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10 Best Instagram Photo Locations in Iceland

5 minute read - 25 Jul 2018

Instagram Locations Iceland

Iceland thanks to the unique and contrasting landscapes it's known as every photographer's dream but lately, with the growing popularity of social media it was named also the Instagrammer's haven. Who doesn't dream of taking a self-portrait with the 60 m high waterfall or the Northern Lights in the background? Iceland gives you this opportunity and more.

Moreover, in Iceland you can experience the amazing Midnight Sun or late Winter sunrises even at 11 am what creates distinctive light and ambiance on your photographs. Not even mentioning the natural phenomenon of the Northern Lights attracting to Iceland thousands of tourists every year with their tripods and camera lenses.

Black sand beaches, spectacular sea cliffs, breath-taking waterfalls, lava fields, ice caves, glacier lagoons, etc.. These are only some of the examples of locations for your perfect Instagram shots.

Here is our list of the best Instagram photo locations in Iceland:

Hallgrimskirkja Church

Hallgrimskirkja is the most recognizable building in Reykjavik and probably in the whole Iceland. This modern church it's a city's main landmark towering over net of traditional cute Icelandic houses with various colors of the elevations. There are people there taking photos at nearly every time of the day. Did you know that the design of the elevation the church was inspired by the basalt lava columns on Reynisfjara black sand beach on the Icelandic South Coast?

Solfar - Sun Voyager Sculpture

The sculpture of Sun Voyager in another popular Instagramer's spot in Reykjavik. It is located 5 min walk from Harpa Concert Hall and just at the Faxafloi Bay in Reykjavik which makes it perfect a photo location to catch the Midnight Sun. From here you can admire also silhouette of the Esja Mountain range batched in colorful sun rays.

Seljalandsfoss Waterfall

People always ask me: "And which one is this waterfall with the path you can walk under the water?". It's famous Seljalandsfoss. It's very easy to get there as it's located along the Icelandic ring road approximately 1h45min drive from Reykjavik. The best time to visit the place it's at the sunset when the sun rays shines through the water tail creating a remarkable rainbow. Just have a walk on the path under the Seljalandsfoss and make the famous shot!

Skogafoss Waterfall

Heading more South and you will notice another popular waterfall and one of the main Icelandic Ring road's attractions – the powerful Skogafoss. It spreads an enormous amount of water and on sunny days you can notice a single or even a double rainbow in front of the vast wall of the water. The popular shot you can take in this spot is when you approach close to the waterfall and make it look powerful in comparison to the human silhouette.

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon

Jokulsarlon Glacier Lagoon is undeniably one of the most popular tourist attractions in Iceland. It is also a photographer's heaven as the glacier lagoon with icebergs looks breath-taking during every season or time of a day. Moreover, on another side of the road, you can make some long exposure shots of the icebergs landing on the black sand beach. With the Sun shining through ice they really look like diamonds.

Dakota DC3 Plane Wreck on Black Sand Beach

Have you seen the wreck of the Dakota DC 3 plane situated in the middle of nowhere on the black sand beach? If you go on a private tour with us, your private guide tells you all the glorious stories behind it. From the parking lot, it takes about 45 minutes to walk one way to the wreck site. Be aware of the weather if you want to go there without a guide.

Kirkjufell mountain and Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall

As Iceland’s most photographed mountain, its popularity has inspired many brilliant photographic works that later sparkled a creative trend on Instagram. The photogenic spot centers around the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall with Mount. Kirkjufell in the background, a classic view of the area, and a great spot to take a photo for your Instagram grid.

Hraunfossar waterfall

Hraunfossar waterfall is a very charming but underrated attraction located in West Iceland. Its name means lava waterfall in English. The waterfall is outstandingly beautiful in autumn when the glorious autumn foliage starts to appear. In an elegant shade of blue, Hraunfossar streams through the lava fields, creating a unique, photogenic scene. You won’t regret taking pictures here and showcase it on your Instagram!

Reykjanesviti lighthouse and nearby Gunnuhver Geothermal fields

The Reykjanes Peninsula is a breathtaking region with many hidden gems that Iceland has to offer. Its most iconic landmark is the beautiful white lighthouse overlooking the ocean. Close to it, you will also find the spectacular active geothermal field named Gunnuhver. The combination of the massive rising steam amidst boiling muddy ground and the Reykjanesviti lighthouse afar is one of the most photogenic locations in Iceland.

Landmannalaugar highlands

The highlands of Iceland has its reputation for being geologically unique and having mesmerizing landscapes. It’s what they call a photographer’s paradise. To reach, you will need a 4X4 jeep to drive the gravel road and a professional guide to guide your way. Many fabulous waterfalls are found on your way, and there’s a natural geothermal hot pool near the camping area. The colorful mountains and steaming geothermal grounds are undoubtedly memorable.

Want to visit all these amazing places? Come and join us on a private tour with a professional guide!