Immerse yourself in the beauty of the windswept Snaefellsnes Peninsula with this 2-day small group photography tour departing from Reykjavik. This diverse region is often described as “Iceland in Miniature ” as it is a place where you can sample a little bit of everything that this magical country has to offer in a short timeframe.
From gorgeous waterfalls to volcanic lava fields, incredible coastlines, majestic mountains and glaciers glistening upon the horizon, this wonderful corner in the West of Iceland has it all. Capturing the sights of Snæfellsnes in winter is an enchanting experience, when the Northern Lights dance over the frosty surroundings and ethereal daytime light comes into play.
During the day, your experienced photo guides will whisk you away to some of the most photogenic locations to hone your landscape photography skills. You will visit the black church of Búðir, the fishing village of Arnarstapi where the basalt plugs Lóndrangar rise from the Atlantic Ocean, and the famous Mount Kirkjufell which featured in the hit HBO show, Game of Thrones.
In the evenings, you’ll train your eyes towards the night sky as you commence the exciting chase for the Northern Lights, which are known to dance above this spectacular landscape making for a truly wonderful spectacle that you'll want to immortalise with your camera.
With so much adventure packed into only a couple of days, you will experience Icelandic nature at its finest, all while you develop your landscape photography skills to a whole new level. Whether you are a beginner photographer, a hobbyist, an amateur, or even a professional, a keen sense of adventure is all you’ll need to enjoy this 2-day photo tour in Iceland.
Get ready to explore the wonders of the Snæfellsnes peninsula and capture it all on your camera on this incredible winter photography tour in Iceland. Check availability by choosing a date.
Your adventure begins when you are picked up early in the morning by your photo guide in Reykjavík. From there, you’ll immediately start making your way towards the Snæfellsnes peninsula. There’ll be a chance to get to know your fellow travellers during the drive, or even just to have a bit of a snooze, but don’t get too comfortable because there’ll be a lot to see and shoot along the way!
Be prepared to have your cameras at the ready, as you arrive in the breathtaking landscape of the Búðarhraun lava field. The majestic snow-capped mountains all around make the perfect backdrop for the charming black church of Buðir that stands steadfast against the harsh elements of its surroundings.
Your next destination will be the stunning coastline by the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, situated at the foot of the grand Mt. Stapafell. There is a lot to explore here and you’ll have plenty of time to walk around, capturing the tumultuous waves of the North Atlantic Ocean as they pound into the tall columns of the basalt cliffs that make this area so unique. As you wander along the coast, don’t miss Gatklettur, a distinctive rock formation where you’ll have the opportunity to witness the waves churning below.
From there, you’ll continue on your journey towards the town of Grundarfjörður, home to the iconic “Church Mountain” otherwise known as Kirkjufell. You may recognise this peculiar peak, as it has been used as a filming location not only for ‘Game of Thrones’ but also for the popular film, ‘The Secret Life of Walter Mitty’.
During the winter months, this mountain completely transforms aesthetically and it’s an incredible sight to behold. The vegetation takes on a myriad of earthy hues, while the waterfalls near its base almost freeze over completely. There is a lot to shoot here, from reflections to cracks and patterns in the ice, making for the perfect location to witness the changing light as the sun begins to set on the horizon.
After dinner, if the conditions are favourable, you’ll have the chance to return to this amazing mountain for a glimpse of the Northern Lights dancing above its pyramid-shaped peak. Don’t worry if you’ve never photographed them before as your photo guide will be on-hand to take you through everything you need to know.
You will retire for the night to your accommodation in the vicinity of either Grundarfjörður or Arnarstapi.
On day two, you’ll continue your exploration of the rugged coastline of the Snæfellsnes peninsula, with a sunrise shoot at the impressive Lóndrangar rock pinnacles. Taking on the form of a castle reaching out to sea, these volcanic plugs of basalt make for a stunning subject set against the captivating shoreline.
Throughout the rest of the day, your photo guide will take you to some exciting locations a little off the beaten track, which will surely keep your photographic juices flowing. From hidden waterfalls to volcanic craters, the charming white church of Ingjaldshóll and the brightly coloured Skálasnagaviti lighthouse, the compositions will be endless.
As you make your way around the peninsula, there will be the chance to capture the unique landscape that makes up the area surrounding the Snæfellsjökull glacier, including the perfectly smooth stones that resemble black lava pearls at Djúpalónsandur beach. You’ll even be able to recreate history using the four large “lifting stones” that were once used by fishermen to test their strength.
As the day comes to an end, you’ll begin making your way back to Reykjavik, arriving in time to enjoy a night in the city, no doubt with some great new photography skills under your belt, a plethora of photos to remember your Iceland trip in hand, and a wonderful bunch of new friends.
- 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.
We highly recommend that you get a travel and medical insurance. Your own domestic 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.