Iceland Photo Tour Plan
Day 1. Reykjavik. Arrival.
Meet up at Keflavik airport, arrival time is flexible. It will be a calm adaptation day including walks in the city center and in the port, a visit to hot springs and watching the sunset on the waterfront overlooking the monument of Drakkar. We will spend the first night at Reykjavik’s camping site.
Day 2. VIK
We will have breakfast and move South early in the morning. We will arrive and set up camp in Vik, the most southern town of the country. On the way, we will stop to see 4 beautiful waterfalls. The first one is Gljufrabui, little known, but very beautiful. It is hidden in a narrow gorge, almost in a cave, and is very difficult to shoot, our photo guide will give you a detailed tour that will help you to take unique pictures. Then, in pre-sunset light, we will shoot one of the most beautiful and famous waterfalls called Seljalandfoss. This is one of the few waterfalls that can be photographed from inside, there is a path that allows you to walk around it.
While the low sun is still shining, we will move to one of Iceland’s most iconic beaches: Reynisfjara. There we will see Atlantic puffins for the first time and photograph incredibly shaped basalt columns, caves, and legendary rocks of petrified trolls in the sea. After sunset, we return to the camp to rest.
Day 3. JÖKULSÁRLÓN GLACIER LAGOON
At dawn, we will visit the famous Dyrholaey Cape. We will photograph beautiful landscapes of rocky shores with Atlantic puffins in the first sun rays. You will need a 400mm lens or bigger to be able to take good shots. Then we go to the very popular Skogafoss waterfall. The height of the waterfall is 60 meters, and the width – about 25 meters. Water falls from a granite rock into a deep canyon valley, creating a stunning picture. The waterfall is surrounded by beautiful nature, including green hills, dense forests and mountain peaks. This is one of the most visited attractions in Iceland, and we will try to get there before buses with tourists. Then we will visit another waterfall, not so widely known but very beautiful, which you can walk behind, Kvernufoss.
After our morning photography trip, we will have breakfast, fold tents and head east to Skaftafel town. On the way we will stop by the most famous canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur. It will be about an hour’s walk along the cliffs ends with a beautiful viewpoint overlooking the waterfall. We will set up a camp in Skaftafel, have some rest and then explore the famous Icelagoon (Jokulsarlon) at sunset. You will enjoy photographing drifting majestic icebergs in the rays of the sunset’s contour light.
Day 4. GLACIER
It will be the most sleepless night of our photography tour, but it will be worth it. We will meet the sunrise in Icelagoon, by the ocean, where the waves of the anthracite beach carry ice floes, and sometimes whole icebergs. To shoot them in the first rays of the rising sun, is, perhaps, the main highlight of our photo tour and if we are lucky with the weather conditions, it will be one of the best dawns of your life. And we will do everything possible to make it happen.
During the day we will rest, take a walk around Svinafell glacier, and in the evening, we go to photograph the most elegant waterfall of Iceland Svartifoss, its narrow transparent water flow is framed by the basalt rocks. It was this scenic view that inspired the architect Guðjón Samúelsson to create the largest temple of Iceland Hallgrímskirkja. Since it is a very popular place we will take pictures around 21.00 to avoid crowds of tourists. We will head to the village of Vik.
Day 5. LAKE MYVATN
On the fifth day of our photography workshop we will head to the North of the island to the shores of the steaming volcanic lake Myvatn and spend 2 nights there. It will be the longest transfer of the tour; about 5 hours. After setting up a camp, we will go on a sightseeing trip around the lake and walk among mini craters, enjoying completely different landscapes compared to the south.
In the evening after a long road trip we will relax in the thermal lagoon, which we prefer over the famous Blue Lagoon. There are less people, 2 saunas, cold beer available right in the hot lake, and beautiful views around. We will have a good rest and gain energy before the final part of our eventful trip.
Day 6. MYVATN AREA
On the 6th day of our photography trip we will start our morning at Dettifoss, the most mystical and captivating waterfall. We will take pictures and enjoy the primal energy of its powerful muddy stream. Prometheus, the film by Redley Scott begins with the scenes of this waterfall. Then we will go to Sellfoss waterfall; numerous streams of which fall along the walls of a long canyon.
After the waterfalls we will go to Husavik, a fishing village where we will take a boat and set off to go whale-watching. We never know if we are going to be lucky, however, in 9 out of 10 cases we photograph the giant tails of these magnificent creatures, and sometimes the whales can even emerge ten meters away from the ship. This trip will end with a hot cocoa from the captain.
After whale-watching we return to Myvatn village to relax. In the evening, we will visit the famous Grjótagjá cave, when John Snow and Ygritte make love, right after one more “You know nothing, Jon Snow” statement )) And at the sunset we will go to the famous Godafoss waterfall (waterfall of the gods) that in addition to its beauty has a historical prominence. The old idols were thrown into its three majestic streams, when Iceland accepted Christianity.
Day 7. Hvammastangi
We will go to the north-west of the island to the town of Hvammastangi where we will camp. In the evening, we will go to shoot photos of the seals that are enjoying the sun on the rocks of the surrounding bays. Seals are a common sight in Iceland’s coastal waters. The country is home to several species of seals, including the harbor seal and the grey seal. These animals are often seen lounging on rocky outcroppings or swimming in the chilly waters of the Atlantic. Icelandic folklore also depicts seals as magical creatures that can shapeshift into humans. Seals have played an important role in Icelandic history, providing food and clothing for the country’s early settlers. Today, they are a beloved part of Iceland’s natural heritage and a popular attraction for tourists visiting the island.
Day 8. Hvitserkur
We will start our day early to photograph the iconic Icelandic rocks, Hvitserkur, that resembles a dinosaur drinking water, in the rays of the rising sun. Then we gather camp and go to the peninsula Snæfellsnes. It is located in western Iceland, known for its dramatic landscapes, glaciers, lava fields, and coastal villages. The peninsula is approximately 90 kilometers long and 30 kilometers wide, and it is home to a variety of natural wonders such as the Snæfellsjökull glacier, which is the centerpiece of the Snæfellsjökull National Park. Our main goal is to shoot iconic views of Kirküfel Mountain, which is also known as one of the key locations of the series «Game of Thrones».
Day 9. SNAEFELLSNES
In the morning we will walk on the south coast of the peninsula. The coastline of Snæfellsnes is rugged, with towering cliffs, black sand beaches, and sea stacks jutting out of the water. Let’s shoot beautiful rocky arches and views of the village of Arnarstapi. Then we are going to the village of Geysir to photograph Strokkur, the most famous geyser in the world, which erupts about every 15-20 minutes at a height of 20 meters.
On the way, we will stop at the absolutely amazing and not like anything similar Hranufossar Falls. Hraunfossar is a series of waterfalls located in western Iceland, near the town of Borgarnes. The name “Hraunfossar” translates to “Lava Falls” in English, as the waterfalls flow out of the Hallmundarhraun lava field. The waterfalls are unique in that they are not created by a single river, but rather by a series of underground springs that emerge from the lava field and cascade down into the Hvítá River. The waterfalls stretch over a distance of about 900 meters and vary in width from just a few meters to several meters. The water that flows from Hraunfossar is crystal-clear and has a distinctive blue-green hue. The surrounding landscape is also stunning, with rugged lava formations and green moss-covered rocks.
Day 10. Reykjavik. Departure.
At dawn, we are going to shoot Geysir in the rays of the dawn sun without the hordes of tourists and go to the largest discharge in Europe waterfall Gullfoss (Gullfoss, Golden Falls). If we are lucky with the sun, we will see a rainbow (or a few!) in the foreground of the waterfall. Then we will fold up the camp and head to Reykjavik. We will arrive at the town after lunch and stay in a camping area. You can fly home in the evening on the same day, or the next day.
Food & clothes
You will enjoy delicious food cooked by our photo guide, who is an excellent chef. The menu includes grilled Icelandic lamb, salmon, seatrout, fresh green salads, nicoise salad, risotto with seafood and mushrooms, couscous with paprika, pasta with tuna, garlic and zucchini, and different soups. We would greatly appreciate your little help during the cooking process, but it is not required.
On rare busy days we will eat in restaurants. There are supermarkets with high quality fresh food all over the country where we can find everything we like. Food and alcohol costs are not included in the price of our tour and are divided by the number of participants. If you have specific dietary requirements, please, inform us in advance.
Transportation on a comfortable new vehicle Mercedes Vito(2022).
Accommodation in this tour will be in a large tent with a standard high ceiling hall, in which you can stand upright, and 3 separate bedrooms for 2 people each. If you want to spend the night in a separate tent, inform me in advance and I will provide it for you.
All the sleeping bags, mattresses, and pillows I will carry with me. The equipment is tested, it will not be cold, and the sleeping bags are used at -12 degrees. We will stay at campsites, close to the main attractions. There will always be a hot shower and a warm toilet.
You won’t need to cook or wash the dishes, the food will be pretty refined. I will take with me a gas grill. Iceland has the world’s best mutton, fresh salmon and arctic char. In stores you can easily find a lot of vegetables and fruits. The cost of food for 2 weeks will not exceed 300 euros per person. I will also take with me plates, forks, spoons, etc. Alcohol in Iceland is quite expensive, so it is better to bring it with you or buy in duty-free.
If you have additional questions, feel free to ask me by e-mail.
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