Spring Around Iceland Photo Tour

Spring Around Iceland Photo Tour

2020 May 20 - 30th - 11 days/10 nights

For 2021  - May 21-31st - 11 days/10 nights

About the tour:

The Spring Around Iceland photographic tour includes West Iceland, the West Fjords, North and Northeast Iceland, Southeast Iceland and the south coast. This tour is aimed at landscape photographers who may also have an interest in bird photography although the focus will primarily be on landscape photography. Late May and early June is the time when all birds are in their prime colors, and we will get to photograph the most interesting bird colonies in Iceland such as the Puffin colony at the majestic Látrabjarg Cliffs in the remote west and also at Ingólfshöfði headlands in the south east. During this tour, we will see the many photogenic waterfalls in Iceland; the famous ones and the secret ones. Beautiful streams and rivers, the largest glacier in Europe; Vatnajökull Glacier National Park, icebergs, columnar basalt formations, black sand beaches, lava fields,  Icelandic horses and a variety of Icelandic weather. On route you will get to know about Icelandic geology, culture, wildlife and present and past history.  All in all, a grand tour. When possible, the schedule of the trip may be rearranged for the best weather conditions and light at each location, so be prepared to be flexible. This way we can make this tour as successful as possible.

Group size min. 3 – max 7

Price per person incl. full board meals, accommodation, photographer as guide and all transport in spaciours trucks  : double occupancy is ISK 795.000,- /  single occupancy is ISK 915.000,-

This tour can be modified into private tour for more suitable dates. 

Day 1: Snaefellsnes Peninsula

You will be picked up from your hotel in Reykjavík at 8:00 am. We start the tour by travelling to Hraunfossar "the Lava Waterfalls." This is one of the top three waterfalls in Iceland to photograph. From there, we continue to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and Snaefellsnes National Park, stopping at Arnarstapi Cliffs where you have Snaefellsjökull glacier on hand and the cliffs on the other. These in these cliffs we find Kittiwakes and Fulmar bird colonies. Accommodation: Hotel Hellnar

Day 2: Latrabjarg Cliffs

We will drive to the north side of the Snaefellsnes Peninsula and head toward the village of Stykkishólmur in order to catch the ferry across Breidafjördur Bay to Brjánslaekur. The ferry trip takes about three hours, so we will arrive in time to check in at the Hotel Breidavik, have dinner and go to the magnificent Látrabjarg Cliffs for an evening photography session of puffins, razorbills and guillemots. The Latrabjarg Cliffs are extraordinary for photographing the puffins in mild evening light. Accommodation: Hotel Breidavik

Day 3: Latrabjarg Cliffs

We only photograph puffins in the evening, and therefore, we will spend the whole day visiting Arnarfjordur Fjord and Dynjandi Waterfall, one of Iceland‘s most picturesque waterfalls with its many smaller waterfalls. We will head back to Hotel Breidavík for dinner and a rest in preparation for spending the whole evening photographing seabirds again at the Látrabjarg Cliffs. Accommodation: Hotel Breidavik

Day 4: North Iceland

Check out and start our drive via small bays and fjords toward northern Iceland. We will photograph waterfalls in the fjords among other interesting places along the way. After dinner we drive to Hvítserkur sea stack and photograph hopefully in good light. Accommodation: Guesthouse in Vatnsnes Peninsula

Day 5: North Iceland and Lake Myvatn

We begin our day in Skagafjordur Fjord by visiting a well-hidden waterfall. We then make a stop at an original old turf house farm called Glaumbaer with its grassy roof and small windows. After visiting Glaumbaer, we drive toward Lake Myvatn where we will spend the next two nights. The journey will take us through the town of Akureyri, “the Capital of the North.“ On our way, we will stop at Godafoss Waterfall – the waterfall of the Gods, and with good light, also visit it in the evening. Accommodation: Hotel in Myvatn area

Day 6: Lake Myvatn area

We take an early rise to photograph the colourful geothermal area at Hverarönd in order to get the good light and be long before any other tourists arrive. We will visit Leirhnúkur area, various lava fields and a unique volcanic landscape including the great crater Víti (the Hell) at Krafla. Krafla is a fissure that erupted several times in the seventies. We will take a walk around it and photograph this dramatic and coluorful landscape. Accommodation: Hotel in Myvatn area

Day 7: Lake Myvatn area

We will visit the National Park Jökulárgljúfur (Glacier River Canyon). Here we find the most powerful waterfall in Europe, Dettifoss. Here Ridley Scott filmed scenes his movie, Prometheus. We have a drive over higher ground to get to east Iceland and will stop at one of most remote farms in Iceland, Mödrudalur. Accommodation: Guesthouse close to the town of Egilsstadir.

Day 8: From east to southeast

Today we will drive from east to southeast Iceland, passing through the various Fjords and bays with many stops based on light and conditions. We will get to Vatnajökull glacier and the Glacier Lagoon in the late afternoon. We will have an early dinner at our hotel close to the lagoon and spend the evening photographing the icebergs. Accommodation: Hali country hotel.

Day 9: Ingólfshöfdi headlands and Puffins. Vatnajökull National Park and Glacier Lagoon

Puffins! We will take an early morning tour with a guide to the Ingolfshöfdi headlands where we will get another chance to photograph Puffins in this amazing place with its breathtaking view towards Vatnajökull glacier. After a little rest at our hotel we will drive through the Oraefasveit region (the Desert County), which has the glorious Vatnajökull Glacier National Park on the right-hand side and black sand beaches on the left. We will spend most of the day photographing icebergs and glaciers at the Glacier- and Fjallsarlón Lagoons. We photograph in various spots on our way further west to our accommodation at Hrifunes Guesthouse Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse

Day 10: Hrifunes area

Around Hrifunes, we will find many photographic opportunities, but we will keep it a mystery (depending on the weather conditions) what the plan for this day will be! Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse

Day 11: South coast to Reykjavik

We take off for our final day and drive to the Reynisfjara Black Sand Beach with its columnar basalt rocks and sea stacks. We will continue to Skógafoss Waterfall and from there to Gljufrabúi waterfall. This final day is a mixture of the most well-known locations in Iceland—a little touristic, but worth visiting. ETA in Reykjavik around 5-6 PM.

Name of tour: The Spring Around Iceland Photo Tour
Departure: May 20- May 30 2020
Duration: 11 days/10 nights

Price Includes:
Accommodation: All accommodation costs.
Meals: Breakfast from the second day until the last day, picnic lunch every day, dinner from day one until the second to last day.
Transportation & guiding: Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4 truck (Jeep), gasoline
Not included: 
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged) and 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

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)