Iceland is a photographer's and traveler's paradise — unique culture and exceptional natural phenomena come together in an experience that visitors remember for the rest of their lives.
This tour is private, so you may opt to pay the full price on your own, but up to four people — provided by you — can be accommodated to split the fare.
You'll head out to Snaefellsnes peninsula in West Iceland, one of the most picturesque regions of the country. Arctic seascapes, breathtaking ravines, unique basalt columns and rock formations await at Arnarstapi, where you'll get to see and photograph the Gatklettur natural stone arch and the rifs Musagja, Hundagja and Midgja. Hellnagraun is nearby, which is a lavafield that is particularly great to photograph during the twilight hours. Another nearby attraction is the 19th century Budakirkja black church, which is still in great condition thanks to a renovation in the 1980's.
Another destination will be the iconic Mount Kirkjufell, which is located near Grundarfjordur, a quaint fishing town. Kirkjufell is known for its near-perfect cone shape, and different kinds of foreground elements make photographing the mountain very fruitful. Naturally, you'll also encounter the beautiful Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, which together with the mountain have for some of Iceland's most distinctive photographs. Finally, there's Londrangar sea stacks, as we as the Svalthufa hill, which is an old crater. You'll also get the opportunity to photograph the local wildlife like puffins, kittiwakes, common murres, and northern fulmars at Thufubjarg cliff.
Island hopping will be our itinerary on the second day, as we cross over to the Westfjords from Snaefellsnes via ferry over the vast Breidafjordur fjord. Our first stop will be the island of Flatey, which is the largest among the Breidafjordur islands. Flatey is particularly picturesque in the summer, as its charming old houses serve as a perfect complement to the nature, wildlife, and landscape of the place. Puffins, arctic terns, gulls and the occasional white-tailed eagles call this island home, and you may also catch a glimpse of whales. A great noteworthy treat here is the fresh shellfish the locals leave out in nets for travelers to enjoy.
Another area of note is Gardar BA 64, which is the wreck of Iceland's oldest steel ship, which was a whaling vessel built in 1912. It was beached in Skapadalur valley in the 1980's. Next stop will be Latrabjarg, a 14 km long and 441 m high cliff at the westernmost side of Iceland. The place is home to millions of birds, including puffins, guillemots, northern gannets and razorbills, making it Europe's largest bird cliff. What's more, the sand near the cliff is a combination of red and pink — hence the name Raudisandur, translated as "Red Sand" — making it one of the world's most unique beaches. Some points of interest in the area include a church, as well as the magnificent coastline. You'll be spending the night at Breidavik village.
Your journey through the Westfjords continues, as you head off to see the second-largest and one of the most beautiful fjords in the area, Arnarfjordur. It is dotted with a number of impressive mountain formations and landscapes, as well as a massive and powerful waterfall. More landscapes and striking natural vistas await at Ketildalir valleys, where you'll head off to next.
If you're interested in local culture, Arnarfjordur is also a treat due to the numerous legends and folklore surrounding it, as well as its rich history. Fossdalur will be out next destination of the day, where another majestic waterfall is located, near the Foss farm which gives the waterfall its name.
To cap things off, you'll head over to Dynjandi, which many consider to be the most splendid and magnificent waterfall in all of Iceland. It is made up of seven falls that cascade down several steps at a collective drop of 100 meters. The waterfall's name translates into "thunderous" which is a very apt description once you see the falls with your own eyes. You'll then turn in your heads at Thingeyri village.
The highlights for this day include the quaint little picturesque towns of Bolungarvik and Isafjordur, as well as the two beautiful valleys, Ingjaldssandur and Korpudalur. Isafjordur is primarily a fishing town, but its population of around 2600 people make it the largest town in Westfjords and a central hub of sorts for the region, making it an ideal place to explore and discover part of Iceland's rich cultural heritage.
Your cultural journey continues at Bolungarvik, which is one of Iceland's oldest settlements. But also located here is Bolafjall mountain, which you will climb and be rewarded with a spectacular view of the surrounding area. Korpudalur and Ingjaldssandur are famed in the region for their natural vistas and breathtaking landscapes, which are especially beautiful when sunset's golden hour sets in. There'll be a hike at Ingjaldssandur so you can take the rugged road that opens to a view of the sea, where more photographic opportunities await. At the end of the day, you'll head back to Isafjordur, where you will spend the night.