Jökulsarlon - Vestrahorn - South Coast
Our 3 day 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. This option is to spread the Photo Tour over 3 days. Over the 3 days we 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.
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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.
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.
Our private tours are not charged per person, but for the vehicle type. Please select the vehicle that is most suitable for your group size.
Please select the number of guests needing hotel accommodation. This number should be the same as the number of people in your group.
A single guest should select “1” here and also 1 Single supplement below. A couple should select “2” for a twin room. If you select “3” this will be a triple room where available. Don’t worry this can be adjusted later according to availability.
In the Summer months camping can be a great way to save. If you select this option, don’t select any hotel accom – even if you want some nights in a hotel. We will adjust the booking afterwards. For small groups, the guide’s room fee will cover tent, sleeping bag, mattress and camp-site fees.
Days in the Highlands
Access to the interior regions in the Summer offer many exciting photo opportunities, but the roads are demanding on our guides and vehicles. This extra fee is per day and you should select the number of days you intend. Feel free to discuss this with us first.
These popular adventures are available from Early November to Late March. Select this option to include a standard ice cave tour to your photo tour. You will have the option to upgrade to an ice cave adventure later and according to availability.
Note: this can be adjusted to suit your interests.
Pick-up from your Reykjavik Hotel and head to the South coast waterfalls. Seljalandsfoss is the waterfall you can walk behind for infinite compositions. This could be the first or the last photo stop on the tour depending on the conditions. Then Skogafoss which works so well in the Winter light. The afternoon could include Dyrholaey with a sunset at Vik (mid Winter) or heading East with short stops to catch a Sunset at Jokulsarlon (longer days). We settle into our hotel near Jökulsárlón and enjoy an Icelandic evening meal with one eye on the Sky hoping for Northern lights (Winter only). If the conditions are right at a reasonable time in the evening, you could go out to photograph them in the local landscapes including Jökulsárlón. If they appear when your guide should be sleeping, it is possible to photograph them from the hotel.
The day could start with a sunset on the diamond beach, glacier lagoon or an Ice cave adventure. The crystal ice beach has incredible photographic opportunities. One full morning there will leave you yearning for another. Splitting the morning between the Lagoon and beach can be very successful After a warming Icelandic lunch, we can explore other glacier lagoons and the incredible glacier landscapes 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.
After breakfast we travel with luggage and camera gear to the glacier lagoon or ice beach, we head back along the South Coast with stops at glacier landscapes, traditional architecture, 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 finished with a drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel a couple of hours after the final photo location.
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.
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.
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