Iceland 7 day Itinerary:
Day 1 – Arrival in Iceland & Drive to Snæfellsnes Peninsula
You’ll arrive in Iceland and begin the journey towards the windswept Snæfellsnes Peninsula in Iceland’s northwest. This part of Iceland offers a range of diverse sights for landscape photography, made all the more stunning by the gorgeous winter light.
The journey will be marked by various stops to capture the inspiring scenery along the way, including the rugged coastlines around the small fishing village of Arnarstapi, the sea-stacks of Lóndrangar rising forth from the raging Atlantic Ocean, the lush and mossy vegetation at Buðahraun lava field, as well as the haunting black church of Buðir with the Snæfellsjökull glacier looming in the background.
In the evening, if the conditions are favourable, we’ll chase the Northern Lights across the spectacular surrounds before retiring to our beds for the night.
Day 2 – Snæfellsnes Peninsula
On day two, we’ll head towards the northern coastline of Snæfellsnes, capturing the magical sights that surround the Breiðafjörður fjord. On a clear day, this area offers views all the way to the sprawling mountains of Iceland’s Westfjords in the far distance.
Our subject for the day will be the famous Mount Kirkjufell. Its conical peak is at once recognisable and made all the more enchanting by the snow and icy surrounds. We’ll take our time capturing the mountain framed by its small but charming waterfalls in the foreground as the golden hour takes hold.
If the Northern Lights make a display tonight, then Kirkjufell will be the perfect location from which we’ll witness it dancing in the night sky.
Day 3 – South Coast
After breakfast, we will begin our journey towards the stunning south coast of Iceland. Along the way, we’ll stop at two of Iceland’s most beautiful waterfalls, Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, where you’ll have a chance to practice your long exposure skills.
We’ll then make our way to Dyrhólaey, a small promontory located close to the southernmost point of Iceland – the fishing village of Vík. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to photograph the 120m high natural stone arch that has eroded away from the headland. Depending on the conditions, this area makes for a host of dramatic and moody shots.
Our sunset location will be at the famous Reynisfjara black sand beach, where tumultuous waves from the Atlantic Ocean crash furiously against the Reynisdrangar sea stacks.
We’ll then retire for the night to our hotel in Vík.
Day 4 – Vík to Jökulsárlón Lagoon
After breakfast on our fourth day, we’ll continue on our way towards the Vatnajökull National Park, a vast area that contains some of Iceland’s most stunning landscapes for photography. We’ll spend a couple of days in this area, capturing it in a variety of different conditions.
At Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon, you’ll have the opportunity to shoot the brilliant blue icebergs after they have calved away from Breiðamerkurjökull glacier, while they float around serenely in the tidal lagoon before cruising out to sea. This is also a good place to practice wildlife photography, as you’ll more than likely spot a few seals out and about!
Adjacent to the glacier lagoon is the famous Ice Beach, where large chunks of ice from the lagoon that have been reshaped by the sea wash back onto the black sandy shores, resembling diamonds in the sun.
After dinner, there may be the chance to photograph the Northern Lights at the Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, depending on aurora activity and weather conditions.
You’ll retire for the night to your hotel in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 5 – Vatnajökull National Park
The focus of this day will be ice cave photography. We’ll make our way for sunrise to a spectacular ice cave in the heart of Europe’s biggest ice-cap, the Vatnajökull glacier. The deep tunnels, thick walls of ice shining with blue hues, and unusual formations within the cave will make for some awe-inspiring photographs.
In the evening, we’ll head to the splendid Vestrahorn mountain on the Stokksnes Peninsula, where undulating black sand dunes, snow and the incoming waves of the Atlantic Ocean will make for a myriad of compositions to be captured. We’ll stay here hunting for the Northern Lights once again before retiring to our hotel in the Jökulsárlón area.
Day 6 – Vatnajökull National Park to Reykjavík
On day six, you’ll have your final chance to practice your long exposure action skills with sunrise at the Diamond Ice Beach. After that, we’ll begin making our way backwards along the south coast towards Reykjavík.
There will be a chance to capture the breathtaking view of the Reynisdrangar sea stacks at Reynisfjara black sand beach from an alternative angle, as well as to try your hand again at the magnificent waterfalls Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss, beneath different light. Depending on the conditions, the surrounding nature can change wholly in its atmosphere, making for wonderful shots.
Eventually, we’ll arrive back in Reykjavík, where you’ll be dropped off at your hotel and have some time to settle in. We’ll then meet together for our final dinner as a group, going over the events of the week as we bid each other our farewells.
Day 7 – Departure
This will be the final day of the tour. After breakfast, you will make your transfer back to Keflavík airport and depart on your journey home or onwards to your next destination.