Jökulsarlon - Vestrahorn - South Coast
Our 3 day, guided tour of the South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer amazing wilderness opportunities.
Feel the powerful silence of the immense Vatnjökull glacier. Öræfajökull and her majestic header of Hvannadalhnúkur towering over the networks of glacial rivers and flood strewn boulders. All reflected in the stillness of Jökulsarlon – the glacial lagoon. One of our most popular multi-day trips.
This popular multi-day tour includes Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn Mountain and the South coast over 3 days. Over three days, you can explore many of the great features along the south coast such as the big waterfalls and beautiful beaches. 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 images on the black sand beach with glacial ice. We may visit Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Reynisdrengur, Fjaðrárgljúfur, Skaftafell, Jökulsarlon & Ice beach, Fjalsarlon, Höfn, Vesturhorn. Activities may include hiking, glacier hiking, ice-cave exploring (Winter only), Lagoon boat trips, exhibitions and restaurants. Our 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 photo guide to judge the best locations for the available time and weather.
Exploring several locations along Iceland’s South Coast on the way out and on the way back. Towering waterfalls, secret gorges, black beaches and amazing sea cliffs are just a few hours into the tour. Experience Viking hospitality in the Coastal town of Vík and see the making of the famous Icelandic wool sweater…
We can always guarantee ice! The glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon has been retreating for nearly 100 years and delivers regular, fresh ice chunks to the carpark. The glacier lagoon often treats the photographer to an incredible range of textures and perfect reflections.
The diamond beach is often littered with large chunks of glacier ice that have made their way out to the ocean. They are sculpted by the ocean and washed up on the black sand or shingle and look fantastic with a colourful sunset.
The 3 day Photo Adventure is suitable for most travel photographers. It is for people who want to see and photograph some of the best Icelandic locations and maximise photo opportunities.
The tour allows 2 opportunities for Sunrise on the Diamond beach and Northern lights over the Glacier lagoons.
Northern Lights (Winter only Sept-April)
We take advantage of the often clear skies in the Jökulsarlon area and if we are really lucky some still reflection on the lagoon. This is probably the best place in the world for auroras although we can never guarantee them.
Ice caves (Winter only Nov-March)
When the cold temperatures dominate, the glacier rivers recede and allow access to the Ice Caves forged by the rivers. The easy access ice cave can become crowded, so we offer the chance to upgrade to and ice cave adventure for a better photographic experience.
Book your tour
Private, guided photo tours
Private tours are quick to confirm and extra flexible to fit your plans. You can choose to share your photo adventure which will reduce costs as passengers join.
Book your private tour here.
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 at top 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
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.
Please use the contact form to ask any questions.
Download the location guide for this tour.
Extra activity ideas
Consider combining this photo tour with other Nature activities on route.
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.
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 licensed Icelandic Travel agents – Aurora Hunters. ehf to solve your hotel needs.
- All Winter tours provide micro-spike style crampons for slippery surfaces.