Jökulsarlon & South Coast
The trip along the South coast to the Vatnjökull region is an adventure packed photo tour with a wide variety of landscapes and nature.
Tour through some of the most diverse landscapes in Iceland.
This photo adventure encounters endless black sand deserts stretching from glacier capped volcanoes to the North Atlantic. Drive through hundreds of moss draped lava monsters in Europe’s largest lava field. Meet the locals and the friendly Icelandic horses. We cross huge river networks of glacier melt-water and huge lakes which are home to giant chunks of glacial ice and seal colonies. Sheer cliff edges show the scars of glaciers and are home to countless waterfalls and cascades.
The drive to Jökulsárlón is an amazing adventure, but too long to truly enjoy in a single day. Spreading the trip over 2 days gives you good opportunities for quality time at top locations. This popular overnight photo tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast. We are never far from the glacier lagoon, so we are in a good location 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 sunrise images on the black sand beach with glacial ice.
Running all year
Summer: The tour could start around 20.00 mid June. This trip could involve shooting through the night hours (22.00-06.00) and sleeping in tents during the day. We may revert to regular hours towards August.Winter: (September-April) Starting around 09.30 and the photo tour may involve night shooting if conditions are right for Northern lights photography.
Locations and activities:
Over the 2 days we can explore many of the great features along the south coast such as the big waterfalls and beautiful beaches. We visit Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrengur, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlon, Fjalsarlon. Activities may include hiking, glacier hiking, ice-cave exploring (Winter only), Lagoon boat trips and restaurants. Our full location list is downloadable at the bottom of the page. It is intended as a list of possible location rather than “Guaranteed” locations, we trust your guide to judge the best locations for the available time and weather.
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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
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
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
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.
Note: Weather and road conditions can affect the itinerary.
We pick you up from your Reykjavik Hotel, then hit the South coast waterfalls at Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. In the afternoon we may shoot at Dýrholaey and a sunset at Vík (shorter days). We could leave these locations until day 2 if there is a chance of a sunset at Jökulsárlón (longer days). We check in to our Jökulsárlón hotel and enjoy a traditional Icelandic meal. Northern lights photography at Jökulsárlón and surrounding nature if conditions are good.
After sunrise at the glacier lagoon or ice beach, we head back along the South Coast with stops at waterfalls and lava landscapes. In the afternoon we head to wards Vik or Dyrholaey for afternoon light or sunset (shorter days), or 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.
Download the location guide for this tour.
Why book with us?
- Established 2010 – at the same time as the Eyjafjallajokull Volcanic eruption
- All our guides are experienced photographers and tour operators. They are fully licensed and registered with the Icelandic Tourist board.
- We are connected to many other Iceland tour companies, so we can really tailor your tour to suit your needs.
- We use well established Icelandic hotels with private bathrooms and 3 star facilities.
- All Winter tours provide micro-spike style crampons for slippery surfaces.