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Iceland Photo Tour Summer: Birds, Waterfalls, Ice, Landscapes

Iceland Photo Tour Summer: Birds, Waterfalls, Ice, Landscapes

Iceland

Iceland abstract ice photography © Nikhil Bahl

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.

Experience an Iceland Photo Tour of a Lifetime

Breathtaking Seascapes and Seabird Cliffs

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.

Atlantic puffin pair on cliff © Nikhil Bahl

Stunning Bird Photography, Geysers, and Waterfalls

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.

Iceland waterfall sunset © Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Unique Laki Craters and Must-See Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon

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.

Iceland glacier landscape © Nikhil Bahl

Best Value for a Photo Tour of Iceland

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!

“The experience was extremely fulfilling. Photographers are keen to share their tricks and techniques with each other and it was great to be included in the camaraderie. All of the guides were knowledgeable and their expertise complemented each other well. I especially enjoyed Jóhann’s insight into Iceland, its birds, and history. The enthusiasm of the guides was infectious and even in adverse weather conditions the holiday was fantastic and exceeded my expectations.” –Megan A.

Iceland volcanic activity © Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Tour Highlights

  • Spend 2½ days at Látrabjarg cliffs, one of the best bird locations in the world.
  • Witness some of the most beautiful waterfalls and geysers in Europe.
  • Capture breathtaking coastal landscapes and scenics. You’ll never want to leave!
  • Visit Flói Nature Reserve for unique bird photography opportunities.
  • Stroll along Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon and black beach with icebergs.
  • Capture beautiful Icelandic horses in countryside pastures.

Iceland glacier photography © Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Experienced Leaders Guide the Way

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.

Iceland photography map

Itinerary

This itinerary may be modified based on weather and local conditions.

Day 1, June 25, 2017
Set out for Iceland

Depart for your Iceland photo tour.

Day 2, June 26, 2017
Arrival to Iceland and waterfowl photography

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.

Red-throated diver © Nikhil Bahl

Day 3, June 27, 2017
Snæfellsjökull National Park

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.

Day 4, June 28, 2017
Waterfalls and bird photography at Látrabjarg cliffs

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.

Black-legged kittiwake family Iceland © Nikhil Bahl

Day 5, June 29, 2017
Bird photography at Látrabjarg cliffs

We continue shooting at Látrabjarg. The tiny village of Breiðavík, where we will be staying, also provides some excellent scenic opportunities.

Day 6, June 30, 2017
Bird photography at Látrabjarg cliffs

Our final day at Látrabjarg will give us the opportunity to explore the incredible bird photography opportunities in this area.

Atlantic puffin group © Nikhil Bahl

Day 7, July 1, 2017
Flatey Island

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.

Day 8, July 2, 2017
Flatey Island, Stykkishólmur, and Ölfus

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.

Common redshank © Nikhil Bahl

Day 9, July 3, 2017
Gullfoss, Háifoss, and Granni waterfalls, Geysir, and Flói Nature Reserve

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.

Iceland waterfalls © Nikhil Bahl

Bird in rocks © Nikhil Bahl

Day 10, July 4, 2017
Seljalandsfoss and Skógafoss waterfalls, Dyrhólaey, Reynir, Jökulsárlón

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.

Iceland black beach © Nikhil Bahl

Laki Craters © Nikhil Bahl

Day 11, July 5, 2017
Jökulsárlón, Svínafellsjökull, Svartifoss waterfall

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.

Svartifoss Iceland waterfall © Nikhil Bahl

Day 12, July 6, 2017
Fjalsarlon, landscape photography, and farewell dinner at Reykjavík

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.

Day 13, July 7, 2017
Depart Iceland

Airport transfers and flights home.

Iceland horse © Nikhil Bahl

Includes

  • Lodging throughout (double occupancy)
  • All meals as specified
  • All transfers to and from airport and hotels
  • Professional driver/photo/nature guide and private transportation in a spacious tour bus
  • Entrance fees for all described activities
  • Taxes on all services listed above

Does Not Include

  • Airfare to/from KEF (Keflavík International Airport)
  • Airport departure tax or fees (if applicable)
  • Alcoholic drinks
  • Gratuities
  • Non-meal time snacks and soft drinks

Black guillemot with food © Nikhil Bahl

Rates

  • Rates are net, per person, in USD (double occupancy)
  • June 25–July 7, 2017, $6,995 (double occupancy)
  • Non-photographers: $400 discount
  • Single Supplement: $750 additional
  • Limit 12 photographers

Single Supplements

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.

Lodging

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.

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.

Workshop Information
  • Dates: June 25 - July 7, 2017 (6 openings)
  • Cost: $6,995
  • Deposit: $1,000
  • Participants: 10
Non-photographer Discount: $400
Single Supplement: $750
The single supplement fee reflects our actual cost and is subject to availability. If you are a single traveler and we are unable to place you with a roommate, you will be placed in a single room and charged the single supplement fee.
Leaders

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl

Nikhil Bahl is a full time professional photographer, author, educator, workshop instructor and environmentalist residing in the Washington D.C. area. Drawing inspiration from nature, Nikhil adopts novel approaches and seeks meaningful interpretations: to create photographs that transcend the commonplace, reflect deeper insights, and convey an enchantment of the subject's beauty. Continue reading »

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson

Jóhann Óli Hilmarsson, is a leading authority on the birds of Iceland and one of the country’s most experienced bird photographers. He has written numerous articles on birds in books, magazines and papers and is the author of the bestselling book Icelandic Bird Guide, a photographic guide which has been sold in almost 40,000 copies. Continue reading »

Testimonials
I loved the location, the people, the photographic opportunities, the experience, and the personal teaching and instruction I received from Greg and E.J.

We have done several workshops with other various companies and we feel NatureScapes is one of the best. The attention to detail, planning, organization, and ensuring the participants are taken care of makes NatureScapes stand above the crowd. I feel I have learned a lot about photography from both Greg & E.J. which is something I feel I didn't get from some of the other group leaders whose workshops we participated in. Great work from the whole NatureScapes team!
Brent W.
Ultimate Iceland Adventure
This was an amazing experience. I loved learning so much from Greg and Jóhann and seeing this beautiful, irreplaceable place.
Beverly D.
Ultimate Iceland Summer Adventure
I most enjoyed the beautiful scenery and the experience of the ice, glaciers, geysers, the up-close and hands-on with sweet and pretty horses, and being so close to the puffins on the cliffs.
Penny C.
Ultimate Iceland Summer Adventure