Golden Snæfellsnes

Feel the gigantic force of Europe’s largest waterfall and freeze erupting geysers with a fast shutter. Hike some pre-historic landscapes, sea cliffs and then stay in a fishing village waiting for auroras with a good meal and steam bath. Not to mention the craziest lava field in Iceland. This 2 day, guided photo tour combines the famous Golden Circle with our popular Snæfellsnes Peninsular tour. The idea is to have a night near a top photo location (Kirkjufellsfoss – Church Mountain Waterfall) in case the clouds clear during an Aurora storm (auroras from Sept-March).

Kirkjufellsfoss Snæfellsnes

 

The first leg allows you to explore some of Iceland’s natural highlights at a relaxed pace. You will have plenty of time to properly explore areas such as the great Geysir, Gullfoss waterfall and the National park at Þingvellir.

 

Gullfoss waterfall


After a drive through some interesting scenery, we arrive at our hotel on Snæfellsnes. The evening of our Snæfellsnes trip has the chance of Northern Lights at a top Snæfellsnes location.


Northern lights over Kirkjufell

Auroras over Kirkjufell


Our photo holiday catches Sunrise on the Kirkjufell mountain and after breakfast make our way around the Snæfellsnes peninsular photographing landscapes and little fishing villages.

We arrive back in Reykjavik at the end of the second day. This trip can easily be extended to 3 or 4 days for a more relaxed pace.

Blueberry moss autumn lava field


Seasons:

Running all year

Timings:

Winter (Mid Sept – Mid April ) start times are around 09.30. We shoot regular hours which could include night shooting for Auroras and sunrise.

Summer (Mid April – Mid Sept)
The tour could start after 14.00 in the Summer. Mid-Summer, this could involve shooting through the night hours (22.00-06.00) and sleeping in tents during the day.

Snæfellsnes Multi-day tours

Itinerary Ideas

Note: this could be run in reverse or altered to match your interests. Weather and road conditions can affect the itinerary.

Day 1

After your hotel pick up, we head a little North through Iceland’s longest tunnel and then West to the Snæfellsness Peninsula. We spend the day exploring old fishing villages, stunning coastlines, the historical black church and the amazing Mountain/waterfall combination at Kirkjufellsfoss. We stay at a hotel close to Kirkjufell to increase your chances of a Sunset, sunrise or Northern lights with the famous mountain.

Day 2

After an early start at Kirkjufellsfoss we head to a photographer’s paradise at Thingvellir National Park.  Set up your camera gear between the continental plates at the Oxararfoss waterfall.  From there we take the road to Geysir.  Here you will have plenty of opportunity to capture the erupting Strokkur before a photo stop at the huge Gullfoss waterfall.  Your Lunch stop could be at Geysir or Gullfoss.  Then visit lesser known waterfalls, horses, craters etc.  The tour finishes with a drop-off at your Reykjavik hotel a few hours after the final photo stop.

Main Locations:

  • Þingvellir – the Icelandic parliament and tectonic plates
  • Londrangar – colourful bird cliffs and view of Snæfellsjökull
  • Öxarafoss – the black waterfall at Þingvellir
  • Grundarfjörður – Kirkjufell – the famous Church Mountain
  • Geysir – erupting hot-springs
  • Gullfoss – the largest waterfall in Europe
  • Buðir – the black church

Other Locations:

  • Borgarnes – beautiful views across Borgarfjörður – Walter Mitty scene
  • Arnarstapi – seastacks and arches – quirky lunch cafe
  • Þingvallavatn – Iceland’s largest lake
  • Djuparlon – a cove with a ship wreck and heavy lifting stones for strong men (and ladies)
  • Faxi – a beautiful salmon waterfall
  • Olafsvík – fishing village with whale watching opportunities