6 day winter photo tour in west, south and south east Iceland.

6 day winter photo tour in west, south and south east Iceland.

24 February  - 29th - 2020  - Fully booked.

15 November - 20th -  2020

12-17 February 2021 Fully booked.

22 February - 27th 2021

About the tour:

As in most of our tours, Haukur Snorrason, owner and professional photographer will be the the guide on this tour. He will accompany you into the field and you can learn from his experience and tecnigues to improve your skills. This tour will take you to many sites in west, south and south-east Iceland. We will photograph waterfalls, horses, hot springs, black sand beaches, lava fields, glacier outlets, ice caves, floating ice bergs as well as ice bergs lying in the black sand. Hope for beautiful winter sunrises and sunsets which we will take full advantage of. As well as photographing more known sites, we will also photograph less traveled spots that few people go to. We will keep a look out for the northern lights every night and visit the best ice cave available for photographers; we work with a local guide from the most experienced company in the area of Vatnajökull glacier to assure the best results. Winter in Iceland can be a mixture of all the weather you can think of, even in one day,  but our experience is that varied winter weather can also offer the most amazing photographic opportunities in the mild winter light. 

Price per person incl. Full board meals,accommodation photographer guide, Ice cave tour and all transport in spacious trucks. 

Price per person : sgl occupancy ISK 532.000 / double occupancy ISK 466.800

Group size 3 - max 7

DAY 1: HRAUNFOSSAR WATERFALLS, HVALFJORDUR BAY, THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK.

Haukur Snorrason photographer will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik around 8:00 AM starting by going west to one of the most amazing waterfalls in Iceland to photograph, called Hraunfossar with its many sections. This area is also good to photograph horses. We drive via Hvalfjordur bay back into south Iceland. We will stop at a well-hidden waterfall few people get to see once we get into south Iceland and close by is the lonely house. We finish our day in Thingvellir national Park with is lava crevasses and crystal clear water. In the evening we will keep out a Northern lights watch. Accommodation close to hot springs at Geysir area.

DAY 2: FIRST LIGHT AT GEYSIR AREA, SOUTH COAST AND WATERFALLS.

We will be at first light at Strokkur spouting hot spring. Strokkur Is the the only spouting hot spring in Iceland. It can be fun photographing the blue bulb before it spouts 20 meter up into the sky. Back to our hotel that is close by to have breakfast and check out. We head towards the south coast of Iceland where we come across great waterfalls. Dyrhólaey headlands is a stop among other interesting things that may come our way to Hrifunes, it depends on light and weather what we do last bit of this day since we go back trough the south coast on last day. Accommodation in our own cosy Hrifunes guesthouse.

DAY 3: VATNAJÖKULL GLACIER NATIONAL PARK. GLACIER LAGOON. ICE BERGS ON THE BEACH.

We check out from cosy Hrifunes and head towards Vatnajökull National Park. The largest glacier in Europe. Once there we will photograph Svínafellsjökull glacier outlet and of course the famous Glacier Lagoon plus many other spots on our way.
We aim for a sunset on the beach where the Atlantic ocean floods around the sitting Ice bergs on the black sand beach that is sometimes is called diamond beach. Accommodation in Hrifunes guesthouse.

DAY 4 : ICE CAVES !

Just after breakfast we will meet up with our glacier guide who comes from a experienced company in the area. The Ice caves are a natural thing that form in early winter and melt down each spring. Then next winter you have a completely new ice cave, so we never know what to expect year to year, but we always hope for the amazing blue colour. We hire a glacier guide for most of the day which allows us to go to the best Ice cave available at the time and wait out other groups if needed - since we will have more time than others to spend in the caves. Going to the best Ice cave can possibly involve some easy walk approx. 1-2 Km. Accommodation nearby the Glacier Lagoon.

DAY 5: ICE BERGS, GLACIER OUTLETS.

Check out and we start the day at first light on the black sand beach where we find Ice bergs lying on the black sand beach, so called Diamond beach and hope for a sunrise over the icebergs. But we have also many other places to photograph like Fjallsárlagoon glacier outlet, the Laki lava field, Lómagnúpur mountain and more importantly; all the no name places that are interesting to photograph in good winter light. Overnight nearby the Glacier Lagoon.

DAY 6: FIRST LIGHT AT REYNISDRANGAR SEA STACKS AND BLACK SAND BEACH.. SKÓGAFOSS AND GLUGGAFOSS WATERFALLS.

We take an early breakfast in order to be at the black sand beach in time and photograph the sea stacks at Reynisfjara at sunrise. At this time of year the sun rises right behind the sea stacks ! We will photograph at the cliffs at Dyrhólaey, Skógafoss and Gluggafoss waterfalls are on todays menu as well. ETA in Reykjavik around 6 PM.

Price includes:
Accommodation: All accommodation costs during the tour.
Meals: Breakfast from the second day until the last day, picnic or light restaurant lunch every day, dinners from day one until the second to last day.
Transportation & guiding: Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4

Not included:
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged), hotel accommodation in Reykjavík. 

more information: info@phototours.is

Climate and clothing recommendations

The Gulf Stream is what makes Iceland inhabitable, and without it, the whole country would most likely be covered by ice. The winters are fairly mild and summers are cool. The weather can be unpredictable and very windy and rainy at times. A popular saying in Iceland is “if you don’t like the weather right now, just wait five minutes” as you may occasionally experience the four seasons all in one day: sunshine and mild temperatures to windy, cool temperatures with rain or even snow. The average temperature in January is 0 C (32 F) and the average temperature in July is 12 C (54 F)

In the view of the climate description above, we can only advise visitors to be prepared for everything. No matter what time of year you plan to visit Iceland, always pack some warm and water resistant clothes, hats, gloves and good walking shoes. 

Practical list, independent of the season of the year
Clothes: 

1. Warm underwear

2. Sweater or a warm jacket/coat

3. Wind- and waterproof overcoat and over trousers

4. Extra pair of warm socks

5. Gloves and a cap 
6. Hiking shoes (waterproof boots for winter photo tours)
7. Slippers and possibly light trainers
9. Sunglasses (optional!)

10. Electric converter (Iceland uses 220 volts)
11. Torch or headlight (winter photo tours)