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Iceland Photo Tour

Iceland Photo Tour – Classic South


Iceland is famous for its wild landscapes. The island is full of impressive photo motives. On this photo tour we will take you to the classic highlights in the south. Photograph iconic waterfalls, picturesque ice lagoons and impressive mountain panoramas.

On this Iceland photo tour, as on all our tours, we count on local know-how. Our Icelandic guide and qualified photographer Stephan Mantler has been living in Iceland since 2013. Stephan is leading the tour together with the renowned Swiss landscape photographer Fabio Antenore, who has travelled the island many times and knows it very well. Those two will guide you to the most beautiful photo spots at the right times.

The nature in Iceland demands flexibility, as the weather conditions change rapidly. The program is constantly adapted to the conditions in order to get the best out of each day.

The hunt for the Northern Lights is naturally on the program, on clear nights and with the appropriate weather forecasts.

31. August – 7. September 2020 (fully booked)

8 days / 7 nights from/to Reykjavik

max. 8 guests

Keflavík – Skógafoss – Vik – Stokksnes – Jökulsárlón - Keflavík
This Iceland Photo Tour offers an extraordinary number of photographic highlights!
  • Grandiose landscapes with iconic waterfalls, sparkling ice lagoons/beaches and impressive mountain panoramas
  • Excursion to a less known waterfall in the highlands.
  • Unique opportunity to photograph Icelandic horses at close range.
  • Guidance and intensive mentoring by two professional landscape photographers who know Iceland very well and will guide you to the best and most beautiful photo spots, even those that are remote and still considered as an insider tip.
  • You will accommodate in beautiful and comfortable hotels not far from the photo locations.
  • Small group with maximum 8 participants
Iceland’s northern lights season: August - April!
From the end of August to the mid-April the nights are long and dark enough. That’s the best time of the year to see the northern lights. In Iceland you have good chances to see northern lights already in autumn. If the sky is clear and there is enough northern light activity, you can capture the magic lights with your camera.

Itinerary

Day 1: Arrival to Iceland
You travel to Keflavík individually. Meeting point is at Keflavík airport during the afternoon (please arrange your arrival time with us in advance).

Afterwards you will be driven with a comfortable minibus along the ring road towards the east, to our first destination. The road leads past lush green pastures and dramatic coastlines. Later you will check in at the hotel near the famous Skógafoss.

Already on the first evening you will visit a first highlight of this photo tour. You will have a chance to take pictures by a small, enchanting waterfall not far from our hotel.

Due to the small group size we can optimally respond to your individual needs and discuss photographic topics of your choice and put them into practice immediately (e.g. long-time exposures, use of filters etc.).
Day 2: A Waterfall Paradise
Today you will spend the day in the region around the Skógafoss. The mighty waterfall can be seen from far away from the road. The 60-meter-high and 25-meter-wide waterfall falls from the former steep coast and is the undeniable highlight of this region. It is the perfect place to experiment with photographing fast flowing water and capture great long-time exposures.

The exact day program will be arranged on site at short notice to suit the weather and light conditions. You will be out and about especially during sunrise and sunset.
Day 3: From the Sea to the Highlands
In the morning you will have a chance to photograph the sunrise at the fantastic beach of Vik. Because of its bizarre scenery, the beach is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Pointed rock needles rise high out of the wild sea. The sand on the beach shimmers in deep black. In the background, there is a basalt columnar cave.

Afterwards you will return to the hotel, where a delicious breakfast awaits you. Later you will continue along the ring road towards east to our hotel in Kirkjubæjarklaustur.

Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Later in the afternoon you will go for an excursion to the highlands. You will drive with a 4x4 over bumpy tracks and through fords into a bizarrely beautiful landscape. Our destination is a still less known waterfall off the beaten track. The waterfall plunges over basalt columns into a river in the middle of an enchanting landscape characterized by rich green colours and volcanic rock faces.
Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Day 4 -5: Majestic Mountains and Icelandic Horses
Before breakfast we have an impressive gorge on the program. You will take pictures in a colourful rock landscape and breath-taking scenery.

Afterwards the journey continues into the surroundings of Höfn. Here you will spend the night in the immediate vicinity of the majestic Vestrahorn on the Stokksnes Peninsula. We deliberately allow ourselves some time in this area. The Vestrahorn impresses with its steeply rising peaks and offers numerous opportunities for spectacular landscape shots.

During our stay in Stokksnes you will also have a unique opportunity to photograph the local Icelandic horses. The peaceful horses provide great photo opportunities in the middle of the rugged Icelandic landscape.

In case the weather is not playing along, or during breaks, you will have opportunity to participate in individual photo discussions or photo editing sessions.
Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Day 6: Icelands Diamonds
Today we are slowly heading back to the west. Our next destination is Jökulsárlón with its glittering glacier lagoon and the sparkling diamonds of ice on the sandy beach. In the lagoon icebergs break off the glacier tongue again and again, and then drift across the lagoon into the open sea. The ice chunks are then washed back onto the beach where they sparkle like diamonds or crystals on the black sandy beach. No chunks of ice are like the other and wonderful pictures are captured.
Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Day 7: Slowly heading back to the West
Today you will have a chance again to photograph the sunrise in the surroundings. Afterwards you will enjoy a break.

Depending on the weather we will have an early dinner on the way. At sunset you will take pictures at Seljalandfoss. The spectacular waterfall plunges over a steep rock face and you will have opportunity to walk behind the water curtain. Afterwards you will be driven directly to Keflavík where you check in at a hotel near the airport.

Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Day 8: End of Photo Tour
Today the photo tour ends, and it is time to say goodbye to Iceland. Most flights leave during the morning from Keflavik. From our hotel you can reach the airport with a fast and comfortable transfer. You will return home luggage full of wonderful memories and impressive photos.

Accommodation

During the Iceland photo tour, you will stay in good hotels, which offer all amenities.
Skógafoss
Our hotel is located in the immediate vicinity of the famous waterfall. It has a restaurant and rooms with shower/WC and free WLAN.
Kirkjubæjarklaustur
You will stay in a family run hotel just outside Kirkjubæjarklaustur. The hotel is situated on a hilly location and from the terrace you can enjoy a view of the landscape. The rooms have their own bathroom, coffee/tea facilities and a TV.
Stokksnes
Our accommodation is located away from civilization on the Stokksnes peninsula. Here you will stay overnight in the immediate vicinity of the imposing Vestrahorn. All rooms have a private bathroom with shower.
Jökulsárlón
Our hotel is located not far from the Ringstrasse and offers a wonderful views over the Atlantic Ocean or the glacier. The glacier lagoon Jökulsárlón is only a few minutes’ drive from the hotel. All rooms have a private bathroom and a desk.
Keflavík
The hotel offers a restaurant, bar and 24-hour reception and is only 5 km from the airport (airport transfer is available). The rooms are equipped with private bathroom, flat screen satellite TV, refrigerator, electric kettle, shower, hair dryer and desk.
Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island
Fotoreise Island

Photo Guides

Foto Guide Stephan Mantler
Local Photo-Guide
Stephan Mantler
Stephan was born in Austria and has lived permanently in Iceland since 2013. Before moving to Iceland, he certified as a master photographer and worked for many years primarily as a mountain sports and landscape photographer, taking his passion with him to his new home country. As an AIMG certified glacier and mountain guide, he leads private tours in Iceland with an extraordinary combination of unique locations and photographic expertise.


Fabio Antenore
Amazing Views Photo-Guide
Fabio Antenore
Fabio is a Swiss landscape photographer with international awards. He lives in Zurich and spends most of his time in the Swiss mountains or in foreign countries near and far to live his passion for landscape photography.

Iceland is one of Fabio's great passions and he has travelled the island for photography countless times.

more about Fabio

Price

CHF 4'120.-

  • Price per person in a double room
  • Single room supplementCHF 570.-
  • 8 days / 7 nights
  • to / from Keflavík
We reserve the right to change prices (especially due to exchange rate fluctuations)
Included
  • Photo guiding by the local photo guide Stephan Mantler and by the Swiss landscape photographer and Iceland expert Fabio Antenore
  • Photo tour guiding in German and English
  • 7 nights in comfortable and modern hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Transfer from / to Keflavík airport by the flight connections recommended by us
  • Transfers within Iceland and to the photo locations on site in a comfortable van
  • Intensive support and instruction by the photo guides
  • Comprehensive travel documents
Not included in the Price
  • Individual travel to/from Keflavík, Iceland
  • Transfers from / to the airport in case of other arrival / departure than recommended by us
  • Lunches, Dinners and beverages
  • Personal expenses, entrance fees, tips etc.
  • Any airport taxes and fees
  • Cancellation costs insurance, travel insurance

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Good to know
  • Language: Our photo tour guides speak English and German.
  • Participants: On this trip you will travel with like-minded people who love nature and photography and want to deepen their own photographic knowledge.
  • Arrival by plane: Meeting point is Keflavík airport in the afternoon of 31 August 2020, you will travel individually to Keflavík. Please arrange your arrival with us in advance. The return flight for September 7th can be booked for the morning. Most flights arrive in the afternoon and leave Keflavík in the morning. Would you like an offer for flights suitable for the photo tour? Please contact us, we will be happy to assist you.
  • Climate and weather: Thanks to the Gulf Stream, Iceland has a moderate climate with cool summers and relatively mild winters. The weather is changeable, so it is recommended to be prepared for all types of weather.
  • Condition: The tour has no special requirement. We will do short hikes to the photo locations. You should be fit enough to participate in these hikes. Individual photo locations may be a little exposed. However, if you are afraid of heights there is always a possibility to take pictures from a little further back.
  • Course of action of the photo tour: We will put together the exact day's programme on site at short notice in order to consider the weather and lighting conditions. In order to be able to take pictures at the right time with the right light in the golden and blue hours, we will be outdoors especially at sunrise and sunset times. In between, during noon or in the afternoon, you will have free time to rest a little, explore the surroundings or, if you wish, take part in picture reviews and tutorials.
  • Sunrise / Sunset: During the photo trip the sunrise takes place at about 6:00 am and the sunset at about 8:30 pm.
  • Entry requirements Iceland: Citizens from EU countries, the Schengen area and Switzerland require a valid passport or identity card, which must be valid for at least three months after the planned date of departure.
  • Insurance: We strongly advise you to purchase insurance for cancellation and return journey costs, which will be needed in the event of a secluded region being evacuated, a local hospital stay or return travel costs to your home country.