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This summer Iceland Photo Tour, from July the 2nd to the 10th, and from September the 12th to the 20th, 2023 (more dates for 2024 coming soon), is a great opportunity to visit such a wonderful destination. Iceland is probably the most desired destination on Earth for any landscape photography enthusiastic. Land of fire and ice, it’s home to some of the most spectacular landscapes you’ll ever see. A destination with countless options for photography.
During 9 days, we’ll be photographing the incredible natural sceneries of this fabulous island. The Midnight Sun will allow us to capture endless sunrises and sunsets. All this, while we are visiting the top locations on the west and the south coast of Iceland. A fantastic opportunity to photograph its waterfalls, glaciers, black sand beaches and mountains. You won’t ever forget the magical moments this country will bring you.
Besides, the trip will be organized by our own official travel agency for photography lovers. More than 40 photo tours organized and 5 years of experience will guarantee that you live the best possible experience. At the same time, you’ll be guided by one or several of our photo guides, professional photographers with plenty of experience in Iceland.
Iceland features some of the most spectacular sceneries all around Earth, so this photo tour will be totally focused on landscape photography. We will be going through the most amazing locations in Iceland’s South coast, as well as in the western Snaefellsnes Peninsula.
Among all these marvelous spots, we can highlight extraordinary waterfalls, such as Gullfoss, Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss or Kvernufoss, stunning peaks and mountain ranges, like Kirkjufell, Vestrahörn or Lomagnupur, wonderful volcanic black sand beaches as Reynisfjara, Diamond Beach or Stokksnes, and glacier lagoons like Jökulsarloon or Fjallsarlon. These are just some of the most famous locations that we’ll be photographing, but the island is so spectacular that we’ll be able to see many more incredible places. Even during our routes, we’ll be constantly see fantastic sceneries to photograph.
We have carefully planned this photo tour, so we can get to all these special locations at the best moments of light, sunrise, sunset and golden hours. We have been hosting photo tours in Iceland for many years, so we know the area perfectly, which will be very helfpul during our trip.
Apart from the many Nature wonders existing in Iceland, we will also have the chance to visit some of its towns and villages. Among these, we’ll be visiting small towns as Grundarfjordur, Vik, Höfn and Hof. We will visit the the harbors in some of these villages, such as the ones in Grundarfjordur and in Hófn. Furthermore, we’ll also photograph some really picturesque churches, such as the ones in Vik and Hof, Budhir, or the precious Ingjaldsholl church.
Finally, although this won’t be a wildlife photo tour at all, we will have wonderful opportunities to photograph the precious puffins.
Apart from our late fall or winter Iceland photo tours, we also host this summer edition of the tour, due to several reasons. Although we can’t photograph the Northern Lights at this time of the year, since it doesn’t get totally dark during the night, there are other great advantages for visiting Iceland by early summer.
First of all, we are hosting this summer Iceland photo tour because of the Midnight Sun. At early summer, it doesn’t get dark during the night, since the sun will be always near the horizon. This means that we’ll be getting around 21 or 22 hours of daylight! This way, we’ll be able to complete many more visits than during a winter photo tour.
At the same time, sunrises and sunsets last for hours. Due to the position of the sun both before and after dawn and dusk, the beautiful light around sunrise and sunset can continue even for hours! Because of this, we might be changing our sleep habits during this photo tour. The best hours of light by early summer will be at night (sunrise can be around 2 or 3am, and sunset around 12:30 or 1am). Therefore, it would make much more sense sleeping during the day, or at least taking a nap, so we are not tired when the best light comes.
Other great advantage of this period, is the presence of beautiful blooming flowers, specially the wonderful lupines. We will be able to photograph this precious purple flower almost all around Iceland. Adding this lovely frame to the already amazing sceneries in the island, will bring us the best possibilities for amazing landscape photography. Furthermore, Iceland will bring us its beautiful greenish summer color, and the rivers and waterfall will look at their best.
This summer Iceland Photo Tour is suitable for all physical conditions, ages and photography levels. Firstly, we consider this a quite easy to do trip, with no complicated hikes or physical requirements. Most of the photo locations will be a short walk from the places where we’ll park our vehicles. We will be doing a couple of longer hikes, but they will be very easy and not longer than 30 minutes. We have prepared a trip with no complicated activities, so you can focus your efforts in taking pictures.
Then, there is no age limit, so anyone can join the trip as long as he or she is reasonably healthy and well.
Finally, no minimum photography level is required to participate. Whether you are a beginner, and advanced user, or a professional, photographer, you are welcome to join this trip. Our photo guides will bring you personalized attention, adjusted to your needs, trying to help you capturing the best images of Iceland. And, although you’ll see a recommended gear section below, no minimum photo gear will be mandatory. That’s just a list of the ideal gear for a trip like this, but never a list of indispensable items. Even if you are just shooting with a compact camera, or with your smartphone, you’ll be welcome to particpate!
If you really like landscape photography and Nature, visiting Iceland must be on your list. Now you have a great chance to get to the wonderful island in a specific photography trip. Joining this Iceland photo tour, you’ll be able to enjoy photographing the most spectacular landscapes in the arctic country, while you learn or improve your photography.
Undoubtedly, we are talking about a great chance to live an unforgettable experience. A trip of a lifetime, that will take you throughout the most stunning sceneries you can imagine. A dream for photography lovers, that you can make come true now. Do not miss this opportunity and come to photograph this land of ice and fire with us.
On this first day of the Iceland Photo Tour, we’ll meet at Keflavik International Airport. From here, we will be heading to the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. After doing some stops during our way, we’ll get to our destination, Grundarfjördur, a beautiful fishermen small town.
We will be leaving our luggage at our accommodation, before going to our sunset location, with the famous Kirkjufell mountain in the background, surrounded by fjords. We’ll be photographing the area under the golden sunset light, until blue hour. At that time, we’ll get back to our accommodation to sleep.
We will pass the whole day in the Snaefellsnes Peninsula. We’ll begin coming back to Kirkjufellsfoss early in the morning, to capture the stunning Kirkjufell mountain with the falls in the foreground. The area has countless photo possibilities, so we will stay for enough time exploring it.
After this, we will begin our way around the peninsula, driving West. Some of our first photo visits will be near Grundarfjordur, to capture the wild black sand beaches, as well as the amazing seascapes and cliffs in the area. We’ll continue our way, stopping to photograph the lovely Ingjaldsholl church, which will look spectacular, surrounded by the purple lupines everywhere.
In the afternoon, we will get to the South of the peninsula, where we will visit several seascape locations and villages, such as Arnarstapi and Bhudir. We’ll stop at the first of these villages, where we’ll be able to capture its incredibly beautiful seascapes and rock formations.
Finally, we’ll head to Bhudir for sunset, visiting the magical little black church located by the cliffs. We’ll stay here until blue hour, when we’ll get back to our accommodation.
Today, we’ll begin our way early in the morning, getting back to Arnarstapi to capture its wonderdul cliffs with the golden light of the morning.
Afterwards, we’ll drive East in a long route until Skogafoss, our next destination. We’ll be doing stops along the way, to capture the incredible landscapes in the island. However, some of our first stops, may be to photograph other totally different subjects, the precious Icelandic horses. There are hundreds of these beautiful animals all around the country, so we’ll have plenty of chances to photograph them.
For late afternoon, we will get to our sunset location, Seljalanfdsdoss, one of Iceland’s most iconic waterfalls. We’ll have plenty of time to explore the area, since there are several waterfalls next to each other. We’ll leave Seljalandsfoss for the end, as it is the most stunning one. From here, we will be able to photograph the sun setting in front of us, with the waterfall in the foreground. Certainly, one of the best views around Iceland.
After this, we’ll continue to Skogafoss, where we’ll have our accommodation next to the waterfall.
We’ll get out in the morning to capture the wonderful Skogafoss waterfall, which will be just next to our hotel. There are many photo possibilities in the area, so we’ll have plenty of time here. Besides the fabulous images of the scene, we will be able to get incredible self portraits, posing in the distance looking to the falls, with the water falling in the background. You’ll love that shoot!
After the visit, we’ll hike to the nearby Kvernufoss waterfall, located at the end of a spectacular canyon. This location is much less crowded than Skogafoss, so we’ll be able to enjoy the outstanding possibilities here. One of the best spots is getting behind the waterfall, where you’ll get a fabulous view of the surroundings, with the water falling in the foreground.
Then, we’ll begin our way East, stopping in the nearby Dyrholaey cliffs. From here, we’ll have incredibly views of the black sand beaches surrounding the spot, being able to get spectacular panoramic shoots. We’ll continue to one of the most famous beaches in Iceland, the Reynisfjara black sand beach. This picturesque landmark is located by a basaltic cliff, and we’ll have the opportunity to shoot the wonderful basalt rocks by its edge.
Afterwards, we’ll stop at the nearby Vik church, being able to capture the precious view of the church surrounded by spectacular lupine fields. Undoubtedly, one of the most beautiful views in Iceland.
Following this, we’ll continue our way to our next destination, near Höfn: the incredible Stokksnes Peninsula, one of the best areas in Iceland for photography. We’ll stay in the area until it gets dark, capturing the sunset with the stunning view of the Vestrahörn Range in the background.
Finally, we’ll get to our accommodation in Höfn to sleep.
On this day, we’ll be capturing the sceneries around Höfn. Again, we’ll head to Stokksnes, this time for capturing the first lights of the day. Stokksnes is one of the best areas for photography in Iceland, with endless possibilities for getting incredible images. We’ll be able to shoot a wonderful black sand beach, next to an amazing san dune area. All of this, with the spectacular Vestrahörn mountains in the background. Fantastic images can almost be guaranteed visiting a place like this.
In the afternoon, we will be visiting some of the wonderful ice tongues West to Höfn. The stunning Vatnajökul Glacier, the largest one in Europe, has created the fabulous landscapes in the region, bringing us extraordinary places to enjoy photography at its best. There are dozens of amazing ice glacier tongues to choose!
Then, for sunset, we may get back to Stokksnes or, depending on our schedule, head to the Eystrahörn range, another spectacular area further East from there.
After sunrise, we’ll drive West to the nearby Vatnajökul National Park area. We’ll be staying here for the next two days, so we’ll have plenty of time to explore the surroundings and get unforgettable images. We are probably talking about the most spectacular part of this Iceland photo tour.
We will begin visiting the Jökulsarlon glaciar lagoon, the most famous one in Iceland. Here, we’ll may be enjoying the view of hundreds of icebergs on the lagoon, that get out to the sea, and then comes to the shoreline due to the waves, creating the surreal views in Diamond Beach.
After this visit, we’ll drive to visit another glaciar lagoon, Fjallsarlon, a 10 minutes drive from there. We’ll hike down to the lagoon shoreline, being able to enjoy an otherworldly scene. This is one of the most photogenic glaciar views in the island, so we’ll be able to get wonderful shots here.
Finally, we’ll get back to the Jökulsarlon area, this time heading to Diamond Beach. Here’ well photograph some of the most incredible pictures during this photo tour. We’ll have the chance to capture fabulous icebergs of very different shapes and sizes (some of them as big as a car), as they are pushed to the shoreline by the waves. This will be a great place to practice long exposure photography, with the help of neutral density filters. This way, you’ll get lovely pictures as the waves come to the shoreline. We’ll stay in the area until the lights are gone, when we’ll head back to our accommodation to sleep.
We’ll continue in the Vatnajökul National Park during the whole day. We will begin visiting Kviarjökul, one of the most beautiful in the area, and usually not crowded at all. We’ll hike in the area for a while, as we take pictures of the spectacular surroundings.
Then, we’ll continue visiting Hof, a really tiny village, in which we’ll be able to photograph one of the most picturesque churches all around Iceland, Hofskirkja. This beautiful turf church, from 1884, is an outstanding spot for photography purposes. Turf churches were popular at the end of the XVIII century, allowing for a much better isolation from the hard winter Iceland conditions.
Afterwards, we’ll head to Skaftafell, another otherworldly glacial area, which was considered a national park by itself until 2008. From that year, the area became part of the Vatnajökul National Park. Here, we’ll visit more ice tongues, each one surrounded by gorgeous sceneries. We’ll be able to capture fantastic shots in the area, apart from great closeups of the ice.
Finally, we’ll get back to Fjallsarlon for the evening, where we’ll stay photographing the last lights of the day, before getting back to our accommodation.
Today, we’ll enjoy an early morning photo session at Diamond Beach, capturing the extraordinary icebergs again. Same as during our previous visit, it will be one of the most fruitful visits during the tour, being able also to do long exposure photography.
After this session, we’ll begin our way back West to Selfoss. It will be a long route, but there are many great locations to shoot at. First of all, we’ll capture the stunning Lomagnupur, a huge mountain next to the road. Usually, we’ll find different ponds by its feet, so we will be able to photograph the extraordinary reflections of the mountain on them. Later, we’ll visit the incredible Fjaðrárgljúfur, an otherworldly canyon with mesmerizing views, which we can consider a paradise for photographers. After this, we will probably be doing some more stops for photography, but trying to get to our sunset location in time.
For the end of the day, we’ll choose one of the several options in the Golden Circle area, near Selfoss. Depending on our schedule and the participants’ energies, we might be hiking to Bruarfoss. This is a small waterfall, but with an intense turquoise color, which offer some of the best photo possibilities in Iceland. Alternatively, we might be visiting the huge Gulfoss waterfall, one of the most famous and photographed ones in the country.
After the visit, we’ll get back to our accommodation to sleep.
We’ll wake up early to photograph some nearby locations, before the end of the photo tour. First, if we visited Bruarfoss on the previous evening, we’ll get now to Gulfoss. Again, this is one of the hugest waterfalls in Iceland, as well as one of the most impressive ones. We’ll get fabulous images of the area from its different viewpoints, getting a great collection of photos of the area.
Afterwards, we’ll visit the Geysir area, where we’ll be able to capture pictures of the amazing Strokkyr geyser. This geyser erupts every 5 to 10 minutes, so we’ll sure be able to get images of it.
Finally, we’ll head back to Keflavik International Airport, where this trip will end.
The cost of this fantastic 9 day (8 night) long Iceland Photo Tour, is US$3,250 per person. Price includes double shared accommodations with another participant in the trip, according to the itinerary.
Price calculated for a minimum group of 6 participants. In case there were less than 6 people for the group, customers will have the chance to continue with the trip paying an extra supplement, or to receive a full refund if the trip has to be cancelled.
Single room supplement: US$1,100, depending on availability.
To book your spot for this photo tour, you can send us an email to email@example.com, or call us at (+34) 625 01 44 81 (also available by WhatsApp). You can also book your spot with the form located at the top right area of this page.
This Iceland Photo Tour is organized by the Official Travel Agency ‘Viajes Fotográficos – Dream Photo Expeditions’ ( hereinafter referred to as ‘the travel agency’).
The travel agency carefully studies and designs all the trips that we offer, always trying to adapt them to our travelers needs. All our itineraries and activities are chosen from a photographic point of view. However, the itinerary shown here is just an idea of some of the places that we will be visiting, not being contractual information about what we’ll do during the trip. The tour leaders, photo guides, other guides and/or the travel agency and organizers of the tour, reserve always the right to do any kind of changes to the itinerary and the tour, both before and during the trip.
In this sense, it will be up to the photographer/s guide/s or to the travel agency, the decision of changing any of the programmed activities, places to visit, and shooting sessions for each day, depending on factors as weather, security or light conditions, but not limited to these. We will always be in search of the best possible experiences and moments of light for the customers of this trip. However, sometimes we may decide to change plans depending on some factors. The program may also be changed in case of emergency, injury of illness of any of the participants or main photographers.
At the same time, both the photographers and the travel agency reserves the right of changing the tour leader/s, in case it’s necessary. Some of the reasons might include injuries, illness or hospitalization, severe health problems, accidents, (both of themselves as well as first grade relatives too), etc. In those cases, the agency will bring another photographer able to guide the group in the same destination.
Each traveler is responsible of having all the documentation needed for the trip, as well as for entering the destination/s. To visit Iceland, you need a valid Passport and might need a visa or an electronic travel authorization to enter the country.
Always check the requirements with your country authorities before traveling to a foreign destination. Anyway, contact us if you need help.
he photographers and the travel agency have no responsibility about each traveler’s documentation, or about the requirements to be allowed to enter in Iceland or any other country.
This Iceland Photo Tour includes a basic assistance insurance. However, we strongly recommend you to bring a full travel insurance, which has unlimited or high limit money coverages in case of accident or disease.
The travel agency will give personal counseling and advice to travelers when purchasing their trip. Customers will receive a list with everything that they might need for the route, tips about how to prepare a medical kit for the travel, recommendations about the photography gear for the place, etc… At the same time, our staff will be happy to help and solve any doubt that the clients could have while they are preparing their trip.
We are completely sure that this Iceland Photo Tour will be an unforgettable experience for travelers, as well as an intensive learning process. The travel agency will always try to promote values such as respect (cultural, social and environmental). Those values will always prevail in all our trips. At the same time, ‘Dream Photo Expeditions’ will always ensure that the impact of their trips is never negative for the country, their citizens or their wildlife.
The travel agency, tour leaders, guides, or the photographers hosting the trip, will have no responsibility at all for any accident, loss, theft or damage suffered by the customers participating on it.
Each customer declares that he or she accepts all the conditions on this trip at the time he or she is doing a reservation request and/or payment for it.
At the moment of booking, the client will be required to send an initial payment of US$600 (US$863 if choosing single room). Payments can be done by bank transfer, by credit or debit card, and by PayPal. However, please notice that credit or debit card and PayPal payments are subject to a supplement fee, to cover the costs of these payment methods.
The remaining balance will be due 60 days prior to the trip. If one client doesn’t make effective any of the expected payments in the deadline, the organizers has the right to cancel the contract with that participant, without any refund, as the terms previously seen. The features that make up the combined travel contract come from the information given to the client in the brochure or program, as well as from the indications regarding this information that could have been given when confirming the reservation.
In case the agency doesn’t complete the minimum group needed to confirm the trip, customers will have the choice between doing the trip paying an extra supplement, or being issued a full refund.
If the travel agency needs to cancel the trip, for any reason, customers will get a 100% refund of the cost of the photo tour.
However if the client doesn’t show or cancels the trip, the following cancellation policies will be applied:
– Less than 60 days prior to the trip: US$600 (US$863 in case they had chosen single room basis).
– Greater than 60 days prior to the trip: 100% of the trip cost.
Prices are based in the Exchange rates by December, the 28th, 2018. The currency may be updated until 21 days prior to the departure, according to Spanish Travel Laws, applying a supplement/discount in case of change.
Once the reservation is done by the client, and the services and their prices are confirmed by us, these prices only could be revised until 20 calendar days prior to the departure dates, only in case there are variations in the transportation costs (including the fuel prices), in accommodations, in rates and taxes referring to certain services (such as landing, boarding in ports and airports), or in monetary exchange rates applied to the trip.
This Iceland Photo Tour is recommended for any person, no matter the age or the physical level to join the trip. As long as you are able to walk for a short five minute hike with no difficulty, you are welcome to come with us. Most of the photo locations are located just a short walk from the places where we’ll park, meaning this will be an easy trip. We will do a couple of longer hikes, up to 30 minutes, but they will be very easy, and you’ll have the chance to skip them if you prefer not to do them.
At the same time, there isn’t age limits for the tour, as well as your health and conditions are reasonably good.
There is no need of a minimal photography level to join this Iceland Photo Tour. You don’t need to be a professional photographer to come to this trip, nor even having a lot of experience with your camera. All our photo tours are open to all levels, even for beginners, or unexperienced photography users. Sometimes, we even have people just taking shots with their smartphones.
One of our highlights is providing customized attention, so we will help you to get the best possible images, regardless your previous level. We’ll be there to help you becoming a better photographer!
During this summer Iceland Photo Tour, we can expect mid to cold temperatures, but not as cold as during the winter. Average temperatures during this period are around 41º to 55º Fahrenheit (5 to 13º Celsius). However, strong winds are quite common in Iceland, so it can feel colder, specially at night.
For this reason, you need to dress properly for this photo tour. We recommend you to dress in layers, so you can add or remove layers depending on the temperature. A warm jacket (down or synthetic) will be needed for the colder moments. At the same time, a Gore Tex jacket or similar would be also useful, in case of rain, and when visiting waterfalls. Mountain and/or snow boots will be perfect for the whole trip. Once you confirm your booking, you will also receive a guide withe the recommended gear list for this Iceland Photo Tour.
Meals (breakfast, lunch or dinner) are not included during this Iceland Photo Tour. Then, we’ll have maximum flexibility during the trip, to focus on the main purpose of the tour, photography. Normally, we will have breakfast at the accommodation, or in cafes near the area, before or after our sunrise shooting session (depending on our schedule). For lunch, we’ll often buy food at supermarkets (fruit, snacks, sandwiches, etc…), and will do a picnic at some of the locations. Other times, we’ll be eating at restaurants. Then, in the evening, we will have dinner at the hotel or in town.
Anyway, we will have the opportunity to enjoy the wonderful Icelandic cuisine. We specially recommend its amazing fish and seafood, as well as the Icelandic lamb!
Currently, the main payment option we have is the bank transfer. However, if you prefer it, we also have other payment options, such as credit or debit card, PayPal or Transferwise. Please notice that these other payment options may apply a commission fee. You can ask us about these different payment options.
If you choose to pay by credit or debit card, or by PayPal, you can process your payment online, when you finish the booking process. For bank transfer payment, you just have to proceed with the booking and then, once you finish the process with the chosen payment method, you’ll receive an email with al the instructions and bank details.
During this Iceland Photo Tour, we’ll be staying in 2, 3 or 4 star hotels, or in guesthouses. We know the island very well, after many photo tours throughout the years, and always include good quality hotels or guesthouses that we already know. Each traveller will be staying in a double twin shared room, shared with another participant of the tour. Rooms will always include a private bath.
If you come with another person to the trip, you’ll share the room, However, if you are traveling alone, we’ll choose a roommate for you between the other participants in the trip (always same genre). Anyway, you will also have the chance to choose a single room for you, paying an extra supplement. Contact us for all details.
Anyone can join this Iceland Photo Tour, no matter your country of residence. Our main travel agency is settled in Santander, Spain, but our trips are open to customers from countries all around the world. Therefore, we may have clients from different places in our photo tours.
This Iceland Photo Tour will begin at Keflavik International Airport, in Iceland. Therefore, all the participants need to get there for the first day of the tour, traveling from their country of residence, with no need to travel to a particular town to fly together to Iceland.
Once you have confirmed your booking for this Iceland Photo Tour, we will send you the trip info with a recommended gear PDF guide. This will include suggestions not only about the photography gear, but also about the clothes and accessories you might need during this photo tour. To sum up, you won’t have to worry about anything, since our expert photo leaders and guides will inform you about everything you will need, so you can enjoy your travel as much as possible!
As a first tip, we would suggest you bringing a light color down or shell jacket (for example red, orange, yellow, light green, etc…). That jacket will protect you from the cold and the rain but, at the same time, you’ll look great when photographed in some of the most beautiful locations around all Iceland!
‘All was perfect. You can’t ask for more interest and attention from Sergio, both from the photographic and the travel organization points.
Very complete route and nice hotels, as well as great flexibility with each traveler’s particular needs. 10 points for them. Can’t wait to repeat!’
‘Totally recommended for people interested in photography. Apart from being a great professional, Sergio has proved to have many essential values for me. Honesty, professionalism, as well as complete dedication to his customer and strong passion for what he does. If you like taking pictures and you want to visit incredible places, do not hesitate. This is your trip’
‘My Iceland Photo Tour with Dream Photo Expeditions, has been a succession of surprises, starting with the trip itself, which was a gift from my children. I have discovered a country with amazing landscape to photograph, as well as a great group of travelers that, together with the photo guide of the trip, Sergio Lanza, made me feel like home!
The organization of the photo tour was impeccable. The flexibility of the program and the capability of adaptation to weather changes in Iceland, have allowed us to make the most of our days in Iceland, getting to photograph always the best lights in the most impressive locations.
Sergio is a person who inspires confidence from the very first moment, being a great professional and loving his job. He is always trying to get everything perfect, and trying to make us all feel good. A great expert in the area, who took us to the best locations, photographing from the best points of view, and at the best hours for photography. Besides, he is an excellent photographer, always ready to solve any photography question. He is a great professional but, over all, an amazing person to travel with.
I returned home with thousands of photos and good friends, with whom I hope to travel again in any other Dream Photo Expeditions photo tour.’