This photographic tour of Iceland focuses on the dramatic south coast with its frost shattered mountains, glaciers and ice caps, glacial lagoons, incluing the famous Jökulsárlón ice beaches. We also visit some of the best waterfalls in Iceland and the geothermal geyser area.
Departure: 1 – 7 March 2015
Duration: 7 Days / 6 Nights
Minimum number of participants 4, maximum 8.
Day 1, 1 March 2015: Arrival
Arrival at Keflavík airport, where we board a scheduled Flybus that takes us straight to the accommodation in Reykjavík.
Dinner and overnight stay in Reykjavík.
Day 2, 2 March 2015: Domestic flight to Höfn – Vatnajökull glacier
We take an early morning flight to Höfn, a small fishing village in the southeast of Iceland. The contrast in the nature of the Southeast is spectacular, with black beaches and the ice cap of Vatnajökull.
We spend the day exploring and photographing the region, we may see the northern lights dancing above the glacier in the evening.
We drive to Stokksnes, east of Höfn village in the „Horn“ area, where you find Vestrahorn, a 454 m high mountain with its interesting geology and contrasting black sand dunes and yellow grass. A photographic imperative! East of the mountain is a strange-shaped outcrop called Brunnhorn that streches out to sea.
Dinner and overnight stay in the area.
Day 3, 3 March 2015: Ice cave – Vatnajökull glacier
We start the day with an unforgettable ice cave tour, which is an amazing experience and wonderful to photograph. We will also spend time at the glacial lagoon and the ice beaches, seeking the perfect light.
Dinner and second overnight stay in the area.
Day 4, 4 March 2015: Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon – Skaftafell
We visit many of Vatnajökull‘s outlets and outwash areas and the the Jökulsárlón, a famous glacial lagoon full of drifting icebergs. We also stop by the nearby Fjallsárlón, a pro-glacial lake with a spectacular backdrop. We will endeavour to capture sunrise and sunset at the glacier lagoon to enable opportunity to photograph the „ice beaches“ with their turquoise „bergs“.
Dinner and third overnight stay in the area.
Day 5, 5 March 2015: Reynisfjara basalt caves – Geysers
We drive towards the coast to the basalt column caves of Reynisfjara where we take a short walk on the black sand beach and have a view towards Dyrhólaey cliff. Afterwards we continue to the spectacular waterfalls, Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss, where we have the opportunity for some long exposure photography.
Furthermore we drive to the world famous Geysir region, where hot springs are in abundance, such as the famous great Geysir which has given name to hot springs all over the world. We will see one of the most active geysers in the area, Strokkur, spouting up to 30 meters.
Before dinner we visit the Fontana baths at Laugarvatn village, a wonderful place for relaxing in the natural steambaths, saunas and the pools after a „hard working day shooting“.
Dinner and overnight stay in the area.
Day 6, 6 March 2015: Gullfoss – National Park Þingvellir – Hot Mud Springs of Krísuvík
We start the day by stopping by Gullfoss, one of the most impressive waterfalls in Europe. There excellent vantage points here to set up and photograph.
Next stop is the remarkable geological site and the most historic place on the island, Þingvellir national park.
On our way to Reykjavík we take a detour to the south coast of the Reykjanes peninsula, where we pass Krísuvík, a geothermal field with steam vents and boiling mud pools on our way to the world famous Blue Lagoon.
Dinner at a nice restaurant and overnight stay in Reykjavík.
Day 7, 7 March 2015: Departure
Pick up from the accommodation for a Flybus transfer to Keflavík airport in time for your departing flight or prolong your stay – contact Esja Travel.
Price per person sharing a double room EUR 2.995,-
Single supplement EUR 190,-
- 6 nights including breakfast in rooms with private facilities.
- Full board from dinner on day one to breakfast on day seven.
- Airport transfers with the Flybus.
- Domestic flight from Reykjavík to Höfn, including airport taxes.
- Private Car during tour.
- Ice Cave Tour.
- Entrance fee:
- Fontana Baths.
- Blue Lagoon incl. towel.
- Lodging Tax.
International airfares – available upon request from Esja Travel, drinks, tips and anything that is not mentioned in the itinerary.