Icebergs floating in the Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon Snæfellsjökull at sunset Blocks of ice on Breiðamerkursandur beach Snæfellsjökull frozen peaks

Southeast Iceland - Glacial Landscapes, Coast and Horses

Highlights include …

  • Aurora Borealis
  • Vestrahorn and Stokksnes
  • Landscapes of East Iceland
  • Icelandic horses in their natural landscape
  • Dramatic coastal mountains
  • Glacial lagoons and icebergs
  • Black ice-strewn beaches
  • Reflective lakes
  • Vatnajökull Europe’s largest glacier
  • Vibrant autumn colours
  • Wild coastal landscape
  • Flights Reykjavík-Höfn-Reykjavík

General Summary

This superb new trip cleverly combines our justly popular ice locations with the more remote and less visited areas of southeast Iceland. The whole coastline is scattered with quiet locations, epic landscapes, small farms and dramatic mountain scenery.

Our famous Icelandic horses are a key subjects in the eastern section of this trip. The Vikings first brought today’s Icelandic horse to this land of ice and fire over 1000 years ago. We expect to spend time photographing the direct descendants of this elegant beast in their natural landscape. Observing these hardy creatures, galloping on the black sand beaches is one of the many photographic opportunities offered on this trip. We photograph the remote, lesser known glacier ice tongues and lagoons carving from the mighty Vatnajökull ice cap. Each of these vast valleys has an ever changing light, atmosphere and drama no matter what the weather.
Stokksnes and the breathtaking drama of the mountains of Vestrahorn have little light pollution. This remarkable area makes a fabulous location for shooting the aurora. We include flights to and from the eastern town of Höfn to maximise time spent out on location.

Our main accommodation in the southeast is the stylish Vatnajökull Fosshotel. With panoramic views of the glacier and surrounding mountains, the calm contemporary design of the hotel offers a peaceful welcome to unwind and review our photographic endeavours of the day.

Brief Itinerary

For full details please download the trip description PDF

Day 1: Reykjavík

A flybus transfer to our city hotel is included. We meet in the early evening for introductions, a trip briefing followed by a welcome dinner in a traditional Icelandic city restaurant.

Days 2–4: Vatnajökull Fosshotel

We fly Reykjavík-Höfn early afternoon.
Flexibility is key to our photographic excursions. Locations are to be chosen in conjunction with the weather. We enjoy the possibility of revisiting worthwhile locations at different times of the day.

Locations East

Heinabergsjökull Glacier Lagoon

The remote location of this glacier tongue is a perfect place to engage with a breathtakingly beautiful landscape. Our photography stems naturally from this immersive environment.

Icelandic Horses

Photographing horses with the background the roar of the North Atlantic Ocean is a truly wild experience. Here we have opportunities to develop technical and creative skills whilst photographing moving subjects.


The mountain drama of the Vestrahorn and Stokksnes gives a commanding presence to this coastline and is a much sought after subject by landscape photographers.

Aurora Borealis

Throughout the trip we will closely monitor the weather and the Aurora forecasts to make sure that we are in the right place at the right time for those spectacular aurora shots.

Vatnajökull Glacier

This is Europe’s largest ice cap and home to many natural ice caves. Occasionally in autumn we have the opportunity to photograph an ice cave, a truly magical experience.


An outlet glacier formed from ice flowing from Vatnajökull during the so called ‘Little Ice Age’. We may be fortunate enough to see Reindeer and the Arctic Fox.

Days 5 & 6: Jökulsárlón Area

Our hotel is located in the settlement of Hali. We are just a short drive from the Jökulsárlón Glacier lagoon and the famous Breiðamerkursandur, a black beach festooned with Ice.

Locations from Hali

Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

This is a sought after location for photographers looking for surreal and unique landscapes. Icebergs of all shapes and sizes float languidly through the lagoon.


A wild black beach environment offering endless photographic possibilities. Arriving for early dawn light or as the sun is setting offers an array of fabulous photographic opportunities and learning experiences.

Fjallsárlón Glacier Lagoon

An awe-inspiring location. The water reflects shimmering colours of turquoise and moss green ice with burnt umber shadows. Whether focusing on the patterned detail or taking large vistas, this is a region that invites you to participate fully with your photographic sensibility.

Days 7-8: Vatnajökull Fosshotel East Iceland

Returning to our original destination near Höfn, we will continue to explore the mighty volcanic forces and gushing rivers that shape and form this enigmatic southeast corner of Iceland. The autumn colours at this time of the year are particularly vibrant. If we are lucky, dark skies will invite the aurora borealis with her curtains of fire over one of the many reflective lakes close to the hotel. We can return to any mountain and coastal location of special interest. We always have a few secret places to bring out of the lucky bag!

Day 9: Flight to Reykjavík

Our return flight to the capital departs Höfn in the afternoon. What better way to conclude our trip than dining in one of the many fine restaurants in colourful Reykjavík, poetically described as a tiny city with a big soul.

Day 10: Transfer to the international airport

Airport transfers are arranged at a time to suit your onward flight home. Check out from the hotel is normally around noon.

What’s Included

  • Accommodation 9 hotel nights
  • Meals
  • Transport
  • Transfers
  • Photographic tutor/tuition
  • Internal flights Reykjavík-Höfn-Reykjavík

What’s Not Included

  • International flights
  • Alcoholic beverages
  • Snacks and beverages other than with meals
  • Travel insurance

Complete Itinerary and Full Details

This page is only a brief summary. A complete itinerary and more details can be found in our trip description PDF
It is important that you read this full day-to-day description and further information for this holiday before making your booking.