Glacier lagoon and the south shore spectacles / 5 days
Photographing iceberg on the beach
Icebergs on the Glacier lagoon
Icebergs on the south shore
Rock formations on the south shore
Icebergs on the beach
Photographing the northern lights by the Glacier lagoon
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Glacier lagoon and the south shore spectacles - 5 days



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Highlights of the experience:

  • The Glacier lagoon
  • Icebergs on the beach
  • Ice cave tour - weather depending
  • Fjallsarlon - 2nd glacial lagoon
  • Svínafellsjokull - glacier
  • Majestic waterfalls: Skogafoss, Seljalandsfoss,
  • Amazing sea stacks: Dyrholaey, Reynisdrangar
  • Good chance to capture the northern lights
  • Landscape photographer as a guide


Included tours:

  • Icecaves with a local guide - Weather depending

Tour dates 2016:

  • February 24-28 - Full
  • March 11-15 - Full
  • March 24-28 - Available spots


Tour description:


The South shore offers great opportunities to photograph the amazing Icelandic landscape. The Glacier lagoon with it’s floating icebergs has magnetic attraction. The black sand beaches and its incredible rock formations make stunning works of art.
We’ll photograph the majestic mountains of Europe’s largest glacier, Vatnajökull, that also has amazing sparkling ice caves. The world famous Geyser and the biggest waterfall in Iceland, Gullfoss, a cascading glacial waterfall that falls into a narrow gorge.
This tour has an astonishing number of places to visit and to photograph with a relatively short driving distance from each other. By going in the spring or in the fall you get much better light than during the summer and a lot less traffic. There is also an excellent chance of photographing the northern lights as well.


Notes on weather: Weather in Iceland during winter is unpredictable. The good thing is that it changes all the time. We have a saying in Iceland. "If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes". Having said that you know we can't guarantee anything that relates to weather nor the northern lights that are even more unpredictable. Iceland is still one of very few great places to view and photograph the northern lights and one of the most accessible. The Ice cave may not be accessible on certain days due to rain, wind or other natural conditions.







Major locations:

Glacier lagoon, Icebergs on a black beach, Reynisdrangar, Reynisfjara, Dyrholaey, Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss, Svartifoss, Gullfoss, Geysir, Thingvellir, Vestrahorn...
Day 1. The famous Geyser.

Tour starts at 8.00AM at your hotel in Reykjavik. We begin by visiting the most photographed splendor of Iceland, the Golden circle. It consist of Thingvellir national park, the famous Geyser and Gullfoss, the largest waterfall in Iceland. We pass the notorious Eyjafjallajokull volcano on our way. Before we check in we shoot a black sandy beach with incredible rock formations by Reynisfjara. Much appreciated spot for photographers.

A night in a guesthouse.

Day 2. Glacier lagoon.

We shoot fields of lava, a waterfall and advancing glacier on our way to the Glacier lagoon. Svartifoss waterfall is one we cannot miss. It’s a 40 meter drop off basalt columnar rock. This wonder is often compared to a natural gothic cathedral. It’s one of the icons of Icelandic landscape. It’s a wonderful hike full of photo opportunities. After noon you’ll walk to one of the advancing glaciers and put your feet on solid ice. One can feel the immensity of Iceland’s highest peak towering above the landscape, Hvannadalshnukur. Finally we'll reach the famous Glacier lagoon and shoot it from various angles. In the evening we'll also keep an eye out for the northern lights.

First nights in a guesthouse.


Day 3. Ice caves.

Sunrise at Jökulsárlón. One can linger on for a whole day by this majestic lake. It’s by many considered crown jewel of Iceland and if done right makes an eye popping piece of art for the world audience to admire. Sometimes there are seals basking on the ice. The shore of the north Atlantic ocean is full of icebergs rolling back and forth on the beach. In the afternoon we'll explore some ice caves with a local expert. Crampons and helmets supplied. Sunset at Glacier lagoon.

Second night in a guesthouse.


Day 4. Contrast of Iceland.

We get our self prepared for sunrise picture from a specific place with exceptional views of the realm of Vatnajökull glacier. We then shoot more glaciers, frozen lagoon of Fjallsarlon, advancing glacier of Svinafellsjokull. By the end of the day we photograph a stunning canyon that many people don't know about.

A night in a guesthouse.


Day 5. The south shore spectacles.

We go out for sunrise shots. After breakfast we head back to Reykjavík. This time we have the whole day in front of us. There are endless photo-opportunities in our route. We check out the black sandy beach by Dyrhólaey and Reynisdrangar. We pass several great waterfalls on the way, Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss. The sheer diversity of the landscape is amazing.


Drop off at your hotel - End of tour.


Tour is subject to change without prior notice. There may be slight variation of same tour on different dates.





3 star hotel.


Ford VAN E350 - 4x4. We have only max 8 passengers so there is plenty of legroom and space for photography equipment.

Photography level:

All levels

Hiking requirements:

Class 1- easy. May be slippery on ice. 1 hour hike to waterfall.


  • Free pick up at airport upon arrival
  • Free shuttle from your hotel to airport upon departure
  • Professional photographer as a guide
  • Transportation
  • Accommodation
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch packs if needed
Included tours:
  • Ice-caves with a local guide. Crampons, harnesses and helmets supplied
  • International flights
  • Accommodation while in Reykjavík
  • Lunches and Dinners
  • Alcohol, snacks and beverages
  • Travel insurance



Arrival / Departure



The easiest and cheapest way to go from KEF, Keflavik international airport, to Reykjavik is to take the Flybus.

You can buy tickets at the airport or at:

It will take you directly to most major hotels or the BSI bus terminal where you could take a taxi to you hotel or even walk.

Early arrival

If you arrive some days before our tour then we’d pick you up at your hotel in Reykjavík on the day the tour starts.

Airport pick up:

We can arrange an airport pick up of a party of 3 or more.

If individuals happen to arrive at the same time we could arrange a pick up from the airport.

RAW Iceland tours:

As per itinerary....

All our tours start with a pick up from your hotel in Reykjavik unless other arrangement has been made.


Early morning:

If you have an early morning departure we recommend a stay at the Smari airport hotel.

It's by far the most convenient hotel considering that you may need to be at the airport 5-7AM. It's a walking distance from the KEF terminal.

We’d then drop you off at the hotel by Keflavik aiport at the end of the tour.


If you have an afternoon flight we’ll drop off at your hotel in Reykjavik. You’ll then have the next morning by yourself in Reykjavík or you can visit the Blue lagoon on the way to the airport with the Flybus.

Of course you can extend your stay and enjoy a leisure time in the city, walk around town and photograph the old town, the harbour, the shoreline walk or take extra day tour of your choice.



Iceland is a paradise for landscape and nature photographers.


The ice caves are simply astonishing. However there is no guarantee that they are open and safe to enter. They are generally open when it’s cold enough from early November through March but that changes from one year to another. If the ice caves are not accessible at the time we’ll opt for a Zodiac boat tour on the Glacier lagoon that is also a fantastic photographic experience. Plan C would be a “Walk on ice tour”.


To photograph the Aurora you need two things happening at the same time. The Aurora dancing above and clear a sky. We can’t turn on the northern lights for you but we can usually predict where the best conditions will be with a relatively short notice. A local knowledge is often required to increase our chances on turning bad luck into a fortune. We’ll spend at least one night making an effort to capture the northern lights, perhaps more. It may be any of the nights depending on cloud coverage and Aurora forecast. Iceland is still one of very few great places to view and photograph the northern lights and one of the most accessible. 


Weather in Iceland during winter is unpredictable. The good thing is that it changes all the time. We have a saying in Iceland. "If you don't like the weather, just wait 5 minutes". Having said that you know we can't guarantee anything that relates to weather nor the northern lights that are even more unpredictable. You’ll be fine with some rain gear, warm clothing and good hiking boots.


Our guides are all local professional photographers with vast experience in nature and landscape photography. Our task is to make sure we spend our effort on the best location each day no matter what the condition may be. It may mean that we choose sunset over sunrise, aurora session over morning session, shoot this location instead of that location etc. It’s all too easy to spend too many hours in poor condition only to exhaust our energy and enthusiasm. Only a local expert has the experience to meet those challenges. We may even help you make wonderful photographs when the conditions are poor. When the conditions are good it’s all easy. We maximise the quality and the quantity of the photo opportunities during this time with us. It’s still up to you to make the most of it.


RAW ICELAND - photography adventures

RAW ICELAND - Photography adventures ltd is a licensed tour operator in Iceland owned and operated by professional photographer Jon Pall Vilhelmsson. He has over thirty years of landscape photography under his belt. With a BA from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara he posses a wealth of expertise to share. We understand photography and photographers needs.

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