North Iceland – Goðafoss & More

Goðafoss Waterfall

North Iceland Tours

Plough through some serious Winter snow to get to some of Iceland’s most beautiful photo spots in the North. Or shooting the midnight sun in mid-Summer. Stay just a few minutes from Goðafoss waterfall and lake Mývatn. North Iceland is the place to capture the brilliant Goðafoss waterfall with a whole load of ice and snow.

Godafoss Waterfall in February.

Godafoss works well for both Summer and Winter photo shoots.

Seasons: Most attractions can be seen all year.  Daylight in Mid-Winter will be limited to 3-4 hours.

Private Tours

Private tours allow you to take your time to explore the best locations in the North. Visit Ancient geological wonders such as Asbyrgi and then take the mountain road to the East side of Dettifoss waterfall (which is nearly impossible in the Winter.

These private tours depart from Akureyri.   They are good choice if you want to get t some lesser known places in North Iceland.

Group Tours

These are reasonably priced tour that depart from Akureyri.  Spend a day on the Diamond Circle to see Godafoss waterfall, Dettifoss, Namaskard and more!

Locations

Day tours from Akureyri ours could include Goðafoss, Dettifoss, Lake Myvatn and low light at Námaskarð Hverir or Krafla Volcano. The private tours are great for photographers who want to catch Goðafoss and Mývatn in a variety of light and weather conditions.  Book a local Super Jeep to get to remote waterfalls such as Aldeyjarfoss (Winter).

On a Self Drive there are also options to watch whales from Húsavik Photograph the Sunrise at Goðafoss if you plan carefully.

Goðafoss Waterfall

Photography at Goðafoss Waterfall is hard to beat.  Auroras over Goðafoss in the evening will make your Iceland Trip worthwhile.  Don’t miss the opportunity for photographing Sunset, Sunrise and Northern lights (Winter only) at Goðafoss.

Goðafoss Waterfall

Dettifoss Waterfall

Note: access to Dettifoss is subject to road conditions.  Most of the tours listed on this page can take you to the East side of the waterfall for most of the year. The West side of Dettifoss become accessible late June.

Námaskarð Hverir

The hot-springs of Námaskarð Hverir are close to Lake Myvatn and directly between Godafoss and Dettifoss.  This geothermal landscape has steaming fumaroles and boiling mud pits.  If you have a dramatic sky over the alien landscape of Námaskarð Hverir, then you can produce some extraordinary photographs.

Geothermal steam at Namafell Hverir
Long exposure of Geothermal steam at Namafell Hverir

Myvatn Lake

Lake Myvatn also offers some photography although, I could never see it.  There is a view of the whole lake from the Námafjall Mountain.  In good conditions, it can be worth stopping for photos.  From the Námafjall road you will also see the Nature Baths which offer a similar experience to the Blue Lagoon, but at a fraction of the cost.

North Iceland Summer

In the Summer, the mountain roads open and allow access to many more great locations in North Iceland.  With a Jeep tour you could experience vast stony deserts with mountain tracks designed by Whiskey drinkers lead to Iceland’s wildest geothermal hot-spots. Don’t forget your bathing costume because there are opportunities to soak in Geothermal pools. Feel the Earth tremble next to Europe’s most powerful waterfall. Cast your material possessions into the waterfall of the Gods and experience the best Whale Watching in Iceland from fabulous Husavik (original home of the Penis Museum).

Hveravellir Hot-Springs

Some jeep tours might be able to visit the geothermal mountains of Kelingarfjöll and the hot-spring oasis of Hveravellir.  The rough mountain roads are heavy going, but in good condition it is totally worth it. These locations can also be accessed from the South of Iceland.

Iceland Summer oasis

Experiencing sunsets and sunrises at these places can be hugely inspiring.  Camping trips can follow the best of the midnight sun and give you lots of flexibility.  If you are staying in Akureyri, you could do a series of day tours to capture all these unique and exciting locations in North Iceland.

Around Iceland

This is a collection of Multi-day tours that go all the way round Iceland. Most of these tour will follow the ring road and will always include Godofoss waterfall, Myvatn and Námaskarð Hverir. 

Arctic Shots Photo Tours
Arctic shots run North Iceland tours for photographers.

By Tony Prower

Tony Prower spent over 15 years photographing the landscapes of Iceland. Tony Prower is a pioneer of the Magic Cloth Technique and ran thousands of photo tours in Iceland over 10 years.