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Winter Photography around Iceland

(10 days / 9 nights)

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BRING ICELAND INTO FOCUS WITH AN EXPERT

This guided small group tour focuses on the most photogenic sites around Iceland. Travelling with your local guide, the experienced photographer Alfreð Möller, you’ll be able to shoot both famous attractions and more secretive spots. You’ll return home with countless photos of waterfalls, hot springs, iceberg lagoons, glacial tongues, lava rocks and maybe — if nature cooperates — the northern lights. This tour is ideal for photographers of all levels, from amateurs to professionals.

Small group sizes mean these tours fill quickly, so booking early gives you the best chance of securing your desired departure date. 100% guaranteed departures.

Type

Guided Small Groups

Interest

Countryside and natural scenery, Northern Lights

Season

Oct

Itinerary

A day-by-day plan to guide your journey.

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  • Day 1: Beginning of the Adventure

    Upon arrival in Iceland you will be picked up at Keflavik International Airport and driven through the rocky lava landscape of Reykjanes Peninsula to the capital of Iceland, Reykjavik.

    After getting settled at your hotel, grab your gear and explore the city landmarks on foot. We recommend checking out the Harpa concert hall – both the outside and inside, the Old Harbour area and the city centre’s narrow streets lined with colourful little houses. And on Laugavegur, the city centre’s energetic main street, you’ll find plenty of cosy cafes, coffee houses and little shops.

    Later in the afternoon there will be a group information meeting with your photographer guide, Alfreð Möller. Afterwards, enjoy the rest of the evening, including dinner, on your own.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Reykjavik in a Tower View room. 

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  • Day 2: The Golden Circle & Seashore Dining

    After pickup at the hotel, your group and guide will hit the road to explore some of the biggest highlights of Iceland around the Golden Circle route. First on the itinerary is Þingvellir National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where you can walk in the rift valley between the North American and Eurasian tectonic plates. Great geological formations to photograph there!

    Next on the route is the Haukadalur geothermal area, home of Geysir — the origin of the English word geyser — and its more active neighbour, Strokkur. With your tripods and shutter fingers ready, you will want to capture this geyser as it which spouts a column of scalding water several meters into the air. Nearby you will get to photograph the majestic, misty Gullfoss waterfall (rain cover recommended).

    Tonight, enjoy a group dinner at the Fjöruborðið seafood restaurant, overlooking the sea in the charming village of Stokkseyri. Afterwards you may wish to visit your hotel’s hot tub and steam room.

    Spend the night at Frost & Fire Hotel in Hveragerði.

    Included: Dinner at Fjöruborðið Restaurant

    Driving distance approx. 195 km / 121 miles

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  • Day 3: South Coast Lava Beaches & Waterfalls

    Today’s journey along the beautiful south coast offers up an abundance of picture-perfect scenery. Notable sights on your route today include the stunning Skógafoss waterfall and the nearby Seljalandsfoss waterfall, where you can walk right behind the misty cascade for photographs with unique angles and lighting.

    Next, your guide will take you on a circle around the Dyrhólaey promontory and the black volcanic sands of Reynisfjara. Nearby you’ll have even more great photo opportunities with the dramatic sea stacks off the beach near Vík.

    Spend the night at Hotel Laki in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

    Driving distance approx. 218 km / 135 mi.

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  • Day 4: Floating Icebergs & “Diamond Beach” at Jökulsárlón

    Today the focus is mainly on the area around Vatnajökull National Park, part of southeast Iceland known for its immense beauty and raw nature.  To kick off, there will be an easy-to-moderate hike from Skaftafell to the Svartifoss (“black falls”) waterfall, so named for its dark, hexagonal basalt columns.

    Of course, the main attraction today is the famous Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, where many Hollywood movies have been filmed. The atmosphere here is otherworldly, with large blue-and-white pieces of ice calved from Vatnajökull glacier silently floating on the placid waters. Across the road from the lagoon is another fabulous photo opportunity: on the black sand beach where the icebergs drift out to sea, you can often find a few pieces of ices trapped in the sand, forming “diamonds”.

    Spend the night at Seljavellir Guesthouse in the Höfn area.

    Driving distance approx. 198 km / 123 mi.

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  • Day 5: Vestrahorn Mountain & the East Fjords

    You’re in for a treat today as your guide takes you to one of his favourite stops! On your way to the East Fjords, you will spend some time shooting the gorgeous Vestrahorn Mountain on the Stokksnes headland. This is among the most dramatic photography spots on the island so it will be a wonderful addition to your own personal portfolio.

    Making your way towards Egilstaðir, your next overnight destination, you will have even more stunning roadside scenery in the East Fjords region. As the road twists and turns, enjoy views of steep mountainsides dropping into the sea and waves crashing against dark cliffs.

    Spend the night at the charming lakeside Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir.

    Included: Dinner at Lake Hotel Egilsstaðir

    Driving distance approx. 183 km / 114 mi.

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  • Day 6: Wonders of Lake Mývatn & Northern Lights

    This is a great day to diversify your portfolio, as your journey to the Lake Mývatn area offers some truly unique volcanic and geothermal attractions. Spend the day photographing some of the natural wonders around the area such as the steaming Martian landscape of Námaskarð, the allegedly troll-inhabited lava fields and rock formations at Dimmuborgir (“Dark Forts”) and the Skútustaðagígar pseudo-craters.

    This area is also known as one of the best places in Iceland for seeing the northern lights, so let’s hope they put on a show for you tonight! Thankfully your hotel is far from the glare of city lights so this is an ideal place to go outside and search the skies.*

    * Please note that the northern lights are a natural phenomenon so sightings cannot be guaranteed. Your guide will be able to offer advice about ideal camera settings.

    Spend the night at Hótel Laxá in the Lake Mývatn countryside.

    Driving distance approx. 183 km / 114 mi.

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  • Day 7: “Waterfall of the Gods” & City of Akureyri

    Start the day with a visit to Goðafoss, translated in Iceland to “Waterfall of the Gods”. This is one of the most powerful waterfalls in Iceland, at 12 meters high with a width of 30 meters. You can get pretty close up to its cascade (but watch your footing!) so it’s an adventurous place to photograph.

    On arrival to Akureyri, nicknamed “Capital of the North”, you will have the rest of the day and evening to explore this small city on your own. We recommend visiting the botanical garden up the hill or exploring the museums and old charming houses around the centre. Like many other towns in Iceland, the most popular local hotspot here is the city’s thermal pool, where you may wish to enjoy the hot pots and steam baths.

    Spend the night at the Icelandair Hótel in Akureyri. 

    Driving distance approx. 88 km / 55 mi.

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  • Day 8: Crossing the North West to Snæfellsnes

    Today’s route takes you from the north to all the way to a far western region of Iceland, so it will be a longer day of driving. Nonetheless, your guide will make short photo stops in between to stretch your legs and capture some nice images. If time allows you may be able to visit some of the sights on Snæfellsnes Peninsula such as Hellnar, Djúpalónssandur and Búðir, otherwise these highlights will be on the agenda tomorrow.

    Spend the night at Hótel Hellnar, situated nearby Snæfellsjökull National Park.

    Included: Dinner at Hótel Hellnar

    Driving distance approx. 430 km / 267 mi.

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  • Day 9: Snæfellsnes National Park

    This area of West Iceland is perfect for nature photographers with its diverse birdlife, rugged peaks, dramatic coastline and lava fields. The central attraction here is the Snæfellsjökull volcano and glacier, believed by some to be one of Earth’s seven major "energy centres" and the fictional setting of Jules Verne’s famous novel Journey to the Centre of the Earth. Photo spots today include Mount Kirkjufell, one of the most photographed mountains in Iceland, along with the beautiful cliffs of Arnarstapi and the charming village of Stykkishólmur.

    Return in the afternoon to Reykjavik, where you can enjoy your final night in the capital at your leisure.

    Spend the night at Fosshótel Reykjavik (Tower View room).

    Driving distance approx. 279 km / 173 mi.

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  • Day 10: Departure from Reykjavík

    On your day of departure, a shuttle bus will collect you from your hotel in Reykjavík and take you to Keflavík International Airport ahead of your scheduled flight.

    If your flight is in the afternoon, you may opt to schedule a relaxing visit to the Blue Lagoon geothermal spa or even take a short guided tour of the volcanic Reykjanes Peninsula (optional, not included; pre-booking recommended).

Map

Here’s a map of Iceland, to help put things in perspective.

Accommodation

Sleep soundly, in the accommodation type of your choice, and wake up ready to enjoy another day of exploration.

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Rooms with private WC and shower (or bath) in a three-star hotel or well-appointed guesthouse. All provide breakfast (in..

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