Must-Visit Places for Photographers in Iceland
As an amateur photographer, I cannot tell you how much I appreciate living in Iceland. It is truly the photographer’s paradise, with so much variety of landscapes, elements, tones and opportunities for different types of photography. Without further ado, here are the top 5 most amazing, and most photographed, places in Iceland, along with some helpful information for photographers. All of these places are natural landscapes, so popular man-made destinations, such as the Blue Lagoon, and Hallgrímskirkja church are not included on this list.
This is Iceland’s most famous attraction. If visiting in the summer, start the day early and photograph Thingvellir National Park during sunrise, before or around 06:00. Bring your wide-angle lens to capture the beautiful scenery, stopping at information center, which has a great overlooking view nearby. What most people forget, however, is to explore some of the other cool things in the area, such as the wildlife, the colorful moss, or the waterfalls. At Gullfoss, make sure to be there when the waterfall is hit by direct sunlight so you can capture a beautiful rainbow!
|Thingvellir – Photo by Bryan Pocius|
|Gullfoss – Photo by Moyan Brenn|
Jökulsárlón is located on the south coast of Iceland and is truly one of the most amazing wonders of Iceland. Don’t spend all of your time on the typical panoramic shot of the lagoon! Take some zoom shots with a telephoto lens, walk to the beach and take some long-exposure shots of melting pieces of ice, and if you’re lucky, you might even get some fog.
Kirkjufell (Church Mountain) is located close to the small town of Grundafjörður in the west. When photographing Kirkjufell, play around with different foregrounds and explore beyond the typical long-exposure waterfall nearby. If aurora shots are not available, I would suggest a sunset shot.
Hvítserkur is an interesting rock formation located in Northwestern Iceland on the Vatnsnes Peninsula. Consider black&white or duotone photographs and bring your best Neutral Density filter for long-exposure shots on the black sand beach.
Skógafoss is one of the most photographed waterfalls in Iceland, perhaps only following Gullfoss. Get there very early to get shots without people standing in the frame. Your ND filter will come in handy as usual when photographing waterfalls but don’t be afraid of shooting at 100mm+ and using a faster shutter speed to get more dramatic shots.