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Around Iceland in 20 Photos

Around Iceland in 20 Photos
Thorsteinn Sverrisson (Thor)

As much as I love winter in Iceland, the summer offers a great opportunity to travel around the country, on the ring road, and explore some of the best landscapes the country has to offer. However, being somebody who works in the travel industry, the summer (or “high-season” as we usually call it in the industry) is extremely busy and it can be difficult to find time to travel. That sounds like an excuse though, doesn’t it? That’s what I thought, and that’s why I decided to drive around the country during my weekend break. So, I wanted to share my 2.5 day trip with you by posting 20 photos, including the location where the photo was taken.

There are so many places I would’ve liked to stop and explore more, but having only 2.5 days (I started early Friday) I had to prioritize. I’m an amateur photographer so I decided to essentially stop whenever I thought there was a possibility to take some good photos. That’s what I love about driving in a camper; you can basically go wherever and whenever you want, follow the good weather and chase the perfect light conditions. Having daylight almost 24/7 also helps a lot, and some of the photos below are taken right around midnight.

I’m looking forward to going the ring road again next summer and hopefully I can take more time to explore this time. Even though I have seen a lot of Iceland, there are always more places to see. Even if you have visited a certain spot before, no two visits are ever the same, as weather, travel partners, and other factors always change.

 “I wanted to share my 2.5 day trip with you by posting 20 photos from around the  country” 

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Around Iceland in 20 Photos:

1. Waterfall by Snaefellsnes

I started my trip late Friday afternoon and it was well past dinnertime when I came across this small waterfall close to the most eastern part of Snaefellsnes. I had just bought a new ND filter for my camera, so I was excited to photograph some waterfalls. I spent about an hour there, without ever getting the shot I wanted, but it was a good experience and worth the stop.


2. Eastern Part of Snaefellsnes

I just loved the lighting as the sun was setting late Friday night. I made a lot of stops on Friday night because the lighting was too good to pass up.


3. Snaefellsnes Mossy Lava Field

The sunset was the perfect background to shoot this amazing moss-covered lava field in Snaefellsnes. I had to climb over a fence (I don’t recommend doing that, btw) and got some good long exposure shots with my wide angle lens.


 4. Self Portrait on Heydalsvegur (Road 55)

I didn’t exactly dress up for the occasion, but I thought it might be fun to get at least one self-portrait from this short trip. I obviously did some post processing, playing with colors, but being there completely alone around midnight was a great experience.


5. Midnight on on Heydalsvegur (Road 55)

About 20 minutes away from where I took the self portrait, I decided to follow a small gravel road the went off Road 55. This was after midnight and I decided to include my Happy Camper travel companion in this one. After about another hour of driving, I found a good spot on a similar road to get some sleep.


6. Road 1 towards Akureyri

Saturday morning, I spent the next couple of hours speeding towards Akureyri, making one quick stop to capture the sun peak through the clouds.


7. Just Outside Akureyri

I only stopped in Akureyri for about an hour to refuel, eat, and take some photos of the people walking around downtown. My favorite spot, however, is just outside of Akureyri where you have a perfect view of the entire fjord and Akureyri city.


8. Hidden Waterfall in the North

The lighting was really nice that day, too, and so I stopped to take some photos of the road I was driving on towards Godafoss waterfall. When I was taking those photos, I noticed a little stream running through/under the road and so I decided to follow it. I had to hike down a steep hill to reach it, but after about 15 minutes I found this really beautiful small waterfall. I used the opportunity to play with my ND filter and camera again.


9. Godafoss Waterfall

This is my favorite waterfall in Iceland and this was one of my very few planned stops. I spent about 90 minutes there, taking a lot of long exposure photos. I’m a Photoshop nerd, so even though I understand that the Icelandic landscape is perfectly beautiful without any post-processing, sometimes I can’t resist.


10. Dimmuborgir

Dimmuborgir is a really cool lava field east of Mývatn lake. I didn’t stop for long and didn’t really get the shot I wanted, but the powerful, sombre landscape is really impressive.


11. Dettifoss Waterfall

This was another planned stop on my trip. This is the most powerful waterfall in Iceland (and Europe) and you can’t really do it justice in a photo.


12. Selfoss Waterfall


This is actually a really beautiful waterfall often ignored by people who visit Dettifoss. Located only a 10 minute walk away from the popular Dettifoss, it’s definitely worth a visit since you’re already there.

13. Waking up in the Eastfjords

My favorite moments are usually waking up in my camper and enjoying the tranquility of the Icelandic landscape with a cup of coffee. This would be a typical morning view.


14. Bech in East Fjords

The weather was perfect when I came across this black sand beach in the East Fjords. There were a lot of birds around and I used my telephoto lens to get some good shots of the wildlife. This, however, was my favorite shot of that quick stop.


15. Road 1 Toward Egilsstadir

There was literally nobody around, so I pulled off to the side of the road and spent about 15 minutes in the middle of the road to take pictures like this one.


16. Reindeer in the East Fjords

I haven’t spent much time in the East Fjords and I’m not a hunter, so even though I’m a native, I haven’t seen reindeer very often. I only had a 85mm lens, so I couldn’t get a closeup, but at least I got it on film!


17. Road 1 Toward Hofn

This is probably my favorite part of Road 1, for many reasons.


18. Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

I could have spent hours at Jokulsarlon for obvious reasons. But I only had about an hour and this is one of the many photos I took on that sunny day.


19. Vik, South Iceland

My favorite black beach in Iceland. My sensor had become quite dirty at this point so I didn’t take too many photos, but I really enjoyed walking around this beautiful area.


20. Skogafoss Waterfall

Skógafoss is probably my second favorite waterfall in Iceland – a perfect combination of “pretty” and “powerful”. This was my last stop of the trip and even though I was tired, I enjoyed taking a few dozen photos of the awesome waterfall. It can be tricky to get a good shot of the waterfall without having people in it. So, unless you want to use Photoshop, you might have to be very patient to get the perfect shot.