Iceland Photo Locations

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This online resource will help you find good info about Iceland’s photo locations with directions and photography tips and techniques. Our Photo Location pages include recommended tours to get you to these locations with a professional photo guide.

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The listings below are arranged into categories to help you follow your interests. Each photo is a link to an information page where you can read more about the photo location. These pages also include a map with photography tips and suggestions to help you when you are there.

Waterfalls

Öxarárfoss at þingvellir

Öxarárfoss at þingvellir

Close to Öxarárfoss it is possible to see the drowning pool and hanging rock. These execution tools were implemented by the Icelandic Christians.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

There can be good light in the evenings. In the Summer, the sun sets in the North Western sky, it’s possible to catch incredible sunsets from behind Seljalandsfoss.

Dettifoss waterfall

Dettifoss waterfall

Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe and just to feel the surrounding rocks in a constant state of vibration confirms this fact…

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss Waterfall

Gullfoss is translated as the Golden Falls. It is the largest waterfall in Europe and is one of the highlights on the Golden Circle Tour.

Hraunfossar Waterfall

Hraunfossar Waterfall

Just 2 hours from Reykjavik we leave the ring road and drive through some beautiful Icelandic countryside and geothermal areas to get to Hraunfossar.

Skógafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss Waterfall

Skogafoss sits under the Mýrdalsjökull between Vík and Hvolsvöllur. It is about half way from Seljalandsfoss to Vik.

Dynjandi waterfall

Dynjandi waterfall

Dynjandi waterfall Iceland is a mountain waterfall in the Westfjords. Dynjandi is the mother of all waterfalls, but not an easy one to photograph.

Goðafoss Waterfall

Goðafoss Waterfall

Godafoss is located in the North Central region of Iceland about 40 minutes drive from Akureyri and about 40 minutes from Mývatn.

Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfoss

Kirkjufell & Kirkjufellsfoss

From the right angle, Kirkjufell resembles a church steeple… or a Witches Hat. The best angle is close to Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall. This is why the combination has been so successful.

Geothermal

Hveravellir hot spring

Hveravellir hot spring

Hveravellir hot spring Hveravellir hot spring is a unique oasis in the stony deserts of Iceland’s interior. This oasis includes a campsite with basic services, an incredible hot pool with a constant Geothermal feed.

Námaskarð Hverir

Námaskarð Hverir

Námafjall is a mountain near Mývatn in the North East of Iceland. The mountain is close to the Kraftla volcano and is right in the middle of a geothermal area. The mountain is hot and the snow melts much quicker on Námafjall.

Geysir The Geyser

Geysir The Geyser

Geysir is the spot in Iceland with the most active hot-springs and geysers.
The name of the place actually gave us the word ‘Geyser’.
In Icelandic, ‘Geysir’ means ‘to gush’…

Ice

Fjallsarlon

Fjallsarlon

The Fjallsarlon lagoon is fairly small and so you are close to the glacier shelf. The jagged glacier edge is a place where you might witness ice calving in the Summer months.

Ice Caves

Ice Caves

The ice caves under the Vatnjökull glacier are the real deal. These are caves sculpted by melt water during the Summer months. The walls and ceiling are carved by glacier rivers.

Jökulsárlón & Ice beach

Jökulsárlón & Ice beach

In South East Iceland, Jokulsarlon is a large iceberg lake that connects with the North Atlantic and black sand beaches. The Jokulsarlon glacial lagoon is now Iceland’s deepest lake at a depth of 200m. The huge lake holds tonnes of ice that has broken off the Vatnjökull Glacier.

Landscapes & Seascapes

Vattarnes East Coastline

Vattarnes East Coastline

The Vattarnes fjord peninsular is a fabulous Coastline in the Eastfjords of Iceland. The area is the land divide between Reyðarfjörður and Fáskrúðsfjörður.

Kleifarvatn

Kleifarvatn

Kleifarvatn is a fairly large lake by Icelandic standards and it used to be the deepest lake in Iceland until some deep holes were discovered in Jökulsarlon.

Vík – Reynisfjara Beach

Vík – Reynisfjara Beach

Vík is situated on the Southern-most land part in Iceland and is famous for the sea stacks which can be seen from Vik and Reynishverfi.

Dýrholaey

Dýrholaey

Dýrholaey was the home of an important character in the Icelandic “Bruna Njalls Saga” (The Burning of Neil). Kari (the singed) was the only person to escape the arson attack.

Skaftafell Park

Skaftafell Park

The National Park at Skaftafell is a kind of green belt between the vast sands of Skeiðarasandur and the vast ice plains of Europe’s largest Glacier – Vatnjökull.

Hornstrandir Reserve

Hornstrandir Reserve

Hornstrandir is a nature reserve in the northern part of the West Fjords. Hornstrandir is perhaps the most remote part of Iceland, and because there are no roads it is not easily accessible.

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon

The Fjaðrárgljúfur river canyon in Iceland is a river gorge in the South East Iceland close to Kirkjubæjarklaustur near Hunkabakka.

Vesturhorn Stokksnes

Vesturhorn Stokksnes

This historically significant Mountain and beach combination reflecting in the wet sand at Vestrahorn is a necessity for any photographer visiting Iceland.

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar

Landmannalaugar is a volcanic hotspot in the country’s southern highlands, famous for the multi-coloured mountains caused by the interaction of rhyolite rock and geothermal gasses.

Hvítserkur troll rock

Hvítserkur troll rock

Hvítserkur troll rock Iceland is a famous troll rock which sits just off the shore of the Vatnsness peninsular that looks like a Drinking Dragon.

Other

Puffin Map

Puffin Map

Puffins can be seen in large numbers in some parts of Iceland. This puffin map will show your where you are most likely to see them

Reykjavík Capital City

Reykjavík Capital City

Reykjavik – Iceland: the Capital Area Reykjavik is the capital of Iceland. Many tourists flock here each summer. If you come to Iceland, please don’t spend all your time in Reykjavik! It is ok for one or two …

Buðir black church

Buðir black church

The landscape at Buðir lies on the Southern edge of the Snæfellsness peninsular. It had potential as a trading point during the Danish Days as it has a natural harbour and good mountain pass to the Northern side of the peninsular.

Látrabjarg Bird cliffs

Látrabjarg Bird cliffs

One word comes to mind when you mention Latrabjarg … Puffins. although it is not the spot with the largest puffin colony, Latrabjarg has the darkest puffins in the world.

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