Iceland | 6 days
Grab your gear; an Arctic summer paradise awaits!
Across six memorable days, we will take in the magical landscapes and unusual lighting conditions that have made Iceland one of the world’s premier photography destinations.
Led by award-winning professional photography guides, this is one of the most excellent opportunities for landscape photographers looking to bulk up their portfolio.
We will explore the spectacular waterfalls of Iceland’s magnificent south coast, much of which is covered by purple lupine fields. You will tiptoe around cute puffins when they return to the cliffs of Dyrhólaey to nest and capture the magical glacier lagoon, Jökulsárlón.
No doubt, this summer photography tour has it all!
"The problem with driving around Iceland is that you’re basically confronted by a new soul-enriching, breath-taking, life-affirming natural sight every five goddamn minutes. It’s totally exhausting."
Arrival in Iceland
Day one begins with your arrival at Keflavík International Airport. You be escorted to our hotel, where you will rest and settle. At night, you will get to meet the guides who will be going over the program, tips and run through the itinerary of the adventure ahead to be well prepared for an unforgettable week. We will then have a delicious dinner where you’ll get to know the people you’ll be spending the next week with.
Waterfalls & Beaches on Iceland's South Coast
First thing in the morning, we will set off on our journey along the South Coast. This stretch of coast is one of Iceland’s most popular tourist routes, lined with fascinating features which are great for—but even better for photography!
Your first subjects will be two of the country’s most famous attractions, the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss. Seljalandsfoss stands at 63 meters tall and falls in a narrow cascade in front of a small cavern.
Meanwhile, Skógafoss will thrill you with its powerful cascades, thundering to the earth and emitting enormous clouds of spray. If the sun is shining, rainbows will arch throughout the mist of this waterfall, allowing you to practice working with truly unusual lighting phenomena.
After capturing these waterfalls, you will continue along the South Coast to Reynisfjara. The endless stretches of black sands here are stunning and the power of the Atlantic ocean is incredible dramatic.
Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon
On day three, you will continue along the South Coast until you reach Vatnajökull National Park, a vast area that contains many of Iceland’s greatest subjects for photography.
You can expect a range of subjects throughout the first part of this day, including lava landscapes, glacier tongues, waterfalls and desert-like stretches of black sands.
The second part of the day will be focused on one location in particular: the mesmerising Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.
Jökulsárlón is a truly beautiful place, where vivid blue icebergs break from the retreating glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull and slowly float across the lake towards the ocean. Each iceberg is unique and makes for fascinating photography.
On warm summer days, many seals can be seen lounging around on the ice or swimming in the crystal blue water, so you’ll have an excellent chance to practice your wildlife photography!
Adjacent to Jökulsárlón is the famous Diamond Beach, a stretch of black-sand coastline where icebergs wash ashore after finally reaching the ocean. Here, you will have the chance to capture sun stars and the gorgeous golden glints hitting each iceberg.
Diamond Beach & Vestrahorn Mountain
On day five of this summer photography expedition, you’ll have a sunrise shoot at the Diamond Beach. Following that, you will head even further east along Iceland’s South Coast, out of Vatnajökull National Park, to Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula.
Vestrahorn can appear ominous, even under the glow of the Midnight Sun. Beneath this steep 454 metre high mountain, you will find many photogenic peaks and slopes. Foreground is the key here and the strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean crashing onto the beach can be used to frame the mountain in the background.
Skaftafell Nature Reserve
On your sixth day, you will visit the spectacular Skaftafell Nature Reserve. This area is often deemed a hiker’s paradise, though it has just as much to offer the avid photographer.
Many of the landscapes and features that make Iceland internationally famous as a natural haven are found within Skaftafell’s borders. Glacier tongues, lagoons, waterfalls, forests, rivers, volcanoes and lava landscapes will all present themselves to you, one subject after another.
The Golden Circle
Day seven is your final full day of photography, and you will spend it shooting three of Iceland’s most famous sites: Þingvellir National Park, the Geysir Geothermal Area, and Gullfoss Waterfall, all on Golden Circle Route.
Þingvellir is the only UNESCO World Heritage Site on the Icelandic mainland, being where the early residents formed their first parliament in 930 AD. While the history of this place is inspiring, it is the landscapes that you are likely to find most captivating.
Located in a valley between the tectonic plates, you can shoot the walls that mark the edges of the continents, the lava fields that fill the area from eruptions in centuries past, and the many ravines filled with crystal clear spring water, opened by earthquakes in the area. Iceland’s largest natural lake, Þingvallavatn, also makes for a beautiful subject with its surrounding mountains.
The Geysir Geothermal Area is the prime location to photograph Iceland’s seething geothermal activity. The area is dotted with many fumaroles, hot springs and mud-pots, the earth is vividly coloured by the elements rising from the crust, and, of course, there are geysers on site. You will have plenty of chances to shoot Strokkur, which erupts every five to ten minutes to heights which exceed twenty meters.
Your final subject will be one of Iceland’s most recognisable and renowned sites: Gullfoss waterfall. This incredible feature, the name of which translates to the ‘Golden Waterfall’, is immensely powerful, thundering in two tiers into a dramatic, ancient canyon. There are several platforms from which you can capture it.
Everyone should visit Iceland. It's a piece of heaven on Earth.
Meet your guide
Kyana Sue Powers
After taking her first trip to Iceland, she fell in love with the heavenly scenes. Less than a year later, she quit her 9 – 5 job in Boston, MA, sold everything she owned and moved to Iceland spending her time exploring, adventuring, and photographing this unrealistic place.
Being a certified Wilderness First Responder, and Hard Ice 1, she is ready to take you on adventures to capture the most unforgettable scenes from this out of the world island!
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