South Coastline of Iceland – One Day Photo Tour

The South Coastline Iceland holds some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland. This tour is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds and great for photographers. We take you along the south coast of Iceland, one of the country´s most scenic regions, as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. This part of the country, the south coast, is very rich in magnificent and diverse landscapes, ranging from vast farmlands, active volcanoes, numerous ice caps, glacier outlets and Glacier Rivers, amazing waterfalls, wide black sandy plains, and beaches of black and fascinating basalt rock formations. The area is also renowned for its abundant bird life, specially the Puffin.
We need to be flexible and choose the best locations based on conditions. The light, time of year and the weather are critical components in providing our customers with the best photographic opportunities.

Places to visit, depends on time and weather if we can see them all:

Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is an iconic waterfall and one of the most popular sights on the south coast. The waterfall is a narrow but tall one, dropping 60 meters (200ft) and you can walk behind it, a rare treat that offers great opportunities for photographing.

Gljúfrabúi

Gljúfuross or Gljúfrabúi is a small waterfall, 40m high, close to Seljalandsfoss. The falls are partially obscured by the cliff rock, but its possible to enter the narrow canyon by wading the river where the water plummets to a small pool. Its a tricky photography getting the waterfall standing so close to it with the bright top and dark bottom, also keeping the camera and lens dry from the spray. Rewarding challenge if

Skógafoss

Skogafoss is one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Iceland and among the highlights when traveling the south coast of Iceland with a drop of around 60 m and width of 25 m. Due to its massive water spray a rain-bow often appears above on sunny days.

Kvernufoss

Kvernufoss waterfall is a beautiful 30-meters high (98 ft) waterfall that is half hidden away in a gorge close to Skógafoss. It’s possible to walk behind the waterfall in the summertime and photograph without getting much spray on your camera. Great waterfall that gives great photographic opportunities.

The Planewreck - Optional

Saturday November 24 in 1973 a military version of a DC-3 (Dakota) US Navy plane made a emergency landing on Sólheimasandur, a black sandy beach. This location offers great photo opportunities in all kinds of weather. This is a dramatic foreground for the late night bright summer skies and the dancing northern lights in winter. To get to the plane wreck we need to either walk 4km each way or take a bus for $20.

Dyrhólaey

The island is a promontory off the south coast of Iceland and located not far from the village Vik, which itself is the southernmost part of the Icelandic mainland. Dyrholaey was formerly a volcanic island, as seen by its name (“Door hill island”). The door-part of its name derives from there being a huge lava arch in front of the promontory, shaped by the forces of the sea and wind. Out by the sea you’ll see a massive rock called Arnardrangur (“Eagle’s pillar”), though eagles do not nest there anymore.The area offers a great view and fascinating opportunities for photographing, from the lower island you’ll be able to see the Reynisdrangar sea stacks, off Reynisfjara beach.Straight ahead you will then have the impressive arch and rock. A charming lighthouse also stands at Dyrholaey, built in 1927.

Puffins, from May till August

The best time to see and come up close to the Atlantic puffins is at the start of the breeding season in early May until late August when they leave for their winter habitat of the cold open northern seas. The Puffins can be found in the sea cliffs of Dyrhólaey.

Reynisdrangar

Reynisdrangar Sea Cliffs stand under the Reynis-fjall Mountain, at the end of a dramatic stretch of black sand beach. They are towering, spiky basalt sea stacks jutting out from the ocean 66 meters (217 ft) into the air. The Reynisfjara beach, where the Reynisdrangar rock formations are located, was voted as one of the top ten beautiful non-tropi-cal beaches in the world.

Note: Due to weather and limited daylight during winter time the itinerary can vary between days. We evaluate circumstances and take the best-informed decision possible

Terms and what is included and not:
• Availability: All year
• Duration: April through October, 10-12 hours. November through March, 8-10 hours.
• Departure: 8.00 am.
• Price: $990 per car (4×4 with seats for 4 max pax). Prices are fixed for the day-tours, with max 4 partici-pants to share the cost. Tours include transportation by a 4×4 car/fuel, guiding and landscape photography assistants. As this is a private tour we can flex and change the schedule if you have special wishes as to locations etc.
• Crampons and rubber boots are provided
• Pickup and dropoff in the Reykjavik area
• Feel free to send your request about availability and questions to: jonhilmarsson.photography@gmail.com or call: +354 895-6364
Not included:
• Food and beverages. We will stop on the way for lunch and snacks.
Bring with you:
• Your photo gear, sturdy tripod and filters
• Warm clothes, cloves and hats and hiking shoes

Pictures from the South Coast: