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Geysirs & Glaciers

4 day – Geysirs and Glaciers

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This four day Guided Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Vestrahorn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

Capture the immense power of an erupting geyser, then several huge waterfalls and black sand beaches lead us to the glacier lagoons at Jökulsarlon. Allows great timing at Iceland’s top photo locations on every day of the tour.One of our longer multi-day photo trips.

Locations:

 This popular long tour includes Þingvellir, Geysir, Gullfoss, Jökulsarlon, Vesturhorn and South Iceland. This photo adventure spreads these locations over 4 days. Over the 4 days we can start with the Golden circle. Explore Iceland’s national treasures such as the erupting Stokkur and massive Gullfoss. After a night on the South Coast, the tour can then explore many of the great features along the south coast such as the waterfalls and black sand beaches on route to Jökulsarlon. We stay at Jökulsarlon for 2 nights. Therefore we are never far from the ice lagoon. We are in an excellent location to see Northern Lights (winter) or to photograph the lagoons with the midnight sunlight (Summer). Here we can also photograph Glacier Ice on the black sand beach.

We visit Geysir, GullfossWe are likely to visit Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss Waterfall, Reynisdrengur black sand beach, Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlon Lagoon and beach, Fjallsarlon Glacier lagon, Vesturhorn Mountain. Activities could include hiking, glacier hiking, ice-cave exploring (Winter only), Lagoon boat trips, exhibitions and restaurants. These are possible locations rather than “Guaranteed”, we trust your photo guide to judge the best locations in the available time and conditions.

Geyser eruption at Geyser


South Coast

Visiting many photo locations along the South Coast of Iceland on the way out. Explore a few more on the way back. Tall waterfalls, river gorges, black sand beaches and giant sea cliffs are just a few highlights on day one. Refreshment stop in the Coastal town of Vík.

Glacier lagoon

We can always guarantee ice! The glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon has been retreating for around a hundred years and delivers beautiful ice chunks to the ocean. The ice beach is often full of chunks of glacier ice that have made their way to the sea.

Imagine standing on the black sand shooting the Sunrise through these crystal like, glacier chunks.The exposure, composition and focus challenges are terrific and create a superb learning environment.

Our 4 day Iceland Photography Trip is a great option for most photographers. It is for visitors who want to shoot some of the best Icelandic locations and maximise photo opportunities.

 Jokulsarlon black sand beach


 

Northern Lights

(Winter only Sept-April)

We are regularly greeted with clear skies over the Jökulsarlon lagoon. If we are lucky with wind a still reflection on the lagoon is attractive. This is the best location in the world for northern lights although we can’t guarantee them.

On a 4 day tour you will have 3 nights to capture Auroras in the Nature. The chances of seeing them are around 70%.

Spirits in the Night


Ice caves (Winter only Nov-March)
When temperature drop below freezing, the glacier rivers stop and give us access to the Ice Caves that have been carved out by the glacier melt water.

Ice cave guide
Red mountain


Midnight sun (Summer only June-July)

A Summer night trip can give us hours of amazing light and a great experience.

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Private photo adventures

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.

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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 at top photo locations.

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 included at the Hotel. We usually eat evening meal in Restaurants. Prices are between $30-$50 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 3 star 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 or triple. Hotels are arranged by a licensed Icelandic travel agent or we can help you to arrange your own.


Sample Itinerary

Note: this could be run in reverse, or adjusted to suit your interests.

Day 1

Pick-up from your Reykjavik Hotel and head to a photographer’s paradise called Thingvellir National Park.  Just a 40 minute drive, we can warm up our camera gear between the tectonic plates at the impressive Oxararfoss waterfall.  From there we take a mountain pass toward Geysir.  Here you will have plenty of opportunity to photograph an erupting Geysir before a big photo shoot at Gullfoss waterfall.  Lunch stop at Geysir or Gullfoss.  There are other lesser known stops at waterfalls, horses, craters etc.  We then travel down to the South coast to our hotel near Skogafoss waterfall. Night photography at Skogafoss waterfall.

Day 2

We may start with 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 before checking in to our Jökulsárlón hotel. Enjoy Traditional Icelandic food in the hotel restaurant.  If the conditions are right at a reasonable time  you could go out to photograph Northern lights in the local landscapes including Jökulsárlón.  If they come at an unreasonable time when your guide should be sleeping, it is possible to photograph them from the hotel.

Day 3

The day could start with a sunrise on the diamond beach, Glacier lagoon or an Ice cave adventure. After an Icelandic lunch, we can explore other glacier lagoons and the incredible glacier landscapes, hike up to Svartifoss waterfall or head off to Vestrahorn mountain for Sunset. A second night at our Jökulsárlón hotel where we can enjoy a tasty fish supper, some local beer and go through some of our pictures. Northern lights photography if conditions are good.

Day 4

After breakfast we check out of the hotel with luggage and camera gear. Then drive to the glacier lagoon or ice beach, we head back along the South Coast with stops at dramatic landscapes, churches, waterfalls and lava landscapes. After lunch we head back towards Vik or Dyrholaey for the afternoon and Sunset.  Longer days may catch Seljalandsfoss waterfall at sunset. The tour finishes with a drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel a couple of hours after the final photo location.

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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