Destination summary

South Iceland Photo Adventure – Landscapes and Nightscapes

This South Iceland Photo Adventure will cover some of Iceland’s best locations along the south coast. Iceland’s bigger than you think and we’ll be making the most of our time by packing in some of the most photogenic subjects in the area to the east of Reykjavik before heading due south to photograph the drama all along the coast.

Highlights will include mighty Skogafoss and Seljalandsfoss (waterfalls). These will greet us on our second day after we’ve photographed aspects of Thingvellir National Park, Bruarfoss, Geysir and Gullfoss at dawn and dusk.

Further east, mid blowing Jokulsarlon Lagoon littered with floating Icebergs that end up washed ashore along it’s black sand beach have provided some wonderful abstract and amazing images on previous tours. Other featured highlights include the southern glaciers near Skaftafell, the dramatic seascapes around Dyrholaey and Vik, and the jagged peaks on the far east coast of Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn.

A vast playground of wild places, ever changing vistas, crazy landscapes, glacier capped volcanoes, hot bubbling mud and awe inspiring waterfalls that roar like thunder. Don’t forget to look up for the chance of capturing the Aurora Borleais on any given night. This is Iceland! Book online.

Extra information

Start time 10:00 – 10:30 pick up Reykjavik on the 17th September

End time 17:00 ends in Reykjavik on the 23rd September

Airport transfers Reykjavik is about 45 mins from Keflavik Airport. The Flybus and Flybus+ offer a transfer service to and from the centre bus terminus and most accommodation in the city ( Flybus+). This can be pre booked at There are buses leaving every few minutes after a flight arrives.

Getting there Both Iceland Air and Easyjet offer flights from UK and European cities. Iceland Air fly from North American cities.

Accommodation There are several options for accommodation before and after the trip, these include convenient Hlemmur Square Hotel and Hostel ( where I stay ), Center Hotel ( 3 of them ), Baron Foss Hotel and a range of convenient guesthouses. You will be picked up and dropped off from your preferred city centre hotel.

 During the trip accommodation is both single occupancy and twin share*. 17th – 18th Gulfoss Hotel (twin), 18th – 20th Dyrholaey Hotel (single), 20th – 22nd Foss Hotel Glacier Lagoon Hotel (twin), 22nd – 23rd Seljavellir Guesthouse in Hofn (twin) *Single supplements may be available. Returning to Reykjavik on the 23rd September over night  there or Keflavik.

Essential equipment Camera, lenses and good quality tripod.

Non essential but recommended Polariser, neutral density graduated and straight neutral density filters would be useful. I use Lee ND filters both hard and soft.  A laptop with Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop or other image editing software. Good quality waterproof camera bag.

What to expect

This photo adventure includes an initial practical tutorial on basic shooting skills, use of camera gear and equipment on location on the first day.  This includes camera workflow, shooting in manual mode and reading histograms.

A photo adventure’s  main objective is guiding you to the best locations at the right time with suggestions on types of shot, general settings and composition advice. Participants should be familiar in the use of their cameras to get the best out of the locations, however help is always on hand  and advice freely given.

Participants will be invited to share 6 of their  final images  with Glen and their fellow participants for comment after the trip via a secure online link.

Reliably fickle and wild weather can be a feature of Iceland and her frozen glaciers and wind swept beaches. Conditions can be settled at times but it’s not unusual to turn cold and wintery from September to March. This can and often does add to the dramatic nature of light and land. It’s important that you have adequate and good quality outdoor clothing to stay dry and warm ( jackets and over trousers) including waterproof hiking boots that are waterproof. 

Fitness and mobility
Not all locations will be by the roadside, some locations are easy to reach, some require a little effort, walking sometimes on muddy and boggy surfaces. This can involve  short hill walks, walks across rocky, uneven terrain and slippy surfaces. Walking times can be up to one hour – one way, however  participation is optional at every location. Ice caves are optional.

All ages above 18 years are welcome but a reasonable level of fitness and mobility is required, regardless of age in order to fully participate and appreciate a Lightstalker’s photo adventure  or workshop.  If you have any doubts of your suitability for a specific trip please contact Glen directly.

South Iceland Photo Adventure
17th to 23rd September 2017
Places available: sold out
Trip fee: £1995.00
Booking deposit: £250
Starts / ends : Reykjavik Iceland.


  • 6 nights accommodation (mix of single occupancy and twin share)
  • Pick up and drop off in Reykjavik
  • Dusk, day and dawn location sessions (plus aurora hunting )
  • Practical field tuition and guidance
  • Lightstalker Adventures Beanie

Not Included

  • Flights to / from Reykjavik, Iceland
  • Lunch or evening meals
  • Blue Lagoon
  • Ice Cave fee
  • Airport transfers
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Please ensure you have adequate travel Insurance

Lightstalker Highlights

  • Thundering waterfalls
  • Aurora Borealis hunting
  • The Glacier Lagoon
  • Multiple Jokulsarlon black ice beach sessions
  • Optional Ice cave session
  • Both Eystrahorn and Vestrahorn sessions
  • Small groups so less crowded
  • Taliored help and guidance
  • Creative advice
  • Plenty time on location
  • Post trip review
  • Off the beaten track sessions
"We really enjoyed ourselves on this trip! The locations were excellent and we appreciated some of the off - the - beaten track locations (e.g. Bruarfoss and the Dakota wreck) - You are an excellent teacher as well as great tutor and guide. I did the equivalent trip 2 years ago with another photographer and there is just no comparison in terms of overall enjoyment. We are keen to do more trips with you!"

2015 participants