The Best Photography in Iceland

Looking for the best photography in Iceland? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Iceland. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top photography spots in and near Iceland

  • Fjaðrárgljúfur, Iceland

    Explore Fjaðrárgljúfur Canyon

    4.8
    1.2 mi
    This canyon is one of those places in Iceland that you don't find in any of the brochures, and don't see many photos of, but that's one of the reasons it's all that much more magical when you get there. There is a little grassy walking trail along the side of the canyon, with dramatic views to t...
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  • Glymur Trailhead, Iceland

    Hike Iceland's Tallest Waterfall: Glymur

    5.0
    This amazing waterfall empties into a giant, beautiful canyon and with such a short hike, the reward is well worth the time. There are several caves to walk through and smaller waterfalls along the hike, which are all equally awesome to shoot. This is a great spot to hit up on your drive around t...
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  • Skógafoss, Iceland, Iceland

    Hike to the Falls above Skógafoss

    4.9
    3 mi / 300 ft gain
    You can see Skogafoss from the highway. You will also immediately see the tourist buses and the throngs of people working hard to make the same photo. Yes the waterfall is truly amazing (put on your rain gear and get as close as possible to feel its power), but there is so much this river has to ...
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  • Svartifoss Trail, Iceland

    Svartifoss

    4.9
    2.73 mi / 505 ft gain
    At 20 meters tall, Svartifoss, also known as Black Falls, is one of the most popular waterfalls located in Iceland’s Skaftafell National Park. This waterfall’s claim to fame is definitely the beautiful hexagonal basalt columns that surround the falls making for an otherworldly oasis in the middle...
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  • Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon, Iceland

    Explore Jokulsarlon, Iceland

    4.9
    From Reykjavik, just head south on Hwy 1 for about 3 hours until you reach Jokulsarlon. It's just off both sides of the road and a bridge drives over it - you wont miss it. If facing east, the lake is on the left side of the road and the beach is on the right. Both are awesome spots to shoot some...
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  • Reykjadalur, Iceland

    Hike to Reykjadalur Hot Springs

    4.4
    2.4 mi / 682.4 ft gain
    The trailhead to start your journey to the Reykjadalur hot river is located at the Hot River cafe near the town of Hveragerði. A large parking lot is available, and the option to grab a coffee or snack at the cafe before heading out. The trail is wide and very easy to follow with a steady incli...
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  • Biskupstungnabraut, Iceland

    Explore Gullfoss

    4.3
    The infamous Gullfoss Falls are about 45 minutes from Strokkur, and they have a peaceful calm about them.With the temperature never really going much above freezing during the winter you get these beautiful ice sculptures with water flowing through them.Most definitely a worthwhile spot on any Ic...
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  • Þingvellir Visitor Center, Iceland

    Hike through Þingvellir National Park

    4.1
    2 mi / 50 ft gain
    From the visitor center there are several trails that lead into the countryside. Take the obvious trail down the ramp and into the gap where you can explore the beautiful terrain, waterfalls and historic sites. You could easily spend an entire day hiking around and having fun. Don’t forget to ext...
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  • Seljalandsfoss, Iceland, Iceland

    Photograph the Waterfalls of Iceland

    4.5
    If you want to see Iceland's most incredible scenery, you have to rent a car and get a map. From Reykjavik, head south on Hwy 1. The waterfalls listed below are in the order as they appear in the photos above.Seljalandsfoss: Right off the 1 on the left hand side, just about 45 minutes out of Reyk...
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  • Seljalandsfoss, Iceland, Iceland

    Exploring Seljalandsfoss

    4.5
    Located just off the Ring Road, Seljalandsfoss is one of Iceland’s most famous waterfalls and it's easy to see why. Reaching nearly 60 meters, this waterfall’s claim to fame is that it can be viewed from nearly every angle. The well-developed loop trail allows you to go behind the falls for an ep...
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  • Kvernufoss Parking, Iceland

    Walk Behind A Hidden Waterfall at Kvernufoss

    5.0
    0.4 mi
    Begin by driving to the Skogar Museum, just off the Ring Road (1). You will take the same turn to get here as you would to get to Skogafoss, so it makes sense to plan to see both at the same time. Just past the Skogar Museum on your left, you'll see a warehouse/hangar building with two large gara...
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  • Sólheimasandur Trailhead, Iceland

    Explore DC-3 Airplane Wreckage in Sólheimasandur

    4.0
    If you've ever felt the urge to go to Iceland and explore one of the planet's most geographically fascinating locations, you've most likely seen photos similar to mine: dilapidated wreckage of an old airplane on a black sand beach. The United States Navy Douglas Super DC-3 in Sólheimasandur was f...
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  • Sólheimasandur Trailhead, Iceland

    Explore Iceland's Black Sands

    4.5
    Since WWII, four US planes have perished above Iceland's black sands. Here is one of them, sunken into the beach in the middle of nowhere since 1973. After running out of fuel above the town of Vik, the crew mis-executed an emergency landing and felt their wheels snap upon contact with the too-so...
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  • Þjóðvegur, Iceland

    Explore the Jokulsarlan Ice Caves in Iceland

    5.0
    There are quite a few companies that offer guided tours of ice caves throughout the country, but Extreme Iceland has the most options, as well as very experienced guides. Every fall the guides scout out the best caves, and they change weekly due to weather conditions. Although I have seen people ...
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  • Goðafoss Waterfall, Iceland

    Photograph Goðafoss

    5.0
    The parking lot for Goðafoss is clearly signed and you'll be able to see the falls from the parking lot. Just take a quick jaunt up to the falls and find your perfect angle!Since it was on the backend of winter when I visited, there was ice frozen into spirals on the rock which was really awesome...
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  • Reykjahlíð, Iceland

    Bathe in Myvatn Nature Baths

    4.8
    Myvatn Natural Hot Springs are an alternative hot spring to the well-known Blue Lagoon in Iceland. The $18 student tickets are much more affordable than the prices of $75 for other nature baths.Because Myvatn is located on the other side of the country than the main airport, it is less crowded, y...
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