Three Day Jokulsarlon Photo Tour

Three Day Jokulsarlon Photo Tour

This marvellous 3 days photo tour will give you the chance to explore more the majestic landscapes of Vatnajokull National Park and the beautiful south coast.

  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Private photo guide
  • Transportation by 4x4 jeep
Not Included:
  • Food and drinks
  • Accommodation

Prices are per tour not per person – up to 4 passengers. Please note we don’t provide extra passengers to fill up the 4 passenger quote, the tour is private to your group. If more than 4 passengers contact us for quote.

Total price: 3190 USD

Summary of the tour

We will pick you up from your hotel in Reykjavik and start our journey to the South Coast of Iceland. Our first photography stops are the two of Iceland´s most well-known waterfalls Seljalandsfoss, where one can walk behind the graceful falls and Skogafoss, where one can hike on top of the falls, plus the hidden waterfall of Gljufrabui. Given more time and good weather to hike, we can also bring you to the more secluded mind-blowing waterfalls in Skaftafell National Park. Then, we’ll head to the eastern part of Iceland to the Vatnajokull National park where you will find the photographer’s paradise. This park is the largest national park in Iceland where the biggest glacial lake in Europe can be found. Jokulsarlon ice lagoon, on the edge of Vatnajokull National Park has been expanding because of the melting glaciers and it is now considered the deepest lake in Iceland. Here, you will be photographing the glistening blue icebergs in all shapes and sizes as they float towards the river mouth along with the tide. As these chunks of ice flow to the ocean, another photographic beauty can be captured when the ice cubes and crystals are then washed ashore on the black sand beach. This is a playground for photographers as they play with light, waves and ice. Every shot will be unique because of the different wave strokes. During the Aurora Borealis season, this region is magical to capture when the reflections of the aurora dance on the lake along with the pristine giant icebergs. There are also other epic landscape locations in this area, including the famous Stokknsnes and Vestrahorn. There will be chances to shoot horses and other arctic animals along the way. This tour is best for small groups, max of 4, to make it more fun and economical. Your professional photographer guide will spend the time you need to take you to the most epic locations in Iceland and also to help you get the best photos possible in each location. Accommodation is not included but we can help you find the best prices and places to stay. So if you have 3 days spare in Iceland and want to fill your camera with beautiful photographs, this tour will be perfect for you.

Highlights of the tour

Seljalandsfoss and Gljufrabui

Seljalandsfoss is one of the best known waterfalls in Iceland with its thin cascade falling from 60 meters high cliff and the foot path behind the falls making it possible to have an amazing picture from the back side of the falls. In addition to this, the area is surrounded by lush greenery and colourful flora. This is truly a haven for nature photographers. Close to Seljalandsfoss is another mind-blowing fall, Gljufrabui or the “Dweller of the Gorge”. This 40 meters high waterfalls is a hidden gem because it is covered by a huge cliff and not many visitors know about this waterfall. It is also tricky to get through the gorge because the stones can be slippery when you walk through the Gljufura river. Caution is thus advised at all times. It is recommended to bring raincoat, rubber boots and camera sleeves if you wish to take extra steps to get amazing pictures in these locations.

Skogafoss Waterfall

Not far from previous two falls is the 60 meters high and 25 meters wide Skogafoss. This is also one of the most visited falls because of its accessibility from the Southern Ring Road. Standing close to this powerful waterfall can be overwhelming and is also a great photo opportunity to show the scale of the falls. Moreover, if the sun conditions are favourable - a vivid rainbow in front of the waterfalls can be seen. One can also climb 527 steps to the top of the falls for a different photographic angle of the waterfall and even gives you an amazing view towards the Atlantic Ocean. The track leading to the head of the waterfalls continues following the Skógá river upstream. Its cliffs were the former coastline but after the coastline had receded seaward, the former sea cliffs remained, parallel to the coast over hundreds of kilometres, creating together with some mountains a clear border between the coastal lowlands and the Highlands of Iceland. On months of July - October, you will spot some fishermen catching some salmon and char on the river below the falls.

Svartifoss waterfall

Svartifoss or “the Black Fall” is the main attraction in Skaftafell National Park in the East Region of the country because of its extraordinary columnar jointing formations. In fact, it has brought the inspiration to the architecture of Hallgrimskirkja church in Reykjavik, the ceiling of the National Theater and sculptor Richard Serra‘s Milestones, located in Videy island. The 45 minutes easy hike will be worth it when you see and photograph the dramatic contrast between the 12 meters high white water of the fall and the surrounding dark hexagonal basalt columns. At the base of the cascade, you will find sharp rocks that have broken off from the columns. On the way to this picturesque falls, you will encounter 3 other waterfalls: Þjófafoss or “the Thieves' Falls”, Hundafoss or “the Dogs' Falls” and Magnúsarfoss or “the Falls of Magnús”.

Eldhraun lava field

The vast Eldhraun ("Fire lava") lies in South Iceland, south of the town Kirkjubaejarklaustur and is the largest of its kind in the world. Covered with moss and lichen, it stretches 565 km2 and is one of the most stunning sites in Iceland. The lava tube system, north of Laufbalavatn lake is in particular one of the greatest in the country, where more than 200 caves can be found and the system extends for more than five kilometers and 13 cu. meters. The flow of the lava was created during one of the greatest eruptions recorded history. In this eruption, the Lakagigar crater row, northwards of the lava field, was also formed. This eruption, Skaftareldar ("The Skafta river fires") lasted from 1783 to 1784 and had a devastating effect on crop and livelihood in Iceland. The effect spread to Europe as well, as the ash travelled there. It is even speculated to have been a factor in the French Revolution. Geological field trips, in preparation for the moon landing of Apollo 11 and the gathering of rock samples, were done at this site. Eldhraun is indeed a site full of wonders that offers amazing opportunities for photographing.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon and the Famous Ice Beach

Beautiful Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon, belonging to the vast Vatnajokull National Park. The lagoon is filled with more than 300 massive icebergs of different shapes and sizes that break away yearly from Breidamerkurjokull glacier and drift towards the sea. More icebergs can then be found at the sandy beach, shaped further by the sea. The interplay of light, the dark sands, glistening ice, possible snow in wintertime and reflections in the ice and the water make this a wonderful opportunity for stunning winter photography. Already a photographer‘s dream come true, the scene may be crowned even further by a brilliant display of aurora, should conditions be favourable. The glistening ice world of Jokuslarlon has inspired filmmakers as well as photographers, as evidenced by the James Bond films Live and Let Die and A View to a Kill. Fans of the Game of Thrones TV series might also note that all the scenes by The Wall in the first series were filmed in the Vatnajokull area.

Vestrahorn in Stokness

The majestic Vestrahorn mountain rises 454 meters above the black lava beach of Stokksnes peninsula, which lies at the south-eastern part of Vatnajokull National park. The mountain is highly scenic, both in terms of shape and geologically, offering great opportunities for photography. It consists of several steep peaks, the most notable of which is the Brunnhorn outcrop, as it stretches eastwards all the way towards the sea. Geologically, the mountain is made of unstratified plutonic rock, gabbro and some granophyre. The strong waves of the Atlantic Ocean add further to the epic scenery and sunrise and sunset are particularly recommended as an ideal time for photographing. In summer, the rays of the midnight sun will bask the area and in winter the scenery may be further crowned by the Aurora Borealis gracefully blazing their glorious and ever-dancing trail across the arctic sky.

Duration : 3 Days / 2 Nights
Price : 3190$ (USD) – Prices are per tour not per person – up to 4 passengers.
Please note we don’t provide extra passengers to fill up the 4 passenger quote, the tour is private to your group. If more than 4 passengers contact us for quote.

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