Iceland Winter Tour: Northern Lights, Frozen Waterfalls & Winter Landscapes, February 2 - 12, 2018
With Jeremy Woodhouse
February 2016 (10 days – 10 nights), to ensure an intimate and personal experience max group size 6 plus your leader and driver
During this tour, you will experience Iceland in a variety of weather conditions and have the opportunity to photograph extreme landscapes in ever changing colors. Despite the winter, Iceland is not always covered in snow, and due to the low sun and varied weather conditions between the north and south of the island, Iceland has exceptionally beautiful light and contrast, which gives way to plenty of variety in your photographs.
We will take the route one with a few detours, stopping at the highlights of Iceland’s natural landscape, subject to weather and accessibility during the winter. A big advantage for photographers during these months is that there are fewer people around at this time of year compared to the summer.
During the nights and evenings, we will keep a lookout for the Northern lights since they can appear in the sky without any notice and disappear just as quickly.
Day 1: Arrive Reykjavik
Feb 2, 2018
Accommodation: Guesthouse Sunna in Reykjavik
Day 2: Borgarfjordur, Lava waterfalls, Snaefellsnes peninsula
Feb 3, 2018
Early morning pick up from your accommodation in Reykjavik (time to be decided). We will drive to Hraunfossar waterfalls (Lava waterfalls) for the first daylight. Close to Hraunfossar is another spectacular waterfall, Barnafossar (children’s waterfall according to folklore). Afterwards, we will head to the Snaefellsnes peninsula and spend the day there photographing in various locations until sunset. In the evening we will check for northern lights if the weather is favorable – clear sky.
Accommodation: Hotel in south Snaefellssnes
Day 3: Snaefellsnes peninsula
Feb 4, 2018
Sunrise shooting at the cliffs at Arnarstapi if weather permits. We will then drive to the west of Snaefellsjökull glacier and from there head to the north side of Snaefellsnes peninsula. Close to town Grundarfjordur we will make photographic stops at Kirkjufell Mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.
Accommodation: Hotel in Grundarfjordur
Day 4: Hvalfjordur, Thingvellir, Gullfoss and Geysir area
Feb 5, 2018
After breakfast, we will head south again and drive via Hvalfjordur fjord to Thingvellir National Park where we will photograph crevasses with crystal clear water amongst other things. From Thingvellir we will pass through Laugarvatn village and head to the Geysir Hot spring area with spouting Strokkur. Close to Geysir hot spring we will find the magnificent waterfall Gullfoss. We will hope for sunset at Geysir hot springs.
Accommodation: Hotel in the Geysir area
Day 5: South coast of Iceland
Feb 6, 2018
We will drive towards the south coast of Iceland. There we will make photographic stops at waterfalls such as Seljalandsfoss and Skogafoss. We will also visit the small peninsula of Dyrholaey and Reynisdrangar black sand beach with its columnar basalt formation rocks. We will hope for beautiful sunset in this magnificent place.
Accommodation: Hrifunes Guesthouse
Day 6: Vatnajokull Glacier National Park
Feb 7, 2018
Today we will head further east to Vatnajokull Glacier National Park. There we will find endless photographic opportunities around the big glacier. Based on weather and conditions we will decide which locations we will visit this day in the Vatnajökull glacier area.
Accommodation: Hali guesthouse
Day 7: Glacier lagoon – Vatnajokull Glacier National Park
Feb 8, 2018
At first light, we will drive to the glacier Lagoon and spend time there photographing icebergs on the black sand beach. Seals are often to be seen at this time of year resting on the icebergs, presenting you with a very rare photo opportunity.
Accommodation: Hali Guesthouse
Day 8: Hvalnes Mountain in East-Iceland
Feb 9, 2018
of Iceland, which has a different landscape to what we have seen so far.
There you will find beautiful mountains and tundra and Reindeers can be seen in these part of Iceland. Light changes during the whole day so on our way back we will see the land in a very different light, which will offer new photographic possibilities. In the evening, we will go on yet another hunt for the Northern Lights at the Glacier Lagoon.
Accommodation: Hali Guesthouse
Day 9: Ice caves and drive back to Hrifunes
Feb 10, 2018
We will start our day by going with a local mountain guide into an ice cave. It can be an amazing experience and wonderful to photograph.
We will spend plenty of time inside the cave and also go on a short glacier walk with our guide, learning about the glaciers and the area.
We finish our day by revisiting the Glacier lagoon and then drive back to Hrifunes guesthouse, where there will be plenty of different photographic opportunities in the afternoon light. As with other evenings, we will keep a lookout for the Northern Lights around our house in Hrifunes.
Accommodation: Hrífunes Guesthouse
Day 10: Final day - South coast to Reykjavik
Feb 11, 2018
We will revisit some of the sights from before if the light and weather conditions are offering better photo opportunities than on previous days. On our way back to Reykjavik we will also see other sites and landscapes.
Accommodation: Guesthouse Sunna in Reykjavik
Day 11: Self-transfer to Keflavik Airport
Feb 12, 2018
Tour dates: 2 - 12 Feb, 2018
Tour Deposit: $1,000
Single Supplement: $900
Max Group Size: 6 (a small-group supplement will apply for a group of 5)
FULL — WAITING LIST ONLY
Guides: Jeremy Woodhouse
Tour Fee Includes
Tour Fee Does not Include
Haukur Snorrason photographer and his wife Hadda Bjork Gisladottir manager, are the owners of Iceland photo tours.
Haukur has been a professional photographer since 1992 and has over 20 years experience in landscape photography. He has published two photography books of Icelandic landscape and nature; Land of Light (1999) and Experience Iceland (2005) as well as countless landscape calendars. Haukur has gained an unique experience which he now uses to guide landscape photographers around Iceland. He has worked with individuals and groups from all over the world. Haukur is also a certified tourist guide and has a private pilot’s license.
Hadda Bjork is the manager of Iceland photo tours. She has a background in the health care and biomedical science industry and has been working as a marketing manager for an international pharmaceutical company for 15 years. She is a great lover of outdoor life, hiking and traveling in Iceland. She is known for her excellent cooking skills and passion for cooking and hosting dinner parties. During the photo tours Hadda Bjork offers modern Icelandic cuisine where lamb, seafood and wild game plays a big role.
Haukur and Hadda Bjork are the owners of Hrifunes guesthouse, an old community house which they have restored over the past few years. The cottage serves as an excellent center for landscape photographers due to its unique location, on the doorstep of the interior routes to all the major sights in Iceland such as Landmannalaugar, Laki craters, Langisjor lake, south and north Fjallabak routes, Skaftafell and Vatnajokull national park, Glacier lagoon and the amazing black sand beaches near Vik
Transportation & guiding
Professional English speaking driver guide and photographer, Vehicle: 4X4 truck, trailer and Ice-cave visit. Group transportation x 1 to Keflavik airport on departure day.
Paying by check
If you would like to pay your deposit and/or balance with a check, please make the check payable to: Pixelchrome, Inc and mail it to:
605 Rouen Drive,
McKinney TX 75070