summer months we arrange top locations to suit photographers & avoid tourists.

Can be extended, shortened or customized to suit!!


On the first day we make our way around the Snæfellsnes peninsular photographing landscapes and little fishing villages. Our photo trip catches Sunrise on the Kirkjufell mountain and again after breakfast on day 2. The first evening of our photography adventure has the chance to shoot Northern Lights at a top Snæfellsnes location.

The second day allows us to explore some of Iceland’s natural highlights at a relaxed pace. You will have plenty of time to properly explore areas such as the great Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and the National park at Þingvellir.

Londrangar bird cliffs Snæfellsness


Golden circle Geyser eruption


The second half of the tour takes us East to the Vatnjökull glacier landscapes. Sometimes reflected in the quiet waters of the glacial lagoon at Jökulsarlon. One of our most popular multi-day trips.


glacier ice caves Iceland
Icelandic Summer glacier landscape

Vesturhorn mountain East Iceland
Summer colours - Iceland landscape

Locations:

 This 5 day multi-day tour includes Snæfellsnes, Geysir, Gullfoss, Jökulsarlon, Höfn and the South coast. This option is to spread the Photo Tour over 5 days. Over the 5 days we can explore the south coast twice – such as the huge waterfalls and beautiful black sand beaches. We stay close to Jökulsarlon & the Ice beach, so we are 10 minutes away if we are lucky enough to see auroras (winter) or to explore the lagoon through the midnight sunlight (Summer). Here we can also catch amazing images on the black beach with glacial ice. We may visit Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrengur, Fjaðrárgljúfur River canyon, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlon Lagoon & beach, Fjalsarlon, Höfn fishing town, Vestrahorn Mountain. Activities could include some hiking, ice hiking, ice-cave exploring (Winter only), Glacier Lagoon zodiac boat rides, museums and restaurants. In the Summer (late June – late September) it may be possible to include a day in the mountains of Landmannalaugar.

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South Coast

We visit several locations along Iceland’s South Coast on the way East and on the way back. magnificent waterfalls, secret gorges, black sand beaches and sea cliffs. Meet friendly Vikings in the village of Vík.

Glacier lagoon

We can always guarantee ice! The ice lagoon at Jökulsarlon has been melting for nearly 100 years and delivers beautiful ice to the mouth of the lagoon. The diamond beach is often filled with chunks of glacier ice that have made their journey to the ocean. This photo holiday will give you a couple of opportunities to photograph the diamond beach in the best light.

glacier ice chunks of jokulsarlon
Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall

Seasons:

Running all year

Timings:

Winter (Mid Sept – Mid April ) start times are around 09.30. We shoot regular hours which could include night shooting for Auroras and sunrise/set on the ice beach.

Summer (Mid April – Mid Sept)
The tour could start after 14.00 in the Summer. Mid-Summer, this could involve shooting through the night hours (22.00-06.00) and sleeping in tents during the day.

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Private & Shared tours

Private photo tours

Private tours are quick to confirm and extra flexible to fit your plans. You can choose to share your private tour which will reduce costs as passengers join.

Book your private tour here.

Shared photo adventures

quality tours with other passengers. Confirmation depends on passenger numbers. These must be requested on the Shared tour request page.

Seasons: Running all year

Timings:

Winter (Mid Sept – Mid April ) start times are around 09.30. We shoot regular hours which could include night shooting for Auroras and sunrise/set on the ice beach.

Summer (Mid April – Mid Sept)
The tour could start after 14.00 in the Summer. Mid-Summer, this could involve shooting through the night hours (22.00-06.00) and sleeping in tents during the day.

  • Includes pick-up and drop-off from the Reykjavik area.
  • Includes accommodation for the duration of the tour.
  • Suitable for photographers of all levels.
  • Private for your small group

Meals

Breakfast is normally include in the Hotel. We usually eat evening meal in Restaurants. Prices are between $20-$40 for a main meal. But we can be flexible if you wanted to cater for yourselves

Accommodation:

 We stay overnight near the locations in a guesthouse or hotel (winter) or Camp locally (Summer)*. Your accommodation will be arranged for the duration of the tour, let us know your preferences. Guest rooms have private bathrooms. Rooms can be single, twin, double or triple.


Sample Itinerary

Note: this could be run in reverse. Weather and road conditions can affect the itinerary.

Day 1

After your hotel pick up, we head a little North through Iceland’s longest tunnel and then West to the Snæfellsness Peninsula. We spend the day exploring old fishing villages, stunning coastlines, historical churches and the amazing Mountain/waterfall combination at Kirkjufellsfoss. We stay at a hotel close to Kirkjufell to increase your chances of a Sunset, sunrise or Northern lights with the famous mountain.

Day 2

After an early start at Kirkjufellsfoss we head to a photographer’s paradise at Thingvellir National Park.  Set up your camera gear between the continental plates at the Oxararfoss waterfall.  From there we take the road to Geysir.  Here you will have plenty of opportunity to capture the erupting Strokkur before a photo stop at the huge Gullfoss waterfall.  Your Lunch stop could be at Geysir or Gullfoss.  Then visit lesser known waterfalls, horses, craters etc.  We drive down to the South coast to our hotel near Skogafoss waterfall. Aurora photography at Skogafoss waterfall if conditions allow.

Day 3

We may start with the South coast waterfalls or shoot a sunset at Vík or Dýrholaey before heading to the River gorge at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon. After lunch at Skaftafell, we might hike up to the Svartifoss waterfall or take a more leisurely stroll towards the glacier tongues. We could finish with a sunset at Jökulsárlón (longer days) before checking in to our Jökulsárlón hotel. Northern lights photography at Jökulsárlón.

Day 4

Head out after breakfast to a sunset on the diamond beach or an Ice cave adventure (Mid Winter). After a heart-warming Icelandic lunch, we can explore other glacier lagoons and the incredible glacier landscapes or head off to Vestrahorn mountain for Sunset. Relax for a second night at our Jökulsárlón hotel where we can enjoy a traditiona Icelandic meal, some local beer and share pictures. Northern lights photography at Jökulsárlón or surrounding landscape.

Day 5

After sunset at the glacier lagoon or ice beach, we head back along the South Coast with stops at waterfalls and lava landscapes. After lunch in we head to wards Vik or Dyrholaey for afternoon light or sunset (shorter days), or we visit Skogafoss in afternoon light and then Seljalandsfoss for the sunset (longer days). The tour finished with a drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel a few hours after the final photo stop.

Why book with us?

  1. Established 2010 – at the same time as the Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic eruption
  2. All our guides are experienced photographers and tour operators.  They are fully licensed and registered with the Icelandic Tourist board.
  3. We are connected to many other Iceland tour companies, so we can really tailor your tour to suit your needs.
  4. We use well established Icelandic hotels with private bathrooms and 3 star facilities.
  5. All Winter tours provide micro-spike style crampons for slippery surfaces.

Volcano - crater eruption 2010

Extra activity ideas

Consider combining this photo tour with other Nature activities on route.

Glacier Activities

This photo tour gets close to a few glaciers, so why not consider some nature activities on and under the glaciers? Standard ice cave tours (Crystal cave) can be booked directly with the tour, but you might want to consider upgrading to an ice cave adventure.

Golden Activities

The Golden Circle photo tour route may allow time for activities with local tour providers. Some of these are extreme tours, so please check for requirements and restrictions.

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