10 Instagram friendly places in Iceland

Jökulsárlón Glacial Lagoon and Diamond beach
Jökulsárlón glacial lagoon is one of the most spectacular place to visit when in Iceland. The lagoon is located in southeast of Iceland and is part of Iceland’s largest National Park, Vatnajökulsþjóðgarður. It’s the perfect scenery for photography, with floating icebergs all around the water and sometimes you can see seals swimming in the lake or relaxing on top of the icebergs. Don’t forget to visit the Diamond beach as well while you’re there.

Vatnajökull ice caves
The magical crystal blue ice caves in Vantajökull glacier are accessible from November until March and the only way to go inside these ice caves is to join a guided tour. The tour is definitely worth it, you get great photo opportunities and an unforgettable experience.

Fjaðrárgljúfur canyon
Located close to the town Kirkjubæjarklaustur in south Iceland is the spectacular canyon, Fjaðrárgljúfur. You will get a truly unique photo over the 100 meters deep and 2 km long canyon. The walls of the canyon are about two million years old from Ice age.

Sólheimasandur black sand beach
The scenery at Sólheimasandur black sand beach is one of a kind with striking black sand against the blue Atlantic Ocean. It’s also where you find one of the most Instagram famous site in Iceland, the DC-3 Plane Wreck. On a good day you can get amazing views over Mýrdalsjökull glacier and the small peninsula Dyrhólaey, the southernmost part of Iceland.

Kirkjufell mountain
Another Instagram friendly site and probably one of the most iconic mountains in the world is Kirkjufell mountain located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in west Iceland. The cone shaped mountain changes colour every season and is especially popular during winter with the northern lights dancing around in the sky.

Búðir church
The small church Búðir located on the Snæfellsnes peninsula in west Iceland is very popular among photographers. The black church is located in the rough nature with the mountains in the background. The church is also very popular for weddings and wedding photos.

Dettifoss waterfall
Dettifoss waterfall is located in the north part of Iceland, close to lake Mývatn. Dettifoss is the most powerful waterfall in Europe with average flow of around 193 m3/s. The waterfall has an amazing face of glacier color water with a lot of power. The western side on road nr. 862 is the best way to get to the waterfall and there you will also get the best photo shot.

Hvítserkur rock formation rises from the sea on Vatnsnes peninsula in northwest Iceland. This massive basalt monolith is about 15 meters high and one of the most photogenic natural attraction in North Iceland. According to an Icelandic folklore, Hvítserkur is an evil troll who wanted to tear down a close by church, but fortunately he got caught by daylight and turned into stone.

Located in the highlands of Iceland is the magnificent area Landmannalaugar. The area is very unique and probably the place where you will get some of the best photos from Iceland. It’s surrounded with colorful rhyolite mountains and black lava fields from the year 1477. Landmannalaugar is not only known for it’s beautiful and rare landscape but also natural geothermal hot springs, so when you have finished photographing the colorful mountains, canyons lava, mud pools and hot springs you can relax in the geothermal bath located there.

Icelandic horse
The Icelandic horse is one of the oldest and purebred horse in the world. Horses have not been imported to Iceland since the 11th century so it’s the only horse breed in the country. The Icelandic horse is rather small but compared to other horse breeds he is considered to have good qualities, good temperament and a large personality. He is also very strong and has great endurance. If you want to photograph the Icelandic horse make sure you have permission from the owner, do not approach the horses without one.

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