ICELAND | The land of fire and ice
with Gill Fry Photography and Páll Jökull
I am pleased to announce I am teaming up with Icelandic Guide and Photographer, Páll Jökull, to bring you this exciting tour in September 2024.
Booking is now open for September 2024!! There will be ONE TOUR ONLY.
Eight day tour - Sunday 22 to Sunday 29 September 2024 (7 nights accommodation)
Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice due to its large volcanic area fuelled by the Mid Atlantic Ridge and its many glaciers due to the proximity to the Arctic circle.
The area covered by Vatnajökull (Vatna Glacier), the country’s largest, is equal to the combined total area covered by all the glaciers on the continent of Europe.
Iceland is like nowhere else on earth.
- Huge waterfalls
- Stellar mountains
- Ice on the black sand beach
A photographers delight!
Is Iceland on your bucket list?
Don’t dream it! Do it!
About your guides
Páll Jökull is a talented landscape photographer and photo guide with a passion for capturing the beauty of Iceland and other destinations.
He has been conducting Iceland photography tours since 2013 and has a high knowledge of photography, photogenic places and the history of Iceland.
Skilled in drone operation, he can help you capture the beauty from above.
Páll is easy going and friendly. Páll has recently published a photo book, A portrait of Iceland, with a collection of vertical shots of Iceland and has also set up several exhibitions with his photos in the last ten years.
What you will photograph
Aurora Borealis (depending on cloud and aurora conditions). The aurora can never be guaranteed but if the night is clear, we will be chasing!!!
Below is a guide of the places we will see. The itinerary could be modified to get the most out of the places and weather conditions.
First we head to Snæfellsnes Peninsula; including. Hraunfossar waterfall, Húsafell, Kirkjufell mountain and other locations on the north side of the peninsula.. On the southern side is Búðir (Black) church, Arnarstapi village Lóndrangar stacks, Djúpalónssandur, Svöðufoss waterfall. We will of course visit the famous Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall.
Then we head to the south coast of Iceland to visit the waterfalls of Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Kvernufoss. On the coast we also go to Dyrhólaey lighthouse and the black sand beach at Reynisfjara. Iceland is known as the land of fire and ice. So we have to visit the Katla Ice Cave, Jökulsárlón diamond beach. Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon and other glaciers in the area.
We also visit Vestrahorn, a photographers dream location where you will definitely need a wide angle lens.
Finally we visit the Golden circle, Gullfoss waterfall, Geysir geothermal, Brúarfoss waterfall and Thingvellir national park.
PRICE: $12,800* AUD per person
*Price excludes International and domestic flights, lunch and dinner (apart from dinner on the last night), alcohol, extra drinks, room service, laundry, gifts, souvenirs or any extras purchased. Travel insurance is a compulsory condition of booking. Camera or other optional insurances are not included. Camera equipment not supplied.
September 22-29, 2024
8 days itinerary
Snæfellsnes, South coast, Golden circle
Join us on this symphony of sights, where every click of your shutter adds a note to the Icelandic melody.
This meticulously crafted itinerary promises not only an immersive experience into the heart of Iceland’s diverse landscapes but also ample opportunities for photography enthusiasts to capture the awe-inspiring beauty that defines each location.
Day 1 (22/9)
22 September 2024
Embark on your photographic odyssey with a morning pick-up at your Reykjavik hotel. As we traverse towards Snæfellsnes, prepare to be enchanted by the ethereal beauty of Hraunfossar waterfall, Húsafell, Kirkjufell mountain, and other hidden gems on the north side of the peninsula. The night finds us nestled in the warm embrace of Langaholt guesthouse, promising a cozy haven after a day of exploration.
Photo by Páll Jökull
Day 2 (23/9)
23 September 2024
Awaken to the allure of the sunrise at Búðir church, setting the stage for a day of exploration in Arnarstapi village, Lóndrangar stacks, Djúpalónssandur, Svöðufoss waterfall, and the iconic Kirkjufell mountain.
Return to Langaholt for a restful night, as your senses revel in the captivating beauty of Snæfellsnes.
Day 3 (24/9)
24 September 2024
Greet the day with sunrise and breakfast, then bid farewell to Snæfellsnes as we journey southward to Vík.
Immerse yourself in the splendors of Seljalandsfoss, Skógafoss, Kvernufoss, and Dyrhólaey, culminating in a two-night stay at the picturesque Katla Hotel in Vík.
Day 4 (24/9)
Ice Cave Adventure
25 September 2024
Witness the mesmerizing sunrise at Reynisfjara’s black sand beach, and embark on an adventure to the ice caves.
As the day unfolds, savour the warmth of sunset at Dyrhólaey lighthouse, a poetic ode to the beauty of Iceland.
Day 5 (26/9)
26 September 2024
After breakfast, journey to Jökulsárlón diamond beach, where glaciers dance with the waves. Explore Jökulsárlón and Fjallsárlón glacier lagoon, and revel in the grandeur of nearby glaciers.
The day concludes with a sunset spectacle at Jökulsárlón glacier lagoon, a symphony of colors reflected on the icy canvas.
Day 6 (27/9)
Peaks and Reflections
27 September 2024
As the sun graces Jökulsárlón with its first light, capture the magic of sunrise. After breakfast, venture towards Vestrahorn and Stokksnes for an awe-inspiring encounter with peaks and reflections.
Return to Jökulsárlón for a breathtaking sunset, a perfect encore to a day filled with photographic marvels.
Photo by Páll Jökull
Day 7 (28/9)
Diamond Beach Magic
28 September 2024
Experience the enchantment of Diamond beach in the morning light, capturing the magic before breakfast. Bid farewell to Jökulsárlón as we journey back towards Hella, exploring Svínafellsjökull glacier and other captivating locations along the way.
A night of relaxation awaits at Stracta Hotel in Hella.
Photo by Páll Jökull
Day 8 (29/9)
Golden Circle Finale
29 September 2024
Conclude your Icelandic symphony with a final crescendo in the Golden Circle. Explore the roaring Gullfoss waterfall, the geothermal wonders of Geysir, the hidden beauty of Brúarfoss waterfall, and the historic Thingvellir National Park.
The tour concludes in Reykjavík, a fitting finale to an extraordinary photographic journey.
Photo by Páll Jökull
In late September, Iceland experiences the onset of autumn, presenting a unique and enchanting atmosphere for travelers.
A photographers delight!
The weather during this time is characterized by cooler temperatures, ranging from 5 to 12 degrees Celsius (41 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit), providing a refreshing and crisp climate that is perfect for outdoor exploration.
The landscape undergoes a captivating transformation as the vibrant hues of summer give way to the rich and warm colors of fall, painting the iconic Icelandic scenery with golden and russet tones.
This season offers a splendid balance between lingering daylight and the possibility of witnessing the mesmerizing Northern Lights as darkness gradually returns.
Traveling to Iceland in late September provides a quieter and more intimate experience, allowing visitors to immerse themselves in the natural wonders, from cascading waterfalls to dramatic glaciers, without the crowds typical of peak tourist season.
Whether you’re seeking breathtaking landscapes, a sense of tranquility, or the chance to witness the dancing auroras, late September in Iceland promises a magical and unforgettable journey.
Is Iceland on your bucket list?
Don’t dream it! Do it!
What to bring
- Your phone and a DSLR Camera with lens/lenses
- Spare batteries and lots of memory cards
- A sturdy tripod
- Remote shutter release
- Filters if you have them (Polarizer/Graduated/Neutral Density)
- Good walking boots
- Wet weather gear (rain will not hold us back)
- A sense of fun and adventure.
What to wear
- Expect four seasons in one day! The weather can change very quickly in Iceland. Showers one minute and sunshine the next.
- Layering your clothing is best!
- Comfortable warm and waterproof clothing.
- Good supportive walking boots.
- We will supply a suggested “What to bring” list.
Included in the photography tour
- Photographic tuition with two experienced guides (suitable for any levels or ability – from phone camera to experienced)
- Spectacular ice cave tour
- Travel and transfers whilst on the tour only
- Accommodation with private bathrooms on single basis
- Daily breakfast and a farewell celebratory dinner
- Training notes (52 page digital booklet): a comprehensive guide to get the best out of your camera regardless of where you are on your photography journey. Complete with tips on capturing different scenes, and post processing tips. A valuable resource for your photography journey.
Not included in the photography tour
- International and domestic flights
- Lunch and dinner (apart from dinner the last night)
- Alcohol, extra drinks, room service, laundry etc Gifts, souvenirs and any extras purchased.
- Travel insurance - a compulsory condition of booking.
- Camera equipment.
- Camera or other optional insurances are not included.
- Breakfast will be provided each day and a celebratory dinner at the end of our tour.
- We will pick you up from your hotel/guesthouse in Reykjavik.
Fitness level requirements
- A moderate level of fitness is required.
- All participants should be able to hike short distances to locations on uneven surface with their camera gear.
- Some areas have uneven ground, slopes, rocks and require extra due care and diligence.
- A lot of the places have reasonably easy access.
- Check with me before leaving and I can give you a better idea of any special fitness requirements you may need to complete the Tour.
Travel insurance is a compulsory part of booking our photography tours.
Evidence of your travel insurance must be presented. Basically – if you don’t have it, you cannot participate on the tour. You travel insurance must also cover
you for COVID.
Terms and conditions
How to secure your spot
Your deposit of $2,000 AUD along with your registration form will secure your spot!
Final payment is due 60 days before the start of the tour.
Contact by emailing
Please note: your spot is not secured until we have received your filled out registration form with your deposit.
REVIEWS from Gills' tours
Sally - Australia
I was a member of Gill's Tour 1 in Lofoten in Norway in September 2023. As a totally novice photographer, I was probably not the ideal candidate for this course, and I was a bit daunted by the steep learning curve I faced. However, Gill was extremely patient and flexible in catering for both notice and experienced photographers in the group, and we were all able to learn lots, and to come home with memory cards full of photos that surpassed anything I could have dreamt of. Not only did we see and photograph amazing landscapes by day, but Gill also expertly organised the Northern Lights to appear on four of our six nights in Lofoten! In addition to all this, Ian smoothly transported us around the beautiful islands of Lofoten each day, with strategically placed cafes, toilet stops and dinners all pre-arranged. With all of our destinations already scoped out, we were able to pack a lot into each day (and well into each evening)! Our base hotel at Ballstad was beautiful with rooms overlooking the picture-perfect harbour. All in all, it was an amazing experience which allowed me to tick off a major item on my bucket list - to visit Lofoten and see the Northern Lights, while at the same time finally learning how to use that camera!
Carl - New Zealand
What an amazing tour to Lofoten Islands Norway. Gill was terrific. Lots of great places. Great advice. Accommodation was great. Food was delicious. Gill and Ian knew all the top spots and we were lucky to get 2 nights of Auroras as a bonus. We had a lot of fun as well. Great group to go with. Thank you Gill and Ian for a wonderful week. Thanks again
Carl, New Zealand
Michelle - Australia
What an adventure. Lofoten Island’s is amazing, rugged and beautiful. Gill and Ian took us on many adventures. Each day filled with new places to see and capture. Auroras, well, we were so lucky to see 2 . Plenty of laughter and fun times was had by all. This tour is for any level of photography. Gill was there helping everyone and giving advice when and if needed. Thanks so much for a fabulous week . So many photos and memories. Cheers
Arthur - Australia
No matter where you are at on your photography journey, this trip has something to offer. Gill and Ian's knowledge of the area is a photographer's dream, I felt right at home. Lots of laughs, a great atmosphere. 9 out of 10 for me.
Pia - Sweden
I have been a part of a fantastic adventure! In September 2023 I attended a course in photography led by Gill Fry Photography. The location of the course was the Lofoten archipelago in the northern Norway, an incredible beautiful place. Our starting point for the daily excursions was Solsiden Brygge in Ballstad, a very nice accommodation with a fantastic view over the sea. Every morning we were driven safely and securely by Gill’s husband Ian to specially selected locations, perfect for photography. What magic views Lofoten offers! Not least when I for the first time in my life experienced the Northern Lights, Aurora Borealis, and captured it in a photo. My biggest concern before the trip was my complete lack of understanding of how my Nikon Camera worked, as I had only photographed with my IPhone before. But Gill’s teaching style and encouragement during our lessons soon made me feel more confident. I can still hear her “well done girl!” echoing in my head when I get a good shot. ”Do you remember the settings?” The first few days I uncertainly answered ”No…” But! On the last day I confidently told my coursemate how she should do the settings! In the evening we had a review of our pictures and received constructive criticism/ praise which was very instructive. Even before the course Gill made a very good impression through the informative email and questions about what we expected from the course. Before the start of the course we also received a detailed compilation of instructions and preparations, what to pack, photo terms and photo techniques and some info about Lofoten and Norway. I enjoyed every second of my trip and highly recommend Gill and Ian as course leader/ tour leader. I give the tour the grade 5 stars out of 5.
PRICE: $12,800 AUD per tour
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