Iceland is with no doubt a paradise for photographers. It offers a great variety of jaw-dropping and dramatic landscapes, waterfalls, seascapes, lakes, rivers, northern lights and many more. Especially in autumn the weather and light conditions are perfect for photography as the sun is getting lower giving a beautiful light and very long golden hours. The main focus of the tour is on landscape and nature photography. We will stand up early and stay up late to shoot during sunrise and sunset and to hunt the Northern Lights. This photo tour will bring you to the most beautiful places in south and west Iceland in a small group of like-minded photographers guided by the Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year!
Duration: 10 days / 9 nights
Departure 17-26 September 2017
Guided by Stefan Brenner, who speaks English, German, Dutch and Icelandic. The main language on the tour is English.
- Snæfellsnes: Arnarstapi fishing village, Vatnshellir lava cave, Djúpalónssandur embarkation point, Lóndrangar bird cliffs, Mt. Kirkjufell
- Golden Circle: Gullfoss Waterfall, the hot springs by Geysir, Þingvellir National Park
- Waterfalls Skógafoss, Seljalandsfoss & Hraunfossar,
- The Secret Lagoon (you’ll find out)
- Black Sand Beach at Reynisfjara & Vík, Reynisdrangar rock formations, Dyrhólaey bird cliff
- Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon near Kirkjubæjarklaustur
- Vatnajökull: Europe’s largest glacier and National Park.
- Skaftafell nature oasis: Svartifoss waterfall & the glacier tongues Svínafellsjökull & Skaftafellsjökull
- Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon & the black sand coastline
- Zodiac Tour on the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon
- Vestrahorn Mountain and shoreline
Minimum number of participants 6, maximum 8. Smaller groups and private departures available for a surcharge, please contact us for further information.
Day 1: Arrival – Reykjavík
You will be privately picked up at the international airport in Keflavík and transferred to your comfortable hotel in central Reykjavík. Your tour guide will meet you there and go out with you for a Welcome Dinner were you can get to know each other. You will also get further information for the following days on our exciting tour. Overnight in Reykjavík.
Day 2: Hraunfossar Waterfalls & Mt. Kirkjufell
We start the tour in the morning with our comfortable bus and drive from Reykjavik up to the Hraunfossar waterfalls, a beautiful and unusual natural phenomenon. Clear, cold springs of subterranean water seep through the lava that runs in small falls and rapids into the Hvítá River. On our way to Snæfellsnes we will stop at Deildartunguhver hot spring. The hot spring can be seen from miles around as it blows steam up into the air from the constant bubbling of hot water rising to the surface.
In the evening we will stop at Kirkjufell, one of the most beautiful mountains of Iceland. If we are lucky, the Northern Lights may light us the way. The next two nights are spent in Grundarfjörður.
Day 3: Snæfellsnes Peninsula
We will spend the following 1 ½ days on the Snæfellsnes peninsula to fully experience and enjoy all the beautiful locations it offers. This peninsula is about 90 km / 56 mi long and known for its diverse landscape and magical beauty with the glacier towering over the National Park at the far end.
Snæfellsnes offers a huge range of mountains, black and light sand beaches, craters, lava fields, fjords, fishing villages and cliffs with rich birdlife.
Day 4: Þingvellir National Park & the Secret Lagoon
We still have enough time to visit all locations on Snæfellsnes we haven’t seen the days before until we have all shots in camera. In the afternoon we head to the famous Golden Circle and discover the Þingvellir National Park. The area is part of a fissure zone running through Iceland, being situated on the tectonic plate boundaries of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. It is a magnificent showcase with all its faults and fissures and the beautiful mountains around it. In the evening we can relax our bodies in the hot water of the Secret Lagoon and talk about our impressions from the previous days.
Day 5: The Golden Circle & spectacular Waterfalls
Today we explore the sights of the Golden Circle further and visit the Geysir hot spring area as well as the mighty Gullfoss waterfall. Afterwards it’s time to drive on to the magnificent south coast.
On our way we will stop at Seljalandsfoss, where you can walk behind the fall to get some nice shots from behind it, and Skógafoss, two spectacular waterfalls. Skógafoss is like the queen among the Icelandic waterfalls with a great style – perfect for awesome shots! In the evening we will drive to Vík and stop at Dyrhólaey for a sunset shooting. We spend the next two nights near in the area.
Day 6: The black south coast
We will spend another day in the area of Vík to discover the black sand beach at Vík with a great view to Reynisdrangar, the basalt caves of Reynisfjara and we drive again to Dyrhólaey since there are still some places we haven’t seen the day before.
Day 7: Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon & Skaftafell
Today we will reach the Vatnajökull glacier and all its natural wonders. But first we will start the day with a refreshing walk at Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon with breath-taking views down into one of the most beautiful canyons of the world.
At a short stop at Dverghamrar we explore two large and striking columnar basalt rock formations, topped with cube-jointed basalt before we continue to the biggest glacier of Europe – the mighty Vatnajökull. Prepare all your memory cards you have – you will need them. Photo subjects as far as your camera can see, in every season, weather and time of day.
We will spend the rest of the day at the National Park to see the basalt formation surrounded waterfall Svartifoss and to experience the glacier very close. We spend two nights by the foot of this magnificent glacier.
Day 8: Vatnajökull Glacier
The Glacial Lagoon Jökulsárlón is without a doubt one of the most beautiful places in Iceland. Therefore, we will spend a good amount of time photographing the lagoon and the nearby beach today. Additionally, we will also drive to the less busy iceberg lagoon Fjallsárlón.
Day 9: Even more Vatnajökull Glacier & Mt. Vestrahorn
Today we start early in the morning to catch the sunrise at the lagoon. Now that we know the lagoon really good from the shore it is time to also experience it from the water with a Zodiac boat that brings us towards the glacier.
The final location of our tour will be Stokksnes with an unbelievable view of Vestrahorn mountain before we take our flight back from Höfn to Reykjavík.
We will spend the last evening together at a farewell dinner and talk about our unforgettable adventure.
Price per person sharing a double room EUR 4.500 / USD 5,170
Single supplement EUR 500 / USD 580
Please note that a registration deposit of EUR 1.000 / USD 1,170 is due soon after your spot on the tour has been confirmed and the final payment is due latest 60 days prior to departure. If you book with a shorter notice, the whole amount is due upon confirmation.
- 9 nights in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day nine.
- Transportation in a comfortable, Wi-Fi equipped bus with ample room for you, your luggage and photo gear.
- Airport Transfers.
- One-way domestic flight from Höfn to Reykjavík including airport taxes and fees.
- Zodiac Tour on the Glacier Lagoon.
- Lodging tax & VAT.
Not Included: International Airfare – available on request from Esja Travel, Snacks and drinks beside included meals, alcoholic beverages, gratuities (though tipping is not customary in Iceland), travel insurances, activities, other optional activities, tours or entrance fees not mentioned in the tour description.
Cancellation and Refund Policy
- Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus € 150 fee
- 45 days or more: 75% refund
- 30 days or more: 50% refund
- Less than 30 days: No refund
Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.
The weather in Iceland plays an important role on the tour and can be very unpredictable and change within minutes. The itinerary is therefore subject to small changes to get the most out of the tour for you. There is also no guarantee for Northern Lights on all of our tours. They are most likely between September and April but there are so many factors that play an important role (i.e. solar activity, weather conditions, time of day) that we cannot guarantee you Northern Lights at any time!
Stefan is an Award Winning Professional Photographer from Austria. In 2014 he moved to Iceland for 6 months and gained a very deep knowledge of the country and its culture and language. Since then he traveled back to Iceland several times to visit all the locations he loves so much to see and experience them in different seasons. He has a huge experience in hunting and photographing Northern Lights. Visit his homepage at: www.stefanbrenner.com
In 2016 Stefan was awarded with the FEP Professional Landscape Photographer of the Year Award with one of his artworks from Iceland. His works has been awarded in many international photo contests and published in photo books and calendars. In his last project he captured the beauty of the Icelandic winter with his photo drone from high up in the air.
Stefan speaks English, German, Dutch and Icelandic. The main language on the tour is English!
Stefan is an international awarded professional landscape photographer who lived in Iceland and knows every place of the tour very well. Different locations are suitable for different weather and light. Your guide will check the weather and aurora forecast every day to bring you at the right time to the right places for perfect photographic conditions. Our bus drivers are locals and have years of experience in bus driving in Iceland. They know the best ways to bring us quick and safe to all locations on our tours.