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Top 10 Photography Tours in Iceland

In Blog by Jón Hil.

Iceland is spectacular in so many ways and Icelandic nature is quite unique with its vast landscape and nature. If you have ever dreams of enlivening an exotic private photography tour in Iceland, then here is your best chance. Magical Sky Iceland gives you an opportunity to relish not just one, but 10 exquisite photography tours which you can book to explore the beauty of nature Iceland has in store for you. Photography tours with Magical Sky Iceland are all about exploring new places and storing them in your memories.

With the guidance of ace photographer and Iceland native Jon Hilmarsson, you can capture the best details and enjoy a memorable trip, as he takes you on a splendid journey through various arctic photo tours or landscape photo tours in Iceland. You will also get to catch up with other like-minded, adventurous and passionate photographers like you as you explore and learn more about the picturesque side of Iceland.

As a country is known for its natural beauty that consists of numerous volcanoes, cliffs and endless number of waterfalls, these recognizable series of attractions are indeed what makes Iceland unique. Magical Sky Iceland offer various photo tours different tours and package tours/workshops to help you use your camera to compose your personal vision as you broaden your visual awareness.

1. Snæfellsnes Peninsula – One Day Photo Tour

A peninsula situated to the west of Borgarfjörður, Iceland, The Snæfellsnes widely regarded as a photographer’s paradise, since it is surrounded by sea with beautiful cliff formations, small picturesque fishing villages, waterfalls and endless lava fields. Because many national sights can be found in the area, The Snæfellsnes has been named Iceland in miniature!

Regarded as one of the symbols of Iceland, The Snæfellsjökull volcano is the highest mountain on the peninsula at height of 1446 m and has a glacier at its peak. The mountain is also known as the setting of one of author Jules Verne most popular fantasy novels “Journey to the Center of the Earth”.

In this tour, you will be given detailed glimpses of the peninsula and as you visit great photo locations. Though the weather and the length of daylight will play a major factor on how long you stop at each location and how many places you visit, it will still be an experience of a lifetime.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

  • Búðir

Surrounded with lava fields so close to the ocean, there is a church situated in the Snæfellsnes peninsula that emanates a mystical feeling when you visit it.

  • Arnarstapi – Gatklettur

Gatklettur – Arch Rock is a small fishing village at the foot of mount Stapafell. With sea stack standing out in the sea and beautiful harbour it is a cliff with a circular arch that homes a great birdlife around and pretty flora surrounding the area.

  • Lóndrangar

The Lóndrangar are a pair of rock pinnacles that are formed by volcanic plugs of surrounding basalt rock that have been eroded over centuries. The twin peaks are 75 and 61 m tall that rise above and outside the ocean front on the southern coast of Snæfellsnes peninsula. You will get to explore many bird nests in the steep slopes of the twin towers. Some exotic bird species which can be observed include the black-legged kittiwake, common murre, puffin and northern fulmar.

2. South Coastline of Iceland – One Day Photo Tour

The tour of the South Coastline Iceland is ideal for nature lovers of all kinds and great for photographers as it holds some of the most beautiful natural attractions in Iceland. One of the country´s most scenic regions, you will be taken as far as Vík, a charming village surrounded by high beautiful bird cliffs. The south coast of Iceland is very rich in magnificent and diverse landscapes, ranging from vast farmlands and active volcanoes.

As you explore more passionately into the nature’s gift the coastline has, you find yourself swaying around numerous ice caps, glacier outlets and Glacier Rivers. Add some amazing waterfalls, wide black sandy plains, and beaches to the list and the place is nothing short of a paradise. The area is also renowned for its abundant bird life, specially the Puffin.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

  • Seljalandsfoss

Seljalandsfoss is one of the most popular sights in the county. An iconic waterfall on the south coast, the waterfall is a rare treat that offers great opportunities for photographing as you get to walk behind fall that drop 200 ft.

  • Gljúfrabúi

Gljúfrabúi is a small waterfall close to Seljalandsfoss. Tourists and visitors get to enter the narrow canyon by wading the river where the water plummets to a small pool. Though a pristine site for photography, standing so close to it with the bright top and dark bottom while also keeping the camera and lens dry from the spray is a tricky yet rewarding challenge.

  • Skógafoss

Skogafoss is another gorgeous waterfall standing 200 ft tall in the south coast of Iceland. The beauty of the waterfall is that a rain-bow often appears above on sunny days due to its massive water spray.

3. Reykjanes Peninsula – One Day Photo Tour

The Reykjanes peninsula is a unique site where you can find different elements and geological formations like geothermal energy, lava fields and other phenomenon that exist because it is located on a drift zone, between two continents. Since the peninsula has several high-temperature geothermal areas, it is a veritable hotbed for recreational activities. Exquisite landscapes to explore here include volcanic craters, caves, lava fields, geothermal waters, and hot springs, in addition where lighthouses outnumber villages.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

  • Lake Kleifarvatn

The largest lake on the Reykjanes Peninsula, Kleifarvatn is located on the fissure zone of the Mid-Atlantic Ridge. The lake is situated in the southern part of the peninsula, and can be reached via a track. Most of its water comes and leaves underground, so it has no visible water coming in or going out.

  • Krýsuvík, sea cliff

The Krýsuvík Sea cliffs feature a very colorful birdlife attracting over 57 thousand seabird couples every year to breed. The cliff stands like a wall on the face of the mighty Atlantic Ocean, and is a monument of Natures ability to form various patters in thousands of years for us to enjoy and photograph.

4. Custom-made Tours

To make sure that you get to experience the best photography and tourism moments of your lives, Magical Sky Iceland offers custom-made Iceland tour packages with an object to provide an independent travel plan designed and arranged just for you. The flexibility of this plan
allows it to take place any time of the year, any place you want to visit and in any style that you want to travel.

All you need to do it drop them a mail mentioning your ideas and wishes, dream photo locations and duration of you stay. From there on, Magical Sky Iceland will put together a plan that would best match your desires. You will be given a cost plan based on the itinerary and preferred accommodation and then the plan will be finalized. The most popular tours/places to visit in Iceland include:

  • Ring road – one week or more
  • Landmannalaugar – highland
  • Þórsmörk – highland in the south
  • West part and West fjords

**And more!

5. Golden Circle Photography Tour

There are bunch of places to visit which are inclusive in the golden circle tour. The golden circle excursion includes some of Iceland’s most stunning sights. The geyser geothermal area of the golden circle is located within the Haukadalur valley. The area is dotted with many hot pools, clay pots and fumaroles, and the hills and soils are coloured vividly by the minerals of the earth.

The National park Thingvellir is also an amazing site and is listed in UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE. Situated directly between North American and Eurasian tectonic plates, in a rift valley that runs all the way through Iceland, it was the pocket of magma between these plates that rose as they moved apart which began the creation of Iceland. The area consists of long stretches of lava rock and many volcanoes surrounding the park. Though volcanoes have not erupted in the past 2000 years.

The magnificent Gullfoss waterfall also known as golden waterfall is one of Iceland’s most celebrated sights and an exotic location to explore. The waterfall was created where the glacial river Hvita cascades and plunges into the crevices about 32 m deep.

The places can be visited depending on time and weather.

  • Hot spring area – Geysir
  • National Park Thingvellir
  • The waterfall Gullfoss
  • The waterfall Faxi
  • The waterfall Bruarfoss

 6. Northern Lights Photography tour

Northern lights also Known as Aurora borealis, meaning “Dawn of the north” derived from the word Aurora. The Roman goddess of dawn and Boreas, the Greek god of the north wind, the name evoke some of the majestic, otherworldly splendour of auroral display. The northern lights occur high above the surface of the earth where the atmosphere layer is extremely thin normally having an attitude of 100-250 km.

Due to the nature of Earth’s magnetic field, auroras only appear at the poles usually above 60 degrees latitude mark in the north and below 60 degrees latitude mark in the south. Thus, Iceland is situated at a perfect position of approximately 64 degrees north for a great view of the northern lights.

Best time to witness Aurora Borealis in Iceland is from early September to end of April. The night must be clear and dark as possible. Such as a fuller moon may dim the Aurora. There should be little to no cloud cover as well as there must be enough solar activity.

7. West fjords – Multi day photo tour

The West fjords is a large peninsula in north western Iceland and lies on the Denmark Strait, facing the east coast of Greenland. The West fjords is a great place for few days photo tour, a lot to see and explore. The coastline of the West fjords is heavily indented by dozens of fjords surrounded by steep hills. The cliffs here comprise the longest bird cliff in the northern Atlantic Ocean with the fifth-largest glacier of the country, the Drangajökull glacier in the north of the peninsula.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

  • Látrabjarg, sea cliff with Puffins
  • Rauðasandur, beach with red sand
  • Shipwreck Garðar
  • Selárdalur, museum
  • The pier in Önundarfjord
  • Bolungarvík – Ósvör and mountain
    **And more!

8. Borgarfjordur – One Day Photo Tour

Borgarfjordur takes its name from the farm of the legendary Viking and poet Egill Skallagrimsson, of Egil’s Saga fame. It is considered by tourists and natives as one of Iceland’s most beautiful fjords, sporting a unique lava waterfall, craters and mountains and endless lava fields. Apart from this, you may also get to stop in the town Akranes to see the lighthouse and the old and rusty boat, the Dolphin.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

  • The waterfalls; Hraunfoss, Barnafoss and Glanni
  • The Crater; Grábrókargígur
  • The glacier river Geitá and the river Hvítá/the old bridge
  • The mountain Baula

**And more!

9. Icelandic Waterfalls – One Day Photo Tour

Iceland is graced with a series of beautiful waterfalls that are all unique and differ from each other both in shape and sizes. The most convenient part about touring across these waterfalls is that you don’t need to go far from the city to explore and enjoy their beauty. This special day tour takes you around the south part of Iceland so that you are able to see and photograph more than 10 waterfalls, if the weather conditions are suitable.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

  • The waterfalls on the Golden Circle route; Faxi, Brúarfoss and Gullfoss
  • The waterfalls in Þjórsárdalur; Háifoss, þjófafoss and Hjálparfoss
  • The waterfalls on the south coastline; Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfurbúi, Skógafoss and Kvernufoss.
  • The waterfalls in the highland; Fögrufossar and Sigöldufoss

**And more!

10. Glacier Lagoon – Multi day photo tour

The Glacier Lagoon tour is a two- or three-days photo tour along the south coast all the way to the Glacier lagoon. Here you will get a chance to explore the Jökulsárlón lake, a large glacial lake in southeast Iceland, on the edge of Vatnajökull National Park, situated at the head of the Breiðamerkurjökull glacier. The lake was developed after the glacier started receding from the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. The lake has grown since then at varying rates because of melting of the glaciers. It is considered as one of the natural wonders of Iceland along with the amazing Batman mountain – Vestrahorn.

Popular locations you get to explore as a part of this tour include:

Waterfalls: Seljalandsfoss, Gljúfurbúi, Skógafoss, Kvenufoss, Foss á Síðu and Svartifoss

  • The black beach and its pillars, Reynisfjara
  • The sea cliff Dyrhólaey
  • The canyon Fjaðrárgljúfur
  • Two or three Glacier lagoons
  • The diamond Beach

**And more!