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Guided 10 Day Photography Tour of the Complete Ring Road of Iceland with Waterfalls & Black Sands

Goðafoss waterfall in Northern Iceland
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Tour starts
Reykjavík, Iceland
Starting time
Flexible
Duration
10 days
Ending place
Reykjavík, Iceland
Languages
English, Icelandic
Difficulty
Moderate
Available
Feb. - Nov.
Minimum age
16 years old

Description

Join this photography tour to hone your photography skills while you capture the incredible landscapes in Iceland.

This photography workshop has been designed for a small group of photographers who will be accompanied by a professional landscape photographer and guide. The tour is ten days and nine nights, taking you counterclockwise on the Ring Road in Iceland. Visit the most exceptional photography locations in the country, some of which are lesser-known and off the beaten track.

You will be able to photograph many beautiful waterfalls and rivers, glaciers and glacier lagoons, icebergs, lava fields, majestic mountains and black sand beaches. On the way, we travel through several National Parks, rural countryside and typical Icelandic seaside villages around Iceland. Depending on the time of year, you will be able to photograph many species of local or migrating birds as you drive through the country.

The Spring tour is late May as the vegetation is starting to turn green again after the winter, migratory birds are flocking to Iceland which is their nesting grounds. The Puffins are among these and can be spotted in a few places on this tour. You may expect to see some snow in the mountains in the Highlands, and the glaciers are still white after the winter snow.

In midsummer the vegetation is in full bloom, beautiful wildflowers and the colourful Alaska lupin can be seen in many places along the way. Long days and short nights with 24 hours of daylight in North Iceland make this the high season for tourists in Iceland.

On the autumn tour, the colours of Icelandic nature have changed to orange, yellow and red, and the days are getting shorter again. Migratory birds are actively preparing for the migration to warmer lands, and the Northern lights can be seen in late August.

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Included

Accommodation for 9 nights, double/single occupancy lodging with private bathroom and breakfast
Professional photo guide
Transportation in a comfortable 4x4 truck

Activities

Hiking
Sightseeing
Northern lights hunting

Daily itinerary

Day 1
Seljalandsfoss waterfall at golden hour

Day 1 - Reykjavik to Vík

This tour starts from Reykjavík around 8-9 am on the first day. A few waterfalls, Gluggafoss, Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss are the first locations of the day, where you can practice your long exposure skills. Visit Dyrholaey peninsula and Reynisfjara black sand beach, where you have the opportunity to photograph Puffins. Accommodation two nights near Vík.

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Day 2
Reynisdrangar black sand beach with a man holding a camera in the foreground

Day 2 - Exploring Vík

Start the day with a morning photo session at sunrise somewhere around Vík and Reynisdrangar sea stacks. Explore gorges and remote paths in the Mýrdalur highlands and grasp another chance to capture a photo of the puffins at Reynisfjall mountain or Dyrhólaey peninsula. Sunset photo session at Dyrhólaey.

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Day 3
Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon at golden hour

Day 3 - Vík to Jökulsárlón

A sunrise session at Vík before heading east through Mýrdalssandur and Skaftáreldahraun lava field, Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon and Lómagnúpur mountain. Many beautiful and photogenic locations along the way. The mission of the day is reaching Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon before sunset and staying overnight in the area near the lagoon.

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Day 4
Vestrahorn mountain is located in the South East of Iceland

Day 4 - Jökulsárlón to Breiðdalsvík

Starting with a sunrise morning session at the Jökulsárlón beach, photographing icebergs and black sand beach before heading east towards Vestrahorn mountain at Stokksnes. Vestrahorn is one of the best-known photography locations in Iceland. Further east the similar Eystrahorn mountain is a spectacular view before driving into the East fjords. Stay overnight in the town of Breiðdalsvík.

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Day 5
Flögufoss waterfall in the East of Iceland

Day 5 - Breiðdalsvík to Mývatn

We start in the morning by taking the back road from Breiðdalsvík through Breiðdalur valley and with a short hike visiting Flögufoss waterfall, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the east. The next big photography stop on the way is Stuðlagil canyon, a beautiful canyon with basalt columns and a river running through. From there head to the Mývatn lake with its beautiful landscapes and geothermal area. Stay two nights in the Mývatn area.

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Day 6
Selfoss waterfall is located next to Dettifoss waterfall

Day 6 - Lake Mývatn Area

Morning photo session at the famous Dettifoss and Selfoss waterfalls in the beautiful Jökulsárgljúfur canyon. Another chance to perfect your long exposure and compositional skills. We travel further north to Ásbyrgi, a horseshoe-shaped canyon in Öxarfjörður. From Ásbyrgi we drive to Húsavík the Diamond Circle route, stopping for a photo session at Gatanöf, a unique sea stack near Húsavík.

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Day 7
Aldeyjarfoss waterfall in the North of Iceland

Day 7 - Goðafoss to Blönduós

The sunrise photoshoot will be at the beautiful Goðafoss waterfall, which offers many great angles and details to photograph. His big brother, Aldeyjarfoss waterfall is 40 kilometres further inland in the same river, a unique diamond on the edge of the highlands. From there we head into Akureyri for a well-deserved lunch and drive on into Skagafjörður and Blönduós. The sunset location here is Hvítserkur sea stack, a unique rock formation near the coast. Stay one night in the area around Blönduós.

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Day 8
Kirkjufell mountain at golden hour

Day 8 - Discover Snæfellsnes

In the morning we head into West Iceland into the photogenic Snæfellsnes peninsula, for the two next days. In Snæfellsnes we have, for example, the well-known mountain Kirkjufell, which we will visit for sunset and/or sunrise shots. The lava field Berserkjahraun is rough and colourful and the area around Snæfellsjökull glacier is one of the National Parks we pass through. Stay for two nights in Snæfellsnes

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Day 9
Gatklettur arch in Arnarstapi, on Snaefellsnes Peninsula

Day 9 - Explore Snæfellsnes

Explore the west side of Snæfellsnes, with some great locations as Arnarstapi cliffs, Lóndrangar sea stacks and Svörtuloft. At Arnarstapi you will find unique coastline with sea stacks, arches and basalt columns, one of them is Gatklettur cliff that you can see here on the photo to the left. The Black church at Búðir is an excellent location that everyone must visit and photograph.

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Day 10
Hraunfossar waterfall in the West of Iceland

Day 10 - Snæfellsnes to Reykjavík

On the last day of the tour, we start with a sunrise photo shoot at some of the great locations in Snæfellsnes before heading towards Reykjavik into Borgarfjörður and Húsafell with one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland, Hraunfossar and Barnafoss, which you can see here from above on the photo to the left. The tour will end in Reykjavik around 6-7 pm at your hotel.

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What to bring

Your photo gear, including: a sturdy tripod, ND and graduate filters if you use them and a drone if you have one
Good hiking boots and warm clothing

Good to know

If some of the main roads are closed due to weather conditions, the tour itinerary will be changed accordingly.

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