Jökulsarlon Nights

What never comes out in the photographs is ‘how noisy’ Jökulsarlon Glacier Lagoon can be. It is not a quiet place sometimes with the North Atlantic waves crashing onto the beach and icebergs creaking and cracking. Overhead there can be territorial birds like the Great skuas or Arctic terns. Then a cargo truck rumbles over the suspension bridge. During the day, you don’t notice this so much because your visual senses are overwhelmed by the views. But at night, these sounds (except the birds) become much more a part of your experience.

Moonless Lagoon

This was a moonless night in October with my camera ready. I was staring into darkness when an Aurora suddenly emerged and streaked across the sky. Jökulsarlon was perfectly still and this gave me great reflections of both the icebergs and the aurora. The Northern Lights exposed beautifully with a red crest which I didn’t see with my own eyes. The Magic cloth technique balanced the sky and foreground beautifully. It prevented the sky from over exposing and allowed a little extra exposure on the lake.

Settings

  • Canon 5D2
  • Ef 24mm f/1.4
  • f/2.8
  • 30 sec
  • iso1600

Artificial Light

Back in 2010, we could enjoy a night photography session at Jökulsarlon without artificial light issues. The iceberg us caught about a second of car head light as the driver pulled up in the car park behind us. This second of artificial light really helped to lift the details on the ice. This was a fluke though, as many shots have been ruined by car headlights. In recent years, it has become unavoidable because the car park is so busy with cars and buses. The best option is to hike deeper into the lagoon and hope there is good ice.

Multi-day tours

These are multi-day photo tours that include Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon. If conditions are good these tours can include Northern lights photography.

South Iceland Photo Tours

Our guided, multi-day photo tours of South Iceland will give you incredible photo opportunities. The South coast is rich with, glacier ice, towering waterfalls and black sand beaches.
Book online from $2,291 USD

Five day Beautiful South

This photo tour combines the Golden Circle, Snæfellsnes Peninsular , South coast & Jökulsarlon photo tours to give a complete South Iceland experience.

Three day Jökulsarlon, Vestrahorn & South Coast

Feel the powerful silence of Jökulsarlon glacier lagoon and explore the South Coast & Vesturhorn – one of our best Iceland Photo Tour for Auroras.

Seven day Full Circle

Iceland has a rich variety of landscapes and seascapes and this tour is designed to enhance that variety & capture Iceland’s full diversity in a week long tour around the country.
Prices from $8,847 USD

FlyTour – Jökulsarlon

Spend a day or 2 in the Vatnjökull area of Iceland. This Iceland photo tour puts you right in the heart of Iceland’s stunning Glacier landscapes with one of our photo guides. These totally flexible photo tours can be booked on the fly and we can sometimes run with flexible dates to avoid a bad weather trip.

6 day Diamonds & Dragons

This multi-day tour will take you around the best of South & West Iceland in six days. Touring from North West to South East with many top photo locations.
Prices from $7,536USD

Custom Photo Tour

If you want something that is not listed or you want see Iceland at your own pace on a bespoke tour, our Custom Photo Tours go to all parts of Iceland.

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

5 full photography days
  • South Coast & Vatnjökull region
  • Ice and Aurora photography
  • Regular dates from Oct – March
  • SiXPaXMaX
  • Prices from: $1850 USD
  • Single room supplement: $240 USD
  • Northern Lights Photos

    Here are some more photos of the Aurora Borealis to help keep you inspired by Iceland.