I have a confession to make. In addition to being a fan of camping, I am also a huge fan of photography. After taking a few classes, I finally got up the nerve to buy a DSLR camera of my own and haven’t looked back since. I’ve taken photos in many places including Paris, Madrid, Scotland, and Morocco. While these are all beautiful destinations, another extremely photogenic locale is Iceland. The country’s natural beauty and breathtaking landscapes make the perfect backdrop for Iceland pictures. Let’s look at the best photography locations in Iceland to find the ideal place to snap your Iceland photos. The diverse array of landmarks such as volcanoes, waterfalls, glaciers, lava fields, and much more means that everywhere you look, you’ll see a golden photo opportunity.

Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall at sunset are one of Iceland's best photography locations

Best Photography Locations in Iceland – Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall

This zone is probably considered the most iconic when looking at images of Iceland. When you capture the mountain and waterfall from the right angle, they match up perfectly in harmony with the rule of thirds. You definitely could not have created a better photo setup if you wanted to. Additionally, when the sun begins to dip behind the mountain, the sky will start changing color. The combination of elements makes for a postcard-perfect shot regardless of whether or not you decide to use Photoshop to punch up your pictures in post-processing. You’ll find this magical spot about two hours north of Reykjavik on the Snaefellsnes peninsula. 

Best Photography Locations in Iceland – Jökulsárlón Glacier Lagoon

This otherworldly location is something you won’t see in many other places on Earth besides perhaps Antarctica. You will want to take pictures of the pure, simple beauty and elegance of this site. The glacier lagoon is precisely that, a lagoon filled with mini glaciers. Gentle white icebergs float submerged beneath the water with only the smallest part of the top peeking out. As your boat glides through the water, you’ll be snapping pics left and right to capture your sublime surroundings. Be sure you take time to appreciate everything with your own eyes as well rather than just taking photos the whole time. You’ll need to travel along Iceland’s Ring Road to Vatnajökull National Park in order to reach this majestic wonder. 

Jokulsarlon glacier lagoon is one of the best photography locations in Iceland

Best Photography Locations in Iceland – The Blue Lagoon

You’ve undoubtedly seen pictures of Iceland’s most famous geothermal bathing spot. The lagoon’s azure-hued waters are not only replenishing, but they come out great on film. The contrast with the dark, mossy rocks makes for a great photo. If you go on a particularly cold day, you’ll also be able to capture the steam from the heat rising off the surface of the water.

Best Photography Locations in Iceland – Other Places

While this only scratches the surface of the best photography locations in Iceland, we do want to give an honorable mention to some other places. In addition to the locales mentioned above, you should also be sure to check out the Sun Voyager statue in Reykjavik, the inside of an ice cave such as the ones at Vatnajökull glacier, Seljalandsfoss waterfall, Vik and its midnight black beaches, and last but not least the Aurora Borealis. We realize that the Northern Lights are not exactly a place, but you should absolutely plan an evening excursion to take pictures of this highly photographable natural phenomenon during your trip to Iceland.


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