Discover the magic of Iceland during the summer! Our Iceland photo tour offers the best nature photography opportunities at an incredible value. Join NatureScapes leader Nikhil Bahl along with world-renowned ornithologist and Icelandic photographer Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson on the ultimate photography adventure in Iceland.
Not only is Iceland one of the best places on Earth to photograph cliff-dwelling birds such as colorful and comedic Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres, and many other seabirds and Arctic species, it is also one of the most spectacular landscape spectacles on the planet.
Our summertime Iceland journey starts in the capital city of Reykjavík and takes us north to the Snæfellsnes Peninsula for its fantastic seascapes. We then progress further north by ferry to the small island of Flatey and what many call the best seabird cliffs on Earth at Látrabjarg.
We then head south to photograph red-throated loons in breeding colors as well as black-tailed godwit at the Flói Nature Reserve. Next, we go to one of the most spectacular waterfalls in all of Europe and photograph the Geysir area of natural geysers as well many other beautiful waterfalls.
From here we make our way across the south part of the island, stopping at many locations including the world famous Laki Craters and both an evening and morning shoot at the stunning Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon.
With ALL expenses covered and 2 great guides with decades of experience between them, you can ease the worry of travel from your mind and enjoy this Iceland photo tour without stress so you can focus on your photography. Each day will bring us a new adventure and opportunities as we explore and photograph this truly magical place!
With Nikhil’s bird and landscape photography experience and Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson’s extensive knowledge of the area and its birds and wildlife, you will be presented with the absolute best opportunities to bring home beautiful photos of incredible birds, breathtaking landscapes, rushing waterfalls, and even some of the local culture.
This itinerary may be modified based on weather and local conditions.
Depart for your Iceland photo tour.
Arrive at Keflavík International Airport and transfer to our hotel in Reykjavík. After getting settled in we will start immediately by going to the town lake Tjörnin in Reykjavík where we will photograph numerous waterfowl species.
We will depart in the morning for Snæfellsjökull National Park on Snæfellsnes Peninsula arriving in time for an evening shoot of this amazing coastal landscape. We will stop for any targets of opportunity along the way.
In the morning we will board the first ferry crossing Breiðafjörður Bay. We will hit the northern coast at noon and then keep on north to the magnificent Dynjandi River with 6 waterfalls, one of them the great Fjallfoss considered one of the most beautiful in all of Iceland.
After zig-zagging some pretty fjords, we will end up at the Látrabjarg bird cliffs at the westernmost point in Europe. This is widely known as one of the very best bird photography locations in the world. Here we will spend two and a half days photographing cliff birds such as Atlantic puffins, razorbills, murres, black-legged kittiwakes, and northern fulmar.
We continue shooting at Látrabjarg. The tiny village of Breiðavík, where we will be staying, also provides some excellent scenic opportunities.
Our final day at Látrabjarg will give us the opportunity to explore the incredible bird photography opportunities in this area.
We will board the first ferry at noon to Flatey Island on our journey southward. Flatey is a small island that boasts a wide array of photographable birds including Arctic tern, Eurasian oystercatchers, redshank, black guillemot, and many more. We will spend the night in Flatey.
This morning we will have a few more hours to wrap up our photography around the island of Flatey before we enjoy an afternoon ferry ride back to Stykkishólmur.
We will depart Stykkishólmur and work our way inland, stopping along the way for photography opportunities before we end the day at Hotel Hlíð in Ölfus for the night.
We depart Hlíð early in the morning and head into higher ground to one of Iceland’s most spectacular waterfalls, Gullfoss. This area is also known for its thermal activity and we will stop at Geysir to photograph this area before the tourists arrive.
After lunch we will drive a bit into the central highlands and shoot two stunning waterfalls, Háifoss (High fall) and Granni (Neighbour). Háifoss is Iceland’s second highest waterfall.
Then after dinner we will spend some hours at the Flói Nature Reserve for bird photography. This sanctuary has numerous small lakes, many of which have a breeding red-throated loon pair. Other species include dunlin in breeding plumage and black-tailed godwit.
This morning we will set out early for a drive to the southern waterfall area as we begin to cross the southern part of Iceland. First we will visit Seljalandsfoss which you can walk behind, and then the great Skógafoss. If time allows, we will visit the beautiful coastal landscape area of Dyrhólaey and Reynir.
We then will head for our easternmost destination point, Hali, were we stay for two nights. After dinner we will visit the unique Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and black beach with icebergs, two fabulous locations for creative photography.
In the morning we visit Jökulsárlón again, afterwards heading to the Svínafellsjökull glacial tongue and then a short hike to the basalt-lined Svartifoss waterfall. After dinner we will explore the Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon for the very last time.
If conditions permit, we will visit the very scenic and most beautiful Fjalsarlon for an early morning shoot. Afterwards we will embark on our long journey back to Reykjavík where we will host a farewell dinner and spend the night before flying home the next day. We will fit in a few stops for landscape photography along the way, and will find some beautiful Icelandic horses enjoying their time in countryside pastures.
Airport transfers and flights home.
A single room supplement at an additional cost of $750 is available on a first-request basis. Due to the limited number of spaces available, if we are unable to match a solo guest with another guest of the same gender in a double room, then the single supplement charge will be required.
Some lodging requires shared bathroom facilities, for instance we are renting a farmhouse on the island of Flatey and some rooms share bathrooms, but the remainder of lodging venues feature private facilities for each room unless otherwise noted.
Due to the confidentiality of the itinerary the specific lodging venues will be shared only upon request, or upon receipt of registration.
If you would like to register for this workshop please fill out our registration form. A non-refundable deposit (listed above) is required to reserve your spot. Please refer to our workshop information section for our cancellation and refund policies.