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Photographing suggestion ?

We are group of 4 (3M+1Fm , at early 50’s) planning a trip to Iceland , October 8 to 15. We would like to get some suggestions from local photograpers for spacial places to take pictures, and possibility of going for a day-trip together. Sharing expiriance,  technics and beer… :-)
We still do not have a firm rout (just dates frame,  hire a 4x4 car and that all for now). It will be great to take pictures of volcano and lava, as well as northern lights. Any suggested spots ?
Please share with us your Iceland treasures.
Thanks a lot,
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I recommend you to read our articles, we have a lot of recommendations and you are welcome to write here your doubts.

If you want to visit the volcano I recommend you to take a flight, they are cheaper from Myvatn. You can book them here.

I have copied the plan for a photo tour in Iceland from a website ;)
Take a look, you may have something to do with:


Day 1:
Monday 20th of October

Pick up at your hotel at 8am. We will begin the tour with a visit to a geothermal site at Hellisheidi. From there we drive west to Hvalfjordur fjord on route to our next destination, Hraunfossar (Lava waterfalls) in Borgarfjordur region. These falls are one of top three Icelandic waterfalls to photograph with many diverse sections. From Hraunfossar, we will drive to the Snaefellsnes peninsula where we will stay in the small fishing village of Grundarfjordur for the night.

Accommodation: Guesthouse in Grundarfjordur village

Day 2:
Tuesday 21st of October

We will travel around the beautiful Snaefellsnes peninsula, which has the Snaefellsnes glacier and volcano on the left hand side and the ocean on the right. The Snæfellsnes volcano was the inspiration behind Jules Verne´s famous novel “Journey to the Centre of the Earth”. We will stop at places like the old ghost house, Arnarstapi sea cliffs and Búdir where the only black colored church in Iceland is located.

Accommodation: Hraunsnef country hotel in Borgarfjordur.

Day 3:
Wednesday 22nd of October

After a good breakfast, we will pack our bags and head further north to Skagafjördur fjord, which is known for horse farming and big events in the Viking sagas such as the Sturlungaöld era. At Skagafjördur we will go to the old turf house farm at Glaumbaer and the well-hidden and unknown Reykjafoss waterfall.
Afterwards, we will visit a family that lives on a horse farm at Flugumýri, and enjoy their hospitality for lunch as well as see a display of Icelandic Horses. This will give us an opportunity to photograph the Icelandic horse as well an Icelandic family.

Accommodation: In Skagafjördur region.

Day 4:
Thursday 23rd of October

We leave Skagafjördur and drive to the small and pretty village of Siglufjördur, making a stop at Saudanes viti lighthouse and other interesting locations on the way. From Siglufjördur we head south and drive through the capital of the north, Akureyri on our way to Lake Mývatn where we will spend next two nights. Before we get to Mývatn, we will make a good stop at the scenic waterfall Godafoss - the waterfall of the Gods. This waterfall is the pride of northern Iceland.

Accommodation: Lake Mývatn region.

Day 5:
Friday 24th of October

We will spend the day around the Lake Mývatn area photographing the colourful geothermal areas at Hverarönd, Leirhnúkur and the large crater at Viti in the Krafla area.

Accommodation: Lake Mývatn region.

Day 6:
Saturday 25th of October

Today we will drive to Iceland's most powerful waterfall Dettifoss, which is the same waterfall Tom Cruise uses in his film Oblivion and Ridley Scott in Prometheus. Dettifoss waterfall is inside the Jökulsárglúfur canyon national park. We will drive beside the canyon and photograph some of the amazing columnar basalt formations that can be found there.

Accommodation: Lake Mývatn region.

Day 7:
Sunday 26th of October

Today we will be driving from North to East. We leave Lake Mývatn behind in the morning and drive through Mödrudalsöraefi desert towards Egilstadir town. From Egilsstadir we head for the East fjords and make stops a beautiful small fishing villages i.e. Faskrúdsfjordur

Accommodation: East fjord region.

Day 8:
Monday 27th of October

After a hearty breakfast, we leave our guesthouse in the East fjords and head towards southeast Iceland. We will drive through more of the fjords in east Iceland and visit some more fishing villages. We will play the day "by ear” and make stops wherever we find good light and conditions, and any other photographic opportunities that cannot be missed.

Accommodation: Hali guesthouse.

Day 9:
Tuesday 28th of October

We will start early in the morning to photograph at the Glacier Lagoon, Jökulsárlón where we will see floating icebergs that fall into the lagoon from the largest glacier in Europe, Vatnajökull.  Hopefully we will see some icebergs on the black sand beach beneath the lagoon that roll into the waves of the Atlantic sea. We will also visit some outlets from the big glacier like Fjallsárjökull and Svínafellsjökull where we can get very close to the glacier itself. We will then photograph our way further west towards our next accommodation in Hrifunes where we’ll stay for the next two nights.

Accommodation: Hrífunes Guesthouse

Day 10:
Wednesday 29th of October

We will spend the day photographing scenery around the Hrifunes region and visit my favourite secret locations that are out of the way from tourist areas, such as a remote black sand beach with an old rusted shipwreck and old sea man´s shelter. We will also drive through some rough farmers tracks to see three beautiful, remote and completely unknown waterfalls.

Accommodation: Hrífunes Guesthouse

Day 11:
Thursday 30th of October

After a hearty breakfast of Hadda´s home baked bread and jams, we will explore the south coast visiting Hjorleifshofdi cape that stands alone in the black sand, we will drive through the village of Vík and observe Reynisdrangar sea stacks. From Vík we head for the Dyrhólaey cape and then on to the famous volcano Eyjafjallajökull, making a stop at the famous waterfalls; Skógafoss and Seljalandsfoss.

Arrival time in Reykjavik late afternoon or early evening.