Iceland is a magical place full of mountains, active volcanos, glaciers and black sand beaches. It’s diverse topography brings a lot of photographers, and tourists in general, to this small north western European island. Iceland has only seen it’s rise to fame recently, before the turn of the century not many people would think about vacationing here. Now it’s predicted more than 2 million visitors will frequent the island that only has a population of just over 300,000. I think this plays a vital role in the countries recent tourism success story, it rugged untamed mountains and raging waterfalls dominate the attention of most photographers that come here. Nonetheless, it’s certainly true that new compositions can be found you just have to be willing to venture a little further away from the beaten path.
Even if you’ve seen thousands of photos of Iceland it’s nothing like seeing it in real life. One of Mother Nature’s true masterpieces.
All the locations mentioned in the post are included in my photography road trip itinerary around Iceland. If you’re considering going, but are worried about your budget check out this post I wrote about travelling Iceland on a budget. As always this list is subjective, these are my favourites and hopefully after visiting they will become some of yours too.
TOP PHOTOGRAPHY SPOTS IN ICELAND AND THE BEST TIME TO CAPTURE THEM
Seljalandsfoss lies 120 km southeast of Iceland’s capital Reykjavik. It’s proximity means that it gets a lot of attention. With that said, it’s still surprisingly quiet at sunset, which I think is the best time to photograph it. The view from behind the waterfall looks west. There are lots of different vantage points from which you can get your shot. No matter which one you pick make sure you have waterproof jacket and trousers with you. Also don’t forget to properly secure your camera. The mist coming from the waterfall is relentless.
Another waterfall on the southern coast quite close to Seljalandsfoss, Skogafoss is a very iconic location which summarizes Iceland for me. Looking directly from the Ring Road you’ll be staring jaw gaping wide open, north north east. When the sun rises in the east it’s very common to see rainbows form from the spray being blown around by the notorious Icelandic winds. It’s where I spent one of the nights on my 10 day Icelandic Roadtrip. Best time to shoot here is early in the morning, before buses with hoards of tourists on boards arrive.