Soaring cliffs surround Grímsey Island, located off the coast of & the southwest side features magnificent basalt columns; this is one of the best places to photograph the Atlantic Puffins of . The vegetation is abundant & consists of marshland, grass & moss. Thousands of seabirds live on the island, such as white wagtails, snow buntings, kittiwakes, razorbills, guillemots, & an abundance of puffins & terns. Seals & whales may also be found in the vicinity.


Grímsey Island has become widely regarded as one of the best places to photograph & see puffins in Icelandone of the very best places in the world to photograph Atlantic Puffins in flight.

NaturesLens have been running trips to Grímsey Island for 3 years, we were the first UK operator to schedule trips to the island & our guides & guests have produced some amazing imagery which can be seen in our galleries area.

The property we will be staying in, whilst on Grímsey, is ideally located close to the bird cliffs. It is clean & simple. We have chosen to base this workshop on the island for six days & 5 nights; this will give participants the freedom & flexibility to photograph wherever, whenever, & whatever they choose during the 22 hours of daylight available each day.

We have arranged to take one of the Grímsey Island guesthouses in its entirety for our group & we have planned our trip to coincide with the nesting cycle.

Throughout this photography holiday, Robin, a member of the guiding team, will be on hand to guide & lead you, will be providing assistance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills. will help you capture images of the Atlantic Puffins of the Arctic Circle & much of the other birdlife found on Grímsey Island.

Where is Grímsey Island?


Grímsey is a small Icelandic island located off the north coast of the main island of Iceland; Grímsey Island is the only place in Iceland within the Arctic Circle. The seascapes, including an array of wildflowers, are fabulous & the dramatic Arctic light makes for some superb, creative photography.

The Grímsey Island nature reserve offers excellent scenery for photography, & standing at the 66th parallel, enjoying the benefits provided by the light & hues of the Midnight Sun is an experience that any serious photographer should not miss.
A Group Of Atlantic Puffins On One Of The Headlands Of Grímsey Island

Puffins of Iceland Photography Holiday Itinerary

The following is the proposed itinerary for this photography holiday, it should be considered provisional & subject to change.
  • Day 1 - Assemble Akureyri - overnight Akureyri
  • Day 2 - transfer to Grímsey Island, photography on & around Grímsey Island - overnight Grímsey Island
  • Day 3 - Photography on & around Grímsey Island - overnight Grímsey Island
  • Day 4 - Photography on & around Grímsey Island - overnight Grímsey Island
  • Day 5 - Photography on & around Grímsey Island - overnight Grímsey Island
  • Day 6 - Photography on & around Grímsey Island - overnight Grímsey Island
  • Day 7 - Photography On & Around Grímsey Island - transfer to Akureyri - overnight Akureyri
  • Day 8 - transfer to Akureyri Airport
A Puffin Comes In To Land On One Of The Headlands Of Grímsey Island

Puffins of Iceland Photography Holiday Highlights

We have taken care to refine the itinerary for this wildlife photography holiday; as such, we consider the following to be amongst the highlights of this tour.
  • Photography during the 22 hours of daylight that will be available each day allowing for creative photography
  • Photograph the Atlantic Puffins at a location considered to be one of the very best places in the world to photograph Puffins in flight
  • Flexible itinerary to allow photography of other native wildlife as well as landscape images
  • Stay on a remote island where the birdlife outnumbers the human inhabitants
  • Stay for seven-nights on a full board, shared basis (single supplement is available on a paid-for basis)
  • Our guesthouse accommodation is is ideally located close to the bird cliffs
  • Guided by Robin for NatureLens
A Duo Of Silhouetted Atlantic Puffins, Photographed In Their Natural Habitat On Grímsey Island, Iceland
A Silhouetted Atlantic Puffin, Stretching It's Wings, Photographed In It's Natural Habitat On Grímsey Island, Iceland
A Water Drenched Puffin Taking Flight From The Atlantic Puffin Colony Of Grímsey Island

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance – it is a requirement when booking on any wildlife photography holiday scheduled by NaturesLens that you have adequate travel insurance, we suggest a policy from TrailFinders or Campbell Irvine.

Camera Insurance

Insuring your camera equipment before embarking on any wildlife photographic holiday is crucial. Our trips often involve venturing into remote, & sometimes unpredictable environments where accidents & unexpected incidents occur. Insuring your camera gear provides financial protection against theft, loss, or damage, ensuring your investment is safeguarded.

Wildlife photography involves capturing unique & irreplaceable moments, & without proper insurance, any unforeseen mishap could result in significant monetary losses. By insuring your equipment, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unfortunate events, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of wildlife & capture stunning photographs without worry.

We recommend PhotoGuard for amateur photographers or Glover Howe, who we use.

An Arctic Tern Shaking Off Water, Photographed In It's Natural Habitat On Grímsey Island, Iceland

It's not just Puffins!

As the images below show, photography on Grímsey Island is not just about the Atlantic Puffins! With the assistance of Robin, you will have opportunities to capture the other birdlife of the island, which includes Arctic Terns, Common Snipes, Golden Plovers, Redwings, Snow Buntings, Oystercatchers, Red-necked Phalathropes & more.

A Silhouetted Atlantic Puffin, Photographed In It's Natural Habitat On Grímsey Island, Iceland

All the photos shown on this page are chosen from those contributed by Robin Lowry; this particular set is from the 2023 event, he captured thousands of fabulous images whilst leading the trip on Grímsey Island.

You are invited to join us for our seven-night itinerary to capture images of the famous birdlife found on the Isle of Grimsey, including the fabulous Puffins of Iceland under the midnight sun

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday is a seven-night duration event, that costs £2249 & takes place in Grímsey Island in Iceland, between the dates of 16th - 23rd June 2025. It is ideal for photographing the fabulous Puffins of Iceland under the midnight sun, plus many other species found on the Island of Grimsey, including Atlantic Puffin, Eland, Razorbill & Snow Bunting. This photography holiday is led by Robin Lowry for NaturesLens.

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday is offered on a full board, shared - single occupancy is available at cost basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 7 participants & a maximum of 7, plus Robin.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday starts & ends at Akureyri. .

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday requires a deposit of £450 to secure a place.

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday is a seven-night duration event, that costs £2249 & takes place in Grímsey Island in Iceland, between the dates of 16th - 23rd June 2025. It is ideal for photographing the fabulous Puffins of Iceland under the midnight sun, plus many other species found on the Island of Grimsey, including Atlantic Puffin, Eland, Razorbill & Snow Bunting. This photography holiday is led by Robin Lowry for NaturesLens.

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday is offered on a full board, shared - single occupancy is available at cost basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 7 participants & a maximum of 7, plus Robin.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring easy effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday starts & ends at Akureyri. .

The Puffins of Iceland photography holiday requires a deposit of £450 to secure a place.

NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead.

In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.

All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.

NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.

NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.

NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday participants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.

Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Galleries related to Puffins of Iceland

Prepare to embark on a visual journey filled with these charismatic Atlantic Puffins of Grímsey Island in their natural habitat. Grímsey Island, located on the Arctic Circle, serves as an idyllic sanctuary for these charming creatures & offers a unique opportunity to witness their playful antics up close. Our collection of stunning images captures the vibrant plumage, distinctive beaks, & whimsical expressions of these beloved seabirds. Each photograph tells a story of their daily lives, from their impressive diving abilities to their elaborate courtship rituals. Immerse yourself in the captivating world of the Atlantic Puffins & let their charm & beauty captivate your imagination. Get ready to be whisked away to a world where nature’s wonders come to life through the lens of Robin Lowry.

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