Brave winter and feast your photographic skills on the magical Iceland’s South Coast on the South Coast Winter Photography tour guided by Jeroen Van Nieuwenhove. It takes you through the photographic highlights along the South Coast, from Reykjavík to Stokksnes in the East. In addition to the frosted cliffs, impressive waterfalls shrouded in mist, and black sand beaches, you will also have a chance to explore a few extraordinary gems. You pay an extended visit to the unique crystal blue ice caves in Vatnajökull. Jökulsárlón with its luminous-blue icebergs floating in the glacier lagoon is on your way too. So does Þórsmörk, where you need to ford the glacier rivers and rough terrains on the exciting way to this isolated nature reserve.

Join us, you will not be disappointed.

Prices starting from

435.000 ISK per person

4,024 USD | 3.502 EUR | 3,145 GBP | 5,248 CAD



Day 1 - Arrival in Reykjavík

Arrival at Keflavík International Airport. We take care of your transfer from the airport to your hotel in Reykjavík. In the evening we meet up and get to know each other whilst having a new welcome dinner. Afterwards we will discuss the upcoming tour.

Day 2 - Heading East

On this first day of the winter photography tour we follow the Ring Road towards Vík í Mýrdal. Along the way we stop at various photography locations that are best suited in combination with the weather conditions for that day. Because we are returning along the same route, we will stop at the locations we skipped on either day 4 and/or day 6 of the tour. We stop at the most beautiful locations along the route and some of the lesser known places like Urriðafoss, Gljúfrabúi and Kvernufoss. We try to get as much out of our day as possible before we head towards our overnight stay in the area of Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights during the night.

Ice Cave


Day 3 - Crystal Blue Caves

Today’s focus of attention is Vatnajökull glacier and its crystal blue ice. In the morning we meet up with an experienced ice cave guide who will take us to one or more ice caves in the Vatnajökull glacier. These crystal blue ice caves are sometimes difficult to reach but once you are there, they are a reward by themselves. The surreal colours and beauty of the ice makes this a must-visit for any photographer visiting Iceland. After visiting the ice cave(s), we will try to capture the last light at the ice lagoon, Jökulsárlón, before we head to our destination for the day in the area of Smyrlabjörg. Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights during the night.

Day 4 - Glaciers

Today is the last in the area of Vatnajökull glacier. The start of this day takes us all the way east to the Vestrahorn mountain at Stokksnes. At Stokksnes you will have the chance to capture the black sand beach in combination with one of Iceland’s most picturesque mountains. Afterwards we drive again to the west with stops in the Skaftafell area and Svínafelljökull glacier. We end the day by capturing the sunset colours at the Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón ice lagoons, as well as the famous Diamond Beach. Our overnight stay for the day will also be in the area of Smyrlabjörg. Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights during the night.

South Coast Winter Photography Tour Iceland JVN Photo


Day 5 - To Thor's Forest

Today we shift our focus again to the west. During this day we make various stops at the locations we had to skip on the first day, like for example the Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon near Kirkjubæjarklaustur. Instead of driving back in the direction of Reykjavík, we take a right turn at the Seljalandsfoss waterfall. This F-road takes us into the Þórsmörk valley. This hidden gem is located on the north side of the Eyjafjallajökull volcano, which erupted in 2010. The remote locations of Þórsmörk has a lot of photo opportunities because of its desolate landscapes and unspoiled nature. And who knows, you might even encounter a few curious arctic foxes. Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights during the night. Overnight stay at the Volcano Huts in Húsadalur.

Day 6 - The Frozen Highlands

Today we will explore the area of Þórsmörk better. If everything is covered in snow, we will get the opportunity of hiking on snowshoes. Þórsmörk has one of Iceland’s most dynamic and beautiful landscapes, where active volcanoes and glaciers tower above the valley below. During this time the valley does not get any direct sunlight which gives us the change to capture the soft indirect light a lot better. When we return to the Volcano Huts you will have the chance to utilise the sauna or enjoy the quietness of the area with a cup of coffee. In the evening we will go through some of your favourite shots captured on this tour. Depending on the weather and solar conditions, we will try to photograph the Northern Lights during the night. Overnight stay at the Volcano Huts.

South Coast Winter Photography Tour Iceland JVN Photo
Frozen Brúarfoss


Day 7 - Back to Reykjavík

On our last day we travel to some lesser frequented locations during winter. We make stops at Hjálparfoss, Faxafoss and Brúarárfoss. If the conditions allow it, we will also try to reach Háifoss – one of Iceland’s highest waterfalls. Afterwards we head back to Reykjavík and meet up for a goodbye dinner – the perfect way to finish the tour and exchanged our experiences.


What payment methods do you accept?

Ísafold Travel accepts VISA, MasterCard and American Express credit cards. Should you wish to pay by other methods, such as Wire Transfer, please contact us on prior to making the booking.

What is Ísafold Travel’s cancellation policy?

All cancellations must be made by e-mail or letter. In conformity with business practices within the Icelandic travel industry, the travel agent is obliged to charge cancellation fees to passenger(s) as follows, in addition to the non-refundable deposit:

More than 6 weeks prior to arrival: No additional charge
Less than 6 weeks and more than 2 weeks: 15%
Less than 2 weeks and more than 72 hours: 50%
Less than 72 hours and more than 24 hours: 75%

Less than 24 hours notice, and no-shows: 100%

We recommend that all passengers take out comprehensive travel insurance.

Does Ísafold Travel handle domestic/international flights?

Ísafold Travel does not handle or book international flights from and to Iceland for our clients. However, flights between Iceland and Greenland and domestic flights in Iceland can be arranged by us.

What is a self-drive/self-guided tour?

A self-drive or self-guided tour is a packaged tour that allows you to travel at your own pace – by yourself or in a group. We arrange everything from the vehicle to accommodation so you don’t have to worry about anything. You can just go and enjoy your own private road trip through Iceland.

Do kids get a discount on some of the activities?

Yes, depending on their age they might be eligible for a discount on some of the activities. Please write their ages in the comments while booking and the discount they are eligible for while be deducted from the remaining balance.

Is it possible to customise my tour after booking?

Yes! It’s absolutely possible to further customise your tour after booking through our website. We only require a 20% deposit to be paid up front before we start customising your tour.

Am I required to pay the full amount upon booking?

No. It’s possible to pay only a 20% deposit upon booking. The remaining amount will be required no later than 30 days before your tour starts.

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Prices & Availability

Please note that it’s possible to pay only a 20% deposit up front.*


*It’s possible to pay a 20% deposit in advance and customize the tour you booked before requiring a full payment. However, this only applies if you are booking more than 30 days in advance of the starting date of your tour. 

What’s included?

  • Professional driver and guide for 6 days (all expenses included)
  • Private 4×4 vehicle (MC Sprinter or similar)
  • Accommodation with Private facilities at hotels/guesthouses for 5 nights
  • Accommodation with Shared facilities at Volcano huts for 2 nights
  • Breakfast from day 2 – 8
  • Lunch on day 6 in Volcano Huts
  • 3-course Welcome dinner on day 1
  • 2-course dinner from day 2-6
  • Private Ice cave tour in Vatnajökull Ice cave
  • All taxes and fees according to terms and conditions

What’s not included?

  • Personal Travel Insurances
  • Any services not listed under list of included items

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Day 02 & 05 - Dyrhólaey
Day 02 & 05 - Kvernufoss
Day 02 & 05 - Reynisfjara
Day 02 & 05 - Skógafoss
Day 02 - Geirland
Day 02 - Urriðafoss
Day 03 & 04 - Smyrlabjörg
Day 03 - Ice Cave Visit
Day 04 - Skaftafell
Day 04 - Stokksnes
Day 05 & 06 - Þórsmörk
Day 05 - Fjaðrárgljúfur
Day 07 - Brúarfoss
Day 07 - Geysir
Day 07 - Gullfoss
Day 07 - Hjálparfoss
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