This tour was a 5 day custom tour of Southern Iceland with special emphasis on the Vatnjökull region in the South East.

Day one was a fine sunny day. The pick up was from a remote hotel, one which I had never been to before… The ION Hotel is located next to the power station at Nesjavellir about an hour drive from Reykjavik, but in the general direction of travel.

Highland detour

Instead of the regular route along the South Coast #1 road, I negotiated to take our customer through the highland areas of Landmannalaugar. Although they were 60 years old, they were both in fantastic health and keen to do some light hiking. Before Landmannalaugar, we took a diversion to Haifoss, now Iceland’s 3rd highest waterfall. Even in the late morning sun, the colours of the surrounding rock matched the constant rainbow. At Landmannalaugar we took an hour hike up on the lava field towards some of the geothermal features. 

Because early September has fairly long days, we still managed to reach Jökulsarlon in time for sunset. This was despite exploring Landmannalaugar and stopping for an evening meal in kirkjubæjarklaustur. The sky was nice and clear and we hoped that it remained so until the night.  The glacier lagoon at Jökulsarlon was constantly good, offering great shooting opportunities at all times. There was one afternoon, however, where I really liked the available light and available ice. I took the above shot from the shore on the West side of the lagoon. I really liked the movement of the tide against the grounded ice.

Blessed with Northern Lights

This September had been very wet and cloudy so far, so we were lucky with this tour to have some clear skies. This image is from our second night at the lagoon. A mild, but beautiful Northern Lights reflection.

I just managed to get my composition in time to catch the beautiful aurora colours.  During periods of low auroral activity, I decided to try some Milky way shots. It was challenging to time the exposure without car headlight interference… which became slightly annoying. This was my favourite. And is a testament to the addage “Patience is a virtue”

Night Photography

For this shot I used my magic cloth technique: after 15 seconds – slowly lift the cloth from the bottom of the frame to the top (so the lens is completely covered), then careful lift the cloth higher to expose the foreground (for 20-40 extra seconds – keep it moving!). The magic cloth technique is discussed here.

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.

Winter photo workshops with Tony Prower

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

    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

    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.

    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

    Two day South Coast & Jökulsarlon

    This 2 day Iceland Photo Tour includes Jökulsarlon and the South coast – with chance for Auroras on the glacier lagoon and sunrise on the ice beach.

    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.

    Four day Geysirs & Glaciers

    This four day Photo Tour of the Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir, South coast, Jökulsárlón and Höfn offer a huge range of photo opportunities.

    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.

    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.

    Northern Lights Photos

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

    Electric Night Orchestra

    I had just bought my Canon 5D mark III, so this was a chance to put the full frame camera to the test.

    Make a wish

    One of the keys to success when you are photographing the Northern Lights is the surrounding landscape or ‘Earthly’ features such as lighthouses or abandoned farm buildings. There is a little bit of luck involved, because the Northern lights have to be active in the right part of the sky.

    South coast tour