Six-Day Winter Photo Tour in West, South and Southeast Iceland
24 - 29th February - 2020 - Fully booked.
15 - 20th November - 2020
16 - 21 February 2021 Fully booked.
22 - 27th February 2021
Group size 4 - max 6
(This tour can be modified into a private tour for more suitable dates.)
As in most of our tours, Haukur Snorrason, owner and professional photographer will be the guide. Haukur is happy to share his experience and techniques to help you improve your skills. This tour will take you to many sites in West, South and Southeast Iceland. We will photograph waterfalls, horses, hot springs and black sand beaches. There will be lava fields, glacier outlets, ice caves, and icebergs broken-off from the glacier, floating, and others scattered in the black sand. We hope to experience Iceland's beautiful winter sunrises and sunsets of which we will take full advantage of. Besides the popular sites, we will also photograph less traveled locations. With good fortune, we'll spot the Northern Lights, which we'll be watching for every night. To ensure the best results, with the aid of a local guide from the most experienced company in the Vatnajökull glacial area, we will visit the best ice cave available for photographers. In one day, winter in Iceland can be a mixture of all kinds of weather. Our experience is that varied winter weather can also offer the most amazing photographic opportunities in the mild winter light.
Price per person includes all meals, accommodation, photographer/ guide, helicopter ice cave tour and all transport in spacious trucks.
Price per person: Single occupancy ISK 598.000—Double occupancy ISK 536.800
Group size: Min. 4 – Max. 6 persons
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DAY 1: HRAUNFOSSAR WATERFALLS, HVALFJORDUR BAY, THINGVELLIR NATIONAL PARK.
Haukur Snorrason photographer/guide will pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavik around 8:00 am and head west. Our first stop, Hraunfossar—with its many sections—is one of the most photogenic waterfalls in Iceland. Hraunfossar falls look at its best this time of year. Icicles are all around it. Horses; I have a nephew farmer in the area who allows us to photograph and walk around his horses as we want! Then, we'll drive via Hvalfjordur Bay over into South Iceland. One stop along the way near a lonely house will be a well-hidden waterfall. We finish our day in Thingvellir National Park with its lava crevasses and crystal clear water. In the evening, we will keep a Northern Lights watch. Accommodation: Close to hot springs in the Geysir area
DAY 2: FIRST LIGHT AT GEYSIR AREA, SOUTH COAST AND WATERFALLS.
At first light, we will be at Strokkur, Iceland's only spouting hot spring. It can be fun photographing the blue bulb as it wells up before shooting as much as 20 meters into the sky. Back at our nearby hotel, we have breakfast and check out. We then head towards the south coast of Iceland, where we'll behold exquisite waterfalls. What we do during the last bit of this day depends on light and weather; we will go back this way on the final day. Accommodation: In our own cozy Hrifunes Guesthouse
FIRST LIGHT AT REYNISDRANGAR SEA STACKS AND BLACK SAND BEACH. DYRHÓLAEY HEADLANDS.
We take an early breakfast to reach the black sand beach and photograph the sea stacks at Reynisfjara at sunrise. At this time of year, the sun rises right behind them! We will also shoot along the coastal line at Dyrhólaey Headlands and Eagle Rock by Hjörleifshöfdi Cape. From a farmer friend, we'll get exclusive permission to photograph his horses and other sites in the area. Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
DAY 4 : TO VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK - ICE CAVES BY HELICOPTER
We check out from cozy Hrifunes Guesthouse and head towards the glaciers. We will meet our local glacier guide from an experienced company in the Vatnajökull region. Ice caves have been flooded with tourists in the past years, making it hard for us tripod people to get our photographs. So we no longer take our 4x4's there like most other tourists do. Instead, by helicopter, we fly to more remote places on the glacier, and that way, we can photograph great ice caves away from the crowds. Accommodation: Near the Glacier Lagoon
DAY 5: FIRST LIGHT AT DIAMOND BEACH, VATNAJÖKULL NATIONAL PARK, ICE BERGS, GLACIER OUTLETS.
We start the day at first light on Diamond Beach, where icebergs lay upon the black sand—on a clear day with the sunrise in the background. Still, we have other places to photograph like Fjallsárlón Lagoon glacial outlet. We may even come across reindeer! Accomodatoppn: Near the Glacier Lagoon
DAY 6: FIRST LIGHT AT GLACIER LAGOON BY THE DIAMOND BEACH - VARIOUS LOCATIONS DURING DRIVE TO REYKJAVIK
We check out and get ready for first light by the Glacier Lagoon. On the long drive back to Reykjavik, we will stop at various places such as Lómagnúpur Mountain, Skógafoss Waterfall and one secret waterfall. ETA in Reykjavik around 6-7 pm.
Accommodation: All accommodation costs during the tour. Pick up and drop off at hotel in Reykjavik.
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. Guided ice cave tour by Helicopter.
Cost of flight to Keflavik/Iceland, transportation to and from airport (although this can be arranged), hotel accommodation in Reykjavík.
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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)