3 Day Photo Tour of the South Coast & Vatnajokull National Park

3 Day Photo Tour of the South Coast & Vatnajokull National Park
A magical view of Seljalandsfoss waterfall on Iceland's South Coast.
A traditional Icelandic turf house found on the South Coast.
Puffins nest in the cliffs near Reynisfjara black sand beach in the summer.
The unique Dyrhólaey peninsula, found near Reynisfjara black sand beach.
The mighty waterfall Skógafoss is one of the South Coast's most iconic features.
The jet black sands of Reynisfjara beach.
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Spend three days in the land of ice and fire, capturing the beauty of the wild, Icelandic nature. This photography workshop focuses on shooting what many argue is Iceland’s most beautiful area, the South Coast. You will travel to Vatnajökull National Park, Skaftafell Nature Reserve, the Diamond Beach and the iconic Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, and photograph their many wonders beneath the light of the midnight sun.

This workshop is suited to both professional and amateur photographers alike. You will have opportunities to photograph the iconic sites that make this country famous, as well as hidden gems that are much lesser known, such as the Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon. By the end of the tour, your portfolio will be full of unique and diverse images.

Your two nights of accommodation will be pre-organised before your arrival, as will all transfers to and from your shooting locations. Your award-winning photoguides will be with you throughout, guiding you towards the best vantage points and the most interesting lighting.

Do not miss this opportunity to photograph Iceland in summer, with a focus on its most beautiful region. Check availability by choosing a date.

Quick facts

Tour information:
  • Available: Jun. - Aug.
  • Duration: 3 days
  • Activities: Sight Seeing, Photo Tours, Photo Workshop
  • Difficulty: Easy
  • Minimum age: 18 years.
  • Languages: English
  • Attractions: Reykjavík, Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Dyrhólaey, Reynisdrangar, Vatnajökull National Park, Jökulsárlón, Diamond Beach, Vík, Skaftafell , Kirkjubæjarklaustur
Pickup information:
    • Professional photo guide

    • Transportation in a comfortable vehicle

    • 2 nights accommodations near Vatnajokull National Park, rooms with private bathrooms

    • Breakfasts

    • Alcohol, snacks and beverages

    • Lunches and dinners

    • Accommodations in Reykjavik

    • International flights

    What to bring:
    • After you sign up, we'll send you a recommended camera gear and packing list

    Why book with us?

    - We are a local tour operator and travel agency authorised by the tourism board of Iceland.

    - We offer small group tours with a maximum group size of 10-12. This way, you’ll get to know your photography guide and we can take you to shoot in unique places that aren’t suitable for larger groups.

    - All our guests get a free collection of post-processing videos from our award-winning photographers worth over $1,500.

    - On our tours we use comfortable vehicles to safely transport you to amazing locations.

    - We are using only the best hotels available in Iceland.

    - Our photo tours and workshops are guided by award-winning professional landscape photographers.

    - We provide crampons and rubber boots for free to all our guests throughout the tour.

    - During the tour, we give highly informative and easy-to-follow photography and post-processing lectures.

    - Our photo guides will always help you in the field to make sure you will bring home stunning photos of Iceland.

    Daily itinerary

    Day 1 - South Coast

    The Midnight Sun shining on the sea stacks just off shore to Reynisfjara black sand beach.

    On your first morning, you will be picked up from Reykjavík and whisked away to the South Coast towards your accommodation on the other side of the island. The route might be long but don't worry, you will make plenty of stops at stunning locations to break up the journey.

    The first two sites you will visit are the waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, found just off the main road, Route 1. Both fall from cliffs near the coast from heights of over sixty metres, but other than that, they are nothing alike.

    Seljalandsfoss is narrow and picturesque, with a cavern behind it that allows you to fully encircle the water. Skógafoss, meanwhile, is wide and powerful, with many rainbows arching from its stormy spray.

    Next, you will admire and photograph the coastline near the village of Vík. The Dyrhólaey cliffs and rock arch are spectacular features, made even more photogenic from May to August by the puffins nesting on them.

    They are not the only fascinating geological sites here, however; the Reynisdrangar sea stacks rise over sixty metres from the tumultuous waters of the North Atlantic. Capturing them with the black sands of Reynisfjara beach makes for a hauntingly beautiful composition, no matter the weather conditions.

    You will continue along the South Coast until you reach Skaftafell, a nature reserve nestled under the great Vatnajökull glacier. Under the midnight sun, you have no time limit to your photography, and will be able to shoot its many features, from unique waterfalls to the many glacier tongues and lagoons. Often labelled Iceland’s paradise for hikers, it is just as much a haven for shutterbugs.

    In the evening, you will head to your accommodations in the area, no doubt with new skills already, and a memory card full of incredible additions to your portfolio.

    Day 2 - Vatnajokull National Park

    Icebergs sparkling like diamonds on a black sand beach near Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon.

    On day two, you will photograph one of Iceland’s most iconic and beloved sites, Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon. It is here where mighty icebergs break away from the glacier tongue Breiðamerkurjökull, and fill a vast lake, before slowly making their way to the ocean.

    The site makes for incredible landscape photography but you will find the ice up close is quite as fascinating a subject as well. You should also keep your eyes peeled out for seals, as many call the waters home.

    Adjacent to the lagoon is a stretch of coastline that has been nicknamed the Diamond Beach as it is on the black sands here where smaller bergs sometime wash up on shore. As they glisten in the sunlight, they resemble the precious stones that give the beach its nickname. The contrasts of ice, black sand and blue ocean make for some incredible compositions.

    While both of these sites are amazing, they are also very popular. You will, therefore, take some time to head to the much lesser-known Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, where you will be able to get wider-angle shots without worrying about tourists getting in the way. This lake is smaller but just as stunning.

    You will shoot under the midnight sun until it is finally time to return to your accommodation for the night.

    Day 3 - Back to Reykjavik

    The beautiful Fjarðárgljúfur canyon on Iceland's South Coast.

    Now it is time to make your way back to Reykjavík.  Before heading off, however, your photoguides will take you to several new destinations in Vatnajökull National Park.  There, you will be able to capture some fascinating landscapes, including Vatnajökull itself, Europe’s largest ice cap.

    On your return journey to the capital, you will make many stops to stretch your legs and photograph new landscapes and features, as well as those you have already shot under different lighting and conditions.

    Finally, you will reach Reykjavík, no doubt with a host of new skills, friends, and a portfolio you can be proud of.

    Dates and Guides

    21-23 Jun 2019 - Guided by Siggi The Viking
    28-30 Jun 2019 - Guided by Kaspars Dzenis
    26-28 Jul 2019 - Guided by Jon
    2-4 Aug 2019 - Guided by Jon
    23-25 Aug 2019 - Guided by Jon
    24-26 Aug 2019 - Guided by Jon
    31 Aug - 2 Sep 2019 - Guided by Siggi The Viking


    We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic government medical insurance and private health scheme will not cover you whilst you are overseas.

    The tour is always dependent on weather, as the Icelandic weather can indeed be highly unpredictable. Likewise, visits to ice caves are dependent on favorable conditions, and indeed the ice caves themselves are not permanent. When it comes to the Northern Lights, while they are most likely to be seen between September and April, there is no guarantee that they will appear on a given day.

    Cancellation and Refund Policy

    If you cancel and the Workshop is otherwise filled, we will refund you the full amount you have paid towards the tuition, minus a $300 service charge. If you cancel and the Workshop does not fill, then you will be refunded according to the following schedule, based on the full fee of the Workshop:

    Greater than 60 days from the start date of the Workshop: full refund minus $300 fee.
    45 days or more: 75% refund
    30 days or more: 50% refund
    Less than 30 days: no refund

    Refunds will be paid by the same method that the original payment was made.
    Refunds will be initiated within 72 hours of the time that the request is approved.

    Photo Guides

    Siggi the Viking

    Siggi was born in Iceland and has spent most of his photography career in this paradise.During his time as a photographer, he early on found that his passion lies with photographing the beautiful landscapes and nightscapes of Iceland....

    Kaspars Dzenis

    There’s no doubt that immersing oneself in nature with a camera can reinvigorate the soul. For Kaspars, this has become a lifetime passion that he pursues all across the rugged and pristine landscapes of Iceland. For this intrepid...


    Jón is a native Icelander, pro landscape and nature photographer, loves the northern lights and tries different technic capturing them - panorama, vertorama and time lapse. Jón started taking photography seriously 10 years ago and since...

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    This trip was an epic experience. I think the best way to describe it is like when you were a child during Christmas eve, you couldn't sleep out of excitement. Amazing place and a great group. Excellent tour and super professional guides. Thank you very much for your advice and organization of the workshop.
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    Without a doubt the workshop in Iceland was one of the best experiences of my life. Participating was the best decision I could make. There is no way to express how incredible everything was; The group was full of funny people that made the experience even better. The place is awesome and the service from the organizers was excellent. Special thanks to our guides for all the attention, patience and professionalism. Recommended 100%.
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    I greatly enjoyed the Iceland tour and found it to be perfect for my first international photo trip. Our guides were most helpful and gave me very good advice along the way. The tour was very well organized with regard to hotels, meals and shooting locations. I know the scheduling of activities is quite difficult for a tour like this. I want to sincerely thank you for your efforts to organize this trip. I look forward to another photo adventure with you in the future!
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    The scenery was sublime, the company was spectacular and the cuisine, absolutely divine …Iceland tours are absolutely the only way I would go to visit and photograph Iceland. They know where to take their group and when to catch the beautiful light that showcases the wild frontier that is Iceland. Aside from the learning that is part of this adventure, you develop a camaraderie with your fellow photographers who share their knowledge with you. I would not hesitate recommending this trip to the avid and adventurous photographer.
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    I am writing to express my gratitude for the tour last week. What a fantastic place. From start to finish I was very impressed with the relaxed atmosphere you and Jonathon made for us. I also liked the way you tailored your approach to the individual and offered the right level of assistance and advice to each of us. I learned many small things at each location which I will take forward in my photography. The day to day plans were changed when the weather caused problems and you gave us good alternatives. My personal favourite of a very enjoyable week was the ice lagoon where the sun was going down. To sum up I would say – great locations, great accommodation, great food, great tour, thank you.
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